President Trump held another campaign rally on Feb. 4. He called it a State of the Union message, but he told us very little about the actual state of the union. As usual, most of what he said was untrue. There is not room enough to list all of the lies, but here are a few of the more egregious ones.

“I will always protect patients with preexisting conditions” He is suing to end those protections.

“Thanks to our bold regulatory reduction campaign, we have become the world’s No. 1 producer of oil and gas, by far.” We became the No. 1 producer of oil and gas in 2012. Guess which president should get credit for that.

He claimed credit for the low unemployment rate and ending the “failed policies” of the previous administration. The trend in unemployment actually slowed down with his new administration.

“We will always protect Medicare and Social Security.” Trump’s previous budgets have already pushed for cuts in those programs. He has promised during his second term those programs would be “on the table.”

Right after promising to protect Medicare, which is a socialized health insurance system for the elderly, Trump had the audacity to suggest that socialism destroys health care. We have the most expensive and one of the least effective health care systems in the world, if you could even call it a system. All of the European “socialist” systems have measurably better outcomes than we do.

He claimed that he has “confirmed a record number of judges to the federal bench.” One hundred eighty-seven is not a record. He has a record number of appeals court judges confirmed, but he always chooses to quote the larger figure.

“In America,we celebrate faith; we cherish religion.” Sure. Just ask any Muslim. You may notice that he didn’t say Christianity. He said religion. That would mean all religions. When he said we, I doubt that he included himself.

He claims record job creation. With the single exception of his first year, when he was overcoming the failed Republican policies of the Bush recession, the number of jobs created under Obama in any three-year period of time far exceeded the number created during Trump’s three years.

Those who believe anything that Donald Trump says can be described in two words: easily deceived.

William Collins

Inverness

(17) comments

Bell-Man

Great letter William ! I am just going to leave it that![thumbup][thumbup]

lancel44

Again I ask Mr Alflorida to produce his case from any Bonifide news source, which he can't ...as he attacks AP is Known as an excellent news source for thousands of print articles. Mr Florida apparently can't comprehend the president's budget either. He also thinks HRA is an adequate source to fund your health which is a Joke. Even If you save every penny you make from birth, one major medical condition could wipe out and HRA. Also, millions of people can't even afford putting money away for their kids education and live paycheck to paycheck. To think these people could pay for thousands of treatments costing thousands of dollars a month is ridiculous. Let's go further , Only the ACA covers pre existing conditions. Millions of people have pre existing conditions, acis reflux is pre existing condition, high blood pressure is a pre existing condition , just about everyone has a pre existing condition.

Trump said his health plan would be cheaper , better and cover more...we found out from the CBO it was just another LIE. and would cost 38 million their healthcare and drive cost up. Forget about trump, the man is a pathological liar , and he proves it everyday.

lancel44

Again Mr Alflorida refers his argument from the patriot, another right-wing websites.

I ask mr alflorida. Can't you produce this information from a non partisan website?

Here is one

https://www.fool.com/retirement/2019/10/20/7-changes-to-social-security-in-2020.aspx

alflorida

Did you even read the article you've posted? What does it have to do with the issues discussed here? Please clarify. Seems that you Carte Blanche reject any source you personally deem unworthy. Figures. Only their sources are infallible.

Miuke Nelson

Trumpsters are the best at projection. alflorida posted: "Oh, PLEEZE! You are quoting AP. If there ever was a biased and opinionated "news" source that gives CNN a run for a leftist, biased commentary, it's AP. The Chronicle should be more forthright and place AP "news" in the Opinion section of the paper. It certainly doesn't belong in any news section. AP "journalists" are a bad joke." and also" Hogwash! The main stream media is the propaganda arm of the Party of Hate (masquerading as the Democrat Party)." has the NERVE to post: "Did you even read the article you've posted? What does it have to do with the issues discussed here? Please clarify. Seems that you Carte Blanche reject any source you personally deem unworthy. Figures. Only their sources are infallible."

FYI : The AP is described by Media Bias/ Fact Check as follows: "Overall, we rate the Associated Press borderline Left-Center Biased due to left leaning editorializing, but Least Biased on a whole due to balanced story selection. We also rate them Very-High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record."

Your sources:

American Thinker : "Overall, we rate the American Thinker, Questionable based on extreme right wing bias, promotion of conspiracy theories/pseudoscience, use of poor sources and failed fact checks."

The Federalist: "Overall, we rate The Federalist a borderline Questionable and far Right Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that always favor the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the promotion pseudoscience and three failed fact checks."

The Patriot Journal: "Overall, we rate the Patriot Journal Questionable based on extreme right wing bias, use of poor sources, lack of transparency and a few failed fact checks.'

The phrase garbage in, garbage out rings true here.

Miuke Nelson

Might want to read this: https://www.yahoo.com/news/master-false-news-gives-wing-americans-headlines-believe-012738936.html

lancel44

A broad shift to HRAs could resemble the movement in retirement benefits from defined benefit pensions to 401(k) plans, where employers make fixed contributions instead of promising a set benefit for years in the future. A similar change in health coverage would give businesses more predictable costs, while shifting the risk of higher health-care expenses onto workers.

While it may be years before the full consequences of more flexible HRA rules become clear, other effects of Trump’s executive order are already apparent.

The biggest impact so far comes from the rule expanding access to short-term health plans. While the plans are cheaper than Obamacare coverage, they cover fewer services and can exclude people with pre-existing conditions.

Federal actuaries estimated last year that an additional 600,000 people would buy such plans in 2019. That could drive premiums up in the ACA markets, but many people purchasing Obamacare coverage are insulated from hikes.

Congressional Democrats have criticized short-term coverage as “junk” and are probing several companies that sell the plans.

Another Trump administration rule to encourage small businesses to jointly buy insurance through business associations has been held up by a court challenge, with a federal judge calling it “an end-run around the ACA.”

Also. refering to Mr alflorida's link. Why give us a link to a bonife right-wing website? Surely , there must be in the mainstream supporting your ideas...that's because there is none, and I've researched it, and so can anyone else.

The only plan that covers pre-existing conditions is the ACA

As for you refering website federalist.com

The Federalist is an American conservative online magazine and podcast that covers politics, policy, culture, and religion, and publishes a newsletter. The site was co-founded by Ben Domenech and Sean Davis and launched in September 2013. Wikipedia

alflorida

"Also. refering to Mr alflorida's link. Why give us a link to a bonife right-wing website? Surely , there must be in the mainstream supporting your ideas...that's because there is none, and I've researched it, and so can anyone else ."

Hogwash! The main stream media is the propaganda arm of the Party of Hate (masquerading as the Democrat Party).

lancel44

AP FACT CHECK: No, Trump didn’t save preexisting conditions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump made a striking claim Monday, insisting it was he who ensured that people with preexisting medical problems will always be covered by health insurance.

He wasn’t.

He also complained anew that Democrats didn’t allow him to send lawyers to the impeachment inquiry. The opposite is true: Democrats invited him to send lawyers to the inquiry and he said no.

HEALTH CARE

TRUMP: “I was the person who saved Pre-Existing Conditions in your Healthcare, you have it now, while at the same time winning the fight to rid you of the expensive, unfair and very unpopular Individual Mandate.” — tweet.

TRUMP: “I stand stronger than anyone in protecting your Healthcare with Pre-Existing Conditions. I am honored to have terminated the very unfair, costly and unpopular individual mandate for you!”

THE FACTS: People with preexisting medical problems have health insurance protections because of President Barack Obama’s health care law, which Trump is trying to dismantle.

More AP Fact Checks:

– AP FACT CHECK: Trump's distortions are across the board

– AP FACT CHECK: Trump minimizes IS risk, distorts Iran payout

– AP FACT CHECK: Lest old distortions be forgot

One of Trump’s major alternatives to Obama’s law — short-term health insurance, already in place — doesn’t have to cover preexisting conditions. Another major alternative is association health plans, which are oriented to small businesses and sole proprietors and do cover preexisting conditions.

Neither of the two alternatives appears to have made much difference in the market.

Meanwhile, Trump’s administration has been pressing in court for full repeal of the Obama-era law, including provisions that protect people with preexisting conditions from health insurance discrimination.

With “Obamacare” still in place, preexisting conditions continue to be covered by regular individual health insurance plans.

Insurers must take all applicants, regardless of medical history, and charge the same standard premiums to healthy people and those who are in poor health, or have a history of medical problems.

Before the Affordable Care Act, any insurer could deny coverage — or charge more — to anyone with a preexisting condition who was seeking to buy an individual policy.

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TRUMP: “...and, if Republicans win in court and take back the House of Represenatives (sic), your healthcare, that I have now brought to the best place in many years, will become the best ever, by far. I will always protect your Pre-Existing Conditions, the Dems will not!” — tweet.

THE FACTS: Trump and other Republicans say they’ll have a plan to preserve protections for people with preexisting conditions. The White House has provided no details.

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IMPEACHMENT:

TRUMP: “‘We demand fairness’ shouts Pelosi and the Do Nothing Democrats, yet the Dems in the House wouldn’t let us have 1 witness, no lawyers or even ask questions.” — tweet.

THE FACTS: Not true. The House Judiciary Committee, which produced the articles of impeachment, invited Trump or his legal team to come. He declined.

Absent White House representation, the hearings proceeded as things in Congress routinely do: Time is split between Democratic and Republican lawmakers to ask questions and engage in the debate. Lawyers for Democrats and Republicans on the committee presented the case for and against the impeachment articles and members questioned witnesses, among them an academic called forward by Republicans.

The first round of hearings was by the House Intelligence Committee and resembled the investigative phase of criminal cases, conducted without the participation of the subject of the investigation. Trump cried foul then at the lack of representation, then rejected representation when the next committee offered it.

His lawyers will participate in the Senate’s impeachment trial.

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Associated Press writers Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report.

alflorida

Oh, PLEEZE! You are quoting AP. If there ever was a biased and opinionated "news" source that gives CNN a run for a leftist, biased commentary, it's AP. The Chronicle should be more forthright and place AP "news" in the Opinion section of the paper. It certainly doesn't belong in any news section. AP "journalists" are a bad joke.

alflorida

And to all those here who unrelentingly criticize perhaps the greatest President in the history of our country, this comment is for you.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." - Teddy Roosevelt

Ssabmud

Yes, alflorida, Teddy Roosevelt was perhaps the greatest President in the history of our country. Unlike Trump, Teddy actually cared about this country and it's people. Unlike Trump, Teddy actually served his country in the Spanish-American war. Unlike Trump, "Roosevelt was a leader of the progressive movement, and he championed his "Square Deal" domestic policies, promising the average citizen fairness, breaking of trusts, regulation of railroads, and pure food and drugs. He made conservation a top priority and established many new national parks, forests, and monuments intended to preserve the nation's natural resources." Trump has made it a priority to get rid of national monuments and forests for profit as he sees the nation's natural resources as nothing more than a profit maker for himself and his cronies. Yes, short and sweet, Teddy was a great President who loved his country. Trump is a pathetic mess who loves only himself. That is sad for the country, but thanks for pointing it out, alflorida. Here's another quote for you, alflorida, "The government you elect is the government you deserve" - Jefferson. You definitely deserve Trump. I'll stick with Teddy.

alflorida

To Mr. Collins comment on President Trump's position on Social Security, consider this for the rest of the story. https://patriotjournal.org/social-security-2020-trump-adjustment/

alflorida

As is the case with most all anti-Trumers, Mr. Collins has his ideological axe to grind cloaked under the pretense of presenting the facts and nothing but the facts regarding pre-existing conditions. Suggest he read the following and reply. https://thefederalist.com/2019/06/17/trump-administration-gets-smart-pre-existing-conditions/

lifelonglearner

Or willfully ignorant.

Ssabmud

Or knowingly noxious.

alflorida

To help you overcome your willful ignorance: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/01/what_do_democrats_fear_in_donald_trump_greatness.html?fbclid=IwAR2Gr7IcRO4PuJTaVgVi-8cp6ahRlEG31uqqwTIPhvkxp-Z26cyA28LGKEg

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