Category Archives: senate

Pride of ObamaCare Ownership

obamacare ownership

President Trump’s answer to the Senate health-care bill collapse was to stand back and allow ObamaCare to collapse too. There aren’t enough healthy customers paying premiums to cover the sick ones. And insurance companies are pulling out as ObamaCare heads into a death spiral.

Trump claims that when the program fails he won’t own it. Democrats will because they passed ObamaCare on a party line vote with zero Republican input.

Obamacare Ownership

Which kind of makes sense, except that voters elected Trump to repeal ObamaCare. Now he’s president so he does own it, along with everything else he inherited from previous administrations.

Kind of like LBJ owned all the helicopters.

 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller Crime Search

mueller crime search

The Justice Department appointed Robert Mueller special counsel this week. His mission is to investigate suspected collusion between Team Trump and Russia.  And pretty much anything else that strikes his fancy once he gets going.

Mueller’s a career creature of the Washington Swamp. But, as swamp creatures go, he’s one of the most respected. He served as FBI Director for 12 years without scandal. It also doesn’t hurt that he earned a Bronze Star and Purple heart as a Marine rifle platoon leader in Vietnam.

Mueller Crime Search

Another Washington swamp creature, Rep. Maxine Waters, looks forward to the Mueller crime search. She anticipates a thorough and fair investigation. Ending with the impeachment of Donald Trump.

The only problem is, so far, there’s no evidence of a crime.

 

 

American Healthcare Act Pre-existing Conditions

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House Republicans passed a bill last week to sort of repeal and replace ObamaCare. It’s called the American Healthcare Act.

The idea of insurance is to spread the risk of the cost of getting sick. According to The Health Care Blog, if you’re already sick when you buy health insurance it’s “not really insurance”. It’s just health care coverage. And it has to be subsidized.

Pre-Existing Condition

ObamaCare requires companies to sell insurance to people with pre-existing conditions at the same rate as healthy people. The AHA would allow states to apply for waivers to that requirement. HHS Secretary Tom Price says those states could then set up “high risk” pools to help subsidize coverage of the already sick with federal funds.

Here’s a list of pre-existing conditions CNN says  the bill might not cover.

Washington Swamp Tour Guide

Washington Swamp

Ann Coulter thinks The Washington Swamp is winning.

In her latest column, titled Swamp People 47; Trump 0,  she says, “If this is the budget bill we get when Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the presidency, there’s no point in ever voting republican again.”

Meanwhile Vice President Pence got past Mr. Snerdley, the call screener, only to have Rush Limbaugh ask him, “Mr. Vice President, why vote Republican.”

And finally WSJ‘s Daniel Henninger asks, What is a Republican for?

If, after voters delivered control of Congress to them in 2016, these same Republicans can’t – or will not – produce an ObamaCare reform, those voters may reasonably ask in 2018:  Why do we need these people?What is a Republican for?

Update: The House narrowly passed a bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

 

Nuclear Options Players

nuclear options

As expected, Mitch McConnell pulled the trigger and made Chuck Schumer’s filibuster glow in the dark. As for the boy in the husky pants who runs North  Korea: he’s keeping his nuclear options open for now.