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]]> http://bradblog.com/?feed=rss2&p=12229 Admin Now Sabotaging Health Care Law; Spicer is Out; Trump Readies for War: 'BradCast' 7/21/2017 http://bradblog.com/?p=12228 http://bradblog.com/?p=12228#comments Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:50:18 +0000 Brad Friedman California BRAD BLOG Media Appearance U.S. Constitution Impeachment Accountability Dept. of Justice U.S. Senate Health Care Republicans KPFK Coal BradCast Tom Price Sean Spicer Ivanka Trump Jared Kushner Robert Mueller Anthony Scaramucci Sarah Huckabee Sanders http://bradblog.com/?p=12228 On today's BradCast: Another roller-coaster as Trump's war on his own nation and its people takes several dark and/or ominous turns. [Audio link to show follows below.]

We continue to move closer to the coming Constitutional and political crisis we discussed yesterday, as shakeups in the Trump Administration and in his legal team rocked D.C. and the nation. Embattled Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned on Friday in protest of the hiring of Fox 'News' contributor, Wall Street financier and former Goldman-Sachs executive (yes, yet another one) Anthony Scaramucci as new White House Communications Director.

Late on Thursday, Marc Corallo, the spokesman for Trump's legal team, also quit in protest of infighting among attorneys and White House officials and, specifically, due to the Administration's plan to go to war against Special Counsel Robert Mueller who is leading the Justice Department's investigation of Team Trump. At the same time, Trump appears to be going to war with the rule of law itself as the likelihood of firing Mueller and others at the Justice Department seems to be increasing each day (hour?) while the probe focuses in on Trump family finances. That has reportedly led the President to inquire about his own power to pardon staffers, family members and even himself.

Meanwhile, amidst all the noise, Senate Republicans press ahead toward votes on repealing and replacing ObamaCare (or just repealing it) in the coming days, despite questions about whether they have enough support for passage. But while Trump has, at times, called for letting the Affordable Care Act "fail" if it can't be replaced by Republicans in Congress, more and more evidence is piling up to reveal that his Administration is not just letting it fail, but actively trying to make it fail.

ELIZABETH HAGAN, Associate Director of Coverage Initiatives at Families USA, a non-partisan health care advocacy group, joins us to detail the number of ways the Administration is now, aggressively and affirmatively (and possibly unlawfully) attempting to sabotage the ACA itself, and putting at risk millions of Americans who have gained access to health care coverage, thanks to the landmark law.

"Without repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, there are a lot of things that the Trump Administration can do to undermine the law," Hagan says, detailing the effect of the Administration's cancellation of contracts this week, for in-person sign-up assistance in 18 major cities. "Consumers that have in-person assistance are twice as likely to successfully enroll as those who didn't. And I would argue that that's probably even more likely now, given all the rhetoric and attempts to undermine the law going on."

"I think it is clear that this is part of a larger effort to sabotage and undermine the Affordable Care Act, absolutely," she tells me, as we detail a number of those efforts recently reported, including changes to the Health & Human Services (HHS) and HealthCare.gov exchange websites to make sign-ups more difficult, cutting days for the open enrollment period in half for 2018, cancelling advertisements for the enrollment period, and even spending tax-payer money on propaganda videos meant to convince Americans that the law is failing, when it isn't.

"The ACA is doing well," Hagan argues, citing a great deal of evidence to support the case. "A lot of the insurance companies are finally seeing a more stable market, and the only instability that they're seeing is due to the Trump Administration."

Finally, Desi Doyen joins us for the latest Green News Report amidst the newly record-breaking heat of 2017, California's ambitious if controversial extension to its landmark cap-and-trade emissions law, and the President announces 45,000 new mining jobs in just his first six months of office! (In fact, there are only 800, which is 500 fewer new coal jobs than in the final six months of Obama's Administration.)

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]]> http://bradblog.com/?feed=rss2&p=12228 Constitutional Crisis Nears, Democracy Crisis Already Here: 'BradCast' 7/20/2017 http://bradblog.com/?p=12227 http://bradblog.com/?p=12227#comments Fri, 21 Jul 2017 01:36:02 +0000 Brad Friedman Diebold/Premier California Election Reform Texas Georgia BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Election Fraud New York Paper Ballots Legislation New York Times Touch-Screen Vote Flipping Mainstream Media Failure U.S. House Dept. of Justice FBI U.S. Senate South Carolina John McCain Health Care Jeff Sessions Israel KPFK Donald Trump Russia Election 2016 BradCast Election 2017 Jon Ossoff Karen Handel Robert Mueller http://bradblog.com/?p=12227 On today's BradCast: We may be quickly heading towards a very troubling Constitutional crisis and what will it take for voters (and corporate media!) to appreciate the dangers posed by our absurd voting systems in the U.S.? [Audio link to full show is posted below.]

President Donald Trump offers some astounding revelations regarding his thoughts about firing the nation's top law enforcement officials (the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, the Acting FBI Director and the Special Counsel investigating Team Trump) during a rare interview with the New York Times. He also suggests he believes he can restructure the Dept. of Justice so that the FBI Director reports directly to the President, rather than the Dept. of Justice. The breathtaking admissions in the interview leads at least one former top Justice Department official under Obama to predict that "we are headed for a massive clash....I don't see how we get past this without him firing either [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller or other people at the Justice Department and a massive, massive crisis."

As disturbing and important as Trump's revelations are, the Times' reporters, Peter Baker, Michael Schmidt and Maggie Haberman, utterly failed to ask any substantive questions about the President's positions on and understanding of the various ongoing Republican schemes to repeal ObamaCare. That, despite each of the GOP's proposed plans for doing so predicted by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office to result in anywhere from 22 million to 32 million Americans losing access to health care coverage.

Instead, the reporters focused only on process questions surrounding the political difficulty of enacting health care repeal, rather than the untold suffering and damage it will cause and Trump's own wildly conflicting advocacy for such proposals. They even ignored the fact that the transcript of the interview appears to suggest he does not even know the difference between health insurance and life insurance!

All of that, as former Presidential candidate and Vietnam War torture victim, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer and Senate GOP leadership is reported to be desperately promising to spend some $200 billion in hopes of buying votes for their health care repeal schemes from so-called moderate Republicans in the U.S. Senate.

Then, we're joined by BRAD BLOG legal analyst ERNIE CANNING, to discuss his analysis of the multi-partisan lawsuit recently filed in Georgia contesting the surprising and 100% unverifiable results of the June 20 U.S. House Special Election in the 6th Congressional District and his rather gob-smacking article on the massive security breaches before the election and the more-than-a-decade of disturbing revelations from computer scientists and whistleblowers alike about the Diebold touch-screen voting systems still forced on voters in the Peach State.

Moreover, he tells me about an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter who recently dismissed his concerns about her reporting on GA Sec. of State Brian Kemp's comments that there was no evidence to suggest any election results in the state, including the recent GA-06 race, were inaccurate, or that any manipulation, hacking or programming error occurred. "Well, that's true," says Canning, "but you can't prove that the actual count is valid, either. There's no scientific way to do it. The only one that would really know if it was rigged would be somebody who actually took part in the rigging of the vote."

"You have all this coverage everyday with MSNBC about potential Russian hacks," he continues, "and yet nobody there bothers to talk about the fact that these systems are vulnerable to anybody, whether it be Russia or anybody else, and that there's no way to know whether the votes have been altered."

So, what will it take for Americans --- Republicans and Democrats alike --- to understand the on-going threat to democracy posed by both 100% unverifiable touch-screen voting systems and by paper ballot systems that are tallied by easily-manipulated, oft-failed computer tabulators? What will it take, for that matter, for the corporate media (including Georgia's largest newspaper!) to understand it as well?

We discuss all of that and much more today, including the Texas County that is finally returning to paper ballots after a disaster in November, and the decision by Israel to stick with hand-counted paper ballots in light of recent election hacks around the world...

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]]> http://bradblog.com/?feed=rss2&p=12227 'Green News Report' - July 20, 2017 http://bradblog.com/?p=12226 http://bradblog.com/?p=12226#comments Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:12:43 +0000 Desi Doyen California Alaska Environment Green News Natural gas Oil Climate change Jerry Brown Oceans Arctic Dept. of Interior NOAA http://bradblog.com/?p=12226

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: California's legislature extends landmark cap-and-trade program, but environmental justice groups say it's not enough; Trump Administration re-opens the Arctic for offshore drilling; PLUS: June was the third hottest on record globally, and 2017 is already breaking records... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): So, you've decided to give a sh*t about climate change?; Battle for the Moon begins; Fires rages near Yosemite, destroys dozens of structures; Rising seas spark Big Tobacco-style lawsuits against fossil fuel companies; Methane seeps out of Arctic permafrost increasing; Rising seas threaten ancient coastal ruins; North Dakota communities seek to clean up abandoned oilfield waste; Trump nominates non-scientist climate skeptic to USDA top science post; The immense, eternal plastic footprint humanity leaves on Earth... PLUS: How Y2K offers lessons for the battle against climate change... and much, MUCH more! ...

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  • So, You've Decided to Give a Shit About Climate Change (VICE):
    I can't really help you be a more moral person, or "fix" the problem, but reading and watching this stuff might finally make it real for you.
  • The Battle for the Moon Begins (Bloomberg):
    An increasing number of nations and companies are headed there. One group says the UN needs to start making more rules before it’s too late...As more nations and companies plan missions to the moon, the real fear isn’t of some spacefaring Indiana Jones so much as the impacts of numerous lunar landings or, say, a massive mining operation.
  • Fire Racing Near Yosemite Park Destroys Dozens Of Structures (AP):
    A surging wildfire raced through California mountains and foothills west of Yosemite National Park on Wednesday, forcing thousands to flee tiny, Gold Rush-era towns, destroying 29 structures and wafting a smoky haze over the park's landmark Half Dome rock face.
  • Rising Seas Spark Tobacco-Style Lawsuits in California (Climate Central):
    Several flood-prone municipalities in California filed first-of-their-kind lawsuits against fossil fuel companies this week as they attempt to recoup the cost of coping with rising seas. The suits point to indisputable climate science and decades of industry efforts to mar that science. Experts likened the legal complaints to those brought against the tobacco industry in decades past, which succeeded by alleging the use of anti-science tactics to mask the dangers of their products.
  • Methane Seeps Out as Arctic Permafrost Starts to Resemble Swiss Cheese (Inside Climate News):
    The findings suggest that global warming will "increase emissions of geologic methane that is currently still trapped under thick, continuous permafrost, as new emission pathways open due to thawing permafrost," the authors wrote in the journal Scientific Reports. Along with triggering bacterial decomposition in permafrost soils, global warming can also trigger stronger emissions of methane from fossil gas, contributing to the carbon-climate feedback loop, they concluded.
  • Canada’s Oil Sands Development Is Enabling This Jerk Bird (Motherboard):
    The brown-headed cowbird used to sit atop roaming bison, now it perches on oil equipment.
  • DEP seeks federal approval of WV water pollution law change (Charleston Gazette):
    Department of Environmental Protection officials are pressing federal regulators to approve a significant change to West Virginia’s water pollution law, despite having previously said the state agency wasn’t sure if the language was overwritten by passage of a subsequent bill during this year’s legislative session.
  • Research on mountaintop removal health effects adequate, panel told (Charleston Gazette):
    Dozens of studies already published about mountaintop removal coal mining’s effects on public health provide adequate evidence to support ending the practice to protect coalfield residents, a former West Virginia University researcher and leading author on the subject told a National Academy of Sciences panel on Tuesday.
  • How Y2K Offers a Lesson for Fighting Climate Change (NY Times):
    Why feed the public a too-bleak picture of the future? Why frighten people into action, rather than inspire them? Because sometimes, the worst case is the only thing that prompts us to get anything done. I know this because I’ve studied the last time that governments, businesses and ordinary citizens joined together to combat a complex, man-made problem that threatened to wreak global havoc in the distant future.
  • Perry Praises ‘Clean Coal,’ but Trump Administration Policies Don’t Promote It (NYT Times):
    Mr. Perry has proposed to cut by 54 percent the budget of the Energy Department’s Office of Fossil Energy, which focuses on researching technologies to use coal, oil and natural gas more cleanly and safely.
  • Kentucky: In the heart of coal country, state officials bet on renewable energy (CNBC):
    At one point more than 90 percent of the electric power provided by EKPC was coal-fired. Last year that number was down to about 70 percent, and today the cooperative is in the process of installing a 33,000-panel solar field on its property.
  • Heritage at Risk: How Rising Seas Threaten Ancient Coastal Ruins (Yale e360):
    The shores of Scotland’s Orkney Islands are dotted with ruins that date to the Stone Age. But after enduring for millennia, these archaeological sites – along with many others from Easter Island to Jamestown – are facing an existential threat from climate change.
  • Chemicals: Appropriators Target EPA Bid To Ban 3 Industrial Solvents (E&E News):
    House appropriators are quietly urging the Trump administration to abandon proposed U.S. EPA regulations that would ban certain uses of three dangerous chemicals and restrict the number of hazardous waste reviews done by the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • A Toxic Legacy: North Dakota Looks To Clean Up Old Oilfield Waste (Prairie Public News):
    Way up in northern North Dakota lies an old oilfield with a problem 60 years in the making.
  • The Immense, Eternal Footprint Humanity Leaves on Earth: Plastics (NY Times):
    If human civilization were to be destroyed and its cities wiped off the map, there would be an easy way for future intelligent life-forms to know when the mid-20th century began: plastic.
  • Trump Just Nominated A Non-Scientist Climate Skeptic To USDA’S Top Science Post (Washington Post):
    President Trump on Wednesday nominated Sam Clovis, a former college professor and talk radio host who has challenged the scientific consensus that human activity has been the primary driver of climate change, to serve in the Agriculture Department’s top scientific post.
  • GOP Takes Aim At Reforming Endangered Species Act (The Hill):
    Congressional Republicans launched efforts Wednesday aimed at reforming the Endangered Species Act to make it more friendly for states, landowners, industry and others.
  • Trump Plans To Destroy Texas Wildlife Refuge for 1st Border Wall Segment (Texas Observer):
    If the levee wall is constructed, it will essentially destroy the refuge, a federal official told the Observer.
  • The Uninhabitable Earth: When will climate change make earth too hot for humans? (New York Magazine):
    Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak - sooner than you think.
  • A beginner's guide to the debate over 100% renewable energy (Vox):
    Clean-energy enthusiasts frequently claim that we can go bigger, that it's possible for the whole world to run on renewables - we merely lack the "political will." So, is it true? Do we know how get to an all-renewables system? Not yet. Not really.
  • No country on Earth is taking the 2 degree climate target seriously (Vox):
    If we mean what we say, no more new fossil fuels, anywhere.


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    Civilian War Deaths Skyrocket Under Trump; CA Adopts Landmark Bipartisan Climate Legislation: 'BradCast' 7/19/2017 http://bradblog.com/?p=12225 http://bradblog.com/?p=12225#comments Thu, 20 Jul 2017 01:36:02 +0000 Brad Friedman California Iraq War 9/11 BRAD BLOG Media Appearance War On Terror U.S. Constitution U.S. House Environment U.S. Senate Barack Obama Dept. of Defense Health Care Democrats Republicans BP Oil Disaster KPFK Donald Trump Mitch McConnell Natural gas Coal Oil Climate change Paul Ryan Syria Jerry Brown BradCast Exxon Mobil Barbara Lee Shell Oil Paris Agreement War Powers Act http://bradblog.com/?p=12225 On today's BradCast: U.S. war atrocities and California's fight against global warming. [Audio link to show follows below.]

    The State Department is reportedly planning to close their office that investigates war crimes. That may come in handy for Donald Trump, as his campaign promise to "bomb the shit out of 'em", appears to be working. A startling new report from international analysts finds the U.S. has killed twice as many civilians in Iraq and Syria during Trump's first six months in office, compared to the previous three years of war against ISIS under Barack Obama. The U.S. air war is now killing, on average, 12 or more civilians per day in those two countries alone --- with 2,200 said to have been killed since Trump took office --- and neither Republicans nor Democrats are willing to even debate the issue in Congress.

    At the same time, House Republicans have stripped Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)'s amendment repealing the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) from the Defense Authorization bill, despite the amendment's bi-partisan adoption in a House Committee late last month.

    Meanwhile, on the heels of Trump vowing to pull the U.S. from the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, California and its Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown have stepped up to fill the leadership vacuum Trump has left behind in the battle against global warming. Two counties in the San Francisco Bay area and a city in Southern California have filed what are being regarded as landmark lawsuits against 37 of the world's largest oil and coal companies. The plaintiffs charge the companies --- including Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP, Shell and others --- have known about the climate change dangers of their products for some 50 years, but have covered it up. They are filing similar claims as those brought successfully against the tobacco industry in the 90's.

    Moreover, after a bruising battle, this week the CA state assembly adopted a bipartisan package of climate bills that would, among other things, extend California's cap-and-trade legislation to curb the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses through 2030. While some are describing the legislation, which passed both houses with two-thirds majorities, as a "stunning" bipartisan victory, many environmentalists are unhappy with the bills they fought bitterly against.

    R.L. MILLER, the elected chair of the CA Democratic Party's Environmental Caucus and founder of Climate Hawks Vote, is one of those who opposed the bills. She joins us to explain why. As she describes, even though the state has radically reduced emissions levels in recent years and has enacted one of the toughest targets to curb greenhouse gases, the newly adopted extension of the state's Cap-and-Trade program through 2030 was drafted to disproportionately meet the concerns of oil companies, and will result in restrictions on local regulations.

    "The problem with it is that the people who live next to the refineries in California have correctly pointed out that this is not doing a darn thing to make their lives any better. And they live in California. And they vote. And they're mad," she tells me, going on to argue that the new measures "will not enable us to meet our 2030 goals."

    Also today: The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office finds the ObamaCare repeal bill Senate Republicans are now promising a vote on next week, despite opposition from their own caucus, would result in 32 million Americans losing health care, including 17 million losing coverage next year alone...

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    ]]> http://bradblog.com/?feed=rss2&p=12225 GOP's Illegitimate Attempt to Repeal Health Care for Millions Collapses (Again. Twice.): 'BradCast' 7/18/2017 http://bradblog.com/?p=12223 http://bradblog.com/?p=12223#comments Wed, 19 Jul 2017 01:34:13 +0000 Brad Friedman Election Irregularities Election Reform Colorado Pennsylvania BRAD BLOG Media Appearance EAC Touch-Screen Vote Flipping Accountability U.S. House U.S. Senate Voter Registration South Carolina Health Care Republicans Voting System Standards KPFK Donald Trump Mitch McConnell Natural gas Canada Oil Extreme weather Election 2016 IRS NVRA Kris Kobach BradCast http://bradblog.com/?p=12223 On today's BradCast: Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans' attempt to govern continue to fall apart. Also, the assault on our nation's elections continue as well, both from without and within. [Audio link to full show is posted below.]

    After new defections by two more GOP Senators late Monday night led to the stunning collapse of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act ("ObamaCare"), his subsequent plan, to repeal ObamaCare now and replace it later, also collapsed within hours, after the number of Republican Senators needed to kill the measure almost immediately vowed to vote against it. Cue Donald Trump's blame game, avoidance of responsibility and lies about the entire matter.

    So what's next on the Republican agenda? A budget resolution must be passed to avoid a Government shutdown by the end of September and a major tax cut effort has long been promised. Evidence suggests both items may run into a similar inability of Congressional Republicans to even agree amongst themselves. Such is the danger of radicalized, illegitimate political enterprises. They may work for winning elections, but not so much when it comes to actually governing.

    Also today: New and startling revelations (even to me) of hundreds of thousands of attempts to hack South Carolina's general election system last November offer a dark omen and yet another much-needed reminder regarding election systems in the rest of the country, as well as the need for the public to be able to oversee results; Thousands of legitimate Colorado voters un-register in response to the massive data request for private information by Trump's "Election Integrity" Commission headed up by "voter fraud" fraudster Kris Kobach; and new details about the hack last year of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission --- the federal agency tasked with overseeing electronic voting and tabulation systems in the U.S. --- highlight, yet again, why it's so disturbing that the GOP is attempting to shut down the agency entirely. (No matter how many times over the past decade The BRAD BLOG has found the EAC to be both corrupt and a failure.)

    Finally: Desi Doyen joins us for the latest Green News Report, with huge wildfires in Canada, Trump giving away more tax-payer dollars to fossil fuel companies and much more...including, yes, some heroic nuns and a small, disorganized Tropical Storm named Don...

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    ]]> http://bradblog.com/?feed=rss2&p=12223 'Green News Report' - July 18, 2017 http://bradblog.com/?p=12222 http://bradblog.com/?p=12222#comments Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:47:19 +0000 Desi Doyen Pennsylvania Alaska U.S. House Environment Democrats Green News Donald Trump Natural gas Coal Canada Oil Wind Solar Climate change Extreme weather Arctic Dept. of Interior Dept. of Energy Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline http://bradblog.com/?p=12222

    IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Raging wildfires in British Columbia force nearly 40,000 to evacuate just one year after catastrophic Fort McMurray Fire; Trump Administration reduces royalty payments on offshore drilling; Energy Department's electric grid study contradicts claims by the Energy Secretary; PLUS: Catholic nuns build outdoor chapel to block natural gas pipeline... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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    IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Cap-and-trade survives razor-thin votes in California Legislature; Landowners fume over natural gas pipeline boom; 8 killed, 18 missing in northeast China flooding; Macron’s delusion about bringing Trump back into the Paris climate agreement; Federal agency approves more oil exploration on Alaska’s North Slope; EPA to keep standards on NOX smog pollution in victory for oil and gas industry, carmakers; How to invest in oil without taking a risk (don't); BLM drilling mandate sparks confusion in MT; In Chile, climate change seen as biggest threat... PLUS: How climate change is spurring fires in Alaska, NWT... and much, MUCH more! ...

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    With ObamaCare Repeal on the Brink, Admin Ups Its Lies About It: 'BradCast' 7/17/2017 http://bradblog.com/?p=12221 http://bradblog.com/?p=12221#comments Tue, 18 Jul 2017 01:28:16 +0000 Brad Friedman Ohio Texas BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Rights And Freedoms U.S. Senate John McCain Mitt Romney Health Care Republicans KPFK Donald Trump Rand Paul BradCast John Kasich Susan Collins Mike Pence Tom Price http://bradblog.com/?p=12221 On today's BradCast: There was a time when we used to debate the pros and cons of various public policy in this country, rather than whether one side was simply lying about the policy. This is not that time. The brazen and utter lies from this Administration and the GOP leadership in the Senate about their health care legislation is becoming more desperate (and obvious) by the day. They've also received the notice of Republican Governors, Senators and, yes, Trump voters. [Audio link to show follows below.]

    There is no small amount of irony in the fact that Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been forced to delay a vote on the Senate's Republican health care bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare, due to a health incident for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who is said to be recuperating in good condition after surgery on Friday. Doctors have ordered him, however, to sit out the week in Arizona, so he is unable to make it back to D.C. for McConnell's previously planned vote this week.

    As of now, the bill can not possibly survive without every Senate Republican on hand. Even then, it may not pass the upper chamber. Over the weekend, the Trump Administration unleashed Vice President Mike Pence and the two top health care officials --- Health and Human Services Sec. Tom Price and the and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma --- to convince members of the National Governor's Association that up was down, black was white, and some $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid in the GOP health care scheme were not cuts at all, and wouldn't result in the loss of coverage to millions of Americans.

    The governors, including many Republicans, weren't buying it. And some (like Ohio's Republican Governor John Kasich) even called out the Administration on their lies, some of which were also repeated on the Sunday shows over the weekend. As noted on today's program, there are several reasons why the Admin has been left with virtually no choice but to lie about the legislation, because even their own voters have begun to take notice.

    We discuss today some of the concerns about the bill from Senate GOP moderates like Susan Collins of Maine, who worries (correctly) about the cuts to Medicaid and subsequent harm to rural hospitals in her state. She also pointed out over the weekend that, despite the huge cuts to Medicaid (and the 1/5th of the American economy that will be affected by this legislation), there has not been even one single Senate hearing to discuss its consequences for Americans. Not one.

    Then, NED RESNIKOFF, Senior Editor at Think Progress, joins us to discuss concerns from the other end of the GOP caucus --- namely, from Senators like Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) --- about why health care is different than regular commercial commodities like breakfast cereal, no matter how much Senators Cruz and Paul attempt to argue otherwise.

    Cruz' amendment to allow insurers to include skimpy, cheap plans that don't meet minimum Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) requirements was allowed into McConnell's latest version of the bill (and has subsequently been blasted by health insurers themselves), and Paul has said he's a "no" on the bill, because it still allows too much of ObamaCare to stand. He would prefer to let the "free market" sort it all out --- ya know, the way the "free market" sorted it all out before ObamaCare, leaving more than 40 million Americans with no health care at all.

    "The analogy I used to explain what's wrong with Rand Paul's line of thinking here was selecting between different boxes of cereal at the supermarket. Because the place where Paul is coming from is assuming that markets always work in the same way and play by the same rules. But the truth is that healthcare is a very different kind of commodity, if we choose to treat it as a commodity, than a box of cereal," says Resnikoff, as he explains how the "life and death" nature of health care tends to "skew the way that a market would [normally] set prices."

    And, while it's unclear whether Paul actually believes his own rhetoric or not, what's clear is that Republicans in general do not believe their own arguments against the ACA over the past 10 years, which is just one of the reasons they are now forced to lie about it. "This really has taken on this sort of internal logic of its own," Resnikoff argues. "Where if you actually take a step back, and think about it outside the inverted logic that this debate has taken on, it's hard to figure out why they're doing any of this. This most recent version of the bill is designed to solve a problem that doesn't exist. If you go and ask these Senators, which Vox did a few weeks ago, what is this bill trying to do? What is this bill for? No one has an answer. No one can really explain it. It's just: 'This is the Obamacare repeal bill'."

    Finally, a new study looks at the fall-out after the state of Texas slashed family planning funding to health care providers like Planned Parenthood in 2011. You'll be "shocked" to learn that the GOP initiative, just like their lies about ObamaCare, didn't exactly accomplish what they had pretended it would. In fact, quite the opposite happened. And, of course, tax-payers are left once again to pay the price for those lies...

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