Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The CBO Scores TrumpCare: 22 Million Americans Will Lose Their Insurance Coverage (FULL CBO REPORT)


In a report issued Monday afternoon, the Congressional Budget Office released their report on the Senate Republicans’ Obamacare replacement bill. The CBO's analysis of the bill, also known as Trumpcare, shows it will result in 22 million Americans will lose their insurance coverage.

The CBO estimated that the staggering number of uninsured is due to the bill's removal of the Obamacare tax penalty on people who don’t purchase insurance.

Most of the uninsured would be people with incomes under 200 percent of the federal poverty level but longer term the number of uninsured will rise due to evisceration of Medicaid spending and lack of eligibility to the program.

According the CBO’s scoring around 15 million fewer people would lose their insurance coverage by 2018 as massive Medicaid cuts (to the tune of $772 billion dollars) and substantially smaller average subsidies for coverage in the non group market would cause the number of the uninsured to grow.

In addition the Senate bill would greatly increase the cost of health care for older people. According to CBO, individuals over age 64 making $56,800 a year could see their premiums for a silver plan triple from $6,800 to $20,500.

The proposed bill would reportedly reduce the federal deficit by $321 billion over the next decade mostly from the from gutting of Medicaid while the largest increases in deficits would come from getting rid of Obamacare taxes that are not directly related to health insurance coverage.

You can read the entire CBO report HERE or below...

A Demented Trump Implies President Obama Colluded With Russia To Get Trump To Win The Election... And Now Is Owed An Apology!


Umm, okay... Where to start?

Last Friday The Washington Post reported that last year's interference of the US elections could be directly linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The report also showed that though President Obama may have known this he chose to hold his hand close to the vest and not reveal the Russian hacking so as not to be perceived as trying to influence the election.

Over the weekend Donald pre-recorded several interviews with Fox News which aired on Sunday. In  those interviews Trump decided to try a completely new talking point I doubt he truly worked it through in his mind.

Now remember that when it came to the Russian intervention into our elections Trump went through a plethora of excuses never admitting that it ever happened. Here are just a few of his excuses...

• Witch Hunt!
• A lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election
• Fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election
• Taxpayer funded charade
• A total hoax
• An excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election
• A total scam!
• Phony
• Fake
• A hoax
• FAKE NEWS

Despite the fact that up until now Trump had completely written off the Russian interference into the elections he now suddenly alluded to the WaPo report claiming that then-President Obama knew about Russia's attempts to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and "did nothing about it"...

"Well I just heard today for the first time that Obama knew about Russia a long time before the election, and he did nothing about it. But nobody wants to talk about that. The CIA gave him information on Russia a long time before they even -- before the election. And I hardly see it. It's an amazing thing. To me -- in other words, the question is, if he had the information, why didn't he do something about it? He should have done something about it. But you don't read that. It's quite sad."

*FACT CHECK: President Obama did in fact take actions against Russia including, kicking 35 Russian diplomats out of the country, closing two Russian compounds and sanctioning nine Russian entities and individuals, planting "cyberbombs" in Russia’s technological infrastructure and warning Vladimir Putin to his face!

Trump however wasn't done with his new imbecilic talking point. This morning he continued his idiocy on the twitter...





So let's try to unpack this... In the simplest terms Trump is saying that President Obama knew about the Russia's "meddling" because he was "colluding or obstructing" with them so that Trump would win the election and now he owes Trump an apology because there was "no collision or obstruction" by "T people".

I don't know which is scarier... What Trump implied in his tweets or the claim that he just found out that we all knew about the Russian "meddling" and believes that no one is talking about it.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Trump Goes On Fox & Friends And Offers An Embarrassingly Incoherent Explanation For His "Comey Tape" Tweets (VIDEO)


After Donald Trump admitted this week that he lied about taping his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey despite his earlier tweets suggesting he had the press and the public heaped scorn and ridicule upon him for the stunt.

These are the tweets...



So inane were Trump's tweets the House Intelligence Committee even suggested they thought his explanation via tweet was such a load of garbage they might still issue him a subpoena.

After receiving the backlash and condemnation for his actions concerning the fake tweet stunt Trump felt it was obviously time to do a victory lap on Fox News!

So the Donald stopped by his favorite safe space, Fox & Friends, and engaged in what passes for an interview on that show.

With Melania by his side Fox & Friend co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked Trump why he had sent out the fatuous tweets.

That is when Trump launched into a spasm of verbal diarrhea so incoherent that it broke my brain...

"Well, I didn’t tape him, you never know what’s happening when you see that the Obama administration and perhaps longer than that, was doing all this unmasking and surveillance and you read all about it and I’ve been reading about it for the last couple of months about the seriousness of the, and horrible situation with surveillance all over the place, and you’ve been hearing the word “unmasking,” a word you probably never heard before. So you never know what’s out there, but I didn’t tape and I don’t have any tape and I didn’t tape, but when he found out that I, that there may be tapes out there, whether it’s governmental tapes or anything else and who knows, I think his story may have changed I mean you'll have to look at that because then he has to tell what happened at the events. And my story didn’t change, my story was always a straight story, my story was always the truth. But you'll have to determine for yourself whether his story changed but I did not tape (...)"

So enamored was Earhardt with Donald's indecipherable response she lavished him with praise for the yuge smartness...

So it was a smart way to make sure [Comey] stayed honest in those hearings,

After receiving the verbal tongue bath from Earhardt an obviously flustered and aroused Trump replied...

Well... Ah... Well it... It wasn’t very stupid, I can tell you that.

Magic.

You can watch the interview here...

Friday, June 23, 2017

Trump Says "Comey Tapes" May Exist But He "Did Not Make" Them. House Committee Not Buying It And Threatens Trump With Subpoena


In case you missed it amid all the hoopla of the Senate Health Care bill yesterday Donald Trump fired off a moronic tweet about about the existence of the “Comey tapes” that may have landed him in even hotter water.

As we all know on May 12, three days after Trump fired his FBI Director James Comey he sent out a the now infamous tweet that implied the existence of tapes of him and Comey ...


Based on that tweet the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Trump's suspected collusion with Russia, demanded that Trump turn over any such tapes and set this Friday as a deadline.

Then after 41 days of pointless speculation Trump, knowing full well he had made up the entire scenario and possessed no such tapes, tweeted this on Thursday afternoon....



So to explain that in the Trumpaneese that only his base hears Donald is essentially saying that Obama is probably wire tapping me so there may be tapes of me and Comey it's his fault and I didn't do it.

After his moronic afternoon tweetfest cowardly Trump sent out his deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders to take the hit. When she was asked about why Trump had sent the original "Comey tape" tweet Sanders said...

I think it was more about raising the question of doubt in general

Whatever the hell that means.

Either way the House Intelligence Committee's ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. was pissed saying Trump's attempts at being too cute by half was insufficient...

"If the president didn’t make tapes or isn’t aware of tapes, then why did he hang the idea of tapes over James Comey’s head? Did he try to intimidate him, was he trying to discourage others from coming forward? There’s a lot that still remains to be answered here,"

Schiff then went on to say the White House must officially respond to the committee by tomorrow’s deadline regarding whether they know of any recordings and if they do not respond, the next action taken will be to subpoena the White House.

Ruh Roh!

The Senate Finally Reveals It's Health Care Bill To Scathing Reviews ... “It Will Kill People"


To start things off let's take a look at what Donald Trump said of his plan to "repeal and replace Obamacare" while on the campaign trail trying to con people out of their votes.

Trump claimed: No one would lose coverage, there will be insurance for everybody, it will be a lot less expensive for everyone and there would definitely be no cuts to Medicaid.

Yeah, about that...

Today we all finally got a peek at what is in the health care bill that 13 white male Republican senators were crafting behind closed doors... and now we know why they were hiding it.

Trumpcare or the "Better Care Reconciliation Act" (BCRA?) will cut billions out from the Affordable Care Act's programs that help those American's most in need and in turn give those billions of dollars in tax cuts to corporations and the super wealthy (Trump's friends and family).

The 142-page bill would result in millions of people losing their health benefits and would shrink the safety net of those left.

Meanwhile wealthy people and health-care companies would see their taxes go down... A lot!

The BCRA would also offer states the ability to drop many of the benefits required by the Affordable Care Act, like maternity care, emergency services and mental health treatment. You know, the unnecessary stuff.

And while some consumers might pay less for their insurance, an untold number of people wouldn’t have access to the coverage and medical services they have under the existing law.

MEDICAID:

The bill would also eradicate the central components of the Affordable Care Act, such as its expansion to Medicaid to cover more poor, working-age adults. The bill calls for cutting $834 billion from Medicaid over 10 years which would result in fundamentally changing the program by ending the federal government’s open-ended commitment to funding the program at whatever levels it takes to cover everybody who becomes eligible.

Instead, states would now receive a lump sum per year or a lump sum per enrollee.

This means that the federal government would spend far less on Medicaid which would force states to make deep cuts to the program by taking actions like eliminating coverage and benefits and reducing already-low fees to doctors and other medical providers.

THE NEW RULES:

The Senate bill would also retool the ACA’s reforms of the private insurance market for people who buy coverage on their own.

While people would still be eligible for financial assistance fewer middle-income people would get it and its rule that large employers must offer health benefits to workers would be eliminated.

Plus the assistance that people get would be smaller, meaning people would have to pay more to get the same kind of coverage they have now or put up with policies that leave them exposed to higher out-of-pocket costs.

This is because the Senate bill redefines the “benchmark” plan that the federal government would use as its basis for calculating financial assistance. This would result in an across-the-board reduction in subsidies for people buying coverage on their own.

Certain changes in the Senate bill would result in younger people paying less for their coverage but the price to pay for that would mean older consumers would have to pay more.

In addition, low-income consumers would also face substantially higher copayments and deductibles, because the bill would eliminate special subsidies that presently reduce out-of-pocket costs for people with incomes below 250 percent of the poverty line, or about $30,000 per year for an individual

Health insurance companies would be permitted to sell skimpier policies that cover a smaller share of patients’ medical bills, which likely would mean even higher deductibles and other costs than the plans available under the Affordable Care Act.

The companies would also have more leeway to vary premiums by age. Under current law, insurers can only charge older consumers three times as much. This guideline would be effectively removed.

The bill would also eliminate the individual mandate, which requires that most people obtain health coverage while states would have the ability to waive some regulations on insurance, including requirements that all plans cover an “essential” set of benefits.

While the bill retains the Affordable Care Act’s rule that insurers can’t reject applicants because of pre-existing conditions or charge them more than healthier people that promise could prove empty as states could revoke the current set of guaranteed benefits. This would includes benefits like hospitalizations, prescription drugs and maternity care as insurers would be able to design policies that would leave out these important treatments.

For example, insurers couldn’t refuse to cover a patient with HIV/AIDS, diabetes or a history of cancer, but they could offer plans that don’t cover the treatments for those things.

And while the Senate bill might do away with some of the "meaner" aspects of the House measure, such as letting states entirely cast aside the guarantee of coverage for people with pre-existing conditions by offering tax credits for private insurance, compared is to what currently exists in Obamacare it's peanuts.

TAX GIVE-A-WAYS:

This all sounds terrible but fear not... Here's the good stuff you've been waiting for!

The Senate bill would eventually eliminate most of the Affordable Care Act’s taxes on health care companies including health insurers, pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers and best of all ultra-wealthy individuals.

ANTI-CHOICE:

Plus there's a gift to the religious right tucked away in the bill as well.

In addition to the draconian cuts to medicaid, the tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy and the essential destruction of the ACA the Senate bill would also block Medicaid patients from accessing family planning and preventative health care at Planned Parenthood clinics for one year.

That means 60 percent of Planned Parenthood’s 2.5 million patients will no longer be able to go there for affordable birth control, pap smears, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, or breast exams.

This means that the family planning provider would lose nearly a half-billion dollars in federal reimbursements inducing a financial hit that would ultimately force most of its clinics to close.

So to break it down: Unless your a corporation, a health insurance company, in the top 1 percent or an anti-choice anti-Planned Parenthood wingnut... Under this bill you lose.

Now we wait to see what score the Congressional Budget Office gives this piece of garbage.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

TRUMP RALLY: The Iowa Strokefest Turns Into A Parade Of Stupid! "New" Immigration Laws That Already Exists, "Solar Walls", Hiring Rich People And His New 2020 Campaign Slogan!!!!


It had been a couple o' bad weeks for Donald Trump and he hadn't received the adulation and adoration he deserved and required for many many days. So he did what needed to be done.

He held a strokefest rally!!! YAY!!!

Lil' Donnie went all the way down to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to get some much needed love.

But while he was down there basking in the applause like a pig in shit he also decided to float some of the dumbest ideas you have ever heard.

One of the things Trump suggested was that he wanted to enact a law prohibiting immigrants from receiving welfare benefits for at least five years after they enter the country.

Trump detailed his proposal telling the crowd that his administration would get to work on the bill "very shortly."...

"I believe the time has come for new immigration rules which say those seeking admission into our country must be able to support themselves financially and should not use welfare for a period of at least five years,"

There's only one problem with his plan... It already exists and has for over 20 years.

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act already makes it illegal for immigrants to have access to welfare benefits during their first five years in the United States and was passed in 1996 under President Bill Clinton's administration.

Another dandy idea Don trotted out for his people was a new plan for his big beautiful wall along the US/Mexico border.

Mr. Trump told his supporters that he would give the "an idea that nobody has heard about yet"...

"We're thinking of something that's unique, we're talking about the southern border, lots of sun, lots of heat. We're thinking about building the wall as a solar wall, so it creates energy and pays for itself. And this way, Mexico will have to pay much less money, and that's good, right? Solar wall, panels, beautiful. I mean actually think of it, the higher it goes the more valuable it is. Pretty good imagination right? Good? My idea."

I'm sure the coal miners will appreciate his ingenuity and the fact that their (and all of our) tax dollars will be going to pay the solar panes to adorn his wall that already has a projected $70 billion dollar price tag. Plus there's the fact that his party and base loathe green energy.

Then it was time to insult the crowd. One assumes that not many billionaires attended last night's rally and if they did they came on the same plane as Trump. That's what made Trump's statement about only hiring rich people so bizarre.

He began by telling the audience that he couldn't believe "some people" were giving him a hard time about only having multi-millionaires and billionaires in his cabinet.

Trump went on to explain that billionaires like his commerce secretary Wilbur Ross and his economic adviser Gary Cohn “had to give up a lot to take these jobs” going from massive pay days to  working for "peanuts”.

Trump added...

And I love all people, rich or poor, but in those particular positions I just don’t want a poor person.

The crowd applauded.

To finish off the night of yuge ideas Trump actually had the balls to reveal what his 2020 re-election campaign slogan would be...

"Keep America Great!"

Trump said he loved it so much that he told his lawyer to trademark and register it...

"If you like it —I think I like it, right? Do this: 'Keep America Great,' with an exclamation point. 'Keep America Great,'"

The only problem is that the phrase was already trademarked for the 2016 dystopian horror film "The Purge: Election Year" who's plot is that every year there is a 12-hour period during which all crime, including murder, is legal.

One would assume colluding with Russia to fix an American election would be covered during that 12-hour time period as well.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Lawyers Up!

Today Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, the nation's chief law enforcement officer and top prosecutor, has himself hired a private lawyer.

Sessions spokeswoman, Sarah Isgur Flores, announced that the AG has retained the services of attorney Charles "Chuck" Cooper, a longtime friend who had been on the short list to be Solicitor General, but withdrew his name.

"Chuck" Cooper has garnered criticism in the past for his support for incendiary causes such as Bob Jones’ University’s ban on interracial dating, job discrimination against those with HIV/AIDS and pushing legal discrimination against the LGBTQ community during the legal battles over Proposition 8 and marriage equality.

He seems like he'd get along great with Jefferson.

When asked about his being retained by Sessions Cooper confirmed that he is representing the attorney general but declined further comment.

Many believe Sessions hired Cooper as a counter measure to the fact that he had reportedly helped counsel Sessions ahead of his testimony last week before the Senate Intelligence Committee. With Cooper now in Sessions employ he would be prevented from testifying against him as there would now be an attorney client privilege attached.

You'll remember that in the hearing Sessions said he had no contacts with Russian officials during the campaign, only to amend his testimony following disclosures that he had met with the ambassador in July at the RNC and in September in his Washington office. In addition Sessions testified that any suggestion he colluded with Russian officials while he was advising the Trump campaign is "an appalling and detestable lie."

With shoddy testimony like that who knows what intel one of the many investigatory bodies who are looking into Trump and his campaigns ties to Russia might have been able to wrangle out of Cooper while under oath.

Sessions, who's failure to disclose the two encounters led to his recusal in March from any involvement in the FBI’s inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election though many believe he is still influencing the investigation from behind the scenes.


DEMOCRATS LOSE AGAIN: Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff Fails In Bid For U.S. House Seat. Dems Lose 4 Out Of 4, Trump Taunt-Brags On Twitter


When Donald Trump was inaugurated, in order to fill out his cabinet, he recruited several members from the government including 4 members of congress to serve in his cabinet.

This meant that congressperson's seat was left open and needed to be filled by way of a "special election". That meant a Republican would have to face off against a Democrat to fill that seat.

So far these elections have occurred in Kansan, Montana and tonight in South Carolina and Georgia.

If you though the outcome of these races might be effected by Donald Trump's performance in representing these United States thus becoming a referendum on his tenure in office... You would be sadly mistaken.

Republican have won each and every one going 4 for 4.

What make this achievement all the more galling to Democrats is that after the appalling job Trump has done since taking office you'd truly think there would have been some sort of backlash. With Trump's approval numbers sitting at a horrendous 36 approval to 60 percent disapproval it would not be out of bounds to think their might be some kind of political price to pay.

But there is not.

Not even in the Montana race, in which the Republican nominee literally body slammed a reporter to the ground for asking him too many questions about the GOP health care bill (leading him to be arrested) could stop him from being elected!

What it comes down to is that in these Republican leaning red states their love of Trump and hate of anything liberal is still too strong.

And tonight that was once again the case.

In yet another win for Trump, and Trump the brand of politics, Republican Karen Handel, a 55-year-old former secretary, defeated Jon Ossoff, 30-year-old former congressional aide, in the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

Even though polling had suggested Ossoff could be in play this time around in what is considered a traditional GOP stronghold it was not to be.

Even $25 million dollars of outsider money that the Democrats poured into this race, making it the most expensive house race in history, still couldn't even help.

When Republican voters got wind that an Ossoff win would reflect poorly on Donald Trump they rallied and defeated the Democrat by four more points that the polling had suggested just a few days earlier. The $25 million dollars was more of a challenge to the Republicans that an enticement for the Democrats.

Remember if a loss for Handel is a loss for Trump then it's a loss for Trump voters and they'll never let that happen. Dear leader must never be defeated lest it reflect poorly on all his subjects.

To add insult to injury Ralph Norman, a Republican, defeated Archie Parnell, a Democrat, in a South Carolina special election U.S. House race tonight as well.

It appears that no matter what Trump does or where his poll numbers stand or how badly his policies hurt those who voted for him his loyal minions will turn out and vote for him again and again and apparently anyone with an (R) in front of their names too.

If they didn't they just might have to admit they made mistake back in November.

And of course Trump couldn't help but taunt the Democrats because if he's anything he is a gracious winner...



I am assuming he is including himself (of course he is) since there have only been four special elections so far.

Here is what those races looked like...


from website Ballotpedia

Monday, June 19, 2017

MORE TERROR IN LONDON: Attacker Plows Van Into Victims As They Exit Local Mosques After Evening Prayers

Authorities say one person is dead in north London and at least 10 are injured after a man drove a vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians near a local mosque as evening prayers let out.

The incident occurred shortly after midnight on Monday and is being investigated as a potential terrorist attack.

London’s Metropolitan Police say a 48-year-old man, who was detained by members of the public at the scene, has been arrested.

Numerous media outlets reported that the man, who drove a large van into a group of innocent bystanders, yelled...

Kill me, kill me, I want to kill all Muslims." and "You deserve this, You guys deserve this

Bystanders have reported that the man took repeated runs at the victims as they lay helpless on the street.

Of the ten people were reported to have been injured in the attack, eight of whom were taken to the hospital, and two people had been treated at the scene.

The U.K.’s Muslim Council says the attack occurred near the Muslim Welfare House, a community center down the road from several local mosques.

The attacker may have chosen these mosques as they have been holding evening prayers for the holy month of Ramadan and have hosted hundreds of worshippers over the past week.

The deadly tragedy in London comes the same day as authorities arrested a man in Virginia in connection with the murder of a 17-year-old girl leaving a local mosque.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Reports Say Russia Probe Is Effecting Trump's Mental Health, Screams At TVs And Blurts Out "I'm Not Under Investigation" For No Reason!

Donald Trump has been described by advisers and confidents as a frustrated and increasingly angry man over the probe into his possible ties between his campaign and Russia.

Some reports say he has been yelling at television sets at the White House when he views coverage of the many investigations that are presently taking place.

It is said that he watches hours and hours of TV coverage every day sometimes even recording the morning news shows on his TiVo to watch later. He then complains nonstop.

Aides claim he views the coverage as a conspiracy to discredit and potentially end his presidency.

Stories have emerged that sometimes during a conversation with an associates or an allies will, without provocation, exclaim...

I’m not under investigation!

Much like he has done publicly on Twitter, Trump has told friends and associates that the investigation is a “witch hunt” and that others are out to get him.

One adviser who has spoken with Trump and his top aides said...

It’s basically all he talks about on the phone,

Politico has reported that friends relatives and aides have reportedly been trying change the subject to "buck up" Trump by telling him to be patient, agreeing that it is a “witch hunt” and urging him to just let it play out — and reassuring him, “Eventually, you will be cleared,” in the words of one.

Much of the day is apparently spent trying to keep Donald off of Twitter and focus on his job while highlighting only the positive reviews he receives.

Reports say much of his anger at this time is channeled at both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and investigative special counsel Robert Mueller, both of whom the president believes are biased against him. Trump is rumored to be close to firing one if not both of them.