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Senator Marco Rubio Releases his 3-Part Plan for Replacing Obamacare

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Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sure seems like a guy who is running for President. He is currently saying all the right things (including apologizing for his part in the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform from a few years back) and doing all the right things too. On Monday, he continued that streak by releasing his 3-part plan for replacing Obamacare when it inevitably collapses in on itself in the very near future.

Senator Rubio has looked into the not-so-distant future, surveyed the ground, and believes that Obamacare cannot sustain itself due to various major flaws within the Democrats socialized healthcare scheme. He sees a future where Congress is forced to repeal and replace Obamacare, and with that in mind, he’s developed three key features of the next round of major healthcare reform.

He writes about them in an op-ed for Fox News.com.

 

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First, we should provide an advanceable, refundable tax credit that all Americans can use to purchase health insurance. The value of these credits should increase every year, and we should set the tax preference for employer-sponsored insurance on a glide path to ensure that it will equal the level of the credits at the end of the decade. This will prevent large-scale disruptions and reform one of the most significant distortions in our tax system.

obamacaredisasterSecond, we must reform insurance regulations to encourage innovation. Americans with pre-existing conditions should be able to find coverage through their state’s federally-supported, actuarially-sound high risk pools. Americans living in high-cost states should have the opportunity to purchase coverage across state lines. Consumer-centered products like health savings accounts should be expanded. And under no circumstances should taxpayers be asked to bail out an insurance company that loses money, as is currently the case under ObamaCare.

Third, we must save Medicare and Medicaid by placing them on fiscally sustainable paths. Without reforms, these programs will eventually cease to be available for those that need them. I believe we must move Medicaid into a per-capita cap system, preserving funding for Medicaid’s unique populations while freeing states from Washington mandates. Medicare, meanwhile, should be transitioned into a premium support system, empowering seniors with choice and market competition, just like Medicare Advantage and Part D already do.

 

The simple truth is that Obamacare is a mess. It has wreaked havoc on our economy, and things will only get worse as the leviathan grows and spreads. The problems inherent with the system are endemic, and there is nothing that liberals in Congress can do to salvage the system. This was the biggest point of those recent Jonathan Gruber admissions – the Obamacare scheme was designed to fail and force the government to move to a wholly socialized system.

Rubio’s plan is a great start to reforming a currently broken system. An even better plan is to simply remove the government from the healthcare system altogether, but we’ll take what we can get for not. It would be great to see the large crop of GOP contenders use this primary season to not only fight to be the next Presidential nominee from our party, but to also debate and discuss new ideas for moving our country forward.

This year’s crop of GOP contenders may be our best Presidential field in decades – certainly they can work together to advance conservatism even as they compete for our vote.

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AP: Democrats Are Lying to the Public About Coronavirus Readiness

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An AP fact check confirms what Breitbart News reported earlier this week: the Democrat presidential candidates are falsely claiming that President Trump cut funding and personnel needed to fight coronavirus.

“Democratic presidential contenders are describing the federal infectious-disease bureaucracy as rudderless and ill-prepared for the coronavirus threat because of budget cuts and ham-handed leadership by President Donald Trump,” AP wrote. “That’s a distorted picture. For starters, Trump hasn’t succeeded in cutting the budget.”

AP pointedly singled out former VP Joe Biden and Mike Bloomberg’s comments, calling them “both wrong to say the agencies have seen their money cut.”

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An Associated Press fact check confirms what Breitbart News reported earlier this week: that Democrat presidential candidates are falsely claiming that President Donald Trump cut funding and personnel needed to fight coronavirus.

On Tuesday, Breitbart News fact-checked “mostly false” claims by former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg during the Democrat debate in South Carolina. Bloomberg claimed that Trump had “fired” a pandemic specialist at the White House, and “defunded” the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The implication: Trump was to blame for the spread of coronavirus — even though there have been just over a dozen cases and no fatalities in the U.S.

The truth: the pandemic specialist had left voluntarily during a reorganization of the bloated National Security Council (NSC), and the CDC cuts — as the agency wound down its Ebola response — were only proposed, not enacted.

The AP confirmed Thursday, in an article titled “AP FACT CHECK: Democrats distort coronavirus readiness,” that much of what Democrats are saying about Trump’s response to the coronavirus challenge is simply not true. More

AP fact check: Democratic presidential contenders are describing the federal infectious-disease bureaucracy as rudderless and ill-prepared for the coronavirus threat because of budget cuts and ham-handed leadership by President Donald Trump. That’s a distorted picture. For starters, Trump hasn’t succeeded in cutting the budget.

He’s proposed cuts but Congress ignored him and increased financing instead. The National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aren’t suffering from budget cuts that never took effect.

Some public health experts say a bigger concern than White House budgets is the steady erosion of a CDC grant program for state and local public health emergency preparedness — the front lines in detecting and battling new disease. But that decline was set in motion by a congressional budget measure that predates Trump.

“The CDC’s response has been excellent, as it has been in the past,” said John Auerbach, president of the nonpartisan Trust for America’s Health, which works with government at all levels to improve the nation’s response to high-risk health crises. Some Democrats have charged that Trump decimated the nation’s public health leadership, but Auerbach said CDC’s top scientific ranks have remained stable during the past three years.  More.

Democrats are lying to the public whenever their lips are moving. When the AP says the Democrats got it wrong, they missed the mark to the point where even the liberal MSM can’t cover it up.

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The Golden State is Now Monitoring 8,400 Potential Coronavirus Cases

Things are getting a little hairy over on the West Coast.

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A novel strain of coronavirus that is wreaking havoc in China and much of Asia has arrived here in the United States, and authorities are doing their damnedest to stay ahead of it.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been few and far between so far in the United States, but the CDC is warning that the disease will inevitably find enough of a foothold to “spread” stateside.  In Hawaii and elsewhere, this fear has turned to slight panic as store shelves begin to look bare.

In California, an alarming new number has entered the lexicon of the coronavirus:  8,400.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday that 33 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and the state is currently monitoring at least 8,400 others —a day after U.S. health officials confirmed the first possible community transmission of the coronavirus in a Solano County resident.

“This is a fluid situation right now and I want to emphaize the risk to the American public remains low,” said Dr. Sonia Y. Angell, California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer during a press conference. “There have been a limited number of confirmed cases to date.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t know exactly how the new California patient, who’s receiving medical care in Sacramento County, contracted the virus. The patient didn’t have a relevant travel history or exposure to another patient with the virus, the CDC said Wednesday.

Because of this patient’s obliviousness, (and the virus’s fourteen day incubation period), there are concerns that the illness could be running rampant within the patient’s community.

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Consumers Panic Over Coronavirus, Emptying Store Shelves

But is this all overblown hysteria?

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Out east there is a panic.  China, South Korea, Japan, and the rest of the Asian subcontinent are living in fear of a possible pandemic outbreak.

The culprit is a deadly and novel strain of coronavirus tabled COVID-19 that appears to be spread via respiratory fluids.  Coughs and sneezes have turned dangerous, and in the pockets of Asia where life hasn’t yet come to a standstill, those who brave the public realm do so adorned with the ubiquitous surgical mask.

The hysteria is growing as well, with Americans now beginning to clear out their local shops in search of the supplies needed to survive an outbreak.

Supplies were flying off the shelves Wednesday, with some shoppers taking pictures of empty shelves at stores across Oahu. This comes after a message from the Health Department to stock up on necessities. There aren’t any coronavirus (COVID-19) cases here in Hawaii, but health officials want people to have food, supplies and medicine just in case.

At Costco Iwilei, flatbeds were overflowing with boxes of canned goods, bottled water, toilet paper and paper towels. One shopper picked up all these things and more.

“The essentials toilet paper, paper towels, bottles of water, soap, a lot of clorox stuff, cleaning supplies… I figure with all the coronavirus scare and everything, it’s better to be safe than sorry,” said Honolulu resident Keane Zakimi.

Others were preparing for prolonged periods of reclusiveness, stocking up on non-perishable foods such as soup and the Hawaiian delicacy:  SPAM.

President Trump has repeatedly insisted that the situation is “under control” in the United States, and recently appointed Vice President Mike Pence to oversea the national effort against the virus.

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Coronavirus Confirmed at LAX as Korean Flight Attendant Tests Positive

There is almost no worse place for a case to show up.

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A scourge in the Far East has arrived in America in earnest this week, after dueling reports on our nation’s readiness continue to dominate national headlines.

Days ago, President Trump told us that everything was “under control” as it pertains to coronavirus here in the United States.  Then, the CDC issued a report stating that we will see the disease spread on American soil.  And then, just this morning, Nancy Pelosi attempted to place some hypothetical, future blame on the Trump administration in case there is an outbreak stateside.

Now, right on cue for the cynical among us, we have a coronavirus case confirmed in the worst possible environment:  LAX.

A flight attendant for Korean Air who worked several flights out of Los Angeles International Airport has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

The 24-year-old was diagnosed Tuesday in southern Seoul, according to the Korea Joongang Daily newspaper.

The flight attendant had worked flights between LAX and Seoul–Incheon International Airport on Feb. 19 and 20, according to South Korean media outlets.

The woman also serviced a flight from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Seoul on Feb. 15, South Korea’s Center for Disease Control said. She may have contracted the virus from a South Korean church group who were on a pilgrimage to Israel, the Yonghap News Agency reports.

So far, 30 members of that church group have been diagnosed with coronavirus, according to South Korean health authorities.

The COVID-19 novel strain of coronavirus appears to be spread via coughing and sneezing, but the fourteen-day incubation period of the virus makes it difficult to track via individual persons.

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Nancy Pelosi Uses CDC’s Coronavirus Warning to Blast President Trump

The ‘resistance’ is now blaming a future, hypothetical Coronavirus outbreak on President Trump.

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The liberal left seems to have no issue manufacturing new ways in which to attack President Donald Trump, and perhaps it was only a matter of time until someone insinuated that the Commander in Chief was somehow going to make a recent viral outbreak worse.

Earlier this week, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention warned that Americans will likely see a spread of the deadly Coronavirus here in the United States in the coming weeks, thanks to the stealthy fourteen-day incubation period of the illness, and the rapid spread that we’ve already seen in nations such as China, South Korea, and Italy.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is now attempting to use that news to smear President Trump as inept.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Wednesday accused the Trump administration of responding “too late” to halt the possible spread of China’s deadly coronavirus in the United States.

“This is shameful,” Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill when asked about the administration sending a $2.5 billion supplemental budget request to combat the illness. “He puts forth a proposal now that is meager, anemic in terms of addressing this. Ebola, we did $5 billion. And now they’re trying to take the Ebola money and spend it here.”

Pelosi continued, placing even more hypothetical, future blame on Trump.

“What he’s doing is late, too late, anemic,” she added. “Hopefully, we can make up for the loss of time but we have to have professionals in place, resources that are adequate and not use scare tactics about people coming back to our country.”

President Trump has indicated previously that this novel and deadly strain of Coronavirus was “under control” here in the United States, and the the Democrats simply can’t find it in their hearts to believe him.

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China Now Says Virulent Coronavirus Started Earlier, Hit Two Areas at Once

Chinese authorities now say that the dangerous Coronavirus struck nearly a month earlier than initial estimates.

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Chinese authorities now say that the dangerous Coronavirus struck nearly a month earlier than initial estimates and that it started somewhere other than the Wuhan fish market.

For months, now, China has claimed that the Coronavirus only got into high gear in Wuhan around Chinese New Year, which is January 8. But now a government report says that it appears that there was an earlier outbreak in the first week of December in a different area than Wuhan.

The new info comes from a study published on ChinaXiv, a Chinese open repository for scientific researchers.

Per the Global Times:

[The research] reveals the new coronavirus was introduced to the seafood market from another location, and then spread rapidly from market to market. The findings were the result of analyses of genome-wide data, sources of infection and the route of spread of 93 samples of the novel coronavirus collected from 12 countries across four continents.

This study says that a worker at a biowarfare center accidentally transmitted the virus at the Huanan seafood market early in December.

According to the researchers, the new coronavirus experienced two sudden population expansions, including one on January 6, 2020, which was related to the Chinese New Year’s Day holiday.

An earlier expansion occurred on December 8, implying human-to-human transmission may have started in early December or late November, and then accelerated when it reached the Huanan seafood market.

On January 6, the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a second-level emergency response, which the researchers said served as a warning against mass public activity and travel.

The report added that if the warnings had received wider public attention, the number of cases and deaths would have been many times lower.

Unlike past flu viruses, this strain of Coronavirus is still picking up speed instead of waning.

The virus is still surging and has gained a stronger foothold in Italy, and South Korea, and even Iran has now reported eight deaths from the virus.

Per Fox News:

Italian authorities announced they were shutting down carnival events in Venice as at least 133 people have been reported to have been infected with COVID-19 in the country. Nearly all of Italy’s cases are clustered in the north, including in the northeast Veneto region, which includes Venice.

The dozens of newly confirmed cases have caused all schools and universities to be closed not only in Milan, but in the entire region of Lombardy, for an indefinite period of time as movie theaters, concerts and public gatherings have also been banned.

“South Korea announced 169 more cases of the new virus, bringing the country’s total to 602. The country also reported three more fatalities, raising its death toll to six,” Fox reported.

Senator Tom Cotton has voiced serious questions about how well the Chinese have handled this medical emergency.

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American Authorities Quietly Prepping for US Coronavirus Outbreak

There are serious concerns that the illness is poised for an American renaissance.

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In the Far East, a nightmare is underway.

A novel strain of the often-dangerous Coronavirus has reared its ugly head, and has been bordering on “pandemic” status for weeks now.  The epicenter is Wuhan, China, where researchers’ best guess is that the illness jumped from bats to humans, (or maybe snakes to humans), at one of the local wildlife markets.

The numbers are terrifying in China, where more than 2,300 have perished at the hands of the virus…and that’s if the numbers being released by Beijing are to be believed.

This strain of Coronavirus has also reached the US, but has been thankfully tame in the States so far.

That hasn’t stopped American authorities from preparing for the worst, however.

In coming weeks, if the virus begins to spread through U.S. communities, health authorities want to be ready to adopt school and business closures like those undertaken in Asian countries to contain the disease, Messonnier said.

“We’re not seeing community spread here in the United States yet, but it’s very possible, even likely, that it may eventually happen,” Messonnier said.

“Our goal continues to be to slow the introduction of the virus into the U.S. This buys us more time to prepare communities for more cases and possibly sustained spread.”

And what about cases here in the US?

The United States currently has 13 cases of people diagnosed with the virus within the country and 21 cases among Americans repatriated on evacuation flights from Wuhan, China, and from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, CDC said.

​Of 329 Americans evacuated from the cruise ship, 18 tested positive for the virus. Eleven of them are at University of Nebraska Medical Center, five are in medical facilities near Travis Air Force Base in California and two are near Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

The passengers evacuated from the Diamond Princess were flown to America against the wishes of the CDC, further complicating American efforts to control and contain the virus.

 

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