Category: Cronkite News

Cancer survivor says Trump plan sabotages health insurance coverage

Shawna Truong Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 Cancer survivor says Trump plan sabotages health insurance coverage PHOENIX — Teary-eyed and frustrated, two-time cancer survivor Toni Bannister said Tuesday that Trump administration moves to dismantle the Affordable Care Act leave people vulnerable. “I cannot for the life of me wrap my mind around people who think that health insurance should be an optional right, some kind of present that you get because you have the money,” Bannister said at a news conference Tuesday. Bannister was a single mother of two when she was diagnosed in 2001 with Stage 3 breast and colon cancer. With the help of Obamacare, she was able to get the necessary surgeries to remove the cancer and mitigate the chances of it growing back, she said. Toni Bannister, a cancer survivor, assails a Trump administration plan to dismantle Obamacare. (Photo by Shawna Truong/Cronkite News) “If it weren’t for the subsidies, it would not have been affordable,” Bannister said. Last year, the premium without the subsidy was around $700 for her and her son, and this year it jumped to $1,200, not including deductibles, she said. President Donald Trump’s latest plan to end Obamacare will result in one million people without health insurance and the increase in premiums across the country to be on average 30 percent, Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, said at the news conference. The order...

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Baby, it’s cold inside: Cryotherapy popular route to treat sports injuries

Eddie Poe Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 Baby, it’s cold inside: Cryotherapy popular route to treat sports injuries TEMPE — As Nick Crawford begins filling a chamber with fresh, oxygenated air, Brayden Smith puts on a robe and prepares for his weekly cryotherapy session at the Cryo Recovery Lab in Tempe. It has become a routine of sorts for the senior defensive lineman at Ironwood Ridge High School in Tucson. After a game the night before, the 18-year-old college football prospect is back to address the soreness in his body and prepare for the upcoming week. “I come up (here) to recover from all of the practicing and games, “ Smith said. “I need it for my body to recover and to be 100 percent by the next week and it relieves all of my pain and soreness.” At a combine event in Phoenix earlier this year, Smith and his father met Crawford, the owner of Cryo Recovery Lab, and received their cryotherapy indoctrination. Smith’s father, Joe Coty, overheard Crawford talking to other combine participants and was immediately intrigued by the concept. “The days of older forms of healing I think are gone and you have to take advantage of the different opportunities out there,” Coty said. “If you can come up here and spend three minutes in a chamber and feel like you didn’t practice for the week, you...

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Schnepf Farms among Valley’s top pumpkin patches

Michelle Minahen Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 Schnepf Farms among Valley’s top pumpkin patches QUEEN CREEK — Schnepf Farms opened the gates to its Pumpkin and Chili Party fall festival on Oct. 5, and community members swarmed to the attractions. Schnepf Farms encompasses 300 acres packed full of activities ranging from pumpkin and vegetable picking to roller coasters and a 20-acre corn maze in the shape of former Arizona Coyotes hockey player Shane Doan ’s face. From families to field trips, the festival drew a wide range of Arizonans. Multiple buses and school vans poured in for the opening day. For one teacher at Whitman Elementary in Mesa, this trip is a highlight of her students’ year. “It’s a great learning experience for the kids. We come do a field trip here and they pick pumpkins that we bring back to class and later we carve them and grow the seeds,” said Holly Reynolds, who has brought her class to Schnepf for four years now. “It’s just a good old-fashioned farm and the kids love it.” The field trip slots at Schnepf Farms fill up so quickly, Reynolds signs up for the next year’s trip at the end of opening day. The general admission ticket is $20, making it the most expensive in the Valley. Other pumpkin patch prices range from free to $12. The general admission ticket at Schnepf...

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McCain calls on U.S. to lead world, reject ‘spurious nationalism’

Isaac Windes Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 McCain calls on U.S. to lead world, reject ‘spurious nationalism’ PHILADELPHIA – An emotional Sen. John McCain called on the U.S., “the most wondrous nation on Earth,” to resume its role as world leader and reject “half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems.” The remarks came during a ceremony that veered from humorous to serious as the Arizona Republican was awarded the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal, to recognize those “who have strived to secure the blessings of liberty to people the world over.” Previous recipients have ranged from the Dalai Lama to Sandra Day O’Connor and from Muhammad Ali to Hillary Clinton. McCain’s award capped six decades of public service, but it also followed several months of impassioned pleas from the senator, who was diagnosed with a life-threatening form of brain cancer this summer, for greater cooperation and less partisanship in Washington. Former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat who served for years in the Senate with McCain, presented the award during an evening in which McCain was praised by lawmakers ranging from former President George W. Bush to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer. “John and I have been given several awards together lately about bipartisanship – and we don’t understand why we should get an award for bipartisanship,” Biden said. “We’ve always been...

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McCain calls on U.S. to lead world, reject ‘spurious nationalism’

Isaac Windes Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 McCain calls on U.S. to lead world, reject ‘spurious nationalism’ PHILADELPHIA – An emotional Sen. John McCain called on the U.S., “the most wondrous nation on Earth,” to resume its role as world leader and reject “half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems.” The remarks came during a ceremony that veered from humorous to serious as the Arizona Republican was awarded the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal, to recognize those “who have strived to secure the blessings of liberty to people the world over.” Previous recipients have ranged from the Dalai Lama to Sandra Day O’Connor and from Muhammad Ali to Hillary Clinton. McCain’s award capped six decades of public service, but it also followed several months of impassioned pleas from the senator, who was diagnosed with a life-threatening form of brain cancer this summer, for greater cooperation and less partisanship in Washington. Former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat who served for years in the Senate with McCain, presented the award during an evening in which McCain was praised by lawmakers ranging from former President George W. Bush to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer. “John and I have been given several awards together lately about bipartisanship – and we don’t understand why we should get an award for bipartisanship,” Biden said. “We’ve always been...

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