The Secret Republican Health Care Plan: Cutting Taxes & Destroying Medicaid

Guest Commentary Published June 21, 2017 HOW TO DESTROY THE ECONOMY WITH 50 VOTES Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports I have been wondering what I should say about the Republican health care legislation in the Senate. We do know that there is a policy split among Senators about how much and how fast to cut […]

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Yes, Trump’s Budget is Destructive & Disruptive (and We’ve Seen that Before)

Guest Commentary Published June 11, 2017 FAIR TO SAY THIS BUDGET WILL RESULT IN THE EARLY DEATH OF TOO MANY PEOPLE Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports It’s easy to blame Donald J. Trump for a terrible budget. This is classic disruption; it’s designed to change the nature of government immediately. It’s also a destructive document […]

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A Seat at the Table? Claudia Kauffman Launches Bid for Seattle Port Commission

Guest Commentary Published June 4, 2017 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports It’s such a simple thing: Every citizen should have a voice at the table when decisions are made. It’s a powerful notion because no democracy can sustain itself unless all of its people, all of those who have a stake in the outcome, are included. […]

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Not Voting in the Era of Trump

Guest Commentary Published May 27, 2017 Trahant Reports One election will not erase what is Donald J. Trump. Most of his voters see him as the antidote to business as usual. He’s shaking thing up (even if there is disagreement on specific issues). Destroying health care? Yes. So what. At least something new will surface. […]

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Trump Reality Show is Unbelievable, But Hides the Real Off-screen Medicaid Attacks

Guest Commentary Published May 22, 2017 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports Reality TV works for one simple reason: The antics of the characters are beyond what’s believable in fiction. It’s compelling drama because normal people do not do such things. So part of watching is to find out when the story arc ends, to discover […]

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Health Care is Now the Republicans’ Mess and It will Define the 2018 Elections

Guest Commentary Published May 6, 2017 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports The House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act by four votes, 217 to 213. The legislation now moves to the U.S. Senate. If this bill becomes law it will do five things: Cut taxes for people who make a lot of money, […]

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