Monday, February 27, 2017

Will the GOP Fall Into the Obamacare Trap?

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Mod: Along with the sight of large crowds of angry constituents showing up at GOP town hall meetings all across America comes news of polling that reveals people really don't want to see the repeal of Obamacare. Despite what you might have been hearing. And, should that now suddenly timorous Republican Congress actually vote to do in the Affordable Care Act, they could face some harsh retribution at the ballot box in 2018. Will they do it anyway? Or, like the politicians they are, will these once fearsome Republicans capitulate? My guess is they're going to collapse like a cheap suitcase.

Support for Obamacare at all-time high (CNN link): Support for Obamacare is at an all-time high, according to two surveys released this week as Republican leaders continue to press the case for repeal amid fierce resistance at many town halls.

The latest Health Tracking Poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 48% of Americans view the law favorably, compared to 42% who have an unfavorable view. This is the highest level of favorability measured in more than 60 Kaiser Health Tracking Polls conducted since 2010.

The boost comes largely from independents, half of whom view Obamacare favorably compared to 39% who don't. Nearly three-quarters of Democrats continue to view it favorably, while about the same share of Republicans have an unfavorable view.

Also, a survey from the Pew Research Center found 54% of Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act -- the highest level ever recorded by Pew -- while 43% disapprove. That's up from an even split (48%-47%) in a Pew survey from December, suggesting support for the law may be galvanized by the ongoing public fight over its future.

Still, opinions on Obamacare remain divided. Predictably, Republicans are most likely to say they disapprove (89%) while Democrats are most likely to express approval (85%). But slightly more independents say they approve (53%) than disapprove (45%) -- up about 10 points from December.

Among those polled by Kaiser, the public remains divided along partisan lines on whether Congress should repeal the law. Some 47% said lawmakers should dismantle it, while 48% say it should not.

The Pew survey results also found that even among those who disapprove of the law, 25% want GOP leaders to "make modifications" while just 17% want to "get rid of the law entirely."

And while most Republicans disapprove of the law (89% to 10%), they are also divided over what to do about it -- 42% favor modifications while 44% favor axing it.

Mod: John Boehner, the former GOP Speaker of the House and a vocal critic of Obamacare, doesn't see the ACA going away anytime soon. 

John Boehner ‘started laughing’ at GOP’s latest phony promises about replacing Obamacare: report (Raw Story link): As Republican House Speaker, John Boehner doggedly opposed the Affordable Care Act, pledging to kill former President Barack Obama’s signature policy up until the end of his tenure.

Now, Boehner admits that the current GOP leadership is more likely to make small reforms to Obamacare than “repeal-and- replace,” as congressional Republicans first promised.

At a health care conference in Florida, Boehner dismissed the GOP’s call to repeal Obamacare and come up with a new plan as mere “happy talk,” Politico reports.

Congressional Republicans are going to fix Obamacare—I shouldn’t call it repeal-and-replace, because it’s not going to happen,” he said. In fact, Boehner “started laughing” in response to the idea that Republicans could swiftly steer a health plan through Congress. “Republicans never ever agree on health care,” he said, according to Politico.

The Republican leadership has made big promises about Obamacare’s replacement, while staying light on the policy details—even as angry constituents demand to know what will happen to their health care in town halls across the country. According to a Morning Consult/POLITICO poll, there’s been a large drop in support for getting rid of the ACA since the start of the year.

On Tuesday, Ryan made the philosophical case for Republicans’ plan, tweeting, “Freedom is the ability to buy what you want to fit what you need. Obamacare is Washington telling you what to buy regardless of your needs.” The strategy backfired, with critics pointing out that going broke over health care is not the most surefire way for Americans to achieve more freedom.

Mod: How taking away grandma's health care is going to"Make America Great Again" is lost on me. And unless the GOP has a political death wish they are probably not going to do it. No matter what President Blowhard has said. On another matter also getting some coverage, how would you like to be PricewaterhouseCoopers this morning? Not so much, maybe?

Oscars 2017: What It Was Like Onstage During the Best Picture Mistake (The New York Times link): Jordan Horowitz knew something was wrong the moment he saw people in headsets scurrying across the Oscars stage.

Only a minute earlier Faye Dunaway had said the words that Mr. Horowitz had longed to hear — “La La Land” — as she announced the winner for the 2017 Academy Award for best picture. Mr. Horowitz, a producer on the film, and colleagues and cast members raced to the stage. Mr. Horowitz spoke first — “Thank you to the academy,” he began — but his excitement quickly dissipated, as he recalled the shocking end to the night in an interview with The New York Times after the awards.

“I’m holding the envelope and the award, and I had just given my speech, and there are people on the stage with headsets, and I thought, ‘That doesn’t seem right,’” Mr. Horowitz said at the Governors Ball.

“They asked to see my envelope, which I haven’t opened. Clearly something was wrong. They open my envelope, and it says ‘Emma Stone, La La Land.’ So clearly something is not right. The guys in headsets were going around with urgency looking for the other envelope — it just kind of appeared,” he said. “One of the guys opens it, and it says ‘Moonlight,’ and I took it onstage and went to the microphone and said what I said.”

PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm that oversaw the academy voting and handled the award envelopes, issued a statement on Monday morning that apologized to the two movies; the award category presenters, Ms. Dunaway and Warren Beatty; and to Oscar viewers “for the error that was made during the award announcement for best picture.”

“The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected,” the statement continued. “We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred. We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the academy, ABC and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation,” a reference to the network and the host of the Oscars ceremony.

Mod: Sounds like it is not going to be a happy day at the office.

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76 comments:

  1. I sure don't know what's taking the WH so long. Get rid of OBAMACARE / Affordable Care Act now like they promised. Get rid of the insurance writers and just give everyone the same Medical Coverage Congress gets. Everyone has the same insurance. We are a country where everyone is supposed to be treated equally. Just look at the money that would be saved if we were all covered equally. Maybe then the U.S. would move up from 37th in the world on health care. Get rid of all medical insurance companies. Take the money that pays big salaries to the insurance employs and the cost of the big fancy buildings and put it into coverage for all, few questions asked. It is time to really fix AMERICA'S health care. Trump talked big and now it's time to deliver.

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    1. It's all the news media's fault.

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  2. Fallen SEAL's dad slams Trump
    http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/26/politics/navy-seal-father-donald-trump/

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  3. "If you like your insurance you can keep your insurance"
    "Every family will save on average $2,000"
    It was all a lie to get it passed. They knew it but as with everything for the left, the end justifies the means.
    Repeal it!

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    1. Bull. Repealing the ACA will kill thousands. Won't you be happy.

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    2. https://www.google.com/amp/m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_58ac7a0fe4b02a1e7dac3ca6/amp

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    3. Trump Just Admitted He Is CLUELESS About How To Replace Obamacare
      http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/02/27/trump-just-admitted-clueless-replace-obamacare/

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  4. The infuriating silence of Donald Trump over an Indian engineer’s murder in Kansas
    https://qz.com/919678/srinivas-kuchibhotla-muder-the-infuriating-silence-of-donald-trump-over-an-indian-engineers-murder-in-kansas/

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  5. It is the News Media's fault. They should be showing the big salaries and the costs of expensive buildings that insurance companies get. Where do you think Warren Buffet made some of his millions? I'll tell you, on the dying population that couldn't afford insurance. From the lives lost due to an existing condition that was not covered. And why were at it how about that car insurance, house insurance and law suit insurance, that's where. Trump won't fix that, too much money and the fall out would be too much.

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  6. And while were fixing things get rid of investments and every one has Social Security. Collect more for Social Security and put the money into stabilizing SS. SS paid it's way for decades and the government took money out, now when it's in need of funding for lack of funding government wants to do away with it. Our retirement should be enough to live on and not have retirees living below the poverty level. OH NO, they couldn't do that. What would all the investment companies do if they had to go to do real work. There again, big salaries and buildings would be gone. These investment types would have to get a real job and big builders wouldn't be borrowing money for big construction jobs. Republicans and Democrats all the same. The more you make the more they take. No special retirements for government or big business with big bonuses. We know that's not going to happen but what will happen is the UUT is going to go up, you can bank on that.

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  7. 6:25, Wake up, the left and the right are the same, your living in fairy tail land. It's all the same. You must be one of the oh, not in my neighborhood. You people are so ignorant, you sound like a Trump voter.

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    1. How are they the same?

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  8. Repeal and Replace, period
    California uses different system' s of Health Care, other States not so much.
    To be fair to all, because of the soaring costs of deductibles, the system needs to re-worked. Now that the tentacle's of rules and payments are even more screwed up; it will take time. Which there is not much of; but better to read what is being done this time, than just to pass "a" bill.

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  9. What a great video. I love seeing those smug Republican "elected officials" getting their butts roasted like that.

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  10. Some of us have to go to work while the rest of you live on a small SS check. Oh you must all really love the right. What an uneducated joke you all are.

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    1. Thanks for your meaningful contribution before starting your morning shift at the douchebag factory.

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    2. Work is "work", if you are living on a small SS check, then "you" already have exited the "job" system.
      6:57 am. A wee bit of kindness should be shown to all the "retired" mom's, for having done their job, of taking care of their kids.
      The UUT goes up; as it is getting ready to do again. Granny will be squeezed to pay even more, because her grown kids aren't able to contribute as much.
      Nothing "right" about that.

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    3. Dear trump troll- one can collect social security and still be in the working in the 'job system'.

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  11. I agree with 6:25am. I voted for President Trump, proud that I did.
    Some areas of ACA may be possible to keep, overall the "Re-Do" button, really does require a reset on Affordable Care.

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  12. The GOP attacks on Obamacare were politics backed up by fake news.

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    1. Just like Benghazi. Many more innocent people died in Trump's failed Yemen raid.

      The first military operation President Trump authorized, over dinner, was a troubling failure. It killed 30 civilians, including 10 children and women. It cost the life of American Seal.

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    2. Investigate that, too.

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  13. ACA didn't get the opportunity to emerge fully developed. The GOP fought it all the way and watered it down as they tried to keep it from happening.

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    1. GOP Congresscritters were lavishly paid by the insurance companies for their opposition to the ACA.

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  14. 2018 on the ballot to repeal the 10% UUT, WITH OUT a SUNSET CLAUSE.
    I feel that the UUT should go to PUBLIC SAFETY, not to the General Fund for the City to spread around.
    Tuesday's meeting will be another test for tax payers of Sierra Madre.

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  15. I can't believe anyone still will admit to having voted for Trump. Also, Social Security was never meant to be solely for retirement, just a safety net. If you are retiring on ss and nothing else then you are very foolish.

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    1. Sometimes bad things happen to people at inconvenient ages.

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    2. Social security was set up as a retirement fund. You get much less if have a funded retirement from another source. Once again, the people who worked their whole life and contributed get less because they have money from a pension.

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  16. George W. Bush on Trump's Ties to Russia: 'We All Need Answers'
    https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-02-27/george-w-bush-takes-on-trump-on-russia-immigration-and-media

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    1. That loser has a lot of answering to do himself

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    2. It is still pretty unprecedented that W is saying these kinds of things.

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  17. When Congress passes a health plan that they are also covered by just like all of us then I will support it.

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    1. Congress enjoys excellent health care. Everyone else has to fend for themselves.

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  18. Congress will never do that. They will not give up their superior plan. After all they are better then us. Just ask them

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  19. 7:51am. Good luck. But, I will bet in four years that you will vote for President Trump to remain in office, another four.

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    1. Trump won't be president this time next year. The wheels are turning.

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    2. 9:02, be careful because Pence is worse - Trump is a buffoon, Pence is ugly with his agenda - he aligned with Trump knowing that he'd get his time

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    3. The Pence crew has the long knives out for Trump.

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  20. 6:26am. Why should the President of the United States, involve himself in the case of Law Enforcement in the State of Kansas?
    President Obama was wrong to jump in. Didnt have investigation reports and made outrageous statements to the press, tainting a trial before jury.

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  21. Why would the president involve himself with other countries? US has given $250 billion dollars to Israel since 1948.

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  22. 9:03am. W was behaving more like President Jimmy Carter, towards the end of his Presidency.
    Washington D.C. ; bends over for "what can YOU do for me" politically leaning handouts for 30 to 40 years now.
    Clean the Swamp.

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    1. Can't clean the swamp until trump is impeached

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  23. I saw a pick up truck that had the following. A bumper sticker with a picture of Hillary that read, "does this ass make my truck look fat", a window sticker that read, "proud deplorable" a decal of a cartoon figure peeing on Obama, another rant that I forgot but to top it off was a confederate flag decal - and this is in California?

    there's no reasoning with insanity

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    1. I hate white trash

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    2. That picture of Trump published on this blog the other day answers the "who has the fat ass" question for all times.

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    3. Sounds like 10:09 is a racist.

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    4. Maybe you should put on your hood and hold a demonstration.

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    5. That must be for 10:09 the racist. "White trash" is a racist slur. "Hate" is a strong word for someone you don't know. You should be ashamed.

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    6. Seems to me you are comfortable shaming someone you don't know ... how about proposing your characterization of said driver (perhaps owner) of said truck ... oh, and don't forget to give us a suggestion of a proper emotion to use as an example so that we can remain above the fray.

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    7. #whitetrashguilt

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    8. Be happy to. 10:09 uses a racial slur because he/she judged the truck driver or owner as "white trash" and "hate"(s) them for it. 9:52 concludes that the truck driver is insane! I suggest, as most people do, to live and let live. Accept people and their opinions. If the truck had a pro Hillary, anti Trump and coexist sticker, I'll bet everyone on this blog would jump to their defense if those types of hateful things were written here. Tell me I'm wrong...

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    9. Ha! How is 8;53 PM wrong?

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    10. He called the truck driver insane. That was wrong. The driver is merely stupid

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    11. 8:53 PM didn't say the truck driver was insane, 9:52 AM did. Being offended by bumpers stickers? Now that is stupid and maybe a little insane!!

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  24. Make California Great Again.
    The State of Fruits and Nuts that come in all colors, keeps California insane. I hate, "haters".

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    1. But enough about you ...

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    2. Oh, so that was your truck with the bumper stickers.

      Troll

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  25. 9:50am. I know, even more money sent to so many different countries for so many different reasons. Now that "we" are putting America first, and rebuilding the Military; "we" won't be giving away so much money to so many over sea's countries.

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    1. An empty can always makes the most noise.

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    2. The most bone-headed of trump's lame strategies yet. Dude still acts like it's the 19th century. Meanwhile, china is partnering all over the world and growing rich through trade deals and access to resources.

      Trump is just stirring the same old swamp water for his elite billionaire buddies at the countries expense

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  26. I doubt you could have a reasonable conversation with the guy in that stickered up truck. I overheard a woman spewing against Hillary in a railroad museum in Nevada last summer. I didn't say it, but all I could think of to say was 'I never heard her saying anything unkind about you..." That was before the "basket of d..." comment. A most unfortunate way of stating the obvious as it has distracted from the actual deplorable behavior (ongoing) to sloganeering. What would it take to make behave more kindly towards one another?

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  27. Trump Just Slandered American Troops, Proved He’s Unfit To Be Commander-In-Chief
    http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/02/27/trump-just-slandered-american-troops-proved-hes-unfit-commander-chief/

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  28. 12:42pm. I am not sure you could have a conversation with "that" guy in his truck, or anyone else that doesn't share your own point if view.

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    1. I'm not sure anyone is obliged to suffer fools gladly.

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    2. Trump troll trying to be voice of reason today.

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    3. 2:08, how fortunate for you that we do!

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    4. Here's your flag.

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  29. Trump is a hypocritical moron:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEGpriv2TAc

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  30. I just clicked that link. It's a real eye opener. Trump's healthcare pledge is pretty much what Obama offered.

    Here's the link again. You should all watch
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YEGpriv2TAc

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  31. 7:33am. Big difference between ignoring American Soliders calling out for help from their Country vs. A planned Military Operation where one Navy Seal (American Hero), was killed in combat.

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    1. Killing innocent civilians causes terrorism

      Trump's sins are your sins.

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  32. So, 5:31 pm, one Navy Seal is expendable in a poorly planned military operation? Are you saying American Soldiers were calling out for help in Benghazi? What is it you are trying to say?

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    1. He's hiding from the fact the trump killed innocent children while having dinner.

      LOCK HIM UP

      Swamp scum

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  33. 5:31 is trying to cover Trump's enormous butt.

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    1. With a confederate bumper sticker

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