The Wednesday Read: Health Care, Polls, & Edwards

Shame on the body for breaking down while the spirit perseveres. – John Dryden

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Health Care (Daines & Bullock)
  • Public Policy Polling (Nixon vs. Trump)
  • Sheriff Edwards & Sheriff Taylor
  • Check your Calendar

Health Care:

For the past seven or so years, the Republican Party ran on repealing and replacing Obamacare. Remember all those meaningless votes in the House to repeal it?

One would think that the Republicans would have worked out the details a little better – they had seven years to get a bill ready to go.

It’s been an epic failure. The Senate Republicans look as though they are a few clowns short of a circus.

Now, they may try to vote just to repeal Obamacare and replace it within two years. It looks as though they may not even have the votes to do that. They actually did vote to repeal it a few years ago and it passed, but this time it is for real.

The talking points are already written for just repealing it. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects 32 million people would lose their health insurance.

So if they do repeal it and say they will replace it within two years that puts us smack-dab in the middle of the 2020 election cycle (Hello Steve Daines). I can see the campaign commercials already: “Steve Daines voted to terminate the insurance coverage of 32 million Americans and left them with no insurance.” Then they can show a Montana family who lost everything because one of them became sick.

Then Steve Bullock comes on the screen and says, “I’m Steve Bullock and I approved this message.”

What they should do is repair Obamacare now. They should work together.

Public Policy Polling:

Their newest poll is out and it’s not too kind to President Donald Trump. Here are two questions that caught my attention:

They asked, “Who do you think is more corrupt: Richard Nixon or Donald Trump?”
Richard Nixon- 35%
Donald Trump- 42%
Not sure- 23%

They also asked, “Who do you trust more: CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, New York Times, Washington Post, or Donald Trump?”

Every news organization beat Trump in the trust category by double digits.

Check out the rest of the poll HERE.

Sheriff Edwards Update:

The Great Falls Tribune reported that if Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards is found guilty of the misdemeanor partner or family member assault charge that he now faces, it would put an end to his days of carrying a firearm, according to federal law.

The Tribune also reported that Cascade County Attorney Josh Racki said the sheriff is not required under the state Constitution to carry a gun nor is he required to be certified with Public Safety Officer Standards and Training.

It looks like Edwards could be the next Sheriff Andy Taylor. Taylor, who was the fictional sheriff of Mayberry, North Carolina, was played by Andy Griffith. He did not normally carry a gun, although his deputy, Barney Fife carried a gun but only had one bullet that he kept in his shirt pocket.

If found guilty then I think Edwards should resign. This isn’t Mayberry.

June 9, 2016:

Please – everyone – I need you to check your calendar for this date (June 9, 2016) to see what you were doing.

Why? This is the date that Trump, Jr., met with the Russians in New York City at Trump Tower. Since they are having problems determining who attended this meeting, I thought maybe if everyone checked their personal calendars we could find out.

Thanks – let me know!





  1. Health Care:
    Why are you blaming the Republicans? They had virtually nothing to do with this law. It was drafted incorporating taxes that should have never been there in the first place. While on the surface, it appeared to be a solvable problem…it is not without disrupting our economy. This is totally a Democrat problem and I, for one, am all for letting it fail on it’s own. Then let the cards fall where they will. Why do you think they gave supervision of the law to the IRS? I, along with many do not believe that it is fixable unless it is completely repealed and replaced. You don’t mention the Democrats at all, I guess that’s just your independent liberal bias running away with you.

    Public Policy Polling:
    Looking at the data set, this poll is skewed towards liberals. There were 25% more Democrats than Republicans in the poll…no bias there! The results should be of no surprise!

    June 9, 2016:
    I was about 31 minutes late to the meeting that day, Don Jr said it would last a few hours but it was over when I got there…I deleted the appointment from my calendar!

    • Barry – Thanks for commenting. You made me snort coffee with the “independent liberal bias running away with you” line. Please.

      It appears that you are going to be a sore loser if Obamacare is not repealed. I want to see the Dems/Reps work together for a change to make health care better for all. Both sides are so entrenched that they may never work together.

      As for the Public Policy Polling, 42% of those polled identified as Democrats, 31% were Republican, and 27% were independents. It does show no matter what Trump’s base of support appears strong in the poll. For example, they asked if Trump shot someone on 5th Avenue, would you approve or disapprove of the job he’s doing as President. 22% said they would still approve and 16% were not sure.

      Thanks again for commenting.


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