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Рэнд Пол
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Рэндал Говард "Рэнд" Пол (Randal Howard "Rand" Paul, p. 7 января 1963 года, Питтсбург, Пенсильвания) — американский политик, сторонник либертарианских политических взглядов, сенатор от штата Кентукки, член Республиканской партии, один из активистов движения чаепития. С ...

Рэндал Говард "Рэнд" Пол (Randal Howard "Rand" Paul, p. 7 января 1963 года, Питтсбург, Пенсильвания) — американский политик, сторонник либертарианских политических взглядов, сенатор от штата Кентукки, член Республиканской партии, один из активистов движения чаепития. Сын Рона Пола, первый в истории США действующий сенатор, один из родителей которого является членом Палаты представителей США.

 

Рэндал Говард Пол родился 7 января 1963 года, в Питтсбурге, штат Пенсильвания, в семье Рональда Эрнеста Пола и Кэрол Пол (урожденной Уэллс). В семье третий ребёнок из пяти В подростковом возрасте стал верующим христианином.

В 1968 году, семья Пола переехала в Лейк-Джексон, штат Техас, где он вырос. Когда ему было 13 лет, его отец был избран в Палату представителей США.

В 1988 году поступил в медицинский университет и закончил его в 1993 году.

5 августа 2011 года вступил в должность сенатора США.

7 апреля 2015 года объявил о намерении баллотироваться на пост Президента США в качестве кандидата от Республиканской партии на выборах 2016 года.

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19 января, 00:50

Democrats pummel Price on stock trades, sweetheart deals

Ethics questions overshadow Obamacare debate as minority members seek to slow confirmation.

17 января, 01:44

Elroy Sailor added to Trump transition team

Elroy Sailor, a prominent African American Republican strategist, is joining the Trump transition effort to help with confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill, Sean Spicer confirmed Monday afternoon. Sailor, a veteran GOP staffer, most recently worked as a senior adviser to Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus and as senior adviser and director of strategic programs for Rand Paul’s 2016 presidential campaign. Spicer, Trump’s press secretary, commented via email on Sailor’s involvement on the transition team. Sailor, who will not be paid, is to focus on a range of issues facing the president-elect's nominees as they seek confirmation. "He has agreed to generously volunteer his time to work with the outstanding communications team we have at the transition team to ensure this all-star group of nominees is confirmed as soon as possible so we can bring real change to Washington and Make America Great Again,” Spicer wrote. Sailor’s Hill experience has stretched across Congress. Before joining the RNC, he served as a staffer for Sen. Spencer Abraham, (R-Mich.) and former House Republican Conference Chairman J.C. Watts Jr. The news of Sailor’s involvement in Trump’s transition comes amid growing tension between the president-elect and Rep. John Lewis, who have sparred after Lewis called into question the legitimacy of the presidency of Trump’s administration. Sailor, who is a friend of Lewis's chief of staff, recently praised President-elect Donald Trump and shared high expectations of his ability to positively affect race relations. “I believe there is a 100 percent commitment to try to address not only the challenges, but to expand opportunities in our communities and grow our communities,” Sailor said in an interview with the Washington Post.

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16 января, 18:32

CHANGE: Rand Paul previews ObamaCare replacement plan focusing on lower cost policies. Paul sugge…

CHANGE: Rand Paul previews ObamaCare replacement plan focusing on lower cost policies. Paul suggested Sunday that the replacement plan will include more low-cost insurance plans “One of the key reforms that we will do is, we’re going to legalize the sale of inexpensive insurance,” he told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “That means getting rid […]

15 января, 20:07

Rand Paul raises 'big question' of Medicaid rollback

Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday that "the big question" over repealing Obamacare will be whether Medicaid expansion is also rolled back, not committing to keeping the expansion in place. The Kentucky Republican, who along with President-elect Donald Trump has come out strongly in favor of a simultaneously repeal-and-replace approach to the health-care overhaul, was asked on CNN whether people covered under the law's expansion of Medicaid would continue to receive benefits after a potential repeal. "That's the big question," he said on State of the Union. "And I don't think that's going to be in the replacement aspect. I think that's going to be in the repeal aspect.""The vast majority of people that got insurance under President Obama's Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, got it through Medicaid," the Kentucky Republican explained. "What we have to decide is what can be kept and what can't be kept. And that's going to be part of repeal."Paul, who along with President-elect Donald Trump, has come out strongly in favor of a simultaneously repeal-and-replace approach to the health care overhaul, again stressed the need for a same day repeal-and-replace approach. "We have had six years to complain. And we have complained. I have been one of those complaining about Obamacare," Paul said. "Replacement should be the same day." On another matter, Paul, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee considering the confirmation of Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state, also indicated that he'd be supporting the former ExxonMobil CEO. "Yes, I will vote for Rex Tillerson," Paul said. "I was very impressed."

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15 января, 17:50

Republican senator to propose eliminating mandates in Obamacare bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senator Rand Paul said on Sunday that the Obamacare replacement bill he plans to unveil would get rid of some of the mandates for health insurance coverage with the aim of bringing down the cost of insurance.

14 января, 17:00

The Curse of Econ 101

When it comes to basic policy questions such as the minimum wage, introductory economics can be more misleading than it is helpful.

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13 января, 23:34

House Passes Budget Resolution Clearing Path For Obamacare Repeal

After a tweet from the President-elect this morning promising that "The "Unaffordable" Care Act will soon be history!", the House of Representatives has just approved a budget resolution that brings that promise one step closer to its fruition.  Although many speculated that House Republicans would splinter after weeks of bickering on the merits of a simultaneous repeal and replace versus repeal now and replace later strategy, the final vote came in at 227-198 with only 9 Republicans dissenting. Congrats to the Senate for taking the first step to #RepealObamacare- now it's onto the House! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2017 The "Unaffordable" Care Act will soon be history! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2017   And here is the full official vote tally courtesy of CSPAN:   Of course, the House vote comes just one day after the Senate voted 51-48 to approve the budget resolution with Rand Paul being the only dissenting Republican vote.  Here's our summary from yesterday: Early on Thursday morning, in a 51-48 vote, the Senate took the first concrete step toward dismantling Obamacare, when it voted to instruct key committees to draft legislation repealing Barack Obama's signature health insurance program. Republicans needed a simple majority to clear the repeal rules, instructing committees to begin drafting repeal legislation, through the upper chamber, with the vote falling largely along party lines.   Rand Paul was the lone Republican to vote against the budget resolution because it didn’t balance. Paul said in a statement after the vote that while he supports nixing ObamaCare "putting nearly $10 trillion more in debt on the American people’s backs through a budget that never balances is not the way to get there." The resolution passed by the Senate on Thursday instructs committees of the House and Senate to draft repeal legislation by Jan. 27. Both chambers will then need to approve the resulting legislation before any repeal goes into effect. With conflicting messages flooding the mainstream media about the timing of the Obamacare repeal versus the introduction of a plan for its replacement, House Speaker Paul Ryan again noted that Congress is "in complete sync" with the Trump administration that the failed law should be repealed and replaced "concurrently."  Per The Hill: Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) insisted on Thursday that the House GOP and Trump are on the same page. The president-elect this week urged Congress to follow a repeal vote with a replacement as soon as possible.   “We are in complete sync. We agree we want to make sure we move these things concurrently, at the same time repeal and replace,” Ryan said at a Capitol news conference.   Ryan said that Republicans will outline their strategy for replacing the law at the joint House-Senate GOP retreat in Philadelphia a week after the inauguration.   “Some of these steps will be taken by Congress; some of these steps will be taken by the incoming Trump administration” after Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) is confirmed as Health and Human Services secretary, Ryan said. “So this will be a thoughtful, step-by-step process. We’re not going to swap one 2,700-page monstrosity for another.” Of course not all Republicans were supportive of the budget resolution with a handful vowing to oppose the Obamacare repeal effort without first crafting a clear vision of a replacement plan.  A handful of conservative lawmakers are already on record saying they will vote no on the GOP budget, griping that it doesn't do enough to tackle federal spending and debt or that leadership has not laid out enough details of how it will go about replacing ObamaCare. They include Freedom Caucus members like Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) and Ken Buck (R-Colo.), as well as another conservative, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.).   “More people are reluctant to support it because they’re taking the first step on a journey and leadership won’t tell them where it’s going to end,” Massie told The Hill on Thursday. “But for me, it’s the numbers.”   “The numbers are too high,” added Buck. “They say to me, ‘The number's not the important part; it's the repeal, the reconciliation.’ But if the number's not the important part, then make it lower.”   Centrist Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) said Thursday that he still had “serious reservations” about voting for the budget resolution without any concrete plans of how to replace ObamaCare.   “Before we take this plane in the air, we better have a damn good idea where we’re gonna land it. Because right now, we’re not sure how we’re gonna land,” Dent told reporters in the Capitol. And while we're a big fan of metaphors, we would suggest to Mr. Dent that his particular example ignores the point that the Obamacare plane is already in-flight, both engines have failed and the plane is spiraling toward the ground.  So while we understand the desire to move forward thoughtfully, we would also suggest that almost anything would be better than the current healthcare calamity that is Obamacare.

13 января, 13:00

The Limits of Using Reconciliation to Repeal Obamacare

The Senate rule may be the best hope for the GOP in rolling back the Affordable Care Act, but it still might not be an easy task.

13 января, 12:50

Rubio's Revenge?

The Florida Republican has the power to sink Rex Tillerson’s nomination for secretary of state and deal an early blow to a president-elect who belittled him a year ago.

13 января, 04:09

Will Trump's Intel Leakers Go To Jail?

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13 января, 03:46

Was Leaked FakeNews an Attempted Coup? Should There Be Arrests?

Rand Paul has said that whoever in the intelligence agencies or Obama administration leaked the most recent fake news about Trump should be jailed. Lionel joins David Knight to discuss if that’s the appropriate response as the intelligence agencies that have been overthrowing foreign government come home to roost and attempt the same kind of intrigue here in America. Follow David on Twitter - https://twitter.com/libertytarian © The Alex Jones Show Copyright 1995- 2016 All Rights Reserved. Credit to videezy for backgrounds. Help us spread the word about the liberty movement, we're reaching millions help us reach millions more. Share the free live video feed link with your friends & family: http://www.infowars.com/show Follow Alex on TWITTER - https://twitter.com/RealAlexJones Like Alex on FACEBOOK - https://www.facebook.com/AlexanderEmerickJones Infowars on G+ - https://plus.google.com/+infowars/ :Web: http://www.infowars.com/ http://www.prisonplanet.com/ http://www.infowars.net/ :Subscribe and share your login with 20 friends: http://www.prisonplanet.tv http://www.InfowarsNews.com Visit http://www.InfowarsLife.com to get the products Alex Jones and his family trust, while supporting the growth of our expanding media operation. [http://bit.ly/2dhnhbS] Biome Defense™ [http://bit.ly/2bnEj91] Bio-True Selenium™ [http://bit.ly/1WYw8jp] Vitamin Mineral Fusion™ [http://bit.ly/1QYBNBv] Joint Formula™ [http://bit.ly/1nNuR3r] Anthroplex™ [http://bit.ly/1ljfWfJ] Living Defense™ [http://bit.ly/1Iobcj2] Deep Cleanse™ [http://bit.ly/1DsyQ6i] Knockout™ [http://bit.ly/1Kr1yfz] Brain Force™ [http://bit.ly/1R5gsqk] Liver Shield™ [http://bit.ly/1cOwQix] ProstaGuard™ [http://bit.ly/1mnchEz3] Child Ease™ [http://bit.ly/1xs9F6t] WinterSunD3™ [http://bit.ly/1L3gDSO] Ancient Defense™ [http://bit.ly/1EHbA6E] Secret-12™ [http://bit.ly/1txsOge] Oxy Powder™ [http://bit.ly/1s6cphV] Occu Power™ [http://bit.ly/1rGOLsG] DNA Force™ [http://bit.ly/1nIngBb] X2 Survival Shield™ [http://bit.ly/1kaXxKL] Super Female Vitality™ [http://bit.ly/1mhAKCO] Lung Cleanse™ [http://bit.ly/1mGbikx] Silver-Bullet - Colloidal Silver™ [http://bit.ly/1xcoUfo] Super Male Vitality™ [http://bit.ly/1z5BCP9] Survival Shield - Nascent Iodine™ [http://bit.ly/1o4sQtc] Patriot Blend 100% Organic Coffee™ [http://bit.ly/1iVL6HB] Immune Support 100% Organic Coffee™ All available at - http://www.infowarsshop.com/ INFOWARS HEALTH - START GETTING HEALTHY BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE - http://www.infowarshealth.com/ Newsletter Sign up / Infowars Underground Insider : http://www.infowars.com/newsletter

12 января, 16:13

Thursday's Morning Email: Senate Votes Overnight In First Big Step Toward Obamacare Repeal

TOP STORIES (And want to get The Morning Email each weekday? Sign up here.) SENATE VOTES OVERNIGHT IN FIRST STEP TOWARD REPEAL OF OBAMACARE Only Sen. Rand Paul voted against the party line. Approximately 20 million people will lose health insurance if Obamacare is repealed. [Jonathan Cohn, HuffPost] TRUMP BLASTS REPORT OF UNVERIFIED RUSSIA CLAIMS AS ‘FAKE NEWS’ In his first press conference as president-elect, Donald Trump called Buzzfeed a “failing pile of garbage,” and refused to call on CNN reporter Jim Acosta, saying the outlet was responsible for “fake news.” He also announced that he won’t divest from his business interest in his company, and is placing his two sons in charge of the Trump Organization. And yes, Trump did end his press conference by saying “You’re fired.” [Michael Calderone, HuffPost] MEET THE AUTHOR OF THE UNVERIFIED DOSSIER ON TRUMP Christopher Steele works for London-based Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd, which says on its website that it was founded by former British intelligence professionals. And here’s why “golden shower” is trending on Twitter. [WSJ | Paywall] CHELSEA MANNING ‘ON SHORT LIST’ FOR PARDON FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA The former Army intelligence analyst is serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified material to WikiLeaks. [NBC] EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT REX TILLERSON’S CONFIRMATION HEARING The president-elect’s pick for secretary of state was grilled by Sen. Marco Rubio over his relationship with Russia, and expressed support for both the Paris Agreement and women’s programs at the State Department. [Jessica Schulberg, HuffPost] LOOKS LIKE THE SAN DIEGO CHARGERS ARE MOVING TO LAWhich gives the city two NFL teams after the St. Louis Rams moved there last year. And yes, that seems beyond absurd considering how the Rams have been received in LA. [Travis Waldron, HuffPost] VOLKSWAGEN TO PAY $4.3 BILLION FOR EMISSIONS SCANDAL And six executives have been indicted for their role in helping the company cheat on diesel emissions tests for a decade. [Reuters]     APPLE IS HEADED TO HOLLYWOOD The tech giant is looking to get into the original television and movie content game. [WSJ | Paywall] A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE UNHAPPY ABOUT JOSEPH FIENNES BEING CAST AS MICHAEL JACKSON Including Jackson’s daughter, Paris. [HuffPost] WE FINALLY HAVE THE DETAILS ON THAT TIME PRINCESS BEATRICE CUT ED SHEERAN’S FACE WITH A SWORD This is not a joke. [Vulture] BAD NEWS, SEAFOOD LOVERS Rising sea temperatures could be jeopardizing the safety of your food. [HuffPost] TRY NOT TO BARF AT THIS DESCRIPTION OF TACO BELL’S NEW TACO The shell is made out of fried chicken. [HuffPost] THIS DISEASE CAN CAUSE A 3-FOOT WORM TO GROW IN YOUR BODY But thanks to Jimmy Carter’s foundation, dracunculusm ― known as Guinea worm disease ― been wiped out in Mali. [HuffPost] YOU COULD POTENTIALLY SCORE A $0 TICKET TO DUBAI You’re welcome. [HuffPost]      ~ Police found a missing 5-year-old’s body in her parents’ restaurant. ~ A new Taliban video shows American and Australian hostages. ~ Michigan Republicans are trying to get rid of the state’s income tax. ~ Robert De Niro wrote a letter in support of Meryl Streep. ~ Caitlyn Jenner is reportedly attending Trump’s inauguration. ~ CVS will offer a cheaper EpiPen generic. ~ Ranking the top airlines on cost, leg room and overall sanity-keeping. ~ This British cafe will give you free lunch ― if you do a six-minute workout. ~ Looks like Peter Dinklage could be headed to the “Avengers” franchise. ~ Joe Jonas and Charlotte McKinney are wearing not a lot of clothes (but a bunch of bronzer) in the new Guess campaign. ~ Michelle Obama got the works for her last late-night TV appearance. ~ “Pop culture can’t escape Donald Trump.” ~ Selena Gomez and The Weeknd might just be an item. ~ This is why stepping on those dang Legos hurts so much.     The Huffington Post’s Morning Email team aims to get you the top news, along with entertainment, lifestyle stories and other absurdity that you need to get through your workday — all with a dash of signature Morning Email snark. Like The Morning Email? Send it to a friend! Does somebody keep forwarding you this newsletter? Get your own copy. It’s free! Sign up here. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

12 января, 13:24

Trump asks public for blind trust

The president-elect’s ethics plan relies entirely on the good faith of his company and family.

12 января, 13:19

James Mattis: What to watch

The confirmation of James Mattis as President-elect Donald Trump’s Defense secretary is not considered controversial, as the retired Marine general is respected on both sides of the aisle. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be a bit of fireworks at his confirmation hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday.Here’s what to watch:The Mattis waiverAs a retired four-star general who left the military in 2013, Mattis requires Congress to exempt him from the law that mandates a seven-year cooling off period before military officers can serve as Defense secretary. Both the House and Senate are fast-tracking that legislation with the goal of moving it through both chambers by the end of the week, but Mattis is sure to get pointed questions on the issue of civilian control of the military — many Senate Democrats are holding off supporting Mattis until they hear from him on the issue. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is one of the few lawmakers so far who’s declared opposition to the waiver, but Mattis will be choosing his words carefully to keep those numbers low in the Senate.In a sign of the issue’s delicacy, Mattis had agreed to take the rare step of also testifying in the House Armed Services Committee this week — before the Trump transition team canceled his testimony Wednesday.The move angered House Democrats, who are likely to vote against the waiver but can't stop it on their own. Senate Democrats, however, can do so because the waiver needs 60 votes, and they may press Mattis harder on the issue now in light of the scrapped House testimony.RussiaDemocrats will look to put daylight between Mattis and Trump when it comes to Russia, where the president-elect and his choice for Defense secretary have issued starkly different assessments.Trump has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and called for warmer relations with Russia, but Mattis has accused the Kremlin of seeking to “break NATO apart” and warned about the threat Russia poses to the U.S. Mattis seems to have convinced Trump to change his mind on the usefulness of torture, and many lawmakers are hoping he can do the same when it comes to Russia. That extends beyond Democrats to Republicans like Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who are pushing for new sanctions against Russia for its election-year hacking. Mattis’ willingness to publicly state views that clash with Trump’s could hint at how willing he’ll be to push back against Trump on the issue, too.Iran dealAs U.S. Central Command chief, Mattis fell out of favor with the Obama White House over his hawkish views toward Iran, but there are hopes that in the Trump administration he’ll be a voice of caution when it comes to tearing up the nuclear deal, which Trump repeatedly ripped on the campaign trail. At an event last year, Mattis said there was “no going back” on the agreement, for better or worse, and the next administration should not walk away from it.He’ll likely be asked to reaffirm those views in an effort by Democrats to get him on record publicly on the nuclear accord. At the same time, the comments could be used against him from conservative senators opposed to the deal, like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).Combat troopsDemocrats opposed to increasing U.S. combat troops in Iraq and Syria will press Mattis to nail down his views on putting boots on the ground in the fight against the Islamic State. The Republican president-elect has vowed to quickly defeat the Islamic State, but he’s been vague on how he intends to do that. Mattis is also likely to get questions — particularly from Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) — on his views about an Authorization for Use of Military Force against the Islamic State. Congress failed to pass a war authorization during the Obama administration, and Kaine has said he wants to try again under the new administration to give Congress a say in war powers. Like the current Pentagon, expect Mattis to back a new AUMF from Congress.Personnel issues Mattis will get quizzed on several personnel issues, from allowing women to keep serving in all combat roles to lifting the ban on transgender service members serving openly.Democrats are concerned that the Trump administration will roll back those changes and more that occurred under the Obama administration and will try to get Mattis on record about them.Another issue that could come up: Gillibrand’s push to take prosecuting military sexual assault cases outside the chain of command. It’s worth remembering she had supporters in Republican Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Trump’s comments have drawn scrutiny. As a retired general, Mattis is unlikely to agree with Gillibrand, as the brass has consistently opposed her efforts.Parochial asksHow many times will Mattis be asked to visit a senator’s state? Confirmation hearings for Defense secretaries are the perfect opportunities for enterprising senators to tout their home-state interests, and several are sure to offer invitations to visit bases, shipyards and other military installations back home.It makes sense from the lawmakers’ perspective: Bases are often competing against one another for who will get the new F-35 squadron and who will keep their Army brigade combat team, decisions that are ultimately made by the Defense secretary. Certain states also have vested interest in fights between the services, whether it’s nuclear weapons in Nebraska or shipbuilding in Virginia.In the case of Mattis’ hearing Thursday, it’s advantage Nebraska: It’s the only state that now has both its senators on the committee.

12 января, 12:36

Senate Republicans Take The First Big Step Toward Repealing Obamacare

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Senate Republicans have taken the first big step toward repealing Obamacare, setting in motion a legislative process that could undo the largest expansion of government in a generation and leave more than 20 million Americans without health insurance. In a mostly party-line vote that took place early on Thursday, the Senate passed a special budget resolution that instructs committees to write legislation stripping the health care law of its funding and spending provisions, effectively ending Obamacare’s coverage expansion. Budget resolutions don’t need presidential signatures, since they are basically internal congressional messages to committees. But they still require approval from both chambers, which means this one still needs a yes vote from the House. That is likely, though not quite certain, to happen within the next few days. Passing this resolution is a critical first step in rescinding Obamacare because it would allow Congress to consider legislation through the budget “reconciliation” process, with its special rules that make it impossible for Democrats to block action in the Senate by wielding the filibuster. That means Republicans could pass legislation even with their small, 52-seat majority in the Senate, and then send the final bill to President-elect Donald Trump. The incoming president reiterated during a Wednesday press conference his belief that “Obamacare is a complete and total disaster” because of rising premiums and declining insurance options for people buying their own coverage in some parts of the country.  The Senate vote was 51 to 48, with only Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) breaking ranks with his party to vote against the resolution. And it took place with relatively little legislative drama ― despite rumblings, from earlier in the week by a dozen Republican senators anxious about the prospect of voting to repeal the health care law without prior agreement on what would take its place. One of the senators making those arguments was Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who introduced an amendment on Tuesday that stipulated the committees would have until March to finish their work. He withdrew the amendment before Thursday’s vote. But Corker said he had assurances that the committees could take time to craft a replacement, according to Politico. And throughout the day, Republicans were still raising questions about a hasty repeal effort ― chief among them, what would happen to the more than 20 million people who now get insurance because of Obamacare? GOP leaders have tried to assure these members by promising an “orderly transition” of two or three years, during which elements of Obamacare would remain in place so that people currently insured would keep their coverage. But lawmakers including Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who is chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, have indicated they want to see the plans ― both for the transition and afterward ― before voting on a repeal. PA GOP Rep Dent on wanting an Obamacare replacement ready as they do repeal: Before we load a gun I'd like to know where it's pointed.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 12, 2017 How the debate proceeds from here is uncertain. The most unexpected Obamacare news of the day actually happened at Trump’s Wednesday press conference, when he issued his first extended remarks on the health care law since December. Trump didn’t endorse the leadership strategy of a quick repeal vote, with a replacement to come later. But he also didn’t side with those Republicans who want to push back both votes until later. Instead, he suggested the two votes should happen simultaneously and quickly. That would not seem to be possible, given that Republicans have not yet reached a consensus on even the broad outlines of an Obamacare alternative ― and translating an outline into actual legislation, with legal language and dollar figures, could take weeks if not months. The big issue looming over the GOP effort is that most of the Republicans, including Trump, have promised their schemes would provide better coverage than Obamacare does. But in part because conservative schemes typically envision substantially less federal spending, the end result of repeal ― with or without a replacement ― is almost certain to be fewer people with insurance, less comprehensive coverage for those who have it, or some blend of the two. Democrats did their best to make this point, right up until the final vote when, during the roll call, they took turns giving their reasons for voting against the resolution. “You are stealing health care from Americans ― I vote no,” Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) said. “Because health care shouldn’t be just for the healthy and wealthy ― I vote no,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). Thursday’s vote is a reminder of how high a priority Republicans put on the repeal of Obamacare, and how deeply unpopular the program is with conservative voters and even some non-conservative voters. But polls have suggested most Americans either don’t want to repeal the law or, at the very least, want to see what the alternative would be first. Igor Bobic and Matt Fuller contributed reporting. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

12 января, 10:49

Республиканцы планируют загнать США в долговую яму еще на $9 трлн глубже

Во вторник член Демократической партии, лидер сенатского меньшинства Чак Шумер яростно раскритиковал республиканцев во время принятия бюджета на финансовый 2017 год.

12 января, 10:01

U.S. Senate Approves Measure Launching Obamacare Repeal Process

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); The U.S. Senate on Thursday took a first concrete step toward dismantling Obamacare, voting to instruct key committees to draft legislation repealing President Barack Obama’s signature health insurance program. The vote was 51-48. The resolution now goes to the House of Representatives, which is expected to vote on it this week. Scrapping Obamacare is a top priority for the Republican majorities in both chambers and Republican President-elect Donald Trump. Republicans have said that the process of repealing Obamacare could take months, and developing a replacement plan could take longer. But they are under pressure from Trump to act fast; he said on Wednesday that the repeal and replacement should happen “essentially simultaneously.” Some 20 million previously uninsured Americans gained health coverage through the Affordable Care Act, as Obamacare is officially called. Coverage was extended by expanding Medicaid and through online exchanges where consumers can receive income-based subsidies. Republicans have launched repeated legal and legislative efforts to unravel the law, criticizing it as government overreach. They say they want to replace it by giving states, not the federal government, more control. But in recent days some Republicans have expressed concern about the party’s current strategy of voting for a repeal without having a consensus replacement plan ready. function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_2'),onPlayerReadyVidible); House Speaker Paul Ryan said this week he wants to pack as many replacement provisions as possible into the legislation repealing Obamacare. But Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, also a Republican, said this could be difficult under Senate rules. The resolution approved Thursday instructs committees of the House and Senate to draft repeal legislation by a target date of January 27. Both chambers will then need to approve the resulting legislation before any repeal goes into effect. Senate Republicans are using special budget procedures that allow them to repeal Obamacare by a simple majority; this way they don’t need Democratic votes. Republicans have a majority of 52 votes in the 100-seat Senate; one Republican, Senator Rand Paul, voted no on Thursday. Democrats mocked the Republican effort, saying Republicans have never united around an alternative to Obamacare. “They want to kill ACA but they have no idea how they are going to bring forth a substitute proposal,” declared Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Trump said Wednesday he would submit a replacement plan as soon as his nominee to lead the Health and Human Services department, Representative Tom Price, is approved by the Senate. But Trump gave no details. Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010 over united Republican opposition. Democrats say the act is insuring more Americans and helping to slow the growth in healthcare spending. But Republicans say the system is not working. The average Obamacare premium is set to rise 25 percent in 2017. VIDEO: Here is how the Democrats' vote-a-rama rules protest of repeal effort unfolded on Senate floor after 1am pic.twitter.com/r34Gyempeo— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) January 12, 2017 type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=587001fce4b065aeaddee621,586c1295e4b04d7df167d7db,5873ca9ae4b0eb9e49bfbdd3 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

11 января, 23:38

Республиканцы увеличат госдолг США на $9 трлн

Во вторник член Демократической партии, лидер сенатского меньшинства Чак Шумер яростно раскритиковал республиканцев во время принятия бюджета на финансовый 2017 год.

11 января, 20:27

Trump promises to repeal and replace Obamacare 'essentially simultaneously'

Donald Trump on Wednesday pledged to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act “essentially simultaneously,” a position that bucks congressional Republicans who had advocated repealing the health care law this winter but delaying passing a replacement plan for months or years. The president-elect, addressing reporters at a news conference in New York, said his administration will submit a plan to repeal and replace the law, known as Obamacare, “almost simultaneously, shortly thereafter” his pick for secretary of Health and Human Services, Rep. Tom Price, is confirmed.“It will be repeal and replace,” Trump said. “It will be essentially simultaneously. It will be various segments, you understand, but will most likely be on the same day or the same week, but probably the same day. Could be the same hour.”Republicans in Congress are eager to dismantle Obamacare, the outgoing president’s signature legislative achievement that they have long railed against, but have not reached a consensus on what to put in its place. If the law is repealed but lawmakers fail to pass another health care plan, millions of people who depend on Obamacare for their insurance would lose their coverage. That problem has prompted some lawmakers to advocate repealing the law immediately with a delay period included, during which they could pass a replacement. But in addition to Trump, some other Republicans, notably Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, are now saying that the replacement piece must come at the same time as repeal.

11 января, 18:22

Chao skates through hearing despite little info on infrastructure

Elaine Chao is due to take the witness table at her Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday morning, and all indications are that she will face a mostly friendly crowd, largely because she is a known quantity to virtually every senator — not just professionally, but also personally and through her spouse, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Here is POLITICO’s running list of key moments from Chao's hearing before the Commerce Committee:McConnell to testifyMcConnell, Chao's husband, plans to testify on her behalf this morning, lending extra welcoming firepower to what should already be a relatively easy day for Chao. Sen. Thune (R-S.D.) will speak first at the hearing, and with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Chao's other home-state senator, will also testify.Thune, according to his prepared remarks, will open the hearing with praise for Chao, saying it would be hard to come up with a more qualified nominee. "You have consistently proven your willingness to roll up your sleeves and address the challenges facing our nation. I would like to thank you for testifying today and for your willingness to continue your record of service to the country," Thune will say.Beyond the good-wishes, Thune will talk up the necessity of keeping transportation systems safe, and continuing to implement key pieces of legislation for highways, transit and pipelines that were recently enacted. Thune will also touch on how at DOT, the next Transportation secretary "will also have a unique opportunity to show federal leadership in the advancement of transportation innovation," including driverless cars and drones. Public and private funding, but no spending numbersChao will pay at least lip service to "public and private" funding solutions for infrastructure, saying in her prepared remarks that the new administration wants to explore "all the options ... both public and private, that provide the greatest cost-benefit." It's a small nod to Democrats and those in the industry who are wary of just what President-elect Donald Trump plans to propose when it comes to his $1 trillion infrastructure "investment" plan.But her opening remarks don't contain any whiff of a top-line spending number for Trump's infrastructure proposal, saying only that it is "important to recognize that the way we build and deliver projects is as important as how much we invest." She also notes that she wants to address "unnecessary bottlenecks in the processes that govern project development and delivery," and suggests she will keep an eye on how states are using funds to ensure "federal funds are focused on improving transportation system performance and project delivery."Mum on FAA spin offHer prepared remarks also don't directly address the incoming administration's position on whether to remove air traffic control from the FAA, as some in the House have proposed, saying only that rail and "air traffic operational efficiency ... need to be continually improved," and noting that she is looking forward to working on the effort to shift away from radars to satellites for directing aircraft, known as NextGen."Eight months remain before FAA reauthorization, so it’s important to start the collaborative process soon, to provide air travelers with a system second to none," she will say this morning.