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Three Strategies To Defend GOP Health Bill: Euphemisms, False Statements And Deleted Comments

Earlier this month, a day after the House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act, Ashleigh Morley visited her congressman’s Facebook page to voice her dismay.

May 26, 2017
planned parenthood

GOP Obamacare Repeal Would Kick 23 Million Off Health Insurance And Give Trillion-Dollar Tax Cut To People Who Don’t Need It

The American Health Care Act is even worse than Democrats warned from the floor of the House last month when they fell one vote short of blocking Paul Ryan’s bill that was marketed as Obamacare-repeal legislation but was mostly a tax cut for the rich.

May 26, 2017
Rep. John Lewis

John Lewis Hammers Steve Mnuchin Over Trump’s Sadistic Budget Cuts

“Mr. Secretary, I’ve often said that a budget proposal is a statement of values and priorities,” Lewis began. “This administration’s proposal makes crystal-clear that the hungry, the middle class, the elderly and the struggling will be left out and left behind.”

May 25, 2017
Trump, Executive Orders

The 15 Heartless Proposals In Trump’s Budget

Longtime federal budget experts quickly slammed the White House’s proposed 2018 budget on Tuesday. Its $1.4 trillion in cuts over the next decade would endanger tens of millions of households…

May 24, 2017
US Supreme court Arizona voting law

Deforming The Law

In an urgent phone call, Ralph Nader described a Republican tort law package that is being “rammed through the House” without proper hearings and almost no attention from the press. Any hearings on the bills have been pro forma, at best.

May 22, 2017

New Jersey Could Be Next To Completely Legalize Weed

Although it’s doubtful New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican, will sign off on the measure should it be approved by the Senate and House later this year—he has been a staunch opponent of recreational marijuana…

May 20, 2017

The Wussification Of Baseball Is A Good Thing

Losing pitcher Jon Lester was disgusted by the umpire’s ruling. “Baseball has been played for over 100 years the exact same way, and now we’re trying to change everything and make it soft,” he groused. “We’re out there playing with a bunch of pansies right now.”

May 19, 2017

The Road To Single-Payer Could Go Through Medicare Part C

Actually, Medicare is Exhibit 1. Far more socialistic than the Affordable Care Act, Medicare requires a major transfer of wealth from taxpayers to older people. Medicare is also wildly popular, and I dare Akin to call it a “cancer” in front of his electorate.

May 19, 2017

Trump-Backed Obamacare Repeal Bill Disliked By 2 To 1 In Poll

By a 2 to 1 margin in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey, they said the GOP’s American Health Care Act, which was embraced by President Donald Trump, was a bad idea rather than a good idea. Among those polled, 48 percent of Americans said the legislation was a bad idea.

May 15, 2017

The Specter Of Single-Payer Health Care

The other day, Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., held a town hall meeting where constituents grilled him about his role in passing the American Health Care Act. When he claimed the insurance market is “collapsing,” a chant went up: “Single-payer, single-payer!”

May 15, 2017

Ivanka Trump’s Advocacy For Healthy, Pesticide-Free Food Apparently Extends Only To Her Own Children

While Donald might not have high regard for organic farming, his daughter Ivanka recognizes the benefits and has spoken frequently about feeding her children organic food. Her lifestyle website espouses the health benefits of pesticide-free, organic food.

May 15, 2017
Obamacare, Healthcare

These Are The 6 Biggest Roadblocks That Could Prevent Senate Republicans From Destroying Obamacare

The first 55 times House Republicans voted to repeal Obamacare, they were thwarted by President Obama’s veto power. The 56th time came in March when the Republicans controlled all three branches of government for the first time.

May 15, 2017
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It’s Not Just Trump: Republicans Constantly Lying About Health Care Means Reporters Face Growing Challenge

The push is extraordinary because Republican officials, led by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, are aggressively fabricating claims about the bill that’s now pending before the Senate.

May 14, 2017

Cannabis May Help, Not Harm, Narcotics Addicts

It is time for politicians to put to rest the myth that cannabis is a gateway to the use of other controlled substances — a theory that is neither supported by modern science or empirical data.

May 14, 2017
Town Halls, Activists

5 Explosive Town Halls You May Have Missed This Week

Last Thursday, 217 House Republicans passed the heavily contested American Health Care Act, which the Congressional Budget Office predicts will strip 24 million Americans of their insurance over the next 10 years. Now House Republicans are feeling the wrath of their constituents.

May 13, 2017
Trump sued 34 times

What Voters Think Of Trump’s Latest Obamacare Repeal Plan

Just over 1 in 5 voters, 21 percent, supported the GOP bill, a slight increase over the 17 percent who backed the original measure in a March Quinnipiac poll. “The grim diagnosis from voters: Health care will cost more and deliver less,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll.

May 12, 2017
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The Last Person You’d Expect To Die In Childbirth

The U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world, and 60 percent are preventable. The death of Lauren Bloomstein, a neonatal nurse, in the hospital where she worked illustrates a profound disparity: The health care system focuses on babies but often ignores their mothers.

May 12, 2017
Tom Price was under investigation by fired US Attorney Preet Bharara

Reporter Arrested After Asking HHS Secretary A Question

Dan Heyman, who works for Public News Service, said he repeatedly asked Price at the Capitol whether domestic violence is classed as a “pre-existing condition” under the health care bill recently passed in the House.

May 11, 2017

The Emergency Room Is No Place For Routine Care

Right-wing media attempted to pacify the millions of Americans who would lose their health insurance coverage if the American Health Care Act (AHCA) becomes law with the absurd notion that people do not need insurance to receive access to health care via the emergency room.

May 11, 2017
planned parenthood

Yes, Americans Die Earlier Without Health Insurance

Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, found himself in a pickle (and in a cameo in a Jimmy Kimmel monologue) when he suggested they don’t. He later elaborated that he was making the point that no one would “die in the streets” under the Republican health care plan, because hospitals are required by law to treat any patient in need of emergency care.

May 10, 2017
Trumpcare

States In Shock As Republicans Unleash Health Care Chaos

And what happens when local people who previously had coverage start showing up in emergency rooms? What’s happening to Obamacare is vandalism, plain and simple. It is already killing jobs, and people are next. And who will end up coping with the human wreckage? The governments closest to the people.

May 10, 2017
stephen moore

Former Economics Adviser Reveals Trump Lied About Medicaid

Discredited right-wing economic pundit and former Trump campaign economic adviser Stephen Moore accidentally let slip that gutting the Medicaid program “was central” to President Donald Trump’s plan to repeal Obamacare, despite the president’s repeated assertions that he would not touch the program.

May 8, 2017
Obama, Clean Energy

Republicans Lacked ‘Courage’ In Health Care Vote: Obama

“I hope that current members of Congress recall that it actually doesn’t take a lot of courage to aid those who are already powerful, already comfortable, already influential,” Obama said as he accepted the Profile in Courage Award at the John F. Kennedy Library on Sunday. “But it does require some courage to champion the vulnerable and the sick and the infirm,” he added.

May 8, 2017
GOP Disaster as Trump Ryan pull bill

50 Preexisting Conditions That Can Make You Lose Your Insurance If Trump And GOP Have Their Way

Republicans have made more than 50 attempts to destroy the Affordable Care Act since its passage in 2009. They made their most successful attempt to date on Thursday, when House GOP members voted to repeal and replace the ACA with their own health care plan. According to estimates, the Republican bill “will create tax breaks worth about $600 billion that will mostly go to health insurance companies, prescription drug manufacturers and the wealthy.”

May 7, 2017

Jimmy Kimmel’s Appeal On Health Care Hit A GOP Senator Hard

Three days before House Republicans effectively voted to repeal Obamacare, late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel issued a personal plea on behalf of millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions—like his son born just last week in Los Angeles. “Before 2014 [when Obamacare came into force], if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you wouldn’t be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition,” Kimmel said.

May 6, 2017