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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  17.     T oday marks the birthdate of one of the most active and resourceful bloggers and news / current events collectors the web has ever seen.
        In addition to gathering online news stories daily, she could also group them together by issue or topic, and provide historical context to the current chapter.
        She was the senior / head writer at this blog since the start ~ Oct. 2011, as well as the blog at (2009-2011), and before that, the blog (spring 2007 – 2010 ).
        Before that she was one of the many contributors to the Majority Report Radio blog ( ~ April 2004 – May 2007
        All of, or ~98% of the Thread toppers/ headers here, were created by toniD , in a professional style
    and authority that is still amazing to this amateur.
        And all this while maintaining her own blog “Ya Think?
    Happy birthday Toni toniD (3/18/1944 – 12/29/2017)
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  18. Opportunity Lost…

    The people in India and elsewhere have been so polite and welcoming to Hillary… I cant for the life of me figure out why she left Libya off of her book tour… it could have been so lucrative…

    I’m sure the Libyans want to hear more about how adored she is in America and how backward poor white trash in the rustbelt flyovers cost her the election…

    One thing is certain, I guarantee there is a huge Libyan contingent that would just love to get their hands on her and have a little chat about ‘regime change’…

    She could probably hold book signings during intermission in-between slave auctions…

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  19. @Jmach1P:

    Toni is not really gone… not for me… anytime I get to missing her I just back read her hundreds of thousands, hell, millions of words here or the seder blog in the WayBack Machine… explains why I still havent said goodbye… why should I if I dont have too…

    I was fortunate enough to have had many hours of conversation with her over the years and the sound of her voice is still fresh in my mind… reading articles I sometimes still catch myself thinking “Oh Toni is gonna be so pissed…” and imagine what she would’ve said.

    I am sure where ever she is looking down from she is still putting the horns on Trump every chance she gets…


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  24. @cent: I was just thinking that on her birthday, she may be gone but will never be forgotten. Every post or comment you make or read will conjure up something she posted at speeds that exceeded human capacity.

  25. Vicissitudes…

    Got an email from Chris… apparently the rest of the Progressive polity is beginning to discover something some of us have known for a while… Facebook is not good… Looks like people will be migrating back to smaller blog platforms for a while… so, BRR is back in business… stop in and say hello when you get the chance… (link is on the sidebar)

    I’m phasing out of FB to return to just blogging and twitter so I’ll be hanging around. I noticed you still had a BRR link on the home page but the graphic was blank. Here’s my official logo. 

    Be looking for more traffic as several from the old crew are jettisoning FB also. I’m also dusting off the cobwebs on BRR and opening for blogging bidness again.

  26. @cent: I love it. Saw Zephyr Teachout is teaming up with her. Breaking the NY state democratic machine would be a dream come true. Get the Working Families Party all up in their shit and stir it up I say.

  27. @Crank Bait: I would really like to see the ugly quartet of Cambridge Anal-lytica, Russia, Facebook and the Trump campaign have a definite money thread running through each of them and ending in federal and EU courts

  28. johnson says:
    March 20, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    I would really like to see the ugly quartet of Cambridge Anal-lytica, Russia, Facebook and the Trump campaign have a definite money thread running through each of them and ending in federal and EU courts
    Well…since we’re wishing, I’d like all of the above crammed into a ball washer emblazoned with the Presidential Seal.


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