Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston


Latest Gallup poll:

Trump entering the presidency with a 40% approval rating.

A majority -- a LARGE majority -- of Americans don't approve of the man who will become their president on January 20.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Do Republicans Know What They're Doing?

A majority of Americans do not want Republicans to repeal the ACA without a replacement.

"A poll the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that 75 percent of Americans say they either want lawmakers to leave Obamacare alone, or repeal it only when they can replace it with a new health care law. Twenty percent of those polled say they want to see the law killed immediately. But Drew Altman, CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation, says the poll shows lawmakers don't have a strong mandate to repeal Obamacare." 

This week President-elect 40% bragged and promised the American people that they all would have health insurance at far less the cost than the ACA. How this will happen is still a mystery, since President-elect 40% gave the country no details.

Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have been silent as well on how the Republican Congress will repeal and replace the ACA.

President-elect 40% and the Republican Congress seem to be at odds with each other.

Via Daily Kos:  The New York Times

Health Law’s Repeal Could Raise Costs and Number of Uninsured, New Report Says Repealing major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, while leaving other parts in place, would cost 18 million people their insurance in the first year, a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday. 

A repeal could increase the number of uninsured Americans by 32 million in 10 years, the report said, while causing individual insurance premiums to double over that time. The budget office analyzed the probable effects of a Republican bill repealing the law like the one approved in Congress, but vetoed early last year by President Obama. 

 The C.B.O. report, released after a weekend of protests against repeal, will only add to the headaches that President-elect Donald J. Trump and congressional Republicans face in their rush to gut President Obama’s signature domestic achievement as they try to replace it with a health insurance law more to their liking.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we honor a great American and great fighter for civil rights for all people:  

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

(Meanwhile, Trump cancelled his scheduled trip to the Civil Rights Museum to honor Dr. King. Trump must have dozens of Tweets to send out telling everyone how mean John Lewis was to him. Trump doesn't have one one hundredth of the courage possessed by both King and Lewis, real American heroes.)