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After McCain – What’s next on health care in the U.S. Congress

After McCain – What’s next on health care in the U.S. Congress

With Friday’s decision by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to oppose a last-ditch GOP proposal to overhaul the Obama health law, Republicans have almost run out of time to make substantive changes to Obamacare by a September 30 deadline for action under a special expedited procedure that did not allow for a Senate filibuster, again dealing the President and GOP leaders a bitter defeat on an issue they’ve campaigned on for the last seven years. Here’s what can still happen over the next week – and in coming months on Capitol Hill. 1. There could still be a vote on Graham-Cassidy. While Sen. McCain has made clear that he won’t vote for the plan from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), it’s possible that the Senate could still go on the record on the matter. Aides to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier this week that he planned to force a vote, and that could still happen, to clearly show who was for the plan, and who was not. But for now, it seems like the GOP will fail to get anything done on this signature campaign issue, with McCain, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) definitely against the plan – and two others, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) leaning against. I cannot in good conscience vote for Graham-Cassidy. A bill impacting so many lives deserves a bipartisan approach. https://t.co/2sDjhw6Era pic.twitter.com/30OWezQpLg — John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) September 22, 2017 2. It could re-start bipartisan health talks. Up until last week, when GOP interest suddenly surged in the Graham-Cassidy plan, there had been increasing efforts to find some kind of agreement between Senators in both parties on ways to make some short term improvements in the Obama health care system for those in the individual and non-group insurance market. Those efforts were put on the shelf in recent days, but now this development leaves an opening for Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). I'm proud of you, John. It's time for the resumption of the bipartisan Alexander/Murray plan, and I'm ready to help however I can. https://t.co/xu2e3higf3 — John Kasich (@JohnKasich) September 22, 2017 3. GOP health care efforts are certainly not dead. Just because the Graham-Cassidy plan has seemingly fallen short, that doesn’t mean Republicans will give up on their plans to change the Obama health law. For the next fiscal year, the GOP wants to use the budget reconciliation process to pass something on tax cuts and tax reform. Well – there is no reason that they can’t also try to add a health care bill onto that measure as well. One Senate official told me exactly that a few weeks ago. So, this battle is not over. But waiting to do health care on next budget reconciliation bill would give CBO time to fully analyze #GrahamCassidy's impact — Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 22, 2017 4. Republicans just weren’t ready for this process. Maybe the biggest lesson from the after-action report on GOP health care bills over the last nine months is a simple one – Republicans were not ready with their own plan to replace the Obama health law, even though they had been talking about this for seven straight years. Ever since the law was signed by President Obama, Republicans had promised to repeal it, and do something different. As a slogan it sounded great – but as we saw in recent weeks, getting the exact details was something different. The GOP has had 7+ years to come up with a healthcare bill. They've also had a full majority for 8 months. And still nothing. Embarrassing! — Mitch Drabenstott (@mitchdwx) September 22, 2017 5. Democrats have also had 7 years to make improvements. Just as the GOP failed in rallying around a single plan, Democrats also didn’t exactly ring the bell in recent years on how best to improve the Obamacare system. Yes, they admit, things aren’t working perfectly, but they certainly haven’t been talking about what exactly should change, or might be changed. Could we see something different now that Graham-Cassidy seems to be dead? Or will Democrats still just sort of circle the wagons to protect President Obama’s top legislative accomplishment? This is the time for bipartisan action – but that’s easier said than done. McCain's advice for Congress: Republicans and Democrats must work together to improve health care. — Cary Weldy (@caryweldy) September 22, 2017

Former Heisman winner arrested on traffic warrants

Former Heisman winner arrested on traffic warrants

Former Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams was arrested in Texas on Tuesday on traffic warrants, records show. >> Read more trending news  Williams was pulled over for a traffic offense, then arrested on warrants, Austin police said. He is no longer in the Travis County Jail, records show.  Williams, who starred at the University of Texas and played seven seasons in the NFL, is currently a football analyst for ESPN's Longhorn Network. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1998 and was the second Longhorn to win college football’s top prize, and was also a two-time All-American. Earlier this year, Williams said he was racially profiled while walking through a neighborhood in Tyler. A man called 911 when he 'observed a black male, wearing all black, crouched down behind his wire fence,' and Tyler police stopped and searched Williams, according to media reports.  Williams was taken to the Travis County Jail 17 years ago, when he was playing for the New Orleans Saints, when he refused to sign a traffic ticket, according to previous media reports. 

Testimony underway in Flint water hearing

Testimony underway in Flint water hearing

A former Michigan health official testified Thursday that he started asking questions about bacteria in Flint’s water supply a year before the state publicly acknowledged an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. Tim Becker, who was deputy director at the Department of Health and Human Services, acknowledged that the agency could have issued a public warning in January 2015. But it was 12 more months before the department and Gov. Rick Snyder said something publicly. Becker was the first witness at a key court hearing involving his former boss, department director Nick Lyon, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of an 85-year-old man and misconduct in office. A judge must decide whether there’s enough evidence to send him to trial. Lyon’s attorneys call the charges “baseless.” The attorney general’s office says a timely announcement about a Legionnaires’ outbreak in the Flint area in 2014-15 might have saved Robert Skidmore. He died of congestive heart failure, six months after he was treated for Legionnaires’.

WHAT/WHO: A KRMG Live Lounge Listener Lunch with Herman Cain - presented by Travis Watkins Tax Firm WHEN: Wednesday, October 4th at 12pm WHERE: In our brand new beautiful KRMG Performance Studio (remember KRMG has moved to 26th and Memorial)  INFO: Lunch will be provided by Oklahoma Joe’s Oklahoma Joe’s BarbequeBarbeque! PLEASE NOTE: Reserved seating for this event is no longer available.  Possible seating and Standing Room Only Admission will be available day of show on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 11:45am. VIP: • The only way to get guaranteed seating is to win seats through KRMG. We are giving away 10 pair of tickets the week of 9/25.  They are great tickets! You will get a pair of VIP Meet and Greet Tickets to meet Herman Cain, two of our brand new retro KRMG t-shirts and two reserved seats right up front for our event. • You have two chances a day to win. Listen between 7:10am and 7:40am during the KRMG Morning News with Dan Potter and between 6:10pm and 6:40pm during the KRMG Evening News with Dick Loftin and be caller #7. BUT, here’s the catch. Caller #7 will need to have our correct key phrase. Download and launch the KRMG App, tap the “On Air Now” button at the bottom of our app to get the correct key phrase. Check back before each show, because the key phrases are different.  We highly suggest you put our number on speed dial. 918-460-KRMG (5764).  Good Luck! Herman Cain is an award-winning local talk radio host, author, business executive, syndicated columnist and 2012 GOP presidential candidate. Herman replaces long-time listener favorite and national Radio Hall of Fame member Neal Boortz, who retired in January 2013 after more than 40 years behind the mic.
WHAT/WHO: A KRMG Live Lounge Listener Lunch with Herman Cain - presented by Travis Watkins Tax Firm WHEN: Wednesday, October 4th at 12pm WHERE: In our brand new beautiful KRMG Performance Studio (remember KRMG has moved to 26th and Memorial)  INFO: Lunch will be provided by Oklahoma Joe’s Oklahoma Joe’s BarbequeBarbeque! PLEASE NOTE: Reserved seating for this event is no longer available.  Possible seating and Standing Room Only Admission will be available day of show on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 11:45am. VIP: • The only way to get guaranteed seating is to win seats through KRMG. We are giving away 10 pair of tickets the week of 9/25.  They are great tickets! You will get a pair of VIP Meet and Greet Tickets to meet Herman Cain, two of our brand new retro KRMG t-shirts and two reserved seats right up front for our event. • You have two chances a day to win. Listen between 7:10am and 7:40am during the KRMG Morning News with Dan Potter and between 6:10pm and 6:40pm during the KRMG Evening News with Dick Loftin and be caller #7. BUT, here’s the catch. Caller #7 will need to have our correct key phrase. Download and launch the KRMG App, tap the “On Air Now” button at the bottom of our app to get the correct key phrase. Check back before each show, because the key phrases are different.  We highly suggest you put our number on speed dial. 918-460-KRMG (5764).  Good Luck! Herman Cain is an award-winning local talk radio host, author, business executive, syndicated columnist and 2012 GOP presidential candidate. Herman replaces long-time listener favorite and national Radio Hall of Fame member Neal Boortz, who retired in January 2013 after more than 40 years behind the mic.
WHAT/WHO: A KRMG Live Lounge Listener Lunch with Herman Cain - presented by Travis Watkins Tax Firm WHEN: Wednesday, October 4th at 12pm WHERE: In our brand new beautiful KRMG Performance Studio (remember KRMG has moved to 26th and Memorial)  INFO: Lunch will be provided by Oklahoma Joe’s Oklahoma Joe’s BarbequeBarbeque! PLEASE NOTE: Reserved seating for this event is no longer available.  Possible seating and Standing Room Only Admission will be available day of show on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 11:45am. VIP: • The only way to get guaranteed seating is to win seats through KRMG. We are giving away 10 pair of tickets the week of 9/25.  They are great tickets! You will get a pair of VIP Meet and Greet Tickets to meet Herman Cain, two of our brand new retro KRMG t-shirts and two reserved seats right up front for our event. • You have two chances a day to win. Listen between 7:10am and 7:40am during the KRMG Morning News with Dan Potter and between 6:10pm and 6:40pm during the KRMG Evening News with Dick Loftin and be caller #7. BUT, here’s the catch. Caller #7 will need to have our correct key phrase. Download and launch the KRMG App, tap the “On Air Now” button at the bottom of our app to get the correct key phrase. Check back before each show, because the key phrases are different.  We highly suggest you put our number on speed dial. 918-460-KRMG (5764).  Good Luck! Herman Cain is an award-winning local talk radio host, author, business executive, syndicated columnist and 2012 GOP presidential candidate. Herman replaces long-time listener favorite and national Radio Hall of Fame member Neal Boortz, who retired in January 2013 after more than 40 years behind the mic.
WHAT/WHO: A KRMG Live Lounge Listener Lunch with Herman Cain - presented by Travis Watkins Tax Firm WHEN: Wednesday, October 4th at 12pm WHERE: In our brand new beautiful KRMG Performance Studio (remember KRMG has moved to 26th and Memorial)  INFO: Lunch will be provided by Oklahoma Joe’s Oklahoma Joe’s BarbequeBarbeque! PLEASE NOTE: Reserved seating for this event is no longer available.  Possible seating and Standing Room Only Admission will be available day of show on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 11:45am. VIP: • The only way to get guaranteed seating is to win seats through KRMG. We are giving away 10 pair of tickets the week of 9/25.  They are great tickets! You will get a pair of VIP Meet and Greet Tickets to meet Herman Cain, two of our brand new retro KRMG t-shirts and two reserved seats right up front for our event. • You have two chances a day to win. Listen between 7:10am and 7:40am during the KRMG Morning News with Dan Potter and between 6:10pm and 6:40pm during the KRMG Evening News with Dick Loftin and be caller #7. BUT, here’s the catch. Caller #7 will need to have our correct key phrase. Download and launch the KRMG App, tap the “On Air Now” button at the bottom of our app to get the correct key phrase. Check back before each show, because the key phrases are different.  We highly suggest you put our number on speed dial. 918-460-KRMG (5764).  Good Luck! Herman Cain is an award-winning local talk radio host, author, business executive, syndicated columnist and 2012 GOP presidential candidate. Herman replaces long-time listener favorite and national Radio Hall of Fame member Neal Boortz, who retired in January 2013 after more than 40 years behind the mic.
After McCain – What’s next on health care in the U.S. Congress

With Friday’s decision by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to oppose a last-ditch GOP proposal to overhaul the Obama health law, Republicans have almost run out of time to make substantive changes to Obamacare by a September 30 deadline for action under a special expedited procedure that did not allow for a Senate filibuster, again dealing the President and GOP leaders a bitter defeat on an issue they’ve campaigned on for the last seven years.

Here’s what can still happen over the next week – and in coming months on Capitol Hill.

1. There could still be a vote on Graham-Cassidy. While Sen. [More]