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Trump & the GOP agenda
In Gettysburg, PA, during October 2016, Trump released a plan for his first 100 days in office. His plan outlined three main areas of focus: 1) ‘Drain The Swamp’ by cleaning up Washington including imposing term limits on Congress; 2) Protecting American workers; 3) Restoring rule of law.
But here’s what you are actually getting between repeal with no replacement of the ACA, campaign lies, conflicts of interest and ‘ick picks’ for cabinet nominations and/or appointments. Here are links to articles too numerous to post.
The Plan: First 100 Days
- FACT CHECK: Donald Trump’s Plan For His First 100 Days | NPR
- PolitiFact is tracking 102 promises made by President Trump on the Trump-O-Meter. See them all here.
- FactChecking Trump’s CPAC Speech - 2.24.17 | FactCheck.org
- FactChecking Trump’s News Conference - 2.16.17 | FactCheck.org
- Fact-checking Donald Trump's address to Congress - 3.01.17 | PolitiFact
- Fact-checking President Trump's address to Congress - 3.01.17 | The Washington Post
- Fact Check: Trump's First Address to Congress - 3.01.17 | The New York Times
The REAL Plan: First 100 Days
The federal government first week in session in review:
- Retreating after Trump tweet, GOP won’t gut ethics office| Erica Werner/AP Congressional Correspondent
- Trump fires all Ambassadors and Special Envoys as he orders them out by inauguration day.
- House brings back the Holman rule which will allow them to reduce an individual civil service, SES position, or political appointee salary to $1. This will effectively fire the employee by amendment attached to any piece of legislation. We now know why the Trump Transition Team wanted names and positions of people in the Departments of Energy and State.
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell schedules six simultaneous hearings on cabinet nominees and triple-books those hearings with Trump’s first press conference in months and an Affordable Care Act (ACA) budget vote. By doing so, this will effectively prevent any concentrated coverage or protest.
- House GOP expressly forbids the Congressional Budget Office from reporting or tracking ANY costs related to the repeal of the ACA.
- Trump continues to throw the intelligence community under the bus to protect Putin, despite the growing mountain of evidence that the Russians deliberately interfered in our election.
- Trump breaks a central campaign promise to make Mexico pay for the wall by asking Congress (in other words: we the people – the taxpayers) to pay for it.
- Trump threatens Toyota over a new plant that was never coming into the US nor will take any jobs out of the US.
- House passes the REINS act giving them veto power over any rules enacted by any federal agency or department. For example: If the FDA or EPA bans a drug or pesticide, Congress can overrule the ban based on lobbyists, not science. If the House doesn’t like that endangered-species designation, Congress kills it.
In the middle of the night on 1.12.17
- Blocked an amendment that would have protected people with pre-existing conditions and disabilities
- Blocked an amendment that makes it easier for young people to stay on their parent’s plans until they are 26
- Blocked an amendment allowing contraception to be covered under health insurance
- Blocked an amendment protecting the Medicaid and Medicare programs
- Blocked an amendment that would have protected health reforms that closed the prescription drug coverage gap under Medicare
- Blocked an amendment that would make it easier for children to be covered under Medicare/CHIP
- Blocked an amendment that would have created legislation and a fund to lower drug prices by importing drugs from Canada
- Blocked an amendment that would limit veterans’ ability to choose VA health care, enhanced housing for veterans and their dependents, facilitating medical facility leases and prohibiting the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from employing individuals who have been convicted of a felony and medical personnel who have ever had their medical licenses or credentials revoked or suspended
- Blocked an amendment that would protect rural hospitals and health care providers
- Passed a bill to provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as Secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the Armed Forces to allow for nominated Defense Secretary – James N. Mattis, whose nickname is ‘Mad Dog Mattis’ – to be appointed
Trump's first day on the job - 1.20.17
- Factchecking Trump's inaugural address which 'was nothing if not unique.' Article: Fact-checking Donald Trump's inaugural address
- Within hours of being sworn in as 45th president of the United States, Trump signed his first Executive Order instructing the secretary of Health and Human Services to “exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay” parts of the Affordable Care Act that would place a fiscal burden on states, individuals or healthcare providers. Article: Trump's Executive Order On Obamacare Means Everything And Does Nothing
- Within an hour of the new administration being in the White House, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus instructed the Department of Housing & Urban Development to suspend reduction of FHA annual mortgage insurance premium rates. The cut, at a quarter of a percentage point, would have saved homeowners an average of $500 this year, according to the Federal Housing Administration. Borrowers with larger home loans would have seen an even bigger drop in their premium rate. Article: The freshly-inaugurated Trump administration has halted a cut to the FHA mortgage insurance premium that Obama's team announced during his final days in office.
- The White House issued a statement attempting to justify Trump's desire to eliminate EPA rules affecting the energy sector was a 'distortion'. The statement said that eliminating power plant climate rules, clean water rules and other environmental regulations would "greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years." Article: Trump White House Distorts Wages Figure on First Day
What Executive Orders have been signed?
What impact will they have?
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Trump's executive orders
Trump's presidential memorandums
Who is affected by repeal (with no replacement plan) of Affordable Care Act
Affordable Care Act affects many people, who may not be aware their insurance will be impacted. This document was created to consolidate the information in a usable/shareable Google document. Compiled by Deborah Edwards-Onoro | Updated: 1.14.17
- Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services @ASlavitt who posted the info as an image on Twitter
- Twitter user @browneyedgirl65 who entered all the text for each group and shared it in a Google+ post
- Twitter user @austinEir1 who shared the source for each group/statistic as individual tweets
Who is affected by the repeal of the Affordable Care Act?
- 18 million more uninsured if Obamacare killed, not replaced (Article by Alan Fram/The Associated Press); number of uninsured would reach 32 million over the decade. Source: Congressional Budget Office (Jan 2017)
- Small businesses, farms, self-employed (20% of exchange coverage, several million) Source: US Dept of Treasury (PDF) (Jan 2017)
- 127 million Americans with pre-existing conditions (don’t get sick!) Source: Kaiser Family Foundation
- Seniors — medicare beneficiaries have saved $2,000/year on prescription drugs from ACA Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Jan 13, 2017)
- 55-64 year olds who will see rates increase dramatically, even if healthy, by up to 10% Source: Medicare Rights Center (Dec 22, 2016)
- Estimated 30 million with individual policies/Medicaid will lose coverage Source: Brookings Institute (Dec 13, 2016)
- 2.8 million Americans with drug disorders will lose coverage Source: Wall Street Journal (Jan 12, 2017)
- 1.25 million with mental health disorders will lose coverage Source: The Hill (Jan 11, 2017) with links to Harvard Medical School data tables
- Vets: the 42% reduction in uninsured rate will be reversed Source: Urban Institute (PDF) (Sep 2016)
- Employer-based health coverage– 1/2 had lifetime caps before ACA Source: Dept of Health and Human Services (Mar 2012)
- Bad debt will go up by $1.1 trillion. Health care bills will again lead in cause of personal bankruptcy Source: Urban Institute (PDF) (Dec 2016)
- Medicare Trust Fund, which was extended a decade, will have several years reduced from its expected life Source: Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Jun 22, 2016)
- Taxpayers will lose, $350 billion added to deficit; $9 trillion added to debt (incomes over $1 million will see ta break of $57,000) Source: Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (Jan 4, 2017)
- 2.6 million lost jobs (health care service and construction jobs in small communities) Source: The Commonwealth Fund (Jan 5, 2017)
- Young adults (3.1 million on parents’ plan). 18 to 26-year-olds in most states will be kicked off Source: Obamacare Facts
- Anyone who loses their job and think COBRA is too expensive with limited options
- Women who want to buy health insurance will pay more than men in premiums
- 105 million had lifetime limits on what insurance companies pay Source: U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services (March 2012)
The Campaign Lies
- These coal country voters backed Trump. Now they are worried about losing Obamacare. | The Washington Post
- Trump’s campaign lies - Kathleen Parker/Washington Post
- Before taking office, Trump signals campaign promises are negotiable - USA Today
- Is Donald Trump already walking away from campaign promises - CNN
- 15 Broken Campaign Promises That Are Already Giving Trump's Deplorables Migraines - Reverb Press
- All the Campaign Promises Donald Trump Has Broken in the Last 24 Hours - Vanity Fair
- Toronto Star compiles list of almost 500 Trump lies during campaign - Slate
- Donald Trump Destroyed as Fact Checker Reveals Trump Lies 20 to 37 Times A Day - Politicus USA
- Truth and Lies in the Age of Trump - The New York Times
The Conflicts of Interest
- Corruption in the White House? - Trump's conflicts of interest - Common Cause
- This week in Donald Trump's conflicts of interest: No, seriously, you should stay at my hotel - Salon
- Trump's conflicts: Our view - USA Today
- Donald Trump's Conflicts of Interest: A Crib Sheet - The Atlantic
- Donald Trump's Real Conflicts of Interest Are as Dangerous as Ever - Vanity Fair
- How the Trump Organization's Foreign Business Ties Could Upend U.S. National Security - Newsweek
- Potential Conflicts Around the Globe for Trump, the Businessman President - The New York Times
- The Array of Conflicts of Interest Facing the Trump Presidency - The New York Times
- Trump team discussing 'half-blind' trust for conflicts of interest - Politico
- Donald Trump To Close Foundation To Avoid Potential Conflicts Of Interest - Huffington Post
- NY AG: Trump can't dissolve foundation until investigation over - The Hill
- NY Attorney General Hinders Trump Plan to Shutter - ABC News
The Cabinet Nominations/Appointments
Trump's Cabinet of Horrors - 15 Top 'Ick' Picks
1.a. Alexander Acosta - Nominated 2.16.17 - Aside from his work at Century Bank, Acosta has experience serving on the National Labor Relations Board and has an extensive background in law, including teaching employment law. He has als0 had his share of controversy as well, overseeing a plea deal with financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein while he served as a U.S. attorney in Florida that was kept secret from Epstein's alleged victims, led the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice at a time that was marked by stark politicization, improper hiring and personnel decisions that were fully disclosed in a 2008 report issued by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) which violated Justice Department policy and federal law. He was also involved in lawsuits in Ohio during 2004 which he sided with Ohio to allow poll workers to challenge voters who wanted to change party when casting ballot.
- Donald Trump has assembled the worst Cabinet in American history - The Washington Post | Opinion
- Donald Trump Is Choosing His Cabinet. Here's the Latest List - The New York Times
- Who's in Trump's Cabinet? - CNN
- A Look at Trump's Cabinet Picks - ABC News
- $11 billion and counting: A look at the wealth of Trump's Cabinet picks - Boston Globe
- Brown Demands Trump Education Secretary Nominee DeVos Pay Ohio $5.2 Million She Owes For Breaking Ohio Election Laws - Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown
- Group once led by Trump education secretary nominee owes $5.3 million to Ohio - Columbus Dispatch
- Democratic senators press Trump's education pick Betsy DeVos to pay years-old $5.3 million fine - Washington Post
- Dems to DeVos: Pay $5.3M fine for campaign violations - Detroit Free Press
- Seth Meyers takes a closer look at Trump's super-rich cabinet picks - Business Insider
- Watch the latest edition of Seth Meyers' "A Closer Look" - Video/YouTube
- Four Cabinet nominations that could blow up in Donald Trump's face - Washington Post
- Jerry Falwell: Trump's cabinet is like '92 Dream Team – Yahoo
The Transition Team
- See Who Is On Donald Trump's Transition Team, Including Lobbyists – NPR
- Trump transition team assembles 'war room' to push through Cabinet - The Week
- Trump's transition team's request on gender equality rattles state dept. - The New York Times
- Climate Change Conversations Are Targeted in Questionnaire to Energy Department - The New York Times
- Schooled on Benghazi and Pizzagate, Trump team is heavy on conspiracy theorists - Washington Post
The General 'News'
- Grand Old Party? Donald Trump Remaking GOP in His Image – AP/The Washington Post
- Trump adopting same behavior he criticized Clinton for - Yahoo
- It's your duty to laugh at Donald Trump - CNN
- Trump’s Demagogic Illogic - Kathleen Parker/Washington Post
The REAL News
- The Real Legacy in Jeopardy Under the New Congress? LBJ’s. – Political
- Not Just Obamacare: Medicaid, Medicare Also On GOP’s Chopping Block – The Huffington Post
- Tom Price Appointment (as Secretary of Health and Human Services) Underscores GOP Plans to Overhaul Medicare and Medicaid | US News & World Report
- Paul Ryan Says Obamacare Repeal Will Be First Priority Under Trump – Fortune
- Paul Ryan is determined to kill Medicare. This time he might succeed | LA Times
- With ‘repeal and replace’ in the works, Paul Ryan claims Obamacare is making Medicare go broke – Pants On Fire – PolitiFact Wisconsin
- ‘Broke’ and Because of ACA? Ryan errs on Obamacare effect – Law actually helps Medicare finances; program not going broke – FactCheck.org
- Donald Trump’s Medical Delusions – GOP’s long con on Obamacare has reached the end of its road – Paul Krugman | Editorial
- ‘Obamacare’ holding its own: 6.4 million signed up so far – Chicago Tribune
- The Medicare Killers | The New York Times
- Paul Ryan’s plan to phase out Medicare is just what Democrats need | The Washington Post
- FOCUS: Government positions that will change with the new president – Orange County Register
- Trump to inherit more than 100 court vacancies, plans to reshape judiciary – The Washington Post
- Dumping Clinton was satisfying, but bill coming due may be steep: Fed-up Dems behind Donald Trump’s Ohio win – Thomas Suddes