Senate Obamacare Repeal Bill Expected Thursday Morning

This should be fun. I guess the easy prediction here is it will be slightly “less mean” than the House bill meaning only 17 to 19 million will lose their insurance. And bye bye Medicaid. And it will probably pass because what political ramifications besides some heated Town Halls have the GOP had to deal with so far?

Senate Republicans are expected to release their legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare on Thursday morning.

The Senate Republican caucus is meeting at 9:30 a.m. ET on Thursday morning so that leadership can unveil the bill text to all GOP senators. Going into the meeting on Thursday, many Republicans had yet to see a draft of the bill.

The bill is expected to be released to the public at 11 a.m. Thursday morning, according to Politico, but there’s a chance it could be leaked earlier.

A small group of Senate Republicans has been involved in the secretive process to craft the bill, leaving some senators unaware of the bill’s contents. Leaders are pushing for a vote on the bill next week, which has frustrated a few Republicans who feel they need more time to digest the bill before casting a vote.

Trump: ‘I Just Don’t Want A Poor Person’ Running The Economy

The question, besides why the fuck anybody would ever cast a vote for this human sized pile of garbage, is what is Trump’s idea of a poor person? I’m assuming anybody with enough education and experience to be qualified to be in these financial positions aren’t going to be considered poor by any stretch of the average person’s imagination. I imagine that Trump thinks anybody who doesn’t own their own airplane is not all that well off.

The only qualifications Trump gives a shit about are dollar signs and sycophancy.

President Donald Trump made clear Wednesday that he wants “rich” people “to be in charge of the economy.”

Speaking at a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Trump mentioned Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and former Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn, now the director of the National Economic Council.

“Someone said, why did you appoint a rich person to be in charge of the economy?” Trump said, after referring to Cohn. “And Wilbur is a very rich person, in charge of Commerce,” he added.

“I said because that’s the kind of thinking we want,” he continued. “I mean, you know, really. Because they’re representing the country. They don’t want the money. They’re representing the country.”

Trump has one of the richest Cabinets in American history, stocked with billionaires and multi-millionaires.

“And I love all people — rich or poor — but in those particular positions, I just don’t want a poor person,” he added. “Does that make sense? If you insist, I’ll do it, but I like it better this way.”

Memorial for Murdered Muslim Teen Was Set on Fire

So much hatred:

WASHINGTON – The memorial for a teen murdered near a Virginia mosque was set on fire in Dupont Circle on Wednesday, according to fire officials.

DC Fire said they responded to the scene at about 8:30 a.m. and found the remains from the memorial for 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen on fire at the Dupont Memorial Fountain on Connecticut Avenue NW.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames. DC Police said 24-year-old Jonathan Soloman of South Carolina was arrested in connection with the fire.

Shootings Now Third Leading Cause of Death for U.S. Children

The problem is obvious. We need to relax our gun laws so that all children can open carry to school to defend themselves against guns. (Did I get that NRA logic right?)

Though we constantly see examples in the news, child gun injuries and deaths may be even more prevalent in the United States than we realized. A study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics showed that an average of 5,790 children in the United States receive emergency room treatment for gun-related injuries each year, and around 21 percent of those injuries are unintentional. The study also found that an average of 1,297 children die annually from gun-related injuries, making guns the third-leading cause of death for children in America (behind illnesses and unintentional injuries like drownings or car crashes). The number is based on data taken from 2012–2014 for children up to the age of 17.

Data on fatal gun deaths were drawn from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics System database, and data on non-fatal gun injuries were from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.