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Conservative Republicans unveil Obamacare replacement plan

Source: cnn

Updated 11:00 AM ET, Tue October 22, 2019
Cillizza on Trump's plan: There is no plan

(CNN)Months after President Donald Trump declared the GOP would become the "party of health care," House conservatives are set to announce a sweeping health care proposal -- one that has virtually no chance of becoming law.

The Republican Study Committee on Tuesday unveiled what members described as a "framework," nine months in the making, even as the White House continues to develop its own set of principles behind closed doors. It includes no legislative text and does not have the formal backing of the White House or broader GOP conference. The conservatives behind it hope the plan could help inoculate Republican congressional candidates against the perception that Republicans have no ideas for fixing a system they've vowed to destroy.

But the proposal comes as the attention of Washington is focused squarely on the mushrooming impeachment scandal engulfing Trump's presidency. And it recycles some of the policies that Republicans tried and failed to advance during the 2017 health care debate, when they controlled both chambers of Congress. That raises questions about how they plan to get a different result a second time around.

The conservative caucus says its plan, titled "A Framework for Affordable, Personalized Care," will protect coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, a top priority for many Americans. The concern that Republicans would weaken the Affordable Care Act's protections helped doom the GOP plan to repeal and replace the law in 2017 and was one reason Democrats, many of whom ran campaigns focused on health care, recaptured the House in the 2018 midterm elections.

The plan contains several elements that were in those 2017 replacement proposals, which narrowly fell short of enough Republican support to pass the Senate at the time. It would create federally-funded, state-run insurance pools to cover people with high-cost illness. For instance, states could establish high-risk pools, which existed before the Affordable Care Act with mixed levels of success, or institute reinsurance programs to stabilize the health care market. .................................

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/22/politics/republican-conservatives-unveil-obamacare-replacement-plan/index.html?utm_source=twCNNp&utm_medium=social&utm_term=image&utm_content=2019-10-22T17%3A02%3A05



Every day, the #RacistInChief makes it clear that he embraces racism WITH HIS WORDS:



Every day, the #RacistInChief makes it clear that he embraces racism WITH HIS WORDS:

- Go back to where they came from
- Shithole Countries
- Very fine people
- Infested
- Lynching

He's not the President of ALL Americans.
He speaks ONLY to the ones who HATE.


Q: How can you tell when you're on the wrong side of history?

Q: How can you tell when you’re on the wrong side of history?

A: @realDonaldTrump
is standing right next to you.





Top diplomat in Ukraine gave "damning" testimony, Democrats say -- live updates

Source: cbsnews

Updated on: October 22, 2019 / 2:27 PM / CBS News

Key facts and latest news

William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, is testifying before lawmakers behind closed doors. One congressman who heard the testimony called it "very troubling."
President Trump referred to the impeachment inquiry against him as a "lynching."
Russ Vought, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), tweeted Monday morning that he and Mike Duffey, another top OMB official, will not comply with congressional requests for interviews.
On a July call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Mr. Trump urged Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.

Washington -- ............................................

William Taylor, the U.S. chargé d'affaires in Kiev, is a key witness in the investigation into the Trump administration's efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating the president's political rivals. In messages with other diplomats from August and September released earlier this month, Taylor raised concerns about the U.S. withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine, saying it was "crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign."

Democrats emerging from his deposition on Tuesday called his 15-page opening statement "very dramatic," "detailed" and "lengthy." Representative Andy Levin, a Democrat from Michigan, said the U.S. diplomat's account was "very troubling."

"All I have to say is that in my 10 short months in Congress -- it's not even noon, right? -- and this is my most disturbing day in Congress so far," Levin said.

Taylor, a career diplomat who was once the ambassador to Ukraine, emerged as a key figure in the scandal upon the release of messages he sent to Gordon Sondland and Kurt Volker, two other diplomats at the center of the controversy who have testified before the committees. The State Department tried to block Taylor's deposition on Tuesday, ................................

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/live-news/trump-impeachment-inquiry-latest-william-taylor-ukraine-testimony-2019-10-22/

Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch said after leaving the SCIF that Bill Taylor’s testimony “is a sea change.”

“This testimony is a sea change. I think it could accelerate matters,” he said. “This will, I think, answer more questions than it raises. Let’s put it that way.”




Senator Lindsey Graham defends Trump's use of 'lynching'

Source: BBC

The Republican senator came to the president's defence after Mr Trump called the impeachment inquiry "a lynching" in a tweet.

But Democrats were outraged at the president for invoking such a grim and racist chapter from US history.

Speaking to reporters, Graham claimed it's a "lynching in every sense.".....................

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-50146215/senator-lindsey-graham-defends-trump-s-use-of-lynching#

Lindsey is clueless


ALSO see:

Lindsey Graham has no idea why Trump saying he's being lynched is offensive

.....................When asked if he could understand why African Americans might be offended by the reference, Graham doubled-down on defending Trump's words.

"No, I think lynching is being seen as somebody taking the law in their own hands and out to get somebody for no good reason," Graham said.

Graham was reacting to Trump's words earlier in Tuesday where he described the House impeachment inquiry as a lynching.

Trump claimed the decision to host the G7 at his luxury Florida resort wasn't about PR, because he a

Source: businessInsider

Trump claimed the decision to host the G7 at his luxury Florida resort wasn't about PR, because he already gets 'more promotion than any human being that's ever lived'

1 hour ago

President Trump, in remarks at a Cabinet meeting Monday, hit back at critics who had claimed he had sought to benefit from the publicity of using his his golf resort in Doral, Florida, to host the G7.
"They say, 'Oh, you get promotion.' You don't think I get enough promotion? I get more promotion than any human being that's ever lived," Trump said. "I don't need promotion."
Despite his argument, Trump nonetheless scrapped his plan to host the summit there over the weekend, after from within his own party......................

.....................According to The New York Times, it was when moderate members of his own party said that they could not defend the decision that Trump announced that a different venue was being sought.

Publicly Trump blamed the reversal on "crazed and irrational" hostility from Democrats and the media. ..................................

Read more: https://www.businessinsider.com/defending-florida-g7-plan-trump-already-more-pr-than-anybody-2019-10

I read that Trumps Republicans in congress really pushed him --via Phone calls---over the weekend to reverse his decision on his G7 Florida site!! BUT, these Republicans in congress would NOT condemn Trumps decision in Public! Cowards all

President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Washington. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Trump warns U.S. 'may have to get in wars'

Source: Politico

The president specifically threatens to hit Iran "like they've never been hit before" if the regime provokes Washington.
Donald Trump

Updated: 10/21/2019 03:19 PM EDT

President Donald Trump on Monday offered a confusing description of his foreign policy priorities as commander in chief — insisting that he is working to bring home American soldiers, while warning the U.S. may soon enter into new military conflicts.

“I'm trying to get out of wars. We may have to get in wars, too. OK? We may have to get in wars,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

“We're better prepared than we've ever been,” he continued. “If Iran does something, they'll be hit like they've never been hit before. I mean, we have things that we're looking at.”


Trump in recent days has sought to promote a temporary cease-fire agreement Vice President Mike Pence negotiated last week with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, aimed at halting the slaughter of U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters in Syria by Turkish forces.

The more than 700 evacuated U.S. soldiers will be relocated to western Iraq, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday, although new media reports indicate Trump is considering keeping a few hundred soldiers in northeastern Syria to counter advances by Syrian and Russian forces into the country's lucrative oil fields.

Esper also announced earlier this month that the administration would be deploying another wave of troops to Saudi Arabia to help protect the kingdom from Iran’s regime, despite Trump’s campaign trail pledge to halt U.S. involvement in “endless wars.” .........................................

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/21/trump-united-states-wars-iran-053341

Poll: 14 percent of GOP voters say Trump should be impeached

Source: TheHill.com


Fourteen percent of Republican voters said in a recent Hill-HarrisX poll that President Trump should be impeached and removed from office.

The survey, released Monday, was conducted before acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said last week that aid for Ukraine was linked to Trump's desire for the country to pursue a political probe related to the 2016 election.

Still, the 14 percent GOP support for impeachment marks a 2 percentage point increase from a Sept. 26-27 poll that was taken just days after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) launched a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump over his dealings with Ukraine.

Overall, 47 percent of voters in the Oct. 11-12 survey support impeachment, a 4-point increase compared to the September poll.

Support for impeachment among Democratic voters also increased, to 81 percent from 75 percent in the previous survey. Meanwhile, the share of independent voters who favor impeachment rose 4 percentage points to 41 percent................................

Read more: https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/466768-poll-14-percent-of-gop-voters-say-trump-should-be-impeached

Also note the Independents have a 4% increase.

Amy Klobuchar---- Coming up on Maddow in a minute or so........

The use of the US Justice DEPT -the power of the STATE-is the new thing being used by TRUMP against

his political enemies--primarily Biden at this point. Hope people are watching Maddow.
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