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

I Hope Trevor Noah Doesn’t Apologize!

Trevor Noah needs to stay strong and not give-in to the PC crowd complaining about his Tweets.

The PC Police have been busy the past couple of days, first Jamie Foxx and now Trevor Noah.

Foxx and his Bruce Jenner jokes at the iHeartRadio Music Awards landed him in some hot water, and now they are coming for Noah after he was announced to replace Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show.

In the age of social media, it has now become commonplace for people and the media to take a look at your Tweet history. And it took approximately 24-hours to find something wrong with Noah and his comedy.

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Are these really the kind of tweets that people call “Anti-Semitic” or hateful????

When did we become such a sensitive society????

While watching MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ this morning I couldn’t help but notice that everyone is an expert on comedy. Whenever a politician or someone involved in politics does or says something stupid; they have pundits from both sides (Democrats and Republicans) speak on the issue. These pundits are experts, but in this case no one on the panel was a comedian.

Where was the representation to give the perspective from the comedian?

So far Noah and Comedy Central are standing tall and are not backing down. They each responded with the following:

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“Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included. To judge him or his comedy based on a handful of jokes is unfair. Trevor is a talented comedian with a bright future at Comedy Central.” – via Politico

A comedians job is to be funny, and sometimes they will hit a home run and sometimes they will fail miserably. But that doesn’t mean they should be vetted like politicians and watch what they say. Could you ever imagine George Carlin, Eddie Murphy or Richard Pryor worrying about being PC???

Before I go, checkout the late-great Patrice O’Neal talk about the PC cops trying to regulate what’s funny…. 

 

As always….

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

Credit: NPR

Chris Christie Wins BIG in New Jersey

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The people of Jersey spoke and they spoke in a BIG way as Chris Christie was re-elected as Governor of New Jersey.

Christie a Republican won a whopping 60% of the vote in New Jersey a Blue state, and he was able to do this even though the people in New Jersey disagree with their governor on some major issues like raising minimum wage.  Also in a head-to-head battle New Jersey would back Hilary Clinton for president.

But there will be plenty of time to look at a possible Christie versus Clinton presidential campaign.  Until then, lets look at the road to 2016 for Christie and the GOP.

It’s time for the extreme right-wing of the GOP to step aside and let Conservatives like Chris Christie shine.  Don’t worry about him hugging President Obama, worry about results.  GOP candidates do not have to be more Conservative, that is a losing formula these days and it’s dragging down the Republican party.  On MSNBC’s Steve Schmidt (former McCain Campaign strategist) talked what’s next for Christie and he mentioned a professional speech writer.  IMO, that’s the last thing he needs, the GOP needs an injection of excitement not another canned candidate.

Can Chris Christie avoid the pressure of being a canned candidate and the pull of the extreme right?

As always….

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

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough calls out NRA…

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This morning on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe‘, Joe Scarborough called out the NRA for their latest ad against Senator Joe Manchin for his role in the Gun Control Bill (Toomey-Manchin Bill) that was voted down earlier this year.  In the attack ad the NRA linked Joe Manchin to President Obama and NYC Mayor Bloomberg, Scarborough attacked the NRA for the misleading ad and also took the NRA to task for the image used for President Obama.  Scarborough noted how some people asked him if he thought the ad purposely darkened the image of Obama with shading, to make him look “more ominous”

It’s so obvious, look at his hands. It looks like he is a coal miner from West Virginia, look how dark they made his hands.  Look at the side of his face, this is a question that answers itself… You don’t have to call me up and ask me if I think the Washington NRA shaded Barack Obama hands… – Joe Scarborough

Here is a clip from ‘Morning Joe’ continuing to talk about the NRA:

As a fan of ‘Morning Joe’ I was a lil surprised Scarborough’s comments, my surprise was not in judgement of whether he was ‘right or ‘wrong’.  This is something I would have expected (not in a bad way) from his co-host Mika  Brzezinski.  Scarborough is far from being a Obama fan, so when a Republican like him makes an observation like this…  You can’t but take notice.

As always….

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

Militant Mondays – Chris Matthews Accuses Romney and GOP of Playing the Race Card

I have to apologize as I incorrectly wrote this piece saying that Chris Matthews called Mitt Romney a racist. Chris Matthews clearly said that Mitt Romney was playing the race card in this incident.

As much as I am a fan of MSNBC programming and Chris Matthews infamous rants against Mitt Romney and Reince Priebus.  This morning on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ Matthews went on a rant talking about how Mitt Romney’s “joke” concerning birth certificates was basically the Mitt Romney and the GOP playing the race card.  Matthews went as far as to say Romney is playing the race card.

On Friday at a rally in Michigan, Romney said the following:

“No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place where both of us were born and raised.”

Romney claims this was his attempt at humor and this morning Reince Priebus (Who I think is a prick!) backed up that story and said the president has even joked about his birth certificate.

Was this an attempt at humor for Mitt Romney?

No…

What Romney did there was make an attempt to play up that Birther part of the base.  In playing to that part of the base Romney is playing with fire, its fire that John McCain was unwilling to play with back in 2008.  I commend Matthews for doing what most host and definitely not Joe Scarborough and that is call Priebus on his BS.  When Priebus said that President Obama was looking to Europe for guidance when it came to health care and spending, Scarborough would have never called Priebus on that.  I wonder if Priebus would say the same thing about Bush 43?

Yeah Right!!!

In the video you can see how uncomfortable the rest of the panelist were; because Chris Matthews wears his politics on his sleeve he couldn’t help himself but go on this rant.  What we saw in Matthews was built of frustration of the past 4 years, it will be interesting to see if there will be any blowback from MSNBC Execs.  Matthew could have probably avoided all this if he stayed away from mentioning the “race card”; he would have been fine if he made the argument that Romney should stay away from birther jokes and the likes of Donald Trump and condemn that part of the Republican Party.  Unfortunately once he gets going there is not much stopping him… 

In all honesty I did enjoy watching Reince Priebus squirm a bit; ever since he took over as head of th RNC  I have not liked his style in handling the media, who am I kidding???  I think the guy is a dick!!!

***Video courtesy of loudmothcha44 YouTube Channel***

As always….

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

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz calls out Marco Rubio

When will politicians and pundits realize that in this day in age every comment and action by public figures are forever captured and shared with the internet and tools like YouTube.  Recently Ed Schultz called out Senator Marco Rubio’s hypocrisy concerning Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.  Schultz especially called out Rubio on his stance on Medicare; on his MSNBC show Schultz showed a video clip where Rubio told a story about his immigrant parents coming to the United States.  He talked about how Medicare is a critical program that allows Americans quality healthcare, but I guess that was all in the past for Rubio.

Rubio recently gave a speech at the Ronald Reagan Library and spoke about how Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid have “weakened our people”.  Will the real Marco Rubio stand up!  This attack by Rubio fired up Schultz and he openly challenged Rubio to debate the facts about those programs.

I know at times Ed Schultz can be over the top but I have to agree with him on this topic, ultimately we need some kind of reform on programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid…  That I can agree with Rubio but I cannot agree with politicians like Rubio basically lying to make a point.  There is no way we can have an honest debate about reform when the people involved in the debate cannot be honest with themselves; I doubt Rubio will take Schultz up on his challenge because he knows he is wrong.

I am sure glad we have YouTube to keep ALL politicians (Democrats and Republicans) honest!!

As always….

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

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell clowns Bachmann with 10th Grader

It’s no secret that Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has said some outrageous things and she has definitely has screwed up facts about history and the Constitution.  Plenty of political pundits like Lawrence O’Donnell have ridiculed Bachmann showing no mercy…. and before anyone says anything about it all being about the “Liberal” media keep in mind that NY Times columnist David Brooks has openly criticized Bachmann as well.

Can the criticism of Michele Bachmann get any worse???

Well apparently it can… 10th grader Amy Myers recently joined the ‘Hate Bachmann’ club (Welcome, haha!!) when she recently sent a letter to Congresswoman Bachmann’s office

“As a typical high school student, I have found quite a few of your statements regarding The Constitution of the United States, the quality of public school education and general U.S. civic matters to be factually incorrect, inaccurately applied or grossly distorted…”

O’Donnell gave an example of Bachmann’s history failure when she stated at an event in New Hampshire that it was the state that heard the shot heard around the world.  Ummmm, its been a while for me but that wasn’t New Hampshire it was definitely Massachusetts!!!

Poor Michele Bachmann, she makes it so easy to criticize and laugh at her its borderline sad.  What might be even more sad is that Bachmann has a strong following who believe in her, strong enough to win the presidency hell no but strong enough to be a little dangerous,

By the way Michele Bachmann in case you’re wondering,

Euthanasia is the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy.

As always….

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