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.
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.
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.
“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.
Our favorite Earth-Bound Misfit translates the convoluted tale told by the Secretary of the Treasury about the trip he made with his wife to the heart of the solar eclipse in order not to watch it. Although they saw it kind of by accident, out of politeness to the local rubes.
Good News. John McCain criticizes fellow Republicans for denying basic climate science. Green Eagle points out the bad news. John McCain has no idea of their motives. Really? It’s not obvious?
The White House wants ESPN to fire Jemele Hill for calling out our President as a white supremacist. North Carolina pastor John Pavlovitz is skeptical. As he says with a bit of sarcasm, nothing says “we’re not white supremacists,” like a bunch of white people publicly bullying a woman of color. If racism is nothing more than a rhetorical bludgeon, then insulting our president is bad. If it is a fact-based charge that can be demonstrated or falsified, we should look to evidence. Pastor Pavlovitz considers publicly available evidence.
M. Bouffant at Web of Evil looks into competing theories on why Steve Bannon appears on camera in nationally broadcast interviews wearing multiple shirts at the same time. I kind of like the conspiracy one: television technicians tried to change the colors of Bannon, and (I suppose) all his shirts, so they would clash.
The Moderate Voice relays the news: London seems to have been targeted by a failed terrorist device which subjected 22 people to mostly minor injuries. Other countries expressed support and solidarity. My President offered a rhetorical attack on England. Well, of course.
Mexico has offered help and prayers to Texas before retreating to their own national damage. But as Irma follows up, with more potential trouble forming in the Atlantic, Neil Bamforth at MadMikesAmerica reports that Northern England is sending boatloads of sarcastic understatement. Nice. Could that be a reaction by citizens against our wayward president?
This week’s note in Trumpian ‘Alternative Facts’ comes from the Atlantic Magazine, with a detailed examination of President Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity. Seems the premise of the panel is firmly contradicted by the evidence presented. Turns out it really is all about voter suppression.