Friday, October 13, 2017

Trumping Obamacare Schadenfreude

A lot of new developments since the last update, but lets get back and remind ourselves why Obamacare sucks for the country (although it can be a pretty sweet deal, especially if you're an insurance company):

Obamacare's death spiral continues: Democrats Need To Admit That ObamaCare Failed. But that would require honesty and self-reflection. As Deadline Approaches, Anthem Pulls Out Of Obamacare Exchange In Maine. Thank Susan Collins. Michelle Malkin reports Obama Lied. My FOURTH Health Plan Died. Mary Katherine Ham  Schools #Resistance troll in back-and-forth over Obamacare. Trolls are notoriously difficult to school. Majority of Households Paying Obamacare Penalty Are Low and Middle-Income. And probably not Obama voters.

Just an ancient history link now Obamacare’ survives; GOP concedes on last-gasp repeal try  The Republican Fight to Repeal Obamacare Is 'Dead as a Doornail.' For Now. So now you tell us Lindsey Graham: I Didn’t Really Know What I Was Doing On Health Care, And Neither Did Other Republicans. You might have thought about that before the last election.  Why The Republican Health-Care Bill Keeps Coming Back From The Dead. Because it needs to.  John McCain Ran On Repealing Obamacare. He Broke His Promise. Yep, and he seems to be heading the same way on tax reform for the same reason. Then he could always vote with some Democrats.  He should just officially change his party registration. But then he wouldn't be a "maverick" (a little lost cow). Pro-Lifers Call Obamacare Repeal Failure ‘Unacceptable’- Failure to defund Planned Parenthood infuriates pro-life groups. It infuriates me too, and I'm not exactly pro-life. GOP Lawmaker: McConnell Snubs 'Judeo-Christianity Land,' Moses by Not Repealing ObamacareDISPATCHES FROM THE HOUSE OF STEPHANOPOULOS: ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir Gushes to Kimmel: People ‘Will Remember’ Your ‘Bravery’ ‘Standing Up’ For Health Care. Flashback: George Stephanopoulos discloses $75,000 contribution to Clinton Foundation.

Jump forward a few days and find Trump says he called Schumer to broker deal with Democrats for ‘a great HealthCare Bill’, which is basically a way to guarantee further Democratic obstruction. Then something interesting started to happen. Trump found his pen and phone, and started gutting Obamacare: Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama Rule on Birth-Control Coverage. So the nuns don't have to pay for birth control anymore. Trump Executive Order Would Give People An Out From ObamaCare; Dems Want To 'Save' ObamaCare By Closing All The Exits. And  Trump Drains Obamacare’s Regulatory Swamp:
Having provoked much progressive sputtering and head spinning last Friday by issuing new regulations weakening the notorious HHS contraception mandate, President Trump is poised to sign an executive order that will further dry up Obamacare’s regulatory morass. The Wall Street Journal reports that the order will expand enrollee options restricted by the Obama administration — allowing coverage to be purchased through association health plans, encouraging the sale of short-term medical insurance, and permitting pretax funds from health reimbursement accounts (HRAs) to be used for premiums on health plans. The impending order has already drawn satisfying charges of “sabotage” from Obamacare apologists.
Rand Paul Says Trump’s Obamacare Order ‘Has The Potential To Be Amazing’
“Millions of people are going to choose it and it doesn’t force people to do anything,” Paul said. “My plan today that the president enacted costs zero.”
Trump: ‘We’re Going to Have Great Health Care Across State Lines’, then  President Trump Signs Executive Order That Will Allow Sale of Health Insurance Across State Lines
The order is intended to expand choices to current Obamacare plans and increase competition so that costs come down for consumers.

"The time has come to give Americans the freedom to purchase health insurance across state lines, which will create a truly competitive national marketplace that will bring costs way down and provide far better care," President Trump said.
Trump On ObamaCare Insurer Subsidies: Guess What? We Checked The Budget And The Constitution, And …"Surprise! It turns out that Congress didn’t fund direct subsidy payments to health insurers." And then the final (at least so far) cut: Trump declares Obamacare payments illegal; deals second blow to health law. Well, we all knew that the payments were not authorized by Congress, and thus illegal, but democrats had been ignoring that little detail. By way of Wombat-socho's "In The Mailbox: 10.12.17". Powerline explains how Trump Takes An Important First Step On Healthcare
The Washington Post, of course, went into a hissy fit: Trump to end key ACA subsidies, a move that will threaten the law’s marketplaces Trump to end key ACA subsidies, a move that will threaten the law’s marketplaces. Well yes, because they were being illegally subsidized. If you don't like it, fix it. Trump moves from firing shots at Obamacare to all-out warTrump’s Obamacare order could destroy the health-care system. No, but it could destroy Obamacare, which is a good thing. Throwing a bomb into the insurance markets, Trump now owns the broken health-care system. It's still got Obama's name on it.

The Brits got into the act, with the Daily Mail intoning Trump to end subsidy payments to Obamacare insurers in a move derided by Democrats as 'spiteful act of vast, pointless sabotage'

State AGs ready to sue Trump over health care subsidies. You won't be able to guess which states, right?

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