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

  1. Joy Reid‏ @JoyAnnReid · 5h 5 hours ago
    What you’re witnessing tonight in the United States Senate is the weaponization
    of pure, unmitigated greed. Lobbyists are writing the bill in pen at the last minute.
    And Republicans are no longer even pretending to care about anyone but the
    super rich. What a shameful night.


  2. … Cliff Schecter joins us to discuss the huge news of Michael Flynn’s guilty plea, and …

    Published on Dec 1, 2017
    On Friday, the disputed acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said in a court
    filing that she plans to seek a preliminary injunction against rival acting director Mick Mulvaney and the Trump administration. She will file the injuction by Dec. 5.
    President Donald Trump named Mulvaney, the White House budget director, as acting director of the
    CFPB on Nov. 24. This followed the departure of the director, who had named the agency’s deputy
    director, Leandra English, to temporarily succeed him.
    A federal judge this week refused to block Trump’s appointment of Mulvaney to lead the consumer
    watchdog agency. English, though, is continuing to pursue the issue and indicated in a court filing
    she would file a motion of preliminary injunction against Mulvaney and the Trump administration
    by Dec. 5.

    $400 billion from Medicare
    straight to the 1%
    It is a Robbery. An actual Robbery

    SocialSecurityWorks‏ @SSWorks · 11h 11 hours ago
    51 Republican Senators Just Voted to Cut $400 Billion From Medicare: #GOPTaxScam

  4. Alt Dept of ED Retweeted

    Eric Waldo‏ @ewwaldo · 15h 15 hours ago
    Eric Waldo Retweeted John Weaver

    From the man who ran @JohnKasich’s campaign. #GOPTaxBill

    John Weaver‏ @JWGOP
    This is a mean-spirited, revengeful tax bill
    which will harm millions of working poor &
    middle class families, while rewarding the
    ultra rich and ultra connected. Shame on the
    congressional wing of the GOP. But the
    Tsunami is coming . . .
    6:29 PM – 1 Dec 2017

    Sam Seaborn‏ @SamSeaborn
    There will be marches. There will be voter
    registration drives like never before. And
    there will be a sea change in 2018.
    6:03 AM – 2 Dec 2017

    Alt Dept of ED‏ @Alt_DeptofED · 4h 4 hours ago
    Amen. That’s what’s next. Let’s do this America. #VoteThemOut


    Trump Is Not to Blame for the Devastating Republican Tax Bill
    They would have passed the same damn thing with any other Republican in the White House.

    …This is also why so many longtime conservative fetish objects got stuffed into this big barrel of botulism. Lisa Murkowski’s price was oil drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge. (Murkowski at least struck a hard bargain. Collins got bought off with a promise that there will be no Medicare cuts in the future, which…) There was the comical attempt to slip in an exemption for Christian Hillsdale College, which has rehabilitated its image from the days when its president was accused of having an affair with his son’s wife. This failed because it was too ridiculous even for this bill, but I’m fairly sure it will be back. One amendment failed because it was handwritten and nobody could read it. We all really ducked a bullet there, boy.

    The entire process was shot through with a contempt for democracy, and for “regular order,” which suddenly became less important for McCain than it used to be a few months ago. That’s because the bill itself was built on a foundation of contempt for the notion that, in a democracy, we all have a stake in what the government does, and for the notion that we have certain values and principles in common upon which we act. The bill that passed the Senate early Saturday morning has been consistently, wildly unpopular. It passed anyway.

    When its full effects descend on the country, there will be a great outcry about how the government is entirely corrupt and about how it has grown so distant from the people it was designed to serve. “Politicians” will be blamed, irrespective of party. “Politics” will be blamed, irrespective of ideology. Alienation and anger will rise and, very likely, another demagogue will appear, more competent than the present one, and he will ride that alienation and anger into power, and the whole thing will happen all over again.

    The Republicans will have no problem with that, either. In fact, they’re counting on it.


    Separately but Equally, Trump and Netanyahu Undermine the Law to Escape Prosecution

    …Both leaders seem to be suffering from an acute condition of l’etat c’est moi,  and even worse. They behave as if their personal fate is far more important than the welfare of the countries the lead. They have impugned the integrity of criminal proceedings and shaken the public’s confidence in impartial investigators, prosecutors and judges. The outrage they have been whipping up among their core supporters against legal authorities pits democratic institutions against sizeable parts of public opinion, creating a crisis of confidence that may very well linger on long after they leave public life…


    Why I Think Trump Is Finished (And My Work Is Done)

    By Keith Olbermann

    I am confident now, even more so than I have been throughout the last year, that this nightmare presidency of Donald John Trump will end prematurely—and end soon. And I am thus also confident that this is the correct moment to end this series of commentaries.

    The important stuff first.

    There are seven routes in front of Trump. Each, inevitably, ends in his impeachment or resignation. The first, the likeliest, became a thousand times more likely with the Thanksgiving news of a possible deal between Robert Mueller and General Michael Flynn…

  8. Trump is crazy for doing this and itching for a war. And he may get it. The Middle East is that unsettled.

  9. MSNBC Fires Sam Seder, Caves In To Weird Mike Cernovich

    In this Majority Report clip, Sam Seder discuss how MSNBC decided to cave in to weird Mike Cernovich and part ways with Sam over an old tweet that criticized rape-apologists.

  10. Juan Cole Retweeted

    Wajahat Ali‏ @WajahatAli · 13h 13 hours ago
    .@MSNBC rehires @SamSeder after succumbing to a hateful, bigoted right wing bully’s campaign. @CNN you can rehire @rezaaslan.

    Alyona‏ @AlyonaMink · 5h 5 hours ago

    Had a chat with @ASE about Trump’s Jerusalem decision for @Salon about how
    aside from Trump, Kushner’s self motivation, this also reflects America’s
    longstanding bias on Israel.
    2 minute^ autoplay ^video at link


    Sarah Huckabee Sanders Being A Real Poot Lips About Civil Rights Hero John Lewis

    …So Sanders opened her mouth about it, and POOT LIPS came out:

    “We think it’s unfortunate that these members of Congress wouldn’t join the President in honoring the incredible sacrifice civil rights leaders made to right the injustices in our history,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday. “The President hopes others will join him in recognizing that the movement was about removing barriers and unifying Americans of all backgrounds.”

    Dave Weigel already had the only proper reaction to that statement, so we’ll just paste that:

    It’s uhhhh unfortunate that John Lewis won’t honor the sacrifices made by…[looks down at notes]…John Lewis.


  12. Lawrence O’Donnell @Lawrence
    Tonight @SamSeder gets @TheLastWord at 10pm!
    7:14 PM – Dec 8, 2017

    Yes, but not the very last word.

    Sam was on for 5 minutes beginning at 33 minutes past the top of the hour.


    This country ranks No. 1 for ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ (it’s not America)

    Published: Dec 9, 2017 2:57 p.m. ET

    …Norway was No. 1 out of 155 countries on the “World Happiness Report,” up from No. 4 last year, followed by Denmark (last year’s No. 1), Iceland and Switzerland. The U.S. was trailing at No. 14. These four countries rank highly on all the main factors found to support happiness: caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance…

    …The U.S showed less social support, less sense of personal freedom, lower donations, and more perceived corruption of government and business, it said. “America’s crisis is, in short, a social crisis, not an economic crisis… Almost all of the policy discourse in Washington, D.C. centers on naïve attempts to raise the economic growth rate, as if a higher growth rate would somehow heal the deepening divisions and angst in American society. This kind of growth-only agenda is doubly wrong-headed.”…


  14. 06:07
    From Friday, Published on Saturday.


    Ryan J. Reilly‏ @ryanjreilly · 4h 4 hours ago
    Six people arrested the day of Trump’s inauguration are currently on trial in D.C.
    The government concedes they didn’t engage in any destruction or violence, yet
    they’re facing a plethora of felony charges. #j20

  15. Promising to ‘Make Our Planet Great Again,’ Macron lures 13 US climate scientists to France
    Washington Post 10h ago
    Trump is making America great again by increasing exports of scientists.


    What I Saw Inside Roy Moore’s Barn Burner
    The message made zero sense. People lapped it up.

    …At the risk of sounding like every liberal Yankee bogeyman flitting through the minds of the assembled, this event was completely nuts. It was a naked appeal to unreason. It was the Rose Parade of empowered ignorance. It was the Royal Wedding of Stupid and Mean. It was the Celebration of the Lizard Brain. The Id was in the saddle, and it was riding the crowd, and the barker at this particular carnival of fools was quite happy to bring all the suckers in out of the Alabama dark and into the freak show he’d created…

    The excerpt above is not Charles Pierce in full castigation mode, but he gets there before he’s done.


    Rep. Dan Johnson dies of ‘probable suicide’ days after being accused of sexual abuse

    Rep. Dan Johnson has died by “a probable suicide,” just two days after allegations surfaced that he had sexually abused a teenage girl at the church where he was a pastor.

    Bullitt County Coroner David Billings said Johnson was found with a single gun shot wound to the head at Greenwell Ford Road in Mount Washington. The spot is called the River Bottoms…

    …Johnson was accused by a woman of molesting her when she was 17 after a New Year’s party in 2012, according to a wide-ranging report published Monday by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting…

  18. Medics, Observers & a Journalist Face 50 Years in Prison in
    First Trial of J20 Inauguration Protests

    Published on Dec 15, 2017
    (Democracy Now )

  19. The Growing Case for Impeaching Donald Trump,
    From Lawlessness and Corruption to Abuse of

    Dec.15 (DN)

  20. Hi guys,

    Toni has been in the hospital since the 8th. She got sick and just kept feeling worse so she checked in. She’s undergoing a battery of tests, which can be worse than the illness. I talked to her yesterday and she was pretty wiped out. Will give an update soon as I learn more.

  21. @johnson:
    Thank You for the info.
    I figured that the firing of Sam from MSNBC was what may have been the final disappointment,
    in a long list of continuing daily bombardments of very bad news stories or events.
    It’s just All Too Much.


  22. Missing ToniD and came here hoping for an update. Thanks, Chris, for the latest. Good to read the posts. Thanks guys for filling in for our intrepid editor. Sending Toni more healing thoughts and prayers. Hugs to ALL!


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