1 HEADER Cabinet, 1 HEADER Donald Trump, 1 HEADER Healthcare, 1 HEADER House, 1 HEADER republicans, 1 HEADER whitehouse, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS Business, ideology, john feehery, lobbying, politics, steve bannon
Donald Trump, as a businessman, is the ultimate pragmatist. More
1 HEADER Donald Trump, 1 HEADER Healthcare, 1 HEADER immigration, 1 HEADER internationalnews, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS checks and balances, first 100 days, Jon-Christopher Bua, neil gorsuch, presidential power, supreme court
A Justice, in addition to being a scholar of the law, is supposed to be fair and just.
In the job of “interpreting the U.S. Constitution,” it matters whether a judge can see the possibility of a different argument and end racial discrimination; support the rights of women to participate fully in society; protect individuals from government abuse; give defense to those without means; and the list goes on.
President Donald Trump knows how to do a press conference leaving the Morning Joe gang—smirks notwithstanding—nodding in approval, Ann Coulter miffed, and both characterizing his string of statements as a flip-flop-o-rama. More
1 HEADER AMERICAN LIFE, 1 HEADER democrats, 1 HEADER drainingswamp, 1 HEADER Healthcare, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS Bernie Sanders, Cindy Matthews, College for All, medicare for all, Our Revolution, student loan debt
“Despair is not an option!” Bernie Sanders shouted to a packed auditorium in Boston, Massachusetts, recently. More
1 HEADER Donald Trump, 1 HEADER drainingswamp, 1 HEADER Healthcare, 1 HEADER House, 1 HEADER immigration, 1 HEADER republicans, 1 HEADER Senate, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS checks and balances, Fred Lucas, freedom caucus, separation of powers
President Donald Trump, having lost to the conservative wing of his party on the Obamacare replacement bill, opted to declare war on a group that he might need. More
1 HEADER Donald Trump, 1 HEADER Healthcare, 1 HEADER House, 1 HEADER republicans, 1 HEADER whitehouse, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS american health care act, first 100 days, freedom caucus, Obamacare, sam stevens
Seven years is a long time. It is 2,555 days or 3,679,200 total minutes, to be exact.
In seven years, an average college student can earn both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree and still have time to spare. In seven years, your dog will go through more than half its life. In seven years, a child in the U.S. will go through more than half of their compulsory education. In seven years, psychologists say the dreaded “seven-year itch” will intrude upon your blissful marriage.
Evidently though, seven years is still not long enough for a bill to be passed through Congress by a political party that has adopted as their life’s mission the passage of said bill.
The self-inflicted fiasco surrounding the botched Republican-led effort to repeal and replace Obamacare is something that even the most cynical American could have never guessed at years ago. Republicans made this issue the cornerstone of their campaign platform in multiple midterm and presidential elections over the past seven years and still failed to come through in crunch time.
Republicans didn’t even have the dignity of following through on their commitments to their supporters and putting the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare to a vote, fearing the political embarrassment of national TV networks broadcasting its inevitable demise for all to see.
It is a remarkable failure of political leadership and one of the greatest examples of political cowardice ever. The conservative Washington Examiner dubbed the boondoggle the “biggest broken promise in political history.” The conservative Wall Street Journal editorial board was equally blunt in stating that congressional Republicans “choked.”
The blame game has been in full effect since the fumbled attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. This infographic sums everything up in a nutshell, but the failed dealmaker-in-chief has done what most feckless leaders do – blame everyone else but themselves.
In reality, Trump got outsmarted by conservatives using the rules of engagement that were written by Trump himself in The Art of the Deal.
Leverage is everything when it comes to negotiating, whether in the business world or elsewhere. Ahead of the negotiation talks between the uber-conservative House Freedom Caucus and the Trump White House, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) met with his conservative brethren and brought copies of The Art of the Deal with him.
Sen. Paul wanted to emphasize to the group that Trump and Speaker Ryan were in a stunningly-weak position leading up to the negotiation talks and wielded little power over the influential House Freedom Caucus. In his book, Trump points out that you should never appear too eager to cut a deal. However, as a memo from Sen. Paul to the House Freedom Caucus pointed out, it was the White House and the Speaker’s Office who desperately needed a deal, not the House Freedom Caucus.
The political consequences of failing to reach a deal were immense for Ryan and Trump, but negligible for the House Freedom Caucus. Armed with Sen. Paul’s “don’t budge” advice, the House Freedom Caucus pressed Ryan and Trump for a slew of concessions that Trump ultimately got sick of, leading to an impasse that doomed the bill.
Predictably, it is Ryan and Trump who have borne the brunt of the political fallout, not the House Freedom Caucus. The knives are out for Paul Ryan, with far-right media outlets making the case that he needs to step down. Meanwhile, Trump’s approval ratings continue to go down the toilet and he has lost the mystique of power over congressional Republicans, who now realize his much-ballyhooed negotiation skills are a farce.
On the other hand, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), the head of the House Freedom Caucus, has been heralded as a hero in his home district for sticking by his conservative principles and refusing to budge on a paltry attempt to repeal Obamacare, which fell well short of the full repeal that he and his caucus members insisted on.
After giddily embracing the position of the “Party of No” since 2010, Republicans are now getting a hefty helping of humble pie. Combine the inexperience and waning public approval of the president with an internally feuding and similarly-inexperienced GOP House, mix in a healthy dose of distrust and you get outcomes like the botched Obamacare repeal.
President Trump and congressional Republicans now seem convinced that they can let bygones be bygones and forge ahead with transforming the nation’s tax code, something not seriously undertaken in over 30 years. Their rhetorical gumption is admirable, but they won’t accomplish anything until they learn how to get out of their own way.
America at the Crossroads: The Budget Debate and Health Care and What They are Telling us about Ourselves
The health care debate and, now, the discussion of the president’s budget and his tax plan tell me that America is at a crossroads. More
1 HEADER Donald Trump, 1 HEADER Healthcare, 1 HEADER House, 1 HEADER republicans, 1 HEADER whitehouse, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS 2018 elections, Affordable Health Care Act, alexis chapman, Obamacare, paul ryan
Sure, the situation in the House of Representatives seems to be a mess. More
1 HEADER Healthcare, 1 HEADER House, 1 HEADER republicans, 1 HEADER Senate, 1 HEADER whitehouse, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS Cindy Matthews, first 100 days, meals on wheels, medicaid, medicare, paul ryan, psychology, Sociopath
1 HEADER Donald Trump, 1 HEADER Healthcare, 1 HEADER House, 1 HEADER republicans, 1 HEADER Senate, 1 HEADER whitehouse, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS club for growth, first 100 days, freedom caucus, GOP, heritage foundation, Jonathan Riehl, Obamacare
Two weeks ago David Frisk and I wrote here about the warning signs of Republican dissent from the Trump agenda. More
1 HEADER Donald Trump, 1 HEADER Healthcare, 1 HEADER House, 1 HEADER republicans, 1 HEADER whitehouse, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS first 100 days, Jon-Christopher Bua, on-the-job training, The Apprentice President
Replacing Obamacare is the broccoli of the Trump legislative agenda. More
1 HEADER Cabinet, 1 HEADER Donald Trump, 1 HEADER economy, 1 HEADER Healthcare, 1 HEADER republicans, 1 HEADER whitehouse, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS affordable care act, budget blueprint, Cindy Matthews, Obamacare
In the game of Jeopardy it’s not the answer that’s called for–it’s the question. More
Politics is full of nuance, but at the end of the day, the formula is pretty simple – he who implements policies that make the greatest share of voters happy will be rewarded come election time. More
Halfway through his first 100 days, President Trump has wasted no time in rolling up his sleeves and getting to work. More
1 HEADER Healthcare, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS aca, affordable care act, ahca, american health care act, Bernie Sanders, employment benefit, GOP, health care, health insurance, james pethokoukis, jon saltzman, medicaid, medicaid for all, medicare, Obamacare, public good, republican, sanders, single payer, single-payer health care
The recent Republican bill to replace Obamacare is doomed to failure just as Obamacare failed and the system before it did. More
1 HEADER Healthcare, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS aca, affordable care act, ahca, alexis chapman, american health care act, Donald Trump, first 100 days, health care coverage, health care insurance, health insurance, larry david, Obamacare, paul ryan, ryancare, Trump, universal health care
1 HEADER Healthcare, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS activist, affordable care act, bob latte, bowling green state university, Cindy Matthews, citizen activist, dr. john ross, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, gerrymander, health care, jim jordan, marcy kaput, marion, medicare, michael sherry, Obamacare, ohio, randy gardner, rob portman, sherrod brown, steve arndt, town hall
Three separate town hall events were held in our area this past week. More
1 HEADER Donald Trump, 1 HEADER economy, 1 HEADER Education, 1 HEADER Healthcare, Donald Trump, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS 529, aca, affordable care act, betsy devos, charter school, choice, john feehery, medicare, michigan, Obamacare, private school, pro-choice, public school, retirement, secretary of education, secretary of health and human services, social security, tom price, trade policy, voucher
American consumers are accustomed to having a bunch of choices. More
1 HEADER Donald Trump, 1 HEADER drainingswamp, 1 HEADER economy, 1 HEADER Education, 1 HEADER Healthcare, 1 HEADER immigration, 1 HEADER whitehouse, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Mike Pence, Supreme Court, Ted Cruz
How I yearned for a viable third party candidate—Ben Sasse, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, even Mitt Romney. More