Senator Cruz: ''Under no circumstances should Republicans in Congress extend ObamaCare."

Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Wednesday on 'Special Report' that he would not extend health care subsidies to 6 million Americans who face the very real possibility of losing their subsidies when the Supreme Court issues a ruling on King v. Burwell this month.

"Under no circumstances should Republicans in Congress extend ObamaCare," the Republican presidential candidate said in response to George Will. "If the Supreme Court concludes that President Obama violated the law, the last thing Republicans in Congress should step up and do is codify his lawlessness and extend the subsidies."

He went to suggest lawmakers should allow states to opt out of ObamaCare, but agreed that the country "absolutely" needs health care reform and listed three specific ideas for doing just that.

"Let people purchase health insurance across state lines," Cruz suggested, saying it would create more choice for consumers. He also proposed expanding health savings accounts and said we need to "delink health insurance from employment."

"You or I lose our jobs, we don't lose our life insurance, our car insurance, or our house insurance. There's no reason we should lose our health insurance," Cruz stated. "We should be empowering patients, not putting government bureaucrats between us and our doctor." 

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Krauthammer: US should amp up support of Kurds in Iraq and Syria

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer told viewers on "Special Report" that the US should amp up its support of the Kurds in Iraq and Syria as the strategy against Islamic militants founder. 
 
Fox obtained documents that show aides to the DIA Director Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart struck the word "quagmire" from his draft testimony about Iraq.
 
Krauthammer faults the Obama administration for not vigorously supporting the groups that have made headways in countering ISIS  noting the recent victory in which the Kurds captured Tal Abyad, Syria from the militants,  "Our strategy ought to be to arm, supply and support with heavy air support the Iraqi Kurds, the Syrian Kurds and there's also the front of the Free Syrian Army in southern Syria which is advancing as well."
 
The White House has been relying on the Iraqi government to unify sectarian factions in forming a fighting army, however, progress has been non-existent. 
 
"These are people we should be supporting but not the Iraqi government and its forces in the field who don't fight and who are not our friend," said Krauthammer. 
 

House GOP Wants to Split the Trade Bills..but can’t just yet

House Republicans are working to effort to start again on the trade bills and send the Senate a different package then was sent to the House a few weeks ago.

They are efforting splitting up the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and underlying Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bills into two separate parts…unlike the way it was packaged when the measures came from the Senate.

Remember, they were contingent upon one another when the Senate sent them over.

So, House Republicans are banking on the fact they can pass the TPA bill…by itself…with lots of Republicans, but 28 important Demorats. Those are the same 28 Democrats who voted yes on Friday when the House approved TPA. And Republicans need them because they can’t pass the bill by themselves and only scored 193 Republican yeas on Friday.

“Once they made the commitment, they’re in,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

The GOP effort touched off some wild scrambling on Capitol Hill Tuesday as there was chatter about potentially trying to put the new split-bill effort on the House floor as early as Wednesday. That would have involved a late-night meeting of the House Rules Committee to set up the debate for Wednesday.

In fact, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), an opponent of TPA, quickly scheduled an emergency Democratic Caucus meeting for early Wednesday morning to remind her members what they were voting for and perhaps bring down the boom on the 28 Democratic yeas.

But Pelosi cancelled the caucus meeting as quickly as it was scheduled as word came that the House would not try to move in the next 24 hours.

Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), the biggest advocate for TPA in the House, huddled with House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) to urge the GOP to hold off on scheduling a vote until they could see what the Senate could accommodate. Kind then headed off to the Senate, to try to talk with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, to see if a split-bill approach would work in the Senate.

It’s believed that the only reason the Senate was able to approve TPA is because it was glommed together with TAA. And if the House then sends the Senate a package it can’t handle the effort is moot.

So for now, the House GOP brass is trying to move something, but it’s unclear when. And unclear what it will look like. 

We will bring you the latest on this issue as we learn more. 

Jason Riley on trade: 'failure of presidential leadership'

Jason Riley said Friday on Special Report that Friday's House vote, led by Democrats, that delivered a stinging blow to President Obama's trade agenda, the president's own fault.  

"This is a failure of presidential leadership," the columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Fox News contributor said. "This is a president who rules by executive authority, executive action. He has spent six years putting Congress at arm's length...and it came back to bite him on this trade issue."

"The politics of trade require a president to build a coalition, build a consensus from the center out. You're going to lose progressives on the left. You're going to lost protectionists on the right. But you have to use persuasion, argument," Riley said. 

Fiorina: “In a difficult time, sometimes difficult decisions are necessary to compete”

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina told viewers Thursday on Special Report that when it comes to her record as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, “I led HP through a very difficult time.”  

“In a difficult time, sometimes difficult decisions are necessary to compete,” Fiorina added. She cited positive statistics that proved the company’s success during that time including that it doubled its size.

Fiorina also reflected on the current economy and job market challenges.

“I think what we have to realize in the 21st century is that we have to compete for every job and honestly we're shooting ourselves in the foot all the time,” she commented. “The complexity of our tax code and our regulatory structure is now destroying more businesses than we are creating in this country, which means we're destroying jobs.”

Krauthammer: A lot of TSA problems can be easily eliminated by “reverse profiling.”

Charles Krauthammer told viewers on Tuesday on Special Report that a lot of TSA problems can be easily eliminated by “reverse profiling.” Krauthammer, was reacting to  Homeland Security Inspector General report, which found that the Transportation Security Administration failed to identify 73 aviation employees with links to terrorism.

Krauthammer argued that part of the problem is TSA employees wasting their time on “people who obviously are not a threat” because “we don’t want to profile.” He suggested reverse profiling-“Not to profile who is likely, but profile people who you know are not.”

Charles Krauthammer recommended starting with “nuns in habits over 70 years old,” and “families with small children.” He added that such action plan would “eliminate the charade.”

 

Krauthammer says President Obama's ISIS strategy is to blame others for not having one

By Fox News Producer Anne Marie Riha

At a news conference closing out the G7 summit in Germany, President Obama said the United States does not yet have a "complete strategy" to train and equip Iraqi security forces in the fight against Islamic State militants or ISIS in Iraq.  The president has danced around the issue of a executing a strategy against the terror group for over nine months and some critics are saying enough is enough. 

Syndicated Columnist Charles Krauthammer told viewers on Monday's Special Report with Bret Baier that President Obama's lack of strategy for defeating the Islamic State is really to blame everyone else.  President Obama said in the news conference that the Baghdad government needs to show better commitment to building a fighting force.  The Iraqi prime minister has pleaded with the U.S. and coalition forces for more military and intelligence backing. 

President Obama even said he was still waiting on "finalized" plans from the Pentagon.  Yet, DOD officials dispute that claim.   

Krauthammer said putting the blame on the Iraqi's or his military chiefs was just the president's way of simply not having a strategy to combat this terrorist group.  The Sunnis, Krauthammer noted were abandoned by the United States and persecuted by their countrymen.  "They were pursued by the central government in Iraq and Obama did not lift a finger, Krauthammer explained.  He went on to ask "why should they trust America again?"

President Obama says the Supreme Court has no business messing with healthcare law

President Obama says the Supreme Court has no business messing with his health care law. The comment comes as the Justices consider what to do about language in the law that would seem to make a key element of Obamacare illegal.
 
 

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