The ‘CBO’ says . . .

Today is the deadline for Donald Trump to reveal his evidence re: his Tweeted allegation that former POTUS-Obama tapped his ‘wires’ at Trump Tower last October.  Today Sean Spicer says that POTUS (D.T.) didn’t mean to imply that he thought Obama ‘personally’ was involved.  POTUS-DT has not presented any evidence.

GOP leader Paul Ryan says the new Health Care Plan is not a “mandate” (meaning it is not required).  The Heritage Action group is pushing back strongly against the new plan. GOP moderates are balking — concerned about being re-elected.  http://theweek.com/speedreads/684438/heritage-action-america-skewers-gop-health-care-proposal-not-being-genuine-effort

The conservative advocacy group Heritage Action for America on Tuesday slammed Republicans’ health care proposal for not being a “genuine effort.” “In many ways, the House Republican proposal released last night not only accepts the flawed progressive premises of ObamaCare but expands upon them,” said Heritage Action’s chief executive officer, Michael A. Needham.

Many other Republicans have also skewered the bill, with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) saying Tuesday: “This is ObamaCare lite. It will not pass. Conservatives aren’t going to take it … It won’t work.” The conservative advocacy group Club for Growth also slammed the proposal as “RyanCare,” writing that “the problems with this bill are not just what’s in it, but also what it’s missing: Namely, the critical free-market solution of selling health insurance across state lines.”

Leading conservative health care reform advocate Avik Roy called the ObamaCare replacement “great” — except for the fact that it will “make coverage unaffordable for millions.” Freedom Partners wrote in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that “as the bill stands today, it is ObamaCare 2.0. Passing it would be making the same mistake that President Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi made in 2010.”

The CBO numbers are in: http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/13/politics/cbo-report-health-care/index.html

Twenty-four million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026 under the House Republican health care bill than under Obamacare, including 14 million by next year, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said Monday.

The CBO, along with the Joint Committee on Taxation, found that 5 million fewer people would be covered under Medicaid by 2018, and 14 million fewer people would enroll in the program by 2026. Meanwhile, 6 million fewer Americans would be covered in the individual market by 2018, but by 2026, only 2 million fewer people are expected to be covered. That’s in part because fewer employers would offer insurance to their workers, driving more people to the individual market.  In total, an estimated 52 million people would be uninsured by 2026 under the GOP plan, compared to 28 million who would lack insurance under the current law.  The Republican bill, titled the American Health Care Act, would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion over 10 years, the CBO said.
The biggest drivers of health care inflation:
  • Pharmaceutical drugs
  • Hospital stays
  • Medical devices

Pundit:

  • With ObamaCare (ACA) “no measures to control costs” were incorporated.
  • We need to move away from a diseased-based model to a preventative-based model
  • We need to create competition
  • We shouldn’t dump ACA — we should improve/fix it
  • DT is adverse to calling it “Trump” Care
  • This new plan violates DT’s 60-minutes TV Program pledge
  • DT and Speaker Ryan are not on the same page

Donald Trump signed the “Comprehensive Plan For Reorganizing The Executive Branch” from the Oval Office Monday, an executive order meant to reduce waste by reorganizing the federal government.  DT says it will make it more efficient and cost productive.

“We have assembled one of the greatest Cabinets in history and I believe that so strongly,” Trump said as he signed the order, according to the White House press pool. “And we want to empower them to make their agencies as lean and effective as possible and they know how to do it. Today there is duplication and redundancy everywhere. Billions and billions of dollars are being wasted.”

“This order requires a thorough examination of every executive department and agency to see where money is being wasted, how services can be improved and whether programs are truly serving American citizens.”

Based on this input, we will develop a detailed plan to make the federal government work better, reorganizing, consolidating and eliminating where necessary. In other words, making the federal government more efficient and very, very cost productive. So we’re going to do something, I think, very, very special.”

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/unicef-2016-worst-year-syrian-children-170312125234588.html

2016 was the worst year yet for Syrian children.  The UN says more Syrian children suffered ‘grave violations’ in 2016 than in any year since ruinous war began.

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