Rand Paul Infuriates McConnell By Going Public With Plan To Eliminate Obamacare Mandate Via Tax Cut Legislation

Both are Kentucky senators but one, Rand Paul, remains a free-thinker removed from the trappings of the D.C. Swamp. The other is Mitch McConnell, the epitome of the swamp and the current Senate Majority Leader. Today Senator Paul broke rank and went public with his plan to tie the proposed tax cut/reform legislation to the elimination of the Obamacare mandate – a move that would effectively kill the highly unpopular and insanely expensive federal healthcare program

Let’s hope Senator Paul’s amendment is successful. We shall see.

Word is Mitch McConnell is none too pleased with the effort.

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BOOM! Trump Opens Doors To Healthcare Freedom For American Middle Class

Bypassing a Republican do-nothing Congress (whose leadership remains firmly anti-Trump & anti-Middle Class) POTUS Trump signed an Executive Order that greatly expands healthcare choice in America which is the opposite of what the failed, insanely expensive, and now crumbling, Obamacare legislation did.

Obamacare made it impossible for people to sign up for low-cost, short-term plans. Those plans then went away leaving millions having to choose between an Obamacare plan they couldn’t afford, or going without health insurance. Most chose to go without. Donald Trump has now given those people another choice, a better choice, and a far more affordable choice as explained so well by The New York Post:

…Trump is removing Obama’s 90-day limit, reopening that low-cost option. That’s good news for 8 million people currently getting whacked with an ObamaCare tax penalty for not having insurance, and another 11 million uninsured who avoided the penalty by pleading hardship. Count on many of them to buy coverage when they have an affordable option. That will reduce the number of uninsured.

…A less detailed part of Trump’s announcement gives the green light to so-called association plans, which would allow small employers and perhaps even individuals to group together across state lines, giving them the same purchasing clout as large multi-state employers. Time will tell whether these work out.

Trump has now seized the initiative, after congressional Republicans fell flat on their faces and failed to address the pain ObamaCare is inflicting on consumers stuck in the individual insurance market.

The president should keep going. What’s next? Trump should use his discretion to stop enforcing the tax penalty on those who don’t buy ObamaCare-compliant plans, including buyers of short-term plans.

Then he should cancel the sweetheart deal his predecessor weaseled for members of Congress and their staff members. Even though the Affordable Care Act requires them to buy coverage on ObamaCare exchanges, Obama arranged for them to have a choice of 57 gold plans and have John Q. Public pick up most of their costs. It’s an outrage.

Once members of Congress are feeling the same pain as everyone else, they’ll be more focused on repealing and replacing the dysfunctional health law. In the meantime, Trump is wisely providing relief where it counts the most — in people’s wallets.

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More choice and lower cost for Middle Class Americans = the media & political establishment freaking out. Obamacare was never about providing healthcare. It was always about centralized government control over your life. Donald Trump just gave Americans a big push-back against that kind of control. It will take a bit of time for those new Trump-provided choices to kick in, but kick in they will.

The media attacks will be off the charts yet POTUS Trump simply marches on.

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McCain Moves To Save Obamacare – AGAIN

Globalist senator John McCain has once again indicated his support for keeping the failed and insanely expensive Obamacare disaster intact much to the delight of Big Pharma and even more nefarious socialist groups that have long sought to collapse the U.S. economy from within.

Today McCain said this regarding a last-ditch effort by some Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare:

“I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried,” he said. “Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it.”

Last week socialist senator Bernie Sanders declared Obamacare was failing and a line of Democrats agreed, and yet those same senators and John McCain are fighting to preserve that which they admit is a disaster for the American people while other spineless Republicans who took money from supporters after promising them they would repeal and replace Obamacare, shrug and shuffle off hoping to be re-elected yet again in 2018.

Pathetic.

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Art of the Deal: How Trump Pushed Congress To Revisit Eliminating Obamacare

Lindsey Graham, a longtime Establishment fixture, and Bill Cassidy, senator from Louisiana, (who is also a former physician) revealed a surprising effort over the weekend to revisit getting rid of the failed and costly Obamacare boondoggle that has decimated American healthcare while making the insurance and drug companies even more wealthy than they already were.

The gist of the Graham-Cassidy bill is to eliminate the central-authority mandates of Obamacare and instead allocate block grant monies to states to created viable healthcare programs that are more locally controlled. Should it succeed it would mark a remarkable shift away from the D.C. power structure that currently dominates the healthcare industry in this country.

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(Above: Senators Cassidy and Graham, co-authors of a new Obamacare replacement bill.)

Democrats are now screeching in real time. Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer issued a “red-alert” soon after the bill was introduced that warned Republicans were trying to sneak a repeal and replacement into place by the end of September.

POTUS Trump has given little support to the bill yet which in turn has Senator Graham begging the President to help out the cause while he spoke on the floor of the Senate.

“Without your voice, we cannot succeed,” said Graham.

Whispers indicate some red state Democrats facing potentially difficult re-election bids have already indicated they might vote in favor of the bill. A few wobbly Republicans remain – like Senator Rand Paul who opposes it on being “Obamacare light” and Maine’s left-leaning Republican Susan Collins who voiced concerns over how the bill might “hurt her state.”

Senator Cassidy stated that an informal voted count, even before any real pressure to gather votes has started, showed the bill is already just a few shy of passage.

And it all was initiated by POTUS Trump.

Cassidy and Graham were said to be both startled at the levels of voter animosity they were receiving in their (southern) states for the lack of support being given by Congress to the Trump agenda. They soon discovered their concerns were shared as other Republicans shared similar stories of voter unrest. These unhappy voters remained steadfast in their support of Trump and placed the blame of legislative inactivity squarely on the shoulders of Republicans in Congress. The promise to do something about Obamacare had been broken and voters indicated they would remember that failed promise come the Midterm Elections.

Trump then made a very public pivot toward Democrat leadership which angered Establishment Republicans who felt they were being shut out. This anger turned to fear, though, as feedback from voters in their respective states made clear it wouldn’t be Trump who paid a price, but them.

Suddenly, Republicans were literally begging Trump to support their legislation.

Meanwhile, Mr. Trump remains focused on a tax overhaul and his White House staffers are now coordinating a possible one-two legislative knockout punch that would have him signing legislation to repeal Obamacare and slash taxes.

More healthcare choices. Lower taxes. A stronger economy.

As the war in Washington wages on, Team Trump is poised to win some very critical battles as he unleashes some Art of the Deal mastery over the political roadblock known as Congress.

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More Americans Demanding Congress Not Be Allowed Exemption From Pain Of Obamacare

Because the Mainstream Media has been so quiet about it, most Americans are still unaware that members of Congress and their staff were granted a secret little exemption from Obamacare and enjoy significant subsidies to keep their own healthcare costs down. That truth now getting out there thanks to readers like you who are making it known to others. Because of that, more and more are now calling for POTUS Trump to eliminate these subsidies so that D.C. politicians can finally begin to feel the true pain of the Obamacare mandates.

This is long overdue. 

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TRAITOR! Must-See Video Of Senator McCain Condemning Obamacare Just One Year Ago

Here is Senator McCain calling Obamacare a failure, a disaster, unsustainable, hurting American families, etc. as well as denouncing Democrats who demand Republicans work with them to “save” it.

This was less than a year ago. Last night John McCain voted to SAVE Obamacare.

He is a phony and a fraud who has taken money from voters while promising to fight Obamacare and he represents far too many in Congress who have done the exact same thing.

Share this far and wide. John McCain and all those like him have no business remaining in D.C. to live as royalty while allowing the ongoing federal government assault against the American Middle Class:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This John McCain campaign ad. What a douche.

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Democrats Now Pushing For Trillion Dollar Obamacare Bailout

The collective whispers in D.C. are turning quickly into a far more loud din of demands from Democrats who now want to save what has been for some time the failing Obamacare boondoggle. These same Democrats wanted nothing to do with allowing Republicans a chance to fix the failed health coverage system. Instead, they are now said to be moving to push for what would be a further expansion of Medicaid which is nothing more than the final push toward single-payer, federally controlled healthcare.

This debacle followed closely on the heels of three Republicans who voted late last night against any attempt to repeal Obamacare: Senators John McCain, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski.

That action was responded to quickly by POTUS Trump:

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who is said to be leading the Medicaid expansion charge, was quick to call that proposed expansion “improving healthcare”:

“Let’s turn the page and work together to improve our health care system.”

Current CBO estimates have the cost of Obamacare at nearly $1.5 trillion dollars. An even broader expansion of Medicare/single payer could easily double that number over the next decade.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered little in the way of actual leadership. His “skinny” repeal was found to be offensive to both conservative and moderate Republican senators alike, leading some to speculate Mr. McConnell wasn’t interested in actually forwarding a bill that might actually pass., something Texas Senator Ted Cruz was quick to condemn:

“I sadly feel a great many Americans will feel betrayed, that they were lied to, and that sentiment will not be unjustified. You cannot campaign against Obamacare and then vote for Obamacare.”

Voters gave the Republican Party the House, the Senate, and now the White House. Those same Republicans voted time and time again to repeal Obamacare when Obama was POTUS. Now that Trump is POTUS and that repeal can actually happen – they choose not to repeal it as tens of millions of Americans are being battered and abused by the failed healthcare law.

Perhaps if these same politicians were made to have to use Obamacare like so many other Americans are being forced to they might feel different?

As for McCain, Collins, and Murkowski? They might as well declare themselves Democrats and be done with it.

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CBO: 15 Million Americans Being Held Hostage By Obamacare

Oh, that fake news media and those weak Republicans! How many times in recent weeks have they warned of twenty-something million Americans would lost their health insurance if Obamacare was repealed? It’s been a near constant mantra used to bully and intimidate politicians into not doing the right and honest thing for Americans.

To confirm just how dishonest and spineless the Establishment media and politicians have been, check this bit of information out:

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By Scott Rasmussen

July 27, 2017: If the individual mandate were to be repealed and Americans were no longer required to purchase the Obamacare-mandated levels of health insurance coverage, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) believes that 15 million Americans would no longer purchase such coverage.[1]

Some, including Jonathan Gruber, believe that the CBO is overestimating the impact of repealing the mandate. Gruber was one of the architects of the healthcare law.[1]

Politically, the impact of these projections is significant since the individual mandate has long been the most unpopular part of Obamacare. Recent polling shows that two-thirds of Americans would like to see it repealed.[2] For many, the idea of the government forcing anybody to buy anything is in conflict with America’s commitment to individual freedom.

Additionally, if the CBO projections are correct, there are 15 million Americans who would directly benefit from the repeal. Typically, when people are directly impacted by a law, their support or opposition is more intense than that of more casual observers.

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15 MILLION Americans want out of Obamacare but are only staying in it out of fear of mandate penalties – and hardly a word is being said regarding this fact. That is far more than half of the millions who the media continue to repeat will be left without health insurance should Obamacare be repealed.

It means a MAJORITY  currently being forced to have Obamacare want out of Obamacare but the media, the Republicans, and the Democrats aren’t sharing this fact.

Gutless rats the lot of them.

There are very few figures in Washington D.C. willing to share the truth with the American people.

The most notable among them is the POTUS Trump and the system is doing all it can to destroy him because of it.

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How Republican “Leaders” Purposely Set Out to SAVE Obamacare

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had no intention of allowing POTUS Trump to claim a victory over the disastrously failed Obamacare legislation. Instead, both members of Congress orchestrated pathetic shams disguised as reform and peddled it to an understandably underwhelmed Republicans in the House and Senate while at the same time pushing away any potential help from Democrats.

Ryan and McConnell wanted the bills to fail because their lobbyist masters demanded it so.

Among the few open and honest voices in this failing has been Kentucky senator Rand Paul. Here’s Senator Paul’s take on the matter:

The Senate Obamacare bill does not repeal Obamacare, it keeps it.

It keeps the majority of the Obamacare taxes. It keeps 10 out of 12 of the major Obamacare regulations. It allows continued, unsustainable expansion of Medicaid beyond the poor and disabled. It continues the idea that insurance should be subsidized by the taxpayers for nearly everyone, and it has a $200 billion dollar bailout for insurance companies.

It’s not what I ran on. It’s not what any of my colleagues ran on.

Mr. Paul is right. The McConnell version of “Obamacare repeal” was little more than another version of Obamacare itself. McConnell knew such a plan wouldn’t fly with some members of a slim majority Republican Senate. The failure to pass any repeal of any form was intentional on his part.

The true intent is to paint D.C. politics as frozen in place by a chaotic and unqualified Trump White House. It is why Speaker Ryan is so quick to comment to the media about whatever nothing-burger anti-Trump propaganda is being promoted by the press that day. Ryan is far more motivated by anything that further embarrasses and isolates Donald Trump than he is toward anything that could actually benefit America.

Ryan put forth a House bill that would never reach POTUS Trump’s desk.

McConnell did the same in the Senate.

Both men were taking orders directly from the insurance and drug company lobbies.

As for the needs and interests of everyday Americans?

Ryan and McConnell couldn’t care less.

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McConnell Continues Working To Save Obamacare

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might as well also call himself the Democrat Minority Leader too given his penchant for behind-the-scenes machinations to save much of what is a failed Obamacare boondoggle. McConnell’s reasons are quite simple – his desire to maintain power. He and other Establishment Republicans fear a media backlash should they move forward with a full repeal and replace of Obamacare. That fear is a sad and undeniable testament to just how cowardly self-serving the Republican Party leadership truly are. 

This latest report from CNBC confirms the growing belief among many within the party that McConnell’s allegiance lies firmly with himself, his Establishment cohorts, and NOT the American people:

…A bill focused on buttressing the nation’s insurance marketplaces will be needed if the full fledged Republican effort to repeal much of President Barack Obama‘s health care law fails, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday. It was one of his most explicit acknowledgments that his party’s top-priority drive to erase much of Obama’s landmark 2010 statutes might fall short.

What McConnell is now signaling is an effort to actually SAVE much of Obamacare.

More than a few believe that has been his intention all along.

There is no difference between Democrat and Republican.

The only difference is that between those who wish to put American first and those who do not.

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Senate Republicans Side With Democrats To Protect Obamacare

Appallingly pathetic. For eight years Republicans promised voters they would dismantle Obamacare. They took in millions upon millions of political donation dollars on that promise. They ran on it. They were elected and re-elected on it.

And now some of them are breaking it.

Exhibit one of this two-faced politicking is Nevada Republican Senator Dean Heller who has now gone on record stating he will effectively stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Democrats to protect the failing Obamacare debacle.

Heller isn’t worried about helping Americans who need a failing healthcare system to be overhauled – a need made more urgent by the disaster that is Obamacare. No, all Senator Heller cares about is his re-election in 2018.

In 2010 and 2011 Heller told Nevada voters he was strongly opposed to Obamacare and any expansion of a federal healthcare system. Today he is stating he opposes any reduction of the federal healthcare system. Just another say one thing and do another (or do nothing) politician.

And he’s not alone. Susan Collins of Maine and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana have also indicated a desire to protect much of the current Obamacare disaster.

It is one thing to be a Republican senator stating opposition to the current Senate healthcare reform bill because you feel the bill does too little in scrapping the Obamacare mess. (Such as senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul) But to be a Republican senator who is now fighting to protect Obamacare?

That is disgusting.

Is it any wonder voters turned to Donald Trump, the most outside of outsider candidates in 2016 to try and fix the disgusting self-serving mess that is Washington D.C.?

Let’s hope Nevada voters send Mr. Heller a very strong message come November 2018 by voting him out. If he’s replaced by a Democrat does it really matter? He’s already standing with them as it is.

Good riddance.

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