opinion Michael F. Cannon Published 10:10 PM EST Dec 5, 2018 According to conventional wisdom, the recent congressional elections demonstrate that the Affordable Care Act’s rules requiring insurers to cover people with preexisting conditions are politically untouchable. Democrats made preserving those rules their number-one campaign issue. Voters responded by handing Democrats control of the House of Representatives. This assessment might be correct—if the election had clearly presented voters both the costs and benefits of those rules. Unfortunately, that did not occur. Democrats touted a fantasy where those rules produce benefits but carry no costs, and Republicans let this fantasy go completely unchallenged. Since neither side bothered to educate voters about the costs of the ACA’s preexisting-conditions provisions, the election says nothing about whether voters support them. The reality is that ACA’s preexisting-conditions provisions make tradeoffs … [Read more...] about Opinion: Covering preexisting conditions is costing all of us
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is spreading misleading numbers about the cost of illegal immigration. As he tries to pressure Democrats to fund his long-promised southern border wall, Trump is claiming the country loses $250 billion a year on illegal immigration. But it remained unclear Tuesday where Trump had found that number, which is dramatically higher than previous estimates. A look at his claim: TRUMP: “Could somebody please explain to the Democrats (we need their votes) that our Country losses (sic) 250 Billion Dollars a year on illegal immigration, not including the terrible drug flow. Top Border Security, including a Wall, is $25 Billion. Pays for itself in two months. Get it done!” — tweet Tuesday. THE FACTS: Trump’s numbers left even those sympathetic to the president’s position scratching their heads. “I’m not sure where the president got his numbers,” said Dave Ray, a spokesman for the nonprofit group FAIR, … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: Trump exaggerates cost of illegal immigration
Kathy Gannon, Associated Press Updated 5:53 am PST, Sunday, November 25, 2018 FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. The assault on the consulate in Karachi, Friday, Nov. 13, 2018, was the latest in a series of attacks on China’s growing influence in Pakistan, where Beijing is financing tens of billions of dollars’ worth of megaprojects that critics fear will plunder the country’s resources and leave it with crippling debt. (Thomas Peter/Pool Photo via AP) less FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. The assault on the consulate in Karachi, ... more Photo: Thomas Peter, AP … [Read more...] about AP Explains: China’s megaprojects fuel unease in Pakistan
Nearly 90 minutes before polls closed in California, Fox News chose to make the irresponsible announcement that Republicans had already lost the U.S. House of Representatives. Did that early call cost the Republicans Orange County, California? Orange County has been a Republican stronghold (and a famous one) for decades, and while there is no question the county had been trending Democrat, on Election Night, Republicans lost all seven congressional seats. But if you look at the vote counts, there were a number of squeakers.In the 28th District, Democrat Linda Sanchez beat Republican Ryan Downing by less than 300 votes. Out of over 140,000 votes cast in the 39th District, the Democrat won by only a little over 4,000 votes with 51.4 percent. This race was so close, it was not called until November 17. In the 45th District, the margin was 51.6 to 48.4 percent with a margin of under 9000 votes out of some 280,000. With margins such as these, it is not unreasonable to ask if Fox News … [Read more...] about Did Fox News Cost the GOP Orange County?
By Marc A. Thiessen | PUBLISHED: November 11, 2018 at 7:45 am | UPDATED: November 11, 2018 at 7:50 am WASHINGTON — Brett Kavanaugh must have been smiling as the returns came in on Election Day, because it is now clear that the Democrats’ campaign to destroy him will go down as a massive blunder. It failed to keep Kavanaugh off the court. It cost Democrats their chance to regain control of the Senate. And it gave Republicans an expanded Senate majority that will allow them to confirm an even more conservative justice next time around. Today, Kavanaugh sits on the Supreme Court hearing cases. Meanwhile, Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, N.D., Joe Donnelly, Ind., and Claire McCaskill, Mo., are packing up their Senate offices — thrown out by voters furious over their party’s brutal campaign of character assassination against Kavanaugh. Sen. Joe Manchin, W.Va., was the only Democrat who voted for Kavanaugh, and he survived — but just barely. Two weeks before … [Read more...] about Thiessen: Kavanaugh debacle cost Democrats the Senate