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The Unaffordable Care Act

Obamacare is a disaster, and Trumpcare, or Ryancare, is here to fix it. But the initial response of states is, “Are you kidding me?” They have been down the ‘states do it better’ road, and they know that it usually means ‘you deal with it.’

Seems that the medical community feels the same way. Not one medical association has endorsed the AHCA. Most have denounced it outright.

The voters have already given their representatives an ear-full about taking away the ACA. Representatives returned from their districts with only bad news about the mood of the people. It’s only Obamacare if you aren’t in need of the coverage. and then it’s a lifeline.

Regardless, the GOP insists that the ACA is broken, and they have introduced a bill they say will fix it. The trouble is the bill fixes it by forcing a lot of people off of healthcare. The is not a healtcare bill. It is a tax cut.

Another golf trip

Trumpcare does not seem to be all Donald Trump promised. In fact, the numbers are so bad that he seems to be distancing himself from the fray. He endorses it, of course, but leaves the fighting to Congress. He is above the fray. That makes it easy to blame Congress when the voters react angrily. See how it works? He only creates success, and blames other for his failures.

The GOP Argument

The excuse for this tax cut is that hard-working Americans are suffering under the burden of taxes, and cutting programs like Medicaid will lessen that burden. We are not sure how, except to force the poor into emergency rooms, which is the most expensive way to care for people. They are not going to die at home. They are going to forgo medications and get sicker. Your taxes will not go down.

States Are Not The Answer

The other argument harkens back to those ‘engines of innovation’, the ones that brought you drug-testing for food stamps, and Stand Your Ground. The fault in this argument is easily seen by visiting your state capitol. In most cases your state representative is the biggest dufus that represents you, or is second only to your local school board. States are mostly the engine of dysfunction, and giving them the reins of Medicaid was tried by none other than Jan Brewer, who may statistically be the most prolific mass murderer in the history of the nation. We will never know the true cost of cutting funding in Arizona, but we do know the result was not better healthcare. If you are lucky enough to find competence at the state level, you are lucky indeed. Most are not.

Healthcare is not a right

Neither is clean water, but it certainly makes for a better life. There are a lot things in the Constitution that are not rights. Like the right to bear arms if you are not in a militia, but lets not go there.
There are necessities and healthcare is one of them. Education is another, unless you prefer life in Mad Max movie. Most don’t. We want our children to grow up in a society that protects them, nourishes them intellectually, and provide the safety they deserve, and that includes healthcare. Healthcare is not a right. Healthcare is a necessity.

Carrier Steelworker Responds To Movement Of Jobs To Mexico

Carrier Steelworker Responds To Movement Of Jobs To Mexico

NPR’s Audie Cornish talks with T.J. Bray, a steelworker at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis where President Trump said he saved over 1,000 jobs. Last month, Carrier told the state that 600 people will be laid off, and those jobs will be transferred to Mexico.


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Carrier Steelworker Responds To Movement Of Jobs To Mexico

How Fox News botched a Comey story and then furiously tried to backtrack

How Fox News botched a Comey story and then furiously tried to backtrack

Throughout the June 23 edition of Fox & Friends, the morning show hosts had to continuously walk back and correct a report in which they claimed that former FBI Director James Comey had visited The New York Times the night before. Fox & Friends’ initial incorrect reporting, which was eventually walked back through two follow-up segments, highlights the lack of journalistic standards on Fox News’ flagship morning show. 
 
In the first report, Fox & Friends reporter Jillian Mele stated, “The New York Times gets a special visitor,” to which guest host Ed Henry replied, “Wonder what James Comey was doing at The New York Times. It’s so odd.”
 

JILLIAN MELE: The New York Times gets a special visitor. The Daily Mail got these pictures of former FBI Director James Comey stopping by their office in Manhattan. He reportedly spent three hours inside.
 
[…]
 
ED HENRY (CO-HOST): Wonder what James Comey was doing at The New York Times. It’s so odd.
 
STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Why would he go right in the front door?
 
AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): I know. He’s not even trying to hide.
 
HENRY: He’s wearing sunglasses.

Fox & Friends began to backtrack in its second segment on the matter, noting that a spokesperson for The New York Times had stated that Comey hadn’t gone to the paper’s offices, and admitting that Comey could have entered other offices within the New York Times building. The hosts semi-acknowledged that “there may be a law firm in that building that had some sort of event for abused children” that Comey actually attended. (Reporting from the previous night had pictures of Comey at that event.) The hosts, however, continued to cast doubt, stating, “We just don’t know.”

STEVE DOOCY: Well, yesterday, just about four blocks from where we’re sitting right now, somebody realized, hey, who’s that really tall guy going into The New York Times?
 
ED HENRY: I’ve seen him on TV.
 
DOOCY: He’s wearing sunglasses. There he is right there, he’s holding his coat. He’s going in with his wife, and he came out with his wife, and —
 
HENRY: It’s James Comey.
 
DOOCY: — and sunglasses off. It’s the former FBI director going into the New York Times building.
 
AINSLEY EARHARDT: Clearly didn’t want to hide it. He’s going in the front door, not the even a back door. He was in there for three hours. 
 
DOOCY: Yeah. The New York Times spokesperson says he did not visit the New York Times newsroom, however, there are other businesses in that building. Also, didn’t go to the newsroom, could have gone to another part. 
 
EARHARDT: It just doesn’t look good. After he admitted to leaking to his friends that work in, that are his journalist friends, it doesn’t look good. 
 
HENRY: There are reporters for The New York Times, we should say, who are tweeting last night and this morning that there may be a law firm in that building that had some sort of event for abused children and that James Comey and his wife may have been visiting them as a charitable thing. They were in there for a couple of hours. Whether they visited more than one office we simply don’t know. 
 
DOOCY: So, it would just be a coincidence that he also leaked stuff to somebody who leaked to them. 
 
HENRY: Yeah, might be a coincidence, yeah.
 
EARHARDT: Could be a Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton thing. They talked about grandkids, but they were in the plane for a long time; he was in there for three hours.
 
HENRY: What kind of sunglasses to wear.

In the final report on this topic, hosts continued to walk back their own reporting and speculation, claiming that “now we’re learning more,” despite the fact the tweet they were referring to was sent the previous evening. Host Steve Doocy noted that “there was some speculation” that Comey was at the New York Times building to meet with reporters, failing to note that he and his co-hosts contributed to the speculation, but adding, “As it turns out, that is not the case.” 
 

STEVE DOOCY: Speaking of talk, yesterday there was extremely tall man with glasses seen walking into the New York Times building.
 
ED HENRY: There he is.
 
DOOCY: Does that look familiar? 
 
HENRY: That’s James Comey. 
 
DOOCY: That is James Comey.
 
HENRY: He’s going into the New York Times building. 
 
DOOCY: Three hours later there he comes out. There’s a great big story on Daily Mail about James Comey spotted at the New York Times building. We reported that this morning. We said that the New York Times spokesperson said that he did not visit the newsroom, and now we’re learning more from, I think, Maggie Haberman at The New York Times –
 
HENRY: Yeah, saying he didn’t visit the newsroom. A person close to him said that he and his wife went to a ceremony for CASA, at Covington & Burling, a major law firm, which is also in the New York Times building, and apparently that law firm was hosting some sort of charity event for abused kids. There’s some photos on Twitter of James Comey and his wife talking to those kids. Sounds like a wonderful cause. If that’s what he was doing, hats off to him.
 
DOOCY: Sure. And there was some speculation — well, maybe he went to The New York Times because it wasn’t so long ago he gave that Columbia professor his notes so that they could leak it to the Times. As it turns out, that is not the case. He was there —
 
HENRY: Great if he was doing charity work. It does not erase the fact there’s been all kinds of leaks at The New York Times. Period, end of story.

The evolution and complete breakdown of Fox & Friends‘ initial reporting highlights the complete lack of journalistic standards on Fox’s morning show. Earlier this month, the hosts cited a story relying solely on “one of the online blogs.” The Fox & Friends hosts have consistently shown that they will report on a story without looking for the facts or truth behind the narrative they want to push; no one should take them at their word.

Source: MM4A
How Fox News botched a Comey story and then furiously tried to backtrack

Fox host attacks Obama for his criticism of Senate health care bill

Fox host attacks Obama for his criticism of Senate health care bill

ED HERNY (CO-HOST): Is [former President Obama] is a good judge of whether or not a health bill is going to work when he promised the American people “you get to keep your doctor, you get to keep your plan?”

MORGAN ORTAGUS: Well, that’s a really good point, Ed. In fact, if you look at it from a political perspective in both the 2010 and 2016 elections, his party was decimated in these elections on Obamacare specifically. Almost more than anything else that’s what the Republicans ran on. So, I agree with you the criticism that we saw yesterday of a bill that’s still being formed by the House and the Senate was a bit fresh.

HENRY: Sure and Morgan, what about the point that Republicans, in fairness, haven’t wanted to admit over the last few years that there have been good parts of Obamacare. Millions more people being covered, for example. But Democrats have not wanted to admit, either, that it’s cost a whole lot more money and have you all these insurance companies pulling out. So why isn’t the former president, in order to protect his legacy, weighing in in a more positive way and saying “Hey, here is how we fix it?”

ORTAGUS: Well, to your question, he is not weighing in a more positive way because he didn’t have a lot of big signature accomplishments over his eight years as president. And two them, two of his biggest accomplishments are things that President Trump is working to undo right away. One is the health care bill and of course the Paris climate accord. And, also, we can’t forget about the Iran bill. So these things that President Obama we consider to be major legislative achievements of his eight years, which I would argue there weren’t many, are something within his first six months that President Trump is looking to undo. And that’s got to sting.

Previously:

Ignoring Republican sabotage, Fox & Friends uses health care insurer withdrawal to claim Obamacare failure

How Conservatives Smeared Obamacare And Laid The Groundwork For Trumpcare

The GOP Health Care Bill Actually Does What Conservatives Said Obamacare Would Do — And Worse 

Source: MM4A
Fox host attacks Obama for his criticism of Senate health care bill