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. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a15844720/paul-ryan-tax-bill-koch-donation/

    Now We Know Paul Ryan’s Price
    Thanks to a timely donation from the Family Koch.

    BY CHARLES P. PIERCE
    JAN 22, 2018

    One thing you have to give the members of the Koch family: They’re excellent tippers. From The Washington Examiner:

    House Speaker Paul Ryan collected nearly $500,000 in campaign contributions from Charles Koch and his wife after helping usher through a massive tax reform law. According to a recent campaign finance report filed Thursday, Koch and his wife Elizabeth each donated $247,7000 to Ryan’s joint fundraising committee… The Republican tax overhaul plan passed in December benefited Koch Industries, as it cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, among other cuts. The legislation then got a boost from the Kochs’ multimillion-dollar public relations campaign to highlight its benefits. And 13 days after it passed, Charles and Elizabeth Koch made the near $500,000 donation to Team Ryan, which raises money for the congressman, the National Republican Congressional Committee and a political action committee run by Ryan. On the same day, Charles and Elizabeth Koch also each donated $237,000 to the NRCC.

    There are a lot of political journalists who are going to be doing hard time in Journalism Purgatory for the puffing they’ve given the zombie-eyed granny starver from the state of Wisconsin over the first years of his career. We don’t even have to argue about the price any more with him. It’s 500-large. And, as always, it’s time to revisit the wisdom of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Anthony Kennedy, from his opinion in Citizens United v. FEC.

    “Independent expenditures do not lead to, or create the appearance of, quid pro quo corruption.”

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  2. Governor Tom Wolf‏ @GovernorTomWolf
    As our neighboring states give their workers a raise, PA workers are falling
    behind. If PA’s economy is to compete with that of our neighbors, then we need
    to invest in our workforce by offering a competitive wage. That’s why I’ve
    advocated to #RaiseTheWage in PA since day one.
    PA Min wage
    1:01 PM – 22 Jan 2018

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    goo.gl/vLbFGd

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  3. http://radiotvtalk.blog.ajc.com/2018/01/22/man-arrested-for-threatening-to-murder-cnn-employees/

    Man arrested for threatening to murder CNN employees

    A Michigan man was arrested for threatening to come to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters and murder employees, according to a CBS46 report.

    The FBI arrested the man after he made 22 calls to CNN about a week ago. The story did not identify who he was.

    He accused CNN of “fake news” and said he was going down to Georgia “right now to go the CNN headquarters to f***ing gun every single last one of you.”…

    ————————————————————-
    Do you remember reading about the cop stings wherein they mailed a winning coupon for a wide-screen TV to a fugitive with outstanding warrants along with instructions to arrive at a specific time and place with the coupon to identify himself to claim the prize?

    It’s kinda like that except the Tangerine Toddler is the bait and the fruit bats are the quarry.

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  4. Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes)
    48 mins ago – View on Twitter
    BREAKING NEWS: Three sources familiar with the matter confirm that the Nunes memo is written in crayon, contains stick figure illustrations, and calls Andrew McCabe a “big meanie.”

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  5. The lizard people…
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    http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/371069-koch-network-to-spend-400-million-during-2018-midterm-election-cycle

    Koch network to spend $400 million during 2018 midterm election cycle

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – The network of groups affiliated with billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch will spend more than $400 million on conservative causes and candidates in the 2018 midterm election cycle.

    Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips said Saturday that the investment would be the network’s largest election-cycle investment ever – 60 percent greater than the 2016 presidential cycle – as Republicans seek to protect majorities in the House and Senate against stiff political winds…

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  6. —————-

    2 million people participated in last weekend's #WomensMarch. Why didn't the media pay attention? Maybe because it's too focused on understanding Trump's base and not the Democratic one, says @zeynep https://t.co/OQbNsUlPFT

    — AleszuBajak(@aleszubajak) January 28, 2018

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  7. @Crank Bait: The Trump / Pence regime MUST GO! sign also strikes my fancy. If we manage somehow to rid our country of #45, we don’t need someone who believes the End Times are here as #46. UGH!!!

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  8. Albert Brooks‏ @AlbertBrooks · 3h3 hours ago
    I was thinking about that A-hole who yelled “you lie” to Obama during his State
    of the Union. I wonder if the whole congress is going to do that in
    unison tonight.
    3:26 PM – 30 Jan 2018

    Shannyn Moore‏ @shannynmoore
    Guess who has two thumbs and is not wasting precious life on watching an
    orange clown honk his own hooter for sycophants? ME! That’s who. #SOTUnion
    #SOTU
    6:04 PM – 30 Jan 2018

    Tina Dupuy‏ @TinaDupuy
    Zzzz. #SOTUniom
    6:17 PM – 30 Jan 2018

    Alyona‏ @AlyonaMink
    I can’t wait for all the memes comparing Dem and GOP faces tonight
    6:25 PM – 30 Jan 2018

    The Mike Malloy Show‏ @MikeMalloyShow
    The lady on the left looks like she wants to kill him
    6:50 PM – 30 Jan 2018

    Tina Dupuy‏ @TinaDupuy
    This is pure propaganda. Absolutely awful. This is how genocide starts.
    6:51 PM – 30 Jan 2018

    Katrina vandenHeuvel‏ @KatrinaNation · 9m9 minutes ago
    “Beautiful clean coal”/ For asthma victims in America-
    6:52 PM – 30 Jan 2018

    Ariel Gold‏ @ArielElyseGold
    Trump says he wants “merit based immigration.” What he means is that he wants
    “white-only immigration” #SOTU
    7:02 PM – 30 Jan 2018

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  9. John Fugelsang‏ @JohnFugelsang
    No new policies & taking credit for an economy that was still Obama’s until
    October 2017. The only suspense is whether this will be DT’s last #SOTU or
    the actual last #SOTU
    6:21 PM – 30 Jan 2018

    BlueRootsRadio‏ @BlueRootsRadio
    #SOTU Same old dog, same old tricks. Whatever is said tonight will have a
    shelf life as long as the time he makes his next tweet or does an interview on Fox
    News. #NotWatchingSOTU
    6:42 PM – 30 Jan 2018

    Greenpeace USA‏ @greenpeaceusa
    Trump just promised “clean coal.” The problem? It doesn’t exist. bit.ly/2DOPOqN
    #StateOfTheUnion #SOTU
    6:44 PM – 30 Jan 2018

    Matt Taibbi‏ @mtaibbi
    No mention of the wall yet! Suspense time!
    6:46 PM – 30 Jan 2018

    Matt Taibbi‏ @mtaibbi
    Finally, an overt wall reference. Drink!
    6:58 PM – 30 Jan 2018

    CODEPINK‏ @codepink
    The reckless way Trump talks about war is beyond dangerous. Diplomacy is the
    only way to ensure national security. #SOTU
    7:12 PM – 30 Jan 2018

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  10. One person killed when Amtrak train carrying GOP lawmakers to retreat hits garbage truck

    Washington Post 1h ago
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    Wait, what?
    The GOP collides with garbage truck?
    What is this, The Onion?

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  11. 4:53
    Bernie Sanders Brilliantly Dismantles All of The
    Lies Trump Told In His SOTU Speech

    Published on Jan 31, 2018

    The Majority Report with Sam Seder

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  12. @Jmach1P: Thanks for the various postings. I do so miss Toni. She and Chris showed up on my Facebook Celebration of Friends Day (?) video. I keep expecting to see her pop up. But I am glad her work continues through you, and hopefully through all of us, the people she has touched. I am only sorry I never did get to Chicago to meet her. (Still haven’t seen the windy city.) — WHO OF US HAS MET ToniD in PERSON?

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  13. @Kate Anne:

    I Remember Sandy (smagee23), (Ramses), meet with Toni years ago.
    A small photo was posted on either the SSS or BRR blog.
    I never found an obituary, after searching online, and driving many miles to public libraries
    to search newspaper archives. All I know of her is what she has shared about herself while blogging.
    Most recently She lived in DuPage Co. , and in the ’90’s, long before I joined the SSS blog in ’07, I lived in the next town over.
    A big loss indeed.

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  14. Truth, Too: Power @CoriCarr1
    Replying to @CaptainCatus @JohnCleese
    No Scandinavian (or socialist, for that matter) country is in the top 25 for
    suicide rates. Another aspect to socialist societies that is lacking outside of
    this that could be responsible for this happiness – a sense of community & that
    ppl should take care of each other. IMO.
    11:02 AM – 31 Jan 2018

    Ryan Andersen‏ @baraboo99
    Replying to @JohnCleese
    I moved from the United States for work 10 years ago. 10 years, 2 kids, and a
    wife later it’s the best decision I have ever made. Why am I happy here…peace
    of mind. Peace of mind knowing that my family will always be taken care if
    something happens to me.
    11:18 AM – 31 Jan 2018

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  15. _________________________________
    McWomble 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 ✊‏ @WombleFree
    Replying to @JohnCleese
    Exactly. If he’s not guilty why is he acting like
    he’s totally guilty?! I believe they are riling up
    the base so that when Mueller’s findings are
    known, the base refuse to believe and rise up
    violently to defend Trump. It’s appallingly
    grim.
    11:49 PM – 2 Feb 2018

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  16. —————————-
    Daniel Ellsberg‏ @DanielEllsberg
    I’ve wanted this story of the “Lavender Hill Mob” out for over 40 years.
    @GarAlperovitz’s decision now to reveal his own (key) role, along with others, in
    the publications of the Pentagon Papers, is a challenge to the Trump/Sessions war
    on the press.
    2:32 PM – 3 Feb 2018

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  17. Kate Anne says:
    February 4, 2018 at 2:05 pm
    …I do so miss Toni… — WHO OF US HAS MET ToniD in PERSON?
    ————————————————
    I miss Toni too, for a lot of reasons. I regret never having met her in person although a blog relationship was better than no relationship at all.

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  18. NYT Opinion‏ @nytopinion · Feb 5
    The stock market turmoil should make us take a hard look at the economy’s
    prospects. And what the data say, @PaulKrugman argues, is that we’re headed
    for much slower growth than Donald Trump and his minions keep promising.
    2:38 PM – 5 Feb 2018

    Paul Krugman‏ @paulkrugman
    As I note, even if you think stocks and housing are bubbles, they’re not on the
    same scale as the previous bubbles in 2000 and 2006. However, this time they’re
    in tandem 1/
    7:28 AM – 6 Feb 2018

    Paul Krugman‏ @paulkrugman
    Combined, equity and housing are well over $50 trillion. If both fell 25% — not my forecast, but not crazy — that would be a $12 trillion plus hit to wealth. That
    would have pretty serious macroeconomic effects …. 2/
    7:30 AM – 6 Feb 2018

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  19. VoteVets‏ @votevets
    Trump just declared those who did not applaud him at the State of the Union “treasonous” and “un-American.”

    Now he wants the military to parade for him.

    This is not normal. This is not OK.

    3:57 PM – 6 Feb 2018

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  20. Trump adviser says ignore flu shots and ‘inoculate yourself with the word of God’
    ABC News 18m ago
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    People who dislike religion snark should see the above.
    The snark exists for a reason.

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  21. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/02/trumps-hair-illusion-came-undone-and-we-all-missed-it.html

    Donald Trump’s Hair Illusion Came Undone and We All Missed It

    By Jonathan Chait

    Last Friday, at the end of one of those frenetic weeks of news that now happen every week, President Trump boarded Air Force One. The wind whipped across the tarmac with unusual force. Trump, who normally has a MAGA hat for such occasions, was unusually unprepared. As he ascended the stairs, cameras had a rear-facing view of the president’s scalp as the howling gusts lifted his combed-over strands straight into the air, and the long-concealed bare scalp below was briefly exposed to the daytime cable audience and to Ashley Feinberg, who spotted the big reveal. It was horrific:

    It was the worst hair day of what has been a bad hair life. And it may seem cheap and low to mock Trump’s absurd efforts to conceal his hair loss. But Trump is a man obsessed with image in ways that go beyond the normal human concern with looking presentable. Image is Trump’s moral code. He dismisses his political rivals for being short. He sees his succession of wives as visual testament to his own status. He selects his Cabinet on the basis of their looking the part. He conscripts the military as a prop to bathe himself in an aura of presidential grandeur.

    Trump’s absurd hair is of a piece with his lifelong attempt to market himself as a brilliant deal-maker and stable genius. So yes, it is okay to laugh when the ruse is exposed.

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  22. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a16810661/rand-paul-spending-bill-republicans-fiscal-responsibility/

    It Was All a Giant Farce
    The Republican Party has not stood for “fiscal responsibility” since Ronald Reagan.

    BY CHARLES P. PIERCE
    FEB 9, 2018

    …Republicans who still believe in the fiction that theirs is the party of “fiscal responsibility”…are weeping and gnashing their teeth over what their party “stands for” any more. It stands for what it’s stood for ever since Ronald Reagan fed the party the monkeybrains. It stands for plutocracy and corporate laissez-faire, with a leavening of sanctimony and a pinch of Jesus…

    …The country elected Republicans, and Republicans, who have built a movement on contempt for the process of governing, turn out to be aggressively lousy at it. That has been a plague on our politics for three decades. It continues.

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    Brief and to the point, “[The Republican Party] stands for plutocracy and corporate laissez-faire, with a leavening of sanctimony and a pinch of Jesus.”

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  23. Don’t Poke The Bear…

    …cause he will rip your face off…

    @Crank Bait:

    “People who dislike religion snark should see the above.
    The snark exists for a reason.”

    HAHAHAHA… your hero Bill Maher, king of religious snark, is an anti-vaxxer too, specifically against flu shots, you dopey fuck….

    Jim Carey is a vehement antivaxxer… so is Jenny McCarthy… and so are a shitload of Physicians for one reason or another… does that make all comics, or actors, or Doctors lunatics too?

    No, religious bigotry exists for the same reason all the other bigotry exists… self-righteous retrograde douchebags convince themselves they have a morally justified, socially sanctioned, reason to openly spew hatred and ridicule at another group… it doesn’t just shame the moron spewing nonsense in the name of whatever they worship, it shames everybody who worships simply because they worship, and not just for that one asshole’s mistakes…. Maher has made his fortune denigrating people for their religion for decades… fuck him, and fuck you for perpetuating it.

    Do yourself a favor Crank… do not call me out, directly or indirectly… don’t drop passive-aggressive little comments at me rehashing our past arguments that you are still pissed about cause I made you look stupid… all you will ever get from me in reply is disdain and abuse…

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