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Not just for the poor: The crucial role of Medicaid in America’s health care system

Did you call your senators about Trumpcare?

By Simon Haeder, Assistant Professor of Political Science, West Virginia University. Nurse Jane Kern administers medicine to patient Lexi Gerkin in Brentwood, New Hampshire. Lexi is one of thousands of severely disabled or ill children covered by Medicaid, regardless of family income. Charles Krupa/AP Despite many assertions to the contrary, Senate leaders are now saying they… Continue Reading →

Trump’s lawyer: How dare James Comey ‘leak’ his own unclassified memos

Marc Kasowitz

Following the dramatic testimony from fired FBI director James Comey before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee today, Donald Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz issued a blistering statement of his own decrying Comey’s decision to leak his memorandums of meetings and phone calls with the president to the press. “Today, Mr. Comey admitted that he unilaterally and surreptitiously… Continue Reading →

Eric Trump says Dems ‘are not even people’

Donald Jr & Eric Trumphe promised wall between the Trump Organization and the Trump presidency is no more—if it ever existed to begin with. On Tuesday evening, Eric Trump, one of the Trump children supposedly managing the family business while their father manages the nation, went on Fox News to complain about the Democratic Party in an astonishingly vitriolic attack.… Continue Reading →

Support for impeachment is higher than approval ratings

Calls for Trump Impeachment for Trump Impeachment - Will trump be impeached? #impeached #DonaldTrump #trump #awakeposttruth #trumpgate Calls for Trump Impeachment - Will trump be impeached? http://buff.lylly every single poll tracking President Donald Trump’s approval rating showed the figure plummeting Monday morning, well below the margin of error compared to the rising level of support for impeachment, following his controversial decision to withdraw the United States from the global Paris Climate Accord and amid an ongoing investigation into his campaign’s possible ties… Continue Reading →

Why far-right extremism in America is rising

Vigil for 2nd Lt  Richard Collins III

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The murder in College Park, Maryland of Richard Collins III, an African-American student who had recently been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was days away from his graduation from Bowie State University, underscores the violence of America’s far-right wing.… Continue Reading →

Trump effect inspires radical Christianists in military

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD (Herbert Bryans, 1912)

Donald Trump’s election has led to such a steep rise in fundamentalist Christian evangelizing and religious bigotry in the U.S. armed forces that the matter is reaching the level of a “national security threat,” according to information shared exclusively with Newsweek by an organization that represents and advocates for secular and minority religious views in the… Continue Reading →

Trump’s war on Social Security begins

Mick Mulvaney OMB Dir. student talk_18

Well, here we go. Trump’s new budget will be announced today, and it features massive cuts to Social Security disability. They are selling this to the media as “disability, not real Social Security,” and it’s up to us to stop them:

We pointed out back in March that Trump budget direct Mick Mulvaney displayed an alarming ignorance about Social Security disability benefits during an appearance on the CBS program “Face the Nation.”

Now it turns out that there was method to his muttering. In effect, Mulvaney was telegraphing that the Trump White House was planning to cut disability benefits sharply. Axios reported Sunday that the Trump budget due out Tuesday will include $1.7 trillion in cuts to major social insurance and assistance programs, including food stamps, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Social Security disability.

Any cut to disability would be a major violation of Trump’s oft-repeated campaign pledge not to cut Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare. Trump also broke that promise, by the way, by endorsing the American Health Care Act, the House Republican Obamacare repeal plan that incorporates a stunning $880 billion in Medicaid cuts.

It turns out that Mulvaney was setting up a flagrant deception during that “Face the Nation” appearance. He asked moderator John Dickerson, “Do you really think that Social Security disability insurance is part of what people think of when they think of Social Security? I don’t think so.”

Dickerson let the remark, which we described then as “a drive-by shooting” aimed at some of the nation’s neediest and most defenseless people, slide without comment.

But Mulvaney was tapping into a knowledge vacuum that appears to extend more deeply into the Washington press corps. Politico, which reports that the budget document will “avoid revamping Social Security and Medicare,” and the Associated Press, which says the budget “won’t touch Social Security or Medicare,” get snowed by the implication that a cut in disability isn’t a cut to Social Security.

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