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Fox Host Attacks Obama For His Criticism Of Senate Health Care Bill

  • ED HERNY (CO-HOST): Is [former President Obama] is a good judge of whether or not a health bill is going to work when he promised the American people "you get to keep your doctor, you get to keep your plan?"
  • HENRY: Sure and Morgan, what about the point that Republicans, in fairness, haven't wanted to admit over the last few years that there have been good parts of Obamacare.
  • ORTAGUS: Well, to your question, he is not weighing in a more positive way because he didn't have a lot of big signature accomplishments over his eight years as president.
  • Ignoring Republican sabotage, Fox & Friends uses health care insurer withdrawal to claim Obamacare failure
Media Matters for America / Media Matters | June 24, 2017, 5:08 pm

The Senate Puts Medicaid On The Chopping Block

  • The new AHCA is a lot like the old AHCA.After weeks of secret gestation in back rooms, the Senate released a discussion draft of the chamber’s version of the American Health Care Act.
Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic | June 24, 2017, 2:59 pm

This Week At Progressive State Blogs: #PinkOut Protests; Ohio's Mediocre Job Gains; Propping Up Coal

This week at progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Let me know via comments or Kosmail if you have a favorite state- or city-based blog you think I should be watching. Here is the June 17 edition. Inclusion of a blog post does not necessarily indicate my agreement with—or endorsement of—its contents.

Martha Jackovics at Beach Peanuts of Florida writes—Sen. Nelson And Sen. Rubio Weigh In On GOP Senate's AHCA Disaster

[...] Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio went with his usual smoke and mirrors approach, pretending to be concerned about something he'll no doubt vote for regardless, simply because he would do anything to erase President Obama's legacy, which provides a bonus if it ends health insurance for millions while making his donors that much wealthier:

“Senator Rubio will decide how to vote on health care on the basis of how it impacts Florida. He has already spoken to Governor Scott, Senate President Negron and Speaker Corcoran about the first draft of this proposal. He has instructed his staff to share with state leaders the first draft and has asked them to run numbers and provide input on how this initial proposal would impact Florida’s Medicaid program and individual insurance marketplace. He has invited them to send staff to Washington next week to help us formulate changes and amendments to this proposal. He will continue to reach out for input and suggested changes from Florida providers, insurers and patient advocate groups.”  

Beach Peanuts of Florida state blog

Rather than read the bill himself, Rubio will just outsource that job to his Republican friends in Florida. You know, the ones who never found an excuse to cut people's health care they didn't love and embrace without a thought. Rubio would very much like them to crunch the numbers and see just how many people need to be cut off from health care in Florida to satisfy their greed posthaste so Republicans can vote on it next week and get on with their next taxpayer funded recess. As for Gov. Rick Scott, well, does Rubio really need his input? After all, this bill would be like Christmas to the governor, and any Republican governor who might follow him into office, especially when you consider that under the Senate plan governors can waive Medicaid without any legislator's action, period. What's not to love?

As for Rubio reaching out to Florida "providers, insurers and patient advocate groups," let's get serious. The Republicans in D.C. also barred providers and patient advocacy groups from meetings even though there were numerous requests to be included, and for good reason. They're all against the Republicans' plans. As for insurers, they'll no doubt be on board with the plan, after all, Republicans want to sweeten the deal by eliminating caps on insurance executive's compensation.

DOE Appointee: “Second U.S. Civil War May Be Necessary,” “Imagine A World Without Islam,” “Transgenderism Is A Mental Illness”

  • The Washington Post’s Dino Grandoni reported that Bradford, formerly the attorney general of the Chiricahua Apache Nation, had written a number of “disturbing tweets,” including calling former President Barack Obama “a Kenyan creampuff,” calling Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg a “little arrogant self-hating Jew,” questioning in 2016 whether a “military coup” might be needed if Obama refused to leave office, and claiming that Japanese internment camps were “necessary.” He also “wrote that women should not serve in the military and referred to then-Fox News host Megyn Kelly as ‘MegOBgyn Kelly,’” the Post noted.
  • Bradford has since deleted his Twitter account and apologized for his remarks, stating, “As a minority and member of the Jewish faith, I sincerely apologize for my disrespectful and offensive comments.” He also said that “as a public servant, I hold myself to a higher standard.”  
  • In 2015, Bradford resigned from his job as a professor in West Point’s law program “after arguing that fellow legal scholars who criticize the war on terrorism are ‘treasonous’ and should be arrested, interrogated and even attacked as ‘unlawful enemy combatants,’” according to the Post.
  • Following the Post report, Media Matters found that Bradford also tweeted, “Imagine a world without Islam” and “Transgenderism is a mental illness” (via Internet Archive).
Media Matters for America / Media Matters | June 24, 2017, 2:07 pm

Senate Trumpcare Bill Shows GOP Thinks Working Poor Should Struggle More For Health Care

  • An equally important aspect of the bill is how much it adheres to Obamacare’s basic structure.
  • Besides eliminating the employer mandate and the individual mandate, the Senate bill leaves the basic design and philosophy behind the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mostly unchanged.
  • Just like Obamacare, under the Senate Republican plan, individuals without employer coverage will still buy private insurance using tax credits based on their income and the average cost of insurance premiums in their area.
  • While tax credits under the ACA were based on helping people afford a bad silver plan with large deductibles (roughly $3,500), the Senate plan will only help people afford a terrible bronze plan with massive deductibles (roughly $6,000).
Jon Walker / Shadowproof | June 24, 2017, 1:10 pm

What Happens When A Presidency Loses Its Legitimacy?

  • Day by day, revelation after revelation, the legitimacy of the Trump presidency is seeping away.
David Frum / The Atlantic | June 24, 2017, 11:58 am

Voters Oppose Trump's Air Traffic Control Privatization Plan, Poll Finds

  • Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are gung-ho to privatize the American air traffic control system.
  • … in the area of ATC reform, respondents were asked about the shift to a system in which “the FAA would have some oversight…but would no longer manage the air traffic control system.” Respondents were given the following choices: “This is a good idea because the system is out of date and cannot keep pace with the significant increases in air traffic.
  • Only 33 percent sided with “ good idea,” while 53 percent selected “bad idea.” Another 11 percent said they were not sure, while the remaining 3 percent said neither. (Laura Clawson) / Daily Kos | June 24, 2017, 11:31 am

<p>After The Senate Bill Is Released, Cable News Fails To Offer Diverse Voices On Health Care</p>

  • Once again, cable news largely failed to present diverse voices when reporting on the ongoing health care debate, missing an opportunity, yet again, to inform audiences of the personal cost millions of Americans will incur if Republicans pass their bills into law.
  • Over six weeks after the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on May 4, Senate Republicans finally publicly introduced their health care proposal on June 22.
  • The day the Senate Republicans released the bill, cable news figures had an opportunity to redeem themselves.
  • CNN featured 105 guest appearances -- 61 appearances by men and 44 by women -- during discussions of the bill, meaning men comprised 58 percent of guest appearances, while women comprised about 42 percent.
Media Matters for America / Media Matters | June 24, 2017, 11:05 am

GOP Senator Dean Heller Won’t Support Senate Healthcare Bill

  • Dean Heller of Nevada, one of the most politically vulnerable Republican senators facing re-election in 2018, announced on Friday that he will not support the Senate GOP healthcare bill in its current form.“This bill would mean a loss of coverage for millions of Americans, and many Nevadans.
Clare Foran / The Atlantic | June 24, 2017, 8:57 am

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Health Care Debacle And The Reaction

  • The draft proposed eliminating most of the taxes the Affordable Care Act imposed on businesses and wealthy Americans, limiting tax credits for middle-income individuals who buy insurance and defunding Planned Parenthood for at least one year.
  • Should the bill pass in its current form, funding for opioid and addiction treatment would plummet.
  • xA woman whose daughter has cancer confronted her senator over the new healthcare bill.
  • Republicans’ new Obamacare repeal bill has a lot for insurers to like and for hospitals to hate (Greg Dworkin) / Daily Kos | June 24, 2017, 8:30 am

Fringe Media Target New Minneapolis Hate Crime Hotline As Imposing “Shariah” And “fascism”

  • “Alt-right”-affiliated outlets and fake news purveyors are targeting Minneapolis, MN, after the city installed a hotline for residents to report possible hate crimes, baselessly claiming it is imposing "Shariah" law, that the move amounts to "fascism," and that it’s related to a United Nations resolution.
  • On June 19, the Star Tribune reported that Minneapolis had “set up a hot line for residents to report hate-crime incidents and other acts of intolerance.” Though the report mentioned that the hotline “comes amid signs of a recent surge of such incidents affecting Muslims and Jews across the country, many of which go unreported,” neither the news report nor the city’s press release suggested that the hotline is meant for people who subscribe to a specific religion.
  • Nonetheless, “alt-right”-affiliated outlets and fake news purveyors jumped on the announcement to suggest the hotline was a front for a Muslim takeover.
  • In addition, fake news purveyor USA Newsflash also claimed the new hotline is “fascism” against “opinions deemed forbidden by the state,” and fake news purveyor Conservative Daily Post called the hotline “Gestapo-like.” Fake news purveyor The Washington Feed accused the city’s “loony” mayor of “embrac[ing] … Islamic culture” at the expense of the First Amendment, and fake news purveyor TruthFeed criticized the idea of “taxpayer dollars and energy being wasted on this hateful, foreign religion.” A contributor for fake news purveyor Before It’s News accused the city of “surrender[ing] to the supremacism” of Muslims.
Media Matters for America / Media Matters | June 24, 2017, 8:01 am

The Kremlin's Investment In Trump Is Paying Off

  • Watergate Lawyer: I Witnessed Nixon's Downfall—and I've Got a Warning for Trump
  • In his Senate testimony two weeks ago, former FBI Director James Comey affirmed a disturbing suspicion: that Donald Trump first undermined Comey, by leaning on him to drop his investigation of former National Security-Adviser Michael Flynn, and then removed him from his post.
Neera Tanden / The Atlantic | June 24, 2017, 5:55 am

Today's Weather Report: Rick Perry Likely To Get Burned

  • Rick Perry may now be able to remember the name of his own agency—though we can’t be sure.
  • Energy Secretary Rick Perry made it official on Monday: He denies the science behind human-caused climate change—specifically, the fact that burning fossil fuels increases carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, trapping more heat.
  • It is critically important that you understand that emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are the primary cause [of climate change].
  • Without this fundamental understanding of science, it is impossible to discuss potential policy changes in meaningful ways. (Mark Sumner) / Daily Kos | June 24, 2017, 5:29 am

Anti-abortion Extremist Group Resurfaces To Promote Anti-choice Misinformation In <em>Wash. Times</em>

  • After disbanding earlier this year, the anti-choice extremists behind Protest ABQ are back and operating under a new name -- and thanks to The Washington Times, they’re getting a bigger platform than ever to spread misinformation about late-term abortion and demonize abortion providers.
  • In a June 20 article, The Washington Times gave an uncritical platform to a newly re-formed New Mexico anti-abortion group, Abortion Free New Mexico (AFNM).
  • According to the Times, AFNM and the anti-abortion group Priests for Life “have released a series of undercover audio recordings of abortion clinic workers” engaged in behavior they consider unlawful.
  • The Shavers launched AFNM in April, using a model touted by Newman in his book Abortion Free that centers on surveilling and harassing abortion providers.
Media Matters for America / Media Matters | June 24, 2017, 4:59 am

Why Do Democrats Keep Losing In 2017?

  • “It is a bit surprising that Democrats haven’t managed a single victory yet, and haven’t had more success in turning their anger against the Trump administration into something tangible,” said Barry Burden, the director of the Elections Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Clare Foran / The Atlantic | June 24, 2017, 2:54 am