Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston





The U.S. was just downgraded from a “Full” to “Flawed Democracy.”

You can thank President Porn-Star Shagger, the one who praised a murderous North Korean dictator and insulted our closest ally, Canada.


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.


Dave Miller said...

Well, he's already backtracking on his everybody statement.

I wonder when those folks who said Obama had a duty to follow the will of the people will be stepping up and saying that these days...

Shaw Kenawe said...

President-elect 40%:

From The Hill: "President-elect Donald Trump is expressing concern about what he has heard during his intelligence briefings on global threats.

"I've had a lot of briefings that are very … I don't want to say 'scary,' because I'll solve the problems," he said in an interview with Axios.

"But … we have some big enemies out there in this country and we have some very big enemies — very big and, in some cases, strong enemies."

He also talked about the importance of making the right decisions while in office.

"You also realize that you've got to get it right." Trump said, "because a mistake would be very, very costly in so many different ways."

The president-elect also told the news outlet he prefers his briefings to be short."

President-elect 40% likes his briefings short and probably in 4th grade-level reading comprehension.

Jerry Critter said...

He wants the briefings short because information confuses him. Like his constituents, he needs someone to tell him what to do.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Dave, I hadn't read that Trump is backtracking on "everyone will have [health] insurance" statement. Ryan and McConnell must have had fits when they heard that. President-elect 40% still hasn't learned that he must be careful of what comes out of his impetuous mouth. I don't think he ever will.

Jerry, There's an increasing consensus that President-elect 40% isn't the genius he keeps telling the world that he is.

Ducky's here said...

The rethugs seem to understand that they have put themselves in a serious corner.

Facts is that the ACA despite its warts is popular and has allowed millions access to affordable health insurance. Many of those live in heavily republican states and are going to want to know why their access to health insurance has been withdrawn with no alternative offered.

The rethugs have been so keen on simply repealing the ACA that they haven't had the time to compose an alternative.
They no what they are doing but are getting a little concerned that their base may not like the consequences.

James said...

No 40 % is not a great percentage to begin with
In comparison with his predecessor, Trump has already established himself as superior in every objective category.

Rational Nation USA said...

A smart 5th grader can figure out Trump isn't the genius he keeps telling folks that he is.

That doesn't say much for the 40% adult supporters that he has.

Anonymous said...

Trump has already established himself as superior in every objective category.

In every objective category of assholery. He certainly is superior there.

James said...

Well maybe he is

Candy said...

Osama is dead
GM is alive
Unemployment is down
The Stock market is up
And gas is about 2.50 a gallon.

Thank you Mr. President.

Dave Miller said...

Ducky... wait until those coal workers with black lung disease and their widows lose their checks that come every month, courtesy of Obamacare or the ACA.

It's just another small benefit that is part of the law Obama signed.

Wonder how many GOP folks knew it was Obama who took care of that group of largely undereducated white folks?

Ahab said...

Between an impending President Trump, his appalling cabinet picks, and the threats facing the Affordable Care Act, I'm fearful for our future.