Shortly after arriving at his Sterling, Virginia golf club on Sunday, President Trump lashed out at his own party via Twitter. “It’s very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President,” Trump tweeted.
“It is hard to imagine a list of people less credible on the issue of the extent of voter fraud in the United States, and who have done more to raise the scourge of voter fraud as a means to advocate for laws to make it harder for people to register and to vote,” wrote Rick Hasen on ElectionLawBlog.org on July 10.
Accusing the media of being “fake news” has worked so well for the Republicans, they’ve decided to give it a try against anyone who dares question their atrocious policies. The GOP’s latest target is the Congressional Budget Office, simply because it has the gall to score the latest disaster of a Senate health care bill.
The Republican solution—free markets and choice—is a return to the bad old days. When you scratch below the surface, it doesn’t add up. Insurance works best with a large pool (mandate), core coverage (10 Essential Benefits) and a limit on maximum out-of-pocket costs (caps).
For most of this decade, Democrats have not understood why they keep losing the U.S. House and state legislatures to Republican super-majorities. It’s not because American voters have moved to the right. The biggest single reason the GOP has that outsized grip on power is because they outsmarted Democrats when drawing political maps in 2011 for U.S. House races and state legislatures.
Obama was vilified as a Russian patsy for actions that don’t remotely approach what we know Trump and his circle have done. Today, all but a few congressional Republicans avert their eyes and swallow their tongues.
On Thursday, the New York Times columnist called Republicans’ efforts to roll back some of the savage Medicaid cuts a “scam.” That’s because McConnell’s health care legislation dictates tax-favored health savings accounts pay insurance premiums. This would not only enable the rich to set up huge tax shelters, but subject them to marginal tax rates, providing obscene savings.
During the first half of the year in state legislatures, drug companies have fought bills to reduce medicine prices; the financial industry has tried to stop legislation to end special state tax breaks; and oil and gas firms have pushed to block environmental regulations.
“Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough made a surprising announcement on “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday: The former Florida Republican Congressman is giving his party the boot.
As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sweats to cut deals over his bill to dismantle federal healthcare safety nets, the latest polls are finding that the more people know about its details, the more they’re fearful of its impacts and will blame Republicans. But when it comes to the nation’s overall health and our insurance-based system’s ability to address those needs, Americans should remember that the U.S. now lags far behind most wealthy nations.
Republican Ron Estes defeated Democrat James Thompson by six points, in a district the GOP won last November by 31 points.
Before President Trump even approved the Keystone Pipeline, GOP mega-donors Robert Mercer and Rebekah Mercer were already celebrating with a two-day anti-climate conference sponsored by the conservative Heartland Institute. Among the speakers was British climate denialist Lord Christopher Monckton, who spoke fervently about convincing “illiberals” from Ivanka Trump to Al Gore that climate change is a hoax.
Another anti-Obamacare talking point featured conservative media figures decrying the allegedly undemocratic process by which Congress passed the ACA, claiming that Democrats were trying to “ram it down America’s throat.” Right-wing media took then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) comment “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it” at the National Association of Counties out of context, to scandalize the health law as a secretive, closed door deal.
Trump’s appeal is much broader. Cognitive scientist George Lakoff has spent decades studying how conservatives have won by nurturing a worldview of a powerful authority enforcing discipline through strength. Last summer, he tried to warn Democrats that Trump — despite a near total ignorance of conservative policy — was appealing to Republicans across the spectrum as well as to union workers who believe in “traditional family values” in their private lives.
Steve King’s latest white nationalist tweet reflects a long history of racist remarks and reactionary policy promoted by the Iowa Republican.
The AHCA is rightly being derided as a cruddy facsimile of Obamacare that massively shifts wealth from the lowest income brackets to the highest. The rationales for foisting this botch on the not-so-well-to-do are grounded in that old conservative disposition to blame the poor for their poverty.
The press. Government employees. Non-partisan government agencies helmed by Republicans. All of them are now being portrayed by the administration as unworthy of the public trust, because they put out information damaging to the president.
Trump managed to persuade a lot of those white Americans that he would give them better and cheaper health insurance. That’s not going to happen. Trump was too smart to ridicule the have-nots while he was on the campaign trail, but his policies are still going to give them the shaft.
It’s time to face up to the obvious: The President of the United States is deranged. He is pathologically addicted to lying, bizarrely repeating his most blatant fabrications even after they’ve been totally debunked.
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, neoconservative pundit Bill Kristol berated the Republican Party for rushing through an unpopular bill that has already faced brutal condemnation from the American Medical Association. At the end of the segment, Kristol predicted that the GOP bill is “going to fall apart and there will not be a vote.”
During an interview with Congressman Buddy Carter (R-GA), Fox News’ Shep Smith slammed the Republicans for pushing through an alternative to Obamacare before knowing how the Congressional Budget Office scores the new GOP plan.
Stephen Colbert wondered who could possibly endorse a plan that kicks people off their health insurance. Suddenly, the Grim Reaper — or was it Steve Bannon? — appeared behind the Late Night host and danced onstage to celebrate his good fortune.