The Villages Speech; MGM Settlement

Grind for October 7th
“The only mystery in life is why the kamikaze pilots wore helmets.”
– Al McGuire

My Turn

The Headline

Trump visits retirement community in Florida to talk about Medicare

The Grind

President Trump on Thursday spoke to voters in The Villages, Florida about his administration’s efforts to protect Medicare from the Democrats.

“In my campaign for president, I made you a sacred pledge that I would strengthen, protect, and defend Medicare for all of our senior citizens,” said Trump. “Today, I’ll sign a very historic executive order that does exactly that – we are making your Medicare even better, and…it will never be taken away from you.”

His words were met with applause and shouts of “four more years!”

The Details

“Leading Democrats have pledged to give free healthcare to illegal immigrants,” continued Trump. “I will never allow these politicians to steal your healthcare and give it away to illegal aliens.”

Today’s Democrats support “a massive government healthcare takeover that would totally obliterate Medicare.”

The proposals “may go by different names,” he said, “but they’re all based on the totally same terrible idea: They want to raid Medicare to fund a thing called socialism.”

Trump’s executive order, signed Thursday, shores up Medicare Advantage (an alternative program administered by private insurers) and directs the HHS to draft improvements for Medicare that would expand plan options and make it easier for people to enroll.

The order also seeks to combat fraud and streamline seniors’ access to new treatments.

Sorry About Your Loss

The Headline

MGM agrees to pay $800 million in settlement with shooting victims

The Grind

MGM Resorts International will pay up to $800 million to settle thousands of lawsuits related to the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas.

On October 1st, 2017, a lone gunman shooting from a suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel fired more than 1,100 rounds of ammo into a crowd of people attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas strip.

Fifty-eight people were killed and more than 400 wounded.

The Details

Survivors and victims demanded the hotel be held liable for negligence because they did not stop the shooter (Stephen Paddock) from lugging more than 20 huge bags into the hotel.

The suitcases contained several weapons and thousands of rounds of ammo.

“While nothing will be able to bring back the lives lost or undo the horrors so many suffered on that day, this settlement will provide fair compensation for thousands of victims and their families,” said Robert Eglet, a lawyer whose firm is representing nearly 2,500 people affected by the incident.

“We believe the terms of this settlement represent the best outcome for our clients and will provide the greatest good for those impacted by these events.”

Eglet hopes the settlement will encourage the hospitality industry to increase security.

Did you know… In 1999, Harvard physicist Lene Hau was able to slow down light to 17 meters per second and in 2001, was able to stop light completely.