Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Trump & GOP: “ACA (Obama-care) Collapsing, Imploding, Disaster, Just Plain Awful”

Wheel in Sen. McCain, Decency, and Bi-partisanship – see how it goes
(BTW: He has great healthcare coverage)

Introduction to Nuts and Bolts as It Were: Sample of what (or who) is killing Obama-care – that implosion thingy we hear so much about. So, why, if in fact the ACA (Obama-care) is collapsing who or what is killing it or causing it to collapse?
Well, how about Trump backpedaling again saying in a huff that he was ready to let Obamacare die on the vine regardless of the consequences to the nation's health care consumers. That’s pretty profound isn’t it?

Plus, organized and carefully controlled skillful GOP BS efforts, e.g., they raise and hype uncertainty about any new plan; offer only illogical action to fix glitches by causing more and worse knowing full and well their side won’t even buy into their awful “plans,” ad infinitum…!!! 

Let’s take CSR payments for example:

These are payments that go to insurers to help defray the cost of offering plans to low-income Americans. Without the roughly $8 billion in annual payments, many health-policy experts have said the marketplaces would see a flood of insurer exits and steeper price increases for Americans getting insurance through the marketplaces.
Currently, CSR is made by the White House instead of appropriation. 
Politico reports that the White House agreed to continue to fund the CSR payments as it has been doing, apparently clearing the way for a deal on the shutdown.
1.  Democrats want to include funding for a key part of Obamacare, called cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments, into the new continuing resolution.
2.  Republicans would rather leave these payments out, as they would likely take a toll on Obamacare's individual insurance market and are an added expenditure.
Democratic sources told Politico, however, that the White House had not committed to funding the CSR payments past next month, which may hang up the preliminary agreement between the White House and Democratic leaders.
One Democratic aide told Business Insider later on Wednesday that Democrats “still hope to secure language in the omnibus to continue the payments but was not able to predict the outcome of the debate.”
Right on cue by Trump: Stoking the flames that the CSR debate may not be over, tweeting, “The Democrats want to shut government if we don't bail out Puerto Rico and give billions to their insurance companies for OCare failure. NO!”
This echoed a nearly identical tweet later that same day.

Then GOP Speaker Paul Ryan pushed back on the inclusion of CSRs at a press conference, saying that the bill would not include these payments, adding: “CSR’s, we're not doing that.” 
Republicans do not need Democratic votes to pass the bill through the lower chamber, but Democrats could filibuster any legislation in the Senate. Thus, Democrats have some leverage to try and get the CSR payments included.
Short-term commitments from the White House are subject of a lawsuit between the Republican House and DHS that dates back to the Obama administration.
The House argued the program was illegal since the funds were not appropriated by Congress. A judge ruled in Congress' favor in 2016, but an appeal started by the Obama administration is still pending.
It remains unclear whether the Trump administration will continue with the lawsuit, and if the lawsuit is dropped by the administration, the lower court ruling would stand and this would effectively end the CSR payments.

Trump now says (if you can figure out or believe anything he says): I think we're probably in that position where we'll let Obamacare fail. We're not going to own it. I'm not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. So, we'll let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us and they are going to say: “How do we fix it? How do we come up with a new plan?” Then in same breath Trump predicts: “It will be a lot easier.”

Wow talk about wishy-washy BS – Trump is full of **it…!!! Or as he often ends his tweets with: SAD…!!!

My View: “Art of the (Trump) Con” in play: (1) Kill, or stop, or divert, or deflect something important to people (esp: if it does not help your business or political bottom line), (2) blame everyone around you while professing that only you can fix the damage, (3) never reach the promised point, then (4) keep selling the same con to another audience who will listen and buy into it with similar message and technique.

Rx: Repeat as often as necessary to get your way with no one else’s input or concerns in  the mix. Then take all the credit, and then move to your next con. 

/s/ DJT – Master of the Con…!!!

So, how high’s the GOP sh*t pile Momma? Sorry, can’t see that high. 

Just stay tuned, and as always, thanks for stopping by.

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