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5 disasters to expect if the Supreme Court guts the Affordable Care Act

If Republicans are trying to show people how crucial Obamacare is, King v. Burwell could be the perfect way to do it.

The lawsuit that could end subsidies to the millions of Americans in 34 states who purchased insurance through the federal health care exchange will be argued on March 4. But we already have hints of what the impact will be if Chief Justice John Roberts and the Supreme Court gut President Obama’s signature health care law over complete nonsense.

1. $340 billion in tax credits and cost sharing reductions over the next 10 years will be revoked.
Obamacare has even turned Republicans against the thing they love the most — tax breaks.…

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Scott Walker reveals the real Republican agenda — deficit, division and lower wages

Jeb Bush has gotten an early start on his path to being 2016’s Mitt Romney. And the first non-Jeb to pull ahead of him is Scott Walker (and possibly Ben Carson, too).

It’s the perfect time for Walker to have his moment in the spotlight because no Republican politician better reveals the GOP’s true agenda better than the governor of Wisconsin.

Scott Walker is the master of what I call “The Supreme Con” — where the middle class votes itself out of existence by endorsing policies that give the rich a hand up while everyone else gets backhanded.

Here’s how it works:

Increase the deficit
Like his fellow Republicans Sam Brownback and Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker has had to endorse budget tricks to keep his tax cuts from sending his state into default.…

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Republicans love America — and they want to show it by taking insurance from 8.2 million working Americans

This week a somewhat abstruse debate about whether America should purposely try to antagonize 1.6 billion Muslims morphed into an impossibly stupid debate about whether the President of the United States really loves the United States.

Meanwhile, in actual news, there’s an absurd lawsuit that threatens to wreak havoc on our health care system.

The Urban Institute projects a victory in the plaintiff’s in the case of King v. Burwell that would result in 8.2 million Americans losing insurance as $340 billion in tax credits and cost-sharing reductions are eliminated over the ten years. Premiums for those buying individual coverage in the 34 affected states would rise up to 35 percent.…

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Michigan GOP moves to fill budget crater from corporate tax breaks by robbing a quarter billion dollars from schools

To hear Michigan Republicans tell the story, they are all about the importance of education in Michigan. Get them in front of a microphone, camera, or a reporter and they will tell you it’s one of their highest priorities. Their hypocrisy on this issue is in clear display this week as they passed to bills, H.B. 4110 and H.B. 4112, which take over a quarter billion dollars out of the state School Aid Fund.

I’m not kidding:

Much of the surplus in the current budget for Michigan schools could be used to pay down the state’s projected deficit after members of the Michigan House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday.…
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The exact same people who lied us into war with Iraq are trying to lie us into war with Iran

As Brian Williams becomes the first person punished for lying about the Iraq War, Dick Cheney is about to headline a fundraiser for the National Republican Congressional Committee. Benjamin Netanyahu is about to speak to a joint session of Congress and George W. Bush’s brother — who has “never disagreed” with any of W.’s policies — is the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination. One of Jeb’s biggest backers and favorite advisors? Condoleelza Rice.

Any rational person has given up any hope that there will be any real punishment for those who lied us into the Iraq War — and still are unrepentant of their support for the lies that led to that disaster, which they carefully hit until after the 2004 election.…

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Michigan GOP caucus won’t support sales tax hike proposal to repair our roads that THEY passed in 2014

Last fall, Michigan Republicans, aided by some Democrats who effectively negotiated for some very good things for Michigan schools and working people, passed a package of bills to fix our crumbling transportation infrastructure and soon-to-be-rubble roadways. The entire thing is predicated on the passage of an increase to our sales tax which voters must approve in May. Given that they put together this house of cards plan, you’d think Michigan Republicans would be supporting and promoting it.

You would be very wrong:

Asked if the GOP caucus would endorse the governor’s sales tax hike for the roads, the [Republican House] Speaker did not wince.…
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Even Fox News knows Republicans can’t take credit for the best job creation of the century

On Fox News: Friday’s jobs report was terrible news, barely worth mentioning. “So the headline is unemployment rate ticks up to 5.7″ percent,” Steve Doocy said, as he quickly wrapped up the segment.

In reality: “This might just be the most perfect payrolls report ever,” according to economist Justin Wolfers. On Twitter, he raved about the strong growth of 257,000 jobs, helpful revisions — which saw November’s gains rise to 423,000 and Decembers pick up to 329,000 — and “useful real wage growth.”

We can say now with certainty that 2014 — with 3.2 million new jobs — was the best year of employment creation this century.…

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Republicans have a plan if the Supreme Court guts Obamacare — let people die and blame Obama

In anticipation of the Supreme Court hearing King v. Burwell — the case that could take health insurance from millions based on a garbage legal argument that Congress wanted to deny subsidies to people in states that didn’t build their own exchanges and didn’t tell anyone because conspiracy — Republicans have been pretending that they will have a plan to fix the massive hole they hope suddenly appears in the law.

The Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent has been following what he calls the GOP’s “bait and switch” tactics for months.

But it goes without saying that Republicans would love to see millions of Americans robbed of health insurance.…

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The one chart that shows why conservatives can’t run on income inequality

Republicans struggle to attack Obama economy they failed to sabotage and want to take credit for

Republicans are in an amazing bind.

The first year of the Affordable Care Act marketplaces didn’t destroy the economy. Neither have two straight years of higher taxes on the rich. Instead, we got the best year of job creation of the century.

Conservatives go two ways on this.

Some Republicans like Mitch McConnell have tried to to take ownership of what they used to derisively call Obama’s economy. It was joy at the GOP taking over the Senate that started the boom in January.…

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While we’re laughing at Republicans, they’re warping our economy, our politics and our brains

Democrats like to think that Republicans are stupid, and an event like Rep. Steve King’s anti-immigrant summit in Iowa on Saturday provides plenty of evidence for that argument.

But we could be laughing our way to irrelevancy.

Our guffaws embolden the GOP base and helps GOP donors distract us from the fact that conservatives are winning. And they could be on the verge of winning the prize they’ve been after for decades — a unabashed conservative Supreme Court majority that could last for generations.

Take Steve King, for instance, please.

Last year, even Republicans were mocking him for saying that that most undocumented immigrants were 130 pounds with “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’ve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.” As we laughed, he was taking names.…

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