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GOP repeal foes face blowback

Source: Politico

Angry conservatives promise primary challenges.

By ALEX ISENSTADT and GABRIEL DEBENEDETTI 07/19/2017 05:12 AM EDT Updated 07/19/2017 03:23 PM EDT

The anger commenced not long after Tuesday’s collapse of the Senate GOP bill to replace Obamacare. The Senate Conservatives Fund promised to “identify, recruit, and fund conservative challengers” to GOP lawmakers who vote against a clean repeal.

It’s no empty threat in a Republican Party that’s seen a handful of incumbents defeated — or nearly defeated — in primaries in recent years.

Senior GOP officials spent much of Tuesday surveying the anger and frustration within their own party and taking calls from bitterly disappointed contributors, some of whom threatened to turn off the cash spigot. Senators who refused to support the bill, the party officials predicted, would see their fundraising take an immediate hit.

Texas businessman Doug Deason, a backer of President Donald Trump, said he and other major GOP donors were warming to the idea of funding primary challenges to senators who had opposed the health care bill. There was growing frustration over the failure to advance the president’s agenda, said Deason, the son of billionaire Darwin Deason. In a text message referring to three senators — Susan Collins, Jeff Flake and Shelley Moore Capito — Deason ripped “the spineless Republican members from Maine, Arizona and West Virginia who seem to believe that Obamacare is actually succeeding.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/19/gop-repeal-foes-face-blowback-after-healthcare-losses-240700

'At this point, we're a little incompetent': GOP leaders admit defeat as TrumpCare falters again

‘At this point, we’re a little incompetent’: GOP leaders admit defeat as TrumpCare falters once again

19 JUL 2017 AT 17:41 ET

With the Senate’s Obamacare repeal and replace bill all but dead, a stark reality has begun presenting itself to Republicans: without healthcare reform, they may be dead in the water.

According to BuzzFeed News, House Republicans are now publicly expressing their frustration with the party, as well as their worries about their future.

“At this point, we’re a little incompetent,” Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) told BuzzFeed of the party’s failure to repeal and replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act despite controlling Congress and the White House.

Others, like Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL), were more unequivocal in their condemnation of the Senate’s healthcare gaffe.

“The Senate has failed the American people and abandoned voters who were promised that they would repeal and replace the disastrous Obamacare. The House did its job. We honored our pledge and passed legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare in early May. There is no need to sugar coat this: I’m very upset with the Senate,” Ross wrote in a statement on Wednesday.


Paul Ryan Pivots to Tax Code Rewrite, Welfare Overhaul

Speaker still wants Senate to get health care done but makes no assurances

Posted Jul 19, 2017 11:27 AM
Lindsey McPherson

Amid a Senate Republican impasse over health care, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan is trying to pivot to two other major priorities: rewriting the tax code and overhauling welfare programs.

“Welfare reform and tax reform are the two big things” Republicans need to get done this fall to complete their agenda for the year, as well infrastructure, Ryan told talk radio host Mike Gallagher on Wednesday.

Notably, a welfare overhaul and an infrastructure package were not among the priorities Ryan outlined at the congressional GOP retreat in January when presenting the agenda for the first 200 days. The speaker has previously said both welfare and infrastructure were more likely to be addressed in 2018.

The speeding-up of the timeline to overhaul welfare programs comes as House Republicans are trying to adopt a budget resolution that includes reconciliation instructions for a deficit-neutral tax overhaul and $203 billion in mandatory spending cuts over 10 years, some of which are expected to come from welfare programs.

“One of the reforms that we think that is important that we’re advancing this year, in addition to tax reform, is welfare reform,” Ryan said Wednesday on the Jerry Bader radio show.


New Hampshire Decriminalizes Small Amounts Of Marijuana

Source: CBS - Boston WBZ Radio

July 19, 2017 2:17 PM

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana, joining more than 20 states including all of New England in easing criminal penalties on pot.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu on Tuesday signed the bill that reduces the penalty for possession of up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana and a much smaller amount — 5 grams — of hashish from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil violation. The legislation takes effect in 60 days.

Under the new law, a violation would be punishable by a $100 fine for a first or second offense and by a fine of up to $300 for any subsequent offense within three years. A person could be charged with a misdemeanor, if they are found with marijuana for a fourth time within the three years.

Minors caught with either would be subject to a delinquency petition. In addition, police cannot arrest someone for a marijuana violation, and any money collected from the fines will go toward alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment.

Read more: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/07/19/new-hampshire-decriminalize-weed-marijuana-pot/

32 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026 under Senate measure heading to a vote...

Source: The Washington Post

32 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026 under Senate measure heading to a vote next week, CBO projects

By David Nakamura July 19 at 3:27 PM

BREAKING: Congressional budget analysts estimated Wednesday that a Senate plan to repeal part of the Affordable Care Act with no immediate replacement would increase the number of people without health coverage by 17 million next year and 32 million at the end of a decade. The forecast by the Congressional Budget Office of the impact on coverage of the Senate GOP’s latest health-care legislation is nearly identical to estimates the CBO made in January based on a similar bill that passed both the House and Senate in late 2015 – and was vetoed by then-President Barack Obama.

The new report also said the legislation would decrease federal deficits by $473 billion over that 10-year window.

The measure, which appears to have little chance of passing, would get rid of ACA premium subsidies as of 2020 and would eliminate the penalty most Americans face if they go without health insurance. It would end Medicaid expansion as of 2020 as well as repeal several of the ACA’s taxes. And the cost-sharing subsidies that have been paid to insurers to help lower-income consumers afford their deductibles and other health expenses would be repealed in 2020.


Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trump-challenges-senators-to-resurrect-obamcare-repeal-effort-were-close/2017/07/19/468c2dc0-6c8f-11e7-9c15-177740635e83_story.html?pushid=596fd10df1dad71d00000036&tid=notifi_push_breaking-news&utm_term=.422c8

CBO: 32 Million More Uninsured Under Senate O’Care Repeal-And-Delay Bill

By TIERNEY SNEED Published JULY 19, 2017 5:28 PM

Thirty-two million more people will be uninsured by 2026, compared to current law, if the GOP repeal-and-delay legislation the Senate may vote on next week becomes law, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday. The legislation, which was posted shortly before the CBO released its score, tracks closely with a bill that Congress passed and then-President Barack Obama vetoed in early 2016.

The CBO report also said that premiums would double by 2026 under the Senate legislation, which eliminates the Affordable Care Act’s taxes, insurance subsidies and Medicaid expansion, but keeps its regulatory regime in place.

The repeal of the subsidies and expansion would go into effect in 2020, while the elimination of individual mandate would take place right away.

The analysis predicted that insurers would flee the exchanges under those conditions:

In CBO and JCT’s estimation, under this legislation, about half of the nation’s population would live in areas having no insurer participating in the nongroup market in 2020 because of downward pressure on enrollment and upward pressure on premiums. That share would continue to increase, extending to about three-quarters of the population by 2026.


Trump declines invitation to speak at NAACP convention: White House

Source: Reuters

JULY 19, 2017 / 4:11 PM / AN HOUR AGO

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has declined an invitation to address the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Wednesday.

Trump also declined to speak at the NAACP convention last year because it coincided with the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, where he was formally nominated. Previous Republican presidential nominees regularly attended the annual meetings of the oldest U.S. civil rights organization.

This year's NAACP convention begins Saturday in Baltimore.

Reporting by David Alexander; Writing by Eric Walsh


Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-naacp-idUSKBN1A42D5

Malia Obama didn't lose her summer internship in Spain for smoking weed -- in fact, she wasn't there

Malia Obama didn’t lose her summer internship in Spain for smoking weed — in fact, she wasn’t even there

19 JUL 2017 AT 16:36 ET

Despite what some right-wing racists would like to believe, Malia Obama was not fired from her “cushy” internship at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid for smoking pot earlier this year. In fact, she wasn’t there this summer at all.

Snopes, PolitiFact and High Times have all confirmed that the eldest Obama daughter not only didn’t work in Madrid this summer, but that stories of her getting fired for weed are fake news.

The story stems from a post on a blog called “Freedom Crossroads — America Love It Or Leave It,” a site whose political leanings are apparent from their name. The post, dated June 29, 2017, is titled “Malia Obama Fired From Cushy Internship At Spanish Embassy.”

“She was caught, by Embassy Security — aka the U.S. Marines — on the roof of the building burning a doobie and playing with the Ambassador’s carrier pigeons,” the fake news story read. “Ambassador Bedard is an avid hobbyist.”

As PolitiFact noted, the Obama family spent some of the summer vacationing in Jakarta, Indonesia (where the former president lived as a child) and Bali, and Malia is spending the summer interning for the Weinstein Company studios before starting at Harvard in the fall.

Freedom Crossroads also claimed Malia won’t be attending Harvard, and also that “she has no future in government, since all government jobs require drug tests.”



Why Trump Can't Convince Anyone on Health Care

July 19, 2017 at 11:20 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

Ezra Klein: “The core problem is Trump has no idea what he’s talking about on health care and never bothered to learn. ‘Nobody knew health care could be so complicated,’ he famously, and absurdly, said. His inability to navigate its complexities meant he couldn’t make persuasive arguments on behalf of the bills he supported, and he routinely made statements that undercut the legislative process and forced Republicans to defend the indefensible.”

“Because Trump doesn’t understand the legislation or the trade-offs it made, he can’t make persuasive arguments on its behalf in public or private, and so he mostly doesn’t try. Trump and his team are not frequent presences in the public debate trying to sell the legislation they’re so keen to sign. That’s one reason the various bills routinely polled around 20 percent — without Trump using the bully pulpit to argue on behalf of the legislation, critics, terrible Congressional Budget Office reports, and news of congressional infighting filled the void.”

“When Trump does weigh in, it’s often a disaster.”



Talk Radio Host Blames Megyn Kelly's Ratings on 'Liberal' Male Viewers Who 'Are Gay'

by Kylie Cheung | 1:03 pm, July 19th, 2017

The right-wing tends to make a lot of assumptions about liberals — that they’re gun-stealing, “baby killers,” for starters, and additionally, according to conservative talk radio host Wayne Allen Root, all liberal men are gay.

According to Root, the reason Megyn Kelly‘s NBC show is consistently beat out by reruns of America’s Funniest Home Videos and 60 Minutes in ratings, is that, even though Kelly is a “hot babe,” liberal men fail to appreciate this because they “are all gay.”

“She’s got great legs,” Root said. “She’s a hot babe and no one gives a crap about her. You know why? Because a hot babe on Fox News, Republican men loved her; take her off Fox News, now the whole world knows what she is. Republican men like me, I wouldn’t tune in. Screw Megyn Kelly.

“Outside of Fox News, you have no support,” Root said. “You had the hottest show in the country, my friend, and what did you do? You spit in our face. Now you’re done… we’re never going to give you the time of day, Megyn Kelly. Who’s left? Liberal women won’t like you because you’re coming from Fox News and liberal men, well, they’re all gay or they don’t appreciate pretty women.”

Root then added that “real men like beautiful women,” that liberal men “don’t care about beautiful legs, they don’t care about your beautiful face and your blonde hair and your tight skirt,” Root said, because “they’re too busy worrying about the poor.”


The spectacular failure of Trumpcare, Trump and McConnell - By Jennifer Rubin

July 19 at 9:15 AM

Gosh, if only Republicans had the nerve to take health-care coverage away from millions of Americans! That seems to be the bizarre reaction of Republicans disappointed that the GOP Senate is not willing to go back to the pre-Obamacare world, return nearly a trillion dollars in tax cuts to the super-rich and destroy Medicaid as a viable safety net (but don’t worry, that last part was just pretend!). The right-wing critics whine that Republicans are prisoners of the status quo. Well, if the alternative is something worse than the status quo, senators should plead guilty.

If there is anything less politically astute than GOP members of Congress, it is those egging them on from the peanut gallery who think that the promise for seven years was “repeal but not replace.” The goal was not to make as many people as possible lose health-care coverage or to reinstitute barriers to coverage for the hard-to-insure. It was to replace Obamacare with something better. Now, Republicans surely were dreaming if they imagine that there was a magic formula to provide all the benefits of Obamacare with none of the costs or defects; but if they could not find a mutually acceptable alternative, then they did the responsible thing in first refusing to do no (more) harm.

At least President Trump’s base isn’t bemoaning the evisceration of Medicaid, the loss of protections for those with preexisting conditions and the slashing of subsidies for the individual exchanges. Whatever right-wing purists were selling, the country — including Trump’s base — has never wanted to buy. The latest NBC-Wall Street Journal poll finds that “12 percent of Americans living in the counties that fueled Donald Trump’s win in the 2016 presidential election support the Republican Party’s efforts on health care.” Twelve. Right-wing radio talk-show hosts, TV pundits and think-tank gurus who have never run for office, held office or been responsible for the results of their white papers might consider that they have badly misunderstood the concerns of Americans, including those who voted for Trump and cannot be discounted as part of the “fake news” conspiracy.

The GOP is now in a state of intellectual and political disarray, the result of a president who lacked the understanding to lead a major legislative effort and of congressional leaders who thought they could push something, no matter how faulty, through the House and Senate simply by shaming members who had previously demanded Obamacare’s repeal.

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