Category: Mitch McConell

Will Trump still attempt Obamacare repeal?

Obamacare repeal on back burner

OBAMACARE-As healthy as ever
OBAMACARE-As healthy as ever

Apparently bottom-feeder Mitch McConnell has been pushed to the side on his crusade to repeal Obamacare, as Republicans attempt to reorganize and make some intelligent sense out of the seven months they have so far led this country…nowhere. As they attempt to find their way–maybe they could use a Progressive seeing-eye lawmaker–Donald Trump is once again threatening Obamacare with his two promises to cancel public support to insurance companies and ending federal subsidy payments that reduce premiums for lower-income Americans. As late as Saturday he was saying he would also yank the bailouts for members of Congress.

All Trump seems to want to do is hurt

Trump’s reasoning is that, in his opinion Obamacare is hurting American consumers, so why shouldn’t it hurt insurance companies by taking away federal support. And if he eliminates the subsidy fr low income Americans…

  • The Kaiser Family Foundation estimated that if these CSR [cost-sharing reductions] payments were stopped, insurance premiums on the individual markets would increase by 19 percent or higher.

A combination of things could happen as a result of the above, according to experts. Unable to afford their plans, these lower-income insured would simply drop their insurance. As the market dries up for a particular plan(s), insurers would decide to drop coverage. Here’s another interpretation…

  • “Some insurers may also interpret a decision to stop these reimbursements as evidence that the Administration wants the market to fail, causing them to exit the market entirely,” Matt Fielder, a fellow at the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative on Healthy Policy explained to ABC News.

Trump could act in third week of August

Donald Trump will have his chance to act in the third week of August when the monthly payment of federal subsidies is due to be paid. Congress is concerned…

  • Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have have expressed concerns that abruptly ending payments could dramatically disrupt the health care system and send the individual markets into a tailspin.

Further…

  • Senate Health, Labor, Education, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn, said in a statement earlier this week that he wants the president to approve two months of CSR payments and hopes Congress will pass a bill after the August recess that include federal subsidies for 2018.

Watch the actual Obamacare repeal voted down…

Rate increases could be coming…if

Sarah Sanders says Trump has made no decision yet on what he will do about CSR payments, but ABC says there are other options that Trump could take. Like not enforcing the requirement to buy insurance or pay a penalty. The younger healthy could decide to pass, leaving insurers with an unbalanced market with too many senior citizens. ABC says the threat alone could lead to some insurance companies increasing their rates. And one thing T-rump is famous for is his threats. There are even more options Trump could use to thwart Obamacare, but the biggest problem of all is the unknown…the Donald Trump unknown. That s most devastating.

Constitution says Trump must uphold law

However, The Affordable Care Act is still law and Donald Trump hopefully realizes that he is required by the Constitution to uphold the law. Democrats will keep a close watch on Health Secretary, Tom Price, and his his deputy, Seema Verma, who runs the federal agency that administers health insurance programs. Outside forces are also at work…

  • “We are going to hold HHS accountable to fully implement the law,” said lawyer Mara Youdelman, who heads the Washington office of the National Health Law Program, an advocacy group. “The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, and everyone who is working for the administration should be committed to upholding the law of the land.”

Since Obamacare reduced the U.S. uninsured rate to a historic low of about 9 percent, any person who is interested in the overall health of this country and his or her fellow American should be elated, and interested only in modifying and improving a program that has helped millions. But then, that’s not what Republicans do.

Hump day wrap up

Votes not there for McConnell on Obamacare repeal

Mitch McConnell and his snake pit cannot find the votes to repeal and replace Obamacare, yet they continue to spend taxpayer money making futile attempts. This CNN site is one of the best illustrations yet on why Senate Republicans can’t get the job done. Rep. Sen. Susan Collins has already suggested they should work with the Democrats too get the job done. If Democrats had any balls they would have already demanded that the GOP work with them in revising and improving the Affordable Care Act, something even former President knew was necessary. Instead we have the loose cannon McConnell wasting time on his bigotry and hatred of Obama.

Betsy DeVoss confirms idiocy

We know Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is a certified idiot, and to confirm her certification she and T-rump continue to push the school voucher program designed to cost taxpayers a fortune and phase out public schools. All because Republicans favor the private sector over any public control simply to throw more toward the business community for profits. Even education can’t separate itself from the ideology of wealth. These two nut cases have another idea for the year 2018; putting taxpayers on the hook for bankrolling private schools with vouchers as the pathway. Just one more reason for the left to take over in the midterms.

Donald Trump attorney same lowlife as he is

At least Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Marc E. Kasowitz, has the same level of class as his client; the bottom of the barrel kind. The Washington Post reports he sent coarse and obscene emails to a man who criticized him on emails re. a decision in the Russian issue  telling him, “I already know where you live, I’m on you.” This would appear to be the general tenor in the Trump camp, with chaos exploding on every front. But it also happened at a time of expanding strife in T-rump’s legal team. Because of his steady barrage of laughable, sometime ludicrous Tweets, the legal heads appear to have lost control over their client. It’s implosion time!

Trump’s voter fraud completely bogus

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), who is leading Donald Trump’s bogus voter fraud probe, is also the wacko who ram-rodded Arizona’s disastrous SB1070 Immigration Bill. He seems to dwell in failures, but comes from the right state where Gov. Sam Brownback, also a Republican, who almost brought his state to bankruptcy. It would make sense that T-rump would choose a loser to head up a losing proposition such as voter fraud. A 2016 study found only 10 measurable cases. 44 states have refused to send any data and a Texas Democrat has introduced a bill to deny taxpayer funding to President Trump’s voter fraud commission. Anything to keep the left from voting.

Donald Trump even less fit for president

Ruth Marcus in The Washington Post laments over the level of Donald Trump’s fitness to be President of the United States. Knowing full well that Trump Jr. knew that he was getting information from the Russians that was dirt against Hillary Clinton in her campaign against daddy, Trump Sr. responded, “…that this was political business as usual.” There were several other additions and added clarifications by T-rump, but the fact of the matter, as far as Marcus, and most of the country is that Trump and his son are lowlife, and the fact that neither of them recognizes this is what is wrong with this presidency. Apparently you’ll see next, the country agrees.

Trump approval rating plummets

After six months in office, Donald Trump registers a mere 36% on the approval scale. That’s down 6 points just since April. At this rate, the U.S. President, the most powerful man in the world, and in just a few months, will have zero valuation to his constituents. And won’t the media run with this. 41% still think the Trump campaign helped the Russians to influence the outcome of the election. This is important since this one issue is still primary as far as the numerous investigations of T-rump, and it could be the determining factor in bringing his presidency down. Trump Jr. will no doubt continue to blunder through and could hasten daddy’s demise.

 

53% of American public want to keep Obamacare

The DESTROYER of healthcare

That number should be shattering to anyone thinking of repealing the Affordable Care Act, but not to a callous, self-centered, reckless politician like Mitch McConnell. This lowlife that leads the Republican Senate has made it his mission in life, a hateful and racially motivated one, to oppose Barack Obama on any issue, whether it benefits the country or not. He has been trying to repeal Obamacare since its inception. And the deplorable part of this is, eight out of ten Republicans support him. McConnell is clearly thinking only of his Republican base when 53% of Americans want to either keep the ACA as it is, or work to improve it.

This despicable moron is first hell-bent on getting rid of Obamacare simply because of its attachment to the former President. Second, to appease a bunch of misguided Republicans who care only about themselves with absolutely no regard for the millions of Americans out there who will lose their health insurance. The latter is a trend since the GOP took over the Congress with, by the way, the lowest ratings by its constituents ever recorded in history. The survey reveals that 45% of the public opposes the Senate bill, but there are 40% who say they don’t know enough about the bill. That is because the deceitful McConnell did everything behind closed doors.

But this is all changing according to a recent article in The Nation by Luisa Bertman, titled, “Resistance is Rising in the Heartland. It features the new mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, Chokwe Antar Lumumba, black, who was elected by 93% of the vote in the general election. As a matter of comparison, Jackson has a 79% black population, but is located in a deep South red state. This is only one of a string of victories by Progressives at every level in races all around the U.S. This is all the product of Bernie Sanders run for President in 2016 and has become widespread due to the grass-roots movement of The Revolution. More on this later.

The hope is that by 2018, there will be enough momentum that the left, with the substantial help of Progressives, will take back the Senate, and, yes, the House. With a liberal Congress, autocrats like Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and particularly Donald Trump, will have their hands tied and their mouths shut. Here’s what an Obamacare supporter from Illinois had to say…

“Donald Jones, 61, a sheriff from West Frankfort, Ill., who was among those called in the survey, has seen both the benefits and costs of Obamacare. “I had one relative who probably was uninsurable and was able to get insurance that they wouldn’t have been able to get otherwise,” he said in a follow-up interview. ‘I had another family member who was forced to get insurance that they really can’t afford to pay.'”

One of the major concerns with the Senate healthcare bill is pre-existing conditions. McConnell says insurance companies can’t disallow any pre-existing conditions, that is, through the front door. But, of course these sneaky bastards have created a back door. The Affordable Care Act had provisions in the bill that considered pre-existing conditions with some leniency in certain cases, but with “guardrails” that assured the health care needed. The GOP bill takes away these guardrails leaving the insured person vulnerable. Here’s an illustration…

“Consider, for example, a family with a spouse or parent with cancer whose drug treatment costs thousands of dollars for their drugs. They think they have a victory in that under the Senate plan, their insurance company can’t explicitly charge them more because of their family member with a pre-existing condition. But, unfortunately for them, they find that they live in a state that allows insurers to offer plans that don’t cover prescription-drug costs. This family will face nothing but bad choices.”

All in all, most knowledgeable people agree that the Senate healthcare bill is a piece of shit. Pure and simple. If McConnell gets the votes he needs to pass this abominable legislation, there could be a revolt of the real kind by the people who will be ruined financially. The revolt will hopefully take out both Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.

Senate healthcare bill quietly adds tax cuts for rich

Senator Dean Heller

That’s correct the “new [Senate GOP] health bill cuts taxes by nearly $1 trillion over the next decade, mostly for corporations and the richest families in America,” as reported by the Washington Post. As usual, the Republicans use a gimmick to slip in breaks for the wealthy that, naturally, puts more money in their pockets. Here’s what former President Obama said on Facebook…

The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else.”

When will the average family realize that Republicans work only on behalf of the rich and corporate America and we are getting screwed royally out of rights and benefits that they control? It is beyond me that when we go to the polls, there isn’t a landslide for the left. Bernie Sanders could probably have pulled off something at least close to this reaction, but now we probably will never know. And here are more damning facts that illustrate the arrogance of the GOP when they are in control…

“— Repeal a tax on wealthy investors, saving them about $172 billion over the next decade.

Obama’s health law enacted an additional 3.8 percent tax on investment income for married couples making more than $250,000 a year and individuals making more than $125,000. The Senate bill would repeal the tax this year.

About 90 percent of the benefit from repealing the tax would go to the top 1 percent of earners, who make $700,000 or more,” according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.

“—Repeal a new Medicare payroll tax on high-income families, saving them about $59 billion over the next decade. Obama’s health law enacted an additional 0.9 percent payroll tax on wages above $250,000 for married couples and above $125,000 for individuals. The Senate bill would repeal the tax in 2023.”

“—Repeal a tax penalty on larger employers not providing health insurance to workers, saving them $171 billion over the next decade.”

There’s more and I urge you to go to the Washington Post site and see for yourself.

In the meantime, Senator Dean Heller, a Republican from Nevada, has decided he cannot support the bill, and is joined by four others from his party, GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky, saying they were not ready to vote on the bill, but are willing to negotiate. In Heller’s case, the pro-Trump group, America First Policies launched a major attack against the Senator. Heller also said he would be willing to negotiate on the bill but felt it would be very hard for him to come up with a “yes” vote. It has been reported that Mitch McConnell can afford to lose only two votes for the bill to pass.

Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from Maine, says she hasn’t read the bill’s text, and would make her decision based on the details. Many GOP Senators were locked out of Mitch McConnell’s secret negotiations which, in my mind, should anger the normal human being and make them skeptical of anything that has to be hidden until the last minute, as McConnell did. If I was a locked-out Senator, being of the same party with the right to know what’s going on because of that connection, I would be furious. But Republicans know they have to stick together if they are to remain successful in deceiving the American public.

In another WP article, the moderate GOP Senators are worried the bill, “…could damage the nation’s social safety net.” With the number of people thrown off health insurance (at least 23 million) and the compelling damage it would do to Medicare, these moderates are worried about their constituents and what it would do to them. What this all comes down to is the obvious contempt Mitch McConnell and his followers have for the people of this country. They can be damned as long as he takes care of the wealthy and corporations. With any luck, the Senate health care bill, along with Mitch McConnell, will go down in flames.

 

More proof: Too many guns on the street

WOW! Look what I found

There is a new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC); that’s the organization which has had access to statistics on gun violence for years, but were prevented from compiling or releasing it because of legislation supported by the National Rifle Assn. (NRA) because it would prove that the number of guns on the street is the cause for gun violence. In an ABC announcement, it was the Dickey Amendment in 1997 which cut off all the funding for any statistics that promoted gun control. But this all changed with the Orlando massacre, and the CDC has now come up with a startling study that reveals the “staggering” toll of guns on children in the United States.

The CDC reports there are 1,300 kids who die from guns every year, another 5,790 are wounded from handguns, rifles and shotguns. The CBS article reports

“The tally makes gunshot wounds the third leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 17 years.”

The study includes children from 0 to 17 and…

“About 19 children a day die or are medically treated in an emergency department for a gunshot wound in the U.S.,” study author Katherine Fowler, a behavioral scientist at the CDC, told CBS News.

And this is even worse, 53% of these gun deaths among children were homicides. Equally tragic, 38% were suicides. In some cases, the latter due to the fact that stupid adults leave a firearm unattended where they are easily accessible to children. Fowler added…

“The majority of these children are boys, 13 to 17 years old, and African-American in the case of firearm homicide, and non-Hispanic white and American Indian/Alaska Native in the case of firearm suicide.”

Suicide rates among young people have jumped significantly since 2007…60%, at least 25% suffering from mental health problems. And I cannot emphasize this enough, in many cases these youngsters turn to a gun to take their life…simply because it is there. Available. Right in front of them, unattended. Take a look at this collection: Death by Gun: Top 20 States with Highest Rates. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends doctors ask parents whether they keep a gun in the home; Dr. David Wesson, a pediatric surgeon at Texas Children’s Hospital said, “The more guns there are, the more people die of gunshot injuries.” Yes, more guns on the street mean more gun deaths.

ABC also mentioned an earlier released fact that with more research, “…automobile-related deaths have steadily decreased in recent decades thanks to safety measures like airbags, seat belts and anti-lock brakes.” Yet, with all the statistics we have on gun violence, we continue to have 28,807 gun caused incidents a year, resulting in 7,160 deaths, according to the 2017 Gun Violence Archive. Here’s a quote from a top research expert on what that field can accomplish in an issue like gun violence…

“Mary Woolley, the president of Research!America, a nonprofit organization that advocates for making medical and health research a higher national priority, pointed out how public health research has saved hundreds of thousands of lives, from diminished tobacco use to increased use of bike helmets and additional safeguards to reduce child drownings in pools.”

Yet Congress, primarily Republicans, has helped Wayne LaPierre and his National Rifle Assn. (NRA) block this helpful tool from being used, when the CDC has all the means able to capture these statistics except the budget that the congressional gun-lovers refuse to provide. Therefore, 7,160 innocent people were killed in 2016, 1,330 of them young children. How a rational human being cannot understand this–I’m speaking of those fighting gun control laws–is more than I can understand. And I am sure I speak for all those families of the 1,300 kids who were killed and another almost 5,000 wounded by gun violence. it’s downright pathetic.

As a follow up to yesterday’s post, “I Also Have No Sympathy for Steve Scalise,” I agree with MSNBC’s Joy Reid, who was burned at the stake like Manny Schewitz, that Scalise is basically a scumbag. Here’s the take of Reid’s guest, Rev. Dr. William Barber after a gay Capitol police officer named Crystal Griner came to Scalise’s rescue in the shooting…

“If a lesbian person saved your life, you should not go forward being homophobic. If you almost died, but your life was saved because you got health care, then you should apply that ethic and want everybody else to get that same health care that you have.”

That’s about as simple as it gets, but way too complicated for Republican minds, especially Mitch McConnell’s.

 

 

Obama can still appoint Merrick Garland to Supreme Court

It is certain that Democrats will attempt to block any radically conservative nominee that Donald Trump comes up with to fill Antonin Scalia’s seat. It will no doubt include a filibuster. The GOP, however, could initiate the “nuclear option” and overcome this but will they? The NO simply lets the Senate head call a vote to change the number of votes needed to stop the filibuster from 60 to a majority, which the Republicans have. Bingo, the Supremes have gone ultra conservative.

But hold on, Dahlia Lithwick of Slate says, it isn’t Donald Trump’s nomination to make and actually we already knew that. The Senate’s token asshole, Mitch McConnell, stopped Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland. And has-been John McCain had also said that should Hillary Clinton become President, he would block all of her nominees. And he doesn’t even know who they would be. This all confirms the stupidity of the current Republican Party.

The only answer now is for the Democrats to stand firm and do everything in their power to prevent Trump’s Supreme Court nominations. Unless he comes to his senses and works with the Dems on a nominee, and we know that won’t happen. But here’s the kicker, the Advise and Consent clause of the Constitution gives the President the right to do many things, including nominate judges for the Supreme Court. The court then approves or disproves the nomination.

But what if the Senate doesn’t act. The Supreme Court has said:

“No procedural principle is more familiar to this Court than that a constitutional right, or a right of any other sort, may be forfeited in criminal as well as civil cases by the failure to make timely assertion of the right before a tribunal having jurisdiction to determine it.”

The Washington Post has said:

“It is altogether proper to view a decision by the Senate not to act as a waiver of its right to provide advice and consent. A waiver is an intentional relinquishment or abandonment of a known right or privilege.”

Although he is running out of time, Obama could “…advise the Senate that he will deem its failure to act by a specified reasonable date in the future (perhaps 30 days) to constitute a deliberate waiver of its right to give advice and consent. I know we’re in the change of command but the GOP started the fight and it’s the Democrats time to finish it. And that would be, if there is no action by the Senate, Obama appoints Garland to the Supreme Court. Case closed.

It happened in 1975 under Gerald R. Ford’s presidency you can read here.

Latest Mitch McConnell idiocy…NRA must approve Supreme Court nominee

How far will the American people let this lunatic go before sending him packing. The National Rifle Assn. (NRA) run by Wayne LaPierre not only controls the U.S. Congress, but now it controls the Supreme Court. Yes, Mitch McConnell has said in effect that the NRA has veto power over Supreme Court nominees. Not officially, just by controlling members of the senate who will vote just like Wayne LaPierre’s minions tell them to. This is beyond disgusting.

The Moderate Voice says, “it has not ever happened that a party would not even allow hearings on a President’s nominee.” That is, not until Mitch McConnell came along. MV says, he has…”re-written the rules on Supreme Court nominees: the powerful National Rifle Association now has veto power over all Supreme NRA has taken over control of the federal government.” This mentally misguided ideologue is completely out of control.

Now all you gun control apathetics–my term for those of you who say they won’t worry about it until it affects you personally–can see how far the NRA has pushed its power, to the extent it now has final approval over a Supreme Court justice. Many in this apathetic group do not even own firearms, but for some stupid reason they are fighting for the right of a gun nut to do just about anything he or she wants to do with their weapons.

The recall of members of the Congress is not permissible as defined in the Constitution. My gut tells me that if it was, there would be a recall in the process right now for Mitch McConnell. Maybe it is time for a Constitutional Amend. to change that but since most of the congressional members worth getting rid of are Republicans, and they now control Congress, the effort would be worthless. In the meantime, shoot for the overthrow of the GOP in November by Progressives.

Latest Republican trickle down bullshit

The GOP’s leading moron, “Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ that it is ‘not remotely’ the Senate’s obligation to consider the Supreme Court nominee that President Barack Obama will choose following the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.” Just consider the quoted words, “not remotely” to gauge the level of rebellion by Republicans against anything that President Obama is connected with. Perpetual interruption of government.

Senator Patrick Leahy said in an MSNBC interview with Andrea Mitchell that the Supreme Court has not gone without a seat for a year for as far back as the Civil War. He chastised Mitch McConnell for making a political issue out of the situation, commenting that in his history in Congress, no other Senate leader had done this. In other words, it is another contemptible move by McConnell to block anything the President does.

Leahy also questioned McConnell’s remark about letting the people decide the next Supreme Court nominee by citing Obama’s 2012 win by 5 million votes, a likely referendum on his potential choice of someone for the high court. the Vermont Senator seemed exasperated with his Republican colleagues to the extent that none of this made sense, which, of course it doesn’t. At one point Leahy exclaimed he didn’t think even Scalia would approve of these tactics.

One can only hope the Progressives of this country have finally had enough and will change the whole system come November.