by Countable | 12.30.16
It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:
"President Barack Obama plans to meet Democratic lawmakers in Congress next week to discuss how to protect his signature healthcare law from Republican efforts to dismantle it, a White House official said on Friday."
"Obama, who is leaving office on Jan. 20, will attend a meeting with Democrats from the House of Representatives and the Senate on Wednesday, the official said."
Read more at Reuters.
"In a sharp departure from Russia's previous strategy of responding to U.S. sanctions in kind, President Vladimir Putin said Friday he would not kick out American diplomats -- one day after President Barack Obama moved to expel 35 Russian intelligence operatives."
"Putin said he was already looking ahead to the incoming Trump administration -- but he vowed that Moscow would stand firm. "Although we have the right to retaliate, we will not resort to irresponsible 'kitchen' diplomacy but will plan our further steps to restore Russian-U.S. relations based on the policies of the Trump administration," he said in a statement."
Read more at Fox News.
"President Vladimir Putin on Friday said Russia would not retaliate against the United States after the Obama administration took actions to punish the former Cold War adversary for meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections. President-elect Donald Trump later applauded Putin’s decision."
"Trump later tweeted: “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!"”
Read more at Morning Consult.
"Drudge Report head Matt Drudge on Thursday accused the U.S. government of launching an attack to interfere with his website."
""Is the US government attacking DRUDGE REPORT? Biggest DDoS since site's inception. VERY suspicious routing [and timing]," Drudge tweeted from his personal account late Thursday."
"About a half-hour later, he said the attack was coming from “thousands of sources."”
Read more at The Hill.
"Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill Friday aimed at delaying by up to six months the opening of marijuana shops in the state until mid-2018."
"An aide to the Republican governor said Baker shares the desire of state lawmakers to thoroughly prepare for the launch of a new industry distributing a controlled substance."
Read more at CBS News.
— Eric Revell
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"What are the 15 warning signs of impending tyranny? As tyrants take control of democracies, they typically: 1. Exaggerate their mandate to govern -- claiming, for example, that they won an election by a landslide even after losing the popular vote. 2. Repeatedly claim massive voter fraud in the absence of any evidence, in order to restrict voting in subsequent elections. 3. Publicly criticize anyone who criticizes them, labeling them “enemies.” 4. Turn the public against journalists or media outlets that criticize them, calling them “deceitful” and “scum.” 5. Hold few if any press conferences, preferring to communicate with the public directly through mass rallies and unfiltered statements. 6. Tell the public big lies, causing them to doubt the truth and believe fictions that support the tyrants' goals. 7. Blame economic stresses on immigrants or racial or religious minorities, and foment public bias and even violence against them. 8. Attribute acts of domestic violence to “enemies within,” and use such events as excuses to beef up internal security and limit civil liberties. 9. Threaten mass deportations, registries of religious minorities, and the banning of refugees. 10. Seek to eliminate or reduce the influence of competing centers of power, such as trade unions and opposition parties. 11. Appoint family members to high positions of authority. 12. Surround themselves with their own personal security force rather than a security detail accountable to the public. 13. Put generals and other military commanders into top civilian posts. 14. Make personal alliances with foreign dictators. 15. Draw no distinction between personal property and public property, profiteering from their public office." Remember this, Trump supporters. You elected a tyrant.
Leave Obamacare- the Republicans have no strategy for a new healthcare plan and the new elected president is play tic-for-tac with people lives, because he does like President Obama. Wake up people realize what this man has in store for the country- so many people will lose the health benefits if the Republicans are allowed to remove Obamacare.
Are they pointing to an empty hot air ballon called the former Democratic Party? C'mon fellow Dems we better come up with a good solution......two years and then in four!!!!!
Please, please, please don't take away the benefits that came with the ACA! No peaceful, successful society is built on every man for himself. The health care industry is too big, too powerful for average private citizens to negotiate with on their own.
Please protect health care - fix the system but don't gut it. We need to do what other countries do. Our insurance industry owns us - that has to stop. Also please protect Social Security and Medicare!
Please protect and improve the ACA. I would like to see every elected official using the same plan that is available to the general public, only then will there be the proper bipartisan focus on making it work.
If you have less people insured how does this benefit the country? Market base insurance companies was what we had before. Premiums were skyrocketing! People without insurance go to the emergency room for care. They can't afford the bill. How do you think picks up the tab? There are some issues with the ACA, but it's a start. Can it be improved, maybe. Republicans voted 59 times to repeal the ACA. Now, that they have the responsibility of governance for the next 2 years, its gone from repeal and replace, to repeal and kick the can down the road to use as a campaign issue in the next election cycle. Republicans ought to be ashamed! Ronald Reagan is upside down in his grave. I am a man who's party left him.
Hands off the ACA, it not only saved my life this past year but many others. You have nothing to replace it with. Pre-existing conditions alone would bankrupt us. Keep the healthcare.
The solution to this problem a law needs to be passed that all these political officials need to be held to the same health care as we peons have. Now to the Russians, why is it this administration is so hell bend on distracting us from whoever leaked the emails was a good whistleblower. The corruption exposed is what they don't want to talk about or be talked about.I recall when this administration hacked countries that were head of states, Merkel for one. Now Jim Clapper head of all our intelligence agency said the report they just released was not true. lol every time Obama tries to scam us away and blame someone points back to Obama take responsibility Obama. Something from day one he's never done. Accountability is to much to ask, that accounts for the unacceptable behavior on display.
I agree we need a way to obtain affordable health care, but Obama Care seems to given the insurance companies and open agenda to rip off everyone with insurance. We need a non profit system to make it work for all. The hospitals and doctors have been given an open book to over charge for everything. For medical people it goes back to colleges over charging for education. Oh my! Are we slipping into Socialism? Where is Bernie when you need him?
Leave it to democrats to turn the entire healthcare system on its head, double the cost, and think it's a good thing. We need to repeal this government failure, and return healthcare to the free market without government blockades to competition this time. And NO, the healthcare system cannot be "non-profit". Do you work for free? You think doctors go through all that education to be poor? We need a sensible solution, and it's not government. If you doubt it, take a close look at the problems at the VA and every other government run program that's going bankrupt.
Obama and his cronies need to be in prison for Treason, Corruption and other high crimes and misdemeanors!!!!
First off, please Countable don't quote Fox News... you can't trust a word they say. As for Russians, obviously they want a leg up on Americans. Just as everyone wants to be better than the next guy. Trump catering to Russia and Putin riding along doesn't seem like it's right to me. It just feels like an illusion.
Do. It try to defund or repeal the ACA. If you want to accomplish something great how about working on an infrastructure bill? I'm not talking about a huge tax break for Trump's cronies either, I'm talking about a tax funded bill that lets America own our infrastructure not some huge corporation. They already have too much power. Power to the PEOPLE for a change.
Please repeal Obamacare!
Repeal Obamacare. Health insurance is not a right, it is a luxury. If you can't afford it you don't deserve it.
Can the republicans consider "Rename and Refine?" Repealing at this point will cause so many more issues. I'm afraid that lifetime cost caps will be reinstated, or pre existing conditions will no longer be covered, and premiums will continue to rise until the costs of prescription drugs is addressed. A rename would take away the "Obama care" stigma and buy time to fix what doesn't work!
No. Stop the Communist doctrine right now..