In an interview on "CBS This Morning," the California Democrat said while the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has not yet released its cost estimate of the measure, she can already predict one major effect.
"We do know that many more people, hundreds of thousands of people, will die if this bill passes," Pelosi said. But everyone will live forever if we defeat it!
Pelosi, 77, said there's no room to fix the legislation and instead Democrats and Republicans should focus on improving Obamacare, "instead of sabotaging it," she said. Reducing the burden on taxpayers is sabotage of Obamacare - I get it.
"These bills, systemically, structurally, they are very, very harmful to the American people," she said. "They will raise costs, with fewer benefits, have an age tax...they will undermine Medicare, they will throw millions of people, tens of millions of people, off." Throw them off? A cliff, Madame Speaker? Have you read the bill yet? Can't the Pubs pass it to read what's in it?
Democrats, she said, have to "fight for our lives and the lives of many people" in the U.S. this week to defeat the Senate bill. Just not fight for the taxpayers.
Meanwhile, Pelosi dismissed calls by a select few House Democrats who said last week that she should step aside from her leadership position in the wake of two more special election losses last week.
"I'm a master legislator," she said. "I'm experienced in terms of knowing the institutional memory of the Congress. If Hillary Clinton had won, I might have gone home. But with Donald Trump in the White House, with a Republican majority in Congress, no way." Institutional memory of Congress? The mind boggles.
[LI] With the House having passed a healthcare bill, and the Senate close to passing a version, there is a lot of debate over the specifics of the bills.
Shameless Democrats like Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders portray Republicans as setting out to kill tens of thousands of Americans. In the wake of the shooting of Republican Congressmen by a Sanders-supporter spouting similar talking points, the false death claims are nothing short of incitement to violence
Republican politicians are falling all over themselves to portray the bills as repeal and replace, but the Republican effort more fairly is an attempt to alter Obamacare. The law has had almost 7 years to work its way into the fabric of the economy and health care system and to expand its reach. Understanding how politically painful true repeal will be, Republicans are shying away, as Yuval Levin correctly assesses in National Review:
The case for repeal was strongest in the three or four years between the enactment and implementation of Obamacare. As more time passes since the beginning of implementation three and a half years ago, and more people’s lives become intertwined with the program for good and bad, the case for addressing Obamacare’s immense deficiencies by repeal weakens as a practical matter in favor of a case for taking them on by alteration.
The essence of Obamacare, that government has to provide healthcare for all and that all have right to look first and foremost to government for healthcare, is so deeply entrenched at this point, that Republicans don’t have the stomach to unwind that paradigm.
Don't forget, literally, the poster children pushed by the Left media to rationalize unending expenditures of other peoples money (either directly or by the effects of inflation from printing unbacked currency to pay for it all). Sorry, we all can't spend other peoples' money like little pharaohs seeking immortality.
Actually, one of the best solutions is maybe to rein in the high cost of medicine. There are so many people and companies gouging the public. If congress would quit taking kickbacks and actually force medical providers to charge reasonable rates, and even to post their rates publicly, it may help in actually giving everybody decent healthcare at affordable prices.
Shameless Democrats like Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders portray Republicans as setting out to kill tens of thousands of Americans
Americans don't need to be on the Washington, D.C. teat. We lived without it before the Dems hatched it up and we can live without it now. So far as I can tell, government health care has inflated the cost of everything.
[NY Post] A secretive Washington firm that commissioned the dubious intelligence dossier on Donald Trump is stonewalling congressional investigators trying to learn more about its connections to the Democratic Party.
The Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month threatened to subpoena the firm, Fusion GPS, after it refused to answer questions and provide records to the panel identifying who financed the error-ridden dossier, which was circulated during the election and has sparked much of the Russia scandal now engulfing the White House.
What is the company hiding? Fusion GPS describes itself as a "research and strategic intelligence firm" founded by "three former Wall Street Journal investigative reporters." But congressional sources say it’s actually an opposition-research group for Democrats, and the founders, who are more political activists than journalists, have a pro-Hillary, anti-Trump agenda.
"These weren’t mercenaries or hired guns," a congressional source familiar with the dossier probe said. "These guys had a vested personal and ideological interest in smearing Trump and boosting Hillary’s chances of winning the White House."
Fusion GPS was on the payroll of an unidentified Democratic ally of Clinton when it hired a long-retired British spy to dig up dirt on Trump. In 2012, Democrats hired Fusion GPS to uncover dirt on GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. And in 2015, Democrat ally Planned Parenthood retained Fusion GPS to investigate pro-life activists protesting the abortion group.
More, federal records show a key co-founder and partner in the firm was a Hillary Clinton donor and supporter of her presidential campaign.
The dossier, a complex and intricate work of fiction authored by Christopher Steele but basically a red herring or disinformation--a lie. "The Rothschild-Khordorkovsky-Scheunemann alliance, quietly supported by George Soros, is emerging as the prime suspect in commissioning the Company Intelligence Report drafted by Orbis Business Intelligence and Fusion GPS. It seems that Fusion GPS was hired by Pubs to collect oppositional research against Trump during the primaries. The effort was dropped by the Pubs after Trump won the nomination. It was then continued by the Dems after Trump became the nominee. The Swamp is indeed deep and also wide.
The most obvious offenders should be arrested for contempt of congress with possible charges of treason for stalling investigators. The rest will either play ball of follow suit. Either way the problem resolves itself.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.