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: ]

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

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    Trump Ditched the Script at CPAC. Here’s What Happened.
    He talked about, among other things, jogging.

    FEB 23, 2018

    NATIONAL HARBOR—President Trump delivered an hour-long speech at CPAC on Friday that touched on job creation, immigration, chain migration, merit-based migration, his forthcoming Mexican border wall, the dangers of complacency, his own bald spot, tax cuts, the Parkland shooting, his support for the 2nd amendment, concealed carry, the need to arm school teachers, the war on coal, the Iran deal, China, his 2011 CPAC speech, John McCain’s dramatic healthcare vote, the trade deficit, standing for the national anthem, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, easier access to guns on military bases, his intent to display the corpse of Billy Graham inside the Capitol rotunda, MS-13, DACA, the Paris Accords, the fact that people run to stay in shape, Foxconn, mental illness, unemployment, the results of the 2016 election, worshipping God, the notion that he used to get really good publicity and no longer does, West Virginia, Neil Gorsuch, a protester who was hauled out by security, his own image on the jumbo-tron, and his desire to watch himself speak. He also recited the lyrics to a song called “The Snake.”

    Moments before leaving the stage, he announced new sanctions on North Korea.

  2. ACLU of Virginia‏ @ACLUVA
    Speaking of courageous young people who change history, Barbara Johns was
    only 16 when she led her classmates in a strike to protest inequality at her school,
    resulting in a major lawsuit that was later combined in Brown v. Board of
    Education. #StudentsStandUp

    5:58 PM – 22 Feb 2018

  3. It’s Going To Be Fun…

    watching Dems trying to save their asses by running against Hillary and the DNC…

  4. Becoming What You’ve Beheld…

    Former Communications Director for both Obama & Hillary Clinton… a xenophobic douchebag…

    This is what hardcore Clinton Dems have become… and it is disgusting. Fuck them all…


    The tweet was subsequently deleted w/o comment apology or explaination…


    Checking in on America’s First Family
    Monday’s barely even over and they’re already stepping on rakes.

    FEB 26, 2018

    Well, it was barely lunchtime on Monday and America’s First Family was already making the kind of news that says to the world: Hey, world. America is being run by truthless yahoos. Have a nice day, world.

    First, there was senior policy adviser Ivanka Trump, just returned from allegedly high-level negotiations in one of the most dangerous regions of the world, bridling just a bit when NBC’s Peter Alexander asked her if she believed the women who accused her boss of sexual harassment and assault. This should not have been a hard question for the senior policy adviser to answer, since her boss already had admitted quite proudly that he was given to that sort of thing…

    …First of all, it’s a legitimate question to ask a senior policy adviser, daughter or no. Second, Access Hollywood…

    …Then, just when you thought we had reached the top of Bandini Mountain for the day, along comes Cadet Bone Spurs to scale the ultimate peak. From USA TODAY:

    I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon, and I think most of the people in this room would have done that, too,” Trump told a group of state governors gathered at the White House for talks on multiple issues…

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  7. The Saddest Part…

    …of this is most Liberals won’t see the problem with the Democratic Congressman’s well-intentioned statement…

    Neoliberalism is a disease…

  8. fortyfive*‏ @mpeachdorange
    fortyfive* Retweeted Dan Rather
    Great example – we do not want to buy basketballs for our kids at the same store
    that sells war guns!
    4:51 AM – 28 Feb 2018

    Bryan Belknap‏ @thatteamfromcle
    Replying to @HuevosDeChivo
    Hahahaha. Dick’s isn’t denying any person service. They aren’t carrying a
    product anymore. Christian bakers have a right to stop selling cakes, but not a
    right to sell cakes to some but not others based on sexual orientation. Yours is a
    false analogy. #dickssportinggoods
    7:52 AM – 28 Feb 2018

    Erik Bransteen‏ @erikbransteen
    The 2nd Amendment only says you have the right to bear arms.
    It doesn’t say you have to sell assault rifles in the same place you sell baseball
    gloves and sleeping bags.
    8:56 AM – 28 Feb 2018

    Scott Fox‏Verified account @ScottFoxonair
    Ok but I don’t understand why Dick’s Sporting Goods was selling assault riffles in
    the first place? What sport uses an AR-15? #GunSafety #DicksSportingGoods
    9:40 AM – 28 Feb 2018

    Jax‏ @zabster88 · Feb 28
    Replying to @TheMarkPantano @DICKS
    Hilarious that you imagine it’s your 2nd Amendment right to buy a specific gun at
    a specific retailer.
    🚨RWNJ Alert🚨
    Cheers to #DicksSportingGoods
    12:46 PM – 28 Feb 2018

  9. “Where’d Everybody Go…?”

    And Then There Were None
    by Jeffrey St. Clair

    A slow-motion pogrom has been playing out in the White House over the last few months, as Trump’s inner circle is being systematically drained of his closest confidantes. Since July, Trump has seen Sean Spicer, Michael Short, Reince Preibus, Anthony “the Mooch” Scaramucci, Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, Tom Price, Dina Powell, Omarossa Newman, Rob Porter, Josh Raffel and, now, Hope Hicks head out the back door, with many of them detouring for an exit interview at the special prosecutor’s office.

    Unless someone steps into the breach, Trump (like most of the rest of us) will be soon operating without any safety net, any buffer for his rages, tantrums and most destructive impulses. That’s when things will get really amusing.


    Idea Of Doing Nothing Until Next Mass Shooting Quickly Gaining Traction In Congress

    WASHINGTON—In the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 dead and 14 injured, sources confirmed Wednesday that the idea of doing absolutely nothing until the next mass shooting is gaining considerable traction in Congress. “After the recent tragedies, lawmakers have shown a great deal of interest in a proposal that’s been circulating to sit back and do jack shit until the next entirely preventable massacre goes down on U.S. soil,” sources said of the legislators’ plan to twiddle their thumbs while the next unhinged lunatic effortlessly purchases an AR-15 before firing it indiscriminately in what could be either a crowded mall, a movie theater, an airport, or even another school. “As soon as the Parkland shooting happened, party leaders banded together, declared ‘Enough is enough,’ and immediately began formulating a way to talk out of their asses via their social media accounts while doing nothing to create, strengthen, or better enforce basic gun laws. This measure to squander their unique opportunity to pass legislation that puts an end to the maddening cycle of gun violence is very popular right now, and will likely continue to be championed until the next group of innocent men, women, and children are brutally slaughtered.” Sources added that the plan has a high chance of surviving, as it has the full support of the NRA.

    Yes, it’s The Onion.
    Or is it?


    Trump Is Coming Apart as the World Comes Apart Around Him
    This week has been different.

    MAR 2, 2018

    This week has been different. For all the times we’ve all said, “Well, that’s the one that will do this in,” this deranged camel seemed to have a back capable of bearing an infinite number of straws. But, this week, it seems as though somebody had substituted bricks for the straws, and the camel was looking as wobbly as it ever has. There’s not a part of either of the president*’s careers that Robert Mueller isn’t prying open. The FBI wants to talk about his daughter now. One of his most loyal aides left abruptly. There are reports that he’s trying to unload his daughter and son-in-law, that his national security adviser’s days are numbered, that his lead economic adviser is groping for the ripcord, that he’s about ready to throw his attorney general out the window, and that his chief of staff considers the job to be a punishment from Above.

    Each of these individual situations has touched off an ongoing tantrum. In addition, he’s tweeting ever more erratically every morning, and he’s tossing out policy proposals like Mardi Gras beads no matter what the consequences are for the country, the world, and the people who work for him. And, overseas, he’s scaring the hell out of our allies and our adversaries are popping corks. Hell, Vladimir Putin is doing a Dr. Evil imitation just for laughs.

    It’s coming apart on him and he’s coming apart as it does. It is dawning on people that signing onto this plague ship was not a good career move, something that’s been obvious since the middle of last year. This is not a good situation for anyone because he’s liable at this point to do anything. This thing is a runaway train. There is no way to stop it. This week has been different…


    Accused child molester and failed GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore complains that he’s going broke

    Roy Moore is broke.

    The failed Alabama Senate candidate and accused child molester asked his few remaining supporters Thursday to lend him a financial hand because his “resources have been depleted.”

    “I have struggled to make ends meet, but I have not lost my faith in our God, who is our true source of strength, and will never leave or forsake us,” the 71-year-old Republican said in a lengthy statement…

    Praise the Lord and pass the tin cup.

    Hey, wait a minute. That’s a sippy cup.

  13. Heard on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams:

    Trump is unstable, inexperienced, inept and unethical. We’re in for rough waters ahead.

  14. This Is Hell!‏ @thisishellradio
    Just booked a teacher from the #WVTeachersStrike. She told me she would try
    not to cuss on the radio, but she’s real fired up. Thanks everyone for helping me
    book this!
    1:02 PM – 2 Mar 2018

    This Is Hell!‏ @thisishellradio ·
    SATURDAY 12:45PM – In a Moment of Truth, @jdorchen stumbles out of the
    jungle to realize the war is still going on.
    3:27 PM – 2 Mar 2018

  15. NowThis Newsroom‏ @newsroom
    Planned marches & walkouts for students:
    • March 14: @WomensMarchY’s 17-minute school walkout
    • March 24: @AMarch4OurLives’s #MarchForOurLives
    • April 20: @schoolwalkoutUS’s #NationalSchoolWalkout

    1:25 PM – 1 Mar 2018


  16. 9:56
    Published on Mar 2, 2018

    In this Majority Report clip, Cliff Schecter joins the crew to discuss
    how corporate America is souring on the NRA.

  17. Who, Exactly, Are They Fighting For?

    All 55 Counties… the ENTIRE State of public school teachers, launch one of the best coordinated Labor actions in recent memory… fighting for fair wages in a field overwhelmingly occupied by Women… doesn’t even raise a blip on Maddow’s RADAR… what a fucking fraud she is…

    MSNBC’s Big Names Completely Ignore West Virginia Teachers Strike

    MARCH 2, 2018

    Eight days into the first wildcat strike by West Virginia teachers in 27 years—organized by rank-and-file union members in all 55 West Virginia counties—America’s largest liberal cable network, MSNBC, is a virtual no-show in reporting on the momentous labor unrest.

    Save for one two-minute throwaway report from daytime show Velshi and Ruhle (2/27/18), MSNBC hasn’t dedicated a single segment to the strike—despite the strike’s unprecedented size and scope, which garnered major coverage from major outlets like CNN (3/1/18), the New York Times (3/1/18), Washington Post (3/2/18), Vox (2/24/18) and dozens of others.

    The most glaring omission is from the three highly paid primetime hosts: Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell and former In These Times and Nation writer Chris Hayes. None of the three big hosts have tweeted about it, much less mentioned the subject on air.


    The more than 30,000-strong work action, in protest of low pay and soaring healthcare costs, is being ignored as the right wing escalates the campaign to gut public-sector unions, with oral arguments in the Janus Supreme Court case opening just days after the strike began. West Virginia’s rank-and-file teachers and school employees, on the front lines of efforts to stem this attack, are now continuing their work stoppage in defiance of a tentative agreement announced Tuesday night by Republican Gov. Jim Justice and union leadership. This wildcat strike, organized outside of the official channels of top union leadership, is being waged in a “right to work” state as attacks on teachers’ unions escalate.

    Another major topic that’s non grata at the Comcast-owned cable network is recent efforts by senators Bernie Sanders, Chris Murphy and Mike Lee to end US backing for the brutal, human rights-abusing war on Yemen. Wednesday, the independent, Democrat and Republican introduced a bill to cut off financial and logistical support for Saudi Arabia’s bombing and blockade of Yemen, which has left over 15,000 dead and created more than a million cases of cholera.

    As FAIR has noted before, the US-created humanitarian crisis is a total non-issue to MSNBC. During the Obama years, it was ignored entirely (, 10/14/16), and MSNBC hasn’t done much better under Trump’s tenure—reporting on Russia-related stories 5,000 percent more often than on the largest man-made famine on Earth (, 1/8/18).

    If congressional Democrats or DoJ officials fed a story to CNN or the Daily Beast, detailing how West Virginia teachers shared a handful of Russian memes in the run-up to the strike, or claiming that a Saudi bombing victim moonlighted as a Kremlin-paid troll, MSNBC would likely have given the stories six segments apiece. Not that the Mueller probe or the larger Russia investigation aren’t newsworthy—they are objectively important—but the nonstop firehose of Russia coverage, as FAIR has shown before, is crowding out other issues important to activists and progressives.

    Perhaps this evening, one of the three multi-millionaire hosts can carve out 5 minutes for a story that doesn’t involve the graphics department mocking up a blood-red St. Basil’s Cathedral and a backwards “R.” Perhaps they can take time out to interview a striking teacher or union representative, or any of the thousands of people involved in this major act of actual, real-life resistance.

    UPDATE: Hours after this was posted, All In With Chris Hayes (3/2/18) ran a segment on the teachers strike, “West Virginia Teachers on Strike for Seventh Day.”

    MSNBC is full of shit…

  18. OPINION:

    Advice from a 1960s student protester: Support kids now who walk out over guns

    Chicago News 03/01/2018, 10:28am

    Benjamin S. Wolf

    Seeing high school students peacefully make their voices heard in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting transported me back to May 1970, when I was a 16-year-old junior at Evanston Township High School.

    The Vietnam War was ramping up again, and the Kent State shootings had just shocked the nation.

    Kent State set something off for me and many of my classmates. If students could be shot and killed while protesting in Ohio, what was stopping someone from doing the same to us? Many of us still were reeling from the violent deaths of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. Like others approaching draft age, I also had nightmares about what might happen if I ended up in Vietnam.

    Fearing for your own safety can be a wake-up call. We knew we needed to speak out. We wanted to rise up against violence at home and overseas.

    So we decided to organize a peaceful protest. We would stage a school walkout and join a demonstration on the Northwestern University campus. This plan did not sit well with everyone – what if we got suspended or something damaging to our future prospects was put in our school records?

    But when the time came, our urge to push back against the slaughter of innocent people was stronger than our fears. I joined hundreds of other students who left the school and peacefully marched past brick ranch houses and duplexes to Northwestern, where protesting college students were delighted to see their younger allies.

    When we got back to school the next day, we heard surprising news: We weren’t in trouble! The high school let us know our voices were being heard, and we were welcomed back to school. Once back in class, we had new topics to discuss and an energy to learn more and change the world for the better.

    That day ended up being an essential part of our educational experience, and we better respected our school for trusting us. Our protest was a partial antidote to violence and fear, not unlike the fear students across the country are feeling now in reaction to Parkland and all-too-frequent school shootings nationwide.


    I hope that Illinois school administrators today will follow this example and allow their own students to experience the First Amendment in action.

    Schools certainly have the right to discipline students for missing class without cause, but administrators are not required rigidly to require attendance. Many students are allowed to be absent for religious holidays, college visits or important life events such as funerals. Participation in a once-in-a-decade protest should be seen as what it is: an educational field trip.

    Missing a few hours of class is worth the real-world educational experience of a peaceful protest and experiencing the community it builds. High school students have a right to be heard. Dissent is an American tradition.

    Benjamin S. Wolf, a lawyer, is the legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.

    ^ Online version ^
    Print (hard copy version)
    issued following day ,Friday March 2, with heading:
    ” A ’70’s protester’s advice: Support kids who walk out over guns”
    on page 20

  19. Alyona‏ @AlyonaMink
    2 of our last 3 presidents were elected without winning the popular vote. Now
    voters in 4 states are suing to change the system to “one person one vote” for the
    next election. I spoke to @lessig about the effort for @Salon.…
    10:19 AM – 2 Mar 2018

    Trevor Timm‏ @trevortimm · Mar 2
    Trevor Timm Retweeted Jeffrey Kaye
    Anytime some blood-thirsty politician ignorantly spouts off about war with North
    Korea, I am reminded of this gut wrenching passage about the first Korean War.

    Jeffrey Kaye‏ @jeff_kaye · 4 Apr 2017
    The US firebombing of North Korea was so intense it even sickened Gen.
    McArthur. 630,000 tons of bombs, mostly napalm dropped by the US
    Napalm book

  20. NowThis Newsroom‏ @newsroom · Mar 1
    #KnowYourRights: If you miss class for a protest, your school can punish you, but
    not more harshly than if you were missing class for any other reason.

    NowThis Newsroom‏ @newsroom · Mar 1
    #KnowYourRights: Your school can’t punish you for political action you take on
    your own time, outside of school.

    NowThis Newsroom‏ @newsroom · Mar 1
    This interactive map lets you browse school discipline laws by state.…

  21. Fernand R. Amandi‏ @AmandiOnAir
    In lieu of flowers please send donations to the #MarchForOurLives in light of the death of @RepMattGaetz’s political career that @JoyAnnReid just killed on live television #AMJoy
    7:27 AM – 4 Mar 2018

    The debate begins at about the 8 :10 point

  22. Adesso Basta!

    The Italian Election was not a referendum on Neoliberalism… Renzi was definitely not Neoliberal… His policies and referendums were in no way corporatist or otherwise neofascist in any way shape form or fashion.. In fact there is no such thing as neoliberals… not in Italy, or anywhere else… it is all a myth… really… there isn’t… it doesn’t exist… I swear…

    Neoliberal policies will never result in a collapse of Liberal social political ideology… it will never cause a rise of the Neo-Nazi right… that’s just not the way real politics works in the real world… Not in Italy, not in France, or Germany or Greece, or the US… seriously… I’m not kidding… there must be some other explanation, because its definitely not Friedmanism… it can’t be…

    …how do you say “We. Told. You. So.” in Italian….

  23. Blitzkrieg Bop…

    Macron going for broke
    by Serge Halimi – Le Monde diplomatique
    March 2018

    A former finance minister under a socialist government, who later founded a neoliberal party in his own image, described how to create a market society: ‘Do not try to advance one step at a time. Define your objectives clearly and move towards them by quantum leaps. Otherwise the interest groups will have time to mobilise and drag you down. Speed is essential: it is impossible to go too fast. Even at maximum speed, the total programme will take some years to implement. Don’t stop until you have completed the programme. Opponents’ fire is much less accurate if they have to shoot at a rapidly moving target. Go as fast as you can.’ This was not Emmanuel Macron, but Roger Douglas in New Zealand in November 1989, explaining the recent neoliberal counter-revolution in his country (1).

    Nearly 30 years later, President Macron has adopted all the tricks of this shock strategy. Everywhere – the SNCF (the national rail company), the civil service, hospitals, schools, labour legislation, capital taxation, immigration, public broadcasting (which Macron has called ‘a national shame’) – ‘reform’ is going full steam ahead on the pretext of impending catastrophe or soaring debt.

    A report on France’s railways, which Macron commissioned from a like-minded expert, Jean-Cyril Spinetta, has revived the as yet unfulfilled neoliberal wish list: ending the privileged status of railway workers, converting the SNCF to a PLC, closing loss-making lines. Five days after its publication, the government began ‘negotiations’ in an attempt to disguise the diktat it wanted to impose on the unions. It urgently needs to take advantage of the climate of political detente, divisions among the unions, and passenger frustration over delays, accidents, dilapidated track and high ticket prices. This is the ‘urgency of action’ claimed by the transport minister. As Roger Douglas stressed, when the opportunity arises, ‘it is impossible to go too fast.’

    The French government is also counting on the media to produce fake official news and come up with catchphrases that will help its plans. The idea (quickly spread) that ‘the SNCF costs every French citizen €1,000, even if they don’t use the railways’ closely resembles the infamous claim that ‘every French person will have to pay €735 to wipe out Greece’s debt’, which in 2015 helped the EU to establish its financial stranglehold on Greece.

    Sometimes the truth emerges, but too late. Some pensions ‘reforms’ have been justified on the grounds that average life expectancy is rising, but a recent government study concludes that ‘for those born in 1951 or later,’ 80% of France’s population, ‘average life expectancy after retirement is set to fall a little as compared with those born in 1950’ (2). A long trend of growing time spent in retirement has just been reversed. We have not heard much about this. And Macron is not about to warn us that urgent action is required on this front.

    Serge Halimi

    Serge Halimi is president and editorial director of Le Monde diplomatique.
    Translated by Charles Goulden

  24. Who Should Be Armed in Florida Schools? Not Teachers, Lawmakers Say. But Maybe Librarians.
    New York Times 1h ago
    On the upside, late book return fine collections should increase dramatically.

  25. Toldyaso…

    We saw this coming 1000 miles away… the moment Clinton named Russia as the #1 US enemy in her debate with Sanders… more caught on after Reid’s little “Putinite” tirade at Jill Stein… to me it seemed like puerile grade-school level propaganda… it is really quite astonishing how these incompetents could pull off such an obvious con… Liberals are sooo friggin dumb…

    The New Blacklist
    Russiagate may have been aimed at Trump to start, but it’s become a way of targeting all dissent
    By Matt Taibbi

    Nearly two years into the #Russiagate scandal, accusing people of being in league with Putin has become an almost daily feature of news coverage.


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