SHARE
Bipartisanship is a mythical beast

On Tuesday, we were briefly encouraged by how quickly Senators Patty Murray and Lamar Alexander had reached a deal that would restore funding for key subsidies for the Affordable Care Act after Donald Trump blew them up a week ago. The deal is smart and offers a little something for Democrats and Republicans both — for Dems, it preserves the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies insurance companies use to cover deductibles and copays for lower-income folks on individual insurance plans, and for Republicans, it allows states some flexibility in the kinds of insurance they can offer, while keeping healthy, younger people in the overall insurance pool.

Unfortunately, the prospects for the bill going forward are iffy, because Donald Trump has a bee in his bonnet that CSRs — which reimburse insurance companies for help they give lower-income folks — are somehow a “bailout” for insurance companies, which they are definitely not.

It’s unclear whether Trump’s wrongness on this can be overcome, but Alexander and other supporters of stabilizing the markets are going all out to flatter Trump so he’ll understand that this is a thing he could sign and get great press for. In fact, we have to agree with Lamar Alexander on this. Donald Trump is so very smart, surely he will recognize that his idea to stabilize the insurance markets — while not making insurers rich, really, it’s just a reimbursement for discounts they have to give people anyway — was one of his very best ideas, yes sir, it sure was! It’s a much smarter fix for the markets than Barack Obama could ever have thought of, that’s for sure!

Even if Donald Trump, who is really smart, were to embrace the Alexander-Murray bill and get just the most amazing press ever, even from us, there’s still another roadblock, which is that Paul Ryan is opposed to the deal for some reason. Hey, you know what would really get Paul Ryan’s goat? If Donald Trump were to just say the heck with Paul Ryan and get behind the effort to stabilize the Trumpcare exchanges! Then Donald Trump could say, “I wasn’t about to listen to that Washington insider — I wanted to fulfill my promise to the American people that we’d fix the problems with Obamacare. And with this deal, we have finally replaced Obamacare with a plan that works!”

He could even brag about how much money he’d saved the USA, because if the CSRs are cut, insurance companies will have to raise premiums, which would have to be covered by the tax credits in the ACA and would cost the government some extra $194 billion according to the CBO. We bet Donald Trump would just love to stick it to Paul Ryan and Washington insiders and say, “Nope, not gonna waste money like that!” He’d show everyone how smart he is!

As Andy Slavitt, the former head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has pointed out, the Alexander-Murray bill has already won the support of numerous patient groups and consumer groups, like the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the American Lung association, the AARP, Consumers Union, the Federation of American Hospitals, and the Catholic Health Association, among many others. Just imagine how they’d love Donald Trump if he got on board! Also, as Slavitt points out, the compromise is supported by a coalition of governors, including the Republican governors of Arkansas, Vermont, Nevada, and even Ohio — just think how John Kasich would feel small if Trump saved the insurance markets, proving he’s a better president than Kasich ever would have been!

There are already a dozen Senate Republicans who support Alexander-Murray, and as Kaiser Health News correspondent Julie Rovner points out, if you add all the Senate’s Democrats, that would make a filibuster-proof 60 votes in favor of the compromise bill. Just think how THAT would stick in Mitch McConnell’s craw, Mr. President! You’re such a smart president, we bet you’d just love the chance to prove to America you could break the gridlock in Washington and fix healthcare, just like you promised during the campaign.

Boy, would Mitch and Paul ever be cheesed off. You could really stick it to them and let them know who’s boss! We say go for, it, Mr. Trump! It would be beautiful!

Yr Wonkette is supported by reader donations. Please click here to support enlightened bullshitting.

[Vox / Slate / Vox]

$
Donate with CCDonate with CC
  • Everrett Fanuelli

    Why should he bailout insurance corporations, isn’t that what the tax cuts are going to be for?

    • ExecutorElassus

      why not both dot gif

  • MrTusks

    Congratulations on fucking healthcare back into where it was before you fucked it out of shape, Mr. President!

  • Bureaucrap

    He could do that, but it would fail to teach people the important lesson that only the rich survive.

  • memzilla Ω

    This is the most beautiful reverse-psychologizing I’ve ever read. *snf*

    However, I’m so old that I remember when WE DIDN’T HAVE TO DO THIS WITH OUR PRESIDENT. *headdesk*

    • MrTusks

      Obama was only nine months ago. I know it feels like a lifetime.

      • Stulexington

        It is a lifetime if you’re a prolifer.

  • Everrett Fanuelli
    • Villago Delenda Est

      That’s pretty much it, right there.

    • Bitter Scribe

      I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: Bolling is a national treasure. In a just world, “Tom the Dancing Bug” would run in every newspaper in the country and not just be confined to the internet.

  • ExecutorElassus

    So, since my knowledge on this is, shall we say, “thin,” just how shitty are these new “copper” plans they’re planning to let states offer? And is allowing states to offer progressively shittier plans really a good way to go? Are we really in such a bad way that eroding health insurance in exchange for continuing to provide the funding that was already being provided is now the compromise position?
    Sigh. And now it’s back to the drinking :(

    • PubOption

      Referring to the low-grade plans as zinc (or Zinke) might garner more Republican votes.

  • armed_bears

    OT? I don’t even know anymore… but gotta give mad props to 43. He did not have to say this, but he did, and we should acknowledge it.

    EDIT: I know it is fun to take a moral high ground and point out he did not name the beast. But I think more Republicans listen to Bush 41/43 than read Wonkette, and I will take progress where I can find it. So be of good cheer.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2417e3abb7b0140cce532e22a2f6da954322e99699ea51223b9741a98d852daf.jpg

    • anon_the_great

      NOW a warning!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!??!@#OU$&()#$&^Q#&Q ){#&R(QVB)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • armed_bears

        He was pretty clear during the campaign, in a Republican sort of way. ‘Course, his brother was running… Even 41 chimed in during the campaign.

        • armed_bears

          And Mrs. 41, for that matter.

    • SDGeoff3

      Sigh…agreed.

    • MrTusks

      Yes, we must return to subtle bigotry.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        “Dammit, use code! Not an air raid siren!”

    • pstokk

      When he names him and recommends impeachment, then I’ll be ready to give credit.

      • ExecutorElassus

        Would have been nice if he’d acknowledged his own administration’s sneering dismissal of “the reality-based community” and all the other godawful shit that happened under his presidency that made the present calamity possible.
        My only consolation is the hope that, deep down, the crushing guilt of knowing that he sent thousands of Americans to die overseas for a cause he and his cronies fabricated out of thin air, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians in the process and enabling the rise of ISIS, his lackeys’ insistence on the “imperial presidency” and the “unitary executive” and all the shit that made a lot of his top advisers (VP included) unable to travel abroad because they’d be arrested for fucking war crimes, visiting all the soldiers whose bodies were broken in his war to avenge his daddy’s humiliation … that all of this, weighing down on him day after day, will eventually crush what’s left of his mind until nothing remains.
        Jimmy Carter is building houses for the poor in his 90s. This fucker sits in comfort in his villa and paints. Fuck him.

        • pstokk

          Yes, exactly. It’s a continuum of Republican fuckery.

          • ExecutorElassus

            Normalizing past fuckery because the present fuckery is so much worse is some shameful shit the media just loves to do to suck up to rich and powerful men.
            Patriotic Americans don’t participate in the rehabilitation of a former president who, were this a just world, would be rotting in a jail cell somewhere, broke and despised by all, no matter that he might now serve up some anodyne pablum about how we need to “elevate the discourse” or whatever.
            Let’s also not forget it was this asshole whose gleeful mockery of the desperate pleas of a condemned woman his governor’s office declined to pardon was so utterly cruel and lacking in basic decency that it managed to shock Tucker Fucking Carlson into stunned silence.
            … and now I’m back to trying to drink away this tension headache. FUCK I hate these people so much :(

    • OrG

      You don’t get a cookie for saying stupid shit is STUPID.

      • armed_bears

        Something something something “perfect is the enemy of the good” something something something.

        • pstokk

          We’re not debating our own priorities and policies, where such an observation is always good.
          Bush has no impact in actual voters or elected Republicans with a speech like that. There’s nothing “good” in his performance, and performance is what it is. For the benefit of a few fellow “respectable” Republicans and his own sense of his moral reputation. Neither of these things are helpful in the least.
          A lot of things short of “perfect” he could do that would be useful and cost him nothing. He hasn’t done them.
          Just another profile in Republican cowardice.

          • armed_bears

            He has lifted the curtain enough for other Republicans to come out and do the same. That’s good enough for me, for now.

      • armed_bears

        I am delighted to find the internetz can provide imagery to support your point.
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c788281f61039788e2d2ab0b77ebba00d31954ed9dc9874d890380beeeb8f7f2.jpg

    • Ling Ling

      It’s a start, no argument from me. But this is the clown that drove the Iraqi adventure (which is not over yet). In my book, he is still worse than Trumpolini.

      • armed_bears

        he is still worse than Trumpolini.

        Ask any country in NATO, S Korea, Japan, China or just about any world leader other than Vlad.

      • Trip Space-Parasite

        Only because he had longer to fuck things up. Trump’s rate of fuckery (fuckocity?) is higher.

  • whitroth

    Actually, it *would* be enriching the medical insurance companies…EXCEPT that part of the ACA requires them to spend, what is it, 80%? 90%? of the premiums on care….

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    Okay, so how many Silkwood showers is this article going to require for ol’ Dok?

    • SDGeoff3

      I know. Poor thing.

  • IdiokraticCulturalMarxist

    “Go for it Mr. Trump!”

    “Ha-Ha! In your dreams, Hippie!” – Donald Trump

  • Suttree

    That would violate Trump’s Razor though. Take the best, smartest solution to a problem, and do the exact opposite of that. While patting yourself on the back.

  • jesterpunk

    Quick someone get Bamz to publicly say he is against this plan.

    • doktorzoom

      Bravo!

    • Villago Delenda Est

      “Also, too, don’t drink bleach! It makes liberalz angry!”

    • Asterix

      I’ve been thinking that too :)

  • mardam422

    Who’s a good President? Who’s a good President?

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Beloved Wise President Donald Trump Could PROBABLY Save Nation With Alexander-Murray Healthcare Bill!

    Where’s the profit in that?

  • Scooby

    Trump was shocked to learn that some madman is attempting to destroy the US health insurance system.

  • 60 is not only fill-her-buster proof, but it is veeter proof too.

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      With this administration, we require something closer to 90 proof.

      • proudgrampa

        Yup. 90 proof is the only way I get through the day.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      66 is veeter proof.

      • I’m not a numbers person. But cask strength is somewhere around 60%.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      What is wrong with the great tradition of fill-her-bustier?

  • Painter of Goats

    Good grief. Getting my 4-year-old granddaughter to do something she doesn’t want to do is less complicated than getting the President of United States to do something good for the country.

    • The Militant Homosexual Agenda

      Is she available to relocate to the DC area?

      • Painter of Goats

        Yes, but she needs Wednesday afternoons off to go to ballet class.

        • armed_bears

          She’s got my vote.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    The utter scum that is the “Freedom Caucus” (their motto: “You’re free to die in the curb, ungrateful peasants!”) will do everything they can to block it, and too many other GOP assholes will do what they can to do so, too.

  • FlownΩver

    We could all tell him that technically an amendment is implicit repeal of existing law – and watch that shit-eating Shkreli grin spread across his face.

    Don’t worry about the “implicit” part. He’s not willing to admit he doesn’t know what it means.

    • puredog

      “Implicit, complicit, whatevs.”

  • shastakoala

    Today we are all bees in a bonnet.

  • Bright Bart

    from your mouth to his orange ears.

  • Jamoche

    What’s he got against bailouts, anyway? He’d be living under a bridge without them.

    • MrTusks

      Bailouts for other people.

  • Ms.MLG on Maui

    Dok, I brought along a little baggie of burned steak bits, and some leftover chocolate cake if that will help…

    • Major_Major_Major

      No double scoops of ice cream? Fucking cheapskate,

      • Ms.MLG on Maui

        I forgot the cooler and it melted, alright?! You happy now?

        • puredog

          Ice cream melts very fast on Maui. It is known.

  • Ling Ling

    I thought health insurance cost $12/month? It doesn’t? Who knew?

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Well, it does, kinda, plus $500-$800, but ya… there’s always that last $12…

      • PubOption

        I just got a quote to carry my current insurance over to next year, it would cost about $1000 a month, but then I am geriatric (62 next year).

        • Beanz&Berryz

          It’s your own fault for having the preexisting condition of living so long…

          • PubOption

            Absolutely.

          • Beanz&Berryz

            Good that you take personal responsibility for it…

        • Shanzgood

          Holy shit, that’s awful!

    • ariel_gee_398

      That’s just the co-pay.

  • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/19/politics/bush-freedom-event/index.html?CNNPolitics=fb

    Reality, please stop making me agree with GWB. Things are awful enough as it is.

    • Stulexington

      So bad even W recognizes it’s stupid.

      • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

        GWB, at least, has feelings, morals, and shame. When he visited some families who had lost someone in Iraq, many of them yelled at him and he just stood there and took it in silence. How many nanoseconds would Trump stand that before yelling right back?

        • Gigglesnort

          He does seem real adept at digging the hole he is in deeper.

    • TimResistit

      You’re not agreeing with him, exactly. He’s agreeing with damn near everyone else.

  • BigCSouthside

    I get the feeling that many republicans won’t settle for anything short of taking Obamacare out back and shooting it. Working to fix it is then admitting the last 5 years of their rhetoric was pure grade-A bullshit

  • Bright Bart

    can i still get my lead filled trucker speed with this plan?

  • Daniel Hooper

    Doc, do you need some Pepto? You must feel nauseous after writing so much praise for Trump. I threw up in my mouth a little just reading it…

    • sillyclucker

      It made me really uncomfortable.

  • Jack Takes A Knee

    OT: Kelly just dove under the bus for Donnie.

    • jesterpunk

      What happened?

      • elviouslyqueer

        Kelly assailed Rep. Wilson for “betraying a sacred conversation.” And then defended Donnie.

        • sillyclucker

          What about that conversation was sacred ?

          • Suttree

            The widow saying “oh God, what an asshole!”?

        • suziq

          A conversation when Obama called Kelly about his son? That would imply that Obama did call, which is the opposite of what trump said.

          • suziq

            Oh, durrr, I figured Kelly would only talk about his conversation. Unless you meant the Kelly Cons People, then never mind also too.

          • elviouslyqueer

            The convo between Turnip and La David’s wife. Also said something weird about Rep. Wilson “overhearing” the convo. IT WAS ON SPEAKERPHONE.

    • Bill D. Burger

      Kelly said that the president “did the best that could” — and that “if you’ve never been in uniform, if you’ve never been in combat, you don’t even know how to make these calls.”

      Boy, there’s a slick endorsement, huh?
      In other words, Trump had no fucking idea what he was doing. PERIOD

      • jesterpunk

        If only Donny had some advisors he could ask about that, maybe someone who was in the military and who has served in combat?

        • Bill D. Burger

          Bingo! ___ Now …where did I put all those generals?

        • Ling Ling

          We had a book of form letters, etc. Read the script. No thinking required.

          • Suttree

            Not an option with Turnip.

          • Rocket Pony Ron

            And he can’t even manage THAT.

        • Covfefe

          “Be all you can be” never applied to those afflicted with bone spurs.

      • ariel_gee_398

        Spokeslady Sarah already threw him there yesterday – she said he thought the call was “appropriate”. The more shit that comes out like this, the more I understand just how much Kelly hates the brown people.

        • cmd resistor

          She went further and claimed he was disgusted, I guess by the politicizing. She is a horrible person.

          • ariel_gee_398

            Hard to believe her brother kills dogs and her father is Mike Huckabee, isn’t it?

          • Daniel

            Her father is Child sexual assault defender Mike Huckabee.

      • Suttree

        So he finally described Turnip truthfully?

      • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

        I’ve never been in uniform or combat, and I’ve had to make such calls.

        SO FUCK OFF!

        • The Militant Homosexual Agenda

          Yeah, who knew being in uniform was a prerequisite to being a decent human, huh?

      • The Militant Homosexual Agenda

        That’s funny. I can think of plenty of other Presidents, both -D’s and -R’s, who’ve never been in uniform or combat and they were able to make these calls.

        • Bill D. Burger

          Spot on!

      • P’jama Pahnts

        Why didn’t any other president have trouble with this? You have to go back to H. Bush to find a president with combat experience. What a bullshit response.

      • Opalescent Riddles

        If you don’t know how to do something, then you might practice first. And wasn’t this like his 10th call or something?

      • Daniel

        The bar keeps getting lowered.

    • DrBigHead

      I’m confused. Which Kelly are we talking about? I assumed the General, but some of the comments seem to point to Kellyanne

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        general

      • Jack Takes A Knee

        Gen. Kelly.

    • BigCSouthside

      Kelly has to know he got sent out there because his son was KIA. I would have fucking resigned on the spot

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      I was just trashing him on the last thread for that- ugly and shameless

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Interestingly, all that ass kissing actually boiled down to “yes, Trump did say what he claimed he didn’t say” Why else defend it if donnie didn’t say it? Why defend something that didn’t happen?

    • puredog

      His son would be so proud.

  • Bill D. Burger

    Healthcare is a fundamental human right not a privilege. Let’s end this madness and repeal and replace the President (*aka: Fucking Moron) of the United States.

  • King Beauregard

    Off-topic, but It Pays To Improve Your Cussword Power. I am looking for better alternatives for two words:

    – a verb that means complaining just to complain and be as unpleasant as possible. My go-to word in the past has started with “b” and is related to female dogs, but it’s got to go.

    – an adjective that describes someone who is unbelievably stupid without any hope of getting better (whether or not it’s true that they could smarten up any time they chose). Old word started with “r” and I’d abandoned until encountering the Internet and discovering how stupid people can be. Also, this word almost comes back ’round washed of its sins because of “dotard”, but that’s a happy accident and sooner or later “dotard”‘s going to go down too.

    It’s that first word I really need help with; “griping” doesn’t cut it at all.

    • ariel_gee_398

      Kvetching? Republican base?

    • Beanz&Berryz

      moran is available

    • Ms.MLG on Maui

      The first one could be “Trumping”….

      God, does that guy ever stop Trumping?

      And the second could be “Trump”….

      God, that guy is a real Trump.

    • sillyclucker

      Whine, bleat, snivel ?

    • icekat

      Harping, whining, moaning, pissing and moaning, bellyaching.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      I like “pissing and moaning” for the first, and “muddle-head” for the second.

      • King Beauregard

        I can work with “pissing and moaning”, that would definitely suit my purposes.

        “Muddle-headed” doesn’t quite do it for me, but I feel like you’re on the right track. “Shitheaded” is too sedate; can we come up with a substance that ranks even below shit, something that just makes everything worse?

        • sillyclucker

          That would be Trump.

        • FukuiSanYesOta

          Whinging pusgargler?

        • pstokk

          Snoteater?

        • Daniel

          Cattarh?

          • puredog

            While my catarrh gently seeps.

        • doktorzoom

          “hoofwanking bunglecunt” has a nice imported flair.

          • King Beauregard

            Syntax error: disparages women.

            Also, that’s a classy insult that communicates “you matter enough to me to deliver my A-game”. It has its uses, but I’m looking for something that says, “you cannot and will not ever have a worthwhile thought, idea, or word”. Like, if a person could be diarrhea.

          • ahughes798

            The word cunt, used in the British manner, is used like we use the word fuck, here. I’ve heard it used in many ways, and even as a term of endearment. I’m not bothered by it.

    • FukuiSanYesOta

      Whinging

      • P’jama Pahnts

        Now, I heard that pronounced by an english person and they used a hard “g”, like in “hinge”. I didn’t expect that.

        • pstokk

          uh, soft

        • FukuiSanYesOta

          That’s a soft g, shurely?

          • P’jama Pahnts

            I would think, but on “Doc Martin” they hit the G hard. Sounded weird. Maybe it’s a British/Americanish difference…?

          • FukuiSanYesOta

            Do you call a hinge a “hin-gee”? Because that’s fucked up.

          • Daniel

            Nope. “Whingey” maybe as an adjective?

          • P’jama Pahnts

            “People who enjoy whingeing” I think. This will be a good excuse for me to go back and rewatch the series (it’s a fun one)

          • Daniel

            It might be a west country joke- they’ve got a stereotyped image as dim.

          • P’jama Pahnts

            Ahh, like a Cornwall thing?

          • Daniel

            Yup.

      • Daniel

        There should be an “e” in that.

        • FukuiSanYesOta

          I’m never quite sure on that. It just looks wrong.

          • Daniel

            My teacher in year six taught me there’s two words where the “e” stays in an “ing”- whinge and cringe.

          • FukuiSanYesOta

            Them’re life skills you can use right there.

    • Covfefe

      Off the top of my head, “whine” and “incorrigible.” Or just use “GOP” or “Republican” for either.

    • ExecutorElassus

      1) [not sure]
      2) what about “fuckwit”?

      • King Beauregard

        I do like fuckwit, and I use it sometimes. But for me that’s a term for someone who is only half as clever as they think they are, not necessarily irredeemably stupid. I know I’m splitting hairs, but you know how sometimes you’re grasping for just the right cussword that conveys exactly why you hold them in contempt? That’s the burden I’m dealing with.

        • FukuiSanYesOta

          fuckrocket

          assgasket

          • King Beauregard

            You have GOT to be Scottish, you’ve got a real feel for these. Got any adjectives, and with a dash of “you are congenitally incapable of commanding respect”?

          • pstokk

            braindrain

          • FukuiSanYesOta

            British, so yes. We have a long history of insulting people.

            lackadaisical jizzclown

          • Daniel

            Unconscionable prannock.

            It Bru jizzwhisk

            Or just Combedover Bellend.

          • FukuiSanYesOta

            congential cockwart

            cold-filtered twatwaffle

            drivelling fucksnorter

          • Daniel

            Mardy Bilesnorkler

            Whigey dayglo cockbadger

            Shitehawk.

          • puredog

            “Combedover bellend” est la malediction juste.

    • BigCSouthside

      1.) Trumping
      2.) ….also Trumping?

    • Royal Ugly Globalist Dude

      1-Yammering
      2-Jackass
      OK, I is a old.

    • Jonny On Maui

      Can’t help with the first one. An acronym ok for the second?

      FDAW. Future Darwin Award Winner

    • sillyclucker
    • Yellerduck

      Hoofwanking
      Bunglecunt

      Trumpting
      Shitgibbon

    • keinsignal

      I’ve got some reference material back home I should consult and get back to you. But off the top of my head.

      1: Carping, caviling, pissing in the (punchbowl | mashed potatoes), shit-stirring or shit-disturbing (arguably the act this describes is closer in meaning to “trolling”).

      2: cretin, lackwit or half-wit, stumblebum, schlemiel, fuckhead, shit-fer-brains, anencephalic, dumbass, and of course “fucking moron” (most of these are nouns but I find they can do double-duty as adjectives in most situations). The best, most colorful examples I can think of here are not words but complete phrases like “couldn’t find his ass with both hands and a flashlight”, “soft as a bag of wet mice”, “sharp as a ball-bearing”, “bright as a two-watt bulb”, and so on with the bags of hammers and boxes of rocks and like that there.

    • SeeTrain65

      No. 1: “Scream-shitting.” Or “Shit-Screaming.”

      It’s been here all along.

  • ariel_gee_398

    Some math for those of us that hate to click through: Trump is complaining about paying $7 billion in CSR payments, calling it a windfall, a bailout etc. That $194 billion this adds to the deficit? That’s because insurers are going to hike premiums by an additional 20-30% to make up for the uncertainty, and since the government will continue to pay out subsidies to individuals, the federal government will have to make up that difference. In other words: stopping the “windfall” results in even more money going to insurance companies, you great orange moron.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Trump applying his business acumen to government…

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      I prefer “ludicrous tangerine ballbag”

    • jesterpunk

      He is running the government like he ran his casinos.

    • the ACA also limits ins company profits which no one is really busting him about.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Racketeering

    Noun

    The practice of engaging in a “racket,” in which the organization extorts others, or otherwise creates problems, for the purpose of solving those problems for a fee or other benefit.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • FukuiSanYesOta

      I’m not sure how “Kid Rock” dares to show his face in public.

      • MynameisBlarney

        Easy.
        No shame and oblivious.

        • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

          No talent or hygiene also.

          • SeeTrain65

            I say again: Joe C. has been dead for a while and still has more active brain cells that KR.

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            I just wish he would wash his hair. I wonder if he took off his hat if he would look like Bobcat Goldthwait (who my ex referred to as “Ban-roll-on deodorant man.”)

    • BMW

      “The crowd’s reactions may have had more to do with politics than musical taste.”

      I’m calling bullshit on that particular hypothesis.

      • Meccalopolis

        No doubt. I don’t even really like rap and I appreciate eminem. Kid rock is derivative pap

  • Gee, Your Hair Smells Horrific

    Trump: The insurance companies have been making a killing off of Obamacare!
    Hey Einstein, I’m pretty sure that keeping Insurance companies involved in our healthcare system was a sop to big business and Republicans in general. Most democrats would prefer that they weren’t involved at all.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Also, their ACA policies weren’t very profitable- that’s why they had to raise rates

      • i have this dream that i’m actually somebody important in the on going ACA battle. i would make any insurance company in the state compete on every market if they were competing on ANY market. so you wanna be in emp ins in IL MF? then you also have to be in medicaid AND the exchange.

        (this would also happen if i were bad willow)

  • The Wanderer

    Can the rare, possibly mythical Bipartisanship be lured to lay its head in a virgin’s lap?

    • Daniel

      Does it own the pageant?

    • FukuiSanYesOta

      Asking for an incel?

  • Mehmeisterjr

    The big question: What does Putin think?

  • puredog

    DNLD IS SMRT. Well, I’m sold.

  • Bitter Scribe

    Hey, characterizing payments that health insurers are legally entitled to as “bailouts” is great! I think I’ll try it. I will refuse to bail out AT&T by paying my internet/cable bill, I’ll refuse to bail out my bank by paying my mortgage, and when I buy groceries, I’ll refuse to bail out the supermarket by paying for them.

    (Cross-posted from Wonkagenda thread. Yes, I’m an egomaniac. Why do you ask?)

    • FukuiSanYesOta

      Mandating payments to coal-fired power plants even when they’re not operating isn’t a bailout though.

      That’s the invisible hand of the public bitchslap.

  • cmd resistor

    I read somewhere there are 12 republican and 12 dem co-sponsors, also, too. And fuck Paul Ryan.

    • Resistance Fighter Puipui

      All the upfists to any comment that ends with “And fuck Paul Ryan.”

      • Yellerduck

        We should devote a day to ending all of our comments with that as a sign-off.

        “Sent from my Android phone. Pardon the tpyo’s, and fuck Paul Ryan.”

      • Gritsngumbo

        I went back and edited my comment. Ohyeah, Fuck Paul Ryan.

  • Rocket Pony Ron

    That was a low trick.
    Well done.

  • Randy Riddle

    We must destroy all the healthcare to save it.

    • tomamitai

      Ronsoncare.

  • BMW
    • Rocket Pony Ron

      ‘Okay, first you make a “T,” like this…’

      • tomamitai

        WTF has Trump ever done that Jesus would do? Hell, Cheetolini doesn’t even drink wine, allegedly.

        • Sakonyachen

          Hadn’t really considered this before, but maybe since Trump is dumber than a bag of hammers, and has less inhibition than a hungry badger when sober, he doesn’t like to wake up the next day to what he’s done while imbibing.

      • RobGinChicago

        Even if he’s not guided by Jeebus, there should be someone in the White House who could help him spell : “I resign the Office of the Presidency, effective immediately.”

        • Gritsngumbo

          I think that fits the 140 character threshold.

    • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

      “No no NO! Inappropriate! Look, you’re not fooling anyone. You keep those hands up HERE!”

    • Sakonyachen
  • clubseal

    It’s my understanding that the main challenge to these subsidies was that Congress had not authorized funding to pay them, which is required before payments can be made – separation of powers and all that. Obviously, the baby Trump only stopped the subsidies – now nine months into his presidency – because he couldn’t art of the deal a repeal and replace, but that legislative detail seems to be overlooked in all of this.
    Trump is being morally repugnant, as always, but it does seem at this point that it was actually Obama who was skirting the law by authorizing the use of other funding sources for the subsidies instead of relying on funding appropriated by Congress.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      The GOP sued to stop the payments and the Obama administration fought the lawsuit- a judge issued a stay. Nothing illegal.

      • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

        Didn’t I read that the judge is going to rule soon?

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          not sure

          • yeah i just saw on rawstory within a couple days.

      • Stulexington

        True, while it was never looking good for the Obama administration on the subject the jury is still out on it being actually illegal. Trump still gets full blame for ending it early as an obviously reactionary measure, even if it turns out to be illegal.

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          not to mention that it’s the worst sort of splitting hairs lawsuit that only requires a 2 or 3 sentence legislative fix

      • clubseal

        I’d have to read the judge’s order, but isn’t something not allowed by law (not saying whether or not that is settled in this case) technically not legal?

        • Stulexington

          weather the payments are allowed by law is exactly what the judge is determining right now. It certainly doesn’t look good but that’s no invitation to Trump to jump the gun. Though I will grant you the case in favour is not particularly strong.

        • tomamitai

          I am not a lawyer, but it seems to me that “not allowed by law” may not always mean the same as “forbidden by law”?

          • Rags

            What is not allowed is forbidden!

        • doktorzoom

          It’s also one of those law-drafting glitches (one part of the law says the government shall pay the CSRs, but the appropriation isn’t provided for in the law) where in a normal Congress the error would be ironed out with a quick bill to fix it. The intent of the law is pretty clear that the government should make the payments.

          I’m not a lawyer, but I think it’s very similar to that glitch Rs tried to seize on to deny any funding for tax subsidies for those on the federal exchanges. I could be wrong, tho.

          • i think it is and most of this shit happened because kennedy died and there was no going back to reconcile house and senate versions because the centerfold won a special election (how DID that happen???)

            at least that’s the way i remember it.

        • JustDon’tSayConfabulation

          I’m not a lawyer.
          That’s all. I wanted to join that club.

      • not illegal but would have been better if in the bill (so less vulnerable, like the premium subsidies).

        but it was a labor of hercules to get the fucking thing passed so i’m not throwing shade on nancy or jan or barak or joe or teddy or dick or harry.

        • Sakonyachen

          I’m gonna throw shade on Harry. He still owes me ten bucks. Fuck that guy.

  • Weird Fishes

    And yeah, it makes sense, too. Premiums have been ratcheting upwards because of uncertainty in the markets. Take away the uncertainty and the markets stabilize and resume their march to reasonableness.

    But y’see, it’s a smart policy. It has broad support because it addresses some of the structural issues of the original ACA, and doesn’t buttfuck 20-odd million Americans – regardless of who they voted for – out of their insurance. It’s a sensible incremental improvement, and it makes sense.

    But y’see, it’s not sexy. There’s no dramatic sweep. It’s wonky as fuck, and wonky make Bronzo head hurt. And what’s worse, it’s still going to be the ACA, albeit in a modified form. It’s still ObamaCare, which will vex him to his dying breath.

    Ergo, it’s doomed.

    • RobGinChicago

      The Bill could change the name to Trump Has Rescued Our Whole Universe, Peace! Act, or THROW-Up.

    • Gritsngumbo

      Don’t tease with the “dying breath” talk.

      • Weird Fishes

        I know, right? So naughty! 😄

  • Lefty Wright

    The problem is that since Bannon has left his cave in the White House, Steve Miller is the only person Trump is listening to for policy advice. He is more regressive and incompetent than Trump, with his vile agenda immune to fiscal and moral realities. So using arguments like it is a better use of funds, saves money, and helps millions of people is like water off a duck’s back for them. And as far as getting attention, he is getting more by being a jackass.

    • ahughes798

      Make no mistake, he’s still listening to Bannon, also too.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Defeating Trump’s unerring instinct for doing the wrong thing is going to be quite a challenge. Nobody’s succeeded yet.

    • Paperless Tiger

      He repealed the law of averages.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        That E.O. is being challenged in court.

  • Meccalopolis

    Could work. He could call it eating a ham sandwich for all I care

  • bubbuhh
  • BJW

    Unfortunately, if everyone in the country spent their time flattering Trump so he became a slightly better force for not-evil, there wouldn’t be time for anything else.

    • JustDon’tSayConfabulation

      Right?
      “Who’s turn is it to remind him NK has the fucking bomb?”
      “Not me. I just had to explain the difference between the deficit and the stock market for the 50th fucking time, and I need a goddam drink”

      • Sakonyachen

        As little respect as I have have for the barrel of shit that is his cabinet, I admire their restraint for not bashing his brains in with a hammer.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    We bet Donald Trump would just love to stick it to Paul Ryan and Washington insiders and say, “Nope, not gonna waste money like that!” He’d show everyone how smart he is!

    So you’re telling me it’s completely hopeless, then. Fuck.

    • yeah i can’t get my hopes up again. i’m going go on assuming the ACA will be deadish after 2018 and i need to get another job and give up on insurance.

  • JustDon’tSayConfabulation

    Somehow, Fuckface McClownstick is going to find a way to deflect the flattery, Dok. JMHFO.

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    Please, lets not insult the good boys, who know how to drop the ball, and not poop in the house.

  • redarmyzombie

    Forget it Dok. It’s shitgibbontown…

  • Here is the fun part where I mention one of the “replace ACA!” attempts was pretty much this- you can keep your subsidies (for this year, after that, here have some crap block grants!) but states get to sell crap-assed insurance again.
    And Dems were all…fuck that noise and fuck you also.
    So really? Sigh. I know the pragmatist in me is yelling “help who you can for now, worry about that later!!!” but this still seems like a fucking stunt to get the en-run around Democrats AND the freedom nutjobs, and is starting to smell like a set up.

    • no this is not the same thing as what the repubs were planning. there are some pieces that overlap but this largely keeps aca intact.

      for 2 years.

      (the crap ins is out there already btw. has been from the beginning. very few folks want it however.).

  • David Chaillou

    Perhaps if you’d draw this article up as a cartoon, Peanuts-style, he might be able to read it ? For some reason it really sounds like Charlie Brown speaking.

    • SeeTrain65

      Closest we’ll get is Trump saying “I CAN’T STAND IT.”

    • Sakonyachen

      Unfortunately, everything that isn’t exactly what he wants unaltered sounds like Charlie Brown’s parents to Trump.

  • Old Man Yells at Cloud

    He is so very smart, why not only does he see how signing it would get him big ratings, and show the loser press how great he is… he also sees how signing it would be a slap in the face to Obama. He is so smart that I would bet he actually gave the idea for it to the Senators… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkJcFGvNgcY

  • Sakonyachen

    But Trump and McConnell just had a great lunch date. He wouldn’t want to go parading around with a bunch of Democrats, stealing toothbrushes and murdering babies before Mitch gives up the drawers, would he?

  • Teto85

    I’ll bet if we could somehow use the term “Coal mines” instead of “Healthcare insurance companies” Donnie would rush to sign it, not knowing that we just changed the name. Heck, if we call everything “Coal mines” he’d sign it.

Previous articleWe Think Alex Jones May Be Confused About What A ‘Drag Queen’ Is
Next articleDoes ‘Dressing Modestly’ Keep Sexual Predators Away? Ooh, A Tough One!