Emil Guillermo: Trump Failure on Obamacare a Victory for the People

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Repeal and Replace?

Not the Donald, though maybe that will come in time, sooner than we think.

But today’s failure is epic.

Turns out you can say no to the Donald.

The president who was seeking to take away health care from 24 million people just couldn’t get the deal done.

The man who prides himself in being the master negotiator couldn’t  get the majority of Congress to commit what I call “medically-assisted political suicide.”

And in the end, even the president had to realize it was better to cut his losses and pull the bill before a vote.

Immediately, he started to blame the Democrats. But for what?

For making sure that millions stay insured with essential health care they need?

“Let Obamacare explode,” Trump said from the White House after the aborted vote.

Fact is, Obamacare is not exploding. No doubt there  are problems with ACA, but mostly it’s due to the insurance and drug companies that want to assure profitability rather than people’s health. That’s one area that needs fixing. Under a more universal broad pool, with the largest possible number of insureds who can spread the risks of health care, Obamacare would work better.  That would be an emulation of Medicare, a single-payer plan. That’s the answer to many of the problems with ACA.

Republicans don’t like to admit that Obamacare was a compromise to begin with. And now it’s working like a compromise, with some people upset, and many happy they finally have some coverage.

But how do you control costs? Or streamline it?

The replacement, Trumpcare, wouldn’t have done any of that.

It would have cut off care and insureds and  decimated everything, It would have left the country in a bigger health care mess than you can imagine.

It’s a costly lesson for Trump who is learning that you can’t run the country like a business.

Profit and dollars aren’t  everything.

You have to care about the people.

In the end, it was their voices as happy Obamacare consumers that mattered the most.

 

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Emil Guillermo: See Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) opening statement at the first day of the Gorsuch hearings.

 

If you missed it, Asian Americans have Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) to stand up to Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Gorsuch seemed to dwell on a metaphor that Sen. Ben Sasse   first alluded to in his own opening remarks, quoting Gorsuch talking about the importance of a judge’s robe that cloaks a sense of the real person under the robe, supposedly to assure independence and allegiance only to the facts.

But the robe analogy is limited. And the hearings are to make sure we know the man hiding in the robe. We know that Scalia didn’t hide much. Gorsuch deserves no pass because he says he’d be independent.

Gorsuch  sure tried to make it sound like he was some man of the people when he referred to his robe as “honest, black, and polyester.”

Well, polyester is unnatural, non-breathable,and totally fabricated.

In other words, fake.  Intractable.  Polyester is what it is. A chemical truth.

All things, we don’t want in a judge.

And judging from the news about  his decisions past, we’ve seen that Gorsuch has used the robe to turn a blind eye to compassionate, human and caring decisions.

Asian Americans will have Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) holding Gorsuch’s polyester robe to the fire.

If she does, note that polyester is flammable.

Let’s hope we see some flames.

If not, well, the Dems don’t seem to have a lot of fight in them to contest Gorsuch.

There was a real mix group of moderates and conservatives sitting  behind him including including Asians and African Americans.

But is the 49-year-old  Gorsuch the best guy to break the  4-4 deadlock weighing down SCOTUS?

Is he  the guy who we want dictating laws the next 30-40 years?

Here’s Hirono opening statement:

Emil Guillermo: FBI Director Comey casts a “cloud” over Trump government, and all Trump can do is tweet.

FBI Director James Comey said for the first time that there is an investigation on Trump aides colluding with Russia, but won’t talk about evidence. Comey also debunked Trump claim that Obama was behind any wiretap of Trump Tower, and said his  department has nothing to indicate Trump’s tweet  claim of “McCarthyism.”

Trump can do nothing but to tweet that  all this make work he caused as “Fake,” and tries to re-direct focus on whoever leaked the information against Trump aides.

 But this remains Trump’s worst day. Republican committee head Devin Nunes admitted he has no evidence to back Trump’s claim, and seemed frustrated that Comey wasn’t allowed to share any either.

Nunes, the Republican Committee chair from California’s Central Valley, ended today’s session that lasted longer than “Gone With the Wind,” by making an ominous point.

Nunes said the inability of Comey to share more evidence at the hearing puts a real “cloud over the administration.”

Slowly, we are seeing Trump’s flagging credibility sinking before our eyes.  I doubt if even an apology to Obama would help at this point.

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The Donald at the Merkel presser didn’t like being questioned by the Germans.  Just wait till next week when his Obama lie about wiretapping is formally exposed. There is no there there. Just the Donald’s own fake news to distract us from the real issues of Jeff Sessions pre-election actions, and his assault on the poor and middle class through budget cuts and health care decimation.

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On the travel ban 2.0’s rejection by a federal judge in Hawaii.

The  Justice Dept. is appealing the rejection by a Maryland judge to get it before a different appeals court in Virginia. The whole thing will likely go to the Supreme Court.

Also. an interview with Jenn Fang of reappropriate.co, on Kuchibhotla and whether the South Asian’s killing is a Vincent Chin moment for all Asian Americans.

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Emil Guillermo: Trump’s Revised #TravelBan is still a Muslim Ban.

The White House occupant I call Trump 45 is all thumbs up about the new executive order he just signed.

But those who found the previous travel ban held up by the courts offensive will still be all thumbs down.

Travel Ban 2.0 may be written better with cosmetic changes to take away particularly embarrassing situations. But a Muslim ban is still a Muslim ban and no less odious.

Some changes: Iraq, our ally in fighting ISIS, is now off the list, reducing the number of countries from seven to six.

Existing green card and visa holders are also now exempt, as are a list of situations like the foreign national who “seeks to visit or reside with a close family member who is a U.S. citizen.”

Or an infant or child needing urgent medical care.

But, at it’s core, the travel ban is still essentially a “Muslim Ban” worthy of a challenge on constitutional grounds.

Asian Americans, as targets of immigration bans in the past, know how harmful these bans have been.

History tells us these kind of bans have no place in our democracy.

Read the White House’s Travel Ban 2.0

Emil Guillermo: Has Trump’s Outrageous Finger-pointing backfired?

Donald Trump continues to set a new low in America.

After hurling a damning allegation with zero evidence against Barack Obama– that the former president wiretapped Trump Towers—Trump now says he wants a Congressional investigation.
This is serious stuff. Evidence on no evidence.
But it may backfire.
A call for an investigation may actually expose Trump to far worse.
Rep. Ted Lieu of California released this statement on Sunday: “I fully support the White House’s request for Congressional investigations into President Trump’s explosive claim that Trump Tower was wiretapped. If the claim is true, such a wiretap would mean that an independent FISA Court Judge—appointed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts—reviewed evidence and found probable cause there were agents of a foreign power at Trump Tower.”

And that of course, would circle back to the reason Trump was trying to distract us all in the first place, that the Trump campaign had contact with the Russian government during the campaign.

Lieu continued: “The American people need to know if Donald Trump or his associates colluded with the Russian government during the election last year. A special prosecutor is clearly needed to immediately review what was learned from any possible wiretaps and any other potential evidence of collusion between Team Trump, Vladimir Putin and his agents. If the wiretapping claim is true, then Congress also needs to investigate if President Trump violated laws related to the leaking of classified information when he disclosed the existence of a secret wiretap via his Twitter account.”
“President Trump’s wiretapping claim points to a serious counterintelligence investigation of him and/or his associates. The multiple lies by Trump and his associates denying contacts with the Russians; the making of a false statement by Attorney General Sessions under oath to Congress about his Russian contacts; and now the explosive revelation of a potential wiretap at Trump Tower suggests that we could be looking at a situation far worse than Watergate.”

Only Trump knows what was behind his Obama wiretap allegations.

Was it a talkshow host’s claim that Trump simply believed and repeated, though again without evidence?

Was it based on a FISA court decision?

None of it is good for Trump, nor our democracy.

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