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Friday News: GOP’s “Unffordable Care Act” is “Bad for America’s Health”; Pathetic Ed Gillespie Can’t Decide What He Thinks About It


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, June 23.

  • Rep. Donald McEachin statement on Senate healthcare bill

    Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued the following statement in reaction to the release of the U.S. Senate’s proposed “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” the bill that would remove healthcare from millions of hardworking Americans:

    “This version of Trumpcare, just like the House version, is mean and heartless. The Senate bill wreaks the same damage that the House bill does: driving up the cost of care, causing tens of millions of hardworking Americans to lose coverage, gutting key protections, and imposing a crushing age tax. But Senate Republicans didn’t stop there: the Senate Trumpcare bill is especially disastrous for Americans on Medicaid, particularly individuals with disabilities, vulnerable children and pregnant women, families living paycheck to paycheck, and middle class seniors with long-term healthcare needs.

    “This bill — crafted without public input, bipartisan collaboration, or compromise — could cause millions of hardworking Americans to lead shorter and sicker lives, solely to provide the wealthiest Americans with tax cuts. We need to write legislation that protects all Americans, not to benefit the select few.
    “While this bill may cut federal spending, it also could cut millions of lives short and make too many people choose between healthcare and other basic needs. We need to keep increasing access to quality affordable healthcare, not limiting it. I strongly oppose the ‘Better Care Reconciliation Act,’ and its blatant disregard for the health and well-being of millions of Americans.”

  • Quizzical

    So Mitch McConnell had polio as a child and was treated at the Warm Springs facility that FDR created, and later funded with the March of Dimes.

    • And now he wants revenge – or something. Ugh.

      • Quizzical

        i just don’t understand the judgment of the Republicans on this. If this bill gets passed and signed into law, aside from the beneficiaries of the tax cuts, Who is going to be better off once its provisions all go into effect? Even if health insurance premiums go down, is that a win if the coverage is cut back?

  • Ahhh…VA GOP unity, ain’t it grand? LOL

    h/t Jared Leopold


  • Northam Campaign Announces Commitment To Three Debates And Seven Joint Appearances

    Richmond, VA – Today, the Northam for Governor campaign announced its commitment to a schedule of three debates and seven joint appearances during the Virginia gubernatorial race.

    Dr. Northam and Congressman Tom Perriello held five primary debates and three joint appearances leading to a substantive and positive conversation about the policy issues Virginia faces under the next governor.

    The Northam campaign looks forward to a similar conversation with Ed Gillespie where both candidates articulate the choice they face in November, and will announce a final schedule after assessing a number of invitations across the commonwealth.

    If Mr. Gillespie had been serious about his proposal, he would have reached out to us directly prior to attempting to negotiate through the media, as both campaigns had been together earlier that day. Since he did not, we can only assume that his proposal was a public relations stunt more than a serious attempt at a conversation.

    Northam for Governor Communications Director, David Turner, issued the following statement on the campaign’s debate schedule:

    “Throughout his career in public service, Dr. Northam has been open and accessible to Virginians, and this campaign has been no different. He looks forward to a robust discussion with Ed Gillespie about issues like healthcare, workforce development, and the effects of climate change during multiple debates and joint appearances.

    “As we just saw this month in the Democratic primary’s record-breaking turnout, Virginia voters will turn out in large numbers if you discuss the issues that affect their daily lives. We have received a large number of invitations because of that enthusiasm, and look forward to working out a schedule that will serve voters best in making their choice this November.”

  • Robert Reich:

    Trump has switched entirely from press conferences and White House briefings to tweets, rallies, and Fox News interviews – where he can control the message and avoid unfriendly questions.

    1. Press briefings have gone dark. The briefings, regularly conducted 4 or 5 times a week in prior administrations and in the early weeks of the Trump administration, are now being held rarely. And when the White House does give a briefing now, it’s increasingly conducted off-camera.
    2. White House press secretary Sean Spicer has made just 7 total appearances before the media in the month since Trump returned from his first international trip, an unusually low number for a press secretary.
    3. The 2020 presidential campaign is more than 1,200 days away, but Trump held yet another “Make America Great Again” rally — this time in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. And, as he did in past campaign speeches, Trump spoke for a long time and reeled off numerous false and misleading claims (see next posting).
    4. Trump’s tweets are non-stop.
    5. He gave an interview that aired this morning on Fox News, filled with boasts (such as that his suggestion about having taped James Comey having the desired effect of “keeping Comey honest”) and threats (Special Counsel Robert Mueller has “filled” his staff with cronies of Hillary Clinton so “we’ll have to see” if Mueller keeps his job).

    A democracy depends on a free press capable of keeping presidents accountable to the people. Historically, only dictators choose how and when they’ll speak to the public.