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Healthcare

Paul Krugman Reveals The Real Reason The GOP Is So Eager To Repeal Obamacare

As 2017 dawns and the Republicans prepare to take control of both houses of Congress and the White House, a life or death matter looms for millions of Americans who currently have health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare: The GOP says it’s full steam ahead on repeal of the ACA. Why are they so damn eager to eliminate healthcare for tens of millions? Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman says the GOP’s motive goes beyond their free market zeal.

For years, Republicans have been hoping and praying for a predicted Obamacare death spiral, but it has yet to materialize, and now the GOP faces a much more terrifying prospect, Krugman explains:

“Despite higher premiums, enrollments in the exchanges are running ahead of their levels a year ago.  Meanwhile, analysts are reporting substantial financial improvement for insurers: The premium hikes are doing the job, ending their losses.”

Should the Republicans let the program continue to grow and expand, becoming more popular and financially stable with each passing day, it would be even more difficult for them to rip coverage away from millions of Americans who have decent, affordable heath insurance. As Krugman notes:

“Republican congressional leaders like Paul Ryan nonetheless seem eager to push ahead with repeal. In fact, they seem to be in a great rush, probably because they’re afraid that if they don’t unravel health reform in the very first weeks of the Trump era, rank-and-file members of Congress will start hearing from constituents who really, really don’t want to lose their insurance.”

At a much deeper level, the real reason the GOP hates the Affordable Care Act so much can be distilled down to two main points:

  • The ACA is paid for in part by higher taxes on wealthy Americans. Now that the GOP is in control, they are going to do everything they can to give their rich contributors as many tax cuts as they can.
  • Republicans don’t think the government should play any role in improving the lives of average Americans. It doesn’t fit into their Ayn Rand theory of Objectivism. The GOP thinks that if you don’t have decent healthcare, it’s all your fault.

Krugman concludes his analysis with this reminder:

“When the number of uninsured Americans skyrockets on their watch, they’ll claim that it’s not their fault. Like everything, it’s the fault of liberal elites.”

And it’s our job to call them out for their lies.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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Politics

Chuck Todd: Clearly, Donald Trump Has Some Major ‘Daddy Issues’

For months now, we’ve all been trying to gain some sort of insight into Donald Trump as a way of better understanding what motivates him. And Meet the Press host Chuck Todd just helped shed more light on the enigma that is the Donald.

On the Politico podcast “Off Message,” Todd revealed that Trump watches television interviews he has given with the sound off. Why does Trump do that?

 “He wants to see what it all looked like.”

Todd then added:

“He will watch the whole thing on mute. He thinks this way, and look, it’s an important insight in just understanding him. The visual stuff is very real beyond just himself.”

And Todd also noted that Trump clearly has “daddy issues,” elaborating on that point by remarking:

“Look, he’s not the first president to have daddy issues. There’s nothing like a parental issue to add a chip…My name is Chuck Todd and I have a chip on my shoulder about my dad…Everybody has the chip.”

What bothers Chuck Todd the most about the President Trump? He never laughs:

“Do you know what? I’ve never seen him laugh. He’ll smile, but he smiles appropriately. He doesn’t really laugh. He looks for others to laugh. It is just weird.”

Here’s some amateur psychoanalysis based on what Chuck Todd told Politico:

  • Trump watches interviews of himself with the sound off: Trump, first and foremost, is a narcissist. He is also consumed with how others view him and what is said about him.
  • The “daddy issue”: Trump has to believe that he has done more as a businessman than his father did. But deep inside he also know that his father had to bail him out financially on numerous occasions. The chip on his shoulder is the size of Mount Rushmore.
  • Not laughing: Trump is socially insecure and fears he might laugh when others don’t, thereby exposing what his sense of humor is triggered by. Also, an inability to laugh could tell us that Trump is a deeply unhappy person who simply doesn’t possess a sense of humor.
No matter how you analyze it, what Chuck Todd said tells us one thing: It’s going to be a long and confusing four years.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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Media in America Poverty

Fox News Host Apologizes For Bogus Report On Food Stamp Fraud (VIDEO)

On Friday, Fox News aired a report which alleged that food stamp fraud was at an all-time high. Host Abby Huntsman commented:

“Food stamp fraud is at an all-time high…This year, it is estimated $70 million of taxpayer money was wasted on food stamp fraud.”

$70 million! Wow, that’s a lot of money, and a lot of waste. That’s enough to make you very angry. But it also happens to be a complete lie.

The Department of Agriculture told the Washington Post:

“We are not quite sure where this came from. We saw that there was a story on Breitbart. We have not issued a report on this recently.”

Ironically, the most recent data shows that fraud in the food stamp program stands at 1.3 percent. If you apply that to the 2016 SNAP budget of about $70 billion, the amount spent in a fraudulent manner would actually turn out to be $910 million, which is over ten times as high as what Fox reported.

How did Fox respond? Surprisingly, Huntsman looked into the camera and announced:

“We reported that back in 2016, $70 million were wasted on food stamp fraud. That was actually incorrect.

“The latest information from 2009 to 2011 shows the fraud at 1.3%, which is approximately $853 million for each of those three years, and nationally food-stamp trafficking is on the decline. So sorry about that mistake.”

While it’s admirable that Fox corrected their mistake, please note that their new figure of $853 million is still below what the Agriculture Department says. So while Fox was right in saying how wrong they were, technically they were wrong the second time, too. But it’s Fox News. If they were accurate, we’d know something had gone very wrong.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYXur0bcNWw

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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GOP Whining WTF?!

Conway Claims Russia Sanctions Are Just An Attempt To Screw Trump

Even though there is conclusive proof that the Russian government is culpable for hacking into the computer system of the Democratic National Committee in an attempt to sway the 2016 election in favor of Donald Trump, some Trump staffers are now trying to suggest that the sanctions imposed by President Obama yesterday on Russia are merely meant to hamstring Trump before he ever takes office.

Appearing on CNN’s Out Front, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway told host Kate Boulduan:

“I will tell you that even those who are sympathetic to President Obama on most issues are saying that part of the reason he did this today was to quote ‘box in’ President-elect Trump. That would be very unfortunate if politics were the motivating factor here. We can’t help but think that’s often true.

“That is not the way that peaceful exchanges work in this democracy.”

Thanks so much for the phony civics lesson, Kellyanne. Leave it to a Trumpkin to try and spin a conspiracy theory as a way to avoid facing reality.

Bolduan directly confronted Conway, reminding her:

“This is serious. This is about a foreign country hacking into the United States electoral process. Regardless, it doesn’t even have to do with the result, even. It is more that they tried to and did.”

And again Conway tried to spin her way out of actually responding to what the host had just said, remarking:

“All we heard through the election was ‘Russia, Russia, Russia.’ Since the election, it’s just this fever pitch of accusations and insinuations.”

Apparently Ms. Conway is unfamiliar with the expression, Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. You almost get the sense that the Trump team knows the cover is about to be ripped off their complicity with Vladimir Putin and expose the President-elect as what he is and always will be: A completely illegitimate leader with no mandate who lost the popular vote by 3 million ballots.

The more the Trumpkins holler, the more suspicious they look. This story is far from over with.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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GOP Whining

Whiny Bristol Palin Is Upset With ‘Sissies’ Who Won’t Perform At The Trump Inauguration

In a desperate attempt to remain relevant and also trying to make a buck, Bristol Palin has posted a nasty rant on her blog site decrying A-list performers who have said they will not perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration because they don’t want to be associated with a douchenozzle like Don the Con.

Palin had this to say on her blog late Wednesday:

“If Donald Trump were still just a regular old billionaire and threw a party at Trump Tower in New York City, celebrities would be lined up out the door, and the most famous artists would be pining for a chance to perform. But because he will be inaugurated as the next Republican president in January, these same mega-celebrities, who would normally drool over an invitation to sing for the president, want no part of it.”

Really, did you call them and ask, Bristol? Or is this just more fake news which is so prevalent these days from right-wing websites which lie as easily as Trump does?

The washed up daughter of half-term Alaska Governor Sarah Palin also had this specious observation:

“Isn’t it amazing how ‘not cool’ it is to be conservative in the public eye?”

Yeah, who would think some folks would be opposed to performing at the celebration of a man who has spread hatred far and wide and was only elected thanks to the help of a foreign government which just so happens to favor the destruction of the United States?

Palin concludes her idiotic statement with this:

“Either Hollywood is that far off – or we have so many sissies we have in the spotlight too scared to stand for what they believe in!”

Meanwhile, Bristol and her family will continue to stand for ignorance, hatred, hypocrisy, and mediocrity. If Bristol Palin is an example of Trump’s “make America great again” strategy, then this country is indeed doomed.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org