The plan to “repeal and replace” Obamacare that was shot down on Friday was complicated politically. Nearly all Republicans wanted the “repeal” part, just as nearly all Democrats opposed it. The hangup was on the “replace” part. Conservative Republicans, by and large, opposed the proposed replacement as little more than “Obamacare lite,” retaining the huge government role in healthcare that they oppose in the current law. So it isn’t completely fair to say that Republicans who wouldn’t vote for the replacement were refusing to repeal Obamacare.
The American Health Care Act was a creation of Speaker Paul Ryan and other “establishment” Republicans who accept a somewhat more activist role for government.
Here is the irony: Virtually all of the “Freedom Caucus” Republican congressmen who were responsible for defeating the bill were Trump supporters during the presidential campaign! Ryan and the other authors of the proposed health care plan not so much!
Yet President Trump allied himself with his former opponents, throwing the full force of his office behind their bill, and now vilifies the lawmakers who otherwise are on his side! [Read more…]
Contrary to what used to be thought, virtually all mammals can swim. Cats? Yes, though they hate it. Camels? Yes, despite seldom seeing water. Pigs? Yes. Elephants? They are excellent swimmers. Throw a bat into the water and it will use its little wings like oars.
From what we know now, apparently there are only two mammals–one species and one genus–that can’t instinctively swim. Guess, and then see what they are–along with a fascinating article on the subject–after the jump.
Photo of tiger swimming by cuzitwasgood, Pixabay, Creative Commons, Public Domain
And how children are either auditory, visual, or kinesthetic learners? And how they learn best if they are taught according to their particular learning style?
Well, none of that is true! That educational fad of a few years ago has been thoroughly discredited by scientific research. And yet teachers, curriculum, and teacher education courses are still teaching it.
A group of neuroscientists, psychologists, and educators in England has issued a public letter pointing this out and begging teachers to drop this stuff and to instead use approaches that are evidence-based. [Read more…]
Republican lawmakers, seeing that they don’t have the votes, postponed voting on President Trump’s healthcare bill, which was supposed to happen on Thursday. But the president is demanding a vote on Friday.
Not only that, Trump says that if his “repeal and replace” bill fails, he will just leave Obamacare as the law of the land.
UPDATE: Lacking the votes to pass it, the Republican leadership pulled the bill. Speaker Paul Ryan said that we will just have to live with Obamacare. President Trump blamed the Democrats, all of whom voted against his American Health Care Act, saying that we will just have to watch Obamacare “explode.”
Photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Donald Trump) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Republicans have said that if this happens, they will launch “the nuclear option” of changing the rules to eliminate the filibuster option for presidential appointments.
Schumer says that some Republicans will want to keep the traditional Senate perogative of unlimited debate (unless there is a 60 vote cloture), so he doesn’t think the Republicans can get the votes necessary to change the rule.
Photo of Chuck Schumer by y United States Senate – https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdmc/27720474940/in/album-72157667655342524/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=56927097