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He finally really did it.

As a follow-up to yesterday’s executive order designed to bring back junk insurance and destabilize the Affordable Care Act’s individual markets, Donald Trump late last night launched a more immediate attack on the ACA, announcing that the government would stop paying monthly subsidies designed to keep individual insurance premiums affordable. Apparently frustrated by his inability to launch a nuclear strike on North Korea, Trump decided to do it to low- and middle-income Americans instead.

Trump will immediately end $7 billion a year in cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurance companies, one of the key mechanisms in the ACA to keep consumer costs down. The CSRs reduce out-of-pocket costs like deductibles and co-pays for ACA enrollees who earn under 250 percent of the poverty level. Not surprisingly, Trump lied about what the CSRs are and what he’d done:

Of course, if the ACA were really collapsing on its own — which as we’ve noted again and again, it isn’t — Trump wouldn’t have to sabotage it. We’re glad he never pursued a medical career: “The patient was coughing and was going to die eventually sooner or later, so I shot him.”

In the White House statement announcing the end of the subsidies, the administration also called CSRs a “bailout of insurance companies,” which is also a lie — cost sharing reductions aren’t about throwing money at insurance companies, but about keeping premium costs affordable for lower-income consumers. But hey, it’s a useful lie for people who might be a bit uncomfortable admitting the real goal is to jack up insurance costs for millions of Americans and cause many to lose coverage altogether.

The administration cited a 2014 lawsuit by House Republicans as its excuse for ending the subsidies, arguing that since the ACA didn’t provide for a specific congressional appropriation for the CSRs, they’re unconstitutional. Never mind that the case has not been finally decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; the Trump administration has decided it will simply drop the appeal and end the subsidy, because Barack Obama was a criminal:

So, what are the likely effects of Trump’s action? Probably chaos, as the Washington Post explains:

Ending the payments is grounds for any insurer to back out of its federal contract to sell health plans for 2018. Some states’ regulators directed ACA insurers to add a surcharge in case the payments were not made, but insurers elsewhere could be left in a position in which they still must give consumers the discounts but will not be reimbursed.

The timing of the move, after insurers have already set their rates for 2018 and open enrollment is set to begin November 1, is likely to cause enormous confusion, although since this is Donald Trump at work, it seems unlikely that he timed his decision with that much calculation. (Although it’s entirely possible Tom Price is still whispering in his ear from beyond the political grave.) It’s unclear how many insurers will simply pull out of the markets at the last moment and how many will continue despite the loss of the subsidies; as the Congressional Budget Office reported last month, insurers factored uncertainty over the CSRs into their 2018 premiums, with an average increase of 20%. Those price hikes may be enough of a financial cushion to keep insurers in many markets for 2018. But now that CSRs have actually been discontinued, things in some markets could get very ugly, very quickly, as Topher Spiro of the Center for American Progress points out, citing the CBO:

Spiro added that the CBO estimated the loss of CSR payments would result in one million people losing their healthcare in 2018 alone. Guess Donald Trump really taught Barack Obama a lesson, huh?

For 2019, if Congress doesn’t act to restore and stabilize the subsidies, Trump’s action will cause insurers to jack up premiums, and many more are likely to pull out of some markets altogether. For the time being, about 80 percent of ACA — but not all — enrollees will be partly protected from higher premiums thanks to Obamacare’s premium tax credits, the law’s other cost-reduction provision. Out-of-pocket costs for deductibles and copays will go up, however. And from a fiscal standpoint, that means cutting the CSRs won’t save the government any money, since it will now be paying far more to subsidize the higher premiums.

Just how likely is it that Congress will somehow intervene and fix this? It could happen, especially as at least some percentage of Republicans realize they’ll take the blame in the midterm elections for the ACA collapsing. In the Senate, Washington Democrat Patty Murray and Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander have renewed their efforts to at least temporarily stabilize CSR payments. The Wall Street Journal reports Trump has told at least one member of Congress that he would support such a bill if Murray and Alexander can actually get it passed, although that’s one hell of a big “if.”

States are already preparing to sue the Trump administration to protect the subsidies. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a statement promising he would fight the administration’s attempt to use families “as political pawns in his dangerous, partisan campaign to eviscerate” Obamacare:

California A.G. Xavier Becerra is also gearing up to sue, telling the Washington Post Thursday, “We’ve taken the Trump Administration to court before and won, and we’re ready to do it again if necessary.”

So. Remember when you breathed a sigh of relief when the Senate’s most recent attempt to kill Obamacare failed? It’s time to take another deep breath and get back to work. People are going to lose their health insurance if this stands. People are going to die. We can’t let that happen. And we have to make it clear to Republicans that the chaos resulting from Trump’s attempt to kill Obamacare — and the people who rely on it — is all on their heads now.

UPDATE: An excellent point (read the whole thread) from U of Chicago Law professor Daniel Hemel on the Twitters: there’s a pretty damn good case to be made that refusing to pay the cost sharing reductions is just plain illegal:

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  • MynameisBlarney
    • The Wanderer

      I wonder what the threshold number is for Crimes Against Humanity.

      • MynameisBlarney

        I would hope that it’s really really low, but right now my faith in humanity is gone.

  • proudgrampa

    Asshole. He’s like a fucking bull in a china shop.

    RESIST! REMOVE! Peace.

  • OBAMA care not failing. OBAMA care not imploding.

    You’re the failure.

    Your cancerous administration is imploding, unraveling, coming apart at the seams, finished, finito, nada mas, that’s all folks, done.

    You Moron.
    https://media.giphy.com/media/l3q2UmwvoLlbbuT8k/giphy.gif

    • Uncle Mark

      I can watch that FOREVER !!

  • Nounverb911
    • Riley Whodat Venable

      Bannon is a Nazi, but he knows Bismark started a Nation Health scheme before Hitler had enlisted.
      Only healthy White Nationalists can dominate.

  • armed_bears

    “What can I do to piss off the poor, the insured, the uninsured and the insurance companies? Hey, I got it!”

    • TippingHeadon

      “What can I do to kill the poor, bankrupt the insured, kill the uninsured and piss off the insurance companies? I got it!”

    • Ants In My Eyes Johnson

      Don’t forget killing of lots of rural hospitals.

  • JoeChristmas

    “Merry Christmas”

  • Joe Beese

    White House chief of staff John Kelly had a few things to get off his chest. … The viral photos of him looking existentially troubled when President Donald Trump speaks? That’s just his thinking face.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/12/john-kelly-white-house-briefing-room-lets-loose-243727

    I know that when I’m concentrating on something my wife often asks me if I’m thinking of killing myself.

  • Nounverb911
    • The Wanderer

      “Political backlash possible.” From which direction?
      The Right? That’s a laugher, for a start – the leaders of the right are a crew of groveling weasels who will roll over and expose their softest parts to anyone higher up; i.e., Trump.
      The Left? Pretty much a non-starter – the various factions will choose up sides and immediately draw knives on each other.

  • bubbuhh

    Seriously, how likely is this particularExecutive Order to get overturned in court?

    • Meccalopolis

      Well, ultimately chief justice Roberts sided with the majority to uphold the ACA the last time, so… maybe?

      • bubbuhh

        We can hope.

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    Those tax cuts for the rich aren’t gonna pay for themselves ya know. Plus, according to Ted Cruz’s former spox-head it will offer more choices.

    • Michael R

      ( *** No one said the choices were good choices )

  • Michael R

    Things he knows better than anyone …

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSZ9E9143cw

    • jesterpunk

      How to bankrupt 3 casinos?

  • ariel_gee_398

    A handy summary of the ways in which this move will help us achieve greatness, per the CBO: https://twitter.com/ASlavitt/status/918853157027008512

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      yeah, that $7B number donnie is “sayving” seems impressive till you see that.

      These people really don’t get the concept of paying now to save later.

      • ariel_gee_398

        That’s because they are bad at business. Without government subsidies, tax loopholes, and corporate welfare, these idiots would mostly be broke wannabe grifters.

        • Ants In My Eyes Johnson

          Without being born into wealth and inheriting his father’s fortune and real estate empire, Rump would have starved to death in an alley while trying to steal candy from babies.

  • Swampgas_Man

    As someone who will soon be leaving my Gateway healthcare for the unshackled Invisible Claw of the Freedumb in Florida, this scares the shit out of me. I’m currently getting ALL my medical bills — prescriptions and doctor visits — handled by the state of PA. Perhaps if I point out that these little pills are all that keep from buying/ using one of those It’s-Not-A-Machine-Guns-Because weapons that the NRA keeps pushing.

    • Ill-Advised

      Now, that actually suggests a diabolical plan. Strip healthcare. Let the age-discrimination and sex discrimination operate as usual in the workplace. Sell guns like always. Continue “thots and prayerz” and shake head in wonderment when white men unload their automatics into large crowds, schools, rallies, whatever.

      ETA: Thus justifying harsher police action and accelerate adversarial police v. civilian relations as we give up a lot of real liberty to get a little false safety.

      Desperation knows no quarter and gives none. We will do anything to regain a sense of control over something. If that means the only thing we can control is a life or death decision, then that’s what we do. Whether that’s by denying healthcare, or taking away the right to live until evening.

  • Mpeg

    Help her. Help Wonkette.

    I AM THE BOMBARDIER!!!

    *writes out check*

    What? I’m nothing if not a sucker for any Catch-22 reference any time

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Balloon Juice readers are familiar with David Anderson, who writes regularly on ACA matters. He is less panicky, albeit still concerned. See here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/13/opinion/trump-obamacare-executive-order-health-insurance.html

  • Dept. of Space Tacos

    oh dear lord – this is going to kill people.

    And it’s going to absolutely KILL his much ballyhooed stock market increase.

    • canes_pugnaces

      The market is kept afloat, for now, by this sort of thing. I suspect we’ll be seeing a slow but steady rise for the next ten months. It’s when the banks start seeing their default rate rise (again) that the shit will hit the fan. In the meantime: duck and cover.

      • Dept. of Space Tacos

        I see your point. I’m by no means even an amateur at the markets, it just seems to me wall-street is the absolute most skittish of the skittish. On bad news, they freak.

        Couple that with all the facts in this article – business really doesn’t seem to like uncertainity.

        Finally, insurance seems like a huge, safe investment. Quite simply, that market is losing $7B in revenue, plus millions of customer payments, however small.

        add on to that the LIFE insurance policies that are going to suddenly and unexpectedly come due and this thing has tentacles. But yeah, eventually the medical bankrupticies and foreclosures are right behind that as well.

        Anyway, I’ll actually check in on the markets today.

        • canes_pugnaces

          That’s exactly right. You have an economy that’s built of debt, and with health care occupying such a large position, the destabilization will cause serious problems. But not tomorrow. I give it ’til sept/oct when the 3Q comes due. We’re already losing jobs.

  • gallbladder

    What could possibly go wrong?

  • canes_pugnaces

    Here’s the good news: everyone in Congress gets to keep their platinum policy, and Iwanker and Jarhead are still richer than you. So stop complaining

    • gallbladder

      I was beginning to worry!

    • Daniel

      I, Wanker- The heading on the very sarcastic reply to the first publisher who rejected Asimov.

      • canes_pugnaces

        “… Finally, your (Asimov’s) story may have been rejected, not because it lacked a new idea, or was misspelled or mispunctuated, or because the writing was not “professional” enough, but simply because it failed to rise above the other 849 seen that month.”

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Health care
    Iran
    Hurricanes
    North Korea
    The press
    The NFL
    Wildfires
    Etc.

    This president doesn’t have policies, he has mood swings.

    • Painter of Goats

      Wasn’t that their argument against a female president all these years?

      • Nounverb911

        That and her e-mails….

    • canes_pugnaces

      Trump, I suspect, doesn’t even know where he is half the time.

  • Mavenmaven

    Apparently Trump has two goals for his presidency, to enrich his family and get “revenge” on Obama, and he will pursue both ends, Ahab like, no matter how many deaths it will take.

    • Riley Whodat Venable

      Well, the White Whale outlived Ahab and Quiqueg. Ishmael got away, but I’m sure his name helped.
      Trump’s family may have to count the money from in jail. His revenge may take him down.

  • Michael R

    People won’t know how useless their cheap coverage is until they need it ,
    which could take years but will happen .

  • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

    Trump will be adored by millions for his legacy of death and destruction.

  • The WaPo hed:

    “Throwing a bomb into the insurance markets, Trump now owns the busted health-care system”

    The very definition of a terrorist.

  • Tom Mears

    Read these two articles on the type of companies who sell the insurance Donny wants to replace ACA. Junk policies doesn’t even come close…Fraudulent is a better word. (warning these are geared towards investors not the average Joe)

    https://seekingalpha.com/instablog/38059736-the-friendly-bear/5048086-hiiq-100-percent-downside-problematic-broker-relationships

    https://seekingalpha.com/article/4105714-health-insurance-innovations-penalties-exceed-100-million-undisclosed-domino-effect

    you may need to register with the site to read the full articles

  • Nounverb911
    • Riley Whodat Venable

      El Presidente Fox is a multimillionaire, and I think was the first president elected who wasn’t in PRI. He and W got along well.
      It is funny to watch him swat at Trump.

      • Ω cynmac’s reclaiming her time

        Maybe because he is a patriot? I mean Fox not T-RUMP.

  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    Psychologists in the future will have a rich vein of data to mine on what happens when millions of people are suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.

    • ziggywiggy

      And the one at the top has dementia. My psychiatrist said his speech patterns show the onset of dementia and she really hasn’t seen anything that would mean he has another psychiatric disorder(like bipolar). So basically we have a demented cult leader as president.

      • Historicat

        Would it be wrong to suggest mixing up some FlavorAde for his supporters?

  • Asterix

    As for so many Americans, Trump’s action is devastating to my life… or will be. This is just horrifying.

  • Ricky Gay

    Obamacare is dead.
    Long live TRUMPCARE!!!

  • Joe Beese

    I checked out RedState – which dislikes Trump but hates Obama and his works more – for a contrasting opinion.

    They argue that, without authorized Congressional funding, the subsidies are in fact illegal – which was Fuckabee Sanders’ line. I don’t know if that’s true. (Of course, we’re all familiar with Trump’s profound respect for the law.)

    So maybe enough Republican congresscritters, just un-stupid enough to know that Trump’s move has a good chance of costing them their own government-paid health insurance, will sign on to authorize the fucking money. And then this will prove be a temporary, recoverable-from wound.

    • cmd resistor

      I think (although cannot swear) that that was the gist of the lawsuit the GOP congresspeople filed in 2014.

    • doktorzoom

      That’s what the 2014 suit was about; a federal judge ruled in the House’s favor, Obama admin. appealed, and the matter has been pending in the DC appeals court since Trump took office. Now Sessions is dropping the appeal, which leaves the last judgment in place. Not sure if states can continue the appeal now or have to start with a new suit to preserve the CSRs.

      • Amy!

        States (including NY) were already granted their motion to intervene in defense, so the case continues, the last judgment remains suspended on appeal, and the appeal continues until the states that have joined also drop (which is unlikely to happen).

        Or so I understood the situation; I could be wrong.

        • doktorzoom

          That sounds about right to me, tho of course I am Not A Lawyer.

    • Impatient

      I’m pretty sure I’ve read that there’s a notable set of court decisions saying that the federal government MUST make payment at some point, for legally authorized activities, and that Congress failing to follow up with direct appropriation doesn’t change this obligation. I’m also too NOT a lawyer, but I’m pretty sure this is a more general legal precedent than just one relating to the specific laws surrounding Obamacare. And no, I can’t cite sources and precedents. And yes, I’m sure this would be a very hairy legal argument. But I’m pretty sure that such ‘implicit’ appropriation would actually hold up. In general, all arcane legal texts aside, our federal government is not allowed to fail to pay its obligations.
      CUE the herd of lawyers!

  • cmd resistor

    So what’s the short and sweet thing we should be asking/telling our reps as to how Congress COULD fix this.

    • Nounverb911

      Impeachment?

    • canes_pugnaces

      I’d like to see them concentrating on for profit prisons, repeal of bankruptcy protections, and child labor.

    • Amy!

      Fund CSRs. The original case said “can’t continue them unless there’s a funding mechanism,” which was the oversight in the original PPACA.

  • The Wanderer

    Lord Dampnut (6,5) is scheduled to blather and foam rabidly from his piehole at the aptly-named Hypocritical Bastards Motherfuckers“Value Voters Summit” today. I wonder what pearls of ‘wisdom’ will rain from his mouth-labia?

  • Lefty Wright

    I have said this for months, but until we get Democratic control of at least one house of congress, the ACA is in danger of total repeal. Even then, Trump, or whoever replaces him prior to January 2021, can sabotage the ACA, destroying the marketplaces. By himself, Trump cannot whittle away at Medicaid, but the GOP has not given up on dismantling that either. If they do that, the next step will be vouchers for Medicare, Paul Ryan’s Randian dream.

  • Michael Smith

    Well, the libertarians on Facebook are happy because Rand Paul was involved. Of course, they only see this as a first baby step to the ultimate goal of “getting government out of healthcare,” which is only a first baby step to “getting government out of the free market,” which is only a first baby step to “open oligarchy.”

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      we fucking HAD government out of healthcare since, well, as long as we’ve had healthcare.

      This was a new tact and it saved people money, expanded access, drove up empoyment and profits in the healthcare sector.

      I really can’t beleive this is all about taxes or “the black guy”. It’s so, myopic(?)

  • canes_pugnaces

    At some point, in the very near future John and Jane Q Public (the unemployed denizens of red states) are going to have choose between hating brown people and health insurance. Which will it be?

    • MynameisBlarney

      Hate.
      They ALWAYS choose hate.

    • Randy Riddle

      Blaming Obama, obviously.

      • canes_pugnaces

        I suspect you’re right. And the emails. The fucking emails.

        • Randy Riddle

          And the Benghazis.

    • Michael Smith

      Well, they’ve already chosen hating brown people over any other actual benefit that would improve their lives. At this point, I think they’d die to hate brown people.

    • therblig

      i suppose i can accept them hating brown people as they gasp their last breath from an easily preventable illness.

      • canes_pugnaces

        That is some comfort.

    • greyXstar

      Oh you poor, sweet summer child.

    • Daniel

      …the brown people will also lose their health insurance, right?

      • Covfefe

        OTOH, you can’t very well hate when you’re dead.

    • Riley Whodat Venable

      In the Southern Red States they have hated Brown and Black people for about 400 years. Since Unions are scarce down here most of them never had health insurance until the 1960s.
      My bet is on hate.
      “Keep your Government Hands off my Medicare!!!” Said the guy with the 88 tattoo holding the Confederate Battle Flag.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Bobathonic

      Yes.

    • gallbladder

      Going for broke is a strong suit of the right.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      They can break the government and blame someone else. So, stupid like a fox.

      • ariel_gee_398

        Do these John Galt wannabes really think they can all live off the land and fulfill their deepest darkest Brawny paper towel man desires if they could just be unshackled from the yoke of government oppression? Has Yertle not looked in a mirror lately?

        • UncleTravelingMatt

          There will always be just enough government to protect the rich from the poor.

        • TJ Barke

          They don’t care about living off the land, they care about raping the fuck out of the land and having no responsibility for it.

          • ariel_gee_398

            You know, I used to enjoy reading dystopian fiction. Then I started living it…

          • Impatient

            The idea of dystopian sci fi occurred to me as well, just this afternoon. I wonder if that could explain Republicans’ endless drive to the sub-basement of he’ll. My logic is that Republicans, not unlike tRump, pretty much measure their success by whether they’re the “best”/”worst”/ “most extreme” at a thing. And like tRump, they don’t care whether it’s relative to reality or to fiction. And there’s the rub. Sci fi writers in recent years, have imagine more interesting and unusual dystopian. So its THEIR

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      Yes. Yes they are.

    • Robbertjan Brandenburg

      I was talking to a friend yesterday about the fact that it seems like every American senior politician is loaded. Both dems and GOP. Dutch politicians have nothing tp complain about but most make about 150K to 200K per annum. after a political career they often get well paid commissariats at big companies like Shell or KLM but the never get very rich during their career.

      Isn’t that the biggest problem in American politics? That politicians are simply bought?

      • OrG

        Ayup. Thanks supreme court.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Amazingly, they’re often bought at bargain prices, too.

      • ariel_gee_398

        Not just that they’re bought, but that the lack of publicly funded elections essentially creates a barrier to entry for most non-rich types. The people who run are, generally, already in a higher socioeconomic class because they can fundraise from their social/business circle. A poor person with great ideas can almost never get the support needed to run in the first place.

        • Robbertjan Brandenburg

          Yeah that’s what I like most about Dutch politics. Have any political aspiration? Join your preferred political party in your town, wokr together and when you get to know your town hall representatives and if you have the right ideas and qualifications you can get into the community’s representatives. If you do well, The Hague will notice your efforts and you can reach higher positions. Of ourse it’s not this black and white and there is an old boys network just as well but the bar to get into national politics isn’t very high.

          • ariel_gee_398

            There are a exceptions here too, but you’ll not congress is full of doctors and lawyers, not social workers.

        • Covfefe

          You’ll be pleased to know that a poor person in Michigan who is crazy enough can sell his soul to the DeVos Family and, if he keeps voting the right way in the state legislature, can bootstrap himself. Maybe even a poor woman, once in a while.

          • ariel_gee_398

            Legislative soldiers in god’s army. How touching.

      • TJ Barke

        Essentially yes. We have now dead supreme court justice Antonin Scalia, may he burn in hell, to thank for that because of his disastrous anti-democratic(not just the democratic party, but the actual concept of democracy) decision in Citizen’s United.

    • Ellie

      Possibly, but mostly they’re just out to destroy We The People.

    • greyXstar

      They’re not stupid. They’re evil.

    • Ants In My Eyes Johnson

      Rump is. But he’s also quite evil.
      The political party working overtime to prop him up has even less of an excuse.

      • If we ever get power back i’m not sure we can clean up this mess.

  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    Trump is, like John Foster Dulles, a bull who carries his own china shop around with him.

  • TheGrandWazoo2
  • Robbertjan Brandenburg

    Spite is one helluva drug.

    • Daniel

      The spite must flow!

      • puredog

        “Let the spite flow through you.”

  • Michael Smith

    Did you know that many years ago, Donald Trump was a student right here at the Wonkette?! But his Disqus profile name back then was Tom Riddle.

  • OrG

    Go to hell tRump.

  • Nounverb911

    In other late breaking trumpatrocoties, trump just restarted WWC (War on the War on Christmas).
    https://twitter.com/vicenews/status/918852897756123136

    • MynameisBlarney

      I fucking hate him.

      • TJ Barke

        He triggers my strangle reflex.

    • therblig

      sometimes i think it must be nice to have such a simpleminded view of the world.

  • Daniel

    Today he’s talking to Values Voters.

    Presumably a big part of his speech will be explaining how it’s perfectly moral to blackmail people to get what you want.

    • Nounverb911

      And what percentage of them will lose their trumpcare now?

    • Roadstergal

      To be fair, the name doesn’t say their values are any good.

    • gallbladder

      …and/or shoot them.

    • PubOption

      Since Tony Perkins runs the Values Voters Summit, Pence should attend and take ‘Mother’ with him.

  • Ray in VT

    He’s just fulfilling his pledge to get everyone better and cheaper insurance by covering fewer people and costing some people way more, because logic and reasons.

  • bubbuhh

    Spiteful Pussygrabber
    #TrumpMorons #TrumpLies #TrumpSteals #TrumpKills

    https://twitter.com/bubbuhhobb/status/918862354804178944

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Equeeze me, but the entire point is to force women to give birth to punish them for their wanton ways!

      • Ill-Advised

        We need a national No Nookie Week. No birth control? No nookie.

        But that gets us closer to the Atwood dystopia, doesn’t it.

        Never mind.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
  • TheGrandWazoo2

    ♪ Strumming our pain with his fingers
    Stinging our lives with his words
    Killing us softly with this wrong
    Killing us softly with this wrong ♪

  • canes_pugnaces

    there’s a cold storage warehouse in Ft. Lee, NJ. I’ve been there many many times. It’s were the ‘elements’ for TV and film are stored. That is were the Apprentice outtakes are housed. Can someone how knows Mark Burnette please ask him to release those.

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      That fucking cunt supports Trump. They’ll never see the light of day.

      • canes_pugnaces

        I know… I have quite a few friends how have worked on his shows, He is a shitsling, by all accounts. The Christian kind.

        • Bub, the cynical zombie

          I would hate the son of a bitch anyway for being one of the chief architects of the hideous mutant that is “reality television,” but his politics are the vomitcream/bile icing atop the shitcake that is Mark Burnett.

    • BigCSouthside

      Someone needs to Oceans Eleven those motherfuckers.

      Been a while since we had a good heist in this country.

      • Ants In My Eyes Johnson

        Fucking hell, that’s probably the only way those recordings would ever see the light of day, if someone with access (and a conscience) stole or leaked them.

  • Oblios_Cap

    I reckon you can kill more people with a pen than with a gun.

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      You can kill even more than that with a nuclear arsenal.

      • Daniel

        A kiss can be deadlier, if you mean it.

        • Bobathonic

          Hence Tic Tacs.

      • gallbladder

        And a dumbfuck with his finger on the button.

    • Covfefe

      It may well be true that you can kill more people with a pen than with a gun, at least if you’re president, but that’s no excuse for taking our guns. OTOH, be easy to pry them out of a dead man’s hands.

    • Jack Takes A Knee

      And he didn’t even need to stand on 5th avenue.

  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    I see dead people. And evil ones cackling maniacally while counting their money.

    • Covfefe

      I can go with dead people. You think Health incirance companies are going to be happy counting their money when people can’t sfford to do business with them? You think doctors, and the rest of the health care workers, are going to be happy when people can’t afford their services? What about the privatized hospitals, which are all the rage these days?

      • Courser_Resistance

        They only ever wanted to treat rich people anyway.

        • Ill-Advised

          Totally true. Cf. Medical VIP plans: for rich healthy people who pay directly. I’m serious. My doctor went with them, and our was $6400 annually, no insurance accepted.

          • Courser_Resistance

            We have a few practices like that. We call them ‘Concierge’ docs.

            I do have to defend the profession overall, though. I’ve had several Denver Medicaid docs and other providers that are *extremely* good at providing excellent care without wasting a ton of resources on unnecessary crap. And they love it. My former Denver Health MD left to go be a doc full-time at the jail. So not all of them are in it only for the $$

      • Bub, the cynical zombie

        Some of them will. As long as they can sell gold-plated plans to rich people, and silver plans to middle-class folks who they can deny coverage to when they actually get sick, and leave the poor people to die or be paid for by the taxpayers, they’ll be fine with it.

  • TJ Barke

    IT WASN’T IMPLODING UNTIL YOU STARTED SABOTAGING IT, YOU MOTHERFUCKER!

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Schneiderman is a prince among men.

    Sic ’em, Dano!

  • Roadstergal

    Let’s not lose sight of of what’s important. Susan Sarandon didn’t have to compromise on her values.

    • gallbladder

      Now I can sleep at night!

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      I loathe her more with every passing day.

    • mardam422

      I’m so proud of her. Never change, Susan, you fucking self-important, entitled harpy.

    • Ω cynmac’s reclaiming her time

      And Colin Kapernick didn’t bother to vote. Their all the same.

  • greyXstar

    If I ran a repair business and went around intentionally breaking things and then offered the owners my services to fix what I just broke, that would be fraud. He’s not even a good con man.

    • Daniel

      No, but he is a lazy one, which is why he keeps conning the same dimwits again and again and again. It doesn’t matter how much he hurts them, they’ll keep asking for more.

      • greyXstar

        I expect more effort out of my two bit 3 card monte scumbags. 0/10

      • PubOption

        “You can fool some of the people all of the time”.

    • Covfefe

      The difference between you and Our Lord Donald is that he is not offering to fix what he breaks.

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      The secret to Trump’s business “success” is quite simple: “You can fool some of the people all of the time.”

  • Randy Riddle
    • data_ninja

      The one thing I noticed about this picture is that from a certain perspective, it seems like the car is about to run the people in line over. That would also be American Way, I’d say.

  • ShriekinViolet

    “The patient was coughing and was going to die eventually sooner or later, so I shot him.”

    Goddamn, Dok. I love you.

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    “This is extortion!”
    “Hmm, yes. It is.”

  • Donna Mueller

    donald trump is a fkkkkng murderer-and ANY repig that doesn’t speak out is a murderer too-REPIGLICANS-THE PARTY OF MURDERING ASSHOLES-

  • dslindc

    This is unbelievably cruel and I hope everyone who is affected by this and voted for Trump enjoys the cost of their racism, misogyny, and need to take revenge on Obama.

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      That’s the really terrible thing to me. They won’t care. Psychopaths don’t have a conscious or feel empathy so they will just go on destroying the country.

  • Panika MCD

    [ALL OF THE REDACTED THINGS, KATIE.]

  • gene108

    The administration cited a 2014 lawsuit by House Republicans as its excuse for ending the subsidies, arguing that since the ACA didn’t provide for a specific congressional appropriation for the CSRs, they’re unconstitutional.

    From what I recall about reading the House lawsuit against Obamacare, in 2014, is the wording on CSR’s was done poorly. Sort of like the difference between “Let’s eat Grandma” and “Let’s eat, Grandma” ( yes commas save lives), wherein if you read the first sentence, most people assume the grandkids are not cannibals, but without the comma it is open to interpretation.

    Republicans are destroying the lives of millions on that sort of quirk of grammar that got overlooked, when writing the final draft of a long and complicated law.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Thanks to Roberts and company, they had great success exploiting the “State Exchanges” typo, so of course they were trying again.

      • ahughes798

        Can someone explain to me the hard-on Republic*nts have for “Buying insurance across state lines?” Is there some magical insurance company in Wisconsin or Indiana or Montana that will, if I buy insurance from them, fix everything?

        • Latverian Diplomat

          It allows a race to the bottom in terms of insurance regulation or lack thereof. I believe that Alabama was a favorite choice among rip off AHP plans.

        • Impatient

          OR it’s their bullshit little fig leaf (like “malpractice caps”), to bring up when they’re supposed to say something about policy. Just anything. Otherwise, it’d be crystal clear that they have nothing, except “gimme all your money.”

          Reminds me of glitzy car ads, oddly enough. Back in the before times (I mean like mid-70s!), you couldn’t go a minute — literally — without hearing “radial-tuned suspension!” Turns out that actually means nothing at all … but it sure sounds real neeto, don’t it now?

          Hmmm, I wonder if they were getting hard-ons in GM’s Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit. Maybe that’s the purpose of that big berm surrounding it, to contain all the ……………………

          • ahughes798

            Yeah, I was always like “So what if I can buy insurance from Montana all the from Illinoise. ” I think you are right, it’s something made to sound like real progress, when actually it’s just the opposite, like Republicans do.

          • Impatient

            Explains Paul Ryan quite rationally. “Hi! I’m Paul Ryan! I’m not really a policy wonk, but I can play one on TV. “

    • JoeChristmas

      And don’t forget the underlying goal of this savagery is to cut taxes on the rich.

      “Let’s eat job creators” or “Let’s eat, job creators”

  • Riley Whodat Venable

    Thanks Dok.
    For what it’s worth the Insurance Industry started making call to their employees in Congress last night. Even GOP Congress Critters have been making statements opposing this.
    The Insurance companies would rather charge you $300 a month and get another $300 a month from Uncle Sam than sell you a junk policy for $300 a month with a high deductible. The first year you pay $9k out of pocket and don’t meet your deductible you will drop your policy.
    And if you have a pre-existing condition you likely won’t be able to afford $1k a month for a plan with a $20k deductible.
    Those Red State Congress Critters from rural districts are already seeing their hospitals close, even the non-profit hospitals.
    I won’t say that the Rural Trumpsters that are losing access to health insurance deserve it. No one deserves that, especially children.

    Medicare for All.

    • ahughes798

      Well, dammit, they’re the ones who foisted him on us, so I have no problem with them suffering right along with the rest of us. Maybe they’ll have an epiphany when junior get turned down for treatment.

      • Riley Whodat Venable

        Or when they get that $2k bill for juniors broken arm.

  • gene108

    I think we need our members of Congress on speed dial and call them until they fix this.

    Literally, we need to call, write, etc Congress everyday about something terrible Republicans are doing.

    It is exhausting, but I don’t see another way to do it.

  • Scooby

    Even Hitler didn’t try to destroy Germany’s health care system.

    • Daniel

      So doesn’t that show how evil he was?

      • Bitter Scribe

        According to Victoria Jackson, yes.

        • JustDon’tSayKneel(OrNeil)

          Who?

  • chascates

    Any chance I can get my gall bladder removed by the Cuban medical system? They should look into medical tourism.

    • Thailand does that already, and dentistry tourism, too.

      • ahughes798

        India and Mexico, too. And the “medical tourists” get the best doctors, and the best care. I wouldn’t hesitate to go to Mexico when my left knee needs to be replaced.

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      Maybe Cuba can get some advice from the President of the Virgin Islands.

    • Impatient

      Any good tourist destinations that require just a one-way ticket?

  • puredog

    My very first thought was: Can he do this? I am heartened to see that Becerra and Schneiderman plan to try to get a ruling that he cannot, but I am not well enough versed in the legal ins and outs of the ACA to have an opinion more informed than that of my gut, see above.

    • FasterThanLite

      Trump may not have Congress but the SCOTUS in his pocket. It’s hands down the most broken court in the land when it comes to checking Republican overreach.

    • SeeTrain65

      It would be wonderful if my AG would get in on this, but my AG is too busy right now doing his best to make Ohio into its own Christian nation.

  • renegade500

    This just hurts to think about. I’m lucky – I’m a state employee, and I have great insurance. But I shouldn’t have to rely on my employer for my great insurance. People say I don’t need all that stuff in insurance, I just need the minimum.

    The thing is, we’re all young and healthy. Until we’re not. Even that isn’t true. Some of us have never had the privilege to be born healthy and enjoy good health. But all it takes is a moment for those of us so fortunate to face something life-changing: a bruise that turns out to be leukemia (happened to a friend of mine); a drunk driver hitting you head on and almost killing you, resulting in 6 months of a rehabilitation hospital after several surgeries to put your broken body back together (happened to a friend of mine); being hit with sudden vertigo that lasts for 5 days, and is the start of a years’ long process of discovering and treating a balance disorder (happened to me).

    Of all the things Trump is doing, and there’s so many, this one just seems the most vicious, because he’s punishing millions of people, many of whom even voted for him (and that is irrelevant to me, to be honest) just to punish Congress for not doing what he wants.

    I can’t even wish that his insurance plan only be as good as the worst plan available on the market, because the bastard will never feel the effects of his actions.

    Fuck this guy.

  • FasterThanLite

    Assholes everywhere, behold I give you your king.

  • Candy Matson

    So who do we call? Governors? State AGs? Reps and Senators? AOTK?

    This is so scary, and frankly I’m surprised that those jerks are pushing for this to take effect before Nov 2018. Do they really think they can blame this on Democrats?

  • Bitter Scribe

    I’ve already been notified by BCBS that I won’t be renewed after this year and I had better get on the ACA exchange and take my chances.

    Fuck this bastard and skullfuck every ignorant goober who voted for him.

    • ltmcdies

      I don’t know how you refrain from hitting Trump voters repeatedly with bats spiked “with votes”

      I guess when their own subsidy is gone….you can at least smirk at them.

      • Bitter Scribe

        In the ER.

  • arundel

    Ok, It’s just after noon on Friday the 13th, and Andrea Mitchell is calling Trump’s vicious attack on affordable health insurance (“Obamacare”) a “middle way”. I can’t quite believe my fucking ears as she describes the wiping out of money for health care for millions as a “middle way”. Midway between fucking what, Andrea Mitchell? Just shut the fuck up and stop trying to make extreme-ass vicious Trump things like this normal. This is not normal. Vicious mocking hostility towards people who need health care, or because their island is drowned and starved is not normal. It’s pathological, Trump is a dangerous mental case, and the mass suffering that Trump is purposefully inflicting on American citizens is no joke. Now he’s really bringing the pain right to your life and house by wiping out $7 billion in subsidies. This is going to seriously hurt and kill people. A lot of Trump voters too, who thought he’d never take away their rights and access to health care. Well, he’s doing that right now you stupid f- ucks. You’re too dumb to breathe, Trump voters. You believed this psychopathic spoiled rich kid ever gave a damn about you? Enjoy your intense disillusionment as your health care bills skyrocket and you have to sell your trailer and live in your car. You voted for this, you stupid bitches.

    • gallbladder

      (see: her hubby)

      • arundel

        Yes, Mrs. Greenspan has always been an asshole. Sometimes she senses the trending winds and tries to not be an asshole. But inevitably she reverts and bows to power and whoah, she’s an asshole again. She’s remarkable in that way. Let’s try not to think of what her sex life with Alan Greenspan must be like, an industrial tub of Vaseline with a pump by the bed, covered with girly doilies to make it respectable. These are things I would say, but I’m not saying.

        • gallbladder

          Glad you’re not saying them.

    • Rags

      Yes, 4-5 signed this, but never forget to shout out a ‘fuck you’ to his enablers; the Koch’s, Mercer’s, his cabinet and the R’s in Congress.

  • Red Richmond
  • Maybe

    The ACA is the law of the land. The role of the President–head of the Executive Branch–is to execute that law.

    Just not with a bullet through the back of the head.

    But then, maybe this is just a gut shot.

    • FasterThanLite

      Death by a billion paper cuts.

    • Ω cynmac’s reclaiming her time

      The Nazis had The Night of Knives. If I wasn’t on my phone, I’d link the Wiki page.

      • DesertedPictures

        Long knives..

        • Ω cynmac’s reclaiming her time

          You are correct, Sir.

      • Maybe

        Don’t anybody tell Trump. He’d be jealous.

        • Ω cynmac’s reclaiming her time

          Hitler didn’t die in the episode but a lot of his henchmen did, for different reasons. Think of The Purge movies.
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_of_the_Long_Knives

          • Maybe

            Based on reports of Trump’s feelings about White House personnel, this might be just what he’d like best.

  • Maybe

    If this is “repeal,” where’s the “replace” part?

    • FasterThanLite

      There isn’t one just new fraudulent insurance the Justice Department will choose to ignore.

      • Maybe

        If my understanding of what Trump did is accurate, the new insurance plans aren’t technically fraudulent since they meet Trump’s standards.

        They’re just worthless and deceptive.

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      Well, the replacement is that everybody gets to die.

      • Jon Sussex

        Since there’ll be no more free slut pills there’ll be plenty of fetuses to take our place if they can just shut down the abortionplex.

    • Wookie Monster

      The replacement is the massive tax cuts for the rich.

      • Maybe

        You nailed it.

        Except the Repubs may be more efficient at destroying something than in actually getting legislation passed.

    • SeeTrain65

      The replacements are all the spare organs soon to be readily available for the rich when the poor and middle-class all start to die off.

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    I have finally run out of actual words to say about this man. I can only scream incoherently when I try to express my thoughts on him.

    • mardam422

      I’m beyond screaming. I’m patiently waiting for the rapidly approaching comeuppance for the entire Republican Party.

  • DesertedPictures

    You know: I almost get the impression that Trump is not a very nice person…

  • Skeptical_thinker

    Trump sucks bowling balls through steel plate

    It had to be said.

    • FasterThanLite

      I don’t know what that means but I can’t disagree with the suckin part.

      • ahughes798

        It’s a corollary(?)to: That girl could suck the chrome off a trailer hitch.” Same idear.

    • anon_the_great

      Oh, if only he had that skill. Or any skill, really…

  • WIDTAP

    Remember, Mr. President, You actually have to sign executive orders:
    https://news.google.com/news/video/KX4EnNQlQpc/dz5BhbYI6nhSyUMntU8-aUSUs9VcM?hl=en&ned=us

    • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

      “Hey, whitehairguy, psst. Who am I making this out to? And when do we get birthday cake?”

  • BMW

    Step 1: Claim Obamacare will wreck healthcare.

    Step 2: Publicly discourage people from signing up, prevent market places from being set up in ley states, get Medicaid expansion gutted by the Supreme Court, cut the risk corridors so premiums rise even more, and eliminate subsidies for premiums.

    Step 3: Remind everyone, “See, we told you it’d wreck healthcare!”

    • DesertedPictures

      Step 4:?
      Step 5: profit

      • SeeTrain65

        Step 5: Profit (Trump, his friends and associates only. Others need not apply.)

  • DesertedPictures

    Why is he so cruel? What does anyone gain from this?

    He behaves like a cartoonbad guy. If this wasn’t real life I would call him an unbelievable over the top two dimensional villain.

  • Jimh
  • Treehopper1104

    Trump must get up in the morning and ask himself, “how can I hurt as many people as possible today with the least amount of effort?”

    • SeeTrain65

      Every day for 71 years.

  • doktorzoom

    Just updated the main post with this, which of course state A.G.s will probably make central to their challenges to preserve the CSRs: Refusing to them is probably against the law, appropriations technicalities be damned:

    https://twitter.com/DanielJHemel/status/918813736403656704

    • Impatient

      Did this game already get played out, with the Republican refusal to appropriate for most of the ACA’s “risk sharing” between insurers, during the first two years of the Exchanges? Rubio/GOP refused to appropriate about $8 billion of the $10 billion that was meant to help out insurers who covered more costly patients than they’d projected, during the two startup years of the Exchanges. Rubio called it socialism or communism, or some such horribly threatening thing. (In reality, this is how insurers operate, I gather. Insurers buy “re-insurance” from even bigger insurers, to protect themselves against inordinate losses? Like from ‘Lloyds of London?’)

      This may have led to insurer failures/exits (like the commie CO-OPs?), and to insurer premium variability and increase, to try to cope with costs. Last I heard, the courts were starting to award the risk sharing anyway, as … just like the CSR case … the ACA said that risk sharing was part of the game that insurers signed on for. The $8 billion ultimately can’t be withheld.

      So Lose-Lose? (lose, lose, lose, lose …. ?) Dear Dog, I’m getting tired of losing!

      • doktorzoom

        Reinsurance is a different issue from the cost-sharing reductions; the Rs certainly have tried to nitpick every part of the ACA to death, because it’s what they live for. Now they’re reaching for chainsaws.

        • Impatient

          Yes. The “transitional reinsurance program” was just one of the three risk sharing provisions of the ACA. (2014-2016) https://www.actuary.org/files/ACA_Risk_Share_Fact_Sheet_FINAL120413.pdf

          Not as long-term as the CSR fuckery? If Republicans can pull this latest game off, and sustain it. But it was the same technique of failing to appropriate what’s authorized in law. And I wonder if that “transitional” game was all the more damaging, because it hurt participating insurers badly, so early on in the Exchange implementation.

          Sorry if I’ve gotten wording wrong, or am confusing the issue. —— I’ll shut up now.

          It just makes me see red, when we’ve gone years into this implementation and Republicans are still pretending that this whole thing is just falling of its own weight. (Helping … a bit … to implement this stuff made my head hurt in 2011. So fair to say I’m only daring to dip my toe in now. Preserving sanity and all.)

    • BillEGoatSmirk

      Unfortunately, it appears that the “Section (3) Payment” that Professor Hemel references may only relate to a subsection entitled “Special Rules for Indians”.

      https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/42/18071

      • shocker

        Yes, it appears he cited to the wrong section but look at (c)(3)(A) above that section:
        “An issuer of a qualified health plan making reductions under this subsection shall notify the Secretary of such reductions and the Secretary shall make periodic and timely payments to the issuer equal to the value of the reductions.”

  • Alexander Stallwitz

    I firmly believe this was always the plan to destroy Obamacare or at least after it went down in flames the first time. The Republicans knew Obamacare was too popular to outright kill and knew it would destroy them politically. They got or tricked Trump into doing this as political cover. They can say “hey, we got it done” to the Teabaggers or its not our fault. Blame Trump to the angry voters. Raw self interest and political maunvering is the only thing the GOP has left as a belief.

    • Impatient

      Feels like the GOP has become one big, long rear-guard action. If they can’t stop, or pass, legislation then they’ll kill it by creating funding or implementation problems. A depressing thought is that the Democrats, effectively, can NEVER actually take action through government. Even when they’re elected by a clear majority, the Republicans will kill anything they sufficiently dislike.

  • William
  • Shelli Kae

    I admit I’ve had my head in the sand these past eight or so months. Trump and his plan to fuck up America pushed me under except for the morning ritual of checking Huffington Post for the doomsday clock I did my best to ignore him. Last week I pulled my head out of the sand and started reading the Wonkette, visiting Twitter and decided my voice was important and it was time to join the Resistance. Then fuck all! Trump destroys the healthcare system that I (along with millions of others w pre-existing conditions) depend upon to live. So now I have to cancel my internet services to save the cash for my insurance premiums skyrocketing next year. Fucking Trump.
    How can one man destroy healthcare for millions causing unnecessary illnesses and deaths? Did he not take an oath to protect the American people? How is this not an impeachable offense, intentionally fucking up people’s lives? That mother fucker Trump is more evil than any dictator or serial killer I’ve studied! And I have a sick obsession with how those psychos work.

    • Impatient

      I’ve been doing the irritating ‘broken record’ thing in NYT comments, and I’m just enough of an ass to punish folks with it here. This isn’t tRump. This is the evil GOP (redundant) who, thanks to some interesting Slavic folk, have gotten their wildest wet dreams dumped in their laps. tRump can’t be both a “fucking moron” AND an evil genius. But McConnell is clearly the most evilest turtle ever to walk this planet.

      • amrak63

        The evil genius is Putin. He wants the Rethuglicans running this country because he knows, as well as we do, that Rethug policies weaken the USA.

      • SeeTrain65

        You’re right. He can’t be both a fucking moron and an evil genius.

        And he isn’t. He’s a fucking moron following orders.

    • doktorzoom

      Welcome to the Monkey House! You can still read us on public library computers until those are shut down, too… (sigh)

      • SeeTrain65

        I think it’s started. I walked over to my library tonight and couldn’t get a signal. It’s usually left on so people in my tiny little town can access it after hours.

    • lunar62

      Sticking your head in the sand is not a good strategy when there are people in power who just don’t give a damn what happens to you. If you’re in a vulnerable position, you have to constantly keep an eye on what the bastards are up to so you can plan what your next survival move will be. Great way to live your life. I love checking the news the moment I open my eyes in the morning to see what insane thing Trump has done.

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    I got nothing. I don’t understand someone(s) who deliberately seek public office in order to destroy peoples’ lives.

    • Canis Greyhame

      What are a few million destroyed lives to him, if it means he can seek revenge upon those who have made him feel small and stupid?

      • Rocket Pony Ron

        Isn’t that pretty much everybody… oh, wait, that explains his (microscopic) hardon for starting WWIII. That’ll show us!

    • Impatient

      We need to keep things positive here! The Republicans simply wants to haz more monies, and monies is always good! Destroying people is a mere side effect, and hell, lives don’t really matter much at all, when compared to the monies. (Ugh, even typing that felt bad.)

  • BillEGoatSmirk

    Our AG in MA (Maura Healey, who hates Trump with the fire of a thousand suns) just announced that she’s joining a lawsuit with CA, CT and KY (!) and will argue that the feds are required by law to pay the subsidies.

    And the unknown limerick writer in our local comment section has struck again:

    With this latest executive order,
    By the clown with the mental disorder
    It’s getting to where
    The best place for health care
    Will be north (or south) of the border

  • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

    About that “shall” pay.

    The Constitution itself said the President “shall have power” and “shall nominate” any Supreme Court Justices. Quite literally, Mitch McConnell violated the Constitution by refusing to allow Merrick Garland’s nomination to proceed to the Senate’s only duty of providing “advise and consent.”

    “Shall” is apparently just a toothless word that Republicans can redefine anyway they want.

    They don’t care about laws, rules, norms, standards. We can’t even rely on the plain meaning of the literal words of laws, let alone the very Constitution itself anymore.

    • Impatient

      We all need to see the other guy’s point of view! When looking at the phrase “shall have power,” you/we see the word “shall.” Republicans see the words “have power.”

    • stubbornirishlass

      I hate to admit this, but I haven’t studied the Constitution nearly as closely as I should as an American citizen, for the simple reason that I am afraid knowing all the many ways in which it has been so thoroughly and frequently violated without repercussion would piss me off to a point not good for my health.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      I was hoping Obama would just tell Garland to show up for work. If Republicans just do whatever the hell they want, so should we. Now we’re stuck with Gorsuch for 30 years.

      • Rocket Pony Ron

        Assuming, of course, that the country LASTS another 30 years.

  • Zyxomma

    Perfect illustration.

  • Me not sure

    Fixing healthcare just became an extortion racket.
    “That’s a nice healthcare plan you had there. Build me a wall and you might just get it back.”

    • phoenix00

      Exactly like DACA.

  • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

    Now that should free up some big time money for the wealthy folks’ tax cuts!

    If any of you plan on dying, be sure to do it on their lush estate lawns, to aid in its fertilization.

  • Maxine Waters ate Grilled “Educated Fooled” for lunch today.
    https://i.imgflip.com/1xkka5.jpg

    And by educated she means he knows how to make money cutting you open, hi yoooooooo!

    • kaydenpat

      Kind of scary that he’s a brain surgeon.

      • SeeTrain65

        Too bad he can’t fix himself.

  • Blender_415

    Sorry, there aren’t enough votes in the entire fucking universe to shove up Trump’s (and his bullshit GOP lapdogs’) ass that would make me not see pure darkness right now.

  • kaydenpat

    Trump is one cold hearted s.o.b. Where is the better healthcare he promised during his presidential campaign? Or was that just another lie for the brainless rubes?

    • It was all lies. He could not get congress to do it for him, so desperate for a win, he did it himself, illegally. And is whining Democrats won’t work with him.

  • whitroth

    It has to be said: I’m not dead, yet!
    Trumpo: You’ll be dead in a minute….

  • Suttree

    I’m sure all of those “economically anxious” WWC people are breathing a sigh of relief now.

  • An excellent point (read the whole thread) from U of Chicago Law professor Daniel Hemel on the Twitters: there’s a pretty damn good case to be made that refusing to pay the cost sharing reductions is just plain illegal:

    This is what I said fucking last night. You can ignore congress if you are choosing to follow the law. You CANNOT just decide not to follow a law.
    This is illegal with a capital I

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      Good thing the President can perform any illegal act that takes his fancy, and not suffer any consequences for it.

  • stubbornirishlass

    Lawyers, help me out here. Because the first thought I had is best expressed by Daniel Hemel’s tweet in Dok’s article. The ACA is law. Since when can any president simply decide to dismantle or sabotage a law passed by Congress? Perhaps I’m being optimistic here (something of which I am rarely accused), but I don’t see how this stands legally.

    • Remember all that stuff the right wing screamed about Obama doing? Over stepping legal bounds, making himself a dictator, ignoring the constitution?
      *points to Trump* seems they were merely expressing jealousy

  • Suddenly I get the feeling that Trump is living backwards.

    President 47 presides over a great America.
    President 46 “undoes” all the good things, like trashing the ACA.
    Trump undoes the bad stuff that President 46 does.
    President 44 (Obama) presides over a Great America.

    It’s hard to put it into writing, but I hope you get what I mean.

  • Celtic_Gnome

    Gosh, I really feel great now, America. How ’bout you?

  • amrak63

    I don’t qualify for subsidies, but I pity those who do.

    Meanwhile, my health insurance is going up next year, to just under $6800 per year.

    Welcome to American health care: “Your Money Or Your Life!”

    And yet, so many of my fellow white Amurkans who share my situation will continue to adore Cheetolini, because at least he’s keepin’ them damn ni*CLANG* from gettin’ any of our hard-earned tax money *URP*.

    I despise my tribe. I do not know how it produced me.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      If it’s any consolation, this move will fuck Trump’s base pretty hard. I just got insurance through an employer, but I was paying close to $6000 a year for shotty insurance. I still have shitty insurance, but now it’s only $2400 for nothing.

    • SeeTrain65

      Gives a new meaning to that old Jack Benny joke.

  • SeeTrain65

    “Dems should call me to fix!”

    You need fixed more than the ACA does. I know some good surgeons.

    • Lobotomy might could help. Even a chemical lobotomy could improve the Ol’ Pussy Grabber.

  • Maybe

    The only silver lining I can see to this nasty mess is that Trump is doing it openly and effective immediately. The Repub Congress had planned to do it sneaky and with delayed effect so they wouldn’t be held accountable in 2018.

    So if we’re really lucky then Congress will feel forced to step in and do something to fix this mess. Doesn’t seem likely, given their track record.

    Maybe, if we’re lucky at all, more voters will realize what the Repubs are up to and will make them pay in 2018.

    None of which helps the people hit by this. The GOP is now the Sociopath Party.

  • It really demonstrates his tripartite diagnosis: unproductive, malignant, narcissism.

    It’s unproductive because (a) it may just be illegal and unenforceable, (b) relies on an understaffed, inexperienced upper management layer or a professional bureaucratic layer of the administration to implement, (c) because of that, it may mean the Ol’ Pussy Grabber will have to have a sustained effort to make it happen, (d) is being done openly and at a poorly timed juncture because the Ol’ Pussy Grabber couldn’t pass the Mischel’s Marshmallow test much less execute a complex strategy. In short, he’s shot his wad prematurely. He always does. He has no ability to plan, execute, or manage his emotions.

    It’s malignant because he harms millions needlessly and accomplishes nothing policy-wise or of his personal goals. It certainly doesn’t harm Barack Obama. It might make Obama sad or angry just like it does you or me. It might make Obama wistful about what could’ve been, but it does not real harm to him. Obama’s legacy is settled. It is in the history books. The Ol’ Pussy Grabber doesn’t realize that he’s now laying the groundwork for his own legacy, how he will be remembered. He’ll be remembered as the president who deliberately and with malice aforethought caused significant harm and premature death to millions. He’ll be the Goebbels and Mengele of our time. Great. Take that Obama! I can hurt millions and you can’t stop me!

    It is narcissistic because he can only see it from his own narrow perspective: he needs a win. He needs to take down Obamacare. The legislature failed, so he’ll go the executive order route. Obamacare will be in shambles now no matter what. He won. Look, the Ol’ Pussy Grabber’s a winner!

    He can only see it from his own narrow perspective. Obama hurt him publicly at the WH Correspondent’s Dinner by making fun of him for being a dumb ass and championing birtherism. Now, he’s having his revenge! Won’t mom be proud of her boy? No, because mom was never and will never be proud of or approving of anything the Ol’ Pussy Grabber ever did no matter what it was. She can only disperse disappointment. But, she also had her revenge!

    He literally lives the old Milo Minderbinder line from Catch-22, “what is good for M & M Enterprises is good for the country.” “What’s good for the Ol’ Pussy Grabber is good for the Ol’ Pussy Grabber cuz ain’t nothing exist outside of the Ol’ Pussy Grabber no way no how.”

    We are so fucked.

    • amrak63

      By every means short of actual shooting war, Mommie Dearest Russia must be punished for doing this to us, however long it takes.

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