Two prominent House conservatives are calling on Republican leadership to bring a 2015 bill repealing major parts of Obamacare before members for a vote “as soon as possible.” In a recent statement, Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mark Meadows of North Carolina pushed GOP leaders to bring the legislation unwinding major provisions of the Affordable Care Act and defunding Planned Parenthood to the floor for a vote. The bill passed both the House and the Senate in 2016, but President Barack Obama vetoed the legislation when it arrived on his desk.
“There’s no reason we should put anything less on President [Donald] Trump’s desk than we put on President Obama’s now that we know it will be signed into law,” Jordan and Meadows said.
Republicans used a budget tool called reconciliation to pass the bill crafted in 2015, which fast-tracked the repeal legislation through the Senate and allowed it to pass with a simple majority of 51 votes. The bill repealed the individual and employer mandates; the Cadillac, medical device, and other taxes; and Medicaid expansion. It also removed the government’s authority to run the exchanges, and lessened the fine for not complying with the individual mandate to $0. The legislation also stripped Planned Parenthood of its federal funding.
2017 – Now that repeal could actually happen
Reversal: Some Republicans now defending parts of Obamacare. The House’s debate over repealing Obamacare has had an unintended effect: Republicans are now defending key elements of Obama’s health law. Republican lawmakers are now speaking out in favor of Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid and its mandates that insurance plans cover services such as mental health and prescription drugs.
Republicans had long derided Obamacare’s “essential health benefits,” which mandate 10 health services that insurance plans must cover. They have said, for example, that men should not be forced to pay for plans that cover maternity care. But now some Republicans are speaking up in favor of those requirements, including the chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.).
“In addition to the loss of Medicaid coverage for so many people in my Medicaid-dependent state, the denial of essential health benefits in the individual market raise serious coverage and cost issues,” Frelinghuysen wrote in a statement.
Interesting how the establishment Republicans were so adamant when they knew a bill would be vetoed and now when they know a bill will be signed. Is it any wonder we Freedom Loving Americans have no faith in the Republican establishment?
When you do not want to build a wall because you disagree with and detest its purpose and when you want to build a wall to protect your country
When you do not want to build – So called border security experts and former DHS and congressional officials said that the project of building a wall along the Southern border is a massive and difficult undertaking. In addition to the cost, they said, it would face engineering and environmental problems; fights with ranchers and others who don’t want to give up their land; and the huge topographical problems of the border, which runs through remote desert in Arizona and rugged mountains in New Mexico, as well as, for two-thirds of its length, along rivers.
“Building the wall would be an unprecedented undertaking, logistically, financially and resource-wise,” said Joanne Lin, senior legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union. “And it’s not going to be erected overnight either. It’s a huge expense.’’
The length of the Mexican – United States border is 1989 miles. About 700 miles of wall has already been built.
When you want to build a wall to protect your people, excuses are not made; the job is done. The Great Wall of China, we now learn, is a lot greater than anyone thought. The first formal measurement of the world's largest man-made structure revealed the wall was more than twice as long as previous estimates. In an archaeological survey that took five years to complete, China's State Administration of Cultural Heritage announced that the wall measures 13,170.69 miles. The terrain the Great Wall traverses is complicated and varied. Long rivers, steep mountains, lofty cliffs, boundless desert, and vast grasslands all witness the imposing presence of the Great Wall.
The Chinese wanted to protect their border. The excuse makers in the United States want to retain an open border to fulfill the dictate of Karl Marx. It is not a question of ability, it is a question of desire.