President’s Next Biggest Lie Besides His Exoneration, Is GOP Will be The Party For Healthcare

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Remember all those 2018 Republican Party advertisements where GOP candidates would appear in commercials touting how they would never take away constituents’ guarantee for pre-existing conditions that exists in ACA/ Obamacare. They were all lying in those ads as they were all aware of a pending law suit, specifically targeting that pre-existing mandate as required by Obamacare/ ACA.

This has to be #1 2020 advertisement for all Democratic Party candidates.

House Homeland Security Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee Chairwoman Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., speaks during a news conference with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 10, 2018.
Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally’s new television commercial says she is “leading the fight to” cover people with pre-existing conditions./ Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo

Remember that the republican President Donald Trump and the the GOP US senators were just one vote shy of killing Obamacare/ ACA without a GOP replacement plan. It was the republican US Senator John McCain from Arizona who saved the 2010 Affordable Care Act/ ACA/ Obamacare from extinction by his onr ‘thumbs down’ vote.

On the 26th of March 2019, President Trump trekked over to Capitol Hill to meet with US senate republicans. I’m betting that they were still high fiving each other over the 3/22/2019 FBI’s Special Counsel Mueller’s publication of its final report which was favorable to the White House.

GOP’s opposition to ACA

But I’m thinking that they are also planning strategically to blunt the advantage the Democratic candidates will have during the 2020 elections’ cycle, with regards to their policies regarding improving the quality of healthcare coverage and its access to millions of Americans.

If the republican President Trump and his GOP cronies succeed in killing Obamacare, Republican candidates will be excoriated by the voters in 2020, and yes, they are currently acting to do just that.

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Here’s the rest of the story…

As per 3/26/2019 Crooks and Liars blog by David, “Before leaving (Capitol Hill on 3/26/2019), Trump hinted that Republicans would make another attempt to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care reform law.”

“Let me tell you exactly what my message is,” Trump stated. “The Republican Party will soon be known as the party of health care. You watch.”

Earlier in the day, the president had made a similar statement on Twitter.

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The Republican Party will become “The Party of Healthcare!”

On March 25, 2019, Mike Murphy of Marketplace penned the following report, “Entire ACA is unconstitutional, Justice Department says, agreeing with Texas court ruling”

“The U.S. Justice Department said in a legal filing (3/25/2019) that it agrees with a Texas district court’s ruling that the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” is unconstitutional, throwing the future of the health-care law in doubt. “The Department of Justice has determined that the district court’s judgment should be affirmed,” the DOJ said in a filing to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The Texas ruling last December said the law’s individual mandate was unconstitutional, invalidating the entire ACA. The Justice Department had previously argued to keep the law mostly intact, but that the law’s protection of pre-existing conditions needed to be struck down. The filing means the government agrees the entire law should be struck and it will not challenge the ruling in its lengthy appeal process. Health-insurance stocks turned volatile immediately following the original Texas ruling, as it brought uncertainty over future health-insurance costs. Experts said in December that the case may reach the U.S. Supreme Court in 2020.”

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On March 26, 2019, Isaac Stanley Becker of the Washington Post penned the following report, “Trump administration asks court to completely invalidate Obama’s Affordable Care Act”

Excerpts:

“In a significant shift, the Justice Department now says that it backs a full invalidation of the Affordable Care Act, the signature Obama-era health law.”

“It presented its position in a legal filing Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans, where an appeal is pending in a case challenging the measure’s constitutionality. A federal judge in Texas ruled in December that the law’s individual mandate “can no longer be sustained as an exercise of Congress’s tax power” and further found that the remaining portions of the law are void. He based his judgment on changes to the nation’s tax laws made by congressional Republicans in 2017.”

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“At first, the Trump administration had not gone as far, arguing in a brief last June that the penalty for not buying insurance was legally distinct from other provisions of the law, which could still stand. Justice Department officials said there were grounds only to strike down the law’s consumer protections, including those for people with preexisting health conditions.”

“But in the new filing, signed by three Justice Department attorneys, the administration said that the decision of U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor should be affirmed and the entirety of the ACA should be invalidated.”

“The government said it planned to file a brief in support of the Texas-led coalition of states pursuing the law’s complete nullification, now that “the United States is not urging that any portion of the district court’s judgment be reversed,” as the filing stated.”

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“The Department of Justice has determined that the district court’s comprehensive opinion came to the correct conclusion and will support it on appeal,” Kerri Kupec, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department, said in a statement.”

“If the Justice Department’s position prevails, it would potentially eliminate health care for millions of people and cause disruption across the U.S. health-care system — from removing no-charge preventive services for older Americans on Medicare to voiding the expansion of Medicaid in most states. A court victory would fulfill Republican promises to undo a prized domestic accomplishment of the previous administration but leave no substitute in place.”

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The Justice Department announced the shift fewer than six weeks after William P. Barr was sworn in as attorney general. Barr, who served in the same position under President George H.W. Bush, is currently at the center of a conflict over the findings reached by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III in his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election — a conflict about who is entitled to view those findings, and who has the authority to make judgments about them.

As that controversy raged, Monday’s filing — on the scarcely less explosive issue of health coverage — offered a window into Barr’s approach to his role as the nation’s top law enforcement officer, said Nicholas Bagley, a professor of law at the University of Michigan.

“This refutes any notion that people might have that Attorney General Barr would retreat from some of the most partisan litigation choices made by the previous attorney general,” Bagley said in an interview, referring to former attorney general Jeff Sessions, who declined to defend the ACA against legal challenges in a break from the executive branch’s long tradition of supporting existing statutes.

Link to report:Trump administration asks court to completely invalidate Obama’s ACA…

7 comments

  1. I no longer consider that we have a Department of “Justice”, but will henceforth refer to it as the U.S. Department of Injustice. Only the wealthy will be able to afford health care in the future in the U.S. People like us, people with diabetes, heart problems, or any other pre-existing condition, are royally screwed. Thanks all you folks who voted this maniac into office. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
    Hugs.

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  2. Dear Jill,

    GOP can kiss their cushy seats in the US congress Bye-bye, if they succeed. That’s why President Trump trekked on down to the Capitol building to calm the US senators over this ACA issue.

    Dems can thank President Trump when they win the majority of seats in the US Senate in the 2020 elections.

    The GOP senators already know how dependable President Trump has been in the past.

    The toddler president has been let out of ‘time out.’

    Hugs, Gronda

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  3. Gronda, well done. Our former party’s hypocrisy is showing. It is hard to be the party of healthcare when it has screwed Americans more than a few times on healthcare. Here are a few truisms, which this retired benefits consultant and actuary would encourage folks to verify;
    – Trump made premiums go up, by refusing to honor a contractual commitment to insurers to reimburse them for helping people in poverty ( he then lied about its impact)
    – Senator Rubio and fellow GOP Senators defunded 89% of another contractual commitment to reimburse insurers for initial adverse selection, causing premiums to go up more and forcing some insurers to leave the market
    – Then there is active role to not expand Medicaid in states that could really use it.
    – Then there are the 60 votes to repeal and the atrocious effort in 2017. John McCain saved the GOP from itself.
    – Finally, the naysaying from the outset have flavored the opinions of many. But, what would be comical if it were not sad, too many don’t realize that the ACA and some its state-based names like KyNect are Obamacare.

    So, Mr. President, if you want to be the party of healthcare, you could start by not causing premiums to go up more, harm competition and kick people off their insurance. Again, I encourage your readers to verify all of the above. Keith

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    • PS – Let me add that the White House and many members in Congress have little appreciation for the complexity of healthcare administration, its maintenance and related cost. The President has tended to ignore planning and inplementation on most of his changes, which is why many have gone poorly.

      Here is a LOUD message to DC – the ACA admin is set-up now and working fairly well. Fix the ACA like Americans asked you to do. Otherwise, younate wasting money.

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    • Dear Keith,

      The GOP continue to lie with a straight face. How many posts have we done on how GOP lawmakers took numerous steps to sabotage Obamacare and this is why ACA premiums have been rising. You just mentioned a couple of their shenanigans over the yrs.

      The only reason that the ACA still exists, is because there is a huge need for this ACA and the alternative of no ACA, is a much worse case scenario.

      President Trump must truly believe that he can run around naked yelling ‘the FBI exonerated me 100%’; ‘no one is more innocent;’ ‘the wall has been under construction for months;’ ‘I did have the largest crowds ever at my inauguration;’ ‘fixing healthcare and trade deficits is so easy to do;;’I’m so smart where I know more than all the experts;’ ‘no one can negotiate a better deal;”and ‘the GOP is the Party for healthcare’ where ‘we the people’ will swallow all his words like flies.

      Has he not yet figured out that up to 60% of Americans will not believe a word he says because he is the liar-in-chief?

      Hugs, Gronda

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