House Republicans finally unveiled details of their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Unsurprisingly, one of the glaring differences between the current healthcare system and what Republicans want in their anti-women dystopia is how Planned Parenthood gets funded…or rather unfunded.
Two House committees proposed their versions of what the ACA would be replaced with, and they both want to prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid reimbursements. The proposal is an effort to appease anti-abortion activists who claim they’re pro-life when in reality they just want to defund clinics that help save lives.
The frustrating part about all of this is that conservatives seem to have a difficult time understanding that taxpayer money is already barred from going toward abortion. In fact, there’s a federal law called the Hyde Amendment that prevents the allocation of certain federal funds for abortion services unless the pregnancy puts the woman’s life in danger, or she’s the victim of rape or incest.
For all you “family values” zealots out there, did you know Congressman Henry Hyde, who sponsored the Amendment, was actually a huge fan of women? In fact, he loved women so much he had an extramarital affair for four years. That didn’t stop him from hypocritically spearheading the impeachment of Bill Clinton for his affairs though.
Anyway, the Hyde Amendment passed in 1976 and conservatives still fail to realize it exists.
The Medicaid money that right-wingers want to snatch away from Planned Parenthood actually goes toward critical preventative care and treatments for the disadvantaged. So if pro-life activists are genuine in wanting to preserve human lives, waging a war against clinics that help low-income men and women isn’t the way to go.
Some of the general health care offered by Planned Parenthood include physical exams, flu and tetanus vaccines, cancer, cholesterol, STD and diabetes screenings, and even help if you want to quit smoking. In other words, clinics like Planned Parenthood provide primary care for millions of Americans, 75 percent of whom are either at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level.
Defunding Planned Parenthood will do serious damage to the well-being of those who are already at a disadvantage. It’s laughable to claim the pro-life label while simultaneously putting people’s lives at risk because you’re too stubborn to acknowledge that Medicaid doesn’t fund abortions.
Donald Trump is citing his score on a routine cognitive test as proof he can solve the North Korea crisis better than Obama
In an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, Donald Trump brought up his score on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment as proof he is mentally capable of solving the escalating North Korea crisis.
According to Reuters, Trump blamed the tensions on the actions of his predecessors, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and said prior administrations “all realized they were going to have to leave it to a president that scored the highest on tests.”
Right-wing preacher justifies Trump’s Access Hollywood tape as God’s work
How do the same evangelicals who incessantly force-feed us their morals and family values manage to overwhelmingly support someone like Donald Trump? Especially when he gets caught on tape discussing how he moves in on women "like a bitch" and how he enjoys the occasional spontaneous pussy grab.
How exactly did white evangelicals reconcile Trump’s inability to resist desires of the flesh to the point where 80 percent voted for him?
Trump reverses protections for Americans with crippling student loan debt
One of the biggest obstacles to a healthy U.S. economy continues to be student loan debt, which an increasing number of people are defaulting on. Millions of people had not made a payment on $137 billion in federal student loans for at least nine months in 2016. That’s a 14 percent increase in defaults from the previous year.
So what was Trump’s response to the the already grotesque $1.2 trillion problem? He threw out what little protection borrowers had against shady debt collectors.
Around 8 million people are currently defaulting on their student loan debt. Just under half of those people took out loans through the discontinued Federal Family Education Loan Program. The program insured and subsidized loans from private lenders.