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President Trump said Thursday that he agreed Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential race and slammed former President Barack Obama for doing nothing about it, saying he didn’t “choke” but made a political decision.The president said Mr. Obama ignored Russian meddling in the election because he thought, as did most people, that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was going to win the election.“The reason is he thought Hillary was going to win. If he thought I was going to win, he would have do ...
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday raised the possibility that Republicans might not be able to repeal and replace Obamacare but said that action will be needed to stabilize healthcare markets."Unfortunately, this healthcare issue has been a very divisive and partisan issue," the Kentucky Republican said at a Rotary Club meeting in Paducah, The Western Kentucky Star reports."If my side is unable to agree on an adequate replacement, then some kind of action with regard to private ...
The protesters are falsely claiming the repeal will gut Medicaid, causing frail, indigent seniors to be evicted from nursing homes. It’s sheer demagoguery.But even these phony claims could have redeeming value if they get the public to take a closer look at nursing homes and see the filth, rampant infections, and neglect—conditions routinely tolerated by our indifferent public officials.Indifference is the real culprit, not inadequate Medicaid money.For example, New York state pays among the hig ...
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is hosting rallies in two red states – Kentucky and West Virginia – to push against Senate Republicans' bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.Sanders announced Wednesday his "Care Not Cuts" rallies will be held Sunday, first in West Virginia and then Kentucky – home of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky."McConnell's legislation, which would throw 22 million Americans off of health insurance, would be a disaster for the country and an even worse disaster for t ...
The Senate healthcare bill is in a state of flux during the July 4 recess and tensions are rising as a familiar renegade among Republicans is in the midst of a power play to reshape the legislation, according to reports.Majority Leader Mitch McConnell went into the break with nine Republicans against the Better Care Reform Act (BCRA) and may come back from recess with more than that, given the reception senators are getting from constituents, CNN reported."What I've been hearing the entire ...
An Obamacare program awarded hospitals thousands of dollars in bonuses even if they had low-quality scores, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.The Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program, which was created by Obamacare, was designed to incentivize participating hospitals to increase efficiency and quality.Even though the program's purpose is to reward hospitals that offer high-quality care at a lower cost, the auditors found that hospitals with low quality ...
The Koch brothers and their group of conservative donors are trying to rid Washington of an "arcane" rule that could affect President Donald Trump's judicial nominees and the future of the court system.The blue slip procedure allows senators to submit an opinion of a federal judicial nominee if that nominee is from the lawmaker's home state. The Senate Judiciary Committee considers blue slips when deciding whether to move forward with a nominee.According to USA Today, Charles and David Koch want ...
There was no escaping the politics of healthcare in this year's Fourth of July celebrations for Senate Republicans, the New York Times reported. Many of them simply didn't show up to face the hometown crowds at annual parades around the country, the Times reported."Things are different now," Karen Lobban of Alderson, W. Va., said of the the town's annual parade that's unfolded for every one of its 56 years without political disputes getting in the way.Though Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin walked th ...
Sixty percent of registered voters favor President Donald Trump's travel ban on visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries, while 28 percent oppose it, a new Politico/Morning Consult poll reveals.Here is how the poll breaks down:84 percent of Republican voters back the restrictions, while only 9 percent oppose them.41 percent of Democrats favor the guidelines, compared to 46 percent who do not.56 percent of independents support the ban, while 30 percent are against it.Voters were asked whe ...
President Donald Trump gets a second chance to make a first impression at the G20 Summit in Germany this week, where he'll have to negotiate a minefield of "uncomfortable conversations" with the gathered leaders.Trump will face discussions on counter-terrorism, the civil war in Syria, trade, and the climate among other topics with his European counterparts.And in his meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Trump will have to balance a working relationship on issues like Syria and fightin ...
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