Trump signs Executive Order further Undermining Obamacare

Just this morning Trump spoke about his new executive order that will give us the best Healthcare because Obamacare is so bad. He was so excited about how good this new care is that he almost forgot to sign the Exec. Order and started to walk away. V.P. Pence had to stop him.

From Vox:

With the failure by Republicans in Congress to repeal Obamacare this year, President Trump is taking matters into his own hands, signing an executive order Thursday that targets the health care law.

Trump is asking federal agencies to look for ways to expand the use of association health plans, groups of small businesses that pool together to buy health insurance, and to broaden the definition of short-term insurance, which is exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s rules, administration officials said.

The ultimate impact will depend on any new regulations written as a result of the order, but overall, the Trump administration could make cheaper plans with skimpier benefits more available — and experts worry that will damage the ACA’s marketplaces.

“The president still firmly believes that Congress must act to repeal and replace Obamacare, but before that can be done, this administration must act to provide relief,” Andrew Bremberg, who oversees domestic policy at the White House, told reporters Thursday morning. “We expect these policy changes to potentially benefit tens of millions of Americans over time.”

Policy experts warn that together, these changes could represent a serious threat to Obamacare: Trump wants to open more loopholes for more people to buy insurance outside the health care law’s markets, which experts anticipate would destabilize the market for customers who are left behind with higher premiums and fewer insurers. [Read more here: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/12/16458184/trump-obamacare-executive-order-association-health-plans-short-term-insurance ]

Trump is bound and determined to undo Obamacare and everything good Obama did for us.

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752 thoughts on “Trump signs Executive Order further Undermining Obamacare”

  1. @cent:

    First, toniD is no longer around for me to upset, so I am not hesitating to remind readers that you reappeared out of obscurity expressly to feed your hatred of me.

    Second, you cite a post written by me in which I cut-and-pasted an ABC headline. Neither Bill Maher nor anti-vaccination proponents were mentioned in the headline cited. I did not mention Bill Maher or anti-vaccination proponents in my brief comment about the headline.

    Third, get a new hobby. Find a new enemy. Obsess over something else.

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  2. @Crank Bait:

    Horseshit… as usual… The clip you posted was a Trump adviser invoking God in lieu of getting a flu shot… your comment beneath it was about your belief in the civic virtues of snarking at religion… you have praised and defended Bill Maher for being the bigoted asshole that he is many many times… and argued with me about it more than once… in this case you just forgot Maher was an antivaxxer… so save your bullshit fir the rubes…

    I maintain this site (such as it is) so I am in and out of here all the time… my last reply to any of your garbage was in August… 6 months ago… calling one comment in all that time ‘obsession’ is typical of you Bait…

    You are full of shit Crank… and you always were.

    That is all “the readers” need to be reminded about…

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  3. Thom Hartmann‏ @Thom_Hartmann
    Why No Public Infrastructure Should Be Owned by For Profits

    3:00 PM – 9 Feb 2018
    5:15-7:56 of 11:47 total

    Christine Trigg‏ @trigg_christine
    Replying to @TracyLCooper2 @desertcronenm and 20 others
    I remember that being on the news!! I just heard it reported that the Indiana toll
    road is unplowed!! The TOLL ROAD!! Pence sold it to a Spanish corporation and
    they aren’t maintaining it!!! Isn’t privatization of our infrastructure great?!?!
    10:06 AM – 9 Feb 2018

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  4. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a18198118/trump-white-house-security-clearance/

    Step Right Up to Trump’s Security Clearance Buffet Line
    This new report is absurd, even for this White House.

    BY CHARLES P. PIERCE
    FEB 15, 2018

    Almost anybody of my g-g-generation has a healthy, and completely justified, suspicion of the secret agencies of our government. (This has made things rather awkward for those of us who now see the FBI and the CIA as the only people who seem genuinely concerned about things like the possibility that the Russians ratfcked us into a president*.)

    Nevertheless, nobody I know ever has argued that there is absolutely no need for secrecy in government, just that it should not be weaponized against our fellow citizens, nor used for foreign adventurism, nor used as ass-covering for the blunders of the former two activities. Governments have secrets they need to protect. I accept that.

    But, really, holy mother of god. This, from NBC News, is just crazy…

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  5. @Jmach1P:

    I’m a little slow. It’s taken me this long to realize that you have a record of pretty much everything.

    If I ever need evidence to support an alibi, you’re the first guy I’ll call.

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  6. @Crank Bait:

    I’m an archivist at heart : )

    collect and save anything of importance (as I see it ),
    baseball cards in the early ’70’s, Beer Cans in mid ’70’s, music mid ’70’s to about the time
    AAR was launched. Politics & history 2004 –
    A collection of youtube videos posted on the SSS, & BRR blog, and here since about 2007
    can be found here.

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  7. Indivisible Guide‏ @IndivisibleTeam · 7h7 hours ago

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  8. Kristin Lemkau‏ @KLemkau
    This was the weapon used at Stoneman Douglas High School. It’s an AR-15.
    It is the same weapon used at Sandy Hook, Vegas, Texas church, Orlando,
    Parkland, Aurora and San Bernardino. Why is this weapon easily available?
    #gunsafetyalliance
    5:34 PM – 14 Feb 2018

    LOLGOP‏ @LOLGOP · Feb 15
    It’s not fair to say that the GOP is only apathetic about gun violence. 4,000
    Americans died of the flu last week and they want to gut the CDC and health care
    in general. They’re cool with all kinds of dying.
    5:25 AM – 15 Feb 2018

    John Harwood‏ @JohnJHarwood
    historical note:
    Democratic Congress/President enacted assault weapons ban in 1994
    Republican Congress/President allowed it to expire in 2004
    6:55 AM – 15 Feb 2018

    Mike Barnicle‏ @mikebarnicle
    Hey @realDonaldTrump, you really “want to make that difference”? Drop the
    speeches and announce you support a ban on the sale of AR15’s. It’s not a gun.
    It’s a killing machine.
    8:30 AM – 15 Feb 2018

    Ronald Klain‏@RonaldKlain
    This weapon was illegal in the USA between 1994-2004. Uses of it in mass
    shootings declined. And America was still a free nation with a right of self-defense.
    There’s no reason we can’t renew the Assault Weapon Ban today.
    9:20 AM – 15 Feb 2018

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  9. Ari Berman‏ @AriBerman
    33,000 gun deaths a year: let’s make it easier to buy guns!
    31 cases of voter impersonation since 2000: let’s make it harder to vote!
    7:11 PM – 15 Feb 2018

    ☇RiotWomenn☇‏ @riotwomennn
    Kurt Bardella is a former spokesperson for Reps. Brian Bilbray, R-Calif., Darrell Issa,
    R-Calif., Sen.Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, the House Oversight & Government
    Reform Committee and Breitbart News.

    “The GOP & Trump are complicit in America’s mass shooting epidemic”

    8:40 PM – 15 Feb 2018

    Stephen Clermont‏ @sjclermont
    Reminder: the @NRA adds nothing to politics other than $$$. Their message
    and brand have no impact

    8:54 PM – 15 Feb 2018

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  10. https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/millions-of-americans-demand-130000-for-not-having-sex-with-trump

    Millions of Americans Demand $130,000 for Not Having Sex with Trump

    By Andy Borowitz
    February 14, 2018

    WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Millions of Americans on Wednesday demanded that Donald J. Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, issue them checks in the amount of $130,000 for not having sex with Trump.

    After Cohen revealed that he had issued such a check to Stormy Daniels, a porn star who he claims never had intimate relations with his client, there was widespread outrage among other Americans who had also not had sex with Trump but had not been paid for not doing so.

    “Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for Stormy Daniels,” Tracy Klugian, a florist in Santa Rosa, California, said. “I just want my check, too.”

    Harland Dorrinson, a bank teller in Akron, Ohio, said that he had already e-mailed Cohen to demand payment. “I have never come close to having sex with Trump, and that should be worth something,” he said. “Specifically, $130,000.”

    But, even as millions of Americans clamored to be compensated for abstaining from sex with Cohen’s client, others, like Carol Foyler, of Tallahassee, Florida, took a different view. “Never having sex with Donald Trump should be a reward in itself,” she said.

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  11. John Nichols‏ @NicholsUprising
    The Campaign Workers Guild union organizing initiative has negotiated its first
    collectively-bargained contract with the campaign of Randy Bryce —
    @IronStache — a Democratic candidate challenging House Speaker Paul Ryan.
    8:30 AM – 12 Feb 2018

    John Nichols‏ @NicholsUprising
    Perhaps we should worry less about the rise of fake news and more about the
    death of real news.
    When Trump seeks to cut funding for NPR/PBS, he tips the balance away from
    journalism and opens more social bandwidth for fakery.
    9:59 AM – 15 Feb 2018

    Millennial Politics‏ @MillenPolitics
    The N.R.A. can be beat. We just witnessed it in the Virginia elections.

    In 13 races where a gun control advocate was running against an “A” rated NRA
    politician, 12 gun control advocates won.

    What’s the moral? We are not powerless. We can beat the NRA.

    3:55 AM – 16 Feb 2018

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  12. Terace Garnier‏ @TeraceGarnier
    Students are now arriving to protest a speech by #MatthewHeimbach with the #traditionalistworkersparty. Some are even wearing masks. They say they’re
    expecting about 400 protestors to show before noon. @univtennessee
    @FoxNews #FNCMMR
    8:57 AM – 17 Feb 2018

    Brittany Crocker‏ @BrittCrocker
    Protestors display “no nazis in Knox” sign on footbridge on a march to
    UTK’s Buehler Building where a white supremacist group is gathering.
    Knoxville, TN
    9:29 AM – 17 Feb 2018 from Knoxville, TN

    KHitchcock‏ @OurDutyToResist
    kkk on #UT #Knoxville campus 30 nazis 3-400 counter-protesters
    #nohateinourstate
    2:50 PM – 17 Feb 2018

    The-Ⓐnarcho-Raver 🏴‏ @TheAnarchoRaver
    The scene in Knoxville Tennessee today as the community & antifascist groups
    came together to speak out against Nazi party leader Matthew heimbach
    speaking on campus.
    4:28 PM – 17 Feb 2018

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  13. Neil deGrasse Tyson‏ @neiltyson
    Evidence collected over many years, obtained from many locations, indicates that
    the power of Prayer is insufficient to stop bullets from killing school children.
    1:02 PM – 16 Feb 2018

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  14. @Jmach1P:

    Amazon and Boss Bezos Developing New Ways to Control Workers

    By Don Gross | Feb 12, 2018

    On Feb. 1, Amazon reported its highest ever quarterly profit, bringing in $1.9 billion in profit in the fourth quarter of 2017. The news came a day after it was reported that Amazon had patented wristbands that would track warehouse workers’ movements while they were on the job. The stunning contrast between these two stories reinforces the fact that Amazon’s massive profits are created by the work of mostly low-paid warehouse workers and delivery drivers who work under slave-like conditions.

    Amazon’s quarterly report revealed that the company made $1 billion more than over the same period in 2016. Of that $1.9 billion profit, $789 million was because of the tax “reforms” passed last year. The report also showed that Amazon hired almost 130,000 more employees around the world in 2017, which brought the company’s total workforce to 566,000 people. That number excludes contractors that make up a large share of Amazon’s workforce. These workers are the reason for Amazon’s wealth, not the supposed genius of CEO Jeff Bezos.

    Amazon’s patent for a wristband that will track workers’ movements garnered attention because of the company’s history of abusive labor practices and the creepiness of the concept. The wristbands have a variety of potential uses, for example, vibrating if a worker is about to put an item in a wrong bin or tracking workers’ job performance. Much of the commentary about the wristband focused on how it can be used to control workers.

    As a company, Amazon is simply too powerful and must be dismantled. Under capitalism, the scientific and technological advancements made are being used to squeeze every last ounce of profit out of workers. We must liberate the productive forces of society from the capitalists in order to benefit the many, instead of continuing on the current trend of the vast majority being driven into the abyss of slave-like low-wage labor.
    Amazon was disturbed enough by the coverage to release statements to multiple media outlets, stating:
    more

    “The speculation about this patent is misguided. Every day at companies around the world, employees use handheld scanners to check inventory and fulfill orders. This idea, if implemented in the future, would improve the process for our fulfillment associates. By moving equipment to associates’ wrists, we could free up their hands from scanners and their eyes from computer screens. Like most companies, we have performance expectations for every Amazon employee and we measure actual performance against those expectations, and they are not designed to track employees or limit their abilities to take breaks.”

    Amazon promotes the device as a way to cut down on time consuming acts like scanning or checking computer screens, and dismisses concerns about the wristbands being used for control. Even if Amazon’s statement is taken at its word, under capitalism, labor saving technology is rarely developed for the benefit of the workers using it. The time warehouse workers previously spent looking at screens will be spent doing other more profitable tasks. If the technology is successful enough for Amazon, then warehouse workers may be laid off as there is not enough work for them. It is well documented how Amazon already closely tracks employees and limits breaks.

    However, Amazon is correct in stating that most companies do these things. What makes Amazon unique is how ruthlessly it pursues increased efficiency at the expense of its workers. This ruthlessness is rewarded by capitalism and has enriched people like Jeff Bezos. This attitude has allowed Amazon to become one of the most important corporations in the global economy.

    As Amazon moves forward with its HQ2 competition, which is now down to 20 cities, it is important to remember how Amazon has been built on the back of workers. Amazon promises to bring jobs to whatever city it chooses, but it is a workplace few of its current workers would choose if they had other options. It is also important to note that Amazon is not uniquely evil, but is following the profit or else rules set down by capitalism.

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  15. Another day, another Mueller time.
    —————

    Former Trump aide Richard Gates to plead guilty; agrees to testify against Manafort, sources say
    Los Angeles Times 6h ago

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  16. Prominent GOP donor pledges to withhold donations until candidates support weapons legislation
    CNN 2h ago

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  17. Beau Willimon‏ @BeauWillimon · Feb 19
    While Trump remains secluded
    Cowardly, paranoid & deluded
    Tweeting “Sad! MAGA! Fake News!”
    America won’t buy his ruse.
    The country he has looted
    Will make sure he gets booted
    For we have all concluded:
    It’s clear that #TrumpColluded

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  18. Bill Madden‏ @activist360 · 34m34 minutes ago
    I’m sorry @jaketapper, but what is taking up the time is not the people voicing
    their displeasure, but politicians like @marcorubio spewing their usual vomit
    inducing pablum of excuses about why an assault weapons ban is an impossibility. #StudentsStandUp
    6:24 PM – 21 Feb 2018

    Jill Biden‏ @JillBidenVeep
    Marco Rubio getting yelled at was the healing I didn’t realize I needed.
    #StudentsStandUp
    6:25 PM – 21 Feb 2018

    Samantha Frinzi‏ @SamFrinzi
    “You would have to ban every semi-automatic rifle”
    Then do it.
    #StudentsStandUp
    6:28 PM – 21 Feb 2018

    Michael Skolnik‏ @MichaelSkolnik
    The @NRA is a terrorist organization. #StudentsStandUp
    6:47 PM – 21 Feb 2018

    Cassidy‏ @cass22mcdowell
    Marco Rubio getting publicly shamed by high school students on live television is
    very satisfying #StudentsStandUp
    6:52 PM – 21 Feb 2018

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  19. John Reed‏ @JohnRee99906619
    If the NRA Is for keeping the mentally ill away from firearms why did they lobby
    (successfully) to get congress to roll back the regulation that would require the
    social security admin to send names of those on disabilitydue to mental illness to
    the Registry?#StudentsStandUp
    7:44 PM – 21 Feb 2018

    Chelsea Anderson‏ @justbchelsea
    You can’t legally drink alcohol till you’re 21. You can’t rent a car till you’re 25.
    You CAN buy an AR-15 at the age of 18. Why???
    #CNNTownHall #StudentsStandUp
    7:44 PM – 21 Feb 2018

    Just Heather‏ @dishs_up
    Dear #NRA the answer is not more guns. Believe it or not teachers don’t want to
    carry guns and parents don’t want their kids in classrooms with armed teachers.
    #StudentsStandUp
    7:45 PM – 21 Feb 2018

    Loliz‏ @Loliz
    This is rich. The NRA fighting with law enforcement. I thought they were FOR law
    enforcement. #StudentsStandUp
    7:45 PM – 21 Feb 2018

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