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Paul Ryan
If they can't even deliver tax reform - what exactly are they here for?

With the GOP failing to score a solid win on healthcare, Republicans now seem to be under increasing pressure to deliver a win on taxes for their party and the White House before the midterm elections.

Being two of the GOP’s top priorities at the beginning of the year, there were high expectations for success on ObamaCare repeal and tax reform, considering the fact that the party is in control of the House, Senate, and the White House.

With the Senate failing to pass the GOP’s healthcare legislation, the stakes seem to be even higher for the party on tax reform.

Tax reform is “now increasingly important to the economy, and increasingly important to Republicans’ political prospects in the future,” said Grover Norquist, President of the Americans for Tax Reform.

According to Norquist, GOP lawmakers, especially those up for reelection, need to deliver “spectacular” tax reforms, given the setback they received on healthcare.

He further explained that the GOP had made promises about how an Obamacare repeal and replace would boost economic growth, showing the true value of a Republican government. Hence, the GOP tax reform needs to give an even better upsurge to the economy.

On Tuesday, prominent Republicans also emphasized on the importance of tax reform that would augment economic growth.

“Important for Senate GOP to stay at table. #obamacare is collapsing. Regardless we are moving forward on bold #taxreform this year,” Kevin Brady (R-Texas) House Ways and Means Committee Chairman and the man in charge of the tax reform bill in the House, posted on Twitter on Tuesday.

Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) Senate Finance Committee Chairman, expressed concerns that the healthcare debacle could take up a lot of time lawmakers have for a tax reform effort. However, he said that he’s going to press the matter and push ahead.

“It’s always going to be difficult to do both,” Hatch said. “There’s nothing easy around here, and especially with the close numbers that we have.”

On the other hand, some are of the belief that the latest setback on healthcare could actually motivate lawmakers to get a win on taxes.

“I think probably it will make people even more determined to get tax reform,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said.

Former Finance Committee aide, Dean Zerbe, said he’s expecting a “more fervent effort” from the Republicans on tax reforms, following their failure on healthcare.

“People are going to be focused because they need a win on the board,” he said.

According to experts, a comprehensive tax reform bill will be very tough to draft if healthcare legislation isn’t ready.

For Congressional Republicans, it was important to get done and over with healthcare before they moved on to tax reform because they wanted to repeal certain ObamaCare taxes. Hence, if lawmakers plan on repealing any of the ObamaCare taxes as part of a tax reform, they’ll need to come up with something to pay for those tax cuts.

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Robert Mueller
"But, if you fire me, who will continue the witch hunt?"

President Trump seems to get increasingly frustrated with the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential elections. He recently criticized special counsel Robert Mueller, the man in charge of the investigation, warning that he would be crossing the line by looking into the president’s personal businesses and finances.

According to recent reports, Mueller has now expanded the investigation to include Trump and his associates’ business transactions. The latest development in the long running Russian investigation is sure to further intensify the feud between the president and the authorities.

Mueller is also looking into potential obstruction of justice by President Trump, following his dismissal of Director FBI James Comey, at the peak of the federal agency’s probe into collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. It was Trump’s decision to fire Comey that later forced him to appoint Mueller as special counsel in the investigation.

While the president has been calling the investigation a “witch hunt,” Mueller has been recruiting some of the most popular lawyers in the country in the past couple of weeks; however, some of the special counsel’s appointees have faced criticism for being donors to several Democratic candidates.

Robert Mueller, who is also a former FBI Director with a reputation to uphold, was appointed as special counsel in the investigation by the Justice Department in May, following Trump’s dismissal of Comey.

In his role as the special counsel, Mueller has all the authority to investigate Russia’s alleged in the presidential elections and also allegations of the Trump campaign’s collusion with the Kremlin. While Trump is obviously getting frustrated with the direction in which the probe is headed, legal experts say it’s Mueller’s duty to look at the case from all aspects.

“I am totally not surprised that Mueller is following any leads,” said Steven Cash, a renowned DC attorney. “That’s the way all investigations are conducted, particularly into complex relations of business people.”

However, some Republicans believe Trump is right in accusing Mueller of overreaching.

“Mueller crosses ‘red line’ into potentially all of Trump’s billion$ in transactions. We now face a partisan war of investigative attrition,” Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) tweeted Thursday.

The spotlight seems to have shifted on to Mueller and the ongoing investigation once again, following Trump’s interview with the New York Times, where the president said that it would be a clear “violation” for Mueller to look into his family’s financial transactions. The president, however, declined to comment on the course of action he would take if such a thing happened.

But Trump did suggest that he had compromising information on the special counsel, stressing on the fact that he interviewed him as a potential replacement for Comey in May.

“The next day, he is appointed special counsel. I said, what the hell is this all about? Talk about conflicts? But he was interviewing for the job,” Trump told the Times. “There were many other conflicts that I haven’t said, but I will at some point.”

The president added, “I have done nothing wrong. A special counsel should never have been appointed in this case.”

The remarks have once again raised speculation that Trump could dismiss Mueller, a decision that many Republicans have constantly warned him against.

Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Republican Senator Marco Rubio (Fla.), while talking to reporters on Thursday, said that “it would be a mistake to fire Bob Mueller,” calling him “a highly credible individual who will do a good job.”

However, President Trump’s lawyer and member of the American Center for Law & Justice, Jay Sekulow, last month hinted that the president could fire Mueller if he thought the investigation was not headed in the right direction.

“The president has authority to take action,” Sekulow said, while talking to ABC News. “Whether he would do it is ultimately a decision the president makes.”

Conversely, some think that Trump’s remarks about Mueller could be used against him as supporting evidence.

“Mueller like any good prosecutor will be looking at tweets, interviews, the Lester Holt interview, other public and private comments as potential admissions that are indicators of the president’s true intent,” said Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI under Mueller. “I think [Trump] is really on slippery terrain when he makes these public comments that … if charges were to come, could be potentially used as evidence of his intent.”

“Depending how the rest of the case lines up, it could enhance his risk,” Hosko added.

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Silly Democrats
"And I promise that we will stand here and obstruct every single one of Trump's attempts to make America great again, isn't that right Nancy?"

The democrats continue to show signs of desperation as they file a “no confidence” resolution against President Trump. Rep. Steve Cohen along with few other House Democrats questioned President Trump mental fitness to serve as the commander in chief of the United States.

“President Trump has been President for six months and his probationary period is long over,” Cohen argued. “This resolution sends a clear message to the President that we disapprove of his cumulative actions, that we are simpatico with our constituents and a majority of the America people, and that we have no confidence in his service.”

Talking about Trump’s past experiences, Cohen argues that Trump is a “president that you wouldn’t want your children to look up to.” “The way he talks about women, the press, the language he uses, the use of Twitter — you don’t want him to be a role model,” Cohen added. . “It’s injurious to our culture, and it’s injurious to … our foreign policy.”

While, highlighting the very famous former FBI Director James Comey’s firing, Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns, the controversy surrounding Trump’s connections with Russia over the release of classified information and his excessive use of Twitter to discuss important issues and to insult the press — all symbolize “unacceptable behavior.”

Cohen was joined in his decision of filing the resolution by lawmakers such Barbara Lee, Sheila Jackson Lee, Al Green, Judy Chu, Mark DeSaulnier, Bonnie Watson Coleman and other members of Congress.

“Enough is enough,” said Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif. “This is not a president who respects our norms, our laws or even our people. He has no compassion and, therefore, he does not have our confidence.”

“It’s clear President Trump has no idea what makes this country great,” she added.

While, the resolution barely has a chance to survive in the Republican controlled chamber, it lists eighty-eight reasons that highlight that President Trump is not suitable to continue his presidency. The real motive of the Democrats for filing the resolution still remains in question, as Cohen argue that the resolution was not filed to make an effect on Trump. “Is it going to have an effect on him? Apparently, his family members don’t have an effect on him; his Republican friends don’t; his Cabinet members don’t,” Cohen stated. “This is an attempt at a political intervention,” Cohen said.

Cohen further mentioned that he sought the House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s blessing before he filed the resolution. Pelosi along with few other member of the Democratic Party has been focusing on anti-Trump efforts such as pushing for setting up an independent commission to look into the possibility of a collusion between President Trump and Russia. Talking about Pelosi, Cohen stated, that “She said she didn’t have a problem with us going forward with these types of actions.”

He added, “She preferred people to stay focused on what she thinks is the most important item present, which is an independent prosecutor bill, which I support.”

It is to be noted that the Democrats need to pay attention to the levels of fitness of their own party members, as Pelosi read a false account of the 56 Declaration of Independence during a press conference help this week.

As per FreeBeacon:

“Pelosi read the article during an event held by Democratic lawmakers to discuss the “Democrats for Democracy Reform Legislative Package” and #wethepeople campaign. The legislative package and campaign is a so-called ‘task force’ aimed at “[reforming] government to ensure it works for all Americans.”

The discredited piece, titled ‘The Price They Paid,’ was a popular essay circulating around the internet on Independence Day. The article outlines the fates of those who signed the Declaration of Independence, but according to the fact checkers at Snopes, ‘many of its details are inaccurate.’

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Donald Trump
"Time to show these RINOs who's boss..."

On Wednesday, speaking to GOP senators at lunch in the White House, President Trump told the lawmakers that they should postpone their August recess and stay in Washington until a plan to repeal ObamaCare is put into effect.

“We shouldn’t leave town until this is complete,” he said. “We should hammer this out and get it done.”

President Trump further stressed that that only a repeal wouldn’t be enough, and that Republicans should effectively replace ObamaCare with a new legislation.

“We can repeal, but we should repeal and replace,” he said.

“Frankly I don’t think we should leave town unless we have a health insurance plan, unless we can give people great health care,” he continued. “Because we’re close. We’re very close.’’

Trump further claimed that any GOP senator who votes against debating on a healthcare legislation is “fine with ObamaCare.”

The president’s opening comments at the lunch were open to the media and cable television was pretty quick to broadcast them.

At times, Trump seemed to adopt a more scolding tone; reminding lawmakers of the promises they’d made while campaigning. He urged them to fulfill all their campaign promises.

“Any senator who votes against debate says you are fine with ObamaCare,” Trump said.

However, observers feel that some of the publically scolded Republican senators may not like how they’ve been blamed for the healthcare debacle. Many Republican lawmakers believe Trump himself failed to devise a proper strategy with regards to the healthcare proposal.

But, in his comments, Trump took aim at those senators, saying that they could trust him to sign a repeal bill.

“I’ve been here six months,” he stated. “I’m ready to act, pen in hand, believe me. I’m sitting in that office. I have pen in hand. You never had that before.”

Trump has previously shown his frustration with the Senate failing to deliver a much needed win on Trump’s major campaign promise: repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

The Senate, which is slated to begin its recess in the third week of August, failed to push forward a legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare, after a number of senators said that they would vote against debating the bill.

Trump’s comments on Wednesday, expressing his desire to repeal and replace Obamacare seem to have made the whole process even more confusing.

Only a day prior to the lunch at the White House, Trump said that the Congress should relax and “let ObamaCare fail.”

That too, after he took to Twitter on Monday to endorse the repeal-without-replace strategy.

“Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!” he wrote.

The Wednesday lunch at the White House was only missed by three GOP senators, Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Richard Burr (N.C.) and John McCain (Az.)

Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, excused himself from the meeting, saying that he is trying not to interact with the White House due to his panel’s ongoing investigation of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US elections. John McCain was recently diagnosed with cancer after undergoing a minor surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye.

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Voter Fraud
For people that are so obsessed with "election integrity," the Left sure seems oppose to a simple investigation into that exact question...

Trump expresses his confidence in the voter fraud commission and states that they will continue to find the “full truth.”

President Trump met with the voter fraud commission this Wednesday and emphasized on the importance of the commission to fight the dangers of voter fraud.

“Every time voter fraud occurs, it cancels out the vote of a lawful citizen and undermines democracy,” Trump stated in his meeting. “Can’t let that happen. Any form of illegal or fraudulent voting, whether by noncitizens or the deceased, and any form of voter suppression or intimidation must be stopped,” he added.

The country is left with “no choice” but to investigate the election process in order to “make America great again.” He called out on stated that were refusing to hand over information of voters and argued that “If any state does not want to share this information, one has to wonder, what they are worried about?” And added, “there’s something, there always is.”

Last month Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and vice chairman of the commission sent out a letter to all states requesting them to provide data such as Social Security numbers, party affiliations and voting records dating to ten years back, for each voter registered in each state. “It is crucial for the commission to consider your input as it collects data and identifies areas of opportunity to increase the integrity of our election systems,” Kobach wrote. However, the request was not well received by some of the states, as the state of Arizona and many other states refused to comply. Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan wrote back, “I share the concerns of many Arizona citizens that the Commission’s request implicates serious privacy concerns.”

“Since there is nothing in Executive Order 13799 (nor federal law) that gives the Commission authority to unilaterally acquire and disseminate such sensitive information, the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office is not in a position to fulfill your request,” she added.

Trump argued that the subject of voter fraud is something that is an “American issue” and that “We have to protect the integrity of the vote and our voters. This is not a Democrat or a Republican issue. It’s an American issue. It’s about the concern of so many Americans that improper voting has taken place and [is] cancelling out the votes of lawful American citizens,” Trump stated.

While, President Trump and his “election integrity” commission is looking into ways to better protect the ballot boxes and to protect the country from encountering voter fraud in the future, the Democrats argue back stating that Trump is only looking for proof to his claims that millions of votes very illegally casted in the 2016 presidential elections. They argued that although Trump won, but he did however lose popular vote his Democrat contestant Hillary Clinton.

Pence, who was also present in the meeting highlighted the bipatisian nature of the commission and stated, “This bipartisan group will perform a truly nonpartisan service to the American people.” he said.

“This commission has no preconceived notion or preordained results. We are fact finders,” he added.

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Rhetoric Wall
How do you know Trump is serious about the border? The illegals certainly are taking his threats seriously!

The National Border Patrol Council President, Brandon Judd, expressed that there has been a significant drop in illegal immigration due to President Trump’s immigration related policies that are in place.

Although Trump’s famous US-Mexico has not yet been built, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection notes that there been a significant reduction in the number of illegal immigrants making their way into the United States through the southwestern border.

It has been noted by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection that as of June they have experience a 53% reduction in the number of illegal immigration along the US-Mexico border, in comparison to June’16.

Judd stated that it is “miraculous” seeing that Trump administration has “caused the number of illegal border crosses to go down.”

“What we’ve seen is nothing short of miraculous,” Judd said on C-SPAN. “If you look at the rhetoric that President Trump has given, it’s caused the number of illegal border crossers to go down, something that we’ve never seen in history at the Border Patrol.”

Comparing the progress with what it was during the Obama administration, Judd stated that during Obama’s administration illegal immigrants were given an easy pass. He noted as the Obama administration would release those caught and issue a court date. With 80 percent of those being released never retuning back, many of the illegal immigrants would actually hand over themselves to law enforcement officers, and never return back once they were released with a court date.

“When you hear the Obama administration say we have to bring these people out of the shadows, what they were doing was actually going into the shadows instead of coming out,” Judd said.

Trump administration on the other hand holds on those caught until their court fate and would present them with a chance to prove as to why they should be allowed to stay in the United States. The former administration almost as if “skipped” important measures in hopes that the illegal immigrants would actually show up on their court date.

“As far as the Trump administration’s efforts on immigration, this is something they campaigned heavily on,” he said. “At six months, where we are on meeting those promises, we are seeing nothing short of miraculous. If you look at the rhetoric that President Trump has given, it has caused a number of illegal border crossings to go down. We have never seen such a drop that we currently have,” he further added.

In an appearance on “Fox and Friends” Judd further highlighted that with President Trump’s plan to build a wall along the US-Mexico border has increased the agency’s morale. He stated that the agency has an “energy” like never before and is committed to help promote President Trump’s agenda of putting an end to illegal immigration.

“There’s a vibe, there’s an energy in the Border Patrol that’s never been there before,” Mr. Judd said.

“In the 20 years I’ve been in the patrol, we haven’t seen this type of energy, and we’re excited because we signed up to do a job and this president is allowing us to do that job.”

Judd believes that Trump as “a president has done a great job of actually enforcing the law — something we didn’t see in the last eight years,” and that And if we continue to do that, then a clear message will be sent throughout the world that if you cross our borders illegally, you will be detained and you will be sent back.”

“If you look at the rhetoric that the president sent out, we’ve had a drop that we’ve never seen before with any president,” he continued. “If you’re in the left, right or middle, you have to say this president has done exactly what he promised to do and we do have border security like what we expect to see,” he added.

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Vladimir Putin
One day, I would like to have an entourage like that... armed guards and everything.

On Tuesday, the White House officially confirmed that President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had an informal, second talk, in addition to their official meeting at the Group of 20 (G-20) conference in Hamburg, Germany, earlier this month.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed that Putin and Trump spoke at the G-20 heads of state dinner, only a few hours after their official meeting.

Reports have surfaced that in their second meeting, Trump and Putin spoke for about an hour, accompanied only by the Russian president’s translator. The second meeting between the two leaders had not been previously reported by the White House.

While the White House confirmed that President Trump and President Putin talked at the dinner for G-20 leaders, an official from the White House seemed to parry claims that the meeting lasted for an hour, instead claiming that the two leaders spoke “briefly” towards the end of the dinner.

“There was no ‘second meeting’ between President Trump and President Putin, just a brief conversation at the end of a dinner,” the official said. “The insinuation that the White House has tried to ‘hide’ a second meeting is false, malicious and absurd.”

According to the White House, the two leaders used Putin’s Russian translator since Trump’s translator could only speak Japanese.

A pool report from the dinner venue shows that Trump arrived at the dinner a little after 7 PM local time, and left the venue just a few minutes before midnight; even though the official G-20 schedule suggests the dinner was scheduled for 8:30 PM to 10 PM.

With the ongoing investigations, by both federal authorities and congressional committees, into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties with Moscow, Trump’s interaction with the Russian president have become the subject of intense scrutiny at home in the US, with the media also making it the center of attention.

However, the official from the White House reinstated the fact that it is the president’s job to talk to world leaders.

“It is not merely perfectly normal, it is part of a president’s duties, to interact with world leaders. Throughout the G-20 and in all his other foreign engagements, President Trump has demonstrated American leadership by representing our interests and values on the world stage,” the official said.

Ian Bremmer, President of the Eurasia Group, believes Trump breached national security by not allowing his translator to join his second, informal meeting with the Russian president. However, it is more than likely that Trump did not have knowledge of the national security protocol.

The formal meeting between Trump and Putin at the G-20 summit was officially scheduled to last for 30 minutes, but went on for over two hours; another thing that is bothering the mainstream media and critics back home.

Talking to Bloomberg’s Charlie Rose, Bremmer said that the understanding Trump established with Putin at the summit is “clearly his best personal relationship” with any G-20 leader.

“Never in my life as a political scientist have I seen two countries — major countries — with a constellation of national interests that are as dissonant, while the two leaders seem to be doing everything possible to make nice and be close to each other,” he said.

Reports indicate that President Trump, during the formal meeting, brought up the topic of Russian efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential elections; however, Russian President Putin denied those claims.

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Maxine Waters
Mad Maxine: Furious Allegations... coming to a theater near you.

As the Democrats continue to criticize Trump for his use of Twitter to discuss sensitive issues, it is important that they start taking a look at one of their own.

Maxine Waters continues to promote her agenda against impeaching President Trump, as she tries to take a stab at White House press secretary, Sean Spicer.

Waters tweeted on Friday stating, “Has anyone checked on Sean Spicer?”

However, the tweet backfired as Spicer didn’t hold back on his change to highlight Waters’ special position as “one of the most corrupt politicians.”

Spicer tweeted back, “Just reading about how you were named one of the most corrupt politicians in DC. Congrats!” in response to Water’s failed attempt to let down President Trump and his administration.

Despite being labelled as the most corrupt House member by both the conservative and the liberals group, Waters has been on President Trump’s case since the beginning of time, and has been failing her every attempt in trying to persuade Americans to impeach Trump. She stated that she is ready to take “the gloves off” and fight against Trump who is supposedly “a bully and dangerous for this country.”

“Trump was just so outrageous, so disrespectful, such a bully and dangerous for this country, I decided, ‘You know what? I’m taking the gloves off and I’m going to step out,’” Ms. Waters said. “I was going to not only challenge him but encourage others to see him for what he is: basically a bully, an egotistical maniac, a liar and someone who did not need to be president.”

Waters stated that President Trump is a “disgusting, poor excuse of a man.” She has called Mr. Trump and his administration “the Kremlin Klan.”

She went on to state that President Trump should be impeached and be charged with “obstruction of justice” for his role in Comey’s case. “This president needs to be impeached! I believe that,” Waters stated in May.

She even campaigned hard arguing that “I don’t respect this president. I don’t trust this president. He’s not working in the best interests of the American people. His motives and his actions are contemptible,” “I will fight every day until he is impeached,” Waters had reportedly stated. “Impeach 45! Impeach 45! Impeach 45!”

However, with the ongoing case against Trump Jr. and his meeting with the Russians, Waters believes that she can gain popularity on social media.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday night, Waters called on her party to not let Trump Jr. “off the hook.”

“At this point, the [New York Times] could release Trump leaving a voice message thanking Putin for his services and GOP would still say ‘nothing burger,”” she wrote.

“Don’t let Trump Jr off the hook. Emails show his willingness to get info from Russia to influence election,” the California Democrat added. “He is in a long line of LIARS.”

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Everyone's Favorite
"We’re going to win so much, you’re going to be so sick and tired of winning"

It seemed like the entirety of the United States of America was against the travel ban imposed by Donald Trump as his first major executive order. Just to refresh your memory, it was to stop people from six Muslim majority from entering the United States and the mainstream media criticized Trump for this decision. There was concern that it violated human rights, and would cause more harm than good for the United States image across the world as well.

The Democrats came out with full force to voice frustration at Trump and his administration, and it seemed like the wheels were about to come off with massive protests being held on airports across the country. However, a recent survey conducted by Politico reveals that 60% of registered voters supported the Travel ban imposed by Trump. The ban denies entry to people coming from six Muslim majority countries for an indefinite time-period, and this caused a lot of people to be stranded in limbo.

Democrats supporting Travel Ban?

The most shocking result of the survey conducted by Politico was not that 89% Republicans support the ban, but that 41% of Democrats also support it. This comes as a surprise, but there were 46% of Democrats who oppose the ban, compared to only 9% Republicans. There has also been a change in Independent supporters, with 56% supporting the travel ban, and 30% not in favor of it.

This is in stark contrast to the picture that the mainstream media is trying to paint, and it seems that there is a personal agenda against Trump and his policies. Contrary to what the media would have people believe, there is a lot of support for the Travel Ban imposed by Trump, and Democrats are also backing it.

New Guidelines Shifting Perspective

The survey covered by Politico shows that a lot of people support the new guidelines added into the travel ban, which suggest that visa applicants from the six Muslim majority countries, must prove they have close family relationships with a U.S. resident. The media isn’t highlighting the fact that there is now popular support for the travel ban, because they don’t want to give credit to Trump, who did what he promised in his very first executive order.

The mainstream media would have you believe that there is an ongoing war between the Democrats and the Republicans, and will never show you that the Democrats are also fans of the Travel Ban.

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Special Interest
They are fighting over your taxpayer money, as usual... Drain The Swamp!

As we come to yet another session of voting on the Healthcare bill, the divide within the medical community is very clear and rather alarming.

Many doctors and hospitals are very strongly advocating against the bill, while some even took the initiative of sending letters to the leaders of the Senate, addressing their concerns about the $772 billion the bill is set to cut from Medicaid.

The ObamaCare repeal bill includes deep cuts being made on Medicaid and focuses on reshaping the program to a system that relies on capped federal payments and limits spending.

A recent study further highlights that the bill favors the rich far more than the poor population. The Time talks about the study, “A new study, released Tuesday, offers one reason why: The measure dramatically favors the wealthiest Americans, at the expense of the least well off. The study, conducted by the Tax Policy Center — a joint venture of the Brookings Institution and Urban Institute and the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center — used economic models to estimate the effect of the Senate health bill’s impact on Americans in all different income groups.”

They further highlight that the studies shows, ” roughly 14 million American families earning $200,000 or more would enjoy an annual net benefit of roughly $5,400 a year by 2026, when the law would be fully implemented, the study found.

Poorer families would not benefit significantly from the bill’s tax cuts, and would be hurt by other provisions, which include less generous health insurance tax credits and less generous Medicaid spending than what they would be able to count on under Obamacare,” as stated by the Time.

While, those in favor of the bill pointed out that the bill contains provisions such as $140 billion in tax cuts and $50 billion over the course of four years to stabilize the insurance market. Furthermore, it also contains a little more than $60 million to help insurance providers cover patients with high costs.

The BlueCross BlueShield Association backed the bill by stating, “We are encouraged that the draft Senate legislation funds cost-sharing reductions, which help those who need it most with out-of-pocket costs, so they can access care,” the group said. “The state stability and innovation program will also go a long way in helping to cover the costs of caring for those with significant medical needs.”

Anthem, too showed their support and stated, “We believe the Senate discussion draft will markedly improve the stability of the individual market and moderate premium increases” because it appropriates billions of dollars in short-term funding to shore up the exchanges, provides cost-sharing reduction funds and eliminates a tax on health insurance plans, Anthem said in a statement.

Jeff Myers, president and CEO of Medicaid Health Plans of America expressed, “Reconciliation makes that kumbaya moment very hard,” and that at the time of ObamaCare, “while everyone was giving up something, there was some value in the creation of new opportunities. But they’re not passing out candy here.”

Moreover, it has been noted that the bill is most likely to adopt the tax cuts much similar to those implemented under ObamaCare.. Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune, of South Dakota said, “I don’t think anything is final, but obviously that is the direction I think a lot of our members want to move,” Thune said after a closed-door meeting with GOP lawmakers. “Which is to keep some of those [taxes] in place and be able to use those revenues to put into other places in the bill where it can make a difference.”

It is be noted, the Republicans are at least seven votes short of the 50 votes they need to get the bill approved by the Senate. Sources have highlighted that as soon as a draft copy of the bill was made available, quite a chunk of the GOP senators strongly expressed their discontent. The senators although argued against the bill, they too had divided opinion. While, some argued that the bill was not conservative enough, another group such as Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, and Dean Heller of Nevada argued that the bill appeared to be way too conservative.

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