Featured – NewsDesk Newspaper Magazine WordPress Theme https://magazine3.com/demo/newsdesk Just another WordPress site Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:38:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.7 Donald Trump’s Tweet About GOP’s ‘Failed Obamacare Replacement’ Backfires https://magazine3.com/demo/newsdesk/2017/07/15/donald-trumps-tweet-about-gops-failed-obamacare-replacement-backfires/ https://magazine3.com/demo/newsdesk/2017/07/15/donald-trumps-tweet-about-gops-failed-obamacare-replacement-backfires/#comments Sat, 15 Jul 2017 12:55:15 +0000 http://magazine3.com/demo/newsdesk/?p=80 For all of the signs that the GOP health care bill is on life support, a key fact should still frighten Obamacare proponents: None of the so-called moderate Republican senators who could kill the bill have done so.

And one of them, Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), who threw cold water on the legislation early on with a scathing statement, can be “bought off” with perks for his home-state, according to a report in Axios.

At this point, the Senate is deliberating over its second iteration of Obamacare repeal that has been ever-so-slightly modified to pick up the support of both centrist and hard-line conservative skeptics.

Obamacare tax on investment income for individuals making more than $200,000 a year

To address the concerns of moderates, the bill’s revisions keep in place a 3.8-percent Obamacare tax on investment income for individuals making more than $200,000 a year and significantly increases funding for opioid addiction treatment.

If Murkowski was bought off with funds from a long-term stability fund for her state, and Portman and Capito got their opioid funding, save Heller, North Dakota’s John Hoeven would perhaps be the biggest question mark left ― and no one should reasonably think a senator from a state that President Donald Trump won by over 35 percentage points would be the one to sink this effort.

After Heller’s June press conference announcing his opposition, most Republicans thought McConnell had his work cut out for him, as Collins and Paul had both looked likely to oppose the bill from the very start.

That Heller isn’t rushing out to announce his opposition, perhaps even sending McConnell back to the drawing board, could be an indication that he either wants this effort to fail, or that this bill is truly about to pass.

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Congressmen Rip Donald Trump Jr. With Gigantic Time Magazine Cover On House Floor https://magazine3.com/demo/newsdesk/2017/07/15/congressmen-rip-donald-trump-jr-with-gigantic-time-magazine-cover-on-house-floor/ https://magazine3.com/demo/newsdesk/2017/07/15/congressmen-rip-donald-trump-jr-with-gigantic-time-magazine-cover-on-house-floor/#respond Sat, 15 Jul 2017 12:48:05 +0000 http://magazine3.com/demo/newsdesk/?p=74 Two Democratic congressmen used Time magazine’s latest cover to make a political point about the Donald Trump Jr.-Russia affair on Friday.

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) brought onto the House floor an enormous print-out of the publication’s most recent front page, on which the words “Red Handed” are superimposed over a picture of President Donald Trump’s eldest son.

“Don. Jr.’s emails are a smoking gun,” said Gallego.

The pair then read into the Congressional record the email exchange between Trump Jr. and music publicist Rob Goldstone, about meeting a Russian lawyer during the 2016 election campaign to obtain dirt garnered by the Russian government on his father’s Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

“Don. Jr.’s emails are a smoking gun,” said Gallego. “They prove that the Trump campaign was not only aware of the Russian government’s efforts to meddle in our elections, they were enthusiastic about accepting Russian support.”

The pair then read into Congressional record the email exchange between Trump Jr. and music publicist Rob Goldstone, about meeting a Russian lawyer during the 2016 election campaign to obtain dirt garnered by the Russian government on his father’s Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) brought onto the House floor an enormous print-out of the publication’s most recent front page, on which the words “Red Handed” are superimposed over a picture of President Donald Trump’s eldest son.

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‘Simply Unworkable’: Insurers Blast New Provision In Senate Health Bill https://magazine3.com/demo/newsdesk/2017/07/15/simply-unworkable-insurers-blast-new-provision-in-senate-health-bill/ https://magazine3.com/demo/newsdesk/2017/07/15/simply-unworkable-insurers-blast-new-provision-in-senate-health-bill/#respond Sat, 15 Jul 2017 12:39:30 +0000 http://magazine3.com/demo/newsdesk/?p=65 The Affordable Care Act prohibited those practices, forcing insurers to sell policies with comprehensive benefits and at uniform prices to everybody, no matter their medical status. This made coverage available to people who couldn’t get it before, but it also forced insurers to raise underlying insurance premiums, because it meant they had to cover medical bills they had previously been able to dodge.

The legislation ensures that every American with preexisting conditions has access to the coverage and care they need ― no exceptions.

The Affordable Care Act also has tax credits that offset these higher premiums, but they are based on income, and not everybody qualifies ― leaving many people, particularly in the middle- and upper-middle-class, paying a lot more for coverage.

Republicans have seized on these high premiums as one of the big flaws in Obamacare, promising that, if given the chance to repeal the law, they would eliminate the costly “mandates” driving them.

But, tellingly, Republicans almost never speak explicitly about getting rid of pre-existing condition protections. Over the years, even as they were coming up with plans to weaken or eliminate the new insurance rules, they would promise publicly to keep those protections for pre-existing conditions in place.

As recently as Friday, during an address to the nation’s governors, Vice President Mike Pence said the “legislation ensures that every American with preexisting conditions has access to the coverage and care they need ― no exceptions.”

Cruz has attempted to maintain the same illusion, describing his amendment as the best of both worlds because it would still require insurers to offer some policies that conform to the existing rules ― that is, with all of the Affordable Care Act’s essential benefits and available to all people at uniform prices.

On Friday, the insurer groups explained why that couldn’t work: “As healthy people move to the less-regulated plans, those with significant medical needs will have no choice but to stay in the comprehensive plans, and premiums will skyrocket for people with preexisting conditions.”

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