Donald Trump and the Republicans have done everything they possibly can to eliminate the guarantee of health insurance for people with pre-existing conditions.

Everything.

Remember this when you go to the polls.

Thanks,

Kevin Moran

Galveston

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Jarvis Buckley

Kevin that is simply not true.

Gary Miller

Kevan was hoping readers wouldn't know his rant wasn't true. MSM type information.

Claudia Burnam

I have mixed feelings. Maybe charge extra for pre-exsisting conditions. Now it is almost like asking insurance companies to insure your house after it burns down. E G Wiley

George Croix

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AJ LeBlanc

If an able bodied person is working and paying their fair share for insurance then they are a contributors and their insurance should be there for them in sickness and in health. In today's world people are sometimes forced to change jobs. Suddenly excluding someone because they had a "preexisting condition" has always seemed wrong to me and I think many hard working people do not want a return to that type of system. I really do not like deadbeats or people who game the system - that is seriously wrong and tantamount to theft. However, hard working people who contribute their fair share should not be suddenly excluded from coverage one day because they had to change jobs.

Emile Pope

Absolutely true...

Emile Pope

Texas has the highest rate of uninsured citizens. And that “tax cut” didn’t amount to enough to pay for insurance...

Carlos Ponce

Why the large number of uninsured in Texas:
"A large immigrant population. Non-citizens make up about one-quarter of Texas’ uninsured population, according to the Center for Public Policy Priorities’ Texas Health Care Primer. Regardless of immigration status, immigrants tend to have a higher rate of uninsurance than non-immigrants. Of the 1.2 million foreign-born, naturalized U.S. citizens in Texas, for example, 31 percent are uninsured, compared to 22 percent of U.S.-born Texans."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/why-texas-has-the-highest-percentage-of-uninsured-people-in-the-us/2011/08/02/gIQA1wIdHJ_blog.html?utm_term=.a51da0de60fe

Emile Pope

California destroys your argument...

Carlos Ponce

I do not have an argument. Seems like you have an argument with the Liberal Washington Post.

Dan Freeman

As usual Mr. Carlos Ponce uses Web-Wizardry to try to prove a point. His citation dates to 2011 when the Affordable Care Act was first beginning to have an effect. As noted in the article, at that time the national average un-insurance rate was 17%. Limiting attention to “U.S.-born Texans” the rate of 22% was significantly higher than the national average. As omitted by Mr. Ponce, the article noted Texas lagged because many Texas jobs don’t offer insurance, the Texas designed Medicaid program stuck to federally mandated minimums, and Texas insurance rates are largely unregulated. These omissions qualify as Ponce’s half-truths of the day.

By 2016, after ACA and Medicaid expansion, only 8% of Americans lack health insurance coverage. Texas still trails the nation with about 16.6% of the population lacking insurance. BTW in the “expansion states” only 6.5% lack insurance.

Carlos Ponce

Seems like you have an argument with the Liberal Washington Post, too.

Randy Chapman

Emile, you can thank your exiled King Obama for that.

George Croix

Someone else is not supposed to pay for your insurance, Pope. YOU are supposed to pay for, or work for, your insurance.
At least, in a normal America, not the 'entitlement' culture that uses money trees for funding....

Emile Pope

You don't mind someone else paying for your Social Security...

Carlos Ponce

Not everybody gets Social Security. I get zero, zilch, nada from Social Security. As a Texas teacher I put my money into TRS and receive a monthly annuity check from those investments in my retirement. My money, my "lock box" as Al Gore put it (idea he borrowed from Paul Ryan). Far better rate of return than SS.

George Croix

I paid the maximum SS tax for almost all of my working career, Pope....so once I use that up, then I start on the part provided by the mandatory contract made, the quid pro quo, that is the basis of the SS program for newly entering productive citizen employees to pay for my remaining upkeep, just as I did when I got in so many years ago, paying for theirs.
A contract - I pay now, you pay later - that's SS.
Had your buddies not used the SS Trust Fund like a piggy bank, the system would by now, at even marginal interest rates, be self-sustaining, or nearly so.
So, no I don't mind taking my orange from your basket of apples. I EARNED it, and expect a contract to be honored.

Unlike health care, where people CAN impact their own health and wreck or improve it, with SS people cannot avoid getting old if they live long enough. two different things, except to the usual suspects who think all things should be in the same entitlement bucket.
People get a day older every day they are alive, but not necessarily get sick or injured, and for sure men do not need prenatal care, and women do not need prostate exams, the brilliant inclusions in your buddies' 'pass it to find out what's in it' mess. I keep myself in good shape, don't drink or smoke, and don't need the depth of medical services many do, so I can choose what amount of health care I may need, and worked and paid for nearly 4 decades to get it. I can, in part, control my own use by my personal habits and actions.

Note the difference(s)?
No, I expect you don't....

Emile Pope

Garbage. Your benefits are being paid by the workers of today. Yet you support having their benefits being reduced so that you can continue receiving yours. Well, patriot, stop your benefits and get your fellow Americans to stop theirs to help the country bring down the deficit. I'm sure it will be appreciated, especially from the ones that received the multi-billion tax cut that caused the problem in the first place.

Emile Pope

So ponce supports the cuts to Social Security because it won't affect him since he doesn't receive it. How gracious his self-sacrifice...

George Croix

Every time I figure you couldn't possible be as off base as you seem to be, Pope, you open wide and prove me wrong.
I can explain it to you, and did, but I can't understand it for you...that's on you...

Carlos Ponce

No, Emile. I support the Republican plan to give people entering the workforce to either invest in Social Security or go to an alternative similar to TRS.

Emile Pope

I simply expose hypocrisy in people who claim that their actions and beliefs have a moral basis...

Carlos Ponce

I'll remember what they've done:
Tax reductions for ALL Americans,
lowest unemployment rate in decades.
renegotiated trade agreement into USMCA - United States, Mexico and Canada Agreement which is good for all countries involved,
got back Americans held by other countries, the last being Pastor Brunson,
stopped the missiles from being flown from North Korea,
got NATO "allies" to kick in what they they owe,
convinced Mexico to make efforts to secure their southern border
started to build, rebuild wall to secure this country from drug smugglers, human traffickers,
capture of MS-13 gang members,
etc, etc, etc

Emile Pope

How’s the stock market? Where’s the trump healthcare plan?

Paul Hyatt

What the Pope does not realize is that a government that is big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have.... The American dream was NOT built upon government hand outs. It was built on the idea that Freedoms would be all that we needed to get up and make something out of ourselves for ourselves and that would enrich others who would end up working for the people with ideas. Now we have indoctrinated people that they owe the nation NOTHING and that the nation owes them everything. What a sad and sorry state our nation has become. That is why so many want to get rid of the demoncrats and allow Trump to give us back our freedoms and get the government out of our lives so that we can Make America Great Again....

Gary Miller

How did unensured people get pre existing conditions? They didn't buy insurance when they didn't have a need for it. They waited until their house was on fire before trying to get fire insurance. Well tough luck DUMMY you were just smart enough to get in trouble.

Robert Braeking

The health insurance debate is about who is paying for it. The Obmbcareites try to tell you that the debate is about healthcare but it is not. I have not found one clause in the Constitution that gives the federal government the power over health insurance, much less the health care industry.

Jarvis Buckley

Tell us what you want for the future of America Mr. Pope. What would your ideal government look like ?

Carlos Ponce

"How’s the stock market?"
It's doing fine. The Federal Reserve doesn't want a robust economy and decided to put the brakes on with higher interest rates sending the stock market on a roller coaster ride. Trump frowns on this preferring free market forces govern with little government interference. But the Fed is the Fed. Year to date the Dow Jones average is up 2.93%.
From a year ago October 2017 to date the Dow Jones is up 9.85%
https://money.cnn.com/data/markets/dow/

Carlos Ponce

The Republican healthcare plan is pending the November elections. Look for it come January when the new Congress takes effect.

George Croix

The usual suspects more concerned with government subsidized Something or Other than with a good JOB with benefits to be able to provide for oneself.

George Croix

It's not really about anything but hate Trump.
That's it.
The total package.
If the community organizer had accomplished the mega-improvements in jobs, half century to all time low unemployment, business investment, manufacturing return, reduction in welfare and food stamp needs, more of your own earned money in your own pocket, and putting the UN in it's place as well as our foreign enemies and 'friends', in his 8 year reign, much less only 21 months, like the current President has, the usual suspects would be raising monuments to him and planting so many kisses on him the seat of his pants would be threadbare.
The Gimme Bunch is only satisfied when their Party makes the positive changes....which, of course, is why they're never satisfied......
Heck with them.
Use your own brain, and if you think the country was better under the last Admin. than now, then vote for the people PROMISING....PROMISING....to reverse everything done in the last 21 months.
If you like winning, then vote in more wanting to keep the winning streak going......

Don't vote, or 'protest vote', and get exactly...exactly... what you didn't vote for......

Gary Miller

Bravo George.

George Croix

"Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday called for the immediate all-out mobilization of American industry to combat climate change, saying the "direct existential threat" it poses to the world is similar to the danger posed by Nazi Germany during World War II."

This is one of the darlings of the Democrats move to extreme left from their former position merely far left.
And SHE has not yet called for direct physical confrontation and assault and mob confrontation like the mainstream 'leaders' of the Democrat Party has, so 3 guesses where that puts those characters on any given subject.
Vote for THIS stuff?

Millions will.
They hate Trump so much, they just can't stand to keep winning....

Emile Pope

Comparing Democrats to Nazis. Which party said that some are good people?

Don Schlessinger

Actually if you'll go back to the mid 1920's you might find the beginnings of the German Socialist Party are very similar to what we see today in the development of the American Socialist Party.

George Croix

Read it again, Pope. As usual you're a few days late and a payday or two short on facts.
As for the second half of your either deliberate attempt to obfuscate or intentional dishonesty, not all of the people at that rally were Nazis. Some were some pretty far right folks, for sure, but a LOT of people are pretty far right and still good people.
When the vile BLM, which openly called for dead cops...and got them....holds a rally, not all there are total headcases like them, some are far left folks, but still good people.
That's all that was said, and all that was meant.
But, just like "Mission Accomplished' with G.W. Bush, or 'Hands up, don't shoot'..it's just another way for the left to repeat a lie often enough, along with their MSM codependent buddies.
I'm not surprised at the usual suspects joining in.....

Gary Miller

Emile! Some were good? More true of Nazis than progressives.

Emile Pope

There are no good Nazis....

Carlos Ponce

Emile posts, "Comparing Democrats to Nazis. Which party said that some are good people?"
Some Democrats are good people. No one, no party ever said NAZIs were good. Emile must be confused about comments made by Trump about Charlottesville.
"I think there is blame on both sides. You look at both sides. I think there is blame on both sides. You had some very bad people in that group. You also had some very fine people on both sides." Trump
"I don't understand what's so hard about this. White supremacists and Neo-Nazis are evil." National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers, R-Ohio
The NAZIs are BAD people. The good included historical preservationists who were against taking down the statues.
Only a brain dead idiot would think Trump said the NAZIs or white supremacists were good.
And those in favor of taking down Confederate statues were not all saints. Some very bad people on that side of the street.

Randy Chapman

When will Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez be inaugurated? You know, so she can sign bills like she said she would do after her inaugeration.

George Croix

What do you expect from a 'rising democrat star' who said in an interview that the only reason unemployment was low was that many people are working two jobs....
[beam][beam]
You don't have to be unfixable to believe these folks, but it sure helps.....

Emile Pope

Do you really want to go over stupid comments when you supported trump?

George Croix

Wrong again, Pope.
I didn't 'support Trump'.
I 'supported' one of the other primary season candidates.
I voted against Hillary. The only one running who had a chance to beat her was Trump. Easy choice, since I don't waste votes by protesting with them or by not using them.
Lesser of two evils....
At least it turns out I'm getting a LOT of very positive-for-the-country return for my vote after 8 years of community organizing for failures....must be that 'magic wand' working.
And I got enough of Hillary's brand of competence with the toilet server and leaked classified info and her espionage act violations and mainly with 4 dead Americans who worked for her State Dept.
They were begging for money for increased security, while Hillary sold personal access for money for her 'foundation'. THEY are actually dead - Hillary only politically dead, although she refuses to accept that.....
Anyone else might get the differences, bus I don't mind wasting my time, so give it a try, anyway....

Emile Pope

You didn’t support trump but you voted for him? Makes perfectly good sense when you don’t want to accept blame...

George Croix

Surely you're brighter than that, Pope.
Even you should be able to understand that somebody is going to win, and it's best to vote for the one you dislike least, than to aid the one you dislike most by not voting.
Well, maybe I'm being optimistic.....[whistling]

George Croix

Oh, I'm happy to accept the results of Trumps election so far, Pope.
Even happier that the Queen B did not get elected.
You should be, too, but evidently prefer failure to winning.....
You should get a job with the Cleveland Browns...................

Jarvis Buckley

Want to know why I supported DJT
watch the rally tonight with an open mind. You will see a man who loves his country. So different than our last President.

Cary Semar

Looking beyond the rhetorical overkill, I seem to see a consensus developing about one aspect of the Affordable Care Act.

I knew there had to be a pony in here somewhere.

Heather Melton

Garbage like this is why I don't have a regular subscription. I bought a day pass for one story (which fell short as well) and thought hmmm let me look around. Garbage.

Gary Miller

Like George I voted for Trump instead of the anti American criminal opposing him. I am now fully behind what may be the best president in U.S. history. Surprises can be good or bad. Trump has been the best surprise we could ever expect.

Mike Zeller

"Surprises can be good or bad." That's what Robert Mueller said.

Carlos Ponce

From what we've seen if it was bad for Trump, Mueller's team would have leaked it by now to affect the midterms.

Ron Shelby

....And they are now proposing to balance off the tax cuts (mainly for the wealthy) by cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid services.

George Croix

Maybe some accountant out there could explain to the folks who are having trouble with it that when tax cuts are received, the people who get the most back are the ones who paid the most in. AND that Government has no money unless we, the people earning money send it to them.

The 'now' is a bit off....
It's been about 20 plus years that ALL politicians have been talking about the Big 3 solvency, but have done little about it.....
We just got through taking on 10 TRILLION extra dollars in debt and running the nation into the toilet doing so. Now we take on another couple, and are booming.
The Big 3 cannot survive when both overloaded and funded by citizens only taking out and paying nothing or little in. Looks to me like we got a lot better deal for about 20% of the expense, and at least some chance to end up with SS and the 2 Medi's still around....
It's also worth noting how many of the Left want to provide benefits for non-citizens.
Think about that...especially with another mob of them on the way here now.....

David Hardee

Here is a statement that proves a claim of "preexisting conditions" is an assault on the general public and theft of public funds.
"The only way that a preexisting condition can exist is if the responsibility to have insurance was not done. Those that willingly do not meet their responsibility to society by attaining insurance are creating their problem and also causing the humongous insurance cost on those with insurance to exist. These uninsured are usually the irresponsible progressive liberals that want the federal government "big tent" give them "free stuff" and the village to raise their children.
Even the new-born are covered by a mothers policy. For our "common good" vote these promoters of IRRESPONSIBILITY(democrats) out of existence.

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