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The Future of the U.S. House of Representatives

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The House of Representatives is such a large body, that I figured it was unmanageable as a topic.  Any really interesting races could be placed in the Future of Our Revolution thread.  Then I came upon this article. Too much of a continuation of the old guard to be considered revolutionary. Yet, still interesting.

 

Chelsea Clinton Reportedly Being Groomed for Congressional Run

 

Introduction:

 

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton reportedly is being mooted as a future congressional candidate.

 

The New York Post reported that Clinton, 36, is being eyed to take Rep. Nita Lowey's place when the 79-year-old incumbent decides to leave the House of Representatives. 

 

Lowey represents New York's 17th District, which covers part of Westchester County, including Bill and Hillary Clinton's hometown of Chappaqua. The Post reported that the Clintons have purchased the home next door to theirs, in which they plan to install Chelsea, her husband and their two children. 

 

Chelsea Clinton currently lives, and is registered to vote, in Manhattan. She introduced Hillary Clinton when her mother accepted the Democratic nomination for president at this summer's national convention in Philadelphia. 

 

"Chelsea would be the next extension of the Clinton brand," the Post quoted a source as saying. "While politics isn’t the life Hillary wanted for Chelsea, she chose to go on the campaign trail for her mother and has turned out to be very poised, articulate and comfortable with the visibility."

 

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Ryan is expected to win another term as speaker.

House Republicans will hold their leadership elections on Tuesday. No drama is expected, and Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin will most likely return to his post when the new Congress meets in January.

 

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Speaker Paul D. Ryan, center, met with Mr. Trump; his wife, Melania; and Vice President-elect Mike Pence last week on Capitol Hill. 

CreditAl Drago/The New York Times


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Pelosi's Future Uncertain as Democrats Weigh Options

 

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2016/11/16/pelosis_future_uncertain_as_dems_weigh_options_132361.html

 

 

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Under significant pressure from frustrated rank-and-file members, Minority Leader Pelosi postponed leadership elections until after the Thanksgiving holiday. Many Democrats have said this week they want more time to digest the lessons of last week’s “shellacking” rather than rushing to hold the elections this week…

 

The challenge for those clamoring for change is there is no clear alternative to Pelosi. No member has officially thrown his or her hat into the ring.

 

One potential competitor is Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, a youthful lawmaker from Youngstown whose district captures critical constituencies, including minority voters, but also contains the disaffected white blue-collar voters who turned out for Trump. Ryan hasn’t ruled out a bid and has been fielding calls from some lawmakers urging him to run, but he isn’t yet actively soliticing support…

 

Pelosi’s fundraising prowess has strengthened her grip on the leadership position. Ryan’s lack of extensive national fundraising is seen as a negative, and many lawmakers view Pelosi’s ability to bring in the money – she raised $141 million in the 2016 cycle – as a major reason to keep her as leader. (Ohio lawmaker Marcy) Kaptur said she viewed the need to have leaders raising large sums as a “corrosive” problem for Congress…

 

 House members are preparing "for a very strong stand against any of the policies that this individual who is now the president-elect will render that will not have a positive effect on the American people. As Democrats, we have that responsibility,” said Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. “We want to shore ourselves up and we want to make sure we are girded in the manner that will respond to our Republican colleagues, and to work with him where it will help the American people, but to stand against any policies that will hurt the American people.”

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Court Says Republican Gerrymandering in Wisconsin Was Unconstitutional

 

https://www.yahoo.co...812.html?ref=gs

 

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MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Republicans in Wisconsin tilted district maps in their favor in order to hamper Democrats and ultimately win state elections in 2012 and 2014, a federal court said on Monday in a case that could influence future rulings on gerrymandering.

 

The United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin decided 2-1 that Act 43, a redrawing of districts approved by the state's Republican-led legislature in 2012, violated the U.S. Constitution, court documents showed.

 

"We find that the discriminatory effect is not explained by the political geography of Wisconsin nor is it justified by a legitimate state interest," the court wrote in its ruling.

 

The case has no bearing on Donald Trump's victory in Wisconsin in the presidential election on Nov. 8, in which he defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton.

 

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said in a statement that he planned to appeal, which would send the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.


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House Democrats Re-elect Nancy Pelosi as Leader

 

http://www.msn.com/e...ID=ansmsnnews11

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats re-elected Nancy Pelosi as their leader on Wednesday despite disenchantment among some in the caucus over the party's disappointing performance in elections earlier this month.

 

The California lawmaker, who has led the party since 2002, turned back a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan. The secret ballot vote was 134-63.

 

…The 76-year-old California Democrat was forced to promise changes to the caucus to answer complaints from lawmakers fed up with being shut out of the upper ranks of leadership, especially in the wake of a devastating election that installed a GOP monopoly over Congress and the White House.

A half-dozen Democrats delivered testimonials to Pelosi in nominating speeches, but the disenchantment was evident.

 

"I think Tim Ryan would be a great leader. He's a new generation and I think he would appeal to a lot of millennials and young people in this country," Rep. Steve Lynch, D-Mass., said as he headed into the session. "He brings a certain excitement and also a bit of common sense from Youngstown, Ohio."

"Our base is working people and we've got to talk about that. We've got to tell working people in this country that we care about them," Lynch said.

 

…Republicans are on track to hold at least 240 seats in the House next year. Democrats, who had high hopes of significant gains in the election, picked up just six seats on Election Day earlier this month and remain in the minority with 194 seats

 

 

Although I do not particularly dislike Nancy Pelosi, I think it is probably a shame that the Democrats passed up an opportunity to introduce a new face into the national political scene.  Particularly one that might have been able to reach out to the rust belt states.


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Gaming Engineer Plans Run for Congress

 

https://www.yahoo.co...747.html?ref=gs

 

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BOSTON (AP) — In the gaming world, Brianna Wu has earned a reputation battling the online harassment campaign known as Gamergate, a fight that led to rape and murder threats from the darker recesses of the male-dominated realm.

 

Now the 39-year-old Boston-based software engineer is setting her sights on another male-dominated institution: Congress.

 

Wu, a Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter, said she made the decision almost immediately after the November election.

 

…She's said she wants her campaign to focus in part on privacy rights and online harassment, but also on the wider economy which she said is rigged against Massachusetts families.

 

Wu is lead engineer at the video game company Giant Spacekat. She rose to prominence after becoming a target of Gamergate, which has subjected several women in the video-game industry to misogynistic threats after surfacing in the summer of 2014.

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In this July 25, 2016 file photo Brianna Wu, a software engineer and video-game developer, sits at her workstation in Boston. 


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A Look at the House's Power Brokers: Committee Chairmen

 

https://www.yahoo.co...906.html?ref=gs

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The power brokers in the House are the committee chairmen, all Republicans who will steer President-elect Donald Trump's agenda. Some are back at the helm this year, others are new:

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ARMED SERVICES: Texas Rep. Mac Thornberry returns to lead Armed Services, which has oversight of the military's vast operations and a more than $610 billion budget. Trump wants more money for defense and Thornberry will happily comply. Washington state Rep. Adam Smith will retain his spot as the top Democrat.

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ENERGY AND COMMERCE: The new chairman is Oregon Rep. Greg Walden, who will head a panel with broad oversight over health care, manufacturing, trade, communications, energy and the economy. One of the panel's major issues will be coming up with a replacement for the health care law, which Republicans promise to rewrite after repealing the current version. New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone will continue to be the top Democrat.

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WAYS AND MEANS: Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, remains chairman of the committee, which has sweeping jurisdiction over tax reform, replacing the health care law and massive benefit programs like Social Security and Medicare. Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts will take over as top Democrat.

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APPROPRIATIONS: New Jersey GOP Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen is taking over the panel, which writes more than $1 trillion worth of agency spending bills and is expected to steer more to defense under Trump. Veteran New York Rep. Nita Lowey is the top Democrat.

See linked article for description of an additional 16 Committees.

 

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FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2016 file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.

(AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)


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With No Warning, House Republicans Vote to Gut Independent Ethics Office

 

http://www.nytimes.c...ss&emc=rss&_r=0

 

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans, overriding their top leaders, voted on Monday to significantly curtail the power of an independent ethics office set up in 2008 in the aftermath of corruption scandals that sent three members of Congress to jail.

 

The move to effectively kill the Office of Congressional Ethics was not made public until late Monday, when Representative Robert W. Goodlatte, Republican of Virginia and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced that the House Republican Conference had approved the change. There was no advance notice or debate on the measure.

 

...In place of the office, Republicans would create a new Office of Congressional Complaint Review that would report to the House Ethics Committee, which has been accused of ignoring credible allegations of wrongdoing by lawmakers.

 

...Bryson Morgan, who worked as an investigative lawyer at the Office of Congressional Ethics from 2013 until 2015, said that under his interpretation of the new rules, members of the House committee could move to stop an inquiry even before it was completed.

 

“This is huge,” said Mr. Morgan, who now defends lawmakers targeted in ethics investigations. “It effectively allows the committee to shut down any independent investigation into member misconduct. Historically, the ethics committee has failed to investigate member misconduct.”


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Statement on House GOP vote to Gut Office of Congressional Ethics

 

http://www.commondre...essional-ethics

 

 

WASHINGTON - In response to the House Republicans vote to weaken the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) and kill its independence, Norman Eisen and Richard Painter, Chair and Vice Chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), released the following statement:

 

 

“Undermining the independence of the House’s Office of Congressional Ethics would create a serious risk to members of Congress, who rely on OCE for fair, nonpartisan investigations, and to the American people, who expect their representatives to meet their legal and ethical obligations. As CREW and others noted in a bipartisan letter a few weeks ago, OCE is one of the outstanding ethics accomplishments of the House of Representatives, and it has played a critical role in seeing that the congressional ethics process is no longer viewed as merely a means to sweep problems under the rug. If the 115th Congress begins with rules amendments undermining OCE, it is setting itself up to be dogged by scandals and ethics issues for years and is returning the House to dark days when ethics violations were rampant and far too often tolerated.”


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Good to see that a little moral outrage can still have an effect.

 

The Republican Ethics Vote: What Happened?

 

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House Republicans voted in a private meeting on Monday to strip the powers of the Office of Congressional Ethics.

 

But by Tuesday, facing a firestorm of criticism from Democrats and the public, as well as a pointed question from President-Elect Donald J. Trump, they moved to reverse that plan.

What happened?

 

On Monday evening, with little warning, Republicans announced that they had voted to strip the office of its independence. The vote took place in a House conference, a private meeting of Republicans.

 

Why did House Republicans want to do this?

 

The office has been criticized by many Congress members of both parties, including those it has aggressively investigated, and Republicans have long been opposed to its existence. When Republicans recaptured the House in 2010, there was speculation that they might get rid of the office then

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Staff members of the Office of Congressional Ethics in 2010.

 CreditLuke Sharrett for The New York Times


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My Friend Pramila Jayapal Goes to Congress and Makes History

 

https://ourfuture.or...d-makes-history

 

Introduction

 

This week I had the honor of joining my friend Pramila Jayapal as she made history.

 

Along with her family and other close friends, I accompanied Pramila as she was sworn in as the U.S. Representative for Washington’s 7th congressional district. She is the first Indian-American woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

She is also the kind of progressive champion we need in the Congress in this challenging time. Her victory is a reminder that the majority of Americans didn’t vote for Trump or sanction his bigotry.

 

I met Pramila in my home state of Washington in a hole-in-the-wall restaurant soon after September 11, 2001. She had recently founded the Hate Free Zone (Now ONEAmerica), which grew from a one-person volunteer operation to the largest immigrant rights group in the state. She was organizing truth and justice hearings to expose aggressive racist treatment of Muslims in Seattle, Washington and she was organizing large demonstrations for peace. As an organizer, I immediately recognized Pramila’s passion and genius.

 

An immigrant herself, Pramila stood up with and advocated for the most vulnerable among us in one of the most challenging and dangerous times on recent history. In doing so, she was fighting for the rights of all Washingtonians.


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U.S. House Votes to Begin Repealing Obamacare

 

http://www.msn.com/e...ID=ansmsnnews11

 

Introduction:

 

 

WASHINGTON  - U.S. House Republicans on Friday won passage of a measure starting the process of dismantling Obamacare, despite concerns about not having a ready replacement and the potential financial cost of repealing Democratic President Barack Obama's landmark health insurance law.

 

The House of Representatives voted 227-198 to instruct committees to draft legislation by a target date of Jan. 27 that would repeal the 2010 Affordable Health Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. The Senate approved the same measure early Thursday.

No Democrats supported the initiative. Nine Republicans voted against the measure.

With this vote, Republicans began delivering on their promise to end Obamacare, which also was a campaign promise of Republican President-elect Donald Trump.

The program, which expanded health coverage to some 20 million people, has been plagued by increases in insurance premiums and deductibles and by some large insurers leaving the system.


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Marsha Blackburn, a Diehard Net Neutrality Foe, Is Now in Charge of a Powerful House Subcommittee

 

http://www.truth-out...se-subcommittee

 

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Bad news: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R–Tennessee) is the new chair of the House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. That's the body charged with overseeing the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, and it's supposed to ensure that everyone has access to open and affordable communications tools -- no matter who they are or where they live.

 

Granted, none of the candidates for chair of this subcommittee have consistently spoken out for communications rights, but Blackburn stands out from the crowd -- and not in a good way. Over the years her utterly indefensible and uninformed opinions about everything from Net Neutrality to SOPA have made it clear that she's far more concerned about protecting the profit margins of cable companies and Hollywood studios than she is about protecting you.

 

…Blackburn has proposed legislation (the misleadingly titled "Internet Freedom Act") that would overturn the FCC's open internet protections and block what she has falsely labeled "job-killing regulations."

 

In fact, Blackburn has proposed this legislation multiple times. She called earlier attempts to pass Net Neutrality rules a "hysterical reaction to a hypothetical problem" and a "government takeover of the internet," regurgitating nonsensical industry talking points and denying the very real concerns of millions of Americans.

Blackburn is way off track. Besides protecting online free speech, giving a platform to marginalized voices, and promoting truly affordable internet access, the Net Neutrality rules and the FCC decisions backing them up level the playing field for businesses of all kinds. Far from killing jobs, an open internet fosters innovation and economic growth.


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Gerrymandering

 

https://nonprofitqua...-redistricting/

 

 

Introduction:

 

Democrats lost the 2016 election in a big way. Not only did they lose the presidency, they lost House and Senate seats, governorships, and state legislatures across the country. Since that election, the public and the pundits have been wondering: How did this happen? There are a lot of ways to answer that question, but part of the blame must fall on gerrymandering.

 

Every ten years, new census results in hand, states redraw the boundaries of their political districts. These districts elect state and local representatives for themselves, and their votes are tallied in groups for larger elections. Ever since Patrick Henry first tried to deny James Madison a Congressional seat, it has been the practice of politicians to draw districts that favor their own parties. After their significant loss in 2008, Republicans have been winning local elections and drawing boundaries that help them keep a hold on power. Former Attorney General Eric Holder and soon-to-be-former President Barack Obama plan to fight back.

 

It’s difficult to legally challenge gerrymandering; by itself, drawing boundaries advantageous to one political party is not illegal. In fact, Ohio’s Supreme Court ruled in 2012 the state’s constitution does “not explicitly require political neutrality, or for that matter, politically competitive districts or representational fairness, in the apportionment board’s creation of state legislative districts.” The most likely way to challenge a voting district is on the grounds of its being racially discriminatory, like the Alabama district drawn for Senator Quinton Ross in 2010.

 

Therefore, the best way to fight for more favorable districts is to try to win local elections so the two opposing parties are more equally represented on the committees that draw district boundaries. That’s what Republicans did in 2010. As famed strategist Karl Rove said, “He who controls redistricting can control Congress.” Republicans flipped enough state seats in swing states to draw Congressional districts that were heavily Republican; Tea Party candidates, previously unelectable in balanced districts, “were running in districts that are so safely Republican, the only real competition in an election is among Republican candidates during the primary.” In several states, Democrats got more than half of the popular vote but less than half of the seats.

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Upcoming 2017 Special Elections

 

http://demlist.com/d...cial-elections/

 

 

Our first glimpse at the Trump effect on the electorate may come as soon as April when the first of five "special elections"will take place to fill the terms of Members of Congress who are leaving their seats to serve in the Trump Administration.

 

A "Special Election" is one called to fill the unexpected vacancy of an elected office mid-term.

 

Although 4 of the 5 are traditionally Republican seats, Democrats are hoping the increasing negatives of the Trump presidency - at only 41% approval (Gallup) - and the historic edge of mid-terms gains favored by the Party outside the White House, to play in their favor.

 

http://http://www.no...-montana/12720/

 

 

When and if Ryan Zinke is confirmed (as Secretary of the Department of Interior) a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives will be held to replace the recently re-elected U.S. congressman from Whitefish sometime this year.

 

On the republican ticket, Word came out Thursday, On the Voices of Montana radio show by Lewis and Clark republican central committee chairman, Joe Dooling, That the current president of the Montana state senate, Scott Sales has withdrawn his name from the race.

 

That leaves four in the republican side including, senator Ed Buttrey, Former candidate for Governor, Greg Gianforte former state senator Ken Miller, and businessman Eugene Graf.

For the Democrats side of the ticket its State representative, Amanda Curtis and Representative Kelley Mccarthy and Musician, Rob Quist. For more information about the special election and to listen to what U.S. Senator Steve Daines has to say, listen to the shows podcast right here

 

The elections will be determined by conventions that the parties hold and not by a primary election. The conventions will be held by party leaders from across the state, Who will gather to determine who the nominee is.

 

http://patch.com/geo...-s-6th-district

 

 

EAST COBB, GEORGIA -- The race to represent District 6 (in Georgia)…promises to be a hotly contested match between candidates who espouse President Trump's ideology, the Republican old guard and Democrats looking to stem the area's conservative tide.

 

Many of the candidates in the district, which has leaned Republican in recent elections, are in the midst of qualifying for the race.

 

The seat of former U.S. Rep. Tom Price is vacant after the Roswell doctor was named the U.S. health secretary.

 

It is interesting to note that in the 6th District in Georgia, Hillary Clinton lost by just one percentage point – 47% for Hillary and 48% for Trump.

 

With their usual tactical stupidity, you can expect the Democratic party machine to put forward only a half-hearted effort to win these special election races.

Yet, this would be a great vehicle to throw a scare into the Republican party establishment if the Democrats did substantially better than expected.  In turn, that might make the Republicans think twice about too loyal a support of the Trump agenda and of pursuing other radically conservative goals.  


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House Intel Leaders Split on Trump Wiretap Allegations

 

http://www.politico....egations-235699

 

 

 

The leaders of the House intelligence panel issued emphatically different statements Sunday on President Donald Trump's allegations Saturday that President Barack Obama had wiretapped his presidential campaign.

 

Republican Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said the House Permanent Select Committee would look into Trump's assertions as part of its larger investigation into Russian interference in the election process.

 

…(California Representative Adam) Schiff's focus was on Trump's allegations as being beneath the dignity of his office. Trump's allegations were offered Saturday via Twitter without attribution or elaboration; the president accused his predecessor of "McCarthyism" and said the scandal was equivalent to "Nixon/Watergate."

 

"Today, it became all the more clear that President Trump's claim that he was illegally wire-tapped by President Obama was based on little more than Breitbart or other conspiracy-based news," Schiff said in his statement.

 

"For a President of the United States to make such an incendiary charge — and one that discredits our democracy in the eyes of the world — is as destructive as it was baseless," he added.

 

 

 

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Rep. Adam Schiff

https://schiff.house...about/biography


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Trumpcare Is Wrong For You. It’s A Toxic Prescription For Health Care

 

https://ourfuture.or...for-health-care

 

 

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The House Republican plan was injected into the political debate Monday evening… expect more of the condemnation of the Republicans’ “repeal and replace” wrecking ball that we saw when members of Congress were in their home districts during the February congressional recess.

 

…A key feature of the Republican plan is the replacement of the premium subsidies that were available through the Affordable Care Act health care exchanges with a tax credit that ranges for individuals from $2,000 to $4,000 a year, based on age. The tax credits would go toward policies purchased on the open market that would be very different from what’s offered on the exchanges. Those policies would be much less regulated, so they would cover less and be free to charge more. Meanwhile, some $600 million in taxes, largely on the health care industry and wealthy Americans, …to cover the cost of the Affordable Care Act subsidies would be eliminated.

 

…One of the most pernicious features of the House Republican plan is what it would do to Medicaid. Instead of a program…to allow each poor and low-income person to get the care they need, the program will impose firm funding caps for each state. The bill has short-term concessions for states that opted for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, but over time…those states would hit constraints on what they can spend on health care for those in poverty and the working poor. The changes are designed to force states to make choices about who gets health care and who doesn’t…a plan that creates, as Iowa pig farmer …Chris Petersen put it in a town-hall meeting with Sen. Chuck Grassley in February, “one big death panel in this country.”

 

…House leaders plan to …markup of this bill without the typical Congressional Budget Office analysis…: They know they cannot afford to tell the truth. Their plan will hurt people who count on our country’s important health care programs while giving a tax break to the rich.

 

(W)e cannot go backward into something that would be even worse than the dark days before the Affordable Care Act became law. This Republican health care plan… is dangerous to our health and needs to be pulled off the shelf.


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Trumpcare is going to kill millions of people over the next decade as it won't allow large sections of our society to have even the most basic of healthcare. It is morally wrong.


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Trumpcare is going to kill millions of people over the next decade as it won't allow large sections of our society to have even the most basic of healthcare. It is morally wrong.

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Corporate Boons in Republican Health Care Bill Draw Fire

 

http://www.courthous...bill-draw-fire/

 

Abstract:

 

WASHINGTON (CN) – House Democrats took aim Wednesday at a provision of the plan by Republicans to replace the federal health care law, saying Trumpcare will sweeten the pot for insurance companies at a cost to the federal government of $400 million over 10 years.

 

…The new bill would remove a $500,000 cap on tax deductions that insurance companies can take for individual executive pay. In the year after it took effect in 2013 under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the cap shrank the share of executive pay insurance companies could claim by 69 percent, increasing their combined tax bill by some $72 million, according to a report by the Institute for Policy Studies.

 

… “Once this bill passes, American taxpayers will be asked to subsidize – if it’s in performance pay and meets the other provisions of the statute – $17.3 million for Aetna, $14.5 million for United Health, $13.6 million for Anthem, and so on,” (Representative Lloyd) Doggett(D-Texas) said, citing recent CEO pay for insurance executives.

 

That six-line provision represents only a tiny portion, however, of the estimated $600 billion in revenue the government would lose – mostly in the form of repealed Obamacare-related taxes – if the bill becomes law.

 

…Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., suggested the bill could cut up to 3 million jobs.


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