Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America savor three good martinis for conservatives. First, they applaud Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse for reminding his fellow senators of the constitutional purpose of the judicial branch, how Brett Kavanaugh out to be evaluated, and why the political “charades” needs to stop. They also cheer Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey for naming former Sen. Jon Kyl to replace John McCain in the U.S. Senate until the 2020 election. And they welcome Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision not to seek another term and reflect on his disastrous record in both Washington and the Windy City.
A leading health care policy expert is imploring congressional Republicans to renew the push for an Obamacare repeal or risk the full wrath of many of their constituents, and timing for such a move just got better.
On Tuesday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey tapped former Sen. Jon Kyl to fill the U.S. Senate vacancy created by the death of Sen. John McCain, bringing a staunch conservative back to the Senate perhaps the decisive vote on repeal legislation.
Galen Institute President Grace-Marie Turner is part of a coalition pleading with Congress to take up the issue again – specifically on a plan to send power out of Washington and back to the states to establish their own rules for their own health systems.
She says many lawmakers like the idea but are reluctant to bring it up just two months before Election Day.
“They’re so frightened of bringing health care up again after the failed vote in July of last year,” said Turner. They’re afraid of bringing it up again and failing.”
However, Turner says they might have more to fear from doing nothing based on the scolding lawmakers are getting from voters this campaign season.
“Members are getting hammered on the campaign trail because they haven’t done anything to give people relief from the high costs and the limited choices of Obamacare,” said Turner.
She cited one Virginia voter who makes over $100,000 per year but is saddled with monthly health insurance payments of more than $4,000 per month because the Obamacare exchange only offers one plan. The rising costs are more than eating up the raises and extra income from the recent tax cuts.
“That’s what they’re hearing on the campaign trail: people trying to do the right thing and the costs just go up and up and up,” said Turner. “The markets are really imploding. The pools are not stable.”
In giving power back to the states, Turner says Republicans would once again be trumpeting what most Americans have always known.
“One of the things we’ve learned is that the federal government just cannot manage anything as complex and diverse as health insurance markets in the fifty states. We need to give them not only more power but new resources to begin to give people more choices of more affordable coverage,” said Turner.
Turner says 46-47 Republican senators are on board with the prescribed legislation while a handful of others are diving into the specifics. She says Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, want specific provisions for their states. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, wants a bigger focus on health savings accounts, and other conservatives want regulatory relief.
Listen to the rest of the interview with Grace-Marie Turner to hear all of her thoughts on the health care debate, the midterm elections, and how the liberal and media push for single payer is a tacit admission from the left that Obamacare is a failure.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see conservative priorities in Pres. Trump’s budget, even though they concede the final appropriations will look nothing like this. They also shake their heads as John McCain accuses anyone opposing NATO membership for Montenegro of doing Vladimir Putin’s bidding. And they react to a tweet from the McDonald’s account that slams Pres. Trump.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enthusiastically welcome a liberal threat to launch primary challenges to Democratic senators in 2018 for being too nice to Donald Trump. They also slam Republicans John McCain and Susan Collins for voting against very solid conservative nominees. And we react to the mainstream media temper tantrum after not getting to ask questions at some of Pres. Trump’s press conferences.
We have the biggest moments from Tuesday night’s debate. What did McCain and Obama say about the current financial crisis? What new idea does McCain have for helping struggling homeowners? And how do they differ on energy policy? We have the top news from Wednesday, October 8, 2008.
More of the day’s biggest headlines…how are Obama and McCain different when it comes to health care reform? What significant action did the Fed take on Wednesday to help ease the financial crisis? And what is Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson saying about where we stand in this crisis? We have all the answers. Listen here!
What did John McCain and Barack Obama need to accomplish in their second debate Tuesday night? Did they achieve their goals? Can McCain turn the financial crisis to his advantage? Should he have mentioned Obama’s disreputable friends or will that likely backfire? We ask Dr. Larry Sabato, Professor of Political Science at the University of Virginia.
John McCain and Barack Obama slugged it out over health care reform on Tuesday night, but which one has a better plan? Is McCain on the right track by pushing $5000 tax credits so families can buy coverage? What exactly is Obama’s plan and does it equal government-run care? And does either candidate have a real plan to reform Medicare? That’s what we ask health care expert Grace-Marie Turner, President of the Galen Institute
Barack Obama and John McCain battled over many issues on Tuesday night, including their very different priorities in bringing about energy reform. So which one has a better, more realistic plan? What could Obama’s $150 billion develop in 10 years? Would bridging the gap with more offshore drilling and nuclear power be a better strategy as McCain suggests? That what we ask Max Schulz, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute.
John McCain is enjoying a pretty healthy bounce out of the Republican convention. According to Gallup, McCain leads by five points but the big story may be the swing of independents to McCain – at least for now.
Listen to Greg’s interview with Gallup Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport on the McCain bounce.