If they repeal Obamacare, they are in for a rude awakening. I don’t think they want to get rid of health care for 21 million Americans. I don’t think they want to be those who say that if you have a disability, you can’t get insurance — the way it used to be before Obamacare. … They repeal Obamacare at their peril.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the Affordable Care Act’s repeal a “high-item on the list” with Trump taking office. Republicans have yet to offer a united front on what would happen in the wake of a repeal — but it could lead to chaos.
President Barack Obama delivered a mandate to Democrats on Wednesday: “Don’t rescue” Republicans on Obamacare.
Less than three weeks out from leaving the White House, Obama visited Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill with a mission to save his signature healthcare reform law as Republicans are moving quickly to unroll the Affordable Care Act.
In the closed-door meeting, the President urged fellow Democrats to not “rescue” Republicans by helping them pass replacement measures, according to sources in the room.He also floated this idea: Start referring to the GOP’s new plan as “Trumpcare."The suggestion was a clear indication of the Democratic Party’s goal of turning the tables on Republicans, who are already facing pressure to quickly craft a replacement bill.The feisty remarks from the outgoing President came as Republicans also huddled on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning to chart their path forward repealing Obamacare.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence visited with GOP lawmakers in what became a morning of dueling meetings on Day Two of the new Congress.Obama laid out the benefits of the Affordable Care Act in his meeting with Democrats, according to Rep. Maxine Waters, and argued that the country largely likes the law and that he has received countless letters thanking him for Obamacare.
“I’ve put forth a number of ideas for how to improve the Affordable Care Act. Now Republicans in Congress want to repeal the whole thing and start from scratch—but trying to undo some of it could undo all of it. All those consumer protections—whether you get your health insurance from Obamacare, or Medicare, or Medicaid, or on the job—could go right out the window. So any partisan talk you hear about repealing or replacing it should be judged by whether they keep all those improvements that benefit you and your family right now.
One new study shows that if Congress repeals Obamacare as they’ve proposed, nearly 30 million Americans would lose their coverage. Four in five of them would come from working families. More than nine million Americans who would receive tax credits to keep insurance affordable would no longer receive that help. That is unacceptable.
We can work together to make the system even better—and one of the best ways to do that is make sure that you’re in it.” —President Obama. Sign up on HealthCare.gov by this Thursday, for health insurance starting January 1st.
Trump will gain access to a state-run media channel thanks to the annual National Defense Authorization Act, which Congress passed Thursday.
This year’s NDAA dissolves the Broadcasting Board of Governors, an independent government agency that encompasses the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Office of Cuba Broadcasting, Radio Free Asia and Middle East Broadcasting Networks.
Rather than being run by a bipartisan board, these news services will be run by a CEO of Trump’s choosing.
Of particular importance here is the VOA, which broadcasts the news in more than 40 languages and originated in 1942 as an antidote to Nazi propaganda.
The VOA broadcast only internationally until 2013, when Obama signed legislation making its content available to audiences within the U.S.
Per the VOA Charter, signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1976, “VOA news will be accurate, objective and comprehensive” and “will represent America, not any single segment of American society.” Read more
Since the Republican Party’s unexpected triumph November 9, pundits and columnists have debated nonstop the meaning of a Trump presidency for Barack Obama’s legacy.
Will Republicans scrap the Affordable Care Act? Will they roll back groundbreaking environmental protections? Will they reorient American foreign policy away from traditional allies? Will they pack the Supreme Court with ultra-conservative jurists?
To be sure, Obama’s legacy is very much on the line. Yet remarkably, so is that of Lyndon B. Johnson.
Johnson left office in 1969, the victim of self-inflicted political wounds over Vietnam. But in the half-century since his presidency, much of his Great Society remains intact. Health care for the elderly and poor. Categorical aid to primary and secondary education. Civil rights and voting rights. Nutritional assistance for hungry children. These programs not only survived successive Republican administrations. They thrived, and in some cases, grew under presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.
As we celebrate MLK Day, this is the real Martin Luther King.
Here, Dr. King calls out the blatant hypocrisy of white people who have received government welfare for decades but don’t think government should help anyone else. Remember this video the next time a Republican claims Dr. King would be opposed to welfare programs.
“At the very same time that America refused to give the Negro any land, through an act of Congress our government was giving away millions of acres of land in the west and the midwest. Which meant that it was willing to undergird its white peasants from Europe with an economic floor.
But not only did they give the land, they built land grant colleges with government moneyto teach them how to farm.
Not only that, they provided county agents to further their expertise in farming.
Not only that, they provided low-interest rates in order that they could mechanize their farm.
Not only that, today many of these people are receiving millions of dollars in federal subsidies not to farm, and they are the very people telling the black man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.”
In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll back the influence of the Endangered Species Act, one of the government’s most powerful conservation tools, after decades of complaints that it hinders drilling, logging and other activities.
Over the past eight years, GOP lawmakers sponsored dozens of measures aimed at curtailing the landmark law or putting species such as gray wolves and sage grouse out of its reach. Almost all were blocked by Democrats and the White House or lawsuits from environmentalists.
Now, with the ascension of President-elect Donald Trump, Republicans see an opportunity to advance broad changes to a law they contend has been exploited by wildlife advocates to block economic development.
“It has never been used for the rehabilitation of species. It’s been used for control of the land,” said House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop. “We’ve missed the entire purpose of the Endangered Species Act. It has been hijacked.”
Emphasis mine because it’s not like those endangered species need viable, untouched habitats or anything…. oh wait.