“Access . . . not coverage.”

The Justice Dept. has requested more time to hand over evidence that Obama spied on Trump.

The Department of Justice asked the chairman and vice chairman of the House Intelligence Committee for “additional time” to collect evidence to support President Donald Trump’s accusation that the Obama administration wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower during the campaign.  The committee had set a Monday deadline for the agency to provide the evidence, a source familiar with the matter has told CNN — a deadline that did not appear to apply to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation.  


Today Trump Tweeted that he thinks some of the media programs  are “rude” to his people.

Joe Barton, Republican Rep. from TX states that the CBO “seldom gets it right.”  He says he want to roll out the new plan and “see how it goes.”

President Donald Trump’s decision to fire U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara happened as Bharara’s office was reportedly probing Fox News over its alleged failure to inform shareholders about repeated settlements for allegations of sexual harassment and assault by former Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes and other executives against female employees. Reports indicate Trump may pick one of Ailes’ former lawyers to replace Bharara.


Why did Donald Trump sack Preet Bharara after saying he could keep his job?

The US attorney hints that the president may have dismissed him to obstruct an investigation.  http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2017/03/youre-fired

One reason for the abrupt about-face may have been Mr Trump’s favorite source of political edification: Fox News. On March 9th, Fox’s Sean Hannity said holdover lawyers from the Obama era may be “saboteurs” who are leaking damaging information about the administration. He encouraged Mr Trump to clear US attorneys’ offices of Obama appointees who had not already offered their resignations. Two days later, Mr Trump did just that. Spokespersons for the administration insist the plea from Mr Hannity—whose network happened to be under investigation by Mr Bharara for sexual harassment allegations—played no role in inspiring the president’s act; one source told Politico’s Josh Dawsey that the purge had been in the works “for a while”.

For Mr Bharara to analogize his own firing to the dismantling of the Moreland Commission is to hint that he may have begun an investigation into activity of interest to the president—perhaps even of something the president himself may have done. A congressman from Michigan, John Conyers, said Mr Bharara’s tweet could be a sign he had been looking into “a range of potential improper activity emanating from Trump Tower and the Trump campaign, as well as entities with financial ties to the president or the Trump organization.”  The puzzling firing, in other words, may have been designed to cut an inquiry by Mr Bharara off at the pass

. . . conflicting signals from Trump are giving Republican critics of the bill an opening to undermine Ryan’s effort to build quick momentum to get the bill — the first stage of a GOP process to repeal and replace Obamacare — through Congress before it attracts prohibitive opposition. “You know what I hear from Paul Ryan? ‘It’s a binary choice, young man,'” Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said on CBS “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “But what does a binary choice mean? His way or the highway.”

Mixed panel:

  • The CBO isn’t ‘perfect’ but “it’s all we have.”
  • It’s a plan that’ll insure less.
  • People with no insurance go to the ER and the government often pays those ER costs
  • There’s a focus on “access” not “coverage” (see link on next line)
  • http://www.nola.com/health/index.ssf/2017/01/health_secretary_nominee_commi.html
  •  The new plan would hurt these folks the most:
    • rural
    • older
    • red state
    • white
    • in other words, lots of folks who voted for Trump

America has struggled for decades to balance health care cost, access, and quality. Obama’s law made significant strides to expand access, and the report found nearly 91 percent of U.S. residents now have coverage. But the problem of costs has re-emerged. That’s partly because people with health insurance use more medical care than the uninsured, who tend to postpone going to the doctor. Some of the newly insured turned out to be sicker than those who were already covered.

The report “casts further doubt on the extent of a permanent slowdown in health cost growth,” said economist Eugene Steuerle of the nonpartisan Urban Institute.

In a milestone for data-watchers, the report found that the federal government became the largest payer for health care in 2015. Washington accounted for 29 percent of overall spending. That was followed by households (28 percent), businesses (20 percent), and state and local governments (17 percent). In doing the analysis, the HHS experts count the employee share of premiums for job-based insurance as spending by households.  




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