Category Archives: Law

Insurance Companies’ Very Bad Week

insurance companiesLast week President Trump issued an executive order rolling back President Obama’s executive order to subsidize insurance companies.  The subsidies reimburse the companies for reducing certain out-of-pocket expenses to policy holders.

The only problem is Congress refused to appropriate money for the subsidies. So Obama whipped out his pen and phone and and started spending the money anyway.  And Trump continued that practice. But  a federal district court judge says that’s illegal.

Insurance Companies’ Very Bad Week

This week two Republican senators, Tom Cotton and Pat Toomey, introduced a bill to to partially end the individual mandate, no longer requiring some people to buy health insurance.

Yesterday two more Senators, Republican Lamar Alexander and Democrat Patty Murray, made a deal to keep the subsidies alive. Trump said nice things about it last night but withdrew support today.

Time.com tries to explain what’s going here.

McCain Health Care Bill Kills

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Senator McCain sided with Jimmy Kimmel in shooting down best bud Lindsey Graham on Friday. He announced he would vote “no” on the Graham Cassidy health care reform.

Two McCain Bill Kills

Those in the know think that pretty much kills the bill. And that would make two health bill kills for McCain.

Damn, should have drawn that on the fuselage.

The Dogma Within

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Amy Coney Barrett is a Notre Dame Law professor. She was nominated by President Trump for a seat on the seventh court of appeals.

But first she has to get past Senate Judiciary Committee member Diane Feinstein. The Senator wanted answers about an article Professor Coney Barrett co-authored 20 years ago. It was a meditation on what a Catholic judge might do in a capital punishment case. The authors concluded he/she should recuse.

But the professor came across as a little too Catholic for the senator. Feinstein told her, “I think in your case, professor, when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern.”

Of course, the professor might have taken that as a compliment.

Man Bites Dogma

But no dogma lives within Senator Durbin. The apparently unorthodox Catholic senator from Illinois demanded to know if Coney Barrett is an “Orthodox” Catholic.

A WSJ opinion piece by theology professor C.C. Pecknold had this to say about the dogma:

 Mr. Durbin’s attempt to make such a distinction shows that this affair is about more than Catholicism. It is about an ideology—a politically progressive civil religion—that makes comprehensive claims to which all other religions are expected to conform.

Trump Signs Russian Sanctions Bill

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Congress can’t repeal ObamaCare but it frog marched Trump to the signing table for a Russian sanctions bill. The House voted 419-3 for the bill and the Senate came in 98-2.

Russian Sanctions Bill

And the president can’t reverse the sanctions without Congressional approval. Which may be unconstitutional, at least that’s what Trump said in his initial signing statement.  Still, he didn’t have much choice but to sign the veto proof bill.

Bloomberg’s Eli Lake says leakers are forcing Trump to act against his will.

Putin’s pissed.

Jeff Sessions Goes To Bat Against Gang Violence

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Trump snubbed Jeff Sessions in a speech about  MS-13 gang violence last week. Sessions was in El Salvador to actually do something about it.