Calling 2018

Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer took to her campaign Twitter account today to announce that she’s got something to announce on June 24th.

(And, yes, that IS a Snapchat interface on her Twitter profile.)

Asked on her press call today if she would give any hints as to what this announcement on announcements may entail…she calmly refused to announce anything.

But if YOU would like an early preview of said announcing, you can sign up on her campaign page to be an early announcee.

(The guess here is that it’s not going to be an announcement that she’ll let you know if she’s going to announce for President at a later date.)



While the CBO report came out about the House’s Bill on the AHCA, Senator Fischer noted that the U.S. Senate is developing their own health care bill. (Which always makes the wailing and gnashing of teeth suspect on this stuff.)

And which won’t stop heads from spinning about the House version.

But here are some interesting facts put out about that CBO report on the House’s AHCA:

1. The original CBO estimate of Obamacare premiums (November 30, 2009) said that premiums for the “nongroup” (exchange) markets would increase slightly and “would be about 10 percent to 13 percent higher in 2016.” As HHS has proven, those plans are actually 105% higher. Clearly Obamacare’s mandates, regulations, and government controls have woefully failed to keep costs down.

2. Even if it’s assumed CBO’s AHCA estimate is completely accurate, the first score (March 17, 2017) showed that the bill would bring down nongroup premium costs over the next ten years. While CBO did say that premiums would rise slightly over the transition period (attributed to the repeal of the individual mandate), by 2020 the AHCA would change the trajectory of premiums and “By 2026, average premiums for single policyholders in the nongroup market under the legislation would be roughly 10 percent lower.” We expect that with the waiver in the final version of the bill, the cost reductions predicted by CBO will be even more pronounced. Thus, even CBO recognizes that the AHCA will change course and lower costs.

3. One other serious mischaracterization about the AHCA relates to the number of uninsured. In its first score of AHCA, CBO estimated that 24 million fewer Americans would have health care coverage in 2026. However, it was rarely reported that 10 million of those would have dropped out of coverage because mandates are repealed. It is important to note that the AHCA removes the individual and employer mandates and allows for citizens to make the decision to purchase healthcare for themselves.

That enough policy talk for ya?

But it does simply note that the talking heads that will be rotating tonight (you get extra points if you see what I did there) and through the week about this CBO report will have plenty to discuss.

On BOTH sides.


Just picture it…

Say what you want about the rough and tumble of the Omaha Mayor’s race: Mayor Jean Stothert was never recorded while grabbing Tom Becka’s neck and body-slamming him to the ground.


And thanks to any and all of you who donated during Omaha Gives! yesterday!

Our favorite charity, the Kamie K. Preston Hereditary Cancer Foundation, went over their goal of $10K in just the final two minutes last night. The folks there couldn’t be more overjoyed and grateful.

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  1. Bluejay says:

    Marian high school won; Prep and Duchesne in the top 10. But the total of the three doesn’t compare to what Susie Buffett wastes on OPS.

    • Oracle says:

      Not a BJ, you sound like an elitist ass! You didn’t learn those values at Creighton Prep or U. Spending money on public schools which are required to teach EVERYONE should be valued, not knocked by someone who says he had the privilege of attending a private school.

      • anonymous says:

        Whose value,

        Should the parents of the 1/3 who enter college and can accomplish college math and reading at that level, value PS more than the other 2/3 who enter college and can not read or do math at the college level? Thereby spending even more on the remedial class’ to catch their children up to a place where the PS should have put them?

        Or should we all be concerned that the US is rated as low as 17th out the top 20 education systems in the world. Which would explain why the tech companies need the H1-Bs total to remain high or why the Russians, rated above us, can meddle in our affairs and all we can do is look like the keystone cops chasing them?

        It’s like paying a mechanic to fix your brakes and all they do is cut two holes in the floorboard for your feet. Like Fred Flintstone.

        But I see Obama’s NSA did a great job of illegal surveillance on US citizens. I guess the lesser educated can only effectively servile the lesser educated.

      • Bluejay says:


        But why does OPS fail even though it spends a fortune? Maybe real competition might help.

      • Oracle says:

        I completely agree that there are problems in the public school system that seem to never be addressed. I supported a person who lost in the OPS board race that I believe would have helped to make a difference, and I’ve been tempted to run for my local school board. But comparing private schools with public ones is an apples to oranges comparison. Public schools have to educate EVERYONE. They can’t pick and choose, so of course their per student expense will be higher and outcomes not as well.

  2. Gerard Harbison says:

    Ben Sasse’s book is #1 on the WaPo bestseller list. That must piss off you small-minded parochialists, particularly since you have such difficulty forming complete sentences. Yourselves

      • Anonymous says:

        The Treasurer makes $85K/yr plus a lifetime of handsome benefits.

        From wikipedia –
        The state treasurer serves as the chief custodian of each state’s treasury and as the state’s head banker. Typically, he or she receives and deposits state monies, manages investments, and keeps track of budget surpluses and deficits.

        Why is it that the position of State Treasurer doesn’t require an extensive background in banking, finance or investments?
        Don Stenberg is a lawyer and politician. Why are we paying him $85K to play banker as he eases into retirement?

        Of course Don is leaving – and it appears Taylor Royal is now being embraced as a good GOP soldier (for supporting Stothert?)
        Granted, Taylor Royal has (in addition to his daddy’s money) a Masters degree in Accounting.
        Which he received IN 2012!!
        I’ve got ties older than Taylor Royal. The kid is 27 years old and yet he’s qualified to be the Head Banker and Chief Investment Officer for the State of Nebraska?

  3. Anonymous says:

    The talking heads on BOTH sides have made it clear they’ll be burning down the House.

    Even the Republicans members of the Senate have publicly admitted that the House passed monstrosity will be summarily discarded and they’ll start from scratch with their own bill.
    And the House essentially admitted they don’t give a shit what the Senate does. Few of them were involved in crafting the bill and even fewer read it They simply wanted to get the abomination off their plate and out their purview in order to appease a rabid base.

    Self-interest before party, party before country.

    • anonymous says:

      Lesson learned,

      No one should know better than the Democratic party the catastrophic consequences of self-interest before party and party before country. That is, if they learned their lesson. And the jury is still out on that one.

    • Yep says:

      Michael Gerson, former GW Bush Sr. Policy Advisor and member of the White House Iraq Group:
      “The conservative mind, in some very visible cases, has become diseased,” Gerson writes. “The movement has been seized by a kind of discrediting madness, in which conspiracy delusions figure prominently. Institutions and individuals that once served an important ideological role, providing a balance to media bias, are discrediting themselves in crucial ways. With the blessings of a president, they have abandoned the normal constraints of reason and compassion.”

  4. Bluejay says:


    The thing you don’t get about OPS is that it has failed the least amongst us. Chaos in the halls and classrooms. The bigotry of low academic expectations. The abandonment of vocational education.

    The saddest thing here is that it wasn’t that way 50 years ago. Would a Buffett or Munger thrive at Omaha Central now?

    But the Left wants to continue the failed ways because it feeds the propaganda of the Democrat party and secures future voters.

    There is a website that grades high schools. One category is called diversity. OPS gets A plus for diversity; as if that should be part of the grade.

    • Then there's that says:

      Isn’t that special.
      Bluejay, bitching about the state of our educational system.

      No Child Left Behind was the cumulative result of a standards-and-testing movement that began with the release of the report ‘A Nation at Risk’ by the Reagan administration in 1983.
      George H.W. attempted but failed to pass an earlier form of NCLB.
      The legislation that ultimately became law was proposed by George W. Bush on January 23, 2001 and signed into law by G.W. on January 8, 2002.

      Despite it’s failure, NCLB remained the law of the land until December 2015, thanks to the wholesale obstruction of everything Obama by the Republicant party.
      Party before country.

      But facts be damned, it’s those leftist libruls who gone ‘n ruined education! It’s the liberals fault we’ve failed our children!! Right, Bluejay?!

      • Bluejay says:

        Give me some OPS test scores and then let’s talk about facts.

        Whatever NCLB did or did not do, OPS failed in execution.

        And were cops in your high school? We had Brother Wilmont and Fr. Laughlin.

  5. oh.. snap says:

    Michael Hayden, retired USAF Four-Star General and former Director of the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency under G.W. Bush – speaking about Jared Kushner’s attempt to establish a secret back channel of communication with the Kremlin:
    “What manner of ignorance, chaos, hubris, suspicion, contempt would you have to have to think that doing this with the Russian Ambassador was a good or appropriate idea?… I know of no other experience like this in our history, certainly within my life experience.”

    But to the diseased and delusional mind of the TEA addled right, it’s simply more ‘fake news’. Just that there goofy librul media makin’ up stuff agin. Donald Trump!! Murrica!!!

  6. TexasAnnie says:

    Greetings Nebraskans! Whether you memorialize today or do a little day tripping as we shall, we should all celebrate the latest tweet from our prez: we need to invest more money in healthcare and have the best healthcare in the world!

    As for me, I realized that we are unlikely to lose the inferior system we now have in place (insurance care) once the Senate spoke of trashing the offered House bill. But now with the President’s latest tweet, I’m thinking we are getting to a place where single-payer, universal healthcare is discussable. And if we can discuss it, we can plan it, we can negotiate it, and we can implement it! Remember: All or None. That’s fair.

    • anonymous says:

      Texan legacy,

      Texans have a legacy of being, loud, obnoxious and rarely say anything worth listening to. Much like a drunk. The best thing about Trump, he is limited to 140 characters. Try it, this isn’t the BS state of Texas you are posting too. And I can’t wait to hear you say fair if it turns out to be none.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        Anonymous posters have a legacy of being rude and irrelevant. They are ashamed to sign their name because what they are posting is flawed and usually idiotic. Sometimes they post such idiocy that even their pen name becomes too shameful for continued for use…bynd.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      Well, yeah, sort of. I live in Texas and my nickname is Annie. Anyway, I have already been outed at this blog. Weren’t you paying attention?

  7. The Horror says:

    Following Dolt 45’s World Carnage Tour our planet is a far less stable place to live.

    After contentious meetings with your president*, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday declared a new chapter in U.S.-European relations , saying that Europe “really must take our fate into our own hands.”

    And the new President of France, Emmanuel Macron, compared President Trump to the kleptocrats, criminals and thugs – Putin and Erdogan.

    Dolt 45’s visit undeniably served to destabilize our relationships with NATO and the G7 countries—a strategy that just so happens to align perfectly with what Putin has been attempting to do for years now.

    The Europe Embarrassment followed immediately after the Great Clueless One publicly embraced ever-tighter the very people who have for decades funded a violent strain Wahhabism that has visited terror throughout both the Europe and the United States. Fifteen of the nineteen terrorists that brought down the twin towers, killing 2,996 people and wounding 6,000, were Saudi’s.
    And at the very moment Trump was basking in the eery glow of the Saudi orb, the Iranian people, in a victory for moderation. re-elected in a landslide their moderate President Hassan Rouhani. A President and a people determined to move their country towards peace, economic engagement and open relations with the United States and the world. Yet at this critical moment, America could not be more ill-prepared to encourage a relationship that could change – for the better – the world as we know it.

    Adding fireworks to the festivities of the week was Kim Jong Un, who just launched his third missile test in the last 3 weeks.
    Three months into the Trump presidency*, and North Korea has completed more missile launches than they did throughout 8 years of the Obama administration.

    Three months into into his presidency*, the European tour makes it clear that Dolt 45 has handed the reins of global leadership to Russia and China.

    And of course, all this debauchery and abdication of virtue abroad ignores the ongoing, unprecedented clusterf–k of plutocratic largess that is being foisted on our countrymen domestically.
    Ruth Marcus penned a nice op-ed today titled, “Something is not right”, that touches on just a few of the heinous acts under way in our corporate owned halls of Congress.

    Is there a point where, for the sake of your own children, you Trumpers choose country before party?
    Is there no point that the light bulb goes off in your head, as you subserviently grasp your ankles and ask for another?

    • anonymous says:

      I can’t answer for them but, it would seem “fair” that they will probably change as soon as you cut the hysterical hyperbole and toxic spin. You know, all or nothing though.

      Partisans, the red tide of life. Fomenting/fermenting hate and bigotry where ever they go.

      • TexasAnnie says:

        Yep. You got partisans pegged right! But hyperbole? The ‘all’ or ‘none’ stipend should be intuitively ‘fair’ under ample consideration. Tell me pleeeze…
        Which persons of the ‘everyone category’ should be left behind? It’s safe to say that we’re not going to get to ‘none’ in our governance, so that leaves the ‘all’ category. To be ‘fair’ that is.

      • anonymous says:


        Logically it has to be “all” left behind if it is all or nothing. Because if the government took care of all, then there would no one to tax. If it is partial, then it is up to the people to decide who, by who they put in charge. Which is what elections are for. Somebody always has their ox gored. Fact of life and the way it has to be. Despite CW, resources are limited. And who are the most vulnerable and who pays for it will have the direction set by said elections. We agree on both parties. But realistically, it’s not going to change because there are more withdrawing from the process ever year and the partisans, as we see here, are only interested in “their” truth whipping up the base to hate even more. And I don’t see what registering as a Independent does because the realistic choices are still the two parties. By the way, how’s that sanctuary thing working out for you down there?

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