‘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)





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The Dynamics Of A Three-Way War

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The U.S. is attempting to get mixed up in a three-way war in Syria and Iraq.

What are the sides?

The leader of the Syrian government – Bashar Assad – is fighting Muslim rebel groups. This includes radical groups such as ISIS and al-Nusra. However, it also includes more moderate groups, such as the Free Syrian Army (or what's left of it).

Russia is on the side of Assad.

Where does the U.S. fit in? The U.S. is attempting to support moderate Muslims in their fight against both Assad and ISIS (who are also fighting each other).

At the last Republican presidential debate, presidential candidate Chris Christie said he would shoot down Russian planes in the Middle East if they didn't adhere to a no-fly zone.

Is he aware that Russia is fighting ISIS? Is this the best way to go about it? Is he aware that ISIS doesn't have an Air Force to speak of?

Governor Christie wrapped up his segment by calling President Obama a "feckless weakling."

Kyle Kulinski discusses it.



Why Doesn’t The Media Cover Outsourcing?

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Does the media cover job outsourcing enough?

According to The Wall Street Journal, U.S. multinational corporations, which employ a fifth of all American workers, have been hiring abroad while cutting back at home.

Raw Story writes:

“Outsourcing (or offshoring) is a bigger contributor to unemployment in the U.S. than laziness.

“Since 2000, U.S. multinationals have cut 2.9 million jobs here while increasing employment overseas by 2.4 million. This is likely just the tip of the iceberg…”


Marco Rubio’s Idea For Syria

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(Someone once said, “It’s always possible to make things worse…the challenge is making things better” – Ed.)

On Monday on CNBC, presidential candidate Marco Rubio discussed a new idea for the war in Syria that may or may not be appealing to most Americans: creating no-fly zones that Russia is likely to violate.  And what if they violate them?  War with Russia?

In a Monday interview with CNBC’s John Harwood, the presidential candidate argued that doing nothing would only strengthen terror groups like the Islamic State and increase the number of refugees coming out of Syria, writes The Huffington Post.

“I am confident the Air Force can enforce that,” Rubio said of a hypothetical safe zone in Syria. “I believe the Russians would not test that. I don’t think it’s in the Russians’ interest to engage in an armed conflict with the United States.”

Asked what he would do if Russian forces decided to enter the safe zone anyway, Rubio responded, “Well, then you’re going to have a problem. But that would be no different than any other adversary.”






Podcast Host Joe Rogan Takes On Breitbart Reporter

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On Wednesday, Breitbart columnist Milo Yiannopoulos spoke with actor/comedian/podcast host Joe Rogan about feminism and so-called “social justice warriors” in a mostly friendly conversation.  Things became heated, though, after the Breitbart writer discussed his religious and moral beliefs.

Is Radio Show Host Glenn Beck Losing It?

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Recently, radio talk show host Glenn Beck stated that the nuclear agreement between six countries and Iran is going to “allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon,” when the agreement is actually designed to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon. That is the entire point of the deal.

The agreement is between the 5 sitting members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) on one side, and Iran on the other.

Also, it may be worth mentioning that Iran is fighting ISIS. Beck seems to believe they are our greatest enemy, when they are actually fighting our greatest enemy. Iran supports the Shia militias in Iraq who are fighting Sunni ISIS. This should be common knowledge by now.