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GOP saboteurs will proceed with an ‘Obamacare’ repeal vote in the Senate next week

Health insurers are scrambling to decide whether to stay or go by Wednesday’s deadline to file plans for the federal marketplace. As we’ve reported here for months, GOP sabotage of “Obamacare” and uncertainty in the health insurance marketplace has caused some insurers to leave the federal marketplace, and others will dramatically increase their premiums or deductibles trying to anticipate the damage that the GOP  health care bill will do to their bottom line. With Health Law in Flux, Insurers Scramble to Meet Filing Deadline:

Even as Senate Republicans hurry to finish their plan to overhaul the law, insurers must meet a series of state and federal filing deadlines. While the Wednesday deadline does not represent a final commitment by the insurer, “it will be a good indicator of the health of these markets,” said Sabrina Corlette, a research professor at Georgetown University.

If an insurer misses the Wednesday deadline, regulators could still choose to accept a last-minute application, as they did last year in Arizona, to make sure residents had access to a policy through the state marketplace. “State officials and governors are going to be very pragmatic to make sure people have coverage,” Ms. Corlette said.

Some insurers are betting against the GOP saboteurs.

[S]ome insurers say they plan to stay — and a few are even expanding into more states.

Oscar Health, the New York insurance start-up, said Wednesday that it expected to offer policies in three additional states for 2018: Ohio, New Jersey and Tennessee. The company, which covers about 105,000 people, also plans to expand in California and Texas while remaining in New York. Oscar had sold policies in New Jersey but left the state this year.

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“We’re confident that when the dust settles, the market for health insurance will stabilize in time for 2018,” Mario Schlosser, the company’s chief executive, wrote in a blog post. “For all of the political noise, there are simply too many lives at stake for representatives in Washington, D.C., not to do what’s right for the people.

Wow, is this guy politically naive.

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One miscalculation or mistake away from war

Wars often begin with a miscalculation or mistake after prolonged periods of posturing and saber rattling. We will be told that we have to save face or appear weak, especially by people like Sen. John McCain. So we will stumble into war.

Two events in recent days — the shooting down by a US F-18 of a Syrian Su-22 and the use of ballistic missiles by Iran against ISIS targets — are evidence of a scramble in eastern Syria that’s been gathering pace since the beginning of the year.

CNN reports, Syrian conflict moves into new and dangerous territory:

It’s the first time the United States has shot down a Syrian military aircraft, and at least the fifth occasion it has targeted regime and pro-regime forces since the Trump administration took office.

On Tuesday, a US fighter jet shot down a pro-Syrian regime drone in the country’s southeast, US officials told CNN.

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A lot of forces with competing aims are at close quarters in eastern Syria. The United States is aggressively backing a Syrian rebel alliance — the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) — as they fight their way into Raqqa, ISIS’ administrative capital for the past three years. Hundreds of US military advisors are close to the front-lines, supported by intense coalition airstrikes.

The Syrian army and its allies (largely Iranian, Iraqi and Lebanese Shia militia), however, are also closing in on Raqqa. Last week the Syrian military reached areas controlled by the SDF. It was almost inevitable that at some point these opposing alliances would butt heads. So when the Syrian air force bombed SDF positions Sunday, the US came to the aid of its partners on the ground — and the Syrians have one fewer Su-22.

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What is Sen. John McCain’s problem with Sen. Kamala Harris?

Kamala Harris is a distinguished former district attorney and the Attorney General of California before being elected to the U.S. Senate from California. She has a no nonsense style of professionalism honed in numerous criminal trials over the years.

When a witness is not answering the question posed she will redirect the witness to the question asked, and if the witness is filibustering with a meandering nonresponsive answer, she will say “you are not answering the question” and try to get the witness to answer her question. All good attorneys do this. I have seen nothing improper in her line of questioning.

John McCain, however, apparently has a problem with Sen. Kamala Harris’ no nonsense style of legal professionalism. Twice in the past two weeks he has awoken from his nap time to interrupt her line of questioning and complain to the Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, even though McCain is only a guest of that committee as an “ex officio” participant as Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Katie Rogers of the New York Times reports, Kamala Harris Is (Again) Interrupted While Pressing a Senate Witness:

Senator Kamala Harris, Democrat of California, was cut off by Republican senators on Tuesday as she questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the latest high-profile Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in its investigation into Russian election interference.

Ms. Harris, a former prosecutor, employs a rapid-fire questioning pace more commonly seen in courtrooms — a style that at times has her interrupting witnesses, which is frowned upon in the Senate, where decorum is still prized. But the moments were notable as the second time in a week that Ms. Harris, who is of Indian and Jamaican descent and is the only minority woman on the committee, was interrupted by two male colleagues during a hearing.

Last Wednesday, Ms. Harris was interrupted by Senator Richard M. Burr, Republican of North Carolina and the chairman of the committee, and Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, as she tried to question the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein.

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Time to question John McCain’s capacity and competency to serve (updated)

Arizona’s angry old man, Senator John McCain, is not a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but he is an “ex officio” of the committee, so he was allowed to participate in today’s testimony by former FBI Director James Comey.

The local media tried to build up John McCain as “playing a key role” in the questioning of James Comey, because the local media all kiss his wrinkled old butt. See this ABC 15 report. John McCain to question James Comey at Thursday’s congressional hearing.

Sen. McCain went last in questioning today as an “ex officio” of the committee, and hoo-boy! Was that ever a disturbing and deeply embarrassing performance, both for him and for this state.

It was as if someone woke up Grandpa Simpson from his nap and he started spouting off on a different topic from what everyone else had been talking about for the past two plus hours.

McCain appeared dazed and confused, frequently confusing “Mr. Comey” for “Mr. Trump,” and everyone – including James Comey – was staring at him with pained expressions on their face wondering to themselves “what the hell is he talking about?”

Here is how Foreign Policy describes McCain’s bizarre performance. What on Earth Was John McCain Asking James Comey?

During former FBI Director James Comey’s highly anticipated testimony Thursday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) launched into a strange line of inquiry that puzzled Comey and everybody watching the hearing. While questioning Comey, the one-time Republican president candidate seemed to confuse the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the campaign with the closed probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

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Are You Ready for US Senator Martha McSally?

US Rep. Martha McSally

Future US Senator Martha McSally

By Larry Bodine, Precinct Committeeman, Precinct #238, Tucson.

Yes, this may happen right here in Tucson. A worthless hack who has done little or nothing for her constituents may soon become US Senator Martha McSally.

How can this nightmare happen?

  1. Aging and ailing US Senator John McCain becomes disabled or dies in office.
  2. Governor Ducey appoints Martha McSally to fill the vacancy, as provided by the U.S. Constitution, 17th Amendment
  3. An election is held to fill the 2nd District seat. The Republicans run a stumblebum backed by the Goldwater Institute, who will vote the party line.
  4. McSally goes on to serve 5 terms in the US Senate.

Old age is terrible and it catches up to all of us.

John Mcain was born back when Hitler opened the summer Olympics.

John Mcain was born back when Hitler opened the summer Olympics.

I am a senior citizen myself. I personally understand the toll time takes on the human body. McCain is 80 years old and has outlived the life expectancy of 60 years for a white man born in 1936.

McCain should be whiling away his final days in Green Valley, not being an elected official. How long ago is 1936? That was the year Hitler opened the summer Olympics, when a gallon of gas was 10 cents, when the No. 1 movie starred Charlie Chaplin.

McCain has had 4 cases of melanoma (skin cancer) and has had more than a dozen patches of abnormal skin cut out or burned off, including on his face. Old age catches up with all of us. At age 80 many people have hearing loss, osteoporosis,  less recall of recent memories, slowness in remembering names and details, kidney decline and incontinence.

Why McSally?

The Republicans know they need to find a younger replacement for McCain. McSally is 51 years old — young blood! The life expectancy of a woman born in 1966 is 85 years. She can expect to wreak havoc in Tucson for another 34 years.

To be sure, there are 4 other Republican Congressmen, but none appeal more to the hillbillies who elected Trump. She is perfect for the Republican hegemony:

  • 100% voting record in support of Trump.
  • Voted for Trumpcare and famously told her colleagues to get this “fucking thing” done.
  • Anti-abortion.
  • Anti-gay marriage.
  • Anti-immigration.
  • Anti-renewable energy, solar, wind and thermal energy.
  • Panders relentlessly to the ex-military crowd.
  • Harvard master’s degree.
  • Right-wing financial support from the US Chamber of Commerce, and a gaggle of business, home building and wholesale interests. Locally, car dealer Jim Click is a big donor.

Plus she has the slimy quality of not revealing her positions. She never said whether she recommended voting for Trump. Before voting for Trumpcare, she refused to answer questions on where she stood.

“McSally did her best to bob and weave, clearly intent on not giving a “yes” or a “no.” Instead, I heard a lot of baloney about not wanting to look backward and only wanting to look ahead,” wrote Stuart Rothenberg when he interviewed her for Roll Call.

And we all know how Arizona Republicans like slimy, slithery things.

 

 

 

Senate showdown over Judge Gorsuch is scheduled for Thursday

The septuagenarian Ninja Turtle, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), is paving the way for the Senate showdown over Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination to come to a head on Thursday. McConnell tees up Thursday Supreme Court showdown:

The Republican leader filed cloture on President Trump’s pick Tuesday evening, setting up an initial vote for Thursday.

McConnell urged Democrats earlier Tuesday to back down from their filibuster threat, saying they could still “do the right thing.”

“History will be watching,” he said from the Senate floor. “And the future of the Senate will hang on their choice.”

Wow. This is exactly the same thing as the serial killer who blames the cops for his murders, “stop me before I kill again!

This is the man who engaged in total obstruction against President Obama, abusing the Senate filibuster rules. McConnell unleashed nearly 500 filibusters and spent years preventing Republicans from working with Democrats, regardless of the substance of a given issue, in pursuit of his goal of denying President Obama a second term. When four seats opened up on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, McConnell said that the court was too large and the seats should not be filled. He convinced his GOP caucus to filibuster any and all nominees to serve on the nation’s second most important court, in perpetuity and without any regard for the qualifications of individual candidates. He did the same with other vacancies in the federal courts, creating a judicial crisis in backlogged cases. Within hours after Justice Antonin Scalia died, McConnell announced that no nominee from President Obama would receive consideration in the Senate, let alone a confirmation hearing and vote. Mitch McConnell is the villain here.

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