Senator Lindsey Graham vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare should Republicans win the House of Representatives and the White House in 2020.

“If we can get the House back and keep our majority in the Senate, and President Trump wins reelection, I can promise you not only are we going to repeal ObamaCare, we’re going to do it in a smart way where South Carolina will be the biggest winner,” Graham said during a recent interview.

“We’ve got to remind people that we’re not for ObamaCare,” he added.

“Graham’s repeal bill, introduced in 2017, would eliminate major sections of ObamaCare, including subsidies that help people buy insurance and the Medicaid expansion that covers low-income adults in 36 states and Washington, D.C,” reports The Hill.

“If we could get the money back to the states, Democratic policies would be tested against our policies,” Graham said. “This scares the hell out of the Democrats. This is what 2020 is about.”

Support for Sen. Lindsey Graham’s ‘Red Flag’ gun proposal gained momentum in both Houses of Congress this week; setting the stage for the first major firearm legislation since President Bill Clinton’s 1994 crime bill.

“A bipartisan proposal by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is gaining momentum following weekend mass shootings in Texas and Ohio that left 31 people dead. The emerging plan would create a federal grant program to encourage states to adopt ‘red flag’ laws to take guns away from people believed to be dangers to themselves or others,” reports the Associated Press.

“A similar bill never came up for a vote in the GOP-controlled Senate last year, but both parties expressed hope that this year will be different. President Donald Trump has signaled support for the plan,” adds the AP.

“We must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms and that if they do those firearms can be taken through rapid due process,” Trump said from the White House Monday.

The ‘Red Flag’ law would allow local law enforcement and state police to remove firearms from those deemed a risk to themselves or others. The individual could then go through a legal process to retrieve the weapons if approved by the courts.

“These grants will be given to law enforcement so they can hire and consult with mental health professionals to better determine which cases need to be acted upon. This grant program also requires robust due process and judicial review. It does allow for quick action,” Graham said in the statement.

Read the full report at The Hill.

Newly released federal data revealed how drug manufacturers and distributors greatly increased shipments of opioid painkillers across the United States as the nation’s addiction crisis accelerated in severity from 2006 to 2012.

The data was released this week by a federal court after a lawsuit led by The Washington Post and HD Media. The data shows that 8.4 billion hydrocodone and oxycodone pills were distributed to commercial pharmacies in 2006 and 12.6 billion in 2012 – an increase of more than 50%.

During that period, 76 billion pills were distributed in all and more than 100,000 deaths occurred in the U.S. as a result of prescription opioids. That is a higher rate than gun homicides.

Reeling in big Pharma and the politicians and doctors that do their bidding is just as important as stopping the influx of illegal drugs across the border. Both problems persist because of politics and both could be fixed in a month if solving the issues were a goal of people that have the authority to fix them.

We have covered Los Angeles’ explosive homeless problem, their desire to allow illegal immigrants to vote, carry drivers’ licenses, and now they are one step closer to paying for tens of thousands of illegal immigrants to have full health benefits.

“Under an agreement between Governor Gavin Newsom and Democrats in the state legislature, low-income adults between the ages of 19 and 25 living in California illegally would be eligible for California’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal. The deal emerged as part of a broader $213 billion budget” Fox News reports.

The Sacramento Bee says lawmakers released a deal late Sunday fulfilling many objectives Governor Newsom put forward six months ago. According to the Bee, “Lawmakers want to use an ‘extraordinary’ state budget surplus to expand health care options for undocumented people while stockpiling billions of dollars I reserves in anticipation of an economic downturn, according to documents the Legislature’s Budget Conference Committee released.”

The budget agreement needs to be approved by the full state legislature in a vote later this week as lawmakers must enact a budget by midnight on June 15. “State officials have estimated the benefits would be available to about 90,000 low-income illegal immigrants at a cost of $98 million per year” according to Foxnews.com.

Anthony Wright, the executive director of the advocacy group Health Access said: “While it’ not all we sought, it will provide a real tangible difference for people, especially for those around and below poverty and for middle-income families who don’t get any help under the federal law.”

And the kicker? The bill pays a little homage to the Obama era: “To pay for part of it, the state agreed to start taxing people who don’t have health insurance. It’s a revival of the individual-mandate penalty that had been on the books nationwide under former President Barack Obama’s health-care law until Republicans in Congress eliminated it as part of the 2-17 overhaul to the tax code.”