Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Replace “Repeal and Delay” plan for ObamaCare With Trump Major Insurance Summit and a few New Additions

 By Jack Shaw  --

Senator Mitch McConnell pledges to repel Obamacare on the day when the Senate reconvenes in January.

Almost every pundit on both sides said this won't work because the Republicans have no plan to replace Obamacare with. Actually there is a plan. This problem can be solved in just a few months.
Let a businessman and industry CEOs solve this--No lobbyists, political committees.

Eight years ago before Obamacare was rammed down the throats America, most Americans had reasonably priced private and employer based insurance.

It was said then that our system was 'broken'. The politicians and media always say something is broken when they want to try to do a major overhaul on an industry. The claim was that 20 something percent of Americans had no insurance. I believe today there are at least 20% of Americans still without health care insurance.  And the rates Americans pay now for Obamacare and deductibles are unaffordable for millions.

Again, Eight years ago before Obamacare was rammed down the throats America, most Americans had reasonably priced private and employer based insurance. And citizens were happy with their insurance.

My suggestion, President Trump immediately or before taking office gathers the CEOs of the major insurance companies has a mandatory summit. Trump will instruct the CEOs that we are simply going back to the old system that existed 8 years ago!, before Obama. Offer the prior successful plans to citizens and companies again. The insurance industry knows the system and how to rebuild, implement it--it was in place many many years.

At the industry heads only meeting, Trump will tell the CEOS not only to resurrect  the old system but add new features like insurance portability, keeping young adults on their family plan and the ability to buy insurance available in any state to get the best price.

Lastly, President Trump will come up with a bare -bones plan for people who can't afford insurance.
Trump will hand pick a powerful business restructure expert to head this part of the insurance change over.

Panetta: Dems should give Mattis waiver to head Defense

At The Hill by Mark Hench  -- 

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says Democrats should approve a waiver allowing retired Marine Corps. Gen. James Mattis to serve as President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of Defense.
President Obama's former Defense secretary called a 1947 law requiring military officials be out of uniform for at least seven years before being allowed to lead the Pentagon "arbitrary." Mattis retired in 2013 after leading U.S. Central Command.

“It’s important that the Congress in the process of providing that waiver makes sure that Jim Mattis understands that he has to play a role not just on the military side but also the civilian side,” Panetta said in a Washington Post interview published Tuesday. "I think he does."
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Replacing lost factory jobs in Mississippi -- Joe Max Higgins has attracted about 6,000 manufacturing jobs back


-- Joe Max Higgins has attracted about 6,000 manufacturing jobs back to an area of Mississippi that lost thousands of them since the 1990s.  He’s done it by aggressively pursuing corporations with tax breaks, ready-to-build sites and other incentives. But a critical element of his strategy is to provide a jobs ready workforce trained in the “advanced manufacturing” skills new factories require. Higgins explains to Bill Whitaker how he brings jobs back to one of the poorest areas of one of the poorest states in the U.S.was  on 60 Minutes, Sunday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

During the recession, unemployment hit as high as 20 percent in an area of Northeastern Mississippi called “the Golden Triangle.” Through the 1990s, factories here provided low-skill work producing goods like toys, textiles and tubing. Then the area suffered the same fate as many manufacturing hubs across the country-the plants started closing and the jobs moved away. That’s when the locals hired Joe Max Higgins.

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Time Urges 65 Million Americans Who Voted For Hillary Not To Pay Taxes

At Zero Hedge by Tyler Durden  -- 

Under the twisted premise of losing the popular vote and "no taxation without representation", TIME's Mark Weston proclaims that the approximately 65 million Democrats who voted for Hillary Clinton should pledge "we won’t pay taxes to the federal government... until democracy is restored."

Because, It's just not fair?
Twice in the past 16 years, a Republican candidate who finished second in the popular vote has won the presidency. This year, Donald Trump won the electoral vote with about 46% of the popular vote, while Hillary Clinton received about 48%. If the parties stay this evenly divided, another electoral mishap is more likely than not in the next 20 years.

Most Republicans are quite content with this system. Appeals to fairness have not persuaded them of the need to amend the Constitution to establish direct presidential elections, preferably with a runoff if no one wins 50% of the vote. Nor does the real chance that a Democrat could win the presidency with fewer votes than a Republican alarm them. Even the taunt, “Are you afraid of a direct election? Can’t you win a straight-up vote?” doesn’t faze them. Democrats must, therefore, pester Republicans where it hurts: the pocketbook.

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McConnell: We'll repeal ObamaCare on day one

At The Hill by Alexander Bolten  --

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act will be the first order of business in the new Congress.

McConnell announced the agenda Tuesday, after meeting with Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Senate GOP colleagues over lunch.
"We'll be moving to the ObamaCare replacement," as soon as the Senate convenes in January, McConnell said, referring to repeal legislation that is expected to pass with a simple majority vote under special budgetary rules.
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a member of McConnell's leadership team, said Republicans will consider an array of measures to replace President Obama's signature healthcare law.
"There's going to be an important discussion of all the alternatives," he said of ideas Republicans favored in 2009 such as allowing insurance companies to sell plans across state lines, which Democrats shelved.

The Senate is scheduled to convene on Jan. 3.

Trump Tweets Japan's SoftBank Will Invest $50 Billion In The US, Create 50,000 New Jobs

At Zero Hedge by Tyler Durden -- 

On Tuesday afternoon, the billionaire founder and CEO of Japan's Softbank and was seen entering the Trump Tower, to meet with the President-elect. It appears that they had fruitful conversations, because just a few minutes later, Trump - who earlier in the day lambasted Boeing over charging too much for Air Force 1 sending its stock lower - tweeted some words of praise for the Japanese businessman.

At 2:10pm eastern, Trump tweeted "Masa (SoftBank) of Japan has agreed to invest $50 billion in the U.S. toward businesses and 50,000 new jobs..." and in a follow up Tweet added "Masa said he would never do this had we (Trump) not won the election!"

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Medicare looms over Trump-Ryan alliance

At The Hill by Peter Sullivan  -- 

President-elect Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) could be on a collision course over Medicare.
Ryan is defending his long-standing proposal to make the program more reliant on private plans, arguing such a change is necessary to keep Medicare fiscally sustainable.

But Trump said repeatedly during the campaign that he wanted to protect Medicare, not overhaul it. Vice President-elect Mike Pence reiterated that position on Sunday.

Given the possible resistance from Trump, and even from Senate
Republicans, it is unclear how hard Ryan will push for Medicare changes `next year, despite his clear desire to overhaul the program.

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Trump allies warn: No compromise on immigration

At THE HILL by Jonathan Swan  -- 

Donald Trumps right-wing allies are keeping him on a tight leash when it comes to his signature campaign issue of immigration.
Trump has softened some of his campaign rhetoric since winning the White House race, but conservatives have largely stayed quiet as the president-elect has flirted with Democrats, discussed keeping parts of ObamaCare and rethought the use of waterboarding.

On Monday, Trump met with former Vice President Al Gore, the world’s most renowned advocate for policies that fight climate change, and senior transition team adviser Anthony Scaramucci told a Washington audience that the president-elect is not looking to rip up the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Conservative leaders who support Trump have praised him for his pragmatism, saying bipartisan deals can be good for the country.

They even bit their tongues, for the most part, when Trump offered subsidies to the cooling and heating company Carrier to keep jobs in Indiana — a move that looked to many fiscal conservatives like crony capitalism.

But when it comes to immigration, the flexibility ends.

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A Bergdahl pardon would be Obama’s final betrayal of the military

At NYPOST by Ralph Peters -- 

Will President Obama betray our military one last time by pardoning Bowe Bergdahl?

He’s already imposed rules of engagement that protect our enemies, kill our soldiers and deny us victory. He’s targeted the US Armed Forces for social engineering, undermining combat effectiveness. He dishonored our dead by throwing away our hard-won success in Iraq. And he so emasculated our military that the world saw crying US sailors captive to Iran, disgracing the traditions of our fighting Navy.

The only occasions when Obama embraced our troops came when he could pose for the cameras pinning medals on far better men. His administration has shown more understanding for imprisoned traitor Private Bradley Manning’s desire for a sex-change operation than for gravely wounded veterans struggling for health care.

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The Clintons have done enough damage: Steven Strauss

At USA TODAY by Stephen Strauss  -- 

President Obama famously said a key element of his strategy is: "Don't do stupid s---." Hillary Clinton was unable to learn this simple lesson, despite losing to Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary (and serving in Obama’s Cabinet for four years thereafter). The Clintons, of all people, should have been aware of the challenges of a presidential campaign — yet, they still did an amazing number of stupid things.

Hillary Clinton and her allies have blamed her election loss on the investigation of her private email server — especially FBI Director James Comey’s letter telling Congress he was revisiting that investigation just days before the election. The unprecedented decision to put all of Clinton's emails on a private server, however, was made by her and her team. It should have been obvious to anyone that a secretary of State hosting her own email server, without even bothering to get approval from the State Department, in her own house, was going to seem odd and trigger questions.


Make No Mistake: Russia Remains The Only Target Country Of NATO's Nuclear Weapons

 At Zero Hedge by Tyler Durden  --

Submitted by Brian Cloughley via Strategic-Culture.org,

Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States are the world’s five «nuclear weapons states», a description officially recognised in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which lays down that «each nuclear-weapon State Party to the Treaty undertakes not to transfer to any recipient whatsoever nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices…»

It is apparent that the word ‘transfer’ involves ownership and not location, because the United States has transferred many nuclear weapons to countries which, although members of the US-NATO military alliance, are not nuclear weapons states. An analysis by the Nuclear Threat Initiative indicates that the US has positioned 160-200 B-61 nuclear warheads «at six bases in five NATO countries: Belgium (10-20), Germany (10-20), Italy (60-70), Netherlands (10-20), and Turkey (60-70)».

According to a NATO statement of December 2015, «A number of NATO member countries contribute a dual-capable aircraft (DCA) capability to the Alliance. These aircraft are available for nuclear roles at various levels of readiness – the highest level of readiness is measured in weeks. In their nuclear role, the aircraft are equipped to carry nuclear bombs and personnel are trained accordingly».

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The Price of Resettling Refugees in America

The sovereignty of America is quietly being eroded as details have emerged surrounding the Obama administrations proposed budget for 2017 in regards to the resettlement of refugees and illegal aliens in our cities and towns. In early February of 2016 the Obama administration unveiled their plans under the innocuous sounding budget proposal for fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) titled the Administration For Children and Families Refugee and Entrant Assistance program.

The Refugee and Entrant Assistance account, according to the proposal, helps refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, Survivors of torture, Special Immigrant Visa holders, and trafficking victims to become integrated and successful members of American society. The requested budget by the President for fiscal year 2017, which begins October 1, 2016, is $2,184,860,000. According to the White House over $2 billion in funds are needed in order to “support a total of 213,000 ‘humanitarian arrivals’ in Fiscal Year 2017, including 100,000 refugees, consistent with the administrations commitment to admit at least this number of refugees in 2017.”

Moreover, the account is also responsible for coordinating and implementing the care and placement of illegal aliens, which the administration refers to as “Unaccompanied Alien Children (UC) who are apprehended by immigration authorities while their immigration cases are pending and referred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The UC program provides shelter, counseling, medical care, legal services, and other support services to children in ORR custody.


Free Beacon writer notes that ‘fake news’ became a crisis only after the election

At Twitchy by Brett T.  -- 

There’s a problem with “fake news,” and not only the obvious one.
Members of the mainstream media who certainly consider themselves purveyors of “real news” and nothing but are concerned that people are falling for conspiracy theories and satire posted to social media outlets.

Conservatives, on the other hand, have taken the “fake news” brand and run with it, using it to highlight slanted and downright false news stories put out by mainstream outlets. And why not? Liberally biased networks and newspapers have managed to maintain their status as respected sources despite attempts to alter video on the sly and rephrase quotes to fit their narrative.


COMMENTARY: How the Media Elected Trump

At Dailt Surge by Ed Brodow  -- 

Life is full of irony, and the recent presidential election is no exception. The irony is that, although they were in the tank for Hillary, the media were responsible for Trump’s victory. Does that sound like a self-contradiction? Let me explain.
First, the media gave Trump an extraordinary amount of free airtime. The New York Times reported that Trump spent less on TV advertising—the single biggest expenditure for a campaign—than Bush, Rubio, Sanders, Clinton, Cruz, Christie, or Kasich. Bush spent 82 million. Clinton spent 30 million. Trump spent a paltry 10 million, but as of March 15, 2016, he had received 2 billion dollars worth of free media attention. That is more than the total for all the other candidates from both major parties.
“Donald Trump’s campaign for president has received more nightly news attention than all the Democratic campaigns combined,” reported CNN. “Donald Trump is everywhere,” said The Atlantic. “The Republican nominee is all anyone can talk about. Whether this is because the media is doing its duty or because news organizations are capitalizing on Trump’s bombast for ratings and traffic is a matter of debate.” According to The Tyndall Report, Trump is “by far the most newsworthy storyline of campaign 2016, accounting for more than a quarter of all coverage” on the evening newscasts of CBS, NBC, and ABC.
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Monday, December 5, 2016

The war on ‘Fake news’ is all about censoring Real news

At NYPOST by Carole Markowicz  -- 

Scrambling for an explanation for Donald Trump’s victory, many in the media and on the left have settled on the idea that his supporters were consumers of “fake news” — gullible rubes living in an alternate reality made Trump president.

To be sure, there is such a thing as actual fake news: made-up stories built to get Facebook traction before they can be debunked. But that’s not what’s really going on here.

What the left is trying to do is designate anything outside its ideological bubble as suspect on its face.

In October, President Obama complained that we need a “curating function” to deal with the “wild-wild-west-of-information flow.”

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