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

  1. @Crank Bait: / The name of the game is distraction and obfuscation. When it comes to Republicans they “see no evil” among themselves, or very little of it. And they continue to shrink the government, not filling much needed positions. The country is going to hell in a hand basket. Sigh.

    …What can Toni do from the other side?

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    Matt Taibbi‏ @mtaibbi
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    John Fugelsang‏ @JohnFugelsang
    When it comes to evil rodent-like fascist advisors, Stephen Miller is the Gerbil
    9:08 AM – 7 Jan 2018

    Indivisible Guide‏ @IndivisibleTeam
    It’s been 18 days since Republicans voted with their party & interests on the
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  4. @Jmach1P:

    They don’t want to reduce crime. They want to be reelected and hold power.

    The GOP expends none of its energy developing short- or long-term policy unless you count the alliance with ALEC or the push to suppress liberal voting, both of which are designed to advance the GOP rather than the country.

    The nonexistent GOP health care policy is a prime example. They have no plan other than to destroy all health care plans.

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    Alexa Liautaud‏ @alexaliautaud
    Trump heavily criticized Obama for his engagement in Syria, but a simple look at
    the data shows he’s put more boots on the ground and has rapidly escalated
    airpower against ISIS.
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    Florida officials are now seriously considering getting rid of the invasive herpes monkeys
    Two thoughts:
    1.) Invasive herpes monkeys conjures visions of all sorts of things. Some of the visions have actual monkeys in them.
    2.) Invasive Herpes Monkeys is my new favorite band name.

  7. Ari Berman‏ @AriBerman · 13h 13 hours ago
    Ohio has purged 2 million voters from rolls since 2011, more than any other state.
    Black voters 2x likely to be purged. I explain importance of today’s SCOTUS case
    in new video for @MoveOn with @dale_e_ho of @ACLU

    Steve Spaulding‏ @SteveESpaulding · 5h 5 hours ago
    Justice Sotomayor at this morning’s oral argument — asking about Ohio’s purge
    practices that disenfranchise homeless people and communities of color —
    especially because of working very long hours when Ohio has limited
    opportunities to vote early. #VotingRights #ProtectMyVote



    Are Americans Going to Vote Their Hopes, or Vote Their Fears?
    Democrats need to figure this out.

    JAN 11, 2018

    …As a guide to perennial Democratic bumfuzzlement, this report is somewhat valuable. As a prescription for a more equitable society achieved through politics, it can’t get out of its own way. The simple fact is that a lot of the politicians in the Bustos report lost because their constituents would rather vote their fears than their hopes, and willingly vote against their own economic interest because they think that someone is coming for their guns. Anyone who thinks the Democratic Party emphasized gun control and reproductive rights at the expense of, say, healthcare and education in the last campaign either wasn’t paying attention, or chose not to. There’s no third alternative…


    TPS = Trump Pinhead Syndrome

    By The Editorial Board
    Updated January 11, 2018 6:13 PM

    During a meeting with members of Congress at the White House on Thursday, President Donald Trump dismissed U.S. immigration policies that allow residence to immigrants of certain nations when extraordinary conditions make it unsafe for them to return home or which award visas based on lotteries.

    The president of the United States referred to Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations as “shithole countries.” And, instead, Trump said more people should come here from Norway.

    The comment lays bare the worst strains of American racism and global indifference to the plight of our fellow humans. And leaves little doubt about our president.


    Carrier Factory ‘Saved’ By Donald Trump to Lay Off 200 More Workers

    More than 200 workers will lose their jobs at a Carrier factory in Indianapolis this week despite President Donald Trump heralding a deal in 2016 to save jobs at the facility by keeping it from shutting down.

    That deal seems to have fallen largely by the wayside, as the heating and air conditioning maker already let go of nearly 340 employees at the Indianapolis plant in July. With the addition of Thursday’s announcement of another 215 layoffs, the facility will be left with about 1,100 workers.

    Carrier employees who voted for Trump feel betrayed by the president. One employee told The New Yorker that many of the office-based jobs that will remain in Indianapolis were never on the line, explaining: “Trump saved some jobs. He didn’t save mine, but he did save some.”…

  11. Aaron David Miller‏ @aarondmiller2
    Trump’s statement debases the presidency, American and human values, and is
    grist for mills of our enemies. FDR was right — presidency is primarily an office for
    moral leadership. Trump’s made a mockery and travesty of that too.
    3:36 PM – 11 Jan 2018

    The Mike Malloy Show‏ @MikeMalloyShow
    Stable Genius Doesn´t Know the Words to the
    National Anthem, from the Mike Malloy
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    6:01 PM – 11 Jan 2018

    The Mike Malloy Show‏ @MikeMalloyShow 2h 2 hours ago
    Gotta admit, it’s the most entertaining reality TV I’ve seen in a decade. Riveting.
    Too bad the #psychopath has the launch codes. I keep waiting for Gary Busey to
    show up drunk on the Front Lawn.

    David Corn‏ @DavidCornDC
    Trump’s “shithole” remark is not troubling. This is who and what he is. And there’s
    been no question about it. What’s more worrisome is that none of his enablers in
    the WH says enough of this and quits. #NoDecency
    7:00 PM – 11 Jan 2018

  12. EDITORIAL: Courts should make sure your vote counts

    Editorials 01/11/2018, 06:08pm (online)

    Hard Copy: Friday Jan. 12 (page 18)

    Sun-Times Editorial Board

    Democracy in America begins with the vote. Destroy the integrity of this most basic institution of a free people and the entire American Experiment is done for.

    Yet our right to the vote — a vote that matters — is under assault by lawmakers of both major political parties, who are more keen on holding on to power than respecting the democratic process. The proof, most recently, is to be found in two separate federal court cases that saw movement this week. As one who loves this country, you’ll want to keep a close eye on both historic cases.

    In the first case, a three-judge federal panel ruled a brazenly gerrymandered map in North Carolina is unconstitutional because lawmakers were twisting the system so that it would reflect what their party wanted instead of what the voters preferred. The U.S. Supreme Court has been struggling to find a solution to gerrymandering for years without success, but this latest ruling may signal a change. For the first time, a federal court has torn up a congressional district map because of gerrymandering.


    In the second case, the U.S. Supreme Court listened to arguments this week as to whether Ohio can be permitted to toss people off the voting rolls if they haven’t showed up at a polling place for a few election cycles and haven’t seemed to respond to follow-up inquiries from state bureaucrats. Voting rolls should be kept as clean as possible, of course, but the suspicion in this case is that the Republican Party is using that thinking as an excuse to suppress the votes of people who might support the opposition.

    Ohio has been more aggressive than other states in kicking people off the voting rolls. To nobody’s surprise, court briefs filed by states led by Republicans generally have supported Ohio’s policy while states led by Democrats have generally opposed it. Ohio is a swing state in presidential elections, so both parties have a huge stake in the outcome of the case. The Supreme Court must rule in a manner that ensures Ohio doesn’t give the boot to legitimate voters.

    Gerrymandering has been around since the earliest days of the republic, but modern technology has made it a much stronger anti-democratic force. In Wisconsin, computer models helped Republicans gerrymander themselves a super-majority in the state assembly in 2012 — 60 out of 90 seats — even though the Democrats actually won the popular vote. The U.S. Supreme Court already is considering gerrymandering cases involving Wisconsin and Maryland.

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    10:35AM – Correspondent @EdSudden watches the left run out the clock fighting itself as the world runs out of time.
    11:05AM – Law scholar Anne Fleming examines the shifting intersection of private lenders, debtors and the welfare state.
    12:05PM – Investigative reporter @rejburns surveys the toxic legacy of lead pollution in East Chicago.

  14. Center on Budget‏ @CenterOnBudget
    The newly announced work requirement policies for Medicaid would harm the
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    8:30 AM – 11 Jan 2018

    Alexis Goldstein‏ @alexisgoldstein
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    able to rip away your Medicaid. It’s a boot on the face of the poor.
    10:38 AM – 11 Jan 2018

  15. Bill McKibben‏ @billmckibben
    One of the biggest days in 30 years of the climate fight: NYC announces it will
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    3:21 AM – 10 Jan 2018

    Naomi Klein‏ @NaomiAKlein
    Just a little update that the story about NYC suing 5 oil majors for climate damages and announcing its intent to divest $5-billion from fossil fuel companies ran on p. 23 of the New York Times today. Because, you know, it minor regional news……
    7:32 AM – 11 Jan 2018‏ @BillMoyers
    New York City vs. Big Oil via @thenation

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    .@realDonaldTrump takes a dump on the American dream
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  17. @Jmach1P: I made sure I retracted my NY State voter registration by writing them myself to help protect my right to vote in Ohio. That said, there may be another Kate or Kathy or Katherine B___ in another state which could cause my name to be dropped, as my last name is common. I voted this last November and will keep checking my registration. I maintain my confirmation of registering in Ohio and unregistering in NYS (NY unregisters you within the state and sends out notice to other states when submitted.). That said, it is about lots more people than me. We have to keep getting people to check this status in Ohio and other states before election day, preferably before the registration process closes in case they have been removed. It is a sad sad period for our country.


    U.S. Ambassador to Panama Resigns Because He Can ‘no longer work for Trump.’

    …Mr Feeley wrote in his resignation letter: “As a junior foreign service officer, I signed an oath to serve faithfully the President and his administration in an apolitical fashion, even when I might not agree with certain policies.

    “My instructors made clear that if I believed I could not do that, I would be honour-bound to resign. That time has come.”

    The State Department learned of his plans on 27 December, Reuters reported – well before the Washington Post reported Donald Trump had referred to “s***hole countries” in a meeting about immigration…

    …Mr Feeley was one of the State Department’s Latin America specialists and among its most senior officers.

    According to a Spanish copy of the notice of Mr Feeley’s resignation, tweeted by Univision News, the Barack Obama appointee has been in public service for 35 years, in the US Marine Corps and State Department…

  19. @Kate Anne:

    I haven’t been through Ohio since 2002. My bro. moved there (Cinci..) in the late ’80’s after he was in the army, and I would visit. However the Iraq war may have been a wedge between us imo. I am not an Armed Forces guy.
    Also I visited Columbus OH., for a day in Aug. 1993.
    Travel safely !
    : )

  20. sierra 2018

    Hope Trumps Nope: A Blueprint for Resistance
    To build the world we want, we must dare to dream big and out loud

    By Naomi Klein | Dec 14 2017
    LET’S REWIND A BIT, to the week Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election. At that moment, I was reeling from witnessing not one catastrophe but two. And I don’t think we can understand the true danger of the Trump disaster unless we grapple with both of them.

    I was in Australia for work, but I was also very conscious that, because of the carbon involved in that kind of travel, I might not be able to return for a long time. So I decided to visit, for the first time in my life, the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland, a World Heritage Site and Earth’s largest natural structure made up of living creatures. It was simultaneously the most beautiful and the most frightening thing I had ever seen.

    As my Australia trip was approaching, I realized that my feelings about seeing the reef were tied up in my being the mother of a four-year-old boy, Toma. As parents, we can sometimes make the mistake of exposing kids too early to all the threats and dangers facing the natural world. The first book about nature that a lot of children read is Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, which is all about pollution and beautiful places being turned into garbage and all the animals dying and disappearing and choking. It’s really scary. I read it to Toma when he was two and watched the terror cross his face. And I thought,…

    much much more at ^ link ^

    This article appeared in the January/February 2018 edition with the headline “No Is Not Enough.”

    Harry Shearer‏ @theharryshearer
    Attn: David Wright, ABC News: contrary to your assertion on WNT, the Federal Government cannot “run out of money” any more than GM can run out of Chevys.
    5:39 PM – 13 Jan 2018



    President Donald Trump—who boasted over the weekend that his success in life was a result of “being, like, really smart”—communicates at the lowest grade level of the last 15 presidents, according to a new analysis of the speech patterns of presidents going back to Herbert Hoover…

    We are shocked–shocked–to find that rambling is going on in this presidency!

  22. Two of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Children Speak Out Against Trump

    New York Times 1h ago
    Only two?

  23. The Lost Dr. Martin Luther King Speech: How the Pacifica Radio Archives
    Unearthed a Piece of History
    January 19, 2015


    Democracy Now!‏ @democracynow
    Newly Discovered 1964 MLK Speech on Civil Rights, Segregation & Apartheid
    South Africa #MLKDay
    6:01 AM – 15 Jan 2018

    I guess this was discovered 3 years ago.
    Today was the first time I had ever herd it.

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    3:20 PM – 11 Jan 2018

    Women’s March on Baltimore‏ @WomensMarchBalt
    We are organizing a March in Baltimore to celebrate the Women’s March! Join
    us! Tickets are free, but register with eventbrite!… #myfirstTweet

    8:42 PM – 28 Dec 2017


    Trump’s company fights efforts to shed the president’s name
    “Our homes are worth more without the Trump name.”

    …Since the 2016 election, Trump’s company has found itself in an unfamiliar role: not selling the Trump brand, but trying to save it from condo owners and unhappy partners seeking to shed the president’s name. The Trump Organization has fired back — at times with legal threats.

    The root of the disputes is a growing belief among investors in some locales that the Trump brand has turned from an asset to a liability…


    Who Else Was Handling Russian Money in 2016?
    The interference went well beyond the president*’s campaign.

    JAN 18, 2018

    Life is full of wonderful surprises, like this little goodie bag from the McClatchy folks.

    The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency, two sources familiar with the matter have told McClatchy. FBI counterintelligence investigators have focused on the activities of Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA, the sources said.

    Disclosure of the Torshin investigation signals a new dimension in the 18-month-old FBI probe of Russia’s interference. McClatchy reported a year ago that a multi-agency U.S. law enforcement and counterintelligence investigation into Russia’s intervention, begun even before the start of the 2016 general election campaign, initially included a focus on whether the Kremlin secretly helped fund efforts to boost Trump, but little has been said about that possibility in recent months. The extent to which the FBI has evidence of money flowing from Torshin to the NRA, or of the NRA’s participation in the transfer of funds, could not be learned. However, the NRA reported spending a record $55 million on the 2016 elections, including $30 million to support Trump – triple what the group devoted to backing Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential race. Most of that was money was spent by an arm of the NRA that is not required to disclose its donors.

    Comrade Wayne LaPierre? да!

  27. It’s Going Down‏ @IGD_News
    Energy Transfer Partners, the same company pushing the #DakotaAccessPipeline
    and the #BayouBridge pipeline, watches as another piece of its infrastructure
    leaks, this time spillling 150,000 gallons of drilling fluid into wetlands.
    3:40 PM – 17 Jan 2018

  28. MIDWEST UNREST‏ @MW_Unrest
    Earlier this week Energy Transfer Partners spilled 146,000 gallons of toxic drilling
    fluids “down a hole” when they tried to drill under the Tuscarawas River outside
    of Akron, Ohio.

    4:53 PM – 17 Jan 2018

    Olympia Stand‏ @Olystand
    Our comrades are working hard on stopping
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    Mosquito Fleet’s page to keep updated on
    this fight.
    6:16 AM – 18 Jan 2018


    Government Shuts Down As Congress Fails To Pass Funding Measure

    January 20, 201812:02 AM ET
    Updated at 12:22 a.m. ET

    The federal government is now in a partial shutdown after Congress failed to pass a stopgap measure to keep funding going ahead of a midnight deadline.

    It’s an unprecedented situation given that shutdowns usually happen in times of divided government. But this is the first time it’s happened with one party controlling both Congress and the White House…

    The Republican talking point will blame the Democrats because of the 60 vote threshold to pass a four-week funding bill in the Senate.

    Never forget that the minority party does not control the committees which devise and formulate legislation that will be taken to the floor. Never forget that the minority party cannot bring legislation to the floor. The bill which failed was not a comprehensive bill presented by the majority. It was a short-term funding bill that resolved nothing beyond buying more time for the majority to formulate comprehensive legislation that the majority should have created and presented long ago.

    The majority party controls everything…except a 60 vote threshold in the Senate.

    And never forget that each of the 18 gaps in budget funding since 1976 (eight of which led to federal employees being furloughed) cost money. Their costs are historical fact. The party of fiscal responsibility is wasting money by wasting time.

    Government shutdowns in the United States

    In United States politics, a government shutdown occurs when Congress and the President fail to pass appropriations legislation funding government operations and agencies. In this case, the current interpretation of the Antideficiency Act requires that the federal government begin a “shutdown” of the affected activities involving the furlough of non-essential personnel and curtailment of agency activities and services. Since 1976, when the current budget and appropriations process was enacted, there have been 18 gaps in budget funding, eight of which led to federal employees being furloughed. Prior to 1990, funding gaps did not always lead to government shutdowns, but since 1990 the practice has been to shut down the government for all funding gaps. Shutdowns have also occurred at the state/territorial and local levels of government.

    During the Ronald Reagan administration, there were three funding gaps leading to shutdowns lasting one day or less. A funding gap in 1990 during the George H. W. Bush administration caused a weekend shutdown. During the Bill Clinton administration, there were two full government shutdowns during 1995 and 1996 lasting 5 and 21 days respectively, based on disagreement on whether to cut government services, leading to furloughs and significant disruption. During Barack Obama’s presidency, a government shutdown occurred during October 1–16, 2013. The primary dispute was the Republicans’ desire to delay or defund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act known colloquially as Obamacare.[1]

    Government shutdowns have the effect of disruption to government services and increased cost to the government due to lost labor. Standard & Poor’s, the financial ratings agency, stated on October 16 that the shutdown had “to date taken $24 billion out of the economy,” and “shaved at least 0.6 percent off annualized fourth-quarter 2013 GDP growth.”[2]…

  30. @Jmach1P: My remaining sibling is a Dino who listens to Rush Limbaugh so it contests our relationship too. I need to try more often to be in touch. At our friendly (near Akron University) Episcopal Church the service contained a song this Sunday I haven’t heard in years — Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult — which our mother would sing when her five kids were driving her crazy. When we heard that we know we had gone too far. I’d like to remind of this….

    (FYI – my oldest brother died at 13 of leukemia, my soul mate David died in ‘94 died of AIDS, our sister Mary died at age 53 of an undiagnosed aneurysm. Greg is a year and two days older than me and we are the survivors. But that can change in an instant and it is high time to work on the relationship — if we can just keep political discussions minimal.)

    Missing our ToniD…

  31. @Jmach1P: Argh! I just sent this to my daughter. Baby Levi is now drinking mostly tap water. Thanks for the info. I’ve been meaning to follow up on my call about a subscription to Akron Beacon Journal . I may do a search on their open on line pages to see if they covered it. (Not everything is open — but is such important info behind a paywall?)


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