**STELLA HITS THE NORTHEAST - OR DID SHE - PREDICTIONS WAY OFF
**CBO WHICH HAS A HISTORY OF MISSES, TRASHES THE AHCA - REMEMBER OBAMACARE?
**MIGRANT CRISIS IN EUROPE IS TAKING OVER THE ELECTION CYCLE
**ROLLOUT OF EXECUTIVE ORDER ON IMMIGRATION STARTS TO TAKE SHAPE
**RUSSIA CONNECTIONS ARE TO HILLARY AND OBAMA NOT TRUMP - WHERE’S THE MSM?
3:05PM ET - Vice President Mike Pence stops by to discuss the CBO markup of the American Health Care Act. From the Congressional Budget Office:
The Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 directed the House Committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce to develop legislation to reduce the deficit. The Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have produced an estimate of the budgetary effects of the American Health Care Act, which combines the pieces of legislation approved by the two committees pursuant to that resolution. In consultation with the budget committees, CBO used its March 2016 baseline with adjustments for subsequently enacted legislation, which underlies the resolution, as the benchmark to measure the cost of the legislation.
3:30PM ET - Joe Bastardi of WeatherBell.com is here to discuss the effects of Stella on the Northeast.
4:05PM ET - Steve Scalise is the current United States House of Representatives Majority Whip and representative for Louisiana's 1st congressional district. Rep Scalise stops by today to discuss the GOP’s healthcare proposal, the current CBO mark up, and what he would like to see happen to close the gap within the party on this issue. From The Hill:
“We know we have a lot of work to do. We just got through step one. Today is the beginning of the end of ObamaCare,” Scalise told The Hill in an interview moments after the panel vote.
“If you look at the Democratic faces on the committee after 27-and-a-half hours,” he said, “you recognize just how powerful this moment is.”
As the House GOP’s chief vote-counter, Scalise has a unique perch as Congress — and the rest of Washington — debate the policy details and human impact of the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare. He’s responsible for corralling the majority needed to push the bill through the House and over to the Senate, and that’s meant holding lots of listening sessions, evaluating different ideas to see if they “add or subtract” to his internal whip count and asking President Trump to help out whenever possible.
4:30PM ET - Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio, member of the Freedom Caucus and Congressman Mark Meadows of North Carolina, Chairman of the Freedom Caucus, join to discuss their pending meeting with Director Mulvaney, the CBO markup, and the threat from Speaker Ryan that not passing the AHCA will result in utter catastrophe.
But, the Republican leaders will tell you breathlessly, the AHCA does expand HSAs, and those let you keep more of your own money for health care! And so it does … a little. The AHCA repeals Obamacare’s restrictions on how much you can contribute to an HSA. But lest you labor under the illusion that you can save and spend on health care as you see fit, HSA funds can still not be used toward purchasing health insurance, and the government still strongly restricts what else you can use the money for.
Under the American Health Care Act’s structure, health savings accounts exist merely for you to save enough money to pay some of the deductible … when you do have to use the insurance plan that they are nudging you toward buying … with your totally voluntary tax credit.
Politicians are loath to disrupt the status quo, because it would mean some people might lose their current coverage. There might be turbulence in the insurance markets, and some companies might be harmed and some individuals might not get to keep the coverage they have now. And turbulence is bad for politicians. Better not to rock the boat — even if that means choosing the well-being of insurance companies over the freedom of Americans to choose for themselves. (H/T Conservative Review)
5:05PM ET - Sara Carter, Senior National Security Correspondent for Circa.com, along with her colleague John Solomon, has debunked all of theories on Russia and Trump, and stops by with the latest update.
The months-long FBI counterintelligence investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential campaign briefly investigated a computer server tied to Donald Trump's businesses near the end of the election but has not gathered evidence of election tampering to date that would warrant criminal charges against any of the president’s associates, Circa has learned.
5:35PM ET - James O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas, exposes yet another dark underbelly of the government: teacher’s unions.