During the CNN town hall with Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) a former Republican voter shared his story about working to elect Presidents Bush and Reagan but said he switched parties after Obamacare. The law, he said, his life.
Ryan was unsympathetic.
Jeff Jeans told Ryan that he was initially opposed to the Affordable Care Act but not anymore.
“When it was passed, I told my wife we would close our business before I comply with this law,” Jeans said. “Then at 49, I was given six weeks to live with a very curable type of cancer. We offered three times the cost of my treatments, which was rejected. They required an insurance card. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I’m standing here today alive.”
The preexisting conditions portion of the Affordable Care Act was another thing he felt was important as a cancer survivor. He was shocked to hear that Ryan was in favor of repealing it.
“I want to thank President Obama from the bottom of my heart because I would be dead if it weren’t for him,” Jeans closed.
Ryan tried to claim that he wants to replace it with something better than what is there right now. For some, he said, the premiums increased. For others, the plan hurt businesses. For many, it isn’t working.
Ryan never gave Jeans an answer for what will happen to the program and what the GOP plans to replace it with. He said, simply, that it would be “better.”
Amy Klobuchar wins endorsement in first in the nation primary from the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) received a big endorsement on Saturday evening when her 2020 bid was endorsed by the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper.
"If there is to be any realistic challenge to Trump in November, the Democratic nominee needs to have a proven and substantial record of accomplishment across party lines, an ability to unite rather than divide, and the strength and stamina to go toe-to-toe with the Tweeter-in-Chief," the newspaper wrote. "That would be U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. She is sharp and witty, with a commanding understanding of both history and the inner workings of Capitol Hill."
Wake Forest slammed for inadequate response to threatening emails labeled ‘white supremacist terrorism’
Tensions remain high at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC after emails considered "white supremacist terrorism" threatened the school.
"Three months after a set of anonymous, threatening, racist, antisemitic and homophobic emails sent a wave of fear through the sociology department at Wake Forest University, the department chairman says he's still waiting for university leaders to announce a meaningful response," the Associated Press reported Saturday."
Economists warn Trump policies will result in lost jobs and lower wages for American workers
The 20-year-old San Diego bakery Con Pane Rustic Breads & Cafe went out of business this month after an audit by US authorities found immigrants working there illegally.
In April, a small Nebraska town lost a potato processing plant, and the local revenue it generated, in the wake of an immigration raid on its facilities. A restaurant in New York appears to have suffered similar fate in August.
Farmers say they are planting less, turning to automation, eliminating some crops, leaving them to rot in the field or contemplating selling out of the business altogether -- all because they cannot find enough immigrant labor.