Paul Ryan and Republicans Retool TrumpCare to Allow States to Force Some Medicaid Recipients to Work
TrumpCare Near Life Support, Republicans Work to Harm the Poor Even More
34% of Medicaid recipients are blind or disabled. 19% are children. 14% are elderly. Less than one-third, just 32%, are adults, many of whom are single parents or caring for a sick relative.
Only 13% of adults in Medicaid expansion are able bodied and not working, in school or seeking work. 3/4 of those are caring for a relative. https://t.co/XCGaWo72LT
â€” Charles Ornstein (@charlesornstein) March 21, 2017
In an effort to get hard core conservatives in the House Freedom CaucusÂ to support and vote for TrumpCare, Republicans including Paul Ryan overnight altered the bill that was already passed by three committees to include a provision allowing states to force some Medicaid recipients to work.
So conservatives think we can save a lot of money for tax cuts by forcing able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work. They may face a surprise pic.twitter.com/M7J9x2sCl0
â€” Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) March 19, 2017
Speaker Paul Ryan calls these “improvements.” Ryan admitted last week he’s been “dreaming” of cutting Medicaid since his kegger days.
An amendment designed to win conservative votes for Republican ACA repeal would allow states to make Medicaid recipients work off the aid.
â€” Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) March 21, 2017
Meanwhile, it’s unclear exactly who on Medicaid states are going to force to work.
If you’re a single parent on Medicaid, revisions to GOP bill exempt you from work requirements — unless your child is 6 or older: pic.twitter.com/QnLUnBWChP
â€” Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) March 21, 2017
“Only 13 percent of adults covered by Medicaidâ€™s expansion are able-bodied and not working, in school, or seeking work. Of that small group, three-quarters report they are not working in order to care for family members and the rest report other reasons, like being laid off,” Health Affairs Blog reports.
This is, of course, just another outcome of the GOP mindset, that believes safety net programs like Medicaid are just handouts to lazy people. Republicans would rather continue their programs of handouts to the rich and to corporations, which, of course, the American Health Care Act, aka TrumpCare, does.
Charles Gaba, who tracks ObamaCare, concludes that “Ryan’s latest scheme … wouldÂ completely wipe out the $336 billion in savingsÂ which the CBO is currently projecting the AHCA to save…which is theÂ onlyÂ positive bullet point they can brag about at the moment.”Â
Of the Republicans’ latest attack on the American populace, Gaba writes: “The bottom line is that these changes would actually be better for several million people…but in a completely ludicrous way, while also beingÂ even more hurtfulÂ to millions ofÂ otherÂ people, and adding several additional layers of paperwork and bureaucracy to boot, which Republicans supposedly can’t stand. Amazing.”
They introduce the bill
Move it through committees w NO hearings BEFORE any CBO score
Then rewrite the bill
And force a vote 3 days later
â€” Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) March 21, 2017
TrumpCare, the Republican plan to repeal and “replace” ObamaCare, is in major trouble. It may not pass the House, leading to a huge loss of power for Republicans, especially Speaker Paul Ryan and PresidentÂ Donald Trump. If it passes the House, chances right now don’t look good for Senate passage.
But Americans cannot afford to be complacent. We must continue to take action to ensure ObamaCare is not repealed.
In Alabama, a Twitter campaign highlights some of the people ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion helps:
I have asthma-sometimes can’t get my breath-TY Medicaid for my inhalers. I love to read w/my mom when she comes home from work. #IamMedicaid pic.twitter.com/2oFdEhsv4R
â€” I Am Medicaid (@IamMedicaid) March 21, 2017
My cancer is cured but I lost my hearing. Thanks Medicaid for my hearing aids! I love to read now too. #IamMedicaid #ALpolitics pic.twitter.com/Gd7UVxIi6H
â€” I Am Medicaid (@IamMedicaid) March 19, 2017
I have type 2 diabetes and so does my mom, a nurse. Medicaid is my insurance. I am Alabama’s future. #IamMedicaid #ALpolitics pic.twitter.com/f5fxQNSGaI
â€” I Am Medicaid (@IamMedicaid) March 16, 2017
I am 3-I can say “ball” and “no.” I just got Medicaid insurance because I have autism and need lots of help. Thanks Medicaid! #IamMedicaid pic.twitter.com/Bfi6T7vQbJ
â€” I Am Medicaid (@IamMedicaid) March 14, 2017
I just started 3rd grade and I love to read. Medicine helps me learn. Thanks Medicaid! #IamMedicaid #ALpolitics pic.twitter.com/6JBV8oUyFp
â€” I Am Medicaid (@IamMedicaid) March 12, 2017
#IamMedicaid Today I love my skin getting treatment for severe eczema Thanks Medicaid for my care and medication pic.twitter.com/978jsQo1Fq
â€” Marsha D Raulerson (@MarshaDRaulerso) January 22, 2017
#IamMedicaid saw pediatrician for Med check Built a tower and reading 2 new books Thanks Al Medicaid I’m the future pic.twitter.com/Ka1coU9GPL
â€” Marsha D Raulerson (@MarshaDRaulerso) February 5, 2017
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'GOOD LUCK WITH THAT'
‘Trying to Have It Both Ways’: Ivanka ‘Flailing’ as Trump Indictment Slams Family
While Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump have taken to their social media platforms to viciously lash out at Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for indicting their father on a reported 30 charges, Ivanka Trump posted a rather muted statement on her Instagram account which simply said, “I love my father, and I love my country. Today, I am pained for both. I appreciate the voices across the political spectrum expressing support and concern.”
According to Daily Beast conservative columnist Matt Lewis, the so-called “First Daughter,” who served in the White House with her father, is trying to stay true to her former president dad, while distancing herself from his legal problems — and it is not going to work for her.
As Lewis put it, Ivanka is “flailing” in her attempts to shed the memory of her participation in the Trump administration that reached its lowest point on Jan. 6 when supporters of Trump stormed the Capitol and sent lawmakers fleeing for their lives.
“It’s hard to argue with anything Ivanka says here, but it is not a statement of moral clarity. Nor is it (conversely) a statement of strong support for her father. She’s flailing and trying to have it both ways,” Lewis wrote before adding, “Now, it’s understandable that a daughter might not want to utterly condemn her father. Further, children are not responsible for their parents’ sins. Except, of course, if you consider the fact that Ivanka served as the primary weapon in the ‘Trump’s not such a belligerent pig as his four decades as a public figure would make you think’ propaganda push.”
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Noting that Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner — who has baggage of his own — both stuck with Trump in the White House for all four years, Lewis added, “As far as the former first daughter goes, she and her husband might be done with politics, but once you’ve been a party to an administration like Trump’s, it’s going to be a long time before politics is done with them.”
“So, Ivanka, you want to have a seat at the cool apolitical kids’ table? You want to be once again accepted by the socially liberal billionaires’ children you used to go to the Hamptons with and now have Miami Beach playdates with? You want to enjoy the privileges of being a Trump with none of the shame? Good luck with that,” he concluded.
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Dominion Wins ‘Blockbuster Victories’ Against Fox News – Last Legal Issue Will Be Decided by a Jury: Report
Dominion Voting Systems won what are being called “blockbuster victories” Friday afternoon when a judge ruled the company suing Fox News for $1.6 billion in a major defamation lawsuit had met its burden of proof that Rupert Murdoch‘s far-right wing cable channel had repeatedly made false statements.
The final, and likely greatest legal issue Dominion will have to prove will be actual malice. That issue will be decided in a jury trial, Delaware Superior Court Judge Eric M. Davis ruled Friday, according to Law & Crime.
Unlike previous cases, Fox News will reportedly not be able to argue the on-air statements its personalities made were opinion.
CNN legal analyst and Brookings senior fellow Norm Eisen calls Friday’s decision a “huge win for Dominion on their summary judgment motion against Fox News.”
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“Dominion won partial summary judgement that what Fox said about them was false! Now they just have to prove actual malice and damages,” Eisen says. “Meanwhile Fox’s motion was totally denied.”
Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, an MSNBC contributor adds: “Dominion’s evidence Fox made false statements with reckless disregard is as strong as any I’ve seen.”
The judge was very clear in his ruling.
“While the Court must view the record in the light most favorable to Fox, the record does not show a genuine issue of material fact as to falsity,” Judge Davis wrote. “Through its extensive proof, Dominion has met its burden of showing there is no genuine issue of material fact as to falsity. Fox therefore had the burden to show an issue of material fact existed in turn. Fox failed to meet its burden.”
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Attorney and MSNBC host and legal analyst Katie Phang points to this key passage in Judge Davis’ ruling.
Dominion has won the argument on the issue of falsity, meaning that as the Court funds below, “it is CRYSTAL clear that none of the Statements relating to Dominion about the 2020 election are true.” pic.twitter.com/7lKEspN0WI
— Katie S. Phang (@KatiePhang) March 31, 2023
Court watchers and news junkies are familiar at this point with the massive legal filings Dominion has made in which it exposed how Fox News knowingly made false statements regarding the 2020 presidential election. Those filings, each hundreds of pages, also detail internal Fox News communications and bombshell conversations between the company’s top personalities, executives, and even Chairman Rupert Murdoch.
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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM
Capitol Police Issue Warning Over Possible Trump Protests ‘Across the Country’
The U.S. Capitol Police and the Senate Sergeant at Arms on Friday jointly issued a statement warning they “anticipate” Trump protests across the country. The statement is not time-specific, and it states it has no information on “credible threats,” but some Democratic offices are allowing staffers to work from home Friday and Tuesday.
“The Sergeant at Arms and United States Capitol Police (USCP) anticipate demonstration activity across the country related to the indictment of former President Trump. While law enforcement is not tracking any specific, credible threats against the Capitol or state offices, there is potential for demonstration activity. USCP is working with law enforcement partners, so you may observe a greater law enforcement presence on Capitol Hill,” the statement reads.
“The SAA and USCP are monitoring the potential nationwide impacts to Senate state offices,” it adds.
The House Sergeant at Arms was conspicuously absent from the statement. Speaker Kevin McCarthy has control over that office.
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Additionally, Axios is reporting, “several House Democrats are allowing staffers to work from home as a safety precaution,” noting that “the memory of Trump supporters ransacking the Capitol on Jan. 6 is still fresh on the mind.”
U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) is allowing staff to work from home for safety reasons. She told Axios, “I don’t ever want to see a Jan. 6 again.”
“I’ve been in the Trump hate tunnel, Donald Trump has gone after me, and quite frankly I don’t have security. I don’t have entourages.”
She’s not the only Democrat to raise concerns.
“Much of the language from the former President and his devotees is similar to what inspired Jan. 6th,” U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips said. “I’m concerned about safety for my colleagues and my staff.”
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Meanwhile, House Republicans are issuing full-throated support for Trump and calling for protests.
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who was called out by name in a six-page letter Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg sent to Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan Friday morning, announced she will be in New York on Tuesday to support Trump when he is arraigned. She has posted several tweets since Trump was indicted.
Speaker Kevin McCarthy issued a statement Thursday seemingly designed to gin up rage and action in the MAGA base.
“Alvin Bragg has irreparably damaged our country in an attempt to interfere in our Presidential election. As he routinely frees violent criminals to terrorize the public, he weaponized our sacred system of justice against President Donald Trump. The American people will not tolerate this injustice, and the House of Representatives will hold Alvin Bragg and his unprecedented abuse of power to account.”
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