The folks at Emily’s List sure do know how to pick them. Andrea Ramsey, a Democratic candidate for Congress, will drop out of the race after the Kansas City Star asked her about accusations in a 2005 lawsuit that she … Continued
😜 The photo of Trump and Schumer cutting a deal and cutting out the RINOS’s – https://t.co/iOXVUp4vt5 via @bi_politics
— Always On Watch (@Always_On_Watch) September 6, 2017
This morning, various talking heads, including some politicians, are whining because President Trump cut a deal with the Democrats.
From GOP livid after Trump cuts deal with Democrats, at Politico (dated September 6, 2017):
President Donald Trump’s and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s tête-à-tête on Tuesday — after a summer of sniping between the two — lifted Republican hopes that the GOP was finally back in sync ahead of a brutal fall of fiscal deadlines.
Not 24 hours later, the president cut a deal with Democrats on a short-term debt ceiling increase opposed by McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan. Just Wednesday morning, in fact, Ryan had scoffed at the Democratic offer that Trump accepted minutes later….
Read the rest HERE.
Well, GOPe, in your hurry to go on on another of your recesses, you didn’t fulfill your promise to repeal ObamaCare. And you are dragging their feet on tax reform and, of course, the Wall. Did you really expect to wring his hands and do nothing?
|President Trump calls out the GOPe.|
WRITTEN BY SILVERFIDDLEPresident Trump has been teetering for months on the brink of a decision on what to do with President Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional DACA, which has millions of illegal immigrants in limbo. Reports say he has pulled the tri…
…I’m glad that I am not, and never have been, a member of the GOP.
I’m referring to my disgust with the GOP’s failure to keep their long-standing promise to repeal (and replace?) ObamaCare — not to Donald J. Trump, Jr.’s emails and his meeting with the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
Note: please read the second link above, GOP cave on Obamacare repeal is the biggest broken promise in political history, before commenting on the topic.
#Trumpcare is an incredibly mean and thoroughly heartless piece of legislation.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) June 22, 2017
So is this a healthcare proposal you actually READ? https://t.co/KaYE93Lvpd
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) June 22, 2017
And what of the most recent healthcare bill, which some have called ObamaCare Lite? According to the Conservative Tribune:
…Both the House and Senate versions of health care reform would get rid of the individual mandate, phase out Medicaid expansion, eliminate Obamacare’s onerous taxes on the wealthy and defund Planned Parenthood for at least one year.
The bills differ in regard to subsidies for purchasing insurance, as well as the rate at which Medicaid expansion would be stopped. The Senate has proposed a more gradual path than the House put forward….
Business Insider offers this detailed rundown of the Senate version, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (as well as the full version of the bill):
What’s in the bill: To help people pay for insurance, the Senate bill proposes tax credits based on income level, a feature of Obamacare, rather than on age, as the House bill calls for. The bill would make anyone earning up to 350% of the poverty level eligible for credits; Obamacare caps that at 400%. It would, however, adjust the credits so they were less generous as a person aged. for instance, a person age 33 making 175% of the federal poverty limit would receive enough in credits so they were spending 5.3% of their income on premiums. For people over age 59, that would increase to 8.3% of their income. Additionally, the credits would be capped at a lower percentage of overall medical costs than those under Obamacare, making them less generous overall.
What it means: While the tax credits would be more generous for older Americans than the House bill, fewer middle-income people would get financial support to pay for coverage — and those who do would get less.
What’s in the bill: Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, which extended the program to those making 100% to 138% of the federal poverty limit, would be phased out over four years. 90% of the current federal funding would be provided in 2020 and it would decrease by 5% each year until 2023, after which it would be eliminated. People would not be allowed to join the expansion from 2020 onwards. The tax credits will be available to people that fall off the expansion.
What it means: While this would save the federal government money, it also means the millions of people that have gained access to Medicaid would be rolled off. These people would be able to fall back on the less generous tax credit and access coverage through the individual insurance market.
Medicaid spending growth:
What’s in the bill: The Senate bill retains the House’s per capita cap for federal Medicaid spending. After 2025, however, growth in spending would shift from the consumer price index for medical care to the CPI for all goods, a lower level of growth.
What it means: States would receive less funding each year from the federal government to help cover low-income Americans, and after 2025 the rate of growth would decline, leading to even deeper potential cuts for the program.
States can institute Medicaid work requirements:
What’s in the bill: This would allow states to create a provision under which people must maintain employment, as the state defines, for a period of time, also determined by the state, in order for a person to receive Medicaid.
What it means: This is another long-time wish for Republicans, but it also gives a significant amount of leeway to states to define what counts as work and for how long someone has to hold a job. It does not apply to students, pregnant women, or the disabled.
What’s in the bill: The bill would allocate money for cost-sharing subsidies through 2019. These payments offset the costs for insurers to offer low-income Americans plans with smaller out-of-pocket costs. The uncertainty around these payments has led to instability in the individual insurance market.
What it means: This should reassure insurers desperate for guidance ahead of the 2018 plan year and could bring down premium increases for next year’s individual insurance market.
State waivers for Obamacare regulations:
What’s in the bill: The Senate bill would allow states to request a waiver to opt out of Obamacare’s so-called essential health benefits, which mandate that all plans must cover 10 basic types of care. The ability to opt out of providing those benefits was a key sticking point in the House legislation, and its inclusion ultimately allowed it to pass. The Senate bill, however, would not allow states to repeal community rating, the provision mandating that all people of the same age in the same area be charged the same amount. That’s a change from the House bill, which drew criticism from health-policy experts who said a repeal of community rating would allow insurers to charge people with preexisting conditions more.
What it means: If a state receives a waiver for the EHBs, this would allow skimpier coverage offerings on the state’s insurance market, which would have cheaper premiums but higher out-of-pocket costs.
Repeal Obamacare’s taxes:
What’s in the bill: Much like the House version, the Senate would do away with things like Obamacare 3.8% tax on investment income on people earning an annual income above $200,000.
What it means: The taxes in Obamacare fall predominantly on a small percentage of wealthy Americans, who would see their tax bills fall. For instance, Republican megadonor and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson could have his 2017 tax bill cut by roughly $44 million.
A fund to provide grants to fight the opioid crisis:
What’s in the bill: The bill would establish a $2 billion fund for states for programs to “support substance use disorder treatment and recovery support services for individuals with mental or substance use disorders.”
What it means: This is a one-time fund for 2018, but will likely be favored by senators from states hit hard by the opioid crisis. This was a key ask from Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.
No funds can be used for abortions:
What’s in the bill: No plans purchased using funding from the bill can cover abortions. Additionally, none of the funds allocated by the bill can be given to healthcare providers that are involved with abortion.
What it means: In addition to restricting anyone who uses the credits or other funds from getting plan that covers abortions, this would effectively defund Planned Parenthood. It is unclear if this will pass Senate rules.
Here is the full bill…
Read the rest HERE.
Have at it, commenters!
According to the Chicago Tribune and numerous other Democratic Party mouthpieces, the June 20, 2017 special election for the 6th District of the United States House of Representatives, was a referendum on Trump.Well, Democratic Party candidate Jon Osof…
At Los Angeles March for Truth on June 3, 2017, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the Democratic Party’s Representative for the 43rd District of California, once again declares her mission to impeach President Trump because of his supposed collusion with Russia to undermine our elections.
Same old, same old. Yawn.
What is interesting in the video below, however, is Congresswoman Waters’s reaction to the reporter’s question about President Obama’s policy with regard to Russia (about time marker 1:04ff):
The Young Turks reporter asked the congresswoman why she’s been so focused on the Russia controversy. “Russia is not our friend,” Waters said, adding that the country has sought to undermine the United States’s democracy by meddling in the presidential elections. Tracey then used Waters’s own words in asking his second question: If Russia is not a friend of the United States, was it a mistake then for former president Barack Obama to forge military cooperation with Russia in Syria?
“You and I have a different agenda, young man. I’m out to impeach this president. Get that straight. I’m out to impeach the president,” Waters said, her voice raising [sic]. “I’m not going to be diverted by people who are Obama haters.”
In a subsequent MSNBC interview:
Waters dismissed Tracey as a right-wing supporter who’s out to harass and intimidate her….
“They’re going to continue to harass me, but that’s okay. I’m accustomed to being harassed,” Waters said. “I’m not afraid of them. I’m going to continue to speak my mind in the way that I do.”
Reporter Michael Tracey, the reporter in the above video, works for the Young Turks, a video news network popular among progressive voters:
Cenk Uygur, founder of the Young Turks video network that has become virally popular among progressive voters, is launching a project called Justice Democrats to defeat members of the Democratic Party who have cast votes seen as unacceptable.
“The aim in 2018 is to put a significant number of Justice Democrats in the Congress. The aim for 2020 is to more significantly take over the Democratic Party,” Uygur said….
Apparently, the reporter’s pointed questioning of anything Obama-related triggered Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
Maybe it was a white man’s asking an uncomfortable question about the first African-American President’s foreign policy that triggered Congresswoman Waters.
Maybe Trumpophobia has unhinged her. Last month, on the stage of Busboys and Poets, Congresswoman Waters exploded:
“Donald Trump is someone that found his way to the presidency of the United States of America — I still don’t know how,” she said, drawing boos at the mention of the president’s name. “But he’s someone that I’m committed to getting impeached!”
The crowd exploded.
“He’s a liar! He’s a cheat! He’s a con man!” she said, each declaration punctuated by cheers. “We’ve got to stop his ass!
[hat tip to my good friend Silverfiddle for the term Trumpophobia]
See Vice President Calls the Show to Defend the Budget Deal at The Rush Limbaugh Show (dated May 2, 2017).Excerpt:…RUSH: If this is what happens, Mr. Vice President, why vote Republican? What is the point of voting Republican if the Democrats are gon…
See The AWAN Brothers at Please Clap.
Excerpt from The AWAN Brothers, the first link in this blog post:
The Awan Brothers – Compromised at least 80 congressional computers and got paid 5 million to do it. We may never know the extent of the breach PART 2
After compromising the Congress’ networks for 12 years they do a quick cleanup by breaking in to 20 congressional offices, store data in an off site server before running of to Pakistan and the D.C. Police are investigating. But wait there’s more…
The more I dig in to the story of the Awan brothers the bigger the breech appears to be. There is also their interaction with figures you all know. This is the real story, who were they working for, what did they steal, who covered for them, and where did they go…
Before I get too far into this information I want to give credit to Luke Rosiak who has written a great series of pieces for the Daily Caller, and George Webb who has done a great YouTube series. Beyond the normal video usually posted George Webb asks his viewers to tweet and email representatives and media figures. If they get a barrage of mail they can’t ignore the information. He has already got information read in to the congressional record and coverage from media personalities.
Now before ya’ll scream”Ya gots no proof,” I will direct you to my previous post. The information in that post comes from credible sources and is cited. While I will continue to cite my information there are some spots where I will be making logical leaps that as of yet I cannot prove. If you see flaws in the logic please post and I will address the issues….
Read the entire essay HERE.
Your thoughts on this information?
Friday afternoon, because there were not enough votes to pass the House of Representatives, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan pulled the bill for Phase One of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Ryan stated:
“I don’t know what else to say other than Obamacare is the law of the land. It’ll remain law of the land until it’s replaced,” he said. “We’re going to be living with Obamacre for the foreseeable future.”
“It is not what any of us promised we were going to do, and it is built on a false premises that the parliamentarian was not going to allow what we promised we would do.”
For his part, President Trump and others maintain that ObamaCare is imploding.
On the opposite side of the aisle, Democrats maintain that the GOP health bill is worse than letting Obamacare implode.
Additional reading: Fiasco – Ryan’s from start to finish.
FEATURED QUESTION, in three parts: (1) Were the provisions of the AHCA any improvement over ObamaCare? (2) Did the Congressional GOP elites, many of whom despise Donald Trump and are still seething that he won the 2016 National Election, deliberately design a bill that would fail so as to promote the downfall of the Trump Presidency? (3) Is ObamaCare, as it is now configured, doomed to implode?