Obamacare Repeal Rears Its Ugly Head Again

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From Ted McLaughlin at jobsanger:

Their new plan eliminates the federal insurance subsidies, and federal medicaid payments. Instead, it sends block grants to each state for that state to come up with their own health plan. It also lowers the amount of money that the states that expanded Medicaid will get, and raises the amount the states that didn’t expand Medicaid will get.

This is an admission by Washington Republicans that they are incapable of coming up with a plan to provide Americans with health insurance, so they are punting the ball to the individual states. You can bet the Republican states will continue to deny heal insurance to many of their citizens, while Democratic states will have to drop many from their insurance programs (or increase their state budgets to cover them). The plan also gives states the right to petition to remove any of Obamacare’s requirements — like coverage for pre-existing conditions.

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The Art of the Stall

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From Evan Sarzin at The Moderate Voice:

One negotiation theory holds that your opponent will give in if you’re unpredictable, maybe really unhinged. Take North Korea, for example. Kim Jung-Un gets people thinking that he’s a rabid dog who’s broken into his master’s cocaine stash. He may say he’d drop a nuclear bomb on the US even though he knows that we’d turn the Hermit Kingdom into a radioactive sinkhole. That’s why he hasn’t done it and probably never will. The Crazy Card works only when the other guy believes it, doesn’t know when it will happen and has a lot more to lose. Still, the lunatic might extort some lagniappe, like reduced sanctions because, well, you never know.

A career spent playing the Crazy Card against banks, bankruptcy trustees and trade creditors may convince a person – maybe a real estate developer-that outrageous behavior and the threat of self-destruction will always scare his enemies into submission. When it comes to government work, though, that particular ploy isn’t transferable.

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Rescinding of DACA and Restoration of Governmental Balance of Powers

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From T. Paine at Saving Common Sense:

Long before President Obama, specifically via his Department of Homeland Security, approved the unconstitutional directive to prevent the deportation of the children of illegal immigrants, he correctly stated no less than 22 separate times that he did not have the constitutional authority to overturn, amend, or violate existing immigration law that was duly passed. Regarding a theoretical executive branch mandate granting amnesty to illegal immigrants, President Obama specifically stated that,

“… for me to – simply through Executive Order – ignore those Congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.”

And yet, President Obama proceeded with his un-constitutional DACA directive anyway.

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Man in Center of Political Spectrum Under Impression He Is Less Obnoxious

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From The Onion:

“We’re never going to get anywhere in this country if you lunatics keep foaming at the mouth about some one-sided fantasyland,” said Levin, 32, who despite characterizing those who do not stand precisely equidistant between two ideological extremes as “raving fanatics” and repeatedly interrupting people before they can fully explain their “nutjob” beliefs, reportedly seems to think he is, in fact, much more civil.

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Free Speech, Cassini Crash Triumph, Trump Supremacist, Bad Bannon

Today, in Hospitality News

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From tengrain at Mock Paper Scissors:

I guess that Marriott didn’t finish reading those articles about the Cajun Navy rescuing people:

HIGH AND DRY Tourists on hurricane-hit Caribbean isle of St Thomas left ‘stranded’ when Marriott rescue ship refused to let non-guests board despite having ‘200 spare seats’

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