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What to focus on besides Donald Trump’s tax returns

What to focus on besides Donald Trump’s tax returns

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In 2005, Donald Trump paid a tax rate of about 24% — $38 million in taxes on $153 million in income. It was less than many people want to see billionaires pay, but not low enough for Democrats to attack. That was the main takeaway from Rachel Maddow’s much-hyped announcement that she was releasing one of Trump’s federal tax returns Tuesday night. Until then, only state tax returns had been made public by other reporters. Her 20-minute introduction to the tax return release led to David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist who runs DCReport.org. Johnston brought the returns to Maddow’s show after he said he found them in his mail. Read the tax return here.

This is only a fragment of a much larger story. Maddow’s 20-minute wind-up featured all the reasons she believes the president must release his tax returns: checking Trump’s charitable giving, determining the actual scale of his wealth and, of course, determining what kind of money he received from foreign governments. The MSNBC host predicted that other Trump tax documents would be discovered in the coming months. And Johnston speculated that Trump or his team may have leaked the document themselves.

The predictable White House response: “You know you are desperate for ratings when you are willing to violate the law to push a story about two pages of tax returns from over a decade ago,” read the government’s official statement. MSNBC maintains there was nothing illegal about pushing Trump’s return. Democrats were largely quiet about (or unimpressed by) the returns.

Want more? Mic covered every angle of the tax return release.

•  Breaking down Trump’s effective tax rate.

•  Trump’s return showed the vast majority of the $38 million he paid came from the alternative minimum tax, a rule meant to guarantee wealthier Americans pay higher rates than they otherwise would. Without that tax, Trump would have paid $5 million — 4% of his income — in federal tax.

•  Turns out, Trump wants that alternative minimum tax eliminated.

•  Donald Trump Jr. decided to weigh in on Twitter.

The Twitter highlight: Trump tweeted that MSNBC’s reporting was “FAKE NEWS,” even though his staff seemed to confirm the tax return’s validity.

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The things to watch besides taxes:

•  Today: Everything you need about Donald Trump’s tax return, free of noise. Of course, you can also scroll for non-tax-return news.

•  More: Major developments in the Congressional Russia investigations.

•  Even more: Roadblocks to the passage of the American Health Care Act keep cropping up. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday he is open to changes to the AHCA.

•  Trump effect: A slew of negative headlines are taking a toll, and Trump’s approval rating is back under 40%.

•  Mic exclusive: Congressional leaders fighting HIV/AIDS are urging Trump to take action on the issue.

•  Trump’s agenda today: Flying to Detroit to draw attention to American auto manufacturing jobs. Traveling to Nashville, Tennessee, visiting the birthplace of Andrew Jackson and holding a “Make America Great Again” rally.

Important testimony, committee blockade imminent in Russia inquiries

Three important things are happening related to Russian investigations on Wednesday.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley will not move to confirmTrump’s pick for deputy attorney general until his committee receives a briefing on Russia from the FBI. Rod Rosenstein, the nominee for the position, told senators last week he could not commit to appointing a special prosecutor to investigate Russia. That angered Democratic senators, who said they would attempt to block Rosenstein’s confirmation — a move that seems unnecessary, at least until the FBI decides whether to testify.

Speaking of the FBI: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said FBI Director James Comey will tell him today whether the FBI is actively investigating ties between Russia and Trump’s campaign. That announcement, if Comey decides to meet his self-imposed deadline, would be a major public break in the Russian investigations. It would come ahead of the FBI director’s testimony in front of the House intelligence committee on Monday.

It also comes ahead of Whitehouse and Sen. Lindsey Graham holding a hearing to discuss Russian interference in the election. Comey will not be testifying, but national security and foreign policy experts, along with the former president of Estonia, will tell the Senate’s subcommittee on crime and terrorism how Russia has influenced democracies around the world. Graham, the subcommittee’s chairman, is expected to warn the FBI to comply with requests for information. Graham has also threatened to issue subpoenas for information if needed.

The status of the American Health Care Act rollout

The math is simple: House Speaker Paul Ryan needs 216 votes to pass the AHCA and send it to the Senate. That means Republican leaders can lose no more than 21 votes to advance their bill. A split between moderates and conservatives is increasingly raising questions over whether the current bill can pass.

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus have yet to say they’ll back the bill. Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jody Hice told Fox BusinessTuesday that the plan “has some flaws.” Rep. Ted Yoho, a member of the Tea Party Caucus, said he “could not support the bill as it is right now.” Moderate south Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said she will vote “no” on the AHCA. In the Senate, things still don’t look good. A dozen Republican senators had criticized the bill as of Tuesday, and if three of them defect, the bill will fail.

Among Trump’s staunchest supporters, alarm bells are ringing. Conservative talk radio, Breitbart and other outlets are signaling to the White House that Ryan’s plan is a “political trap.” The Washington Post has more on the right trying to influence Trump on health care reform.

Ryan signaled Tuesday the current bill may change. In an interview on Fox News, Ryan said “of course” Republican leaders are open to “some modifications” to the bill. The latest committee vote on the AHCA will happen Thursday.

A legal battle over Trump’s travel ban

At least half a dozen states are challenging Trump’s latest executive order limiting immigration and travel from six countries. On Wednesday, federal judges in Seattle and Maryland will hear challenges to the implementation of the president’s ban on travel from six Muslim-majority countries. The order is set to go into effect on Thursday.

News and insight you cannot miss:

•  The Trump administration is moving aggressively to pursue a peace plan between Israelis and Palestinians. (Los Angeles Times)

•  Planned Parenthood is planning to spend $1 million in advertising against Trump and proposals to strip the organization’s federal funding. (Politico)

•  An Oklahoma senator who has long railed against the reality of climate change is helping to shape American environmental policy. (Washington Post)

•  It has been six years since the Syrian civil war began. Mic compiled photos of the grim period in the country’s history. (Mic)

•  Artists who were slated to perform at the South by Southwest festival have been denied entry to the United States. (Jezebel)

By Will Drabold

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10 things you need to know today: March 15, 2017

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1. Trump’s 2005 tax return sent to journalist
President Trump earned more than $150 million and paid $36.5 million in income tax in 2005, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported on Tuesday. He paid another $1.9 million in self-employment taxes. Someone mailed Trump’s return, unsolicited, to investigative journalist and tax specialist David Cay Johnston, who discussed them with Maddow. Trump also reported a $103 million business loss that year. Trump’s earnings and federal income taxes mean he paid an effective 25 percent tax rate, higher than the 10 percent the average American pays but below the 27.4 percent that people earning $1 million a year paid in 2005. Most of what Trump paid was due to the alternative minimum tax, which he has sought to eliminate. The White House noted that “it is totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns,” slamming the “dishonest media” for making Trump’s taxes “part of their agenda” while Trump focuses on tax reform to “benefit all Americans.”

Source: MSNBC, The Associated Press

2. DOJ accuses admiral and 7 others in Navy bribery scandal
The Justice Department on Tuesday charged eight current and former Navy officials with corruption and other crimes stemming from the “Fat Leonard” bribery case. One of the people charged was Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless, a high-ranking Navy intelligence officer. The other defendants included Navy captains and a retired Marine colonel. The Navy personnel were indicted for allegedly accepting bribes, including lavish gifts such as $20,000 boxes of Cohiba cigars, as well as prostitutes, from Singapore-based defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis. The contractor has pleaded guilty to charges that he received insider information in exchange for the bribes, and used it to gouge tens of millions of dollars from the Navy from 2006 to 2014.

Source: The Washington Post

3. Exxon denies Tillerson’s email alias was meant to hide anything
ExxonMobil said Tuesday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used an email account under an alias while he served as the oil company’s CEO because he needed a way to communicate with his top executives, and his primary account was inundated with too many messages. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is investigating whether Exxon has tried to mislead shareholders and the public about climate change, wrote to a judge on Monday accusing Exxon of hiding the account because Tillerson used it to discuss environmental issues, which Exxon denied. “This was not an alias used to discuss only climate change,” Exxon spokesman Alan Jeffers said. “It was an account used for everyday business by senior executives who needed to reach” Tillerson.

Source: Reuters

4. Thousands of flights canceled, roads closed as storm slams Northeast
A powerful late-winter storm covered much of the Northeast with heavy snow on Tuesday, forcing authorities in some cities to close roads and schools. Airlines grounded 6,000 flights in the region. The nor-easter’s snowfall fell short of forecasts in New York and Philadelphia, but reached up to 30 inches in some inland areas. The storm, the biggest in an otherwise mild winter, disrupted power to nearly a quarter million people between Virginia and New England. “It’s horrible,” said Don Zimmerman, a retired gumball-machine technician in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania. “I thought winter was out of here. … It’s a real kick in the rear.”

Source: The Associated Press, USA Today

5. French presidential candidate Francois Fillon charged with embezzlement
French prosecutors said Tuesday that they had placed presidential candidate Francois Fillon under formal investigation for misuse of public funds. The center-right candidate was charged with arranging for his wife, Penelope Fillon, to be paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in public money for work she never did. Fillon denies the allegations, and vows to keep campaigning, although he once said he would drop out if he was targeted in a formal investigation. Fillon was once the favorite to lead the voting in April and May, but since the scandal erupted he has fallen behind far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron in polls.

Source: BBC News, The New York Times

6. Dutch election marks first 2017 test of anti-immigrant right’s strength
Dutch voters head to the polls on Wednesday in closely watched parliamentary elections that will determine whether a wave of populism, which already has fueled the U.K. Brexit decision and President Trump’s win in the U.S., will be repeated in the Netherlands. Far-right anti-immigrant firebrand Geert Wilders, who wants to ban Islam and exit the European Union, is one of the frontrunners for prime minister. He is vying against liberal Dutch incumbent Mark Rutte in what will be the first of several Western European contests in 2017 testing the strength of the anti-immigrant nationalists on the far right.

Source: USA Today

7. Iraqi forces kill ISIS commander in Mosul
Iraqi government forces reportedly killed the Islamic State’s commander in Mosul’s Old City on Tuesday. The death of the ISIS commander, Abu Abdul Rahman al-Ansary, marked the latest sign of progress in an offensive aiming to drive the Islamist extremist group out of its last major urban stronghold in the country. Iraqi federal police are making a push to capture the Iron Bridge, one of five spans over the Tigris River connecting government-held eastern Mosul with the city’s western half. Government forces already control two of the bridges.

Source: Reuters

8. White House tells State Department to slash U.N. funding
The White House has instructed the State Department to cut 50 percent of U.S. funding for United Nations programs, Foreign Policy reported Tuesday The order came as the White House prepared for the Thursdayrelease of its 2018 budget proposal. The proposal would affect peacekeeping efforts across the world, including in Syria and Yemen, as well as campaigns that provide vaccines to children, fight famine, and monitor nuclear weapons programs. The U.S. is the biggest contributor to the U.N.’s budget, funding 22 percent of the organization’s costs. The proposal would “leave a gaping hole that other big donors would struggle to fill,” said U.N. expert Richard Gowan, potentially leading to “the breakdown of the international humanitarian system as we know it.”

Source: Foreign Policy

9. Pirates make ransom demand for tanker, crew seized off Somalia
The armed pirates who seized an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia have demanded a ransom, the European Union Naval Force said on Tuesday. The amount of the ransom demand was not immediately reported. The operation, which serves as the E.U.’s anti-piracy operation in the region, managed to make contact with the ship’s master, who confirmed that armed men had taken control of the ship, the Comoros-flagged Aris 13. The Monday hijacking was the first such attack on a big commercial vessel in the area, which is patrolled by NATO navies, as well as by China, India, and Iran.

Source: The Associated Press

10. Stock futures edge up ahead of Fed decision on rates
U.S. stock futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Wednesdayahead of the conclusion of Federal Reserve policy makers’ two-day meeting. The Fed, reacting to a steady stream of upbeat employment and inflation data, is expected to announce a quarter-point interest rate hike, its third in 15 months after holding rates near zero for nearly a decade. Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq-100 futures rose by 0.2 percent, while S&P 500 futures gained 0.3 percent. The gains roughly offset the main U.S. indexes’ declines from Tuesday’s downbeat session.

Source: MarketWatch



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NRA’s million dollar Supreme Court bet: Gun lobby to spend big on Neil Gorsuch

NRA's million dollar Supreme Court bet: Gun lobby to spend big on Neil Gorsuch

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Nearly one year ago, then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made a stunningly honest admission: No Supreme Court nominee would be confirmed without the approval of the National Rifle Association. The Kentucky Republican told Fox News last March that even if the Democratic nominee eventually won the presidential election, “I can’t imagine that a Republican majority in the United States Senate would want to confirm, in a lame duck session, a nominee opposed by the National Rifle Association.”

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court seat last occupied by Antonin Scalia has sat vacant for more than six times longer than the average length of the previous 15 high-court vacancies, the NRA is launching a $1 million television advertising campaign in support of President Donald Trump’s nominee Neil Gorsuch.

McClatchy News reported the $1 million launch will place ads across the nation on broadcast, cable and satellite starting Tuesday through March 22. The campaign will reportedly emphasize the impact the Supreme Court has on gun rights.

“Four Supreme Court justices believe you have the right to defend yourselves with a gun,” the ad begins. “Four do not,” the narrator then says, alluding to Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. “The men and women of the NRA will not let anti-gun elites strip away our rights or our freedom.”

The NRA’s ad blitz looks to capitalize on Democrats apparent slow start to any opposition campaign against Trump’s pick. Republicans refused to give Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee, a hearing or a vote last year, arguing that the vacancy shouldn’t be filled during a presidential election year.

“The only thing we’ve decided as a caucus is to ask members not to make any public commitments until the hearing phase is finished,” Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, recently told Politico. According to Politico, Gorsuch already “has breezed through more than 70 meetings with senators.”

Senate Democrats have vowed to filibuster the conservative-leaning Gorsuch, meaning 60 senators would have to vote in favor of his confirmation, McClatchy noted.

“You need nine members. It doesn’t work with eight,” West Virgina Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said of the Democrats who would deny Gorsuch a seat. “I understand the Democrats being so upset. I understand it. … That doesn’t make it right to go along with eight. If you think [Republicans] are going to give you a center-left [judge], they’re not! Come to grips with it.”

Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings before the Judiciary Committee are scheduled to begin Monday and are expected to last several days. Now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he aims to hold a floor vote before the Senate leaves for its Easter recess, currently set to begin April 8.

“There’s a fierce urgency at the grass roots that is not being echoed by the Senate Democrats,” Ben Wikler, the Washington director for MoveOn, which joined 10 other groups in a letter urging Senate Democrats to step up criticism of Gorsuch, told Politico. “The notion that Democrats should wait until after the hearings to speak their mind is a strategy to win a race by running hard in the last 30 seconds.”

But California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, pushed back on the pressure emanating from the Democratic activist base.

“Why have a hearing if everybody is going to take a position?” she asked. “So to be talking about whether I’m for or against at this stage makes no sense at all to me because it’s uninformed.”

Liberal groups are opposing Gorsuch’s nomination, in part based on views that his overall record on criminal justice is too harsh. Gorsuch’s views lean conservative and the judge sat on the Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit covering Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Utah and portions of Oklahoma for a decade.

UCLA law professor and Second Amendment expert Adam Winkler recently noted to the Guardian that in the gun cases that Gorsuch has decided, his opinions “ very much fall in line with the NRA’s view.”

Chris Cox, president of the NRA Freedom Action Foundation, told McClatchy that the group supports Gorsuch because the Supreme Court has “played a pivotal role in affirming our Second Amendment rights in its historic Heller and McDonald decisions.” Cox explained that “it’s critical for Americans to remember that their basic right to keep a gun in their homes for self-defense survived at the court by only one vote. This ad campaign highlights that important reality.”

In a 2012 dissent, Gorsuch stressed that “Gun possession is often lawful and sometimes even protected as a matter of constitutional right,” noting that a felon convicted of possessing a firearm “might very well be wrongfully imprisoned.”

He has also generally ruled against defendants who claim they received unfair trials and those appealing their convictions.

In 2013, Gorsuch wrote a majority opinion ruling that a police officer did not use excessive force when he shot a man suspected of growing marijuana in the head with a stun gun during a chase. Gorsuch’s colleague on the bench, however, noted that the officer’s training manual specifically warned against aiming a stun gun at the head unless necessary.

Gorsuch said the situation facing the officer at the time was “replete with uncertainty and a reasonable officer in his shoes could have worried he faced imminent danger from a lethal weapon.” The suspect died from his injuries.

“At a time when the abuses of our criminal justice system are becoming a national crisis, we cannot confirm a justice who does not understand the role of the Supreme Court to protect the most vulnerable among us,” said a report from People for the American Way, a liberal advocacy group.

Still, the NRA has praised Gorsuch as an “outstanding” pick.

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Democrats unimpressed by Rachel Maddow’s Trump tax return scoop

Democrats unimpressed by Rachel Maddow's Trump tax return scoop

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow released two pages of President Donald Trump’s 2005 federal tax returns on Tuesday.

While Democrats have beaten their chest for months about the need to see Trump’s taxes, they were unimpressed by what the returns showed: Trump did indeed pay $38 million in taxes on $150 million in income.

Brian Fallon, a former top spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, tweeted that Democrats should “not get distracted” by the 2005 tax return.

“Dems should return focus to Trumpcare tomorrow & the millions it will leave uninsured,” Fallon tweeted.


Former Rep. John Dingell, the legendary retired Michigan Democrat who holds the record as the longest-serving member of Congress, echoed similar sentiments.

“Most interesting # in Trump’s taxes: 24,000,000,” Dingell tweeted, referencing the 24 million people the Congressional Budget Office says will lose health insurance under Trump’s health care plan.

“Trump’s taxes are important, but I’m waiting on the long form,” Dingell added, a nod to Trump’s baseless attack on former President Barack Obama’s citizenship, which caused Obama to release his long-form birth certificate.


Some Democrats suggested the most newsworthy thing to come from the leaked tax return was the fact that Trump can, indeed, release his tax documents — something he’s so far refused to do. (The White House confirmed the numbers in the 2005 tax return reported on MSNBC.)


“The only news out of this is that the White House CAN release the President’s taxes, despite what campaign said,” former Democratic operative Mo Elleithee tweeted. “Which we all suspected.”

Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., taunted Democrats on the release of Trump’s tax return.

“Thank you Rachel Maddow for proving to your #Trump hating followers how successful @realDonaldTrump is & that he paid $40mm in taxes!” Trump Jr. tweeted.


Trump Jr.’s tweet — which amounted to a victory lap — led some to speculate that Trump himself leaked the returns.


“Oh, look, Hannity’s already out there stoking the ‘the media is the opposition’ fires on Fox,” Liz Mair, an anti-Trump GOP operative tweeted about Sean Hannity, the Fox News host who has served as a mouthpiece for the Trump administration, even appearing in a campaign ad supporting Trump.

“Total. Setup,” Mair added.

Emily C. Singer

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Comey GOING PUBLIC With Russia/Trump Investigation After Pressure From Congress

Comey GOING PUBLIC With Russia/Trump Investigation After Pressure From Congress

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FBI Director James Comey could very likely be the reason we have a President Trump. Just shy of two weeks prior to the 2016 election, Comey sent a letter to Congress that essentially said that his investigation into then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s private email server could potentially be re-opened. Despite his open condemnation of Hillary’s activities, Comey kept mum on the investigations — the much more SERIOUS inquires — on the other side, which would be those into the possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign into the election’s eventual outcome.

Well, all of that is now coming to a head. Trump’s team has been repeatedly caught being linked to Russia and lying about it. His national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was forced to resign for his lies to Mike Pence about his Russia ties, and has since registered with the United States government as a foreign agent. It has also been found that the newly confirmed Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has been forced to recuse himself from any Russia-Trump investigations due to his lying to Senator Al Franken during his confirmation hearings regarding his own conversations with the Ambassador to Russia.

Now, it seems that there is a firm way to bring this to an end. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) seem to have had a meeting with FBI Director Comey on March 2. According to Whitehouse, during that meeting, Comey promised him and his GOP counterpart that they would have the answer we’ve all been waiting for by this coming Wednesday – which is whether or not the Federal Bureau of Investigation is actively probing the activities of the Trump campaign with regards to Russia and the 2016 election.

Whitehouse says that not only will Comey tell them whether or not he and his agency are investigating Trump’s Russia ties, but he will also go into “the scope of their Russia/Trump investigation because he had not been able to at that point say that there was one.”

Well, this should definitely be interesting. After all, Comey was more than willing to throw the election to Trump by screwing Hillary Clinton with nonsense that amounted to nothing, while Vladimir Putin installed a Russian agent and his cronies as head of the United States government. Hopefully, once Comey is under oath, whatever is revealed will take Trump down once and for all.

Shannon Barber

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Turkey’s President Erdogan Attacks the Netherlands: ‘We Know How Rotten Their Character Is’

Russian President Vladimir Putin Receives Turkish President Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the joint press conference after at Grand Kremlin Palace on March 10, 2017 in Moscow, Russia |  Mikhail Svetlov—Getty Images


ANKARA, Turkey — In a new verbal attack against the Dutch amid their growing diplomatic spat, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has held the Netherlands responsible for Europe’s worst mass killing since World War II.

Erdogan was referring to a Dutch battalion of United Nations peacekeepers who failed to halt the slaughter by Bosnian Serb forces of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica, eastern Bosnia, in 1995.


In a speech televised live on Tuesday Erdogan said: “We know the Netherlands and the Dutch from the Srebrenica massacre. We know how rotten their character is from their massacre of 8,000 Bosnians there.”

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The Truth Comes Out As Sean Spicer Admits Trump’s Goal Is To Take Insurance Away From Poor People

The Truth Comes Out As Sean Spicer Admits Trump’s Goal Is To Take Insurance Away From Poor People

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Press Secretary Sean Spicer stumbled over his words during the White House press and admitted the truth, Trump’s goal on health care isn’t to provide health insurance to everyone, but to allow people to buy the insurance, which means that no money equals no insurance.


Spicer was asked about Trump’s promise to provide healthcare for everyone.

The White House Press Secretary answered, “I think the president’s goal is to provide insurance, make insurance available to everybody. Yes. I think that is the goal of this to make sure that every American has access and a choice of an affordable plan that they can buy, and that’s not what they have now.”

The point of Trumpcare isn’t to provide health insurance, but to provide access to health insurance, and the quality of the coverage will depend on what a person can afford to pay. If a person can afford to pay nothing, they will have no insurance. With Trumpcare both ending the Medicaid expansion and cutting federal payments to the program itself, it means millions of children, seniors, people with disabilities and financially struggling Americans will have nowhere to go for their healthcare.

Somebody has to pay for that big tax cut for the wealthy in the Republicans health care bill, and the people who are going pay are those who can least afford to lose their coverage.

Donald Trump doesn’t believe that healthcare is a human right, so by design, the Republican health care bill will take coverage away from poor people.

Americans will get the healthcare that they can afford to buy, and if a person can’t afford to buy it, they won’t have coverage.