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Trump’s Big Government, ‘Expedited’ Revolving-Door Amnesty Plan Would Cost $375 BILLION

Donald Trump interviewed by CNN's Dana Bash, July 29, 2015
Donald Trump interviewed by CNN’s Dana Bash, July 29, 2015

Now that the media is forcing Donald Trump to provide specifics to back up his bravado and bluster, he’s revealing himself to be just another big-spending, big-government Republican — at least when it comes to two of the nation’s most complex and intractable problems: funding healthcare for the poor and what to do about the millions of undocumented residents living in the United States.

In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Donald Trump admitted he once supported socialized healthcare in the form of a single-payer system like Medicare for seniors in the United States and the cradle-to-grave socialized systems in Canada, Great Britain, Spain, Japan, Kuwait and other U.S. competitor and allied nations.

(CNN has not enable embedding the video, but see it here — and the transcript of section of the interview about Trump’s healthcare and immigration plans follows this article)

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Enumerati

Obamacare Seems to be Working

9.3 million

People have gained health insurance coverage since the Affordable Care Act took effect, according to Wonk Wire.

Verbatim

GOP Lawmakers Lead Obamacare Deniers

I don’t think it means anything … I think they’re cooking the books on this.

— Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), quoted by Huffington Post, on the White House announcing more than 6 million Obamacare enrollments.

Verbatim

Will the GOP Candidate in 2016 Run on an Anti-Obamacare Platform?

Is the Republican nominee for president in 2016 really going to run on a platform of taking health coverage away from 24 million Americans? Especially after the Republicans ran in 2014 on ensuring that Americans can keep their health plans?

— Avik Roy, writing in Forbes.

Poetic Justice

An Underhanded Approach

It must be true — it was said by a pundit:
The Republicans are out to confound it.
That old Obamacare
Has got ’em running scared —
They can’t defeat it, so they’ll try to unfund it.

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Chris Wallace Eats Mitch McConnell For Lunch – on FOX

Enjoy watching Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), who already looks like a fish on the pier that someone caught by mistake and didn’t throw back in time, go blank when Chris Wallace (on FOX News!) asks what the Republican alternative is to “Obamacare.”

But keep a couple of points in mind as you view.

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It’s a Great Day: Healthcare Reform Upheld

Look out Rick Scott. The Florida governor has steadfastly refused to put the infrastructure in place to comply with healthcare reforms under the Affordable Care Act, so sure was he that the U.S. Supreme Court would strike the measure down. Well start moving, Rick, because Obamacare is here to stay. And THAT’S a BFD.

Early reaction, from around the web.

“Man, I hope that Scalia wrote a dissent. It might be the first SCOTUS decision with the word ‘fuck’ in it.” – The Rude Pundit

“Florida CFO Jeff Atwater sent out a press release crowing about its demise … and then immediately tried to recall it. ‘News’ outlets are tweeting, correcting, recalling. I like my news as quickly as the next guy. But there’s some value in making sure you have it right first.” – Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell

“Election angle NOT good for President in this respect: It may galvanize Republican voters to show up at the polls; opposite effect for Dems” – West Wing Reports

“In lieu of flowers I hear Fox News would like viewers to send donations to Heritage Foundation today as RWers mourn” – Eric Boehlert

“Fortunately, we can count on President Romney to repeal the… Oh, never mind.” – Jim Antle

“Per @petewilliamsnbc: main dissent written by Scalia. Will. Be. Epic. Oh, and his sidekick Clarence wrote something or other, too…” – Joy-Ann Reid

What are your thoughts? We’d love to hear in the comments section. And we’ll be right back after we finish doing the chicken dance.

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George Bush: When Unelected Judges Make Law, It’s ‘a Threat to Our Democracy – and It Needs to Stop’

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GEORGE W. BUSH, 2007: When the Founders drafted the Constitution, they had a clear understanding of tyranny. They also had a clear idea about how to prevent it from ever taking root in America. Their solution was to separate the government’s powers into three co-equal branches: the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary. Each of these branches plays a vital role in our free society. Each serves as a check on the others. And to preserve our liberty, each must meet its responsibilities — and resist the temptation to encroach on the powers the Constitution accords to others.

For the judiciary, resisting this temptation is particularly important, because it’s the only branch that is unelected and whose officers serve for life. Unfortunately, some judges give in to temptation and make law instead of interpreting. Such judicial lawlessness is a threat to our democracy — and it needs to stop.