GOP Introduces Obamacare Replacement

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House Republicans announced they have crafted a replacement for Obamacare. Two bills have been drafted by separate House committees, the Department of Health and Human Service and the Energy and Commerce Committee.

HHS Secretary Tom Price and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney are meeting with the President to review the plan. Here are some of the details:
Dismantles taxes and mandates in the current program

  • Expands health savings accounts
  • Provides tax credits to people who don’t get insurance at work ($2,000 up to $14,000 per year), depending on age and family situation.
  • Makes Planned Parenthood ineligible for Medicaid reimbursements or federal family planning grants, both of which are important to conservatives.

The plan also keeps two key features of Obamacare: letting young adults stay on their parents’ plans until age 26, and preventing insurers from denying coverage for existing medical problems. The new plans also give states more control and flexibility and unwind the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. Debate on the legislation begins this week.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is one of at least three conservative senators who opposes the plan. He tweeted: “Still have not seen an official version of the House Obamacare replacement bill, but from media reports this sure looks like Obamacare Lite!”

Four liberal GOP senators, all from states that opted to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, said they would oppose any new plan that would leave millions of Americans uninsured.

Why this Matters: Conservatives in the Freedom Caucus aren’t happy about the process of crafting this legislation. They complain it was written in secret and done too quickly. Mistakes could be very dangerous; healthcare spending represents one fifth of the economy.

Pray for this legislation! It will take a God-sized miracle for lawmakers and the administration to have a bill that will not bankrupt the taxpayers or the increase the deficit. Pray that God provides wisdom and discernment. Pray for a miracle.

Why Iraq was removed from the revised travel ban

President Signs Revised Immigration Order

President Trump signed a bill to replace his initial temporary ban on illegal immigration. He is also asking the courts to drop his appeal on the first bill that was signed just after his inauguration.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made the announcement today about the new order which restricts the travel of people from certain terror-prone nations. Instead of the 7 majority-Muslim nations in the first order, this one exempts Iraq. It takes effect on March 16th and temporarily bans refugees for 120 days, and citizens of Syria, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen for 90 days.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered new evidence on Monday that 300 people who came as refugees to the U.S. are linked to terrorism. They represent one third of the 1,000 FBI domestic terror cases and are either ISIS or ISIS-inspired. Some are the from countries cited on President Trump’s revised travel ban.

This was the first time that an official report linked people who were admitted as part of the U.S. refugee program to terrorism.

Why this Matters: The first try at this was not smooth and pictures of “chaos” ran nonstop on mainstream media. Some say this new order is practically useless. The administration is hoping to come up with better vetting while the ban is in effect.

How to Pray: Thank the Lord for continuing to protect us! Pray for the construction of the wall and for all of those to work to keep us safe.

Prov. 25:28 – He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

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Judge Helps Criminal Illegal Escape

An Oregon judge helped an illegal immigrant escape from her courtroom. After the man pled guilty of drunk driving, Judge Monica Herring advised him to escape through a side door in order to evade customs enforcement.

The judge, Monica Herranz, is also on the board of directors of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association. Judge Waller, her superior, is reviewing the facts to determine whether any policies were violated.

The man did not get away after all. ICE agents nabbed him outside the same court room two weeks later when he showed up for another hearing.

Thank God! A win for the good guys.

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Nuclear Threats Increase

Two of America’s enemies are continuing to test ballistic missiles. It is feared that North Korea is developing a missile capable of being fired from Asia and reaching as far as the U.S.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called North Korea a new kind of threat.

Iran tested two short-range ballistic missiles over the weekend. A U.S. surveillance ship had to change course after it was threatened by Iranian fast boats.

How to Pray: Wisdom and discernment for our leaders and that North Korea and Iran will both have difficulty getting their missiles to work properly, and not be able to figure out why.

Ps. 7:15-16 – [The wicked] made a pit, and rigged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made. His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.

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