Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) says removing the federal government's individual mandate to purchase health insurance is “not American.”
McDermott told C-Span’s Washington Journal Tuesday, that Republican efforts to remove the government mandate to purchase health insurance from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will not work.
“They want to take out the individual mandate somehow – that we think we should have people just riding on the backs of other people in this country. I don’t think that’s – that’s not American,” McDermott said.
It is UN-American to force free individual citizens to buy anything - period!!
Washington, how many more times are you going let this moron go back to DC.
|Week ahead: AT&T-Time Warner merger under scrutiny|
By Ali Breland
The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on AT&T's proposed $85 billion deal to purchase Time Warner.
Lawmakers will examine antitrust concerns over the planned tie-up between wireless giant AT&T and an entertainment powerhouse that includes HBO, CNN and Warner Brothers.
The merger has become a political flash point, attracting critics from both sides of the aisle.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has urged the Justice Department to kill the merger on the grounds that it would harm American consumers.
"This merger represents a gross concentration of power that runs counter to the public good and should be blocked," Sanders wrote in October.
"The media and telecommunications landscape is changing," he added. "It is important that public policy concerns guide these changes, so that we may preserve our democratic discourse and open competitive markets for speech and commerce."
President-elect Donald Trump also criticized the merger on the campaign trail, saying that he wouldn't approve it if elected.
He characterized it as "an example of the power structure I am fighting."
"It's too much concentration of power in the hands of too few," Trump said.
But since the election, the president-elect's transition team has reportedly suggested otherwise to AT&T. After a meeting with the Trump team, AT&T reportedly expressed confidence they could close the deal.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes will both be testifying at the Wednesday hearing. Also appearing before the panel are Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theaters and Magnolia Pictures; Gene Kimmelman, president of Public Knowledge; and Daphna Ziman, the president Cinemoi.
The big merger isn't the only item on lawmakers' minds in the coming week. Congress is looking to quickly pass government funding and head home early for the holidays.
Funding is set to expire on Dec. 9th and lawmakers are looking at a continuing resolution running through March or April.
The last time lawmakers moved a continuing resolution in September, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) led a fight to include language that would block the Obama administration from handing off oversight of the internet to an international body.
Cruz's effort failed, and the transition process for managing internet domains has already begun. But many tech watchers will be closely eyeing the spending bill for any efforts to undercut the transition.
There could also be a deal on Jessica Rosenworcel's confirmation to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the coming week.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told Politico that they're "very close" to an agreement with Republicans who have stalled her Rosenworcel's nomination to a second term as a commissioner. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) has also expressed hopes for a deal.
Rosenworcel, a Dem, needs to be reconfirmed by the end of the year to remain on the panel.
Hanging over the prospects for a deal is FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's future plans.
Republicans want Wheeler to step down at the end of the Obama administration. Wheeler though has been coy on his plans. At the FCC's last open meeting he told reporters he hasn't yet set a departure date. GOP lawmakers would be less likely to allow Rosenworcel's confirmation if they know Wheeler intends to stay on.
So Megan Kelly will be working for AT&T doing phone commercials. . . . Maybe she will replace SERIUS . . . :)
McDermott is just another democrat going against the election and Mr. Trump, we can expect to see more back stabbing of Mr. Trump in the future, and we must continue to support the president elect. One thing we do know, government and obumacare are one in the same, at least for now. I do not believe obamacare was ever more than a way for control of the people and making government larger, however it failed just as obuma has failed, and his legacy will be what we have known all along,he is a Loser and will go down in history as such. What is really sad is the fact that he failed because his agenda had nothing to do with America, other then to destroy it.