According to the Associated Press, Democrats proposed legislation to prohibit the sale of what is commonly known as "Junk Insurance" - an alternative pushed by Trump and the GOP to the high premium coverage provided for in the ACA. Why is it considered "junk?" The reason the premiums are lower than those available via the ACA exchange is because the polices actually provide little actual coverage for serious medical needs. Despite Democratic efforts to block the issuance of Junk policies, the GOP-led House killed the Bill by a vote of 224-184. The House did pass a Bill to allow fitness club fees and some over the counter drugs to be eligible for Health Savings Account payments that would be tax sheltered accordingly. This measure passed the House by a vote of 277-142. Sounds great right - except how many truly sick Americans have the ability and the funds to spend on "fitness clubs?" (See: H.R. 6469 and H.R. 6199).
It only gets better with the GOP-led House rejecting a Democrat Bill to "call up a debate for a Bill imposing financial sanctions on any country, individual or entity found to have interfered with a U.S. Federal election in 2015 or any year later". How can such a protective measure be defeated? Ask your GOP House Representative! Instead of publicly echoing Trump by claiming Russian interference is a hoax, the GOP in the House quietly defeated a Bill to punish those that interfere with our elections. How does that indicate a willingness to protect our democracy from further foreign intrusions intended to disrupt or derail our free and fair elections? It doesn't! The Bill (H.R. 6494) was defeated by the GOP by a vote of 226-183! Should there be any further doubt as to where the GOP stands on protecting America from further enemy cyber-attacks? We know our president has done nothing. Can anyone guess why though? Perhaps Mueller's investigation will inform us?
As an aside, I somehow have been put on to the Tea Party Patriots mailing list. Does anyone read this nonsense spewed by the Far-Right? They gleefully pass along lies about Hillary Clinton's poor health and Obama's lawless "Deep State" designed to undermine our "beloved president." In their latest newsletter, the Tea Party says the recently released FISA Memo "proves" Obama "weaponized the FBI" in order to create a "Deep State" mechanism to harm Trump and to conduct an illegal "Coup" to remove their president. It goes on to state; "President Trump said a lot of people should be ashamed of themselves. Let's LOCK THEM UP! " No wonder Trumplings have little to no understanding of how the Rule of Law works. A president is not a ruler who can freely by edict demand political opponents be "locked up!" All of this despite the fact that the FISA Memo provided insight into the actual legal issuance of warrants pursuant to FISA judges' orders (all of which are registered Republicans who were appointed by Republican presidents!). Go figure!?
And we have the continued efforts of Fox News to distort Trump's actions in an effort to shield its loyal and obeying audiences into believing what they hear only from them or Trump and to reject what they see and hear by themselves. Rather Orwellian don't you think?
So as we approach November, let this remind us all to stay aware and diligent in an effort to vote the GOP House and Senate out of the Majority so we can return America to its proper course - while keeping the radical Right Wing from controlling all of the levers of government. As President Andrew Jackson once wrote; "Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in." November 2018 can't come soon enough! Before I end, kudos to my son Nathan, for his stellar performance on Fox News' Fox and Friends. He held his ground and proved the Left can have a rational debate with anyone holding onto to misleading beliefs that the represent such a small minority of Americans.(See: millennialpolitics.co/nathan-rubin-fox-and-friends/). Have a great week!