Is the Senate Republican Health-Care Bill Dead?

Late Monday evening Republican Senators Mike Lee (Utah) and Jerry Moran (Kansas) tweeted their opposition to the latest version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BRCA).

“There are serious problems with Obamacare, and my goal remains what it has been for a long time: to repeal and replace it,”

“This closed-door process has yielded the BCRA, which fails to repeal the Affordable Care Act or address healthcare’s rising costs. For the same reasons I could not support the previous version of this bill, I cannot support this one.” – Moran

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the rest of the republican senate started the process of trying to repeal and replace Obamacare knowing they could only afford to lose 2 votes to pass any legislation. With Lee and Moran announcing their opposition to the BCRA the number of republicans that have publicly opposed the legislation now stands at 4, including Senators Rand Paul (Kentucky) and Susan Collins (Maine).

As much as Republicans hate the idea, they should work with Democrats on legislation that can shore up the health exchanges, lower premiums and lower deductibles within the framework of Obamacare.

Of course that’s easier said than done since republicans have built their base on a repeal and replace rhetoric that never had their constituents in mind.

Meanwhile, what’s next for the Trump White House?

Right now their only accomplishment is helping the ratings for MSNBC shows ‘Morning Joe’ and ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’

 

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Credit – Vice News & Washington Post

Talking Points Tuesdays – Rep Todd Akin needs to take a seat!!

For the record i am a Pro-Choice Catholic and I respect Todd Akin’s Pro-Life stance.

But this latest BS….

SMH, As much as I like politics there is no real reason why I should even know who Rep Todd Akin (R-MO)!

Unfortuantely for him not only do I now know who he is but so do many other folks who don’t really follow politics.  Akin went national when a local interview went viral, in that interview Akin introduced  many folks to the term “Legitimate Rape”… 

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something, I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.” – Todd Akin

Wait… WHAT????

This reckless statement took a life of its own where even hardcore Republicans had to distance themselves from Akin and his comment.  While there were some Conservatives like Dana Loesch who tried to defend Akin for the most part common sense Republicans see there is no defending Akin’s mentality.  Republicans like S.E. Cupp stood up to say the following:

“I don’t fault Akin for his disdain for abortion. But disdain alone cannot be the foundation of policy. And we shouldn’t empower people who prove so unarguably to be so unserious and incurious that they will say just about anything to back up their disdain.” – S.E. Cupp

I can appreciate how S.E. Cupp took the responsible approach and didn’t try to simple defend a fellow Republican.  Too many times since 2008  I have seen Republicans (and Democrats) blindly support their party while throwing common sense out the window.  In my opinion this type of behavior is dangerous and is the real threat to the United States.

Todd Akin’s way of thinking is out there, and he needs to take a seat.  There is no way he should be given the power to cast votes in the United States Senate, no one that believes the female body can shut its reproductive system down in case of rape should be allowed to be a deciding vote on ANY issue in Congress.

It’s time to move on Akin, do what’s right for the Republican party and step down!

To be honest as a Liberal I should be rooting for Akin to stay in the race, there is more of a chance that someone else could step in and actually beat Claire McCaskill (D-MO).

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Talking Points Tuesdays – President Obama failure on Gun Control….

In 2008 candidate Barack Obama talked about re-instituting the Federal Ban on Assault Weapons; 4 years later we have a witnessed tragic shootings that have left a member of the United States House of Representatives (Gabrielle Giffords) recovering from being shot in the head and senseless murder/injury of innocent people trying to watch the latest Dark Knight movie (Dark Knight Rises).   While it is true that you cannot say for sure that these shooting could have been prevented with stricter gun control laws, what can be said is that the weapons used in the attacks would have been banned (AR-15 and extended magazine clip).  Of course having a ban of such weapons doesn’t guarantee no violence but it’s a start.  The last thing we should want to do is make it any easier for NUTBAGS like James Holmes to be able to purchase firearms and ammunition.

And as much as I will defend President Obama on some of his policies, I CANNOT DEFEND HIM ON THIS!

The NRA and nutbags within the GOP would have you believe that President Obama wants to take away your guns.  Well that is simply not true as President Obama has not done anything when it comes to gun control.  What’s sad is that Obama had the perfect opportunity to take up the fight of gun control when Representative Giffords was shot in the head; she survived along while 6 others died that day including a 9-year-old girl.  He had the sympathy of the nation but nothing was done….

There is no indication even if the president won re-election that he will pursue the federal assault weapons ban. Jake Tapper of ABC News reported that the White House has suggested that the president does not have the appetite to pursue stricter gun control laws.

“The president’s views on this are, as he has stated and as he spelled out in the op-ed that was published in an Arizona newspaper, which is that he believes we need to take steps that protect Second Amendment rights of the American people but that ensure that we are not allowing weapons into the hands of individuals who should not, by existing law, obtain those weapons…” – WH Press Secretary Jay Carney (reported by Jake Tapper)

Basically the president is saying, he has to SHOW that he is not planning to take people’s guns away as he can’t afford to lose any possible votes to Mitt Romney.

Sorry Barack, but if you have no appetite now when will you have one?

Hopefully we will not see another tragedy like Aurora, but then again didn’t we say that after the shooting in Arizona????

In case you forgot below here are some of the regulations included in the Federal Assault Weapons Ban:

Assault weapon (semi-automatic) refers primarily (but not exclusively) to firearms that possess the cosmetics of an assault rifle (which are fully-automatic). Semi-automatic firearms, when fired, automatically extract the spent cartridge casing and load the next cartridge into the chamber, ready to fire again; they do not fire automatically like a machine gun, rather, only 1 round is fired with each trigger pull.

In the former U.S. law, the legal term assault weapon included certain specific semi-automatic firearm models by name (e.g., Colt AR-15TEC-9, non select-fire AK-47s produced by three manufacturers, and Uzis) and other semi-automatic firearms because they possess a minimum set of cosmetic features from the following list of features:

Semi-automatic rifles able to accept detachable magazines and two or more of the following:
Semi-automatic pistols with detachable magazines and two or more of the following:
  • Magazine that attaches outside the pistol grip
  • Threaded barrel to attach barrel extender, flash suppressor, handgrip, or suppressor
  • Barrel shroud that can be used as a hand-hold
  • Unloaded weight of 50 oz (1.4 kg) or more
  • A semi-automatic version of a fully automatic firearm
Semi-automatic shotguns with two or more of the following:
  • Folding or telescoping stock
  • Pistol grip
  • Fixed capacity of more than 5 rounds
  • Detachable magazine

The earlier term assault rifle refers to rifles that are capable of fully automatic fire. By that definition the ban did not cover “assault rifles” at all. Instead, it created a new definition of “assault weapon,” a term that was broad enough to encompass all three categories of firearm (rifle, pistol and shotgun) capable of semi-automatic fire and having a combination of features as listed above, but did not include fully automatic firearms of any type.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Talking Points Tuesdays – “Learn how to be an American…”

John H Sununu

So Romney surrogate John H Sununu decided he would give President Barack Obama a little advice today,

“Learn how to be an American…”

Of course Sununu tried to cleanup his remark about the President later on in the day,

“What I thought I said, but I guess I didn’t say, is that the President has to learn the American formula for creating business. “If I didn’t give all that detail I apologize.” 

Ok Mr Sununu, “If I didn’t give all that detail I apologize…”?  Ummm, Sununu made the comments but he doesn’t recall if he gave details.  That’s hilarious, but it is also typical of Republicans when it comes to Barack Obama.  From Glenn Beck to Donald Trump, Sununu has joined the exclusive club of NUTBAGS!!!

The funny thing is, you could say President Obama is more American than the man saying he needs to “Learn how to be an American”.

Fun Fact For Ya…. John H Sununu was born in Havana, Cuba!  Would it be wrong for the Obama Campaign to say Sununu is secretly a Communist since he was born in Cuba?

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Talking Points Tuesdays – You Just Can’t take Santorum seriously….

Rick Santorum

“President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob. There are good decent men and women who go out and work hard every day and put their skills to test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor to try to indoctrinate them. Oh, I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image.”  – Rick Santorum

In the immortal words of Arnold Jackson (Gary Coleman), “What you talking bout Willis”.

Seriously, what is Santorum talking about?  Is he so desperate to find something to stick to Pres Obama and to gain ground in the polls that he would really try to portray the president as a “Snob”?  Unfortunately the answer is yes!

Santorum who is a graduate of Penn State and has a Masters in Business Administration and a Law Degree from Dickson School of Law, looks like a disconnected fool!  Study after study have shown that in this economy it is becoming nearly impossible to find a decent job without higher education; I guess Santorum missed that economic data.  Also Santorum either completely missed the point of Pres Obama when he said he wants to make college affordable for every American…. Or Rick decided to ignore what the president was saying in order to create some kind of fear with the middle class.

I tend to believe that Rick Santorum is all about the latter!

This is the Republican party, the party that will find a way to simply disagree with ANYTHING President Obama supports; even if it means making a fool out of themselves.

In 2006 Rick Santorum boasted about his support for higher education on his campaign website during his 2006 Senate campaign:

Commitment to Higher Education
In addition to Rick’s support of ensuring that primary and secondary schools in Pennsylvania are equipped for success, he is equally committed to ensuring the every Pennsylvanian has access to higher education. Rick Santorum has supported legislative solutions that provide loans, grants, and tax incentives to make higher education more accessible and affordable.  – via Talking Points Memo

So what’s the difference now in 2012?

Michael Jordan Shrug Game!

 

SMH, come on Rick….

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Talking Points Tuesdays – WTH is Happy Friendship Day?

You know something is not right when there is controversy around Valentine’s Day???  I thought we hit the peak with the whole Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays nonsense, but apparently I was wrong.

I was talking to one of my colleagues in Houston and they mentioned how their son’s school (son is in the 1st grade) doesn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day….

Wait… What Happened???

I never even heard of such a thing before, what’s wrong with Valentine’s Day?

According to my co-worker his son’s school doesn’t celebrate V-Day because they don’t want to focus on love as they feel it should be more of a focus on friendship.  So the school celebrates Friendship Day.

WTH….

Man… listen, this is Valentine’s Day and I don’t care how old you are.  This is the day you give your lil crush a cut out heart you made out of red construction paper.  What the hell do you give someone for Friendship Day?

Seriously, why would we as a society be scared to allow our young children to know that there is a difference between a friend and someone you may like more than just as a friend?  Are we fearful of the influences of this sexually charged world we live in?  If that’s the case it’s too late, the cat is out the bag.  As a society I believe we complicate things…

1st kids sports started the policy of every child getting a trophy, because EVERYONE IS A WINNER!!

Nooooo, some times there are winners and loser.  The sooner you learn that the better off you will be, a little healthy competition in life is good for you.  It build character, occasionally there will be poor sportsmanship but that is LIFE!!!!  Stop sugar-coating it, in real life people lose.

Then there was the ban of sports like dodge ball in school, smh.  I don’t know about y’all but dodge ball taught me that in life there are surprises, and if you don’t keep your head on a swivel you can get smacked right in the back of head.  Man… dodge ball was fun as hell!!

I miss the good old days….

Let’s just relax and leave Valentine’s Day alone, besides you get rid of V-Day and your killing a big pay-day for the retail industry.  The National Retail Federation said the average person will spend $126.03 on gifts, up 8.5 percent from last year’s $116.21.  Total sales nationwide is expected to reach something like $18 billion…

GTFOH!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Talking Points Tuesdays – After Florida GOP Primary, Then What?

Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich

With Mitt Romney expecting a big victory in Florida tonight, what will happen to Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum presidential aspirations?

Well…

I don’t see any reason for Rick Santorum to continue after Florida… Besides the political reasons there is also his family.  Say what you want about Rick Santorum, but one thing you can’t deny is his devotion to family.  With his daughter recently becoming ill (they say she is getting better) I see reality settling in for Rick and I fully expect that he suspend his campaign in the next couple of days.  Santorum can walk away from the campaign trail with pride as he has done better than most expected, and at this point he can still be an influence in this primary season for the GOP.  With Santorum capturing the evangelical endorsement I am sure Newt and Mitt would like to have some of that support thrown their way.  Santorum may not be a “King Maker” but he can still play a role all the way to the convention.

As for Newt, well the grandiose one will definitely keep trucking on. I can’t see the blowhard calling it quits, especially if he gets a beat down tonight in Florida… He ain’t going out like that!  Plus Joe Scarborough recently made a good point about Newt continuing after Florida.

“And let me tell you something, a 20-point loss in Florida — that’s not a nuclear holocaust,” Scarborough said on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” on NBC.

“February is a down month. That gives the strategist three or four weeks to plan and then look at the calendar. You look at Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas soon after that. If I have to bet on Newt’s strongest state, I list all of those. That’s exactly what he needs.” – The Daily Caller

With that being said I have to agree with Joe (it happens), with Mitt struggling to consistently win over Conservatives there is a chance for Newt to gain some ground and recover from Florida with the next set of southern states.  Keep in mind as Scarborough stated, Newts strategists will have some time to regroup with no primaries in the month of February.

PLUS, Newt picked up the endorsement of Herman Cain! Wait… WHO????

On the flip-side Romney strategist can’t be thrilled with the upcoming downtime in February; the last debate was probably Mitt’s best performance as he finally seemed comfortable attacking Newt… It’s all about momentum and after Florida Mitt will be losing some of that.

And no I did not forget about Ron Paul but the guy didn’t even campaign in Florida; word is with Florida being an older crowd Paul’s campaign decided it wasn’t a good fit for him.  It’s the best thing for Paul when you think about, Mitt Romney and his super PAC spent $15 million dollars attacking Newt all over Florida compared to the $4 million Newt spent.  No way Paul can hang with that much money being spent so it’s best he just do a walk-by in Florida.  Besides, skipping Florida is a good thing for him as more reports came out from former staffers claiming Paul knew about the racist content in those newsletter he claims he knew nothing about.

tsk tsk tsk Ron Paul…..

Ron Paul

Oh well, these debates have been some what entertaining so why not a couple more!!!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!