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In an interview with me, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer answered this question with a resounding No. Under no circumstances, he vowed, would Democrats throw Republicans such a political lifeline.

“We’re not going to do a replacement,” Schumer said of the Senate Democratic caucus. “If they repeal without a replacement, they will own it. Democrats will not then step up to the plate and come up with a half-baked solution that we will partially own. It’s all theirs.”

Time, of course, will tell whether Democrats make good on this vow. But it’s worth noting another important factor here: If Republicans do opt for repeal-and-delay, it could make a big mess very quickly, well in advance of any vote on a replacement, which could make the politics of this even worse for them.

As Jonathan Cohn reports today, health experts are predicting that repeal-and-delay could cause insurance markets to unravel very quickly. Insurance companies may exit the markets due to the uncertainty of seeing any replacement materialize. They may also pull out because Republicans look likely to repeal the individual mandate while trying to keep the protections for preexisting conditions (which cannot be repealed by a simple majority), which will make the risk pools older and sicker. The overall result could be millions losing coverage and all around chaos.


Now pounce on the RWNutjobs with Medicare for All. Schumer is another Fake Democrat IMO.


More liar lying

From Mr. Reich


Soon after Trump takes office, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan plans to begin the Medicare phase-out he has long advocated — packaged together with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Ryan aims to replace Medicare with vouchers that seniors would use to buy private insurance.

As part of his strategy, Ryan will try to convince the public that:

1. Medicare is all but dead already (which is why he says things like, “Because of Obamacare, Medicare is going broke.”). Rubbish. In fact, the ACA has extended the solvency of the Medicare trust fund by over a decade.

2. Seniors shouldn’t worry because the changes won’t take effect for a while. Baloney. Medicare is hugely popular with younger people who see how important it is for their parents and grandparents. Remember the Tea Partiers who protested against the Affordable Care Act with signs that said “Don’t Touch My Medicare”?

3. Vouchers will be just as good as Medicare. A lie. If seniors can’t afford any of the available plans with what the voucher is worth, they’re out of luck. And the vouchers won’t keep up with increases in the costs of healthcare.

4. Seniors who want to can remain on Medicare. More rubbish. The Ryan plan is designed to lure healthier seniors out of Medicare, leaving the most unhealthy and costliest in Medicare – thereby drowning Medicare in a sea of red ink.

The Republican attack on Medicare will offer Democrats a golden opportunity to turn the tide and take back Congress. But Democrats have to be smart enough to see the opportunity and act on it.

Will they?


Bernie Sanders, Keith Ellison, and Danny Glover are speaking at the Good Jobs Nation rally today:



Another cabinet position–another billionaire. This one seems in the mold of Mr. Burns from the Simpsons.

Robert Reich again


Trump’s pick of Wilbur Ross for Secretary of Commerce seems to have escaped media scrutiny, but here’s what you need to know about him:

1. Ross has specialized in buying up steel mills, textile mills and coal mines, then getting rid of their unions, slashing wages, dropping health care, reneging on pension obligations, and cutting operating costs down to the bone.

2. Running a coal mine on the cheap has consequences. On Jan. 2, 2006, 12 miners perished at Ross’s Sago Mine. Just a year before the disaster, the Mine Safety Administration of the Department of Labor cited the mine for 208 safety violations, 96 considered “serious and substantial,” including roof falls, improper ventilation, blocked escape passages and piles of combustible materials. Nineteen days before catastrophe struck, a federal inspector cited the company for “a high degree of negligence” for allowing potentially explosive coal dust to accumulate in the mine. After the Jan. 2 underground explosion trapped miners in a smoke-choked shaft, they discovered their emergency air packs were inoperable. (The mine foreman was later indicted for falsifying safety check reports.)
But despite the findings that the mine was unsafe, Ross refused to shut it down. The mine’s executives said Ross had been intimately involved with the company and knew all about its safety problems, but pushed them to show profits (see below).

3. Forbes magazine lists Ross as one of the world’s billionaires with a net worth of $2.9 billion.

Trump portrays himself as the voice of working people, including coal miners. Wilbur Ross is the embodiment of greed that has shafted working people, and, not incidentally, murdered coal miners.


This probably opens the way for him


U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison will vacate his congressional seat if he wins the chairman job at the Democratic National Committee, he told the Star Tribune Wednesday morning.

Ellison conceded Wednesday that a full-time chair is what the party wanted after the losses of the 2016 presidential and congressional elections. He said he came to the decision after difficult soul-searching and hearing from the more than 400 voting members of the DNC who said they wouldn’t vote him as long as he was a sitting member of Congress.


Ah I was just going to post this news jcity! As a Minnesotan, I hate to see Keith give up his seat. He could of handled both jobs. Here’s an article from the Duluth News Tribune about it.


By Don Davis Today at 10:59 a.m.


No doubt he could, but if this gets him the DNC job I guess it’s worth it.


Dang. Can we get someone as progressive in his seat? I’m sure he and Bernie know what they’re doing, but dang.



Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joined hundreds of striking workers just blocks from both the White House and Donald Trump’s new D.C. hotel Wednesday to call on the president-elect to deliver on his promise of higher-paying jobs.

Many of the striking workers fill low-wage jobs for federal contractors in the nation’s capital, such as cafeteria employees who work in the Capitol building. They’re calling for a minimum wage of $15.

“This is the wealthiest country in the history of the world,” Sanders told the crowd on a chilly December morning. “It is not a radical idea to say that if you work 40 hours a week, you should not be living in poverty.”

“We’re telling Mr. Trump that when millions of us stand together we are going to win,” Sanders added. “No one is going to stop us.”

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who is the favorite to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and Hollywood celebrity Danny Glover also spoke to the striking workers.

Ellison told the striking workers not to give up the fight: “If we’ve got to get arrested, we’ll get arrested,” he said.


Another putrid pick

From Bernie:

“At a time when climate change is the great environmental threat to the entire planet, it is sad and dangerous that Mr. Trump has nominated Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA. Mr. Pruitt’s record is not only that of being a climate change denier, but also someone who has worked closely with the fossil fuel industry to make this country more dependent, not less, on fossil fuels. The American people must demand leaders who are willing to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels. I will vigorously oppose this nomination.”

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