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

  1. From Wed. 11/15:

    Special Report from the Occupied Forest:
    Meet Activists Fighting Europe’s Largest
    Open-Pit Coal Mine


    ~ 22 mints.

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  2. Thanks to Charlie Pierce for highlighting this good man with a gun.
    ——————————–
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/man-accidentally-shoots-wife-church-discussing-weapons-churches/story?id=51221000

    During discussion about guns in church, man accidentally shoots himself, wife: Police

    …the man pulled his gun back out of his pocket and accidentally hit the trigger, firing one round, Parks said.

    A single bullet struck the gun owner in his right hand before hitting his 80-year-old wife, Parks said. That bullet went through the woman’s left side of her abdomen and came out of the right side of her abdomen, after which it struck her inside right forearm, came out of her forearm, struck the wall, ricocheted and landed at her wheelchair, Parks said…

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  3. Robert Reich‏ @RBReich · 5h 5 hours ago
    This Tuesday our new documentary, “Saving Capitalism,” will come out on Netflix.
    We hope the film helps people understand how we got to Trump, how to get
    beyond him, and how to reclaim our democracy.
    —————

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  4. ———————

    Joan Walsh Retweeted

    Full Dissident‏ @hbryant42 · 7h 7 hours ago
    The decision caps off weeks of confirming the truth: it’s us against them.
    “Us” being the worker class.
    “Them” being management.
    Dusty, Girardi, Farrell make playoffs, fired. Coaches overruled by Mgmt.
    Only the worker class pays when it blows up in their face.

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  5. The SciIn this Majority Report clip, Janeane Garofalo joins the crew to discuss senator Chris Murphy’s speech on the Senate floor which points out all of the connections between the United States and Saudi Arabia on Yemen.ence of the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE)

    https://youtu.be/XYToY0dptEI

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  6. The Majority Report with Sam Seder
    Published on Nov 20, 2017

    In this Majority Report clip, we watch a clip of Tenn. Senator Lamar Alexander explain why he thinks the rich shouldn’t be taxed more.

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  7. @toniD:

    thanks for that Dylan Ratigan clip,
    looking forward to hearing more from him.
    I remember when Sam was a regular guest on his show.

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  8. this weeks “Class Matters” ( Nov. 20) is very good IMO

    Topic / Subject:
    McCarthyism Redux: Attacks on the Russian Media
    by John Wight (November 16, 2017)

    Host Rich Whitney reads the text beginning at about 7:42
    and the discussion with the cohost continues.
    length 29:59
    wdbx_171120_103002classmatters.mp3

    archive.wdbx.org

    “We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not fearful men, not descended from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes which were for the moment unpopular.”

    US broadcast journalist, Edward Murrow, spoke these words in the 1950s, protesting against the witchhunt of communists, alleged communists, and of anyone thought to evince anything resembling sympathy or support for ideas associated with communism by Senator Joseph McCarthy, inspired by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) hearings of the 1940s.

    McCarthy and his team were able to sow fear, paranoia, and a rigid adherence not to democracy or free speech but to intolerance of dissent and the questioning of the received truths that sustained America’s engagement with the rest of the world.

    In 2017 we are witnessing the rebirth of McCarthyism across the West in response to Russia’s recovery from the demise of the Soviet Union and the failed attempt to turn the country into a wholly owned subsidiary of Washington via the imposition of free market economic shock treatment thereafter. In the process critical thinking and reason has been sacrificed on the altar of Pavlovian conditioning and unreason, resulting in the embrace of hysterical Russophobic nostrums by a liberal political and media class for whom Russia can only ever exist as a vanquished foe or a foe that needs to be vanquished.
    more

    When a think-tank with the impertinence of naming itself ‘European Values’ feels emboldened to compile and publish a ‘hit list’ of over 2000 contributors to RT, as it did recently, made up of politicians, former diplomats, journalists, and academics from across the West, the foundations of Western liberal democracy start to crack. And when the US Congress passes a bill to force RT America to register as a ‘foreign agent’ then we are talking war being waged not against Russian media per say, but the thousands of US citizens who work for Russian media and their right to ply their trade in the land of the free.

    When it comes to foreign agents, isn’t it telling that neither the pro-Israel lobby group (AIPAC), nor its pro-Saudi counterpart (SAPRAC), are considered such, despite their undeniably and inarguably malign influence on US foreign policy.

    There is nothing that RT or Sputnik International does that other state-funded broadcasters – the BBC, Voice of America, and France24 et al. – are not doing when it comes to their operations overseas. All state-funded media engage in cultural outreach, and each proffers an analysis via the prism of their own cultural, ideological and national worldview.

    But let us not be naïve. It would be a mistake to divorce this ongoing, ever-intensifying campaign to drive RT and Sputnik out of existence from the wider geopolitical struggle over the Washington-led unipolar status quo and the multipolar alternative demanded by Moscow’s recovery and re-emergence as a global power, along with Beijing. In this regard, in the context of this geopolitical struggle, Russian media in the West is seen as low hanging fruit, an easy target by which to render Russia a bloody nose.

    Does anyone really believe for a moment that if Russia had or did accept its place as a neo-satellite of Washington that this campaign against RT and Sputnik would be taking place? If both media channels were echo chambers of the Washington Consensus you can best believe they would be allowed to operate freely and without molestation, without their employees or contributors being traduced as ‘Kremlin propagandists’ or de facto ‘Russian agents’.

    The entire thing is a sham – a malicious and ideologically driven attempt to police the portals of news dissemination and analysis to the point where rigid acceptance and obeisance to the aforementioned Washington Consensus, responsible for upending the lives of millions at home and abroad over the years, is total.

    There is a simple rule of thumb that will never let you down. It dictates that those who tell you who your enemy should be are usually your enemy. It begs the question of whether Russophobia has become the acceptable form of racism for a liberal class whose hypocrisy is only exceeded by its mendacity?

    As for those on the so-called left who have remained silent, or worse are gloating over the moves to shut down Russian media, they are like people feeding a crocodile hoping it will eat them last. The precedent being set by this anti-Russian hysteria is self-evident, one that it would be folly to ignore. Thus when the day comes that Russian media is driven out of existence, theirs will be a hollow victory that bespeaks the collapse of anything resembling opposition to the neoliberal, interventionist, and imperialist status quo.

    “Never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

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  9. https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/24/richard-cordray-successor-cfpb-leandra-english-259612

    In final act, Cordray blocks Trump from naming his successor at consumer protection bureau

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray on Friday appointed the agency’s chief of staff, Leandra English, as the CFPB’s deputy director, establishing her as his successor when he steps down at the end of the day.

    The move appears designed to thwart any move by President Donald Trump to name another temporary official to head the controversial agency. Trump has been reported to be considering White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney for the role.

    The 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, which created the CFPB, explicitly says the consumer bureau’s deputy director shall “serve as acting Director in the absence or unavailability of the Director.”

    Trump will likely now have to nominate someone who must be confirmed by the Senate before he can oust English…

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  10. http://thehill.com/policy/finance/361778-white-house-calls

    White House: Trump has power to supercede consumer bureau chief appointment

    Senior White House officials insisted Saturday that President Trump is legally allowed to appoint an acting director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is an independent agency…

    …Trump appointed Mulvaney on Friday night to serve as acting director of the CFPB, hours before former director Richard Cordray left the agency. Cordray promoted his chief of staff Leandra English to the deputy director position before leaving…

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  11. https://hackernoon.com/more-than-a-million-pro-repeal-net-neutrality-comments-were-likely-faked-e9f0e3ed36a6

    More than a Million Pro-Repeal Net Neutrality Comments were Likely Faked
    I used natural language processing techniques to analyze net neutrality comments submitted to the FCC from April-October 2017, and the results were disturbing.

    NY Attorney General Schneiderman estimated that hundreds of thousands of Americans’ identities were stolen and used in spam campaigns that support repealing net neutrality. My research found at least 1.3 million fake pro-repeal comments, with suspicions about many more. In fact, the sum of fake pro-repeal comments in the proceeding may number in the millions. In this post, I will point out one particularly egregious spambot submission, make the case that there are likely many more pro-repeal spambots yet to be confirmed, and estimate the public position on net neutrality in the “organic” public submissions…

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    Rebelutionary_Z Retweeted
    Chicago Rising‏ @ChicagoRising · Nov 23
    Honoring Standing Rock & #nodapl resistance, on the overpass of 90, heading
    west. #chicago
    overpass

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    "The#ProudBoys literally ran and hid when the counter-rally entered the park where they had been timidly hanging around." #Ontario #POYB #antifa @NYCAntifa @berkeleyantifa @afainatl https://t.co/lQyqeOfCbS pic.twitter.com/dPdJK13Dqo


    — It's Going Down (@IGD_News) November 27, 2017

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  14. Diane Randall‏ @DianeFCNL · 12h 12 hours ago
    Diane Randall Retweeted NETWORK
    Act now: We stand with our faith colleagues in opposing this tax bill. It will shift
    federal resources from people who are struggling to get buy to people who have
    all they need. #lovethyneighbor @FCNL @justice_ucc @SistersofMercy @MCC
    @Sojourners @ncccusa

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  15. Nancy Pelosi‏ @NancyPelosi · 3h 3 hours ago
    The #GOPTaxScam is a bad deal for middle class families across the country.
    Bad GOP tax plan

    Nancy Pelosi‏ @NancyPelosi · 2h 2 hours ago
    RT if you worry about how #GOPTaxScam would affect your family.
    GOP = Bad

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  16. Alexis Goldstein Retweeted

    Bobby Kogan‏ @BBKogan · 3h 3 hours ago
    According to JCT, under the Senate tax plan 84% of households either get a tax
    increase or no real benefit, but 60.1% of households making over $1 million get a
    tax cut.
    figures

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  17. Tuesday, July 9: America. Listen to it. America. I love the
    sound. I love what it could mean. I hate what it is.”

    -James S. Kunen (1968)

    [The Strawberry Statement Pg. 82 ]


    Me: I still agree, 49 years later : (

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  18. Lawrence O’Donnell – WTF#864

    WDBX-FM‏ @WDBXFM · Nov 21
    The FCC plan to dismantle net neutrality will likely kill small streaming radio like
    WDBX. There are a zillion bigger reasons to defend net neutrality, but maybe this
    encourages you to act. Call the FCC direct at: 1-888-225-5322 #NetNeutrality
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    [ I just discovered, but have not listened to wtf-864]:

    Episode 864 – Lawrence O’Donnell
    Nov 16, 2017
    wtfpod.libsyn.com/episode-864-lawrence-odonnell

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    Stephanie Miller Retweeted
    John Harwood @JohnJHarwood · 13h 13 hours ago
    1/24: Flynn lies to FBI about interactions w/Russian govt
    1/26: Yates warns WH Flynn compromised
    1/27: Trump asks Comey for loyalty
    1/30: Trump fires Yates
    2/13: Flynn resigns after WashPost reports Yates warned of blackmail risk
    2/14: Trump asks Comey to drop Flynn probe

    John Fugelsang‏ @JohnFugelsang · 9h 9 hours ago
    Trump reminds you that he strongly supports torture to get people to tell the truth.
    Unless we’re talking about Michael Flynn.
    #MuellerTime

    Eric Boehlert‏ @EricBoehlert · 4h 4 hours ago
    Replying to @EricBoehlert
    worth repeating tonight: Founding Fathers knew how to deal w/ possibility of a
    corrupt president. they never envisioned an *entire* ruling party could be
    corrupt–didn’t plan for it

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  19. Bryce Tache‏ @brycetache · 11h 11 hours ago
    When this ends as we all know it will with Trump & Pence impeached & many in
    jail, then EVERYTHING Trump & GOP Congress did this year, including SC
    appointment, must be revisited & potentially undone. #MuellerTime

    Amy Klobuchar‏ @amyklobuchar · 3h 3 hours ago
    Breaking: On floor where senator Schumer asked to adjourn until Monday so that
    senators AND the American taxpayers can look at tax bill. We got it four hrs ago
    and it is 500 pgs w/1.4 tril in debt. Republicans are all voting no. #RipoffWith
    NoDebate

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  20. Amy Klobuchar‏ @amyklobuchar · 5h 5 hours ago
    So here is pg 257 of the bill with handwritten changes…the tax bill is so last
    minute that they are scribbling on the margins. The issue? These scribbles (all 500
    Pgs of them) will set the American tax system for a decade.
    #ThisIsYourTaxBillAndYouDon’tKnowWhat’sInIt #SpeakOut

    p.257

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  21. This Is Hell! Retweeted

    This Is Hell!‏ @thisishellradio · 13h 13 hours ago
    SATURDAY 9:15AM (CST) – Law professor Peter Edelman explains how poverty became
    a crime in America.

    SATURDAY 10:05AM – @UR_Ninja journalist Niko Georgiades profiles the water
    protectors on the front lines of the #NoDAPL fight, and the ones to come.

    SATURDAY 10:35AM – @ceprdc economist @DeanBaker13 previews life in our
    new, broker country under the #GOPTaxBill.

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