President Trump will halt subsidy payments to insurers who sell coverage under Obamacare — a move that would deal a critical blow to the program, the White House confirmed Thursday night. “Based on guidance from the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services has concluded that there is no appropriation for cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies under Obamacare,” the White House said in a statement. Trump has decided to end the payments — which cost about $7 billion this year — after the GOP failed numerous efforts to repeal Obamacare on Capitol Hill. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
Comments: While the GOP obstructionists sat on the sidelines taking potshots, Donald the Builder fired up his bulldozer and demolished the monstrosity all on his own.
And while the president is at it pull the cushy health insurance that obama gave congress. Let them go on the exchanges starting Nov. 1st just like millions will be forced to do. Without the subsidies they now receive they can pay through the nose too.
Mr. Tacopino must be pitching a job at the NY Times. First, $7 billion in US taxpayer money saved is actually a positive. Second, the so-called critical blow was written into the law. It wasn´t Trump´s idea. Everyone had been told that government (US taxpayer) subsidies wouldn’t be needed after 2017, because O´Care would be self-sustaining. Insurers are legally allowed to opt out of the program after 2017 or 2018 if slush fund is discontinued. Tacopino doesn´t understand there are consequences to decades of imperial rule and hatred of voters.
I envision a bus, with "Obamacare" painted on the side, upside down in the ditch with the engine on fire, you are at the back looking down the side. Trump is at the back, holding open the emergency exit door and helping folks to climb outof the burning wreck.
Across the street there are a couple of jackasses (with big ears) screaming, "He´s sabotaging the bus!"
The only thing keeping this lead balloon up in the air was billions of dollars of taxpayer money fed into the furnace to keep it aloft. Without these subsidies it´s going to come crashing down on its own bloated weight.
Trump gave Congress the opportunity to fix it. They chose not to. So he´s going to let it crash on its own.
´m not sure I agree with this until I find out more about it.What I do know is thee dems will make hay out of it.Horror stories will abound. On the other hand I love that trump allows for buying insurance across state lines.One of the reasons Obamacare is so expensive is there isn´t much competition. Word will get around which is the cheapest state and subscribers will flock there.
The Vietnam War was ended by stopping the funding. Looks like it will work again in this case. My girlfriend loves Obamacare and was in tears and having a panic attack tonight because Trump is “undermining” OCare. All she does is watch CNN all day and I feel very sorry for her. She gets the low income subsidized Cover Calif plan, and is totally worried that Trump will take it away from her. Even though her rate has increased substantially and she just lost a Rx medication that was covered because now it is too expensive and she cant get it. She just doesn’t understand what’s going on.
There is no end to the wailing that democrats have planned in response to this announcement. They will trot out victims, accuse Trump of murder and democrats and the media can estimate the death toll backed up with "non-partisan" research. As usual, Republicans are on the wrong emotional side. We cannot win.
Now this is truly an act of draining the swamp! “Boatloads of Federal money”, as Justice Kagan so succinctly put it in reference to Obamacare, is the life-sustaining nourishment for all the critters that call the swamp home. The next few days, Sunday shows in particular, should produce some of the highest pitches whines, the least apt metaphors, and the most menacing threats ever heard in the public square. We’ll be coached to interpret these noisy remonstrations as proper dissent but I, for one, will be hearing the death rattle of the swamp critters. The world was able to keep going without dinosaurs and we too will survive without swamp critters. Like the dinosaurs, they’ll die off without knowing what hit them. Excellent job by the Prez but it makes me wonder why Dr. “Jetman” Price hadn’t already done this. Kathleen Sibelius would not, and did not, dither when having her way with this ridiculous law.
I’ll take wild guess that a lawsuit will be filed in the Ninth Circuit and some far leftist Federal Judge will issue a stay in President Trump’s executive order. Which will then drag on all the way to the Supreme Court. Of course this same Judge had no problem with any of obama’s Executive orders even the Unconstitutional ones like DACA. Just more obstruction by the left. Anything that helps America hurts the left such is their hatred for the country!
The left wing media are jumping all over this saying prices will go up. This is the only way to make insurance competitive and bring down the cost. This is how we handle our car insurance, you pick and choose what best fits you and your automobile. I pray we see a big drop in premiums soon.
No wonder the Democrats are trying to get him out of office pretending he´s Crazy. Yeah, he´s crazy like a Fox! He is doing what he has done all of his adult life. He´s getting the job done!! He gave the Senate a chance and they passed! Now he´s showing the country what they COULD HAVE DONE, but chose not to do! PLEASE keep up the good work and take away the Subsidies Congress enjoys. Let them live UNDER THEIR RULES! They should NOT have a special exemption while the rest of the country has to pay high premiums!
Donald J. Trump will go down as the most effective President in history. He is doing exactly what he told the American people he would do if elected. We voted for change now we need to primary out the spineless Republicans so he can really MAGA!
One has to wonder if the reason Congress refused, refuses, to do the right thing and repeal ACA is because it was, "crafted", by the first black president(legacy innuendo) OR it´s based solely on the politicians selfish Obamacare related investments. Oh, throw in direct $ payoffs to the politicians as a possibility in refusal to touch/repeal Obamacare.
I have refused to sign up for ACA, never have, never will. I´ve gone to a nearby clinic(Floyd Medical Center, Ga) the past three years, once for a broken foot and more recently a scorpion sting. The medical personnel are nothing short of delighted I´m paying cash, begin thinking up ways to lower my bill! They must not like going the insurance route, namely ACA. Last time I got out of there for just $80.00.
Congress and staff were originally supposed to be subject to 0bamcare until the staffers realized how expensive it was. Then they got Smidgen to sign an executive order letting them out of it or getting subsidies for it.
As federal expenditures go, $7 billion isn´t all that much but it´s perfectly targeted as a spear against the heart of BOCare.
The Republican Congress is going to massively regret not repealing BOCare and crafting a replacement. Trump is doing the necessary thing given Congressional ineptness but that doesn´t mean it´s going to be pretty. Instead of a controlled emergency landing and exit via the emergency slides, parts of BOCare are going to explode, crash, and burn. Congress will be FORCED to step up and craft a transition or face a big mess.
Trump is forcing Congress to step up to its responsibilities in health care, immigration, and other areas. He pulled out the extralegal props that the dems put in place to keep things limping along and told Congress, "Fix it the right way". That is excellent and more durable.
It´s also entertaining to see Ryan and McConnell sweating under the spotlights.
Trump told everybody what he was going to do but the nattering nabobs did not listen.
The insurance companies are one of the reasons that the ACA is so bad that it stinks. Nice try getting all American taxpayers to pay for the permanent hypochondriacs out there. Now the insurance companies can suffer the consequences until the turtles in congress do something.
Now, terminate the mandate. Get congress off the free ride.
And, #17, please listen, we like you. Get a conservative GF. Life will be so much easier.
The Democrats set a clever trap with Obolacare, and the Republicans cannot avoid stepping into it. And while the President is doing the right thing, it may disrupt the republican majorities in congress. HE HAS TO EXPLAIN THIS ACTION TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
Insurance companies were one of the few businesses which survived the Great Depression and the Great Recession almost intact. (http://www.insreglaw.com/2012/02/insurance-industry-and-great-recession.html)
Unless those companies were subsidized by the government on the qt during the recession, they figured out how to stay in business and make money without government subsidies. If they did it then, they can do it now.
I´m not going to start dancing in the streets about this happening. While I really enjoy what Trump is doing, I and all of us hear, know full well that the dims will have many lawsuits filed probably as soon as this coming Monday. And they will be filed in just about federal court that has an Obozo judge. And the entire mess will take at least a year to be finally finalized. And who knows will happen by then.
Healthcare experts have already said it will take the industry two years to enact cross state insurance policies. How long will it take the healthcare industry to hike up premiums to cover the loss of subsidies and blame Trump for it? Yesterday.
They don´t want to lose their Obamacare boondoggle. They will get their pound of flesh one way or another.
2,700+ pages that the Democrats had to pass to find out what a huge burden it is. Why would they not put the uninsured on opm.gov and tack the increased premiums on federal employees. Now the President needs to act to get the Democrats to act on something they may actually read.
The President gave Congress ample time to repeal and replace. Congress (aka the uniparty) refused. They made their bed. Now they have to sleep in it. McCain, Paul, and Collins, this debacle has your name on it.
Pig Lousy and ShumtaBump should have helped the GOPe draw up a reasonable ACA repeal and replace act. Congress gets an "F" for failure. Now they have to live with their inaction, and PT´s pen and phone construction.
Cry Me a river Congress, you are only one or two IQ points above the NFL intelligence level which is about 30 points currently.
Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm whose Democrat-financed Russia dossier fueled an FBI investigation into Donald Trump, pitched other stories about the Republican presidential candidate to Washington reporters, including an attempt to tie him to a convicted pedophile who was once buddies with former President Bill Clinton. Journalist sources told The Washington Times that Fusion founder Glenn Simpson pushed the idea of a close relationship between Mr. Trump and Jeffrey Epstein, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to soliciting sex from an underage girl. The Trump-Epstein link appears purely social, far short of Mr. Clinton’s 20-plus plane rides on Epstein’s “Lolita Express”
President Trump pressured congressional Democrats Saturday to drop their demands for amnesty for young illegal immigrants as part of a year-end spending deal, saying their insistence on protecting illegals is part of a liberal mindset that led to the death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco. “Unfortunately, Democrats in Congress not only oppose our efforts to stop illegal immigration and crack down on sanctuary cities,” Mr. Trump said in his weekly address. “Now they are demanding amnesty as a condition for funding the government, holding troop funding hostage and putting our national security at risk. We cannot allow it.”
The US Navy says an African-American sailor who claimed that a fellow shipmate had vandalized his bunk with racial slurs actually faked the whole incident. Marquie Little, 27, an African-American aviation boatswain´s mate airman aboard the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush claimed in a Facebook post that one of his shipmates had vandalized his sleeping area with the word ´n*****´ and trashing it. In the November 15 post, which was apparently written under an alias Facebook account and has since been shared 20,500 times, Little had written, ´I proudly serve the Navy and this is what I’m receiving in return,´
The son of Rep. John Conyers, who resigned from Congress this week amid sexual harassment accusations, was arrested in Los Angeles in February on suspicion of domestic violence, NBC News has learned. John Conyers III, who his father endorsed for his Congressional seat as he departed, ´body slammed [his girlfriend] on the bed and then on the floor where he pinned her down and spit on her,´ the police report said. The junior Conyers rebutted her statement saying the girlfriend, who wasn´t named in the complaint, was using alcohol and marijuana, and tried to throw him out of the residence.
Lionsgate has dropped its John Gotti biopic starring John Travolta just 10 days before the movie´s scheduled released date. The surprising eleventh hour move was reported on Tuesday, with several sources confirming the studio has cut ties with the project. Lionsgate has reportedly sold Gotti back to its production company Emmett/Furla/Oasis and they are expected to be seeking new distribution. (Snip) However, it´s highly unlikely a new distributor will be found in time for the slated release date of December 15 and it will no doubt get pushed to 2018. Lionsgate has not given any explanation for the sale which took place on
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Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello Nevares last month asked federal taxpayers to shell out $94 billion to pay for the territory’s recovery from Hurricane Maria — then turned around and paid out about $100 million in Christmas bonuses to island government employees. The governor’s aides say the bonuses are a longstanding tradition and part of the law, and were planned for in the budget approved last summer. But that budget came well before Hurricanes Irma and Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, leaving much of the territory in ruin and leaving the government begging for federal assistance. The island’s financial oversight board,
Even if President Trump stops calling her “Pocahontas,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren may be unable to silence the chatter over her dubious claims of Cherokee ancestry for at least the next year, thanks in part to someone whose Indian heritage isn’t in doubt. Shiva Ayyadurai, a Bombay-born, MIT-educated entrepreneur running as an independent to unseat the Massachusetts Democrat, already is the early favorite for the November election’s catchiest campaign slogan: “Only a real Indian can defeat a fake Indian.” In June, he sent Ms. Warren a DNA testing kit for her birthday. She sent it back, but the exchange exploded on
A Somali refugee who raped two Utah women when he was 14, has been spared adult prison - despite pleas from one of his victims. Mohammed Ali Mohammed, 20, has spent almost six years at a Salt Lake Valley juvenile detention center after pleading guilty rape, sexual assault and kidnapping charges in 2012, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. (Snip) One woman, who was attacked and raped in her own Salt Lake City home by Mohammed, who then forced her at knife point to take money out at the ATM, said she is ´terrified´ at the thought her rapist will be free
Hundreds have been evacuated from Oxford Circus tube station amid reports of gunshots. Armed police have arrived on scene after a gunman was reported to have fired shots. Witnesses at the scene described seeing a lorry on the pavement surrounded by police as if it had ´ploughed´ into pedestrians. Next to the lorry, the pavement was said to be covered in blood. People in the area also reported hearing gun shots being fired, though there has been no confirmation as of yet. Dan Smallbone said on Twitter: ´There is a lorry stopped on the pavement in Oxford street, police all around it and blood
Missouri school officials said a non-white student confessed this week to scrawling a racist message on a girls’ bathroom mirror, causing unrest at a St. Louis-area high school. The controversial phrase, “White Lives Matter,” followed by the N-word was discovered on a girls’ bathroom mirror at Parkway Central High School in Chesterfield on Nov. 15. (Snip) “The use of the N-word, in the context of the message on the bathroom mirror, provoked feelings of hate, not love,” he said, a local CW affiliate reported. “As I stated last week, actions and speech which degrade an individual’s human dignity
Authorities have arrested a 19-year-old member of the MS-13 gang in connection with the stabbing death of an unidentified man whose decapitated body was found with the heart removed. Police suspect up to 10 members of the gang lured the victim out to a park in Wheaton, Md., where they stabbed him more than 100 times before burying him in a grave in the woods, the Washington Post reported. Allegedly among them, Miguel “Timido” Angel Lopez-Abrego, who authorities recently arrested in North Carolina on Nov. 11. He’s since been extradited to Maryland and has a bond review slated for Wednesday afternoon.
MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Frank Luntz, a GOP establishment messaging consultant, was visibly flabbergasted as every single one of his focus group participants in a Birmingham area Vice News-produced panel backed Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate. Titled “Why These Alabama Voters Are Sticking By Roy Moore,” Luntz’s Vice News focus group aired on Vice News Tonight on Dec. 8 on HBO. “Are you all Christians here?” Luntz opens the seven-and-a-half-minute long segment. “Yes,” all of the focus group participants, who joined Luntz in a Birmingham area restaurant, replied. “Is Roy Moore a good Christian?” he followed up. “Yes,” one woman replied. “Absolutely,” another said. “Absolutely?”
Lindsey Vonn’s road to her final Olympics has encountered some trouble. The American skiing star was treated for a back injury after completing her World Cup Super-G race in St. Moritz, Switzerland on Saturday. Vonn went to the ground after crossing the finish line and observers said she was experiencing extreme pain. She was treated in a nearby house and later limped to a car without speaking to reporters.
California´s governor has said that deadly wildfires in the winter will be ´the new normal´, as fire crews rushed to contain the fires, with dry desert winds expected to intensify over the weekend. Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday toured Ventura County neighborhoods ravaged by a weeklong wildfire that killed at least one person and destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings. At a news conference, the Democrat said drought and climate change mean California faces a ´new reality´ where lives and property are continually threatened by fire, at a cost of billions of dollars. He added that gusty winds and
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An award-winning U.S. diplomat who was seen as a rising star at the State Department has issued a scathing resignation letter, accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Donald Trump administration of undercutting the State Department and damaging America’s influence in the world. Elizabeth Shackelford, who most recently served as a political officer based in Nairobi for the U.S. mission to Somalia, wrote to Tillerson that she reluctantly had decided to quit because the administration had abandoned human rights as a priority and shown disdain for the State Department’s diplomatic work,
I´m pretty much done with the sex scandals. They were fun, but they´re just going to have to carry on without me. If someone broke the law and you can prove it, prosecute him. If someone violated the rules of his organization, eject him. Other than that, if women have forgotten the fine art of slapping a man in the face, there´s not a whole hell of a lot society can do for them. You keep silent for forty years and then ruin a man´s career with an unprovable allegation — and that makes you a hero? Not to me. Look,
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Short of impeaching President Trump, does anything excite Democrats, the Resistance, and NeverTrumpers like the prospect of the president firing special counsel Robert Mueller? Firing Mueller would, or course, be the quickest way for Trump to get impeached, which might explain a certain air of anticipation in discussions of whether — some prefer to say when -- Trump will sack the prosecutor leading the Trump-Russia investigation.There has been a lot of news and commentary recently interpreting criticism of Mueller by a number of pro-Trump media voices as an effort to encourage Trump to fire Mueller, or lay the groundwork for
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) says President Trump´s stance on climate change demonstrates that he does not appear to fear the "wrath of God" or have any regard for the "existential consequences" of his climate change policies. “I don’t think President Trump has a fear of the Lord, the fear of the wrath of God, which leads one to more humility ... this is such a reckless disregard for the truth and for the existential consequences that can be unleashed,” Brown said in an interview on CBS´s "60 Minutes," which is set to air on Sunday. Brown, who previously studied to become
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Loose dentures? More like loose screws. Donald Trump was slurring his words pretty good last week for a guy who fancied himself an expert when it came to Hillary Clinton’s alleged brain damage. What would he make of his own slurred speech and bizarre behavior? brain tumor from the weight of that massive combover sitting on top of his head like a live farm animal? Simply slurred speech because his thoughts are so fantastic that his mouth can’t keep up?