BLOODY REVENGE!!! APC Set To Block Atiku From The 2019 Presidential Debate, May Move Debate To The United States Of America
US District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled late Friday that the health insurance reform, officially known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is unconstitutional.
The White House said it expects the ruling to be appealed to the Supreme Court. For now, it said in a statement, “the law remains in place.”
But Democrats, who have seen the law survive scores of legal and legislative attacks, vowed to fight back, saying the health coverage of millions of Americans is at stake.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer tweeted that Republicans had pretended to care about those protected by Obamacare “while quietly trying to remove that support in the courts. Next year, we will force votes to expose their lies.”
Democrats see the law as a signature achievement of former president Barack Obama, while Republicans dismiss it as governmental overreach. Donald Trump made abolishing and replacing the program a central pledge of his presidential campaign.
In a separate Obamacare case in 2012, five of the nine Supreme Court justices upheld the law. All five remain on the court.
Still, it remains unclear how they might rule in the new case. If the decision is upheld, it could significantly disrupt the US health care system.
In his ruling Friday, the Texas-based judge said that the full Obamacare program was unconstitutional because Congress, in its 2017 tax overhaul, eliminated a penalty for anyone lacking health insurance who failed to sign up for the program.
The 2012 case was over whether such a penalty was legal — but now that it is gone, O’Connor said, the whole ACA should be stricken down because that provision is “the keystone” of the program.
Trump expressed delight at the court’s ruling on a complaint brought by several Republican attorneys general and two Republican governors.
“It’s a great ruling for our country. We’ll be able to get great health care,” Trump told reporters. “It was a big, big victory by a highly respected judge.”
“As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster!” he tweeted the previous day.
Trump urged Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the House of Representatives speaker-designate, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, to “pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare.”
The court ruling came on the eve of the deadline for people to sign up for ACA coverage for 2019.
Angry Democrats blamed Republicans for what they see as a debacle that could leave millions of Americans without health care.
Republicans “know that they can’t repeal the ACA in Congress. So they’ve continued their crusade through the courts,” tweeted Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, a consumer-protection activist. “The ACA is still the law of the land.”
Polls consistently show strong public support for the ACA guarantee of coverage regardless of pre-existing health conditions — an issue Democrats used with great success in last month’s midterm elections as they won control of the House of Representatives.
“#Republicans’ legal crusade against the #AffordableCareAct is a political stunt, but a dangerous one that puts health coverage and vital health protections for millions of Americans at risk,” Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse tweeted Saturday.
Democratic Representative Joe Kennedy said “they found one judge to agree, and now Medicaid expansion could be gone, pre-existing condition protections could be wiped out, prices skyrocket and millions lose insurance. And they call that success.”
O’Connor’s ruling “exposes the monstrous endgame of Republicans’ all-out assault on people with pre-existing conditions and Americans’ access to affordable health care,” Pelosi said in a statement.
While the court’s “absurd ruling will be immediately appealed, Republicans are fully responsible for this cruel decision,” she said.
She vowed that when Democrats take control of the House next month, lawmakers “will move swiftly to formally intervene in the appeals process” to uphold Obamacare.
Opposing the Republican lawsuit were 17 Democratic attorneys general led by Xavier Becerra of California.
They argue that the tax law changes do not mean that the whole Affordable Care Act becomes unconstitutional.
The Texas ruling “is an assault on 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions” and on all who rely on Obamacare coverage, Becerra said in a statement. “Our fight to save Obamacare is far from over.”
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Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has inaugurated a rice mill in Ini Local Government Area of the state to boost food production.
Emmanuel while inaugurating the factory on Saturday said that it was the first rice mill in the state.
The governor said that the rice mill would give birth to several other factories in the area.
He said the establishment of the rice mill was part of his administration’s resolve to ensure that with time, 80 per cent of staple food consumed by Akwa Ibom people, was produced in the state.
He said: “This is the first rice mill in the state. I also promise to inaugurate a cocoa processing factory in this Federal Constituency of the state.”
Emmanuel said that the project was a Public Private Partnership initiative that would give birth to the establishment of more industries in the area.
He thanked the youths and members of the community for their support and cooperation for the scheme.
He said: “Under the present economic realities in Nigeria, it is not an easy thing to put up an industry like this and it is really the grace of God that has made us achieve this.
“When you see some industries in certain places, it is because the owners of the land willingly donated it without compensation and gave a Memorandum of Understanding to the investors to build such industries.”
The governor urged all youths and stakeholders in the state to continue to maintain peace in their respective communities to enable more investments to thrive.
According to him, Ini, which for a very long time had no power supply, got its light restored in the first phase of his electricity project in the area.
Emmanuel said that the second phase of the power scheme would be completed in the first quarter of 2019.
Aniekan Utuk, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Ibom Agricon Farms Limited, said the factory at its current capacity could produce two metric tonnes of rice per hour.
Utuk promised to ensure high quality and standard of the rice produced to meet the expectations of the people.
Also speaking, Emmanuel Ekpenyong, member representing Ini at the State House of Assembly, thanked the governor for prioritising the local government in siting projects.
Ekpenyong, who is also the Chief Whip of the house, lauded the governor for his industrialisation strides and promised that the people would reciprocate with their votes during 2019 general elections.
On his part, Prof. Edet Udoh, the Chairman of the State Technical Committee on Agriculture and Food Sufficiency, said the rice mill was a further boost to the administration’s industrial development initiative.
Udoh said the type of rice produced in the factory was premium long grain rice bagged in all-weather proof laminated bags.
He further said that the product had passed through the modern processes devoid of dirt and contamination.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that highlight of the event was the purchase of 20,000 bags of the product by Governor Emmanuel as an off taker, for distribution to people during the yuletide.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has shown cold feet concerning the Presidential debate that is fast approaching.
The arm of the ruling party made of of the members based in the United Kingdom has told President Muhammadu Buhari not to attend the debate organised for candidates vying for the highest office in the land in 2019.
The party made the appeal yesterday in a post by its leader, Ade Omole, on the party’s verified Twitter handle.
Recall that the Nigeria Election Debate Group, (NEDG) has fixed January 19, as the date for a debate among the five selected Presidential Candidates in the country and President Buhari is among them.
However, the APC UK branch said the President should consider a townhall session with the people rather than a debate in view of the outcome of last night’s debate among vice-presidential candidates.
The tweet reads: “Dear President Muhammadu Buhari, we appeal to you NOT to attend the presidential debate in view of the lecturing witnessed tonight (Friday).
“Please, consider a townhall session. Despite the antics, Prof. Osinbajo tutored the opposition candidates on nation-building. Thank you.”
Recall that some Nigerians are already expressing doubt that the President may shun the debate. Also, so many Nigerians were shocked when news filtered in that Buhari may tell his Vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to represent him in the debate. Some are already asking: ”What is the President and his party afraid of in the presidential debate?”
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The low-key wedding was officiated by the outspoken Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Dioceses, Bishop Mathew Kukah, and had in attendance close friends and relatives of the couple, including the aged mother of Charlyboy.The Archbishop of Abuja Catholic Diocese, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, was also in attendance among some other clergymen.The couple exchanged the “I do” vows amidst cheers from the congregation.They thereafter signed the marriage register.
Onaiyekan, in his exhortation, hailed the couple for staying together for over four decades. He, however, urged them to be committed to their marriage vows by showing mutual love, understanding and respect for each other.
”I especially congratulate Charles and his wife for this Godly decision, and I pray God to keep them together.” Charlyboy told NAN on the sidelines that he and his wife decided to wed in a church to honour his aged mother who had been ‘pleading that we do the right thing’.
He told NAN that he got married as a teenager in 1974, and secured divorced after the union produced one child He noted that the Catholic Church observed a strict marital doctrine. ”This is not that kind of marriage with fanfare; I am doing it to please my aged mother and meet certain demands of the society. ”She has been pleading that we do the right thing, saying this is the woman I have been living with for 40 years. ”We have been following through with the process of annulment of my last marriage, and my former wife who has since remarried cooperated very well, and then in 2017, the marriage was formally annulled.
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Former England international, Paul Ince believes Chelsea will join Manchester United in finishing outside the top four this season, with Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal clinching the Champions League spots.
The former Liverpool and Manchester United midfielder thinks Pep Guardiola will pip Jurgen Klopp to the title despite currently being in second place. He’s also backing fifth-placed Arsenal to climb into the top four to secure top-level European football in their first season under Unai Emery.
But Chelsea will miss out, according to Ince, because of their over-reliance on Eden Hazard. He told the Mirror: ‘It’s a tough one because everyone would say City [will win the title]. Will Sarri’s men finish outside the top four?
‘I’m going to say City because even against Chelsea they were so dominant in the first half, I just think they’ve got no [Sergio] Aguero and no [Kevin] De Bruyne at the moment and they’re still dominating teams. So I think City will do it and Liverpool second – I’d like to say Liverpool first to be fair but I think they’ll finish second.
‘Then I think Tottenham and then Arsenal, I think. I don’t think Chelsea score enough goals. They’re so reliant on [Eden] Hazard and he’s gone off the boil a little bit. ‘[Olivier] Giroud doesn’t score enough goals for me and [Alvaro] Morata is a bit of a sulker, doesn’t really run around, and doesn’t want to move. They do lack goals.’