by Countable | 3.20.17
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:
"Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that Congress’s work to repeal and replace ObamaCare will be finished “this year."Ryan was responding to a question about President Trump’s comments on Sunday that “maybe it’ll take 'till sometime into next year” to roll out a Republican replacement plan.”
"But the Speaker said legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare will pass this year. When that legislation would go into effect that could possibly extend into future years, he added. On Tuesday, Ryan said the Department of Health and Human Services would determine when the repeal and replacement legislation should go into effect. Republicans have talked about a transition period of 2 or 3 years."
Read more at The Hill.
"A Maryland blogger has settled a defamation lawsuit filed by first lady Melania Trump.
Webster Griffin Tarpley, who runs the blog Tarpley.net, has agreed to pay a "substantial sum" and issued a statement apologizing to the first lady and her family, according to a statement from Trump's attorneys.
"In August, Tarpley published unsubstantiated rumors that the first lady had previously been an “escort" and that she was suffering a “nervous breakdown” because of the presidential campaign. Tarpley had issued a retraction stating that the blog did not generate the rumors but should have maintained “a healthy distance between innuendo and fact.””
Read more at POLITICO.
"Disapproval of Donald Trump's performance as President reached a new high on Monday in Gallup's daily tracking poll. The tracking poll, which averages results over the previous three days, found that 54 percent of respondents disapproved of Trump’s performance in office, while only 42 percent approved. On Jan. 22, two days after his inauguration, respondents were split 45-45 percent on Trump’s performance."
"Trump’s net approval rating in the Gallup poll dropped 8 points during his first week in office, though the gap between approval and disapproval has never been higher for Trump than what the poll currently reflects, a 12-point spread."
Read more at Talking Points Memo.
"San Francisco’s mayor announced Monday that the city would make college education free to all of its residents through the City College of San Francisco. The initiative, made possible through a tax on properties sold for at least $5 million, is expected to begin next fall."
"Any San Franciscan who's lived in the city for at least a full year will be eligible, regardless of income, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Supervisor Jane Kim likened the agreement to public schooling for K-12 students, saying that City College would be free to all, too."
Read more at USA Today.
"A former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist has reopened a contentious debate over the validity of a key agency climate change study, asserting that procedures for archiving its data were not properly followed by its authors."
"But many scientists have pointed out that the research has been independently confirmed by another recent study — and that in any case, none of this raises any significant doubt about human-caused climate change."
Read more at the Washington Post.
— Erin Wright
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I do not trust private insurance companies to ever do the right thing. Before Obamacare, after I lost my insurance due to a divorce, paying for private insurance even through Kaiser in California was over the top because I have a pre existing condition - a benign tumor on my pituitary that is completely controlled by medication. It didn't matter that it was benign and so easily controlled. Being self employed the cost of private insurance was punishing. Stories like mine are the reason Obamacare was necessary in the first place. Insurance companies are not going to suddenly start doing the right thing without a government mandate.
Somebody had to start the process of giving this country health care. The rest of the Western world is way ahead of us. I'm American but grew up in Germany. My mother never worried about taking us to the doctor. She never worried if she would be able to pay the premiums, the hidden costs or paying for any prescriptions. The Affordable Care Act does not need repealed it needs to evolve. What doesn't work change. And for the love of god stop the sinful pricing of prescriptions.
The Affordable Care Act was originally a Republican idea that never got off the ground. Once it became "law" Republicans started calling it ObamaCare as if it was something awful. There are definitely faults with it and the insurance companies have run with it to make a fortune but it does NOT need to be repealed! Just own up to having begun its development and fix it! If Congress were forced to have the same healthcare as the rest of us, I am sure that you'd be able to fix it REAL fast. Consider expanding Medicare rather than dismantling it. It actually works!
Why are we still talking replacing the ACA? While it has many excellent components, any replacement will simply continue to play into the insurance companies hands. Get rid of health insurance completely and replace with national health care! Why are we, the greatest nation in the free world, the only developed country to still not have national health care? What do these other countries know that we don't? Get with it America!
I'm against repeal, modify and improve. Don't waste taxpayers money reinventing this wheel. Much has been vetted and is working. And don't touch Medicare Paul Ryan! You may not be a senior but you will be one day!
We don't want a replacement. We want the ACA to be strengthened and expanded to a universal single payer system.
You're cutting the ropes to the old bridge before you've built the new one. On behalf of the people still standing on the old bridge, follow through on creating the new healthcare system before you cut the ropes on Obamacare.
Why are we so afraid of single payer?! It works very well in countries much less wealthy than ours. Their citizens, unlike ours, don't live in fear of constantly changing health care than works for some, but never for all. This is a human right for all! We spend more money trying to piece meal & rubber band programs that are inefficient.
Don't repeal, fix the parts that need to be fixed. We know it's not perfect, but it's the best thing we have to health care for all, which is a basic human right. You got something better??? I am all ears if you do, but till then we need to just fix what we have
The ACA was quite literally the first time in my adult life I had health insurance. Vote NO on the repeal.
Don't repeal ACA, improve it!
If you are supporting the withdraw of the Affordable Care Act, I want a blatantly spelled out replacement with full measures to protect the individuals with pre-existing conditions, the mentally ill, those born with physical and mental disabilities, the elderly, and the disabled. So far, I have seen none of these brought forward. So far all I have seen is Republicans screaming about Obamacare and constituents becoming scared because they didn't know Obamacare was the Affordable Care Act.
Paul Ryan is just another puppet to the dictator Trump. Shame on you Paul Ryan! We won't forget, the blood will be on your hands.
Perhaps Speaker Ryan should give up his health care coverage while they roll out the GOP "replacement."
Make improvements! Don't repeal! AHCA works!
No repeal without replacement! It is very important that you revise Obamacare and don't repeal it. Too many lives are at stake, and I think the Republican Party has made enough mistakes this far into this new, terrifying administration.
Paul Ryan just needs to go away. He has wasted millions and millions trying to repeal Obamacare without thinking about the impact and what happens next. Send him back to the peewee league.
Please do not repeal the ACA, but do work to make it better for all citizens of the US. There are models from all first world countries that could be used to implement a single payer program, and let our citizens know that this country cares deeply about their well being. Imagine such a place!
Paul Ryan says it will take 2-3 years to replace ACA but wants it repeal now. Tell me what are all these people going to do if their Insurance taken away. You are making a huge mistake, it appears as though you really don't care for the people of your country. SHAME ON YOU!! One thing I know is "God does not like UGLY & this is ugly
I am a pediatrician and I know first hand how many children the ACA has helped. To take away health insurance from 8 million children is heartless. This is not counting the 20 million adults the ACA also covers. America has spoken loud and clear 'WE DO NOT THE ACA TO BE REPEALED!' Midterm elections are in 18 months. You have constituents to answer to. We are all paying attention!