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.
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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John Beacham Retweeted
PSL – Socialism 🚩 @pslweb · May 14
Liberation News Analysis: We, in the U.S. anti-war movement, must be vigilant
against the danger of another war in the Middle East, as well as continued
sanctions, militaristic machinations and imperialist war-mongering. #HandsOffIran
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Leau Est La Vie Camp @NoBayouBridge · 7h 7 hours ago
BREAKING NEWS — District Judge Alvin Turner, Jr. today issued his ruling,
stating that Energy Transfer (#ETP) should stop work on 18 miles of the
#BayouBridge pipeline in Louisiana’s coastal zone until the company’s permit
from LA DNR can be reaffirmed. ✊🏽 #nobbp #stopetp
Appalachians Against Pipelines @stopthemvp · 4h 4 hours ago
We now have an Instagram! Find us @ appalachiansagainstpipelines #noMVP #noACP #belikenutty
Yes, It’s enjoyable radio listening. It has taken a while for me to adjust to the new host, with a much different sounding voice, however he brings great musical guests, comedians ect., also the script writing remains strong imo.
I will be at the June 9th show from Highland Park Ill. at the historic Ravinia
It took only 18 hours for most of the pavilion seats to be sold,
I grabbed a Right Rear seat near gate 6. Should be a fun time.
85 Years ago this month:
1933, May 7 – FDR – Fireside chat #2
New Rule: Trump Is Above the Law | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
Weekend Update on One-Year Anniversary of Robert Mueller Investigation
8 years ago:
Dylan Ratigan: Make Believe Financial Reform – Part 2 – May 18, 2010
OMG, as the kids these days are wont to say and write. Charlie Pierce is on a full-on roll today. I am incapable of choosing a one-best post, so I suggest that you read all four of them dated 5/21/18.
Shannon Watts @shannonrwatts
.@NRA President blames America’s school shooting crisis on media violence and
Ritalin. This is false. American teens watch the same movies and play the same
video games as their peers in other high income countries. What’s different? T
hey have easy access to arsenals and ammo.
7:04 AM – 20 May 2018
Alt_Dept. of Labor @alt_labor
Amazing that I was addicted to Vyvanse in HS and managed to make complex
art pieces for 20 hours straight instead of murdering people twitter.com/shannonrwatts/status/998202905885720577 …
4:31 PM – May 20, 2018
Cliff Schecter @cliffschecter · 3h 3 hours ago
Im glad to have learned that among many things not in other high income
democracies are trench coats, Ritalin, too many doors, divorce & video games. I
wish our friends could teach us how to get rid of all that so we too would have
fewer shootings #ConservaLogic #AmericanIdiots
5:34 PM – 21 May 2018
Supreme Court Just Screwed American Workers
angers me most. >:(
The 2008 Financial Crisis Was a Mass Hallucination, Says Congress
The House of Representatives votes to deregulate the banks—on a bipartisan basis.
BY CHARLES P. PIERCE
MAY 23, 2018
My inclination is to write un-fucking-believable and let it go at that.
However, with two things in mind, i.e. Citizens United and the provincial nature of the House of Representatives, the recent legislation is un-un-fucking believable.
I get that smaller banks do not want to be unnecessarily encumbered by regulations imposed on banks who blew up the economy of the entire planet in 2008-2009 and thereafter.
Legislation intended to ease the regulations on small banks makes perfect sense.
By analogy, we have (theoretically) a judicial system that is willing to allow guilty people to escape punishment to prevent innocent people from unfairly being convicted of crimes.
But this legislation does neither. The House of Representatives, by design, is populated by elected, provincial, inarticulate individuals who wouldn’t know nuance if it presented itself as fouled water versus Dow’s right to profits by dumping wastes.
…who wouldn’t know the nuance of mentally impaired citizenry versus the economic need for an educated and clear-headed labor force.
…who wouldn’t know the nuance of a population that accumulates wealth versus a population whose wealth is wiped by an economic crash created by the Wizards of Finance who chased profits by over-extending assets in derivatives that…well…that caused the the planet’s economy to crash into a flaming heap.
Crash…and Flaming Heap…and Prolonged Recession should be gigantic red flags that even a Representative in the House would recognize.
It’s All Just Noise as Long as Robert Mueller Has a Job
It’s not taking too long, just as it wasn’t during Watergate.
Pierce is right. The daily news cycle causes the average citizen to believe that nothing is happening on the Mueller end. The President tweets at will while Mueller continues to investigate and build a case in relative silence. Or, more likely, Mueller continues to build several cases in relative silence.
Watergate investigations were underway when I had been issued a lottery draft number. I (and my contemporaries) had a vested interest in the details of the Watergate investigations and hearings.
The average citizen, today, is not facing jungle rot or worse in VietNam. The average U.S. citizen finds the complications of Mueller’s investigation to be a combination of arcane and scattered.
The average citizen does not know what Mueller has uncovered and is in the process of uncovering. Waa-waa. It’s too slow.
I am far too old and not nearly as naive to believe that Trump and his contemporary montebanks will pay the ultimate price. I will be more than content when Trump’s base of support finds themselves in the same sinking boat of shame that Nixon’s supporters found themselves.
It’s not much…but it’s something. And, despite the fact that the GOP, and Conservatism, and unethical political behavior did not suffer eternal hits resulting from the Nixon cabal’s sins, all of the aforementioned did suffer hits that endured more than a few weeks.
So, relax. Wait for Mueller to play it out. Ask yourself, “Would I want to be in Mueller’s cross-hairs?” It is unlikely that Trump will be frog marched to jail, just as Nixon was never frog marched to jail.
But eternal shame is worth something.
“fascinating” would not be my descriptive of 1st choice…
…but he definitely got the “death of us” part right…
Donald Trump made 8 misleading claims about immigration on Fox and Friends
By Miriam Valverde on Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at 1:01 p.m.
Misleading understates the falsehoods.
This Is Hell! @thisishellradio · 20h 20 hours ago
*All times US Central – the most reasonable US time zone.
Hal Sparks @HalSparks · 54m 54 minutes ago
Hal Sparks Retweeted Hal Sparks
Today 11am-1pm with a meet and greet after – pass it on #Chicago! 🙂
Scientist Schools Congressmen on Climate
It gets worse, despite worse being difficult to imagine.
Toldyaso… Rahm and his philosophy were not an outlier or an anomaly… this was the direction the Dems intended to go all along… with everything… These people are neoliberal through and through…
…at this point, anyone supporting establishment Dems is just a fucking Republican.
@Crank Bait: @Crank Bait: @cent:
from last month:
Two Weeks Notice…
…reminder, this blog goes away 6/15.
Anyone wishing to take over stewardship/ownership needs to contact me before then.
Coming Home To Roost…
Decades of Liberals letting these assholes slide on their transgressions have brought us here… time for wholesale expulsion… just. say. ‘no’.
Thank to most of the proligarchs, past and remaining for all of your contributions! It was a pretty good run.
Big thanks to toniD for soldiering on as long as you did so ably.
Peaches to Sam and Jeanine and AAR (Marc, Jim Earland the MS gang, Al et and Rachel and Kent Jones, and of course, Fuck Youse to Evan Cohen, Danny Goldberg twice, and the Green brothers for the bad management.
I still hang around the MS blog where you can find most of the MS show archives and the FB where a few migrated and I am pretty sure the HR department will always know know how to reach me. Don’t bother if you want to be insulting.
thanks for the reminder : )
I don’t know what I am going to do, or where I will be found.
I am not up to the task of a blog leader / admministrator.
I still need to work full time for another 6 – 11 years.
No time to be creative in making blog headers/ toppers, ect.
I miss reading some of the bloggers from ssshow blog who never moved to brr blog in ’09,
or those who never made it here in 2011.
I may just spend time catching up on MRR & WTF podcasts.
I may comment / reply sometimes at brr, and listen to the music on weekends.
I may practice posting at my neglected blogspot page.
Or I may just unplug for a while, until the midterms Oct. > Nov.
@Jmach1P: Good luck wherever you go. If you make the FB leap friend Vernon McNemar and tell me I sent you. 😉
@Vernon Zeke McNemar:
Zeke: “What’s the password?”
Anyone else: “Uh, password?”
Zeke: “You’re in.”
Trump Has Access to Everything a Dictator Could Want
He is consolidating power based on deceit at an alarming rate, and getting more popular as he goes.
BY CHARLES P. PIERCE
JUN 4, 2018
Has Your Mind Been Hacked?
by Jen Sorensen
Posted May 30th, 2018
These Days, Anything That’s Weird But Not Destructive Should Be Celebrated
Some thoughts on Kim Kardashian West, non-violent drug offenses, the pardon power, turkeys, a raccoon, and Calvin Coolidge’s economic policies.
BY CHARLES P. PIERCE
JUN 6, 2018
Published on Jun 6, 2018
Thom Hartmann Program
Alexis Goldstein @alexisgoldstein · Jun 5
Hey, white liberals, can you please stop “fact checking” about the Eagles players
not kneeling? It legitimizes bullshit critiques that it’s wrong to protest cops killing
black Americans with impunity.
6:40 AM – 5 Jun 2018
Harry Shearer @theharryshearer · 9h 9 hours ago
Attn: Scott Pruitt–I’ve got a used mattress you can buy. I’ll stencil the word
“Trump” on it if that helps.
10:01 AM – 6 Jun 2018
Bait News Service
Scott Pruitt Makes Bid to Take Over Returned Casper Mattresses
Bill McKibben @billmckibben
Good news: EPA apparently on the lookout for trash again
Bad news: Believes it takes the form of pesky reporters
2:18 PM – 6 Jun 2018
The EPA’s trash problem is from Oklahoma.
Chris Grady @chrisgrady5 · Jun 5
March For Our Lives: Road to Change kicks off in Chicago, June 15th at the Peace
March! Text CHANGE to 97779 to get tour updates and to be registered to vote.
Jaclyn Corin @JaclynCorin · Jun 6
The @NRA continuously pushes the idea that “law-abiding citizens” should never
have to endure any inconveniences while purchasing a firearm.
The “inconvenience” that is a universal background check system could very well
save tens of thousands of American lives every year.
Robert Reich @RBReich · 22h 22 hours ago
It’s easy to feel helpless with Trump in the White House, but do not
underestimate your collective power to oppose him. Uprise has hundreds of
creative ways to get involved in local campaigns.
5:08 PM – 7 Jun 2018
David Cay Johnston @DavidCayJ
“If Donald J. Trump decides as president to throw a whistle-blower in jail for
trying to talk to a reporter, or gets the F.B.I. to spy on a journalist, he will have one
man to thank for bequeathing him such expansive power: Barack Obama.” –
James Risen, former @nytimes reporter
5:21 AM – 8 Jun 2018
Fuck supporters of Trump.
Fuck Trump apologists.
Fuck the supine Republican politicos who value their careers and party above the lives of their constituents and humans across the globe.
And fuck the mental midgets who claim that Trump is an acceptable means to an end.
If a political party were entirely comprised of empathetic and tolerant people of above-average intelligence, that party would lose every election.
There are much greater numbers of unempathetic and intolerant people of average and below intelligence. How they came to lack empathy and tolerance and to possess average to below average intelligence is another subject entirely.
We could dive deeper into the vagaries of the personalities of Trump supporters (and subscribers to Conservatism) to find an assortment of traits scattered in addition to the shortages of empathy and tolerance and brilliance. The personalities are not carbon copies of one another.
It is worth noting that snake oil salesmen made their money on rubes who were as impressed by the flashy Medicine Wagon rolling into town as they were by the pitchman.
It is worth noting that poor white people find solace in assurances that poor black people will always be less human than they are. God loves white people.
Poor white people are better than everyone, not just black. Brown, yellow, red, gay, Irish, Arab. Niggers, micks, spics, chinks, wetbacks, towel-heads. The short form has become immigrants but it doesn’t adequately include faggots and native Americans.
Unempathetic, intolerant and average-to-below-average intelligence are the markers of Trump supporters and Conservatives. I will be long dead before the supporters of Conservatism are identified in a different way.
Fuck ’em. They try my tolerance. I am no longer interested in negotiating with them. Or informing them. I want to work around them to render their mindsets irrelevant to governance.
Unfortunately, the bell curve shows the numbers are on their side.
It’s not just me.
…and in the end…
“They had learned nothing and forgotten nothing.” – Talleyrand
Does this thing get archived somewhere or just vaporize?
Goodbye, Farewell and Amen…
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