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What a surprise.



Will Bernie get the last laugh?


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) unveiled his single-payer health-care plan in a jam-packed Senate hearing room on Wednesday and to millions more watching online and on cable television, highlighting his newfound status as a Capitol Hill power player.

“Here is the simple truth,” Sanders, flanked by nine of his Democratic colleagues, said after walking into the room to cheers and applause.

“Our opponents on this issue have the money and they have the power, but if billions of people across this country stand up, get involved in the political process and fight back, I have no doubt — none whatsoever — that this nation, sooner than people believe, will in fact pass a ‘Medicare for all’ single-payer system, and finally, finally, health care will be a right for all in the United States of America.”

In 2013, no one co-sponsored a similar Sanders single-payer bill, and in 2015, when he announced his long-shot presidential bid, a relatively small group of reporters showed up to a park outside the Capitol.


Which way will the Senate go?


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators unveiled two opposing visions of a healthcare system in the United States on Wednesday – leading liberals advocating government insurance for all and several Republicans proposing an eleventh-hour repeal of Obamacare to replace it with programs run by the states.

Neither plan was thought likely to succeed in a Congress exhausted with fighting over the issue, raising questions over whether lawmakers would instead prop up the health benefits offered under former President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, a 2016 Democratic Party presidential candidate, held a campaign-style gathering at which enthusiasts applauded as he proposed extending the federal Medicare health insurance program for seniors to include everyone.

But in an office building nearby, Republican senators announced they were offering a “last chance” to repeal Obamacare, before a parliamentary procedure allowing them to pass it with a simple majority, instead of a three-fifths majority like most Senate legislation, expires at the end of September.

They proposed replacing the law with a program that would give states money in the form of block grants to run their own healthcare programs.

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, one of the plan’s authors, said he was not ready to give up the long-held Republican goal of repealing Obamacare despite a stunning failure to muster enough votes within the party this summer to kill the law.

“The idea that the Republican party has done its best to repeal and replace Obamacare is a joke,” said Graham, who was joined by fellow Republican Bill Cassidy in the effort.


It is time to give credit to the warmongers.


Jamarl Thomas a few thoughts on this. Once again it is a good one.


I “might” win the next Powerball!

I don’t have much faith in the Pelosi, Schumer and Trump discussions.


When pigs fly!!! That’s a bill I have to see signed before believing




This could make for many interesting discussions.


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You hear from Trumpcorp supporters that if we go to dare I say it socialized medical care, you will have to wait months for care, Well I just tried to schedule my annual physical and the earliest I can get in is early Feb 18. Glad I’m not really sick


Never fear there is always plenty of money for the military!


This could prove to be revolutionary.


I fully agree.


It doesn’t sound very ethical to me.


The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has reportedly altered a policy that previously prevented staff members with legal defense funds from accepting donations from lobbyists.

According to a report in Politico published Wednesday, the OGE has changed the policy, meaning White House staff members with defense funds can now accept donations that were once forbidden.

The recent reversal dates back to an office guidance during the administration of former President Bill Clinton, which ultimately urged lawyers to steer clear of donations from lobbyists after first saying such donations were allowed.

Walter Shaub, the former director of the OGE who resigned in July, told the news outlet that in May he directed his office to add a line above the guidance to show that the OGE follows a different policy than what is detailed in the 1993 rule.

Shaub was not impressed to say the least.



Jamarl Thomas on Bernie’s Medicare bill.


Thanks Benny and everyone else! I’ve tried to make a mental note of whats in here so I dont end up repeating it when I start this mornings thread here in a bit!

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