Monthly Archives: November, 2017

Mulvaney Says Would Be OK to Drop Mandate Repeal From Tax Plan

All Trump has to do is sign an executive order tossing the mandate. and people, keep track of who votes against tax reform. The White House would support removing from the Senate tax plan a controversial provision to repeal the individual health care mandate of the Affordable Care Act, budget director Mick Mulvaney said — a move that could help win the vote of key Republicans. Continue reading →

Democrats blame Trump for Obamacare rate hikes

As Americans sign up during Open Enrollment for health insurance in 2018, those on the Obamacare exchange are seeing higher premiums. It’s similar to what happened a year ago, President Obama’s last year in office, when premiums went up an average of 25 percent.Hey demonrats, you passed it without reading it, the high premiums are on hyour heads, not Trump.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, premiums in 2018 are rising an average of 18 percent for Gold and Bronze plans and 32 percent for Silver plans. President Trump blames the Affordable Care Act. When the price hikes were announced just prior to Open Enrollment, Trump tweeted, “As usual the Obamacare premiums will be up (the Dems own it) but we will Repeal and Replace and have great Health Care soon after Tax Cut!”

But many Democrats are trying to turn the tables.

In a report from the pro-Obamacare group called Protect Our Care, 20 states blame President Trump for at least part of the increases. Many insurance commissioners in states controlled by Democrats appear to be going even further. California’s Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones wrote: “2018 health insurance rates higher thanks to Trump and Republicans.” Washington State’s Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued a press release claiming President Trump “has taken deliberate steps to undermine the health care system and put lives at risk.”

“All of the negative things the Trump Administration has said since he came into office is affecting the market overall,” said Washington’s Deputy Insurance Commissioner Steve Valandra. “It’s made it unstable and created a lot of uncertainty and that’s something that health insurers don’t like.”

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President Trump did discontinue cost-sharing subsidies, which were direct payments to insurance companies to defray some of the cost of providing health care. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners estimates the move added 12 percent to 15 percent to the cost of Silver plan premiums. Nineteen Democratic state attorneys general are suing Trump over the stoppage.

But the Trump Administration says it was only complying with a federal judge’s order, which declared the CSR’s or Cost Sharing Reductions to be illegal because Congress never appropriated the funding. President Obama ignored that fact and paid the subsidies anyway.

Republicans also point out that premiums have gone up every year under Obamacare.

“It’s Obamacare’s regulations that have more than doubled premiums over the last four, five years,” said Avik Roy from the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, “and it’s the sloppy drafting of Obamacare that has led to the illegal cost sharing subsidies that the Obama Administration has been spending without authorization from Congress.”

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Despite the finger pointing, consumers are still looking into and signing up for coverage. Washington State’s Health Benefit Exchange has received a steady stream of inquiries.

“We’re seeing traffic both on our website as well as the number of new applicants, and the call center has been getting a lot of calls, about 30 percent over where we were last year,” said Michael Marchand, Chief Marketing Officer of the Washington state Health Benefit Exchange.

Marchand says with health care being in the media so much recently, it’s driven up interest. He also thinks consumers are less interested in the politics and most just want a solution that works for them and their family.

Hillary Clinton questions ‘legitimacy’ of Trump’s victory in 2016 election

At least she hasn’t blamed the dog yet. Laughing It’s been a year since Hildabeast lost the election, and she is still questioning the “legitimacy” of President Trump’s victory, accusing Republicans of voter suppression tactics in swing states and Russians of influencing votes through a “disinformation campaign.”

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Tucker: We Are Witnessing ‘The End of the Clinton Era’

It’s about time the empire falls. The Clinton era began 25 years ago when Bill Clinton was elected president. Carlson said that this month, the “Clinton dynasty” is collapsing, a quarter century after Clinton bested President George H.W. Bush on November 3, 1992. Continue reading →

Clinton aide: ‘False comparison’ to equate Bill with Weinstein, Moore

Moore yes, no comapriso but both Weinstein and Billy Boy are rapists and creeps. Former Hillary Clinton adviser Philippe Reines told Fox News’ “The Story” Friday night that comparing sexual misconduct allegations against Bill Clinton to more recent claims against prominent men represented a “complete false equivalency.” Continue reading →

Marc Thiessen: Why Trump should make sure Roy Moore drops out

Trump can’t do anything, he can’t control an election. The allegations by five women that Roy Moore pursued and sexually molested teenage girls while he was in his 30s are disgusting, and disqualify him to serve in the United States Senate. Conservatives should be outraged at Moore for his loathsome conduct. But they should also be outraged at the man who helped put Moore on the ballot and is in the process of destroying the Trump presidency: Stephen K. Bannon. Continue reading →

Sessions directs prosecutors to ‘evaluate certain issues’ involving Uranium One and Clinton, leaves door open on special counsel

Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate “certain issues” requested by congressional Republicans, involving the sale of Uranium One and alleged unlawful dealings related to the Clinton Foundation, leaving the door open for an appointment of another special counsel. Continue reading →

Prototypes for Trump’s Border Wall Hit Inspection Phase

The prototypes for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico line have all been erected and are pending inspection from Customs and Border Protection. Continue reading →

Roy Moore Supporters: Accusations Timing ‘Stinks to High Heaven”

Allegations of sexual misconduct against Senate candidate Roy Moore, R-Ala., were shocking late this week, but Moore’s staunch supporters question the timing of the revelations from 38 years ago coming within one month of Dec. 12’s special election. Continue reading →

Trump’s Middle East Team: Goal Is to ‘Facilitate, Not Dictate, a Lasting Peace Agreement’

According to the New York Times, President Donald Trump and his advisers are developing “the ultimate deal” to end the intractable Israel-Palestinian conflict — one based on a two-state solution that’ll go beyond previous frameworks offered by the U.S. government. Continue reading →