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Here is the terrible truth about Paul Ryan’s health care plan

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (Lacy Landre/Flickr)

The GOP Affordable Care Act replacement draft includes reforms promoted by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan since (and before) the passage of the ACA, including funding Medicaid with block grants to states and a per capita cap on Medicaid funding. The federal government pays a fixed share of states’ Medicaid costs.

Under Ryancare, federal funding would cover a fixed per capita amount and states would cover all costs above the cap—leading to an inevitable reduction in services. States would have to contribute significantly more, or more likely, cut payments to providers, as well as benefits. For example, 30 million children enrolled in Medicaid could lose access to comprehensive periodic medical screening that ensures that low-income children, particularly those with complex medical conditions, receive preventative care.

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The bill would also revoke the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, which extended coverage for low-income Americans to 11 million additional people. The bill eliminates all taxes imposed by the ACA, correcting the “transfer of wealth” that undergirds “Obamacare.” As much as anything, it is a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans. Taxes for the top 1 percent of Americans would be reduced by an average $33,000 next year. The top one-tenth of 1 percent of taxpayers would receive an average $197,000 tax in break. And the 400 highest earners, averaging $300 million a year, would receive individual tax windfalls of $7 million.

This article was originally published at The Washington Spectator


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Vehicles being used as weapons against protesters is ‘the new normal in 2020’: CNN

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CNN's Don Lemon on Friday evening devoted a segment to the rash of incidents in which people have driven through Black Lives Matter protesters in the same manner that killed Heather Heyer at the fatal 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"Vehicles used as weapons," Don Lemon began. "You heard me right, vehicles are being used as weapons against Americans taking to the streets in Black Lives Matter protests in cities across this country."

CNN correspondent Evan McMorris-Santoro reported shocking scenes captured on camera of vehicles running down protesters are "common now."

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Trump to ignore Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish and appoint Amy Coney Berman: reports

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President Donald Trump intends to name Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, US media reported Friday, who if confirmed would cement a solid conservative majority on the high court.

The president said this week he will announce his pick to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday, and various media outlets said it would be the 48-year-old conservative judge.

Citing sources close to the process, various media outlets, including The New York Times and CNN, said Trump would nominate Barrett.

If she is confirmed the court would shift to a 6-3 conservative majority.

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Trump tells supporters he won’t be ‘stupid’ enough for peaceful transition of power if he loses

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President Donald Trump continued to spread debunked conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election during a Friday night campaign rally in Virginia.

Trump argued that it was impossible for him to lose the election, thus concluding he would be "stupid" to hand over power peacefully should he lose.

"We not gonna lose this, except if they cheat," Trump falsely claimed about the 2020 campaign, where he trails Joe Biden in national and battleground polling.

"That's the only way we're gonna lose is if there's, uh, mischief," he argued. "And it will have to be on a big scale."

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