GOP, Trump Pull Obamacare Repeal Bill Amid Party Revolt

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York House leaders sought to mollify obstinate Freedom Caucus members by agreeing to additional modifications to Medicaid and eliminating the “essential benefits” provision under the ACA. Meanwhile, moderate Republicans whose states expanded Medicaid under Obamacare pushed back at cuts to Medicaid amid concerns that the measure would not benefit their constituents.The full-court press for votes included the president himself. He held private meetings with various members and warned that failure to support the bill would make them vulnerable at the ballot box.As Republican lawmakers dealt with the blow of failing to bring the bill to the floor Thursday night, the Congressional Budget Office released yet another unfavorable outlook on the bill. The report found that savings would be less than originally predicted while the number of people who would lose health insurance remained mostly unchanged.It’s unclear where Republicans go from here. Spicer, the White House Press Secretary, has said there is no alternative option, as the administration fully expected the vote to end up in their favor. Ryan on Friday said his members would reflect on the failed effort and consider their next step. Republicans for years have tried to repeal Obamacare despite the former president holding veto power while in office. The November election turned out to be a game changer. Not only did Republicans secure control of Congress, but also Trump’s ascension to the White House gave them the edge they needed to push ahead with their grandiose plan to repeal Obama’s legacy health care legislation.Republicans interpreted Trump’s election victory as national rebuke of Obamacare, given then-candidate Trump’s characterization of the health care law as disastrous. House GOP leaders seemed to have dismissed Trump’s popular vote defeat by three million or rising approval of Obamacare over the last several months.A Congressional Budget Office report that found as many as 24 million Americans would lose insurance under the GOP plan was the first signal that the bill was in trouble.The number of Long Islanders potentially in danger of losing health insurance was estimated at 133,324 and 152,631 in Nassau and Suffolk counties, respectively. In New York State, the estimate was 2.7 million—the equivalent of roughly the entire population of Long Island.Just as Republicans were whipping votes to get undecided lawmakers on board, Quinnipiac released a gloomy poll that found only 17 percent of people support the health care bill, with 56 percent of Americans in opposition. A survey released a day earlier reported that Trump’s approval rating stands at a ghastly 37 percent.The fight for an alternative to Obamacare took on greater urgency in New York after two upstate House Republicans pressed for an amendment that would shift county funding of Medicaid to the states.The provision provoked a firestorm in Albany. Gov. Andrew Cuomo slammed the GOP members as traitors to their constituents in order to draw favor with the Speaker and other Republican leaders on Capitol Hill.Cuomo’s office throughout the week disseminated gloomy outlooks if the bill were to pass, including a loss of millions to nursing homes and hospitals on Long Island. In the South Shore district of Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), for instance, Cuomo’s office said three hospitals would lose a combined $14.6 million in funding. According to the governor’s office, under the Trumpcare proposal, New York would lose $6.9 billion over the next four years.Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) disputed Cuomo’s findings while accusing the governor of resorting to scare tactics.The long-promised Obamacare repeal worried some health industry experts on Long Island. Since the ACA was passed, the Island’s health care economy has increased by more than 25,000 jobs, with 218,000 people currently employed in the industry. Northwell Health, with more than 61,000 employees, is the largest private employer in New York State.“We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future,” a visibly disappointed Ryan said. At a rally in Kentucky last week styled after President Donald Trump’s boisterous campaign events, the president’s supporters donned his now ubiquitous “Make America Great Again” ball cap and waved signs that proclaimed: “Promises made, promises kept.”In Trump’s first true test of his mettle as a prodigious dealmaker, the president failed to deliver on his pledge to quickly and decisively repeal Obamacare. The president reportedly asked House Republicans to pull the bill just before it was supposed to go up for a vote.The move to scrap the bill minutes before lawmakers were to vote marked a stunning defeat for Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), both brought together by their apparent disdain for Obamacare and long-held promise to kill the Affordable Care Act. The controversial legislation was billed as a palatable replacement to Obama’s legacy health legislation. The bill would have needed 216 votes to pass.Speaking to reporters from the Oval Office late Friday afternoon, Trump said he was open to pursing new legislation in the future, predicting that Democrats would hop on board once Obamacare “explodes.” “The best thing that we can do politically speaking is let Obamacare explode, it’s exploding right now,” Trump said. “This is a disappointing day for us,” Ryan said shortly after the American Health Care Act was pulled under his recommendation. “Obamacare is the law of the land and it’s going to remain the law of the land until it’s repealed,” he added, while characterizing their failure to reach a consensus as “growing pains.” The debate over the bill has made apparent a deep-seated ideological split within the Republican Party. House Republican leaders acquiesced to a small minority in the party called the House Freedom Caucus. But some concessions, particularly the elimination of an ACA provision mandating “essential benefits,” proved too tough a pill for moderates to swallow. The party spent much of the last week in open revolt despite years of campaigning against Obamacare.More than 20 million Americans have gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, including 334,000-plus living in Nassau and Suffolk counties.The GOP plan would have dismantled much of Obamacare while absorbing popular aspects of the law that allows adults to stay on their parent’s plans until 26 and prohibits insurers from dropping people based on pre-existing conditions. Republicans also hoped to eliminate a part of the law mandating that all Americans have insurance or face a tax penalty and would do away with government subsidies. In an updated report issued Thursday, the Congressional Budget Office determined that 24 million people would lose health insurance by 2026 under the GOP alternative.House GOP leaders postponed a scheduled Thursday vote that they hoped would deal a satisfying and symbolic deathblow to Obamacare on the seventh anniversary of its implementation. Later in the evening, Trump ceased further negotiations and issued a take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum: support this bill or Obamacare will remain the law of the land.On Friday, the bill’s survival remained in doubt with Ryan and other Republicans still deal making. While the House debated the measure on the floor, Ryan rushed to the White House to reportedly inform the president that they did not have the votes.“We are confident that we’ve done everything,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said during his daily press briefing. Apparently, it was not enough.Embed from Getty Imagescenter_img Embed from Getty Imageslast_img read more

Albert Pujols gets his 2,999th hit and Angels sweep Orioles

first_img Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Related Articles Pujols moved within one hit of 3,000 by scorching a double into the left-field corner off Orioles reliever Miguel Castro in the second inning. He grounded out sharply to second base in his first at-bat, against Baltimore starter Chris Tillman (1-5), who lasted only one inning. PreviousPonch-clad fans watch as the Angels’ Albert Pujols waits for a pitch that could yield his 3,000th career hit during the eighth inning of Thursday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium. Pujols finished the game with 2,999 hits but will go for the milestone again Friday night in Seattle. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Angels’ Jaime Barria throws to the plate against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Jaime Barria throws to the plate against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Angels’ Jaime Barria in the dugout after the top of the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Mike Trout rounds the bases after an RBI triple in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits an RBI single in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits an RBI single in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits an RBI single in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani rounds the bases as he scores on a double by Andrelton Simmons in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani scores on a double by Andrelton Simmons past Orioles’ catcher Chance Sisco and pitcher Chris Tillman during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani is welcomed into the dugout after scoring on a double by Andrelton Simmons in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Albert Pujols hits his 2999th career hit against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Albert Pujols watches his 2999th career hit against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Albert Pujols heads for second after hitting his 2999th career hit against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani wait at home as Justin Upton scores on Albert Pujols’ 2999th career hit, a double, against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Mike Trout celebrates Albert Pujols’ 2999th career hit against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Mike Trout celebrates Albert Pujols’ 2999th career hit against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Stadium workers change the center field sign to 2999 after represent Albert Pujols hit a two-run double for his 2999th career hit against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani adjusts his helmet after a strike against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Albert Pujols heads to third against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angel fans try and set a world record wearing ponchos during the the Angels’ game against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Jaime Barria walks to the dugout after the top of the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Albert Pujols is hit by a pitch in front of Orioles’ catcher Chance Sisco in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Orioles’ Manny Machado scores past Angels’ catcher Martin Maldonado in the sixth inning during the Angels’ 12-3 victory at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Jaime Barria bites his glove after giving up a run during the Angels’ 12-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Albert Pujols stretches as he heads to the dugout after fouling out during the Angels’ 12-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani heads back to first after hitting a single in the sixth inning during the Angels’ 12-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Orioles’ Manny Machado scores past Angels’ catcher Martin Maldonado in the sixth inning during the Angels’ 12-3 victory at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Jaime Barria bites his glove after giving up a run during the Angels’ 12-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Albert Pujols stretches as he heads to the dugout after fouling out during the Angels’ 12-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani heads back to first after hitting a single in the sixth inning during the Angels’ 12-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Orioles’ Trey Mancini, left, celebrates with Adam Jones after scoring past Angels’ catcher Martin Maldonado in the sixth inning during the Angels’ 12-3 victory at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Ian Kinsler laughs with Andrelton Simmons after turning a double play in the eighth inning during the Angels’ 12-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Albert Pujols looks to the sky after flying out to right for his last at bat during the Angels’ 12-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Orioles’ Darren O’day throws to the plate during the Angels’ 12-3 victory at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)A fan cheers on Albert Pujols before his last at bat of the night during the Angels’ 12-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Ponch-clad fans watch as the Angels’ Albert Pujols waits for a pitch that could yield his 3,000th career hit during the eighth inning of Thursday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium. Pujols finished the game with 2,999 hits but will go for the milestone again Friday night in Seattle. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Angels’ Jaime Barria throws to the plate against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 36The Angels’ Jaime Barria throws to the plate against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandANAHEIM — At one point Thursday, it seemed the Angels had an embarrassment of riches within their grasp. Albert Pujols was one hit away from 3,000 for his Hall of Fame career, Mike Trout was halfway to hitting for the cycle and Jaime Barria flirted with a no-hitter.None of the three came to pass, though.Pujols delivered a two-run double for the 2,999th hit of his career, sparking the Angels to a 12-3 victory and a three-game sweep of the hapless Baltimore Orioles. Trout tripled, singled and scored two runs as the Angels continued their assault on Orioles pitching.Barria worked 5-1/3 no-hit innings before faltering in the sixth. He gave up two runs and four hits with two strikeouts and two walks in only his third major league start, after an April 11 victory over the Texas Rangers and a loss to the San Francisco Giants on April 22. Castro hit Pujols with a pitch in the fourth inning. Pujols then fouled out in the sixth and sent a lazy fly to right to end the eighth and send most of the fans streaming toward the exits.Angels fans stood and roared during each of Pujols’ at-bats after his second-inning double, booing when he was hit and groaning when he fouled out and flied out. Mostly, they sat and cheered as the Angels completed their demolition of the Orioles, who are 8-23, last in the American League East.“Pretty special,” Pujols said of the fans’ reaction. “We have great fans here. They support every player, not just myself. They’re aware of the history that’s about to happen. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen tonight. I had an opportunity to make it happen here. … It wasn’t meant to be this week.“One of these days we’re all going to celebrate it.”This one was over early.Tillman didn’t miss many bats during a first inning in which nine Angels came to bat and he threw 33 pitches. The Angels scored five runs as six of their first seven hitters reached base. Pujols was the lone out before Tillman retired Kole Calhoun and Martin Maldonado on flyouts.The Angels added three more runs in the second.Barria took an 8-0 lead after two innings and ran with it. The 21-year-old right-hander had given up only two walks entering the sixth inning. A third batter, Pedro Alvarez, reached on Pujols’ fielding error with two outs in the fifth. But that was it. The evening promised history, but a crowd of 35,879 witnessed just another Angels victory.It was hardly routine, however.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.How could it be with Pujols on the verge of becoming only the fourth player in major league history to record 3,000 hits and 600 homers? When it happens, perhaps as soon as Friday night against the Mariners in Seattle, he’ll join an elite club of Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez.“It’s going to happen one day,” Pujols said. “The most important thing was that we won the game here today. It would have been awesome for it to happen, but we played great, we swung the bats great. It’s going to happen one of these days. It’s not about me, it’s about our team.“It’s great. Don’t get me wrong.”center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Barria then ran out of gas in the sixth. He gave up a one-out single to Trey Mancini that ended his no-hit bid before giving up run-scoring singles to Manny Machado and Chris Davis as the Orioles trimmed the Angels’ lead to 12-2. Blake Parker relieved Barria to start the seventh.“He has a lot of poise for a young pitcher and a young person,” Manager Mike Scioscia said of Barria. “He still has a lot of growth. He’s seeing what the beast is, major-league ballparks, major-league hitters, and he’s making adjustments.”Justin Upton had three hits and Shohei Ohtani and Andrelton Simmons had two apiece as the Angels hammered out 15 hits. The Angels scored 27 runs in 12 games before the Orioles’ arrival at the Big A, but had 25 during their three-game sweep of Baltimore.Next: Seattle and the start of a three-game series Friday against the Mariners.“We’re all waiting for that one hit and, hopefully, we’re going to get it tomorrow,” Scioscia said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

McNeese Sweeps Women’s Indoor Track & Field Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Bonnie Andres and Alanna Arvie swept the Southland Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week honors, the league announced Wednesday.Andres nailed down a personal best in the 5,000-meter run over the weekend, crossing the finish line with a 17:04.96 for first-place honors at the 2020 Meyo Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind. The win marks her second overall of the indoor season and came in her first appearance in the 5k event.Arvie clinched her second Field Athlete of the Week honor this season after claiming a personal record in the shot put over the weekend at the Meyo Invitational. The senior tossed a 48-1.25 in the shot put event in order to claim 12th-place honors.  She also finished ninth overall in the weight throw with an effort of 62-10.5 (19.16m) on her fourth attempt of the event.Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Bonnie Andres, McNeese – Fr. – Olendorf, GermanyIn just her fourth collegiate track event, Andres captured a first-place finish with a 17:04.96 in the 5000m run. Andres’ 5k finish leads the conference for the 2020 indoor season by nearly two minutes and came in her first appearance in the event of the year.Honorable Mention: Ajah Criner, Central Arkansas.Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Alanna Arvie, McNeese – Sr. – Oberlin, La.Arvie improved to No. 3 on the Southland indoor performance list for the shot put after hurling a 48-1.25 (14.66m) at the Meyo Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., over the weekend. She also threw for a 62-10.5 (19.16m) in the weight throw to take ninth place in the stacked 36-woman field.Honorable Mention: Taylor Coleman, Central Arkansas.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more