There was a lot of news over the weekend, a catch up on some key stories:
Healthcare – namely pre existing conditions:
Most of the hysteria over the bill passed seems to be over pre existing conditions. Here’s what we learned. The new bill covers conditions as the old did. It then allows states to seek waivers if they want to alter full pre existing coverage at no additional charges. They must get approval to change anything.
Even then, no one can be denied coverage or have their premium raised – unless they cancel coverage. As long as individuals maintain coverage they cannot be charged additional. They have a reasonable period to convert if they leave a job or change companies.
So as we understand it, no one with pre conditions can be denied initially, canceled later or denied and charged more upon changing coverage unless they let it lapse and at some future date try and come back.
If that’s true we think that clause is more than fair and the MSM needs to explain it so others can decide.
Which brings us back to how poorly this has been handled. The WH and congress need to do more communication knowing the MSM and liberals will be loud in opposition. Make the case with real examples why Obamacare is failing. Show why your idea is better. Illustrate how costs will decline for families. If everything they are saying is true then communicate, communicate and communicate again to isolate the anti voices and MSM showing out of touch.
Of course without the CBO scoring how do we know anything?
The best approach would still have been a bi-partisan group to do a review and bring the ideas from both sides. If Obamacare is failing let the bi-partisan team say it and take their ideas for a new way.
No chance the Trump administration doesn’t follow through on a trial for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The date is scheduled for October on charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan. The judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, said at a pretrial hearing that he intends to start jury selection Oct. 16 and begin the trial in earnest on Oct. 23.
Wonder what would have happened if Hillary had won.
Pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron won easily yesterday, which means the European Union survives. There was little doubt in this election as France has been hit hard with terrorist activity and the country moved to the center a little, but not all the way to the far right his opponent was advocating.
Macron is young (39) and new to the world stage. It will be interesting to see how he handles issues.
The other interesting thing about him is he married his high school math teacher, who he met at 15. She is 25 years older and has kids, one who is two years older than Macron.
It will be interesting when Trump, Macron and their spouses meet for dinner.
Texas does what Texas does:
Last night Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed what he called a ban on “sanctuary cities”. The act allows police to ask about a person’s immigration status and threatens sheriffs with jail if they don’t cooperate with federal authorities.
So while other states like California and New York pass safe state laws Texas goes the other way.
Abbott said, “Let’s face it, the reason why so many people come to America is because we are a nation of laws and Texas is doing its part to keep it that way”.