Posts Tagged ‘TPM’

Trump Health Care Promises

March 16, 2017

Trump Health Care Promises

The Associated Press compared the health policy promises Donald Trump made during his campaign, transition and early weeks of his presidency with the GOP health care bill introduced this month. As scored by Congress’s own nonpartisan CBO, the bill keeps none of those promises. It would deny medical care to millions, especially poor and low income Americans.

But, hey, the CBO got the numbers wrong about Obamacare, right?

Wrong.

More:

“AP fact check: Trump’s promises on health care,” Calvin Woodward and Jim Drinkard, Associated Press via PBS NewsHour.

“Trump’s ‘insurance for everybody’ plan has turned deadly,” Matt O’Brien, Washington Post

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Image from TalkingPointsMemo Editor Josh Marshall, who says: “Please don’t share this image far and wide because then people would know all of President Trump’s broken promises about health insurance for millions of people.” Download a copy here

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Shadow Congress

June 2, 2010

Shadow Congress

172 former congressmen and senators currently work as Washington lobbyists, according to a perceptive report by Justin Elliott and Zachary Roth of  Talking Points Memo. They work for trade associations and large law firms and as independent influence shapers for industry and monied interests. Not all are officially registered as lobbyists, but they use their influence to shape legislation nonetheless. Former members of Congress have access to Capitol and federal offices denied other citizens.

Retired legislators from 41 states are working as DC lobbyists, and Texas has the most (17). TPM has an interactive map with a list by state, but it is easier to name states without an ex-congressional K Street contingent: Hawaii, Maine, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wyoming, and West Virginia.

 

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