Senate Health Bill Would Deeply Slash State Medicaid Funding

A new study, not from the Congressional Budget Office but by a private group, finds that if the new version of the Senate's Obamacare repeal and replace bill were to become law, states would see cuts in their Medicaid funding of up to nearly 40%. … [Read more...]

Trump’s Budget and Growth Predictions Shot Down in Flames

Donald Trump claims that if his plans were passed, it would lead to 3% economic growth and the elimination of the deficit within 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office, after they stopped laughing, just shot down those claims like a North Korean missile. … [Read more...]

Why Single Payer Would Be Cheaper and Better

Robert Frank, an economics professor at Cornell, explains in a New York Times op-ed why a single payer health care system is ultimately cheaper and better than a system involving lots of private insurance companies. Every country that has a single payer system spends far less than we do on health care overall. … [Read more...]

More on the CBO Scoring of Senate Health Care Bill

The New York Times runs down some of the other findings from the Congressional Budget Office scoring of the Senate version of the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. The conclusions are even worse than they seemed at first blush, including that 22 million figure for those who would lose health insurance. … [Read more...]

How Much is a Big Tax Cut Worth?

Vox puts together a chart that illustrates what is really going on with the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. It's really just a tax cut for the richest Americans, tax cuts that can only be paid for by throwing more than 20 million people off their health insurance. … [Read more...]

CBO Score of Senate Healthcare Bill is Predictably Terrible

The Congressional Budget Office released its score of the Senate's version of the Obamacare repeal and replacement bill and it's almost exactly as bad as the score for the House bill. Instead of 23 million people losing their health insurance, it goes down to only 22 million. So I guess it's no longer "mean." … [Read more...]

Senate Healthcare Bill Already in Trouble

Republican Senators from the far right to the middle are objecting to the newly-released Senate version of the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, one group because they think it's too cruel and the other because they don't think it's quite cruel enough yet. … [Read more...]

Trump: Cut Social Services — But Not the Ones I Make Millions From

As Donald Trump's proposed budget seeks to make massive and unconscionable cuts to every form of social and economic aid in existence, there's one form that he does not take aim at -- the part he profits from to the tune of millions of dollars, of course. … [Read more...]

Study: Obamacare Replacement Would Cost a Million Jobs

A new study by the Commonwealth Fund concludes that if the Obamacare replacement bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) were to pass, it would result in the loss of almost $150 billion in economic output, almost $100 billion in state tax revenue, and almost a million jobs. … [Read more...]

Trump’s Infrastructure Sleight of Hand

During the campaign, Trump promised to spend $1 trillion to upgrade America's crumbling infrastructure. During the transition, that number dropped to $550 billion to "build the roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, and railways of tomorrow." And here comes the magic trick: … [Read more...]

Wingnut: Humans ‘Arrogant’ to Fight Global Warming

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, a first-class dullard if ever there was one, agrees with Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accords. And he says it's "arrogant" of human beings to think that we should fight global warming. … [Read more...]

Mulvaney’s Hypocritical Use of the Unborn to Justify Budget Cuts

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney made an enormously hypocritical attempt to justify the deep budget cuts Trump is proposing to social programs. He says the rights of future children not to inherit so much debt trumps the needs of actual children alive today. … [Read more...]