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Kennedy: No quick resolution to Mueller Report, health care reform

Finally! The Mueller report is in. After nearly two years of investigation, special prosecutor Robert Mueller turned over his report to Attorney General Barr.

As is required by law, Barr issued a summary of that report to Congress. Democrats, as well as some more moderate Republicans, are asking for the complete report to be turned over for their perusal. The AG has said that he would turn over a “redacted” version sometime by mid-April. That hasn't set well with many of the Democrat leaders in the House or Senate who are threatening to subpoena the entire document. As to be expected, the Republican leadership is standing firm behind Barr.


I consider myself to be relatively open-minded, so I would like to know the who's, when's and where's associated with the report. The AG's summary left much to be desired when it came to factual information. Although no direct connection between the Russians and the Trump campaign was cited, how about any indirect connections through third parties? The report supposedly does note that there may have been some actions by the president and his minions that could have been considered obstructions of justice. Barr failed, in his summary, to give even a hint as to what those actions were and who was involved. Those are things that many in Congress and I would like to know so that they, I, and the rest of the country, can make our own decisions as to the guilt or innocence of anyone who was involved. Stay tuned folks, much to the detriment of the nation, this one is going to take a while longer to be resolved one way or the other.

Another national issue that is in need of some swift, decisive action is the question of health care. During his campaign, and since his election, Donald Trump has tried through legislation and the courts to overturn the Affordable Care Act, better and derisively known as Obamacare. He and his cronies in Congress, however, haven't come up with any plan, good, bad, or indifferent, for any such replacement. Now Trump has declared that the Republicans will be the party of health care, but they won't come up with said plan until after the 2020 election. I think that he is a bit presumptuous on his re-election chances and the possibility of retaking the House and retaining the Senate.


Why does Trump want to wait to formulate his health care plan? Could it be that, as with many of his pronouncements on issues — like climate change, foreign relations, and tariffs — he has no clue or plan? Is this another political ploy, to promise much in order to garner votes in 2020 and then, as he continually does, disregard the input of those who are most knowledgeable on the subject at hand? Looks like it to me.

The question, to me, is: If, in the meantime, he is successful in gutting the ACA either through legislation or the courts, what are the American people supposed to do until then? If the ACA is declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court because Congress repealed the individual mandate portion of the act, all those with pre-exisiting conditions will again be thrown to the wolves, so to speak, and those who can't afford regular commercial health insurance will again be forced to do without. There's no argument, the ACA is flawed, but it is a base from which to work on something better. As I've stated before, I find it curious that the Republicans seem to forget that the ACA was based on the plan initiated by then Gov. Mitt Romney in Massachusetts, a Republican who now serves in the Senate.

In fairness, it is time for Nancy Pelosi to rally her forces and put together comprehensive health care legislation that the American people can get behind and force the Republican leadership to agree to. Then I would expect Trump to veto it, since it originated with the Dems no matter how much bipartisan support it has. An override of his veto would be a severe blow to his over-inflated ego and could cause a complete meltdown.