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An article about projected improvements in health care. In the discussion about what these guys will address to “transform health care” they listed “several key areas” they would like to address. Fourth of five was “Promoting Healthy Living”. Hoping they are not in order of perceived importance. At least they included it!

First sentence under that heading was encouraging: acknowledging that “90% of health care spending was on chronic diseases that could be dramatically reduced with healthier living”.

But then they went on to say:
“Some 40% of Americans never get their prescriptions filled, and 40% of those who do never get them refilled, says Andrews of the HealthTransformation Alliance. Perhaps Amazon can find technological ways to nudge people to take their medicine, eat healthier and get care when needed.”

Hey, if people ate healthier and moved more they may never need prescription meds. That would really disrupt our current system which relies on lots of patients and is pharmacy driven.

a) When the flight attendant tells you to turn off your phone in-flight and you refuse, instead deciding to argue, curse them out, and continue to stay connected……you can count on two things: 1) head of the line privileges off the flight and 2) an escort by people in uniforms. I would also venture to guess that you probably won’t make your connection so you might want to conserve your battery to make a call and let someone know you won’t be home at the regularly scheduled time……

b) There is a limit of one carton of cigarettes per adult over 18 when you enter Mexico (even though there is a Duty Free shop when you arrive that sells them super cheap so those who smoke are encouraged to purchase). HOWEVER, if you purchase more than one carton (or bring a carton and purchase a carton) you will get fined for that extra one – to the tune of about $250.

c) People aren’t the only ones who like the beach…..raccoons do too – and they <3 it even more when silly tourists feed them, which makes them continue to hang out near people. Obviously these people don’t realize that, in addition to rabies, raccoons also carry two other diseases – roundworm and leptospirosis – that can be transmitted to people and pets.

d) Some people just don’t get that whole “anything 3.5 oz or more of liquid must go in your checked luggage” thing. If you buy something with liquid after checking your luggage in one location that you can carry onto the plane – be it a soda or a bottle of vanilla extract (great option in Mexico, by the way) – and then you arrive in the US where you have to go through Immigration and Customs which involves getting your luggage and rechecking it, you will HAVE to put that bottle into your luggage or you will LOSE it when you go back through Security. Simple as that. And NO, it doesn’t matter that you have a friend that works in Customs…..five states away.

President Trump, in a pointed response to the uproar over charges of domestic violence by two top aides, cautioned Saturday that lives can be shattered by a “mere allegation” and asked whatever happened to “Due Process?”

It was his first tweet on the topic since he lauded his ousted staff secretary, Rob Porter, in brief remarks to reporters in the Oval Office Friday. He emphasized that Porter, who was forced to resign, had said “very strongly” that he was innocent.

The hour later, White House speechwriter David Sorensen also resigned over domestic abuse allegations. Sorensen has denied his wife’s claims.

Trump on Saturday redoubled his measured response to such charges, noting how damaging allegations can be.

“Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation,” he tweeted. “Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused — life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”

Trump did not mention Porter by name. Nor, like his Oval Office remarks, did he mention the ex-wives who went public with the charges of domestic abuse.

In response, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., took to Twitter to blast the president’s position.

“Women’s lives are upended every day by sexual violence and harassment,” she wrote. “I’m going to keep standing with them, and trusting them, even if the President won’t.”

The president’s comments Friday were the first time he had spoken publicly about Porter since the allegations surfaced Wednesday in a report in the British tabloid The Daily Mail. 

Trump said he was saddened by the charges but pointed out that Porter has denied the accusations.

“He also, as you probably know, says he’s innocent and I think you have to remember that,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office in an unscheduled photo-op. “We absolutely wish him well, he did a very good job when he was at the White House.”

Those pleas of innocence come despite public accusations by Porter’s former spouses, including one who produced photos of a black eye she said Porter gave her while in Italy. In a written statement sent through the White House press office Wednesday, Porter said he took those photos, but that “the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described,” he said. He did not elaborate.

Trump has long cautioned against jumping to conclusions in cases of alleged sexual misconduct, including those directed at him by more than a dozen women.

In December, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders briefed reporters on Trump’s views after three of his accusers called on Congress to investigate his past behavior.

Huckabee noted that Trump has denied the women’s allegations, that any incidents took place a long time ago and that voters settled the discussion when they elected Trump.

“(Trump) thinks it’s a good thing that women are coming forward, but he also feels strongly that a mere allegation shouldn’t determine the course,” she said. “In this case, the president has denied any of these allegations.”

In November, Trump also cautioned against rushing to judgment toward Roy Moore, the then-candidate for the Senate in Alabama who had been accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl and sexually assaulting another teenager.

“He says it didn’t happen,” the president told reporters at the White House. “You have to listen to him, also.”

Contributing: Gregory Korte and Jessica Estepa in Washington

More: usatoday.com