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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Trump Shenanigans After Obamacare Repeal-and-Replace Senate Efforts Failed

 Recently, the entire nation was on tinderhooks as thee Republican-led US Senate controlled by a Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with the backing of Speaker of the House oF Representative, Paul Ryan, deliberated on whether or not to repeal and then replace Obamacare, the signature healthcare legislation oF Barack Obama’s presidency. Fortunately the effort fell looked  for the third and final time, to head towards an igmoninous defeat without coming to a vote when five key Republican Senators (John McCain, Claire McCaskill, Linda Murkowski, Patty MurrayTed Cruz and Rand Paul) all for various reasons, declined to suppprt the initiative and voted “No” accordingly!  Indeed this collective action was a strong acknowledgement that  repealing the Affordable Care Act and replace with the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson version of the American Health Care would, according to the projected estimates of the Congressional Budget Office and the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, cause millions of people, particularly those with pre-existing conditions, to not only potentially lose Medicare and Medicaid coverage at a loss of $119 billion but also force those who possess such insurance to pay higher premiums. It was a cost that was and is completely unsustainable and must be stopped at every turn. This led to Trump castigating every key player who had a role in the healthcare negotiations since he didn’t get the precise results he desired! The problem is that we have a President who belongs to an adult day care center, stated by Senator Bob Corker, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a key Congressional position, with his Napoleonic temper tantrum unleashed on Twitter!! The heated rhetoric between Trump and North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong Un undoubtedly will raise the stakes, ratcheting up the military firepower in saber-rattling! We can’t afford such uncertainty international diplomacy not seen since the Cold War of the 1950s and 1960s!

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