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:
The list of Republicans in both the Senate and House who may not be convinced to vote for the current Republican plan to replace Obamacare is growing. Currently there are nearly 60 members of Congress who have raised serious concerns about the legislation in interviews and on social media.
As of Wednesday morning, the number of Republicans in Congress who have expressed serious concerns about the bill as it stands — or outright said they would vote against it — is enough to kill the bill in both chambers.
Read more at The Washington Post.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, stated that there is so far absolutely no evidence to support President Trump’s Twitter allegation that former President Barack Obama ordered wiretapping of Trump Tower. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told reporters that he had given the president no indication there were any wiretaps during the election and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) threatened to delay confirmation by the Judiciary Committee of Trump’s nominee for Deputy Attorney General, Rod J. Rosenstein, until the F.B.I. answers his questions about Trump’s claims.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), also a member of the Judiciary Committee, "said during an appearance on CNN that he would also subpoena the F.B.I. to get the information if necessary."
Read more at The New York Times.
The Federal Reserve voted to raise interest rates .25%, which will increase borrowing costs for consumers seeking short-terms loans and credit cards. The decision was based on recent job gains, increases to inflation and stability of financial markets. This is only the third increase since the Great Recession of 2008.
"Just one month ago, market participants believed the Fed would skip the March meeting and perhaps go in June. However, several officials including Chair Janet Yellen made comments that gradually convinced markets that the Fed was ready"
Read more at Business Insider.
"The Trump presidency has sparked a resurgent wave of political activism, from marches in the streets to jammed phone lines in congressional offices.
But in addition to the traditional methods of political speech, a new generation of citizens is turning to mobile apps to expand their civic activity. Since Donald Trump’s inauguration, several politics-focused apps have seen a rise in engagement."
Read more at The Wall Street Journal.
Despite unwillingness during her confirmation hearings to commit to specific policies as the head of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, Seema Verma has already reached out to state officials in all 31 states that expanded Medicaid through Obamacare to advocate for policies similar to those she pursued in Indiana. Verma and HHS Secretary Tom Price sent a letter out Tuesday night "urging states to alter the insurance program for poor and disabled people by charging them insurance premiums, requiring them to pay part of emergency room bills and prodding them to get jobs".
Read more at *The Washington Post.
— Asha Sanaker
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And another thing. The premise that we should not be "forced" to pay for others who are sicker or poorer than we are is the height of selfishness, an insult to Jesus, and stupidly heedless of how life, disease, crop failure, family, and community--just plain old life--work. One certainty is we all are going to die, and most of us will, if we're tentatively lucky, get old first. Hmmm, you can probably count on one hand some healthy senior citizen who just passed in his sleep one night at home in bed. At play here is also the often willful ignorance employed in the separatist and racist perception of who is "deserving" and who is "undeserving." Chaffetz's squanderers on cell phones, for example--the trending caricature of the "welfare queen." And not to ignore the other part of this equation--that the wealthy deserve a huge tax cut on all this. Seriously? And the military budget deserves to be massively expanded, including nuclear weapons? Seriously? Do not ever try to tell me again that these Republicans have any genuine interest in fiscal responsibility. The whole thing just drools with hypocrisy, a corruption of power and money, and a sickness in the American soul.
Cory, hundreds of thousands of poor Coloradans will be hurt by the passage of the ACHA. Swallow that republican pride and work instead to improve the ACA. Repealing it will cause complete chaos, and will be devastating to the most vulnerable members of our state and country. While we're on it, defunding Planned Parenthood will have the same effect: 97% of the PP budget goes to providing critical health care, including low cost cancer screenings, to poor and under served women. Not to abortion. Surely you can find a way to continue to support the work instead of blindly claiming the organization is all about abortion. Open your eyes and try to find out how defunding PP and repealing the ACA will actually affect people living in poverty. Then find some humanity for god's sake.
After 7 years in the making, this is the best the GOP can come up with to replace the ACA? I'm disappointed. Maybe that's because Obama took their idea and they turned against just because he supported it. This bill, in its current form, is an absolute disgrace. It literally gives tax breaks to the richest and increases premiums on the poor! This bill would cause many to be unable to afford the premiums and thus be uninsured. In the meantime, they are sabotaging the ACA to ensure it fails. Premiums were going up before Obamacare and will continue to rise. Under this plan, they will rise faster as less people are able to afford and some choose to drop out, reducing the amount paid into the risk pool. As before, these groups will still require care that they can't afford, will visit the ER and not pay the bill. This will then cause another rise in costs. Under the ACA, with more people in the pool and the overall health of the population improving, we would eventually stabilize the cost increases and potentially even see them stagnate or slightly go down. The GOP are playing pure party politics with our health and our money. If properly supported, and with the Medicare expansion across the board, people would get healthier, costs would normalize, people who were previously too ill would be able to work and crime would go down. We have to look at the whole picture with all of the implications of supporting healthcare for all. There are complementary costs that will increase even if the cost of providing healthcare to 24 million less people goes down.
I support politicians in favor of this gross "replacement" to be on it themselves. In fact, make all the government public service reps use it.
Affordable, accessible health care is a human right not a political football.
Everyone is for improving health care. We need to slow down and get it right. Dramatic moves will only make things worse. I heard a very reasonable interview with a Republican member of Congress today. This is not from my party, but he made a good case about why the ACA in its current form was not working for some people and that healthcare spending is just out of control. I liked the idea of giving states more freedom to see if they can find innovative solutions. However he agreed that the current proposal may not be right because older Americans are penalized and low income people do not get the help they need. He really cared about both problems. We need more people that really care about both points of view. We need to have some discussions with compromises to solve problems. We need to take some time to have these discussions.
If this bill passes, I think all of congress should move to this plan. NO EXCEPTIONS!
RepubliKKKlans plan is basically, "just go ahead and die already". They cut funding at every opportunity that would help poor and working class Americans while giving HUGE tax breaks and incentive windfalls to the wealthiest Americans. And then they attempt to sound as if they are watching out for the same people they are screwing (i.e. "Why should a single mother or coal worker have to pay for PBS?" Meanwhile, they see no reason why that same single mother and coal worker shouldn't pay for healthcare for the wealthy, or an overinflated military, or pay in terms of their health for big Corporate tax breaks and deregulation that will pollute our air and water and defile and destroy our Public lands, etc.). These people are the worst of the worst and they keep stoking support by playing to people's fear of the "other" and feeding them endless streams of misinformation that they actually have even one ounce of care for the people they count on to win and then turn around and screw. Wake up, America! And especially, wake up Republican voters! Your Party does NOT care about you on any day other than Election Day!
If President Clinton got impeached for perjury then how does this president get away with Slander? SLANDER & ORAL DEFAMATION IS ILLEGAL. So it's ok to impeach a president for perjury but not this? Legal definition: "oral defamation, in which someone tells one or more persons an untruth about another, which untruth will harm the reputation of the person defamed. Slander is a civil wrong and can be a basis for a lawsuit". The "wiretap" comment is slander not just against Obama but the office of the UNITED STATES.
The AHCA (AKA RyanCare AKA TrumpCare) is a truly lousy way to try to fix any problems that the ACA has. If you're going to fix the ACA, really fix it, don't throw the poor, old, and sick to the curb only to give more to the wealthy. Work hard at your jobs and find a better way for EVERYONE!
Get on the right side of this issue! Grow spines! PRETEND to put country over party!
I am against the AHCA bill. I write from a perspective of practicing medicine in Tennessee since 1980. Among the many "wrong" aspects of this bill is that it would adversely affect thousands of rural Tennesseans. This bill would also price out the working poor from affordable health insurance. The rich in this country don't need a tax cut. What would Jesus do?
Please do not support the AHCA. This legislation is not intended to make Americans healthier nor does it provide healthcare insurance to the millions who need it. Access to healthcare does not equal medical care and treatment if one cannot afford it. The consequences of this bill include impoverishment, sickness and loss of life for too many. The AHCA is merely a tax break for wealthy Americans. The nonpartisan CBO has made this abundantly clear. Do the right thing and put the health and well-being of all Americans before the financial interests of the elite. Remember you swore to "promote the general welfare," and the AHCA does not accomplish that goal. You should focus instead on fixing the flaws of the ACA, and we'll all be better off for it.
PLEASE don't support Trumpcare. Please amend the ACA to fix problems and leave protections for people who are poor, are mentally ill, are addicted, and have existing conditions. Don't allow him to trample your electors and continue to make the 1% richer.
I'm urging you to not support the current AHCA (Trumpcare). This is not a healthcare bill. It is a tax cut to the rich bill. It might reduce deficit but it negatively impacts 24 million of the most fragile Americans like my son who is 23 and has autism and intellectual disabilities. There are other ways to reduce deficit like reducing corporate welfare, the wall, and the additional money you want to spend on military. Also, you are cutting Medicaid by $880 billion over 10 years but only reducing the deficient by just $337 billion over ten years. The difference of $543b is the tax cuts you are giving to the rich while socking it to the middle and lower classes. Your position will tell me what kind of person you are.
Shout out good job Republicans who are against the Ryan healthcare proposal. Stick your ground and do the right thing. Ryan is not only a nerd but he is also morally bankrupt.
I kindly ask my senators and representative to vote no on the Obamacare replacement bill. It wipes out the gains made over the last eight years on covering Americans from catastrophic financial ruin and makes health care the providence of the wealthy.
We do not need to abolish Obamacare. Improving it- yes. No reason to start over just because the republicans want it to be theirs.
Congressman Griffith would be wise to join the ranks of Republicans with common sense, backbones, and a basic sense of what is good for their constituents. Support the ACA! Oppose the AHCA!
Why throw 24 million Americans under the bus just to make a political point? Don't you care about our country? Vote no!