Healthcare Premiums Are Skyrocketing Because of the GOP

Virginia and Maryland have just made public health insurance company requests for 2019 premium increases under the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare), and the results are shocking.

Health insurers in both states want double-digit increases in monthly premiums for individual medical plans. CareFirst, for example, wants to nearly double the amount it charges on average for coverage in Maryland, and increase the cost in Virginia by 64 percent. read more

How Democrats Can Use Healthcare to Win Big in 2018 Midterms

Consider these separate but related news items:

  • The cost and availability of health care is the #1 issue that Americans care about right now, according to the Gallup poll.
  • The Gallup poll for the last year has been showing that Obamacare (ACA) is approved of by over half of American voters.
  • A new  HuffPost/YouGov poll shows that American voters are more focused on health care than any other issue.   Over 30 percent of voters polled said that health care was their top issue, which was more than twice as many as any other issue.
  • In a December Gallup poll nearly half of Americans support a government-run healthcare system, the highest number ever.  In fact, through Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans’ Administration, the federal government and the prison system, about 40% of Americans already receive their healthcare from government-run programs.  And most people like these programs and want to keep them.

Add all this together and you can’t help but reach an inescapable conclusion: If health care plays a prominent role in this year’s election, it could provide a huge advantage for Democrats. read more

Feed the Beast, Starve the People: What’s Really Been Going on with GOP Tax Policy and Strategy

Over the last July 4 holiday, in an infamous moment inspiring public outrage, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was captured on film enjoying a public beach with his family. His family were the only ones on the beach, as the beach had been closed to the public because the state, due largely to a Christie veto, had failed to pass a budget, preventing funds from being disbursed to public parks. read more

From Populism to Donorism: The GOP’s Authoritarian Rule Disregards American Majority

Remember last July when Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced sanctions against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Moros and his regime? At the time the Maduros regime was attempting to re-write Venezuela’s constitution to erode provisions enforcing democratic institutions in order to secure dictatorial powers for himself.
Mnuchin issued a statement last July 31 that, looking back, we can see contains language remarkably resonant with the recent behaviors of not just the Trump administration but, it is important to note, the current GOP regime itself. In this statement, Mnuchin said, “As President Trump said earlier this month, the strong and courageous actions by the Venezuelan people to stand for democracy, freedom, and the rule of law have been continually ignored by Nicolas Maduro who dreams of becoming a dictator. Yesterday’s illegitimate elections confirm that Maduro is a dictator who disregards the will of the Venezuelan people.” read more