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Pierce writes: "Donald Trump is determined to undermine Barack Obama's legacy."

Donald Trump. (photo: Getty Images)
Donald Trump. (photo: Getty Images)

They Can't Repeal Obamacare, So They'll Just Make Sure It Doesn't Work

By Charles Pierce, Esquire

09 October 17

Donald Trump is determined to undermine Barack Obama's legacy.

he mock heroics of the Never Trump performance artists in the Congress continue apace. Every now and again, they throw another vote to keep the Affordable Care Act alive, but they do nothing to stop the ongoing sabotage deliberately designed to make the Act fail out in the country. This is true even in states with two Republican senators—like, say, Iowa. From The Washington Post:

For months, officials in Republican-controlled Iowa had sought federal permission to revitalize their ailing health-insurance marketplace. Then President Trump read about the request in a newspaper story and called the federal director weighing the application. Trump's message in late August was clear, according to individuals who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations: Tell Iowa no.

Hey, Senator Chuck? Senator Joni? He's playing you like he played all those landscapers and designers he stiffed through the years. Good morning, suckers.

HHS has told its regional administrators not to even meet with on-the-ground organizations about enrollment. The late decision, which department spokesman Matt Lloyd said was made because such groups organize and implement events "with their own agenda," left leaders of grass-roots organizations feeling stranded.
"I don't think it's too much to ask the agency tasked with outreach and enrollment to be involved with that," said Roy Mitchell, executive director for the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program, which receives no federal funding for its ACA efforts. "There's money for HHS to fly around on private jets, but there's not money and resources to do outreach in Mississippi."

Well-played, Roy Mitchell.

And I would note to young master Lloyd: It is not an "agenda" to try and make sure a duly enacted statute actually works. In fact, it's what your boss swore to do. Honest. I was standing right there and the Hugest Crowd In Recorded History heard him, too. Of course, he is still an Angry Toddler. (H/T Quinn Cummings.)

It was a Wall Street Journal article about Iowa's request that provoked Trump's ire, according to an individual briefed on the exchange. The story detailed how officials had just submitted the application for a Section 1332 waiver — a provision that allows states to adjust how they are implementing the ACA as long as they can prove it would not translate into lost or less-affordable coverage. Iowa's aim was to foster more competition and better prices. The story said other states hoping to stabilize their situations were watching closely. Trump first tried to reach Price, the individual recounted, but the secretary was traveling in Asia and unavailable. The president then called Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency charged with authorizing or rejecting Section 1332 applications. CMS had been working closely with Iowa as it fine-tuned its submission. State Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen has repeatedly described the "Iowa Stopgap Measure" as critical to expanding marketplace options there. The plan would abolish the ACA exchange there and convert consumer subsidies into a type of GOP-styled tax credit. New financial buffers would help insurers handle customers with particularly high medical expenses. Without the measure, "over 20,000 middle class farmers, early retirees and self-employed Iowans will likely either go uninsured or leave Iowa," Ommen warned in a Sept. 19 statement.

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+15 # Wise woman 2017-10-09 08:59
The evil sickness of this administration doesn't even stop to take a breath. The creep must stay up nights figuring out who or what he can screw next. It's disgusting so much damage and pain is being inflicted by one terrible person. Reminds me of the Middle Ages.
-13 # dquandle 2017-10-09 11:51
As a method of providing healthcare, it utterly failed, from the get-go. Just as intended. As a method of extorting money to shovel down the raving maw of the Insurance/Pharm a/Med-Biz parasites, while raping American citizens, however, it has been a raging success.
-9 # bread and butter 2017-10-09 12:33
All good news!

The sooner they destroy Obamacare, the sooner we can repeal and replace it with Single-Payer!
+15 # lfeuille 2017-10-09 16:21
In the current climate it will not be replaced or replaced with Trumpcare. We need to keep it until we get a cogress and president disposed to pass and sign single payer.
+4 # angelfish 2017-10-09 18:36
+4 # Jaax88 2017-10-11 00:47
Moran trump is a maniac dedicating to his ego, his greed and for him to be able to declare he was the greatest American president ever and the greatest ruler ever.
This psycho is throw back to the cruelty of historical rulers who had no compunction and who ruled by fiat survival instinct. Our leading moron is instinctively cruel and is leading America to be a cruel nation with the help of his enablers and foolish followers.
+1 # chapdrum 2017-10-12 16:54
As others have said in different ways: The question "why" never is heard. We know that DonCon, Inc. wants to take the monies earmarked for health insurance subsidies and give it to his fellow sociopaths, but we don't hear anyone take him to task for it. The obviously implicit SADISM is goes unremarked.

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