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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Are We Seeing The Last Days Of ObamaCrapCare

Sen. Alexander: Obamacare May Collapse Nationwide

 (GOP Weekly Address/YouTube)
By Sandy Fitzgerald   |   Saturday, 27 Aug 2016 06:57 PM
Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander said Saturday that Obamacare exchanges in his home state are nearly ready to collapse, and he fears that other states will soon follow suit.
"This November, when Tennesseans are signing up for 2017 Obamacare plans, there will be fewer to choose from – and they’ll be much more expensive," Alexander said in Saturday's GOP weekly address. "That picture will be the same for many Americans across the country.”
On Wednesday, The Tennessean, the largest newspaper in Alexander's state, reported in a front page story that the state's exchange is "very near collapse," the senator said, but the story wasn't about a "bridge or a foreign dictatorship."
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"'Very near collapse'" was our state insurance commissioner’s description of the Obamacare exchange in Tennessee, which more than 2,000 Tennesseans used last year to buy health plans,” Alexander said.
That means next year, Tennesseans will pay an "intolerable increase" of between 44 and 62 percent for their Obamacare plans than they paid last year, said Alexander, and if policyholders can't pay for it, the taxpayers will, as a large part of Obamacare premiums end up being funded with tax dollars.
The struggles will leave Americans with a choice as they enter the voting booths in November, said Alexander, warning that Democrats will tighten Washington's hold on private insurance choices.
"Democrats will spend more of your taxpayer dollars to prop up the collapsing Obamacare exchanges," said Alexander, while Republicans "want to help Americans struggling with the cost of health insurance immediately by working to give states more flexibility when it comes to individual and family options to buy health insurance plans outside the exchanges.
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Adelson Makes His Impact

NY Times: Trump's 'Regret' Speech Came After Sheldon Adelson Meeting

Image: NY Times: Trump's 'Regret' Speech Came After Sheldon Adelson Meeting
 Sheldon Adelson (Getty Images)
By Todd Beamon   |   Saturday, 27 Aug 2016 09:27 PM
Donald Trump expressed "regret" about some of his fiery rhetoric last week after casino magnate Sheldon Adelson urged him "to demonstrate a measure of humility" in a private meeting the day before speaking in North Carolina, according to news reports.
The session with Adelson, 83, head of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. and one of the GOP's largest donors, was held at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City on Aug. 17, The New York Times reports.
Adelson, head of the Republican Jewish Coalition, has pledged $100 million to Trump's effort. He told the developer that he remained "committed to his campaign," according to the Times.
The following night, Trump told a rally in Charlotte: "Sometimes, in the heat of debate, and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don't choose the right words or you say the wrong thing.
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"And, believe it or not, I regret it.
"I do regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain," he said. "Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues."
However, "it was unclear if it would be enough for him to fulfill his pledge to Mr. Trump," the Times reports, sourcing its article on "five Republicans briefed on the conversation who were not authorized to discuss it publicly."
Adelson "was uneasy with Mr. Trump’s behavior in the weeks after the Republican convention last month," according to the Times.
The period included the nominee's attacks on a Gold Star family whose son was a U.S. Army captain who had been killed in Iraq.
Neither Adelson nor his wife, Miriam, have yet contributed to Trump's campaign, the Republican National Committee or "the groups backing him" since pledging the $100 million in May, the Times reports.
Miriam Adelson also attended last week's meeting.
The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment from the Times.
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Republicans Eat Another Congressman.

Fresh off a win in Kansas earlier this month, Republicans and special interests looking to oust conservative members have their sights set on Arizona.
Just four weeks after House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., lost his seat in a Republican primary, fellow caucus member Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., is fighting back against an onslaught of outside Super PAC money aimed at defeating him.
Gosar was elected in the tea-party-wave election of 2010 and is seeking a fourth term in the state’s large, rural fourth district on Aug. 30. But Gosar is busy fending off a spirited challenge from pastor and city council member Ray Strauss.
Gosar says his case for re-election is simple and strong.
“We gave them a promise that we would deliver and we’ve actually done that. We’re one of the most accomplished members of Congress because we actually get things done. We listen to the people. We inventory what they need to get done. We try to limit governments and empower freedoms,” said Gosar.
Over nearly six years in Congress, Gosar has compiled ratings of 92 from both the American Conservative Union and Heritage Action. Conservative Review scores him at 83. Still this conservative district is playing host to a competitive primary thanks to more than $280,000 in outside money attacking Gosar and boosting Strauss.
Gosar says it takes a lot of time and effort to counter an ad campaign that intense.
“They’re throwing the kitchen sink. They have been lying about my record, like I voted for Obamacare when everybody that knows me knows that’s quite the opposite,” said Gosar.
Truth is, Gosar wasn’t even in Congress when Obamacare passed without a single Republican vote in 2010. He has voted for numerous proposed repeals of the law.
But he says the truth doesn’t matter as establishment Republicans look to push him out.
“They’re trying to do the same thing they did to Tim Huelskamp in Kansas; throw out all these negative ads and build up a fever frenzy in people that haven’t voted once in the last four elections. What they’re trying to do is get the angry mob to label someone like myself, who is definitely not an insider and would have to be one of the true outsiders, being labeled as that and then try to oust them,” said Gosar.
The special interest money is coming through the Right Way SuperPAC. The largest donor to the group is the Western Growers Association, which Gosar says doesn’t like his strong stance on border security.
“It’s no different than leadership wanting people to go along with their strategy that’s got us into $19-plus trillion in debt and the same old crap we see over and over again,” said Gosar.
While Right Way is spending more than $23,000 in support of Strauss, the vast majority of the SuperPAC money is aimed at defeating Gosar. The congressman says that proves that Strauss may talk tough about border security but is really in alliance with the national GOP leaders and their deep-pocketed donors.
“He’s backed by open borders illegal amnesty folks that want cheap labor. He’s backed by Western Growers, who have procured and tried to promote Gang of Eight and cheap labor. He’s also got ties to this group that has ties to past leaders like John Boehner and current leadership,” said Gosar.
He said the misrepresentations about his record on immigration and other key issues in Arizona leave him very disappointed in an opponent who is a member of the clergy.
“They want a go-along, get-along type person instead of holding accountability, living through the constitutional framework and the rule of law. It’s quite contradictory when you see a guy who claims to be a pastor that continues to lie over and over and over again about the things we have accomplished,” said Gosar.

Gosar says his record of accomplishment is clear, starting with border security.
“I’ve been a workhorse, putting amendments forth to defund sanctuary cities to making sure our border patrol has adequate funding, to making sure of reimbursement to local communities when Uncle Sam isn’t doing their job,” said Gosar,.
He also mentioned his efforts to defund President Obama’s executive actions on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA).
Gosar touts an A+ grade from the immigration group Numbers USA.
He also led House fights to stop the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and other environmental overreach, while fighting to give patients more power in their health care choices and pushing back against the Obama housing initiative that seeks a racial and religious balance in all neighborhoods.
Gosar is also proud to run on the same ticket as Donald Trump, who Gosar says is very popular in the fourth district. He says residents are craving the return of the rule of law, and that includes a sizable percentage of Hispanic voters in the district.
He said the choice between Trump and Hillary Clinton is a no-brainer.
“When anybody gives me any guff in regards to that, I’m like, ‘Can you really vote for a criminal? Come on now. Have we stooped that low?’ Donald Trump is talking the right language. He may not always use the right words, but boy he’s articulate because he knows there’s a problem and a pulse that needs to be taken care of,” said Gosar.
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