In a couple of hours, CNN will be hosting a debate on whether or not the Affordable Care Act of 2010 should be repealed and replaced with a GOP version offered by Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham. While every Democrat has thus far indicated they will not support the passage of the bill, it’s not dead in the pipeline yet, at least technically. Only 51 yes votes are required to pass it, but under the senate rules, the window for a simple majority is available only until September 30th.
The C/G bill has not had no vetting in terms of CBO financial/budgetary scores or substantive hearings, except for one hearing this afternoon. Thus CNN has offered a venue for the public (if one is a subscriber of cable or some streaming bundle packages) to debate the merits of keeping ACA intact for now, or repealing the bill altogether and replacing it with this new bill. The debate will be moderated by Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, and the event starts at 9ET/8CT/6PT.
Update: Senator Susan Collins of Maine has issued a written statement that she opposes the Graham-Cassidy bill.
This post serves as an open thread for other news today as well as liveblogging the event.
Allowing insurance companies to charge more for age, pregnancy, pre-existing conditions is wasteful, not cost-effective. #HealthCareDebate
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Two days after Republicans in the Senate failed to roll back Obamacare, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said there should be a government-funded health insurance option “in every state in this country.”
“If people don’t like the private insurance that they’re getting, they should have a Medicare-type public option available in every state in this country,” Sanders said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Sanders, an independent senator who caucuses with Democrats and became a member of the Senate Democratic leadership following his presidential bid last year, has long made a call for universal coverage one of his key objectives.
Asked on Sunday if he would follow through on his pledge to submit single-payer legislation, in which the government would shoulder the health care costs for all, Sanders said, “Absolutely, of course we are.”
As part of this new push for single-payer legislation, Sanders said his team was looking at a way to build a popular consensus around health care as a right, regardless of income level.
“We’re figuring out how we can mount a national campaign to bring people together,” he said.
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Hello friends! Starting off with Bernie’s appearance on MSNBC discussing the health care process and then will have his CNN and Senate Floor appearances in the comments, as well as the rest of the news I’m catching up on.
During an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) killed Trump’s idea that Republicans should repeal Obamacare now and replace it later by pointing out that 32 million Americans would immediately lose their health insurance under Trump’s idea.
Sanders was asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if Democrats would work with Republicans if they repealed now and replaced later.
Sen. Sanders answered, “No. The answer is that I have a lot of respect for Sen. Sasse, but that idea is an absurd idea. As you pointed out, the Congressional Budget Office indicated that if you simply repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), you will throw 32 million Americans off of health insurance, ten percent of the population of the United States. If you throw 32 million people off of health insurance ten percent of the population of the United States. For seven years, Republicans have been talking about a repeal mechanism, they haven’t agreed yet. If you throw, Jake, 32 million people off of health insurance, what doctors who have studied this issue say is that tens of thousands of people, every single year, will die.”
“Medicare for all” will be on the Senate agenda after Republicans fail to repeal and replace ObamaCare, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Sunday in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.
“We are going to introduce it literally as soon as we’re through with this debate. I don’t want to confuse the two issues,” Sanders explained in his State of the Union appearance. “Medicare for all [is] simply an expansion of Medicare, so it’s not just for seniors, but for everybody.”
“I’m talking to you 50 miles away from the Canadian border. Somehow they manage to provide health care for all of their people and at a significantly lower cost per capita than we do, and so does every other major country on Earth,” Sanders argued, conceding “there is a lot to be talked about” but maintaining his case for a single-payer system.
Native communities and environmental justice advocates in Louisiana opened a new resistance camp Saturday to oppose the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline project. Called L’eau Est La Vie, or Water is Life, the camp will consist of floating indigenous art structures on rafts and constant prayer ceremonies during its first two weeks.
The Bayou Bridge project, owned in part by Dakota Access Pipeline owner Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), would transport crude oil over 163 miles of natural heritage swampland to a terminal in St. James Parish in Louisiana. St. James residents and environmental advocates recently filed suit to overturn the pipeline’s permit, claiming that the state did not adequately address impacts of a potential spill on the community or surrounding wetlands.
“Once again Indigenous communities are being put in harm’s way and over 700 bodies of water will be threatened by one of the worst environmental offenders known to date,” said the Indigenous Environmental Network in a statement. “We stand with the Water Protectors here in southern Louisiana to protect these critical wetlands that serve as protection for the people of this region from floods and storms.”
The Indigenous Environmental Network announced the opening of the camp with the video above explaining why completion of the Bayou Bridge pipeline must be stopped.
Nebraska residents again pack a room and Nebraska residents again offer drastically different views of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Hundreds attended the third public meeting held by the Nebraska Public Service Commission on TransCanada’s application to cross the state and complete the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline. This time the setting was the Divots Conference Center in Norfolk.
Becky Van Housen, who farms in York and Polk Counties, told commissioners she worries about the impact on the Ogallala Aquifer, which supplies ten wells on her farm.
“This proposed Keystone XL pipeline cannot be allowed to cross the Ogallala Aquifer,” Van Housen stated. “A spill to the Ogallala Aquifer would not only threaten the drinking water of millions of Americans, but threaten the livelihood of hundreds and thousands of farmers and ranchers.”
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Hello friends! Starting the day off with Nina Turner being excellent as always during a CNN appearance. In just a few minutes she manages to highlight the losses of the Democratic Party over the past decade and used the opportunity call for a “New Deal Remix” and an “Economic Bill Of Rights”. She also pointed out that we can’t just talk about issues but also must “be about them” using the example of the California Dem Majority Leader killing Medicare-for-All she and how neither Republicans or Russians were responsible for that.
Hello Birdies, I see we need a round up of news and an open thread. I’m updating last night’s post. Jane Sanders was on Blitzer’s Show. He questioned her more about the shooter being a former Sanders supporter than condemning the violence and reporting about gun violence issues. He used a clip of Bernie’s speech from PS, saying Trump was :one of the most dangerous presidents”, inferring that Bernie Sanders’ words directly (or indirectly) influenced or inspired the shooter to shoot the congressmen. The She pushed back, saying the media tried to make it scandal, rather than reporting on the …Continue reading →
Two 2016 presidential primary runners-up, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), met for a CNN town hall on Tuesday night. Of course the topic of President Trump came up, especially since hours earlier, The New York Times had dropped the latest bombshell about the president: allegations that he asked the FBI director to drop an investigation into Michael Flynn and, by extension, the Trump campaign. At one point, prompted by moderators Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, Sanders and Kaisch discussed Trump’s truthfulness.
“Is Trump a liar, or am I using hyperbole here?” Sanders asked Kasich. “Is he a liar?” “Well, you know, sometimes he says things I don’t agree with and I think they don’t resemble the facts,” Kasich replied, to laughter, but he said using terms like “liar” is not helpful for America. “Let the facts speak for themselves and then we can draw a conclusion,” he said. Sanders asked what we should call a president who says millions of people voted illegally for his opponent.
Kasich said Trump “doesn’t understand all the things about the job,” but there’s “a learning process for everybody” and he hopes Trump “will become a unifier, will more understand the gravity of this job, stop the tweeting, and bring people together.”
Sanders disagreed. “I’m not a psychiatrist,” he said, “but there’s something strange going on, I think, with Mr. Trump.” He said Trump lies all the time, mentioned Trump’s affection for Russian President Vladimir Putin, and argued that Trump has “an authoritarian-type mind” and isn’t “a great believer in dissent or democracy.” So no, “I don’t think this is just a learning curve, I think he’s a smart guy, but something else is going on,” Sanders said
More of what I’m reading/watching will be in the comments, including the full town-hall from above. See you there!
“I don’t mean to be disrespectful,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday morning, “but this guy’s a fraud.”
The immediate reference was to a meeting President Donald Trump held with Wall Street executives on Friday in which he vowed—in what Common Dreams reported as a “spectacular betrayal”—to repeal key elements of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill enacted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
“It is hard not to laugh,” Sanders said, “to see President Trump sitting alongside these Wall Street guys. This guy ran for the President of the United States saying, ‘I’m Donald Trump and I’m gonna take on Wall Street—these guys are getting away with murder…’ But suddenly he appoints all these billionaires; his major financial adviser comes from Goldman Sachs; and now he’s gonna dismantle legislation that protects consumers. This is a guy who ran for president saying, ‘I’m the only Republicans who’s not going to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid’—and then he appoints all of these guys who are precisely going to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.”
And so, Sanders continued, “I hope those that all of those folks who voted for Mr. Trump—because they thought he would stand up for working people—man… and he’s a good showman, I will give him that… but I think he’s gonna sell out the middle class and the working class of this country.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Sanders said he would stand with Democrats in the Senate who have said that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, must reach the 60-vote threshold in order to be confirmed.
He said fulfilling the empty seat on the Supreme Court comes at a crucial time and that its implications should not be understated. Sanders described the current political moment as “exceptional times,” and said he worries “very much” that “we have a president… moving us in a very authoritarian direction.”
He explained that he was very worried that Trump, who on Saturday sent a tweet referring to a federal judge who ruled against his immigration order a “so-called judge,” is a president “who apparently has contempt for the entire judiciary” and antagonstic towards separation of powers. “I want a Supreme Court,” Sanders continued, “that is going to stand up to civil liberties; for our constitutional rights; for the rights of workers; for environmental rights; for the rights of women. So yes, sixty votes to appoint the next Supreme Court justice.”
More news, videos, commentary, etc in the comments. Hope you all had a great weekend and are able to join in the conversation and tell us all about it, and what’s interesting to you in the world at the moment.
From CNN: CNN announced Wednesday it will host one of its town hall events with the Green Party’s presumptive presidential nominee Jill Stein and her presumptive running mate, Ajamu Baraka. The hour-long event will be held on Wednesday, August 17 at 9:00 p.m. ET. The event will broadcast live on CNN, CNN International, CNN en Espanol and online via CNNgo. Stein has consistently polled as the fourth-most popular option in the presidential race, after Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Libertarian Gary Johnson. In the most recent CNN/ORC poll, Stein received 5% support nationwide, four points behind Johnson, her nearest competitor. …Continue reading →