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Senators reach 2-year deal to stabilize ACA

Senator Patty Murray Supporting the Iran Nuclear Deal

Surprise! First Trump said he supported it, and then he didn’t. We’ll see:

Less than a week after President Trump said he is cutting off subsidies to health insurance companies, lawmakers say they have a deal to restore the money and take other actions that could stabilize insurance markets for next year.

Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., say they have a tentative agreement to appropriate the subsidies for the next two years, restore money used to encourage people to sign up for Affordable Care Act health plans, and make it easier for states to design their own alternative health care systems.

Alexander said the idea is to stabilize the markets in the short term while Congress continues to debate long-term changes to the ACA.

“Over the next two years, I think Americans won’t have to worry about the possibility of being able to buy insurance in the counties where they live,” he said in a conversation with reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday.

He said he spoke with President Trump over the weekend and that Trump said he supports the idea. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would not commit to bringing the bill up for a vote, as Murray and Alexander seek enough support to ensure it could pass. The bill would need 60 votes to get across the finish line and would require at least a dozen Republicans to take a difficult political step in voting to shore up parts of Obamacare.

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Trump is dangerous, mental health experts claim in a new book. Are they right?

Donald Trump, the Snake Oil Salesman that Conned America

When pundits and political opponents warn that President Trump “is not mentally equipped” for the office he holds, that he might have “a psychiatric condition unfolding,” or that he could simply be “crazy,” it has little more credibility than the small hands/small [other anatomy] pseudo-medical assertion that the nation was treated to during the Republican primaries… Continue Reading →

NRA: We’ll support regulating bump stocks

Throwing us a bone because they’re terrified of actual gun control, I imagine:

The National Rifle Association released a statement Thursday afternoon saying that it will support regulations on “bump stocks.”

“The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations,” NRA officials Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox said in a statement.

At a briefing on Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeatedly declined to say where the president stands on bump stocks but made clear that he’s willing to have a conversation on the issue.

“We’re open to having that conversation. We think that we should have that conversation. And we want to be part of it moving forward,” Sanders said.

Just remember: A rubber band on the trigger does the same thing. It’s the guns, stupid.

‘Pro-Life’ PA rep announces retirement after reports he urged mistress to have abortion

Anti-abortion congressman urged woman get an abortion, text messages suggest

Fake pro-life Republican Representative Tim Murphy has decided to retire after shocking (but not really that shocking) news broke just 24 hours ago that not only did he have an affair, but he encouraged his mistress to have an abortion. The fact that he supported abortion is not the shocking part. Abortion is a reproductive health… Continue Reading →

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