‘Trumpcare’ Would Reportedly Make More People Uninsured

What is “Trumpcare?”

After the first Super Tuesday, presidential candidate Donald Trump finally published an outline of his plans for health care. It reportedly didn’t differ much from what other high-profile Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and some of Trump’s rivals for the GOP presidential nomination have proposed before.

Then on Monday, the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) released an assessment of the impact of Trump’s plan – which includes repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). What kind of impact would “Trumpcare” have?

The study claims that In total, Mr. Trump’s “repeal and replace” plan for Obamacare would cost nearly $500 billion over ten years under conventional scoring and about $270 billion with dynamic scoring, which takes into account economic growth.

The study states that the number of people without health insurance would rise by something like 21 million people under Trumpcare.

According to The Fiscal Times, previous estimates by the Congressional Budget Office claim that repealing Obamacare would increase the number of uninsured Americans in 2018 by 22 million.

The CRFB report states that Trump’s replacement plan would only cover about 1 million of those people, leaving 21 million more Americans without insurance.

That would mean more financial hardship, less access to health care, and – according to studies – a higher mortality rate. Trump’s plan could also increase the deficit by somewhere between $270 billion and $490 billion over 10 years – depending in part on how the repeal affected the rest of the economy, writes The Huffington Post.

Last year CNBC estimated that Obamacare will add $273.6 billion in additional insurance overhead costs during the 10 years from 2012 through 2022.

Some of that money has already been spent, so Trump’s plan would add $270 to $500 billion on top of the money that has already been spent on Obamacare.

(Updated report)





(Video by Secular Talk)


Donald Trump Voicemails

Recently, the online hacker collective Anonymous declared “total war” on Donald Trump.

Earlier this month the website Gawker published three minutes of voicemails believed to be obtained by members of the 4chan message board /b/, which is reportedly the same online forum that first spawned the hacktivist collective Anonymous. The voicemails are reportedly from 2012.

Two of the voicemails were from a woman identifying as “T Hall,” which is assumed to be MSNBC’s Tamron Hall, and the third is from reporters Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough. Hall mentions events from the 2012 election.

This website, OK, Fine, disagrees with the Gawker video subtitles on one point – that they are members of the “liberal media.” Joe Scarborough was a Republican congressman from Florida and now runs the right-leaning political talk show Morning Joe.

(Video by Gawker)

Trump Ad Shows Moroccan – Not U.S. – Border

A recent advertisement for presidential candidate Donald Trump purported to show hundreds of people streaming across the Mexican border with the U.S. (seen at the :24 mark in the video above).

However, fact-checking organization PolitiFact states that the footage is actually from Morocco.

PolitiFact writes:

PolitiFact was able to trace the footage back to the Italian television network RepubblicaTV. On May 3, 2014, the network posted footage of migrants crossing the border into Melilla, one of two enclaves on the Moroccan coast that are held by Spain. Migrants who cross the border there are essentially entering territory held by a European Union nation, even though they are still on the African continent.

When asked about the video, Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told NBC News, “No shit, it’s not the Mexican border but that’s what our country is going to look like. This was 1,000 percent on purpose.”

Below is original footage of the event in Morocco, posted on YouTube, according to PolitiFact.

(Updated article)

Good Stephanopoulos Interview With Trump

On December 20th, former Bill Clinton advisor George Stephanopoulos interviewed Donald Trump on ABC’s show This Week.

Stephanopoulos did a good job of pointing out the hypocrisy of Trump’s “bromance” with Vladimir Putin, but taking an adversarial tone towards Iran. Putin and Iran are, of course, allies.

Of the main-stream-media reporters, it seems like Anderson Cooper and Stephanopoulos have done the best job of calling out Trump on his half-truths.

At any rate, Stephanopoulos did not seem to get on Trump’s good side.


Is Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Changing His Ways?

The Young Turks

On Wednesday, December 9th, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly challenged presidential candidate Donald Trump on his plan for a Muslim ban. Below is an older video of O’Reilly talking with two Muslims – Haris Tarin and Hussam Ayloush. O’Reilly seems to carry a different tune on that one.

Fox News

Graham Calls Trump An Idiot

Appearing on the channel Newsmax TV, presidential candidate Lindsey Graham was asked about Donald Trump’s idea of monitoring – and possibly shutting down – mosques in the United States in an effort to stop terrorism by ISIS.

“Donald Trump is a complete idiot.” Graham told Ed Berliner, host of the Newsmax show “The Hard Line.”

“All I can say is that we’re in a religious war [and] the goal is to win the war. Most people in the [Muslim] faith do not buy what ISIL’s selling. I’ve been to Iraq and Afghanistan 35 times in the last decade. You’ll never convince me they’re all the same.”


Over The Top? Donald Trump Supports Keeping Track Of All Muslims In The U.S.

According to The Huffington Post, presidential candidate Donald Trump recently said that he’d support a database that keeps track of Muslims in the U.S.

“There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases,” he told NBC News on Thursday. “I would certainly implement that, absolutely.”

NBC’s Vaughn Hillyard asked how that plan would be different from when Nazis tracked Jewish people.

“You tell me,” Trump retorted.

The Nazi government kept meticulous records of the Jewish population through Census data and forced them to wear yellow star badges.

The executive director of the nonprofit Interfaith Alliance, Rabbi Jack Moline, compared Trump’s policies to those of the Nazis in World War II.

“My father was in World War II, and he fought to preserve America against what the Nazis were doing,” said Moline.  “This is exactly why there is an America, to not be like that.”

On Thursday,  Donald Trump told Yahoo News that the U.S. would have to do “unthinkable” actions concerning followers of the Islamic faith.  He said he wouldn’t rule out warrantless searches of American Muslims or identifying them by their religion in a database or on I.D. cards.

However, The New York Times reports that by Friday, Trump was apparently walking back the comments, in an effort to quell the opposition.

In a post on Twitter, Mr. Trump complained that it was a reporter, not he, who had raised the idea of a database for Muslims. Corey Lewandowski, a spokesman for the campaign, insisted that Mr. Trump had been asked misleading questions by an NBC reporter about it. He said he was only thinking about a terrorist watch list.