You may lose your coverage, but he has some stock tips for you

Just in case you may have been under the illusion that the failure of Republicans’ efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act meant that Obamacare is safe for now, we’d like to remind you that even though the ACA remains the law of the land, we have a president who is quite sure it’s dead, and he’s appointed plenty of people to help pull the plug. Law? What law? All they see is a bunch of administrative opportunities to make the ACA fail, since it is, after all, a failure. The Daily Beast has a jaw-dropping look at some of the ways the Trumpers are busily using the administrative machinery of government to subvert a law that’s still on the books, because after all, that’s what a minority of Americans elected them to do.

For instance, a portion of the budget for the Department of Health and Human Services is dedicated to producing ads encouraging people to sign up for the ACA during open enrollment, informing people of the benefits, and so on. Under new HHS secretary Tom Price, who’s excited at the prospect of repealing the ACA, those funds are going to the creation of videos arguing the ACA has harmed ordinary Americans’ healthcare. There’s a whole bunch of them prominently displayed at the HHS Youtube site (autoplay video at link):

Meet the nice mom whose severely disabled 22-year-old son will lose his Medicaid benefits, she says, because when Medicaid was expanded in Illinois, the state legislature voted to accommodate the “able-bodied” new enrollees by cutting care for people with disabilities.

We think maybe the problem there is with the Illinois legislature’s priorities, not with the ACA? Several rightwing groups have argued that Medicaid expansion has siphoned care away from the “truly needy” to lazy takers, but of course, the people covered by the expansion tend to have real health needs, and most are employed in low-paying jobs that don’t provide health benefits.

The costs of the ACA expansion are covered 100% by the federal government, so if Illinois is distributing the funding in a way that hurts people, that sounds to us like an argument for fixing that issue, not throwing millions off healthcare. But maybe if Medicaid is slashed by $800 billion, state legislators will decide to help only the most desperately needy, and this young man will get the care he needs. Or not? In any case, this video is a classic case of Republican propaganda: pit one group of disadvantaged Americans against another in a battle of Who Deserves Help? How about helping everyone, and not giving an enormous tax cut to the top 2 percent of Americans?

The video ends with this useful announcement:

These videos were paid for with funds meant to promote the ACA — and those same funds were used for travel and lodging for the people who appear in them, to tell America how terrible the ACA is:

Getting the subjects to HHS’ studio also cost taxpayer money. In this case, the White House itself found individuals, often through local news stories and Republican Party connections, and flew them to Washington, D.C., to participate in roundtables to discuss Obamacare. From there, they were whisked across town to HHS headquarters […]

Dr. Ryan Stanton of Kentucky is critical of Obamacare but also acknowledges that the legislation has been beneficial in certain respects. He’s also uncertain about Republican-authored replacements. When he sat down for a recording at the HHS studio he said it “felt like they were pushing for a harder line against Obamacare” than he was delivering.

“I don’t think mine was the exact message they were looking for of, ‘Oh, let’s march against Obamacare,’” he recalled. “It was clearly an effort to push the repeal and replace.”

And indeed, Dr. Stanton doesn’t sound like a guy who’s “burdened” by the ACA — he sounds like a guy who’d like to see it fixed.

Oh, but beyond turning the ACA promo budget into a vehicle to subvert the ACA, there’s more. The official HHS Twitter feed is now sending out messages encouraging healthy eating, exercise, regular checkups, and OMG OBAMACARE IS DOOMED!

Similarly, the HHS website has been revised to propagandize against the law that HHS is supposed to administer:

In the Obama administration, this piece of online real estate featured direct links for consumers to apply for coverage and infographic breakdowns of the ACA’s benefits and critical dates. Since Trump was inaugurated, it has been retrofitted into an bulletin board for information critical of the law.

Where the old site had a direct link to the portal to shop for insurance, the HHS site now links to a page encouraging visitors to go through a private insurance broker. Other information is just plain harder to find — a link to a “plain English” explanation of how the ACA works has been replaced with a link to the difficult-to-read legislative text of the ACA law itself, to prove that it’s scary and confusing. In future iterations, the page may simply be replaced with a big red sign reading GET A JOB, LOSER.

Andy Slavitt, the former acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under Obama, says the impact of the changes — we’ve only listed a few — is difficult to measure, but it’s definitely real:

I think uncertainty causes people to freeze […] So I think it is quite impactful. And look, you’re not hired into the administration to decide whether you agree with the law you’re asked to execute. That’s not your job… Congress appropriates funds for you to carry out laws that they passed, not to spend those funds on activities that counteract those laws.

That’s crazy talk. Next you’ll be saying the EPA is there to protect the environment instead of to help drill for oil.

Congressional Democrats are trying to fight against turning HHS into an agency that subverts instead of carrying out the law, but so far, Price hasn’t responded to letters from senators asking what the hell he’s doing. They may have more success with a complaint to the Government Accountability Office, requesting an investigation of whether HHS is misusing its publicity budget.

Go read the whole Daily Beast piece, and be ready to get mad. The hellish thing is that stopping the legislative effort to repeal the ACA may be easier than dealing with this behind-the-office-door fuckery. It’s easier to say “vote no” than it is to make a poster calling for firmer oversight of HHS’s publicity resources, but without Congress telling these bastards to do their jobs, they may very well achieve the goal of making the ACA fail. If they do, we have to make damn sure they own it. And to elect a Democratic Congress in 2018 to put more pressure on agencies like HHS to do their damn jobs.

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  • armed_bears

    Facts schmacts. We wanna repeal what the Kenyan did.

    • therblig

      we will kill as many of our supporters as necessary to make liberals sad.

      • Old town Urbandale

        Every time a liberal cries, a demon gets a pitchfork.

    • JMP

      He was black and liberal, yet he dared to be President and do a great job at it! Grr argh we must destroy his legacy!

  • stankbait

    The Senate and House have decided to approve the ACA (Obamacare)
    For themselves. The rest of us can just go to hell!
    I say fuck those assholes.

  • armed_bears

    And also, too: Billionaire health care mogul and GOP megadonor Mike Fernandez has one message to Republicans who don’t stand up to President Donald Trump: Grow a pair.

    “All the Republicans who hide behind the flag and hide the church, they don’t have the f—— balls to do what it takes,” Fernandez told POLITICO Florida in a telephone interview on Thursday.

    • Old town Urbandale

      He seems nice.

  • Joe Beese
  • Oblios_Cap

    *sigh* In civilized countries, health care is a right.

    • yyyaz

      Civilized countries value their citizens.

  • whitroth

    FUCK. And I can’t speak up, sorry, I like my job, and we’re still doing good, and no, I’m not saying who I work for, and let me paraphrase my late wife’s disclaimer: I do not speak for the US government, my agency, my contracting company, nor the view out my window (assuming I had a window)….

  • Anna Rompage

    Here’s an interesting little factoid, out of 3007 counties in the US, only 38 of do not have an insurance provider to serve them, and they likely would have coverage IF THE FUCKING REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS DIDN’T CUT THE FUCKING FUNDING THAT WAS SUPPOSE TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN INSURANCE COMPANY LOSSES AND PEOPLE’S HEALTHCARE NEEDS… THANK YOU YOU LITTLE WEASELLY PRICK, BABY MARCO…

    There, I feel a little better, what about you?

    • armed_bears

      This is interesting… gotta linky?

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Public Option what?

    • cmd resistor

      Speaking of Mr. Empty Suit Marco, I read he was all for the straight up repeal.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        Because it’s so much better that all 50 states don’t have access to an exchange insurer, as opposed to a handful of counties


    • Eileen Besse

      I, too, live in Floriduh. Ditto.

    • whitroth

      There’s only 3007 counties in the US? That figure seems low, since I think TX, alone, has over 1000 counties.

      • armed_bears

        254 in Texas… as a recovering Texan, I know this reflexively.

        • theblackdog

          I really hope their schools don’t make you fill in a map with all the county names.

        • whitroth

          I’m a naturalized Texan – my late wife was a native, and we lived in Austin from the mid-eighties to the mid-nineties, so I’ve forgotten. Maybe I’m thinking of the number of amendments to the state Constitution….

        • Christopher Smith

          Isn’t it wonderful to be in recovery from Texass? I’ve never looked back :D

      • armed_bears

        As of 2013, the United States has 3,007 counties and 137 county equivalents for a total of 3,144 counties and county equivalents. The number of counties per state ranges from the 3 counties of Delaware to the 254 counties of Texas.

    • nope. i’m likely to lose my job sooner than i thought thanks to this fuckery and i am beyond angry.

  • memzilla Ω

    What needs to be Repealed and Replaced are EVERY FUCKING ONE OF DOLT 45’S APPOINTEES. And the only cure for my quickly-developing chronic stabbiness is a Democratic Congress in 2018. I hope my liver lasts that long.

  • SCK

    Everything about this administration is fucking awful.

  • goonemeritus

    Yes but my liberal Democratic mayor discourages the grazing of sheep on the great lawn of Central Park so both sides………

  • Msgr_MΩment

    It’s like the Federal Gubmint has been infested with a parasite that is using the resources [organs] that are there for their own purposes [metabolism].

    • Shibusa

      It’s the dreaded better-hope-there-are-no-tapes-worm.

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      Time to pledge allegiance to the Flagyl…

  • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

    Those poor white people in those videos.

    • Covfefe

      And the men are all wearing white shirts and ties.

    • the day after the inauguration, they changed all the faintly dark models on HC.Gov to plump white women.

      i kid you not.

  • Joe Beese
    • Msgr_MΩment

      ..until he does…

    • puredog

      IOW, “Bye, Felicia!”

    • canes_pugnaces

      I’d append that: The presidented has no intentions, thoughts or ideas.

  • JMP

    Just like the attacks on welfare that lead to the 90s Welfare Deform Bill, and the attacks on “young bucks” using SNAP cards, these people are disgusting enough to argue that if someone is able bodied they don’t deserve aid. As if good jobs with decent health insurance are just handed out to everyone who wants them. No, evil little asswipes, everyone deserves basic benefits like food and health care.

    And that’s before you get to racial caricatures these monsters use for the alleged undeserving recipients of aid that everyone deserves.

    • TJ Barke

      Take your basic decency back to commieville, muslofascist!

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Tom Price is determined to take the HHS seal literally and start creating human/eagle chimeras. Pass it on.

    • Joe Beese

      What was that thing a while back where some bugfuck politician was saying he wouldn’t support human/animal hybrids?

    • armed_bears

      Government Modified Organisms… better call InfoWars.

  • elviouslyqueer

    And here I was thinking people couldn’t possibly become even more shitty and evil.

    • DrBigHead

      That is kind of a “hold my beer…” statement.

  • Steve Cole

    There are going to be fewer but better Russians …errr… Americans

  • Covfefe

    Early horror stories pushed by Republicans about Obamacare sometimes were pinochioated.

  • cmd resistor

    I may have to stop reading till I get home, as I forgot my morning BP meds and it could be dangerous to keep reading these horrid stories. Not horridly written, but written about horrid things that make me MAD.

  • SayItWithWookies

    “We don’t know how to make a goddamn thing work — we can fuck up a war, for fuck’s sake — but we sure as hell can make stuff suck: Medicare Part D, civil rights, Obamacare, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, the economy — you name it!”

  • Pinkham’s Law
    • SnarkON

      Thank you!

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    Yeah, about that “OMG 14 counties in Nevada won’t have any insurance carriers”. Anthem said in a statement why they’re pulling out, and you’ll never guess why!

    However, the Nevada individual market remains volatile, making planning and pricing for ACA-compliant health plans increasingly difficult due to a shrinking and deteriorating individual market, as well as continual changes and uncertainty in federal operations, rules and guidance, including cost sharing reduction subsidies and the restoration of taxes on fully insured coverage.

    That’s right, Donnie Two Scoops’ continual refusal to do his job is partially if not completely responsible. And now they want to blame the ACA for a system that they broke in the first place!

    • TJ Barke

      And morons will actually believe that it’s the ACA’s fault…

    • canes_pugnaces

      See above. Not a fucking democrat in sight.

    • Shibusa

      Yes. Also, insurers are referring to the increases in premiums right now (spikes largely due to the chaos he’s causing) as a “Trump tax”.

  • (((fka_donnie_d)))

    I’m shocked, shocked I tell you, that all the putative victims of Obamacare seem to share a certain skin tone.

    • therblig

      don’t you remember obama’s first inaugural address when he said, “now, i can get whitey”?

      • CindyinEncinitas

        He was caught on tape saying that to zombie Tupac, right? Good times.

        • theblackdog

          I thought it was with Zombie Biggie Smalls

          • CindyinEncinitas

            Well me being a West Coast girl, I have to assume that he prefers Pac.

    • Joe Beese

      Hey, America’s full of white folks.

      Can’t swing a dead cat in this country without hitting a white person.

      • Me not sure

        Where does the line form?

      • (((fka_donnie_d)))

        Mighty white of you

      • whitroth

        You sound like the kind of person who’d swing a dead cat. Me… I’d like to introduce you to my live cat, who’d like a word (along with some teeth and claws) with you….

        me: no, I’m not an albino, more beige or salmon-colored….

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      they don’t though- I’m plenty white and I stand to lose mine. These fuckers don’t care what color you are or even if you vote GOP- plenty of those dumbfucks will be hurt too. The only difference in their case is that it will be self inflicted…

      • (((fka_donnie_d)))

        I was referring to the photo(s)

        • Zippy W Pinhead


          (my best Emily Litella voice) nevermind

      • whitroth

        My condolences. The bastards.

        Btw, I a) had cancer almost 20 years ago (I got better), b) was on COBRA and rolled off, in ’03-’05, and living in FL, where the fucking insurance co, in 13 mos, increased my premiums 100%, and I had to drop medical insurance (and I quote, “the regulators let us, if you don’t like it, complain to your legislators…”)

      • for sure i’m the whitest girl ever but the ACA is my day job and my insurance and mr fuflans (also white!) just got diagnosed with another blood clot so if we lose pre-ex neither of us will be insurable until medicare.

  • Msgr_MΩment


  • canes_pugnaces

    I’ll say this once, maybe twice or maybe until it changes: where the fuck are the democrats?

    • Joe Beese

      Working to criminalize support for the international boycott of Israel?

      (still mad)

      • canes_pugnaces


      • Me not sure

        Impose an unconstitutional political orthodoxy upon the American people? NEVER!… What?

    • DT

      What do you want them to do? Every time they come out to oppose something people shout them into a corner.

  • SnarkON

    Oh, well. Nevada is basically uninhabitable anyway.

    • anon_the_great

      Or will be soon

      • shastakoala

        But I hear radiation treatments there are fairly inexpensive.

    • CindyinEncinitas

      Except for that bit up around that mountain lake where you can gamble. And the Ponderosa is up there. That was kinda fun.

      • whitroth

        Right, the city built in a stinkin’ desert to launder money for the Mob, you mean?

        • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

          No, the other end of the state – where we actually get snow and grow some things.

        • CindyinEncinitas

          No, this would be the city built in the Sierras to launder money for the Mob after they got done skiing and drinking their toddies, et cetera, and maybe wasting a guy by pushing him off the edge of a double black diamond run.

        • Yellerduck

          Being a Vegas novice; not a gambler and tending more towards remote beaches than cities, I ended up in Vegas on a business trip with my wife. We stayed in the Flamingo, the history of which I found fascinating. One night while we were on the way up to our room, a man who appeared to be from central casting got on the elevator. He was as broad as he was tall, black hair, black suit, probably went by “Knuckles” or something. After he got off, I looked at my wife and said loudly enough to be overheard, “Somebody’s gonna get whacked.” No one laughed.

          • whitroth

            My recent ex and I, and my stepson, were in Reno for the World SF con in ’11, We stayed in the Peppermill, which I can only define as world-class kitsch. Even the then-14-yr-old thought it was tacky.

    • Alan

      Well it is almost Utah.

  • anon_the_great

    The difference between a frustrated Austrian Corporal and a genocidal murderer was a politicized bureaucracy

    • Baconzgood

      *golf clap*

  • Joe Beese


    Q: It’s interesting you said with “great fluidity” since I think people see Trump as often just spouting whatever is on his mind, that it’s all id.

    A: I think it’s a mistake to think he doesn’t know what he is doing when he gives interviews like this. He knows exactly what he’s doing.

    • BreakingDeadMen


  • Joe Beese

    Yesterday, the Trump administration formally named its candidate for the Department of Agriculture’s undersecretary of research, education, and economics, a post that serves as the agency’s chief scientist. Its choice? Sam Clovis, who has no scientific background but is notable primarily for having been a conservative talk-radio host. If approved by the Senate, the US’ attempts to understand climate change’s impact on agriculture will be led by someone who called climate research “junk science.”

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    Al Cowling’s white Bronco was just spotted heading east on I-15 towards Las Vegas at 15 MPH. Sources say he should arrive sometime around October…

    • Joe Beese

      Hey, ladies! He’s available!

    • jesterpunk

      Tomorrow we can drive around this town / And let the cops chase us around / The past is gone but something might be found / To take its place… Hey jealousy

  • Baconzgood

    How much of that map is the Nevada missile test site? Enquiring minds wanna know.

  • Baconzgood

    I’m now passed at Bamz. I an inclined that this whole trump thing is because he insulted a thin skinned, small dick, man baby at a press roast.

    That’s the ONLY way to explain why Trump wants to erase his legacy. He’s fixated on it. Trump is not a well man if he actually spends this much time and effort to be so petty. I guess that’s why Ex-Mrs. Baconz likes him so much.

    • jesterpunk

      How does that explain the rest of the GOP who is trying to get rid of everything Obama did?

      • Baconzgood

        “FANCY N*GGER ain’t going to tell us what to do!” group mentality?

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        They’ve hated libtards and hated Dems long before Bamz came along. The fact that he was blah just made them foam at the mouth even more. And this isn’t because the boy king felt insulted. He’d hate Obama anyways- they all do, for the same reason that hate Hillary- because neither is a white Xtian male conservative. They would hate him, her and the rest of us, no matter what.

  • Hanaka

    This is so fucked, and it affects me personally so I’m extra mad about this thing. My MIL is quitting to watch our baby, her grandchild. She was going to quit in January but had a neck injury which required surgery so she stayed on to have seamless health coverage through the surgery. Makes sense. Now, she’s ready to quit and I’m directing her to to find coverage and am now worried their fuckery is going to make this more difficult than it should be. ACA helped people have a choice instead of being tied to a job just for healthcare, but the current administration is getting their dysfunctional dick-beaters all over it. DAMMIT.

    • i’m a health care navigator by day. i am definitely affected personally. we heard today they’re cutting all our funding.

  • Pax Americana Per Ars Smith
    • Doug Langley

      And Trump’s dementia is punishment for – what?

      • Pax Americana Per Ars Smith

        Punishing the liberals for Obama.

        • Yellerduck

          If he ever chokes on spaghetti, we will at least know *someone* is watching out for us.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef
    • Pisto75666

      No words. Words fail me.

    • TootsStansbury

      When are the real, true believer, crazy cultists going to have their flavoraid moment? Hopefully it just involves them but i seriously doubt it will. These fuckers are ISIS level crazy.

    • HazooToo

      I suddenly hope hell is real.

  • theblackdog

    I can’t. I just can’t anymore. Apparently people think this is perfectly okay but I’m the terrible one because I’m a liberal who doesn’t want to be around people I know that voted Trump.

    • HarpyLibtart

      I know, I saw an article today that sounded SHOCKED that apparently 37-47% of liberals (can’t remember the exact number) would consider ending a friendship if the other party voted for Trump, but only 17% of Trump supporters would…
      And I’m baffled – if one of my friends joined the KKK, the friendship would immediately be terminated and nobody would question my reasoning.
      But deciding not to associate with someone who voted for a racist, openly misogynist, homophobic, corrupt moron somehow makes ME the intolerant one????
      Seriously, I’m starting to think that Bush stealing Florida way back when actually caused a rift in the space-time continuum and we’re the poor hapless bastards stuck in the Bizzarro-timeline…somewhere there is a reality where Gore won, we’re all in Tesla’s and NASA runs entirely on renewable energy.

      • theblackdog

        I am guessing you read the same article in the Washington Post. That one pissed me off because the writer got condescending about the fact that more liberals don’t want to be around their Trump voters.

  • Ducksworthy

    Its like Oroborous all over again. The Federal Government destroying itself.

  • Marla

    Paul Ryan is going to pull out all the stops in order to make himself a billionaire overnight at the expense (quite literally) of the poor and elderly. Every little Rethuglicon cocksucker who believes in his evil is going to blow him for all he’s worth (hint: not much) and spread as much bullshit as they can in order to get their share of what Ryan is promising them.

    • Ellie

      Paul Ryan has been dreaming about pushing my wheelchair off that cliff, since he was a frat boy at a kegger. I think there’s more to it than mere filthy lucre. He just hates poor people, old people, and sick people, and wants us removed from the face of the earth.

      • Wookie Monster

        Ryan is a Randroid who believes that America will truly be great again once the “makers” of society are finally able to cast off the poor, the sick, the elderly, and anyone else considered undesirable.

        • This. It is not personal for him. He just wants to have a quick way to get rid of the un-people since we can’t just shoot them outright, yet.

  • Alienist

    I’m a physician deep in the heart of blackest Trump country. I am often amazed by my patients who used to run up a bill at my clinic because they could not afford health insurance. When they mentioned the financial hardships they had paying for visits and for medications, I would ask them if this influenced who they would vote for, and they would reply, “Yes! I’m going to vote for McCain. I don’t want bureaucrats putting their hands into my healthcare.” After the ACA was put in place and they were able to see me on insurance and get their medications covered I asked them again if this influenced who they would vote for. Many of them still fall for the Republican lies that their insurance is too expensive under the ACA and will go down if the ACA is repealed. Mind you, these are people all of whom have chronic medical conditions and many of whom need the latest medications to adequately treat them. They labor under the false impression that insurance companies do not meddle in their health care, that ACA increased the rate of health care cost growth, that they will be in the low risk pool that gets cheap insurance, and that they are paying too much for insurance because other people are getting theirs free.

    It seems impossible to make such people believe that removing regulations about what insurance must cover and removing price controls will (under the soul crushing invisible hand of the free market) make lousy policies for which insurance companies will charge as much as they can.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Wow. How do you cope with such a place?

      • Bitter Scribe

        Specifically, how do you keep from screaming at those idiots?

        • Gets the nurse to do it. Just like giving vaccines

          • mfp, all 6s&7s&9s


          • SprinklemagicResistancebuns

            Nah, us pharmacists are giving most of the vaccines now, and it sucks. As a colleague once said, if I wanted to touch patients, i’d have beome a nurse.

      • Alienist

        I read Wonkette, watch Rachel Maddow, and listen to Thom Hartman on Sirius. These are my sanity times.

        • Beanz&Berryz

          I rely on Wonkette without the others, but I don’t have the … social circumstance you do. I love my libtard Portland bubble. Or as I sometimes slip into chanting … thank God I live on the west coast, thank God I live on the west coast, thank God I live on the west coast, …

    • mfp, all 6s&7s&9s

      i’m not a physician, but i’m right there with ya, alienist…see it a lot, and no, there is not a way to convince many of these folks of that which you speak

  • TootsStansbury

    I’ve heard there are marches, nationwide, on the 29th. We need to kick it up a notch, two million in DC.

  • Bitter Scribe

    Now they’re cutting down the places people can sign up for Obamacare.

  • Lambsendbeds

    I lost a $200 pair of sunglasses today at work ( I call it work, even though I don’t get paid), so I’m mad enough already, thanks. Nothing like volunteering your time and having it cost you money…

    • HazooToo

      My condolences, but I have to ask… Why would you spend $200 on one of the four most rapidly lost items in human existence? Seriously, you lose socks first, then keys, then sunglasses, then phones!

      • Sakonyachen

        I seem to always lose my patience before all four of these

        • DT

          I have never lost a phone or keys, or my wallet, and I’m one of the most forgetful people you have ever heard of (that doesn’t have some sort of disease)

      • Jon Sussex

        Republicans have all lost their minds.

      • efoveks

        Prescription lenses are not cheap. Maybe that’s the case here.

      • mfp, all 6s&7s&9s

        i cant speak for lambs, but have you ever had a pair of $200 sunglasses?…if you dont lose them (and in a very short time, you get very jealously protective of them, believe me), they work and feel much better and last much longer than your basic pair o foster brooks (grants?–whatever)

        • HazooToo

          I’ve only had prescription ones, but I hope you never lose another pair.

          • mfp, all 6s&7s&9s

            me too!

    • i am going to lose my day job b/c of this fuckery. directly. not metaphorically.

      i WIN!

    • mfp, all 6s&7s&9s

      i wish i had $200 for every pair of $200 sunglasses i’ve lost (or had stolen)…i’d have a lotta $200

  • The Librarian

    Hmmm, didn’t Trump say the GOP won’t own ACA’s failure, though they’d obviously like to help its demise? If the GOP can’t get congresscritters behind their own fucked up plan, they’ll just sabotage using any means necessary. What a horrible waste of taxpayer Ameros.

    • mailman27

      What horrible people.

  • Cogswell – in a mirror darkly
    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      *something GREAT may vary based on Republican compromise and Trump’s “thoughts” on a particular day of the week.

      • phoenix00

        “We’d give you a mattress, but you need to pull yourselves up by the bootstraps first”

  • Ricky Gay

    Everything is terrible, in its own way…♫♫

  • Komsumverweigerer Ron

    THIS sort of shit is why the Drumpf administration needs to be taken down NOW.

    • dshwa

      Got to make sure we’ve got all the rats trapped though; Trump, Peace McConnell, and Ryan. Otherwise theyll just keep on the same path.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    Ya know, maybe if you didn’t scare insurers away by eliminating the risk corridor payments and by threatening to withhold subsidy payments or flat out repealing the law 10 minutes after they commit to coverage, we wouldn’t have these problems…

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    “They may have more success with a complaint to the Government Accountability Office, requesting an investigation of whether HHS is misusing its publicity budget.”

    I’m curious too – i’d be interesting in the wording of the appropriation and stuff, but it’s been a rough damn day.

  • Zyxomma

    This sounds illegal.

  • mfp, all 6s&7s&9s

    yeah, i didnt watch the IL people video, but from the article description, the claims are bullshit…i work at a private health provider (in IL)…my dept is housing…in my immediate grouping are 36 clients–97% of whom have been deemed disabled, some for decades (the rest are waiting for the same adjudication)–and all of those folks have either medicaid or combo medicaid/medicare…they have no trouble with services, payment, or anything else

    private providers were lately slow to be paid, but that was more a function of gov asshole ‘wrongway’ rauner attempting to sabotage IL and turn it into KS…however, the state legis passed a budget with an increase in IL income tax from 3.5 to 4.9% (whoa, hold onto your pennies!)–which of course rauner vetoed and the rubes pissed and moaned about that extra $37 a year they wont have for meth…but the legis put the override to the veto, and all is better (theoretically)

    the biggest problem we have here is that IL privatised out much of its medicaid admin to two companies (in my dealings, anyway) that shall not remain nameless, because i refuse to protect the guilty-of-fucking-us parties, namely MOLINA and MERIDIAN, and they get to take their chunk out like all good middlemen do, and how do they make that chunk bigger, why of course by denying services occasionally, but there are ways to fuck them back, so it works out (mostly)

    anyway, like all short stories gone long and wrong, the point may have been lost that the claims of the people from IL are BULLSHIT….thank you, as you were

    • SprinklemagicResistancebuns

      There are severalof these Medicaid HMO monstrosities. There’s aetna, blue cross, Illinicare, etc. Meridian has at least been the easiest to deal with. Aetna told me the other day they had no way to bill for a newborn’s medication on mom’s plan, something we’ve been able to do on medicaid for at least the 15 years I’ve been a retail pharmacist. They suggested Mom take the 5 day old baby to the ER to get his vitamin D drops.

      • mfp, all 6s&7s&9s

        jayzuus…i knew there were probably more than just the two i mentioned…and yes, meridian is ok, but it’s mostly because we either ignore them when convenient, or treat them like idiots and mock them anytime they think they wanna pull any crap like what you described with aetna

        we need to start crawling up the asses of our state reps and sens and tell them to end the BS with the private medicaiders

  • RugzYaBurnt

    Jesus. Christine, Jacob…I’m sorry, but “Human Ventriloquist’s Dummy’s Syndrome” is not covered by TrumpDon’tCare. Try moving to Denmark or something.

  • Serolf Divad

    Chalkey’s son lost coverage because the governor cut $1.6 billion from Medicaid due to budget duress. Under the GOP plan, Illinois stands to lose $40 billion in federal Medicaid assistance. The notion that a) The ACA had anything to do with Illinois cutting medicaid funding, and b) a repeal that will see a 10 year $40 billion reduction in Medicaid will somehow lead Chalkey to get her son’s Medicaid back is the worst form of GOP dishonest, deceptive, bullshit, disinformation there is. The fact that the Federal Government is sponsoring these lies is even more disgusting:

    • Dutchman

      How dare you suggest that we consider facts and context when making policy decisions that affect peoples lives!! What absurdity is this??!!!>>>111

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