After a marathon session of votes that lasted into the early hours of Thursday morning, the Senate passed a Republican budget that sets in motion repeal of Obamacare. Read more.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul voted against the budget and Senator Mitch McConnell voted for it.
Rand Paul said in a statement after the vote that while he supports nixing ObamaCare “putting nearly $10 trillion more in debt on the American people’s backs through a budget that never balances is not the way to get there.” Read more.
Senate Budget Roll Call
January 12, 2017 Senate Budget Vote Passed 51-48
Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) amendment allowing folks to purchase prescription drugs from Canada failed 46-52. 12 Republican Senators including Kentucky Senator Rand Paul voted for it and 13 Democratic Senators voted against it.
Opinion:It looks like the U.S. Senate doesn’t really want a free market when it comes to prescription drugs.
Roll call vote on the Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) amendment. To establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to lower prescription drug prices for Americans by importing drugs from Canada.”
Roll call vote to allow Americans to purchase prescription drugs from Canada. Failed 46-52.
“There’s very little bidding on drugs,” Trump said in his opening remarks. “We’re the largest buyer of drugs in the world. And yet we don’t bid properly. We’re going to start bidding.”
What Trump seems to be talking about there is a policy he’s spoken in support of before: allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices, which federal law currently prohibits. This means that Medicare has to pay whatever prices pharmaceutical companies set. Read more.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John McCain (R-AZ) today introduced the Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act, bipartisan legislation that would allow individuals to safely import prescription drugs from Canada, creating major savings for consumers and bringing greater competition into the pharmaceutical market. In 2013, average prescription drug prices were twice as expensive in the United States as they were in Canada, with high costs leading some Americans to skip doses or forgo filling prescriptions altogether. Read more.
Big Pharma Lost $24.6 Billion in 20 Minutes During Donald Trump’s Press Conference.
After Trump mentioned drug prices and pharmaceutical companies’ tax inversions, the nine biggest pharmaceutical companies by market cap on the S&P 500 shed roughly $24.6 billion in 20 minutes. That includes the market caps of Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer, Merck, Amgen, AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead, Celgene, and Eli Lilly. Read more.
It seems that some Kentucky politicians are chopping at the bit to create a new tax and impose it on e-cigarette users and small business vape shop owners. State Rep. Larry Clark, a Democrat from Louisville is just one of those politicians.
Ex-Democratic governor Steve Beshear included a 20% tax on electronic cigarettes in his 2014 tax reform plan, but it didn’t come to fruition.
The the conservatives are now in charge of the Kentucky Senate and House. Kentucky also has a conservative Republican governor, Matt Bevin, and time will tell if they agree with State Rep. Larry Clark, a Democrat from Louisville and ex- Democratic governor Steve Beshear when it comes to imposing new taxes on individuals and small businesses.
If Kentucky conservative Republicans impose a new tax on e-cigarette users they will no longer be able to say honestly that they oppose new taxes. They will no longer be able to say honestly that they support small businesses like my friend Mike Watt’s e-cigarette shop in Benton, Kentucky “Vapor Emporium” because a new tax will probably put Mike Watt out of business.
We are waiting and watching and will soon know if Kentucky Republicans are honest or dishonest when they say “no new taxes.”
Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump have ended Obama’s war on coal and folks all over the U.S.A. are packing up and preparing to move to Eastern Kentucky for the new high paying coal jobs Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump are going to create.
We overheard folks on Waikiki Beach, Hawaii talking excitedly about selling their luxury condo and moving to Eastern Kentucky for the $100 per hour coal jobs, with great retirement plans and free healthcare coverage.
Airlines in Alaska are overbooked with flights to Eastern Kentucky airports with the promise of high paying coal jobs with unbelievable fringe benefits.
A preacher in North Dakota is leaving his church to help dig up some of that “5000 year old coal” in Eastern Kentucky. He said: “Jesus came to me in a vision and told me to take advantage of what Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have provided.”
A solar panel worker in Mississippi is leaving his job making solar panels to work in the Eastern Kentucky coal mines. He said: “Now that Obama’s war on coal is over we’ll be burning more coal than ever and that will smog up the sky so bad that solar panels will become useless. Coal is the future and there’s money in them thar Eastern Kentucky coal fields.”
A drug dealer in Florida had this to say: “Thank God for Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell. I’m gonna make a fortune selling drugs to all of those folks moving to Eastern Kentucky to dig that coal.”
Be sure to thank Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump for all of those Eastern Kentucky coal jobs. You can reach Mitch McConnell by phone (202) 224-2541 and Donald Trump via Twitter at @realDonaldTrump.