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

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  5. Hi guys,

    I wasn’t completely honest the other day when I posted about Toni. When I called her, she had just found out she has advanced lung cancer. She’s been moved from the hospital to a hospice facility. I don’t have the location yet.

    Michele talked to her last and got the update about going to hospice. Michele wrote Sam to let him know and he replied immediately with a heartfelt message to Toni which I should be able to share with you shortly.

    I’m at a loss of “good” words. There aren’t good enough words that I know to honor her. I never anticipated this day coming. Our extended blog family has migrated to different places but the common thread is still there and that thread is Toni. None of us worked 1/10 as much as she did to keep on top of things. She never stopped, never.

    Presently she’s understandably not in a frame of mind to talk much. She has friends and family with her taking care of her.

    I’ll post back her when I know more but you all should have my contact info. If not is still good for email.

    Take care

  6. @johnson: Here’s Sam’s message to toniD.

    Am very sorry to hear of your illness. I just wanted you to know how much I have appreciated your support, your emails and your contributions to the blog over the years. I remember the days of sunshine jim, cat chew, sandra mcgee pb true & mhappenow on the old blog fondly. Listeners like you have made my job special and I will always be grateful for that. Thank You


  7. Foolstide et al.

    America’s War on Christmas

    ​Today when we hear people talk about the so-called war on Christmas, it is a battlecry of Christians who feel they have a monopoly on the winter holidays. A common refrain being Christ is the reason for the season. But in Early America, Christmas was outlawed as a criminal act, or was viewed as having no consequence at all by some of our founding forefathers–especially those of Puritan background…

    …In colonial America, the Puritanical leaders ( I am including the Pilgrims in this group) felt that Christmas was indeed a ‘Pagan’ celebration (as explained by Puritan leadership including the minister Increase Mather of Massachusetts Colony, such festivities were rooted in the practices of Saturnalia) and the observance of the holiday was heretical and had no part of building the Godly society they had fled Europe to create. In addition to the umbrage they took to those Satanical practices, the Puritans were also anti Christmas because the Bible did not talk about celebrating the nativity, nor being clear on when it was, therefore the Puritans viewed it as not being a part of their religious observation. Their attitude created the original American ‘War on Christmas’, of course they preferred to call Christmas ‘Foolstide’, in part because only the ungodly fools would celebrate such ‘Satanical Practices’, and no doubt as a further scathing reference to the ‘Lord of Misrule’ seen in some Christmas traditions found in parts of Europe, including England…

  8. @johnson: Yes, Toni has made the world a better place. She has provided so much information which has given us the ability to stand up for justice and join her in working for betterment. Love you, ToniD.



    When Donald Trump and the Republican party unveiled its precious tax legislation, outside analysts immediately noted that the bill seemed designed to favor a slim subset of Americans. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, for example, found that almost a third of the plan’s benefits would go to the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans in 2018. But the president has repeatedly belied that fact as he’s plugged the policy, even claiming on a call to Senate Democrats that his accountant told him he would “get killed” as a result of the legislation. “The deal is so bad for rich people, I had to throw in the estate tax just to give them something,” he added.

    But the president, who departed for the gilded halls of the Winter White House Friday night, quickly changed his tune when surrounded by his fellow moneyed elite. According to CBS News, Trump attended a holiday dinner just hours after signing the tax bill into law, where he told friends, “You all just got a lot richer.” (Initiation fees at Mar-a-Lago reportedly ring in at $200,000, and the club’s annual membership fee is $14,000.)…

    Let’s recap, shall we?

    …his accountant told him he would “get killed” as a result of the legislation. “The deal is so bad for rich people, I had to throw in the estate tax just to give them something,” he added.


    …he told friends,“You all just got a lot richer.”

  10. I just posted this on FB and wanted to share here as well:

    Just had a long chat with Toni. She is resting comfortably, with one little issue, her bed isn’t working correctly and b/c of the holidays there’s a skeleton crew and no one to fix it. Other than that they are keeping her comfortable and she’s getting plenty of visits from her grandsons, nephews, friends and neighbors.

    First thing I did was to read her the email from Sam Seder and then when she thought that was all, I played the clip of him mentioning her on Friday’s show. She was already in pretty good spirits but I think Sam’s stuff boosted her a lot.

    She’s itching to get up and move around having been stuck in bed for a week but isn’t sure when that will happen. She sounded a lot more like her old self today.

    She wanted me to tell everyone that she’s thinking about you, she sends her love and wants everyone to have a very Merry Christmas.

    She says she’s up for more calls (we talked about 30 minutes) so I’ll check back in tomorrow and post another update.

    Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

  11. Time for another Toni DiPego Update:

    She had a very full Christmas Day with one visitor after another, almost too much of a good thing!

    She sounded better today but still is stuck on a mostly liquid diet, so that has to be torture for a lover of good food like Toni.

    Everyone is seeing to her needs and has stocked her cabinets full of things she asked for.
    We talked about our families and family history. We didn’t talk any politics, why ruin a perfectly good Christmas Day? She sends her love and best wishes and hopes everyone had a great Christmas.

  12. @johnson:

    Thanks for that.
    Because I had the day off from work, it was a rare chance to watch the show live.
    And as I remember it was at the start of the show that Sam spoke about Toni.
    Also I noticed Sandy McGee was commenting about Toni in the fast scrolling youtube chat pane.

    and thanks to Michele for contacting Sam !

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  16. Toni DiPego Update

    Today she was not having a good day. I didn’t recognize her on the phone and had to ask “Is this Toni?” She was very confused, drifting in and out, but she did say to send her love to everyone. We talked maybe 10 minutes but this is all I can tell you.

    I learned later that they think it’s gotten to the brain. I’m sad to say it may be down to hoping for an easy passing. 💔

  17. Toni passed away this morning at 6:50 CDT. There aren’t words right now except she never stopped trying.


    Trump’s New York Times Interview Is a Portrait of a Man in Cognitive Decline
    I don’t care whether Michael Schmidt was tough enough. We’ve got bigger problems.

    DEC 29, 2017

    …Over the past 30 years, I’ve seen my father and all of his siblings slide into the shadows and fog of Alzheimer’s Disease. (the president’s father developed Alzheimer’s in his 80s.) In 1984, Ronald Reagan debated Walter Mondale in Louisville and plainly had no idea where he was. (Would that someone on the panel had asked him. He’d have been stumped.) Not long afterwards, I was interviewing a prominent Alzheimer’s researcher for a book I was doing, and he said, “I saw the look on his face that I see every day in my clinic.” In the transcript of this interview, I hear in the president*’s words my late aunt’s story about how we all walked home from church in the snow one Christmas morning, an event I don’t recall, but that she remembered so vividly that she told the story every time I saw her for the last three years of her life.

    In this interview, the president* is only intermittently coherent. He talks in semi-sentences and is always groping for something that sounds familiar, even if it makes no sense whatsoever and even if it blatantly contradicts something he said two minutes earlier. To my ears, anyway, this is more than the president*’s well-known allergy to the truth. This is a classic coping mechanism employed when language skills are coming apart…

    Remember toniD.

  19. @Cat Chew:

    Great Find !
    so Toni was a tree climber as a kid (September 21, 2004 11:00 PM)
    that made me smile just now, can’t believe we’ve read the last of her : (

    I remember trying to read that old blog while listening to the show at night,
    3 years before making a 1st blog posting.

    those fights with “war dog”, “nobody”, and later “part of the 97 percent” were


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    Several clueless and inadvertently funny reviews from irate viewers are included in the link above.


    Michele Bachmann Might Run For Franken’s Senate Seat … On A Mission FROM GOD!!

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    In an interview last week with the late Tammy Faye Bakker’s husband, Food Buckets McWirefraud, Bachmann said that she’d heard from lots of not-imaginary people who would love for her to run for Al Franken’s senate seat — which, after the Recent Unpleasantness, he resigned from today. However, rather than getting started on her campaign right away, she has decided to wait around for a signal from God. Like a modern-day Joan of Arc…


    Dave Barry’s 2017 Year in Review: Did that really happen?

    …There’s one thing we definitely remember happening in 2017: the “fidget spinner” fad. This was huge, and for a good reason: It was extremely stupid. In terms of mental stimulation, fidget-spinning makes nose-picking look like three-dimensional chess. You mindlessly spin the thing around and around, accomplishing nothing. It’s an idiotic, brain-cell-destroying waste of time.

    So it was the perfect fad for 2017…

    Much, much more at the link.


    You’re Not NeverTrump Unless You’re NeverRyan and NeverMcConnell
    The Republican Party’s brain disease has seized full control.

    …Not long ago, the Republicans defending the president* committed themselves to a line of defense that depended vitally on the FISA warrant issued against the Trump campaign having been prompted by the now-famous—and largely substantiated—“Steele dossier.” They then broke a lot of rock trying to convince people a) that the dossier was a fake, and that b) it was a Democratic plant in the first place. That particular barricade detonated over the past few weeks.

    First, we learned that the warrant was prompted by the fact that a Trump aide named George Papadopolous drank himself sockless in a London wine bar and ran his mouth to an Australian diplomat. (Pro tip: drinking with Aussies is not for amateurs.) Then, the two principals in the firm that engaged Steele’s services wrote a savage op-ed denouncing the Republican efforts to investigate the investigators as a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a sham of two mockeries of a sham.

    Now, it appears, the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are so dedicated to protecting a dangerously incompetent president that they’re willing to do almost anything. Grassley is just an old crank having fun in his legislative dotage, but the conversion of Lindsey Graham into a Southern-fried Lewandowski has been a dark wonder to behold. I’m not an adherent to conspiracies about kompromat but, Jesus H. Christ on a covert wiretap, this transformation cannot be explained by conventional political science…

  25. Evidence is growing about the Tangerine Toddler.

    It appears that, in a head-to-head contest, he cannot win a problem-solving contest against a tangerine or a toddler.

  26. @Jmach1P: This article is a fascinating read and I have reposted it to Facebook with a hat tip to you and — our dear Toni would have liked it and maybe even shared it on FB.

    I CAME HERE because I was missing Toni. I do hope we carry on in her memory. Peace hugs,

  27. @Crank Bait: Rachel did a chilling piece last night on this and related (scary) issues which demonstrate the Republicans far overreach and intolerable power grab. I plan to rewatch the show/segment via the MSNBC iPhone/iPad app which I would recommend. It streams MSNBC live and the last one or two episodes of the various shows. You have to be able to sign in via a company. I keep my daughter’s Time Warner/ Spectrum ID/password handy as …

  28. @Kate Anne: …. as they will ask for it every so often. (Keyboard froze.) I don’t have cable at the granny condo as I am helping with grand baby Levi a lot and staying overnight. I even use the app at Levi’s when I don’t have easy access to the cable TV. He prefers Little Baby Bum on YouTube (via the connected Roku box).

  29. @Kate Anne:

    The bullshit voter fraud commission ends.
    The bullshit investigation of Christopher Steele begins.

    The GOP is hard at work…
    …not governing.


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