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Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson called Trump’s Muslim ban “a pretty reasonable proposal” and asked critics to read Trump’s executive order and “tell me (Johnson) what you disagree with”. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit did just that. The three judge panel ruled unanimously that a district federal court order suspending the entry ban remains in place. Refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries (already carefully vetted) can resume entering the U.S.

The judges said: “The Government has pointed to no evidence that any alien from any of the countries named in the Order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States….” (The) “Government has taken the position that we must not review its decision at all.” The 29-page opinion was an extraordinary rebuke to a Trump imperial presidency and an affirmation of an independent judiciary. The Constitution trumped Trump and his Wisconsin enablers.

Governor Scott Walker, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Johnson had previously expressed misgivings about Trump’s campaign call for a Muslim ban. However, once Trump decreed the ban they disregarded their reservations. Just a rubber stamp for Trump. Moreover, they are acting against the best interests of Wisconsin.

It turns out that Trump’s Muslim ban fell hard on doctors. Why? “Forty-two percent of office visits in rural America are with foreign-born physicians according to the American Academy of Family Physicians” (New York Times). There are over 15,000 doctors in the U.S. from the seven countries listed in the Trump ban. “That includes almost 9,000 from Iran, almost 3,500 from Syria and more than 1,500 from Iraq” (New York Times). Moreover, Doctor Mona Hanna-Attisha, an Iraqi-American immigrant, was the whistleblower who warned that tap water in Flint, Michigan had unsafe lead levels. And, the Medicus Firm which places many of these foreign-born doctors sent more to Wisconsin than other states! There’s more.

Trump is also losing on another front, the GOP plan (scam) to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Tennessee GOP Senator Bob Corker let the cat out of the bag, admitting there was no GOP plan and said: “If you repeal the taxes (levied on the rich) on the front end and you end up with, say, a Medicaid expansion, or even if it ends up being refundable tax credits, you’re still expending dollars .… (It’s) difficult to me to see how you ever get to a place where you actually fund what you’re expending …. I don’t see Republicans voting for a tax increase” (Washington Post).

On Saturday Wisconsin GOP Representative Jim Sensenbrenner echoed Corker saying: “This is still under discussion … it’s all still got to be costed out to see the total net cost to the taxpayer.” Translation – the GOP has no plan to pay for health care coverage. Only “access” as Ryan says, but not anything like paid ACA coverage through Medicaid expansion or generous subsidies to buy private insurance. That’s why Wisconsin Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin is fighting for the ACA. A win for Wisconsin.

— Kaplan wrote a guest column from Washington, D.C. for the Wisconsin State Journal from 1995 – 2009.

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