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Last Friday, Donald Trump said he was going to halt payments of a key subsidy that makes the Affordable Care Act affordable: the “cost-sharing reductions” (CSRs) paid to insurance companies to offset out-of-pocket costs for low-income folks on individual and family plans purchased through the state and federal exchanges. There was no reason to do it other than to sabotage the ACA (an appeals court case was still pending on whether the subsidies were legal, so Trump’s claim that they were clearly unconstitutional was bogus). The action has the potential to blow up the price of insurance in the exchanges, but since most people on ACA plans get subsidies, many of the increased costs would be eaten by the government, while those who don’t get subsidies could be priced out of coverage. As Vox’s Sarah Kliff said after Trump’s announcement, Trump enacted “a policy where the government spends billions more to insure fewer people.”

But hark! There is a ray of hope shining from the Senate! Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander and Washington Democrat Patty Murray announced this afternoon they’ve reached an agreement to fund the CSR payments, at least in the short term. And Even Donald Trump has made approving noises about it. The agreement, says the Washington Post,

would provide states with greater flexibility under the Affordable Care Act in exchange for authorizing cost-sharing reduction payments known as CSRs for two years. Those payments help offset deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs for low-income consumers who obtain insurance under the ACA.

“Yes, we have been involved and this is a short-term deal because we think ultimately block grants going to the states is going to be the answer,” said Trump, referring to a Republican push to block grant health-care funding individually to states.

So yes, that’s qualified support, because Trump still thinks the failed Graham-Cassidy plan is the shit, but what Trump thinks at any given moment changes.

Of course, it’s not clear yet whether the Alexander-Murray plan has a chance of actually being introduced in the Senate, because Mitch McConnell is a chelonian asshole. The most McConnell would say, shortly after the deal was announced, was that “We haven’t had a chance to think about the way forward yet,” which translates to “We need to see whether we can leverage this into a huge tax cut for the wealthy,” because that is what every other word out of McConnell’s turtlebeak means.

The proposal would ensure funding of CSRs for two years, but would also allow states to

make changes to insurance offerings as long as the plans had “comparable affordability,” which is a slightly looser definition than the existing one.

The proposal would also allow insurers to offer catastrophic insurance plans to consumers aged 30 and older on ACA exchanges, while maintaining a single risk pool.

So some slightly cheaper, junkier insurance for the healthy youngs, but they’d still be paying into the same insurance pool as everyone else. Looks like it might not entirely suck? Unlike the Senate’s attempts to murder the ACA, the compromise wouldn’t allow states to opt out of essential health benefits or protections for patients with preexisting conditions.

No telling whether enough Republicans will stick their necks out to actually fix part of the ACA, even for a limited time, because they may fear primary challenges from rightwing loonies next year. This would be an excellent time for Republican senators to hear from their constituents that this is a fine chance for Congress to finally do something good for a change, don’t you think? Give ’em a call and promise a group hug! Or threaten one, if that works.

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  • Nounverb911
    • Gayer Than Thou

      What is a mothclucker? Is that a Mexican thing?

      • TakingAmes

        I think he means “motherfucker,” but put the asterisks in odd places because English isn’t his first language. I would do it, “mother**cker,” or “mother***er,” personally.

        • Shawn Renee Ernoehazy

          I just say, “Oedipus.”

      • He’s saying Trump is a chicken who fucked his mother.

    • chazmanr

      He’ll probably announce tomorrow that he is going to stop donating his POTUS pay.

    • Raan

      “…and if the ref’s not looking, you can kick him a couple of times.”

    • The size of Trump’s net worth is converging with the size of his fingers.

    • Nounverb911

      Donnie finally got around to filing his tax evasion today….
      https://twitter.com/markknoller/status/920375588485042176

  • MynameisBlarney

    I think this may trip the circuit breakers Wonkette’s Emergency Squee Overload Detection System (WESODS).

    https://www.boredpanda.com/cute-hedgehog-azuki-camping/

    • Nounverb911

      Ask they say in Japanese ‘cute-o’

    • Anna Elizabeth
      • You should ice that burn

        Who knew Coleman made so much hedgehog sized camping gear?

        • Anna Elizabeth

          Perhaps she is a really big Hedgehog?

          • You should ice that burn

            Perhaps, although the detritus on the forest floor would seem to be outsized as well, if only we had an accomplished scale modeler to consult..

          • Anna Elizabeth

            xD I was actually wondering if any of the Coleman things were Barbie accessories or the like?

      • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

        Is she your spirit animal?

        • Anna Elizabeth

          Hey, that’s a thought! xD

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            I have always loved them, and she is styling.

    • TJ Barke

      Wow. Coleman’s must be really inclusive.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Golly, it’s almost like the GOP is trying to kill us all.

    • Nounverb911

      Just the people who are’t mega-donors.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Someone please ask trump to explain one part of the ACA. Or ask him to spell it.

    • Wuulf

      Or the Iran deal, TPP, nafta, or the Paris climate accord.

      • or United States of America.

  • Nounverb911
    • elviouslyqueer

      WH declares War on Diwali?

      • Little Lulu Ω

        Diwali – always having trouble with Dibeaver.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      probably thought they were Mooselimbs

    • doktorzoom

      BUILD DIWALI! BUILD DIWALI!

    • TakingAmes

      They didn’t realize that a photo op of Lord Dampnut surrounded by white men lighting a Diwali lamp might be poor optics, did they?!

      • Amy!

        Li’l Donnie heard it was called “the Festival of Color” and said “all festivals matter! What about the Festival of Whites, huh? Huh? Gotcha!”

    • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

      No, it’s because he cannot publically show any love to “the browns”

    • sarafina

      Such an attractive man lighting the candle!! He’s probably nice, too!

  • elviouslyqueer

    So, Mitch McConnell has once again proved himself to be a gigantic geriatric slice of amoebic dysentery.

    I. am. SHOCKED.

    • Nounverb911

      Isn’t amoebic dysentery one of Mother Natures favorite ‘Headcount Reduction Programs’?

    • Mr. Blobfish

      Mitch was promised lettuce.

    • whitroth

      LOVE IT! 4 points on that one, and I plan on stealing it.

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      You do NOT want to know the image that brought to my mind. Green and oozing slowly…enough said.

  • chazmanr

    If it doesn’t completely suck and dick punch the poors, it has absolutely no chance of passing under a GOP Congress and administration. Sorry to pour out your half-full glass, Dok.

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    I hate that we’re having to negotiate with terrorists. But a million people don’t deserve to get worked over either.

  • cmd resistor

    I saw a headline saying a key GOP person was not thrilled with this and I just decided not to read it to find out who was competing for fuckhead of the day today. Maybe it was McConnell.

    • Mr. Blobfish

      My bet is on Rand Paul.

  • doktorzoom

    Topher Spiro likes it. That may mean it’s doomed. Maybe tell Trump it was his idea all along?
    https://twitter.com/TopherSpiro/status/920394984515362816

    • Jeffocaster in the West

      is he the guy from That 70’s show? And what the hell kind of name is Topher?

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        Spiderman!

        • Jeffocaster in the West

          WAIT! Topher Spiro AGNEW!!!

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            a twopher topher!

          • Oneofthebobs

            Spiro chete?

      • Thiazin Red

        I’m guessing its short for Christopher, but his parents were hipsters who wanted a more unique nickname than Chris.

      • Bright Bart

        matrix.

  • jesterpunk

    Trump is now claiming his bigly brains caused ISIS to give up and run away.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/17/politics/trump-isis-raqqa/index.html

    President Donald Trump took credit for the fact that ISIS is in retreat during an interview Tuesday, claiming that ISIS wasn’t on the run before because “you didn’t have Trump as your president.”

    The comment comes as US-backed forces fighting ISIS in Raqqa said “major military operations” in the city have ended and that the jihadists have lost control of their self-declared capital.

    American officials have not yet formally announced that the fight is won, but the development marks a significant moment for the war on ISIS.

    “I totally changed rules of engagement. I totally changed our military, I totally changed the attitudes of the military and they have done a fantastic job,” Trump said on “The Chris Plante Show.” “ISIS is now giving up, they are giving up, there are raising their hands, they are walking off. Nobody has ever seen that before.”

    When Plante asked why that hadn’t happened before, Trump took the bait.

    “Because you didn’t have Trump as your president,” he said. “It was a big difference, there was a big, big difference if you look at the military now.”

    • cmd resistor

      Gag, what a shit head jerk off.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      ROFL, try again tiny hands. You’re still using Obama’s plan and his planners- none of the success has a damn thing to do with you, shitheel…

      • TJ Barke

        But his dumbass supporters don’t know the difference.

    • elviouslyqueer

      Heckuva job, Bone Spur.

    • these comments make me so angry i get sick to my stomach.

    • Bright Bart

      actually they quit ISIS. They heard a certain someone was coming around to make ISIS great again. They work for KAOS now. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ba320d633f2671587394fb41b1ce11ae622c07fe0aaa53abb3699d32f39b1f06.jpg

      • jesterpunk

        Did he threaten to make ISIS partners in his new casino business?

        • Bright Bart

          He sent them marble counter top samples!

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Republican candidates:
    2010: “We’re going to repeal and replace Obamacare!”
    (Audience) Wild applause.

    2012: “We’re going to repeal and replace Obamacare!!”
    (Audience) Wild applause.

    2014: “We’re going to repeal and replace Obamacare!!!”
    (Audience) Wild applause.

    2016: “We’re going to repeal and replace Obamacare!!!!”
    (Audience) Wild applause.

    2018: “We saved Obamacare!!!!!”
    (Audience) Bewildered looks. Wild applause.

    • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

      This is actually good extrapolation from the campaign. “I helped Obama by making him release the birth certificate. I helped Alicia Machado by telling her to lose weight. Etc.”

  • TJ Barke
    • Raan

      I don’t know why Sessions is so against weed. Shit, you have to be high to make sense of what his boss says.

      • TJ Barke

        Naw, you just have to be really dumb.

    • TJ Barke

      If someone in the press says that to Donnie, I will send them my whole month’s paycheck.

  • memzilla Ω
    • Jeffocaster in the West

      When Irish eyes are smiling……

    • gallbladder

      Now THAT’S disaster relief!

      • Juanita

        Google is paying 97$ per hour,with weekly payouts.You can also avail this.
        On tuesday I got a brand new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $11752 this last four weeks..with-out any doubt it’s the most-comfortable job I have ever done .. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
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    • GreenGoldSharpie

      Ireland? That’s my weekly order, guys.

    • Joe Beese

      Hope they’re bringing the Andy Capp’s.

    • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

      And on the 8th day God created whiskey to keep the Irish from conquering the rest of His creation.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    And Even Donald Trump has made approving noises about it

    Maybe Kelly burst into the oval office and read Donnie the riot act after the shameful display of using his dead kid as a political pawn- threatened to punch him in his tiny dick repeatedly until he did something nice for people to make up for it

    • puredog

      Uh huh. You’re fantasizing again.

  • whitroth

    All I need to hear are the words “gives the states more flexibility”, and you *know* that the white states (I refuse to call them red, since red has *always* meant the left, as in socialists, so unless you want to call them right-wing Stalinists…) will use that to cut benefits, and cut what they cover (can you say, SLUT PILLS, boyos and grrrllls?)….

    • Paperless Tiger

      “Flexibility” is a favorite word of the companies in labor negotiations. It means “bend over”.

      • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

        and grab your ankles.

        • Occupied Territory of Kavefish

          Are they close to my bootstraps? Cuz I’m still trying to find *those*.

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            Yes, keep reaching…

  • Joe Beese

    I know it wasn’t popular in the last thread but I’m still in favor of the hypothetical Beese daughter celebrating her Jewish heritage by dressing for Halloween as Anne Frank.

    Going as famous Jewish women writers could become an annual tradition. Gertrude Stein! Susan Sontag!

    Or, if she wanted to be scary too, Ayn Rand.

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      Jewish women writers would be cool, still not sold on the Anne Frank costume. Though I bet the amount guilt candy would be awesome.

    • Stulexington

      I’m okay with the costume, I’m just not okay with some corporation profiting from it.

  • Serai 1

    I’d bet money (if I had it) that Twitler’s hardon for block grants is all about the schemes he’s thinking up for getting his hands on the money. If it goes in block grants to the states, he can cozy up to the governors and weasel his way to grabbing it, and then he’ll make out like a bandit! This is the way he thinks, people – if it’s not about his revenge, it’s about his profit.

    • TJ Barke

      That’s essentially the wall plan and the infrastructure plan as well.

      • Serai 1

        Wouldn’t surprise me if Christie’d already promised him something of the sort.

        • DT

          It would utterly shock me if he hadn’t.

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      Yes. Instead of one giant federal pot from which only the giant hogs can suck, let’s break it up into fifty smaller state pots from which many, many greedy small hogs can suck.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Also too, its a way to set things up to be killed dead for real after the heat of the change settles down. Typical Republican Cowardly Killing of Popular Programs. Hide what you’re doing, then lie about it.

    • mailman27

      It’s also sumpin somebody told him was a good thing. He knows nothing.

  • TJ Barke

    Griffins are a mongrel race!

  • Crystalclear12

    I am starting to resent hope.

    • marxalot

      As a good friend of mine pointed out, it was the last thing in Pandora’s box of curses. What do you think that makes it?

  • Beanz&Berryz

    And of course, we now have chelonian to add to McConnell’s Testudinesian theme.

    • Aggle Wok

      Chelonian is an excellent word of the day

      • Teto85

        A most cromulent word.

      • Ron Fresquez

        che·lo·ni·an
        kəˈlōnēən/Submit
        ZOOLOGY
        noun
        1.
        a reptile of the order Testudines (formerly Chelonia ); a turtle, terrapin, or tortoise.
        adjective
        1.
        relating to or denoting chelo

  • bbayliss
  • Joe Beese
    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      Fuck, let him call it Trump’sAGeniuscare if that’s the ball-licking he needs to get on board, but let’s strike before the GOP gets over its attack of rationality.

      • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

        One Republican, Lamar Alexander, doesn’t really define an attack of rationality. Since the DACA Dickery I really, really don’t trust the right.

        • sarafina

          I haven’t trusted the right since before Obama was elected the first time.

          • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

            You are smarter and more perceptive than I am! And probably better looking! It took me quite some time to let go of the “both sides are the same” trope.

  • Joe Beese

    Chuck P:

    Maybe I’m not fully attuned to the conservative mind, but I don’t see why any Republican with plans for the future wouldn’t grab this and run. It’s the best deal they’re likely to get. It probably will pass unless it gets garroted in the night by the crazies and/or Rand Paul, and it gets the worst parts of the issue completely off the table for the 2018 midterms. Whether or not it’s good for the health of the country and its citizens likely will have to wait until we see what kind of Congress those midterm elections return, god help us all.

    http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a13036797/bipartisan-healthcare/

  • Trump’s Potemkin Village

    I think I’ll call up my critters’ office and say, “Time for single-payer, beyotch!”

  • laineypc

    Public option is the next step. Public option will get us on the path to single payer.

    • h4rr4r

      How does that happen with the Hastert rule in effect?

      • laineypc

        I suppose one could ask the same of any Dem sponsored bill?

        • h4rr4r

          It is possible a Dem sponsored bill has more than 50% of the republicans for it.

          Even if the Dems gain the house and the senate in 2018, Trump would never sign it, not that it would get to his desk. The Public Option could not get 50 Democrats to vote for it.

  • TJ Barke

    That pic of Lucy Lawless in the editrix t-shirt makes me feel funny…

    • Trip Space-Parasite

      Is that who that is?

      • TJ Barke

        Sure is.

  • mancityRed6

    “Yes, we have been involved…”
    uh huh, sure you have. and I’ll bet that neither Alexander nor Murray call tRump out on that bullshit.

    • Sophie McMillan

      she has made it abundantly clear that she doesnt care what he wants to say as long as he signs the legislation.

      • mancityRed6

        that’s pretty much what I was thinking. and how much do you have to take just to do something that’s even close to right?

  • Teto85

    Single payer. In the meantime, Truck Fump.

    • Rebel Scum with permit

      I attended a town hall meeting last night for my blue dog (for California) congresscritter. Several people criticized him for not sponsoring the single payer healthcare bill. He indicated that saving Medicaid and the ACA has become moreor less a full time occupation for Dems in Congress and there hasn’t been as much energy to devote to single payer as he’d want.
      I think it’s an excuse- I think given the makeup of our district right now a lot of his energy has been focused on DACA but it has to be exhausting fighting Trump on all these fronts.

    • JohnC44

      There’s something awry with the spelling of the words presented after the comma in your sentence. Though undoubtedly spelled correctly separate of context, we feel strongly that you intended to convey two totally different words than you offered here, especially when taken in context. Please review and re-submit.

      – A.R.S.H.L.E.S (Anal Retentive Society Honors Library Editors Syndicate)

      • Teto85

        The phrase was originated here on Wonkette and it is perfectly cromulent.

        • JohnC44

          Show me the files!*

          *- Not really.

  • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

    “chelonian asshole”

    Looked it up.
    Learned a thing.
    Snicker.

    • Proud Liberal

      The more you know. Perfect word for the turtle.

    • Panika MCD

      he’s not even a turtle anymore. he’s guilinggao.

  • Rebel Scum with permit

    Another gift to the Republicans from Trump. If it works, he’ll swoop in and take the credit, even though he created the mess. If Congress kills it, they’ll have failure sticking to them again like muddy effluent of Puerto Rico, and Trump will mock and blame them.

    • Panika MCD

      I have a feeling that some insurance companies are going to play a big part in this election.

  • Panika MCD

    who brought by the encapsulated purity pony farts and why did so many Wonkette regulars take them?

    COULD EVERYONE STOP ACTING STRANGE?

    • Moar Wordz

      Bwahaha

      • Panika MCD

        I meant to put it over on the OT. it related to a couple of events today and some weird shit about a Sheriff must be illiterate if he doesn’t like John Donne…? IDK. people are being dumb with rage. would not be surprised if half the comments on this thread are, “don’t have to call because my senator and rep will do the right thing.” (wrong. you make sure to thank them so tha they’ll listen to you later when they’re having a brain fart.) and the other half is, “told mine they were assholes.” (because that ALWAYS WORKS!) the only time it’s appropriate to call a sitting Congress critter an asshole in communications with your critters is if you are writing John Cornyn. (you get points for dissing Ted Cruz.)

        • sarafina

          I call Cruz “Senator Anchor-Baby” and Cornyn ‘ignorant white trash’ since they vote the party line regardless.

          • Panika MCD

            Cruz doesn’t because he likes throwing wrenches in the works. Cornyn would like to not more often, but he’s the whip–it’s kind of his job. but he’s definitely not ignorant.

  • Mavenmaven

    Will the Republicans vote for a reasonable compromise? Or do they want to watch all those people die? I’m afraid we know the answer.

    • kaydenpat

      Sadly, it would be the latter. Folks like Cruz and Paul want nothing more than to see folks die — even those who are supporters of their President.

    • Stulexington

      What they want is to be able to blame the Democrats for all those people dying, so they’ll put forward some fixy sounding bullshit bill and then cry and wail that the Democrats shut down the last hope for so many millions of Americans and now they’re gonna die!!!!!!

    • Begin Anew Day

      donnie has unfairly tilted the Death Futures Market to favor the large Funeral Home & Mortuary Cartels!

      *****SOCIALISMISTIC ALARM BELL********

  • puredog

    Dok — upfisted for “chelonian.”

    • The Wanderer

      I second this upfist.

      • Suttree

        I learned something today! This will come in handy for Jeopardy in approximately 7 years.

  • For those keeping a list of potential Articles of Impeachment:

    US Constitution, Article II, Section 3:
    He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.

    Though he may not like it, the Affordable Care Act IS the Law of the Land. Interfering with it by refusing to fund the legally required subsidies is a violation of the highlighted passage.

    • kaydenpat

      Yep. Straight up sabotaging the ACA is an impeachable offense. Hopefully, Democrats are paying attention.

      • sarafina

        Unfortunately, “paying attention” is about as useful as “thoughts and prayers” against AK-47s. The party in power HAS the power.

        • Maybe

          Which is why Dems/progressives/liberals need to hold their noses and vote for Blue Dogs when that’s the only non-Repub choice.

          Control of the House and Senate is based on party head count and even Blue Dogs have heads.

      • Maybe

        The majority party in the House, via Paul Ryan, controls which bills come up for a vote. The Hastert rule lets a majority of Repubs control Paul Ryan.

  • Begin Anew Day

    Emperor For Life Barack Obama’s Master Plan to Create A Need for Single Payer Plan continues it’s relentless march to fruition.

    Yo donnie! How does it feel to be a tool in the hands of the MASTER?

    • JohnC44

      Hehe, nice.

    • Maybe

      It looks as though the Dems are getting ready to play three-dimensional chess while Donnie plays Whack-A-Mole.

      Mostly with his staff, his supporters, and any person of color who strays within sight.

  • Lefty Wright

    I suggest reserving judgement until a final bill is submitted. I do not trust the GOP. And I am reluctant to do anything that would give states too much flexibility or approve junk policies. Trump has already said he wants to move to block grants. That will start the downhill slide for Medicaid, and eventually, Medicare. Right now, the Democrats have a strong case if they stick together. When they start compromising on some of the basic policies that make the ACA work, such as a minimum level of benefits and a requirement (although poorly enforced) that everyone get health insurance, we will end up with a crippled marketplace.

    This compromise sounds like it will start the slide to more junk policies and for some states, a chance to really undermine the marketplace because a Trump administration will decide what what flexibility will be be allowed. And for states like Alabama and Texas, just about anything may go.

    The same can be said of the tax reforms. If the Democrats start surrendering to the GOP on some points, they will end up still ceding virtually all the benefits to the wealthy and corporations, it will just benefit the rich slightly less. And still end up with a trillion more in debt to give the rich tax cuts.

    I’m not against some compromise on some issues, but right now, I don’t see how this repeal lite is going to help. And I don’t see anything positive at all about any GOP ideas on tax reform other than doubling the standard deduction. And of course, the GOP is still short on details on the tax deal and seems to intend this to be another deal decided in secret.

    • Maybe

      My understanding is that Trump has already approved the junk policy part by executive fiat.

      Re tax reform, as long as the Repubs try to use reconciliation the Dems can just watch from the sidelines. There will be nothing in the deal to attract them and odds are the Repubs can fail nicely all on their own.

  • Tommy Beard

    The upside of this for the Republicans is people won’t be affected until after the midterms and by the presidential election they’ll be able to work up a way to blame Obama or Hillary’s emails.

    • Maybe

      Which is why it’s somewhat surprising that they’re not supporting it. The plans they came up with before were phased in after the 2018 elections. The current situation would hit a lot of people within the next year.

  • guppy06

    The most McConnell would say, shortly after the deal was announced, was
    that “We haven’t had a chance to think about the way forward yet,”

    You had seven fucking years to “think about the way forward!”

    • JCfromNC

      I’ve said it before, even though I know I’m not telling anyone here anything they don’t already know — the Republicans painted themselves into a corner on healthcare and they have not a fucking clue how to get out of it. Obama pretty much adopted their plan in toto and when they decided they were going to paint that as just a baby step from Socialist Amerika, they had nowhere left to go as far as presenting an alternative plan. What they should have done would have been to have grabbed that ball and ran with it, and declared themselves the saviors of the healthcare system, but Turtleman had already made up his mind that nothing the blah guy wanted to do was going to get done if he could stop it. Now their only two choices seem to be to either go back to the way things were, or make them even worse.

    • Maybe

      I don’t believe it’s the time so much as the thinking component that is causing the problems.

  • Bright Bart

    chelonian! good one.

  • Weird Fishes

    Maybe Democrats and Republicans working together isn’t the worst news coming out of Washington today (Trump still in office is).

    But still: Everyone, meet Pumpkin, who is a sweetheart, and a kitteh, along with his sibling Spice, that I’m rooting for.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BaX3VXnlJ36/

  • Relativicus

    As of a couple hours ago, Trump says he no longer finds this to be “a good short-term solution.”

  • SeeTrain65

    A nice try, but even if it survives a House vote, it still won’t have the votes to survive the very certain veto from the Tangerine Nightmare.

    (Yes, I’m a pessimist/fatalist.)

    • Maybe

      On the other hand, he does like to sign things because it lets him declare a win and hold a ceremony featuring himself signing (when he doesn’t forget and walk out the door without remembering to sign).

      • SeeTrain65

        True. But this, in his warped mind, has Obama’s name of it and people like it. He wants it to die in a fire.

        • Maybe

          They just have to make sure that the name “Obama” is not anywhere in the first ten words and Trump will never read it.

          Alternatively, they can keep a shiny object nearby or post a squirrel just outside the window since Trump has a much shorter attention span than the average Labrador Retriever,

  • theblackdog

    Yeah, I don’t trust that the GOP will not screw this up even worse than it already is.

  • Maybe

    “Trump thinks” is an oxymoron.

    Because Trump is a moron.

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