Rehash and Retain

Well, the House passed a bill related to Obamacare. Now it goes to the Senate. I look forward to the Senate's interminable, agonizing pomposity while Senators express their angst over doing something they've been promising for 7 years. The doing of which doesn't even fulfill the promise. Added to this will be the sublime pleasure… Continue reading Rehash and Retain

A cynical nod toward pseudo-federalism

It's not the Freedom Caucus preventing repeal, it's GOP "moderates" and the President.The New GOP Health Care Bill Shows Republicans Have Given Up on Fully Repealing Obamacare Republicans in Congress have given up on fully repealing Obamacare.Instead, they have decided they want to leave pieces of it in place, along with a system of tweaks… Continue reading A cynical nod toward pseudo-federalism

Obamacare as a pre-existing conditionAKA – a now intractable entitlement

A large part of Donald Trump's successful campaign for the Presidency derived from a promise to repeal Obamacare. Unfortunately, he also promised universal health care under the most wonderful health insurance plan we'd ever seen. He promised to keep, and even expand, the popular parts of Obamacare while repealing the unpopular parts - and at… Continue reading Obamacare as a pre-existing conditionAKA – a now intractable entitlement

American Health Care Hacked

Instead of mandates and fines for not buying health insurance the American Health Care Act provides a 30% increase in premiums. Instead of means based subsidies there are age based tax credits. Left in place are mandated coverage for pre-existing conditions and extension of coverage to 26 year old 'children'. Because these are popular. So… Continue reading American Health Care Hacked

Trumpcare Phase III, Title XX/XY

The FDA does not allow 23andMe to offer medical interpretations of its $199 human genetic mapping service. Oh, you can get ancestry information, but no information about your own genetic tendencies or disease markers unless you yourself decode the raw data. Because you, or 23andMe, might misinterpret it.Meanwhile, a Republican Member of the US House… Continue reading Trumpcare Phase III, Title XX/XY

Leave Obamacare alone

Just let it crash and burn on its own. That is at least preferable to the GOP proposal to place it under new ownership being pushed by Paul Ryan and Donald Trump. The Trump supporters who railed against the 'GOPe' should be angrier than the rest of us, since the Art of the Trumpcare Deal… Continue reading Leave Obamacare alone

Joe Wilson Day

Before a September 9th, 2009 joint session of Congress, President Obama declared, "Now, there are also those who claim that our [Obamacare] reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false," Obama said. "The reforms I am proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally."In response, Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson of… Continue reading Joe Wilson Day