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March 27th, 2017

Would Ted Poe and Freedom Caucus Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

The big news today is that Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) has resigned from the House Freedom Caucus as he had wanted to vote for the Paul Ryan health care bill. According to Rep. Poe, he was not alone as perhaps a dozen or more members of this very-Conservative, GOP caucus, were ready to support the bill, primarily to end Obamacare and to give President Donald Trump a legislative victory. However, the Freedom Caucus votes as a unified block and the majority, led by Rep Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), opposed the American Health Care Act. This majority stood on principle, which is a fine and noble thing. But, very often principle does not get the job at hand done. A good example of this was seen last night in our favorite Zombie Apocalypse TV series, ″The Walking Dead″.

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March 25th, 2017

Postmortem – Health Care Vote Canceled

Speaker Paul Ryan decided late yesterday that the health care vote should be canceled. This decision was made after he spoke with President Donald Trump and informed him that they were still short enough votes to pass the American Health Care Act, or AHCA. With no Democratic votes to count on, House Republicans needed 216 votes committed from their own party. Ryan and his leadership team did not have it. After several GOP members left Congress to accept roles in the Trump administration, there were 237 left. According to several accounts in The Media, as many as 25-30 House Republicans were going to vote ′No′ on the AHCA. Most of the No-Votes would have come from members of the ′Freedom Caucus′.

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March 24th, 2017

Paul Ryan – Do or Die on GOP Healthcare Bill

Today may be ′Do or Die′ for Speaker of the House Paul Ryan as Congress prepares to vote on the GOP Healthcare Bill. Nicknamed ′RyanCare′, the American Health Care Act of 2017 may be headed for rocky shores as many Republicans in the House of Representatives still have issues with it. President Donald Trump has worked hard in trying to negotiate enough compromises to satisfy the various GOP factions. But it is starting to look like that he has decided that the AHCA just is not worth expending any more time or political capital on. President Trump was upset that the scheduled vote on Thursday night was postponed and wants a vote today. If the vote fails, then he is ready to move on and start working on tax reform, which many say he should have done first anyway.

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March 20th, 2017

Another Busy Week for President Trump

This will be yet another busy week for President Donald Trump. Unlike Barack Obama, President Trump is a one-man dynamo, working everyday and long hours at that! He actually holds meetings with people to listen to what they have to say. A big change from the last 8 years! Today, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch heads to Capitol Hill as his confirmation hearings begin. FBI Director James Comey will also be on ′The Hill′ to share info on the alleged surveillance of Trump and alleged ties with Russia. The President will later be traveling to Louisville, Kentucky to pitch the GOP health care plan, which may be voted on in the House this Thursday. We may also see more chatter and discussion on the budget the White House submitted last week, which has stirred up all sorts of ire among the weak minded.

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March 8th, 2017

GOP Plan to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Some are calling it Obamacare 2.0 or Obamacare Lite. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) called it ″Obamacare Gone!″ That has been the initial reaction by Republicans on the GOP plan, the America Health Care Act, to repeal and replace Obamacare. Naturally, the Democrats are calling it a disaster. Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), claims that this plan is the best way to undo Obamacare in the shortest time possible. He said that it is the first of 3 phases. The AHCA offers much of what many people like about Obamacare without the mandates and penalties. Perhaps more importantly, the bill is designed to sail through the US Senate under the Reconciliation Rules to pass with just a simple majority.

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April 24th, 2016

Death of ObamaCare – UnitedHealth to Opt Out

Everyone predicted that by 2017, when ObamaCare goes into full swing, that the Affordable Care Act would crash and burn. The legislative, signature legacy piece of the Barack Hussein Obama administration was dealt another blow this past week. UnitedHealth Group, one of the largest health insurance providers in the country, is pulling out of Obamacare. The company announced that it will cease to offer plans in Michigan, Georgia and other states, and will reduce coverage in many others. Some state exchanges will now have only one or two options once this happens. The company cites continuing higher costs as the reason for discontinuing services in these states. Premiums overall are expected to increase well above the average, including more so now than before when the ACA took effect.

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October 22nd, 2015

Obamacare Co-Op Crisis! Eleven States Go Bust!

When Vice President Joe Biden announced his decision not to run for president yesterday, he encouraged those Democrats who are to ′run on the record′. Perhaps the most significant piece of the Barack Obama administration record is the so-called Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. The ACA or ′Obamacare′. But, as predicted here, Obamacare has become a disaster. Not only has it failed to enroll all of the uninsured, but we now learn that at least 8, if not 11, of the Obamacare co-ops are in deep financial trouble. Just in the last 3 weeks, Colorado, Tennessee and Oregon have announced that they will have to close down their co-ops. Kentucky, often pointed to by Liberals as a ′success story′, is now also threatening to close its co-op. Also closing their co-ops are Iowa, Nebraska, West Virginia, Louisiana, Nevada, Vermont and New York. Of the 23 states that set up co-ops under Obamacare, only 12 will remain functioning and who knows how long they′ll last?

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August 19th, 2015

Scott Walker Unveils Health Care Plan

Remember Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin? He recently joined the cadre of candidates seeking the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Up until the first GOP debate, he had been high in the polls, even leading in Iowa by a wide margin. But once Hurricane Donald made landfall, Walker and the rest of the pack have been reduced to a secondary position. On Tuesday, Scott Walker unveiled his health care plan to replace Obamacare, in hopes of regaining some of the lime light. His 10-page outline is titled ″The Day One Patient Freedom Plan″. Now, in reality it is a 15-page document, though maybe has at best about 7 pages of actual text and plans. So why the Media is saying it is a 10-page plan is unknown? Add to that mystery is the fact that pretty much the whole plan is one we′ve heard plenty of times before.

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