Trump will scrap critical Obamacare subsidy

I’m going to bed. I’m sure there will be some insane tweeting tomorrow at who knows what.

President Donald Trump will cut off subsidy payments to insurers selling Obamacare coverage in its most aggressive move yet to undermine the health law, the White House announced 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,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement emailed at 10:47 p.m. Thursday.
“In light of this analysis, the Government cannot lawfully make the cost-sharing reduction payments. …The bailout of insurance companies through these unlawful payments is yet another example of how the previous administration abused taxpayer dollars and skirted the law to prop up a broken system.”

The subsidies, worth an estimated $7 billion this year and paid out in monthly installments, may stop almost immediately.

Question of the Night

What are your distractions from Trump destroying the world?

I picked up a new game for PS4. Well, a new game for me at least. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It’s a fine game. Not too addictive but just enough fun to take my mind off of anything going on in the world for an hour or two. I wish there weren’t so many cut scenes though. But the storyline is fine.

So that. And alcohol. It doesn’t make anything better but it slows the descent into madness. Or increases it. I don’t know.

A Puerto Rican Redditor Responds to Trump

From this thread:

As a Puertorican living trough this, Fuck you trump.

First he comes here in the fucking presidential plane with all the commodities one could think off and instead of going to most affected area he goes to a rich neighborhood and trows fucking papers towels like its a fucking concert.

Our lives right now consist in planing trips to get water, since theres no running water in our homes. We’re pitch black at night, at the mercy of thieves and people with bad thoughts since theres no electricity or cell phone signal. So if something happens to you though luck.

So far 10 people have died from drinking river water, its a dam shame that 3.5 million Americans don’t have access to drinking water, let get this straight: Americans are dead because that dint have access to clean drinking water, like in 3rd world countries. This on the American government, they could invade the island in the 1800s, they can invade the fucking Middle East like its nobody’s business but they can’t help fellow Americans get drinking water.

Supermarkets have hour long lines and we you get in its almost empty, theres only rice and canned food. Im not complaining, it’s something to eat, but seeing this orange clown saying he’s going to pull FEMA when theres nearly no food on the supermarkets its hearth breaking.

Just yesterday I caught my neighbors crying because they lost their roof since Maria, FEMA tarps are nowhere to be seen and what little they had left got wet again, for the 4th time since the hurricane. I had to give them shelter since they had nowhere dry to stay.

Theres still people with no communication with the outside world because of road collapses, this means no access to food, clean water, meds, first aid, doctors, pampers, formula. They’re on their own if FEMA pulls out.

Fuck Trump, you’re a disgrace to America, you come here say having 16 dead is something to be proud about, say the budget is out whack and trow paper towel like its a fucking festival and everything is ok, the deed is done. He gave aid! HE GAVE FUCKING PAPER TOWELS SO PACK UP BOYS THE JOB IS DONE! MAGA!

Also! He dedicated his trophy to us! I feel so good! I might no have drinking water next week but I have a trophy dedication!

Trump signs order to eliminate ACA insurance rules, undermine marketplaces

From the Washington Post:

President Trump signed an executive order Thursday morning intended to allow small businesses and potentially individuals to buy a long-disputed type of health insurance that skirts state regulations and Affordable Care Act protections.

The White House and allies portray the president’s move to expand access to “association health plans” as wielding administrative powers to accomplish what congressional Republicans have failed to achieve: tearing down the law’s insurance marketplaces and letting some Americans buy skimpier coverage at lower prices. The order is Trump’s biggest step to carry out a broad but ill-defined directive he issued his first night in office for agencies to lessen ACA regulations from the Obama administration.

Critics, who include state insurance commissioners, most of the health-insurance industry and mainstream policy specialists, predict that a proliferation of such health plans will have damaging ripple effects: driving up costs for consumers with serious medical conditions and prompting more insurers to flee the law’s marketplaces. Part of Trump’s actions, they say, will spark court challenges over their legality.

According to White House and agency officials, , the most far-reaching element of the multi-prong order instructs a trio of Cabinet departments to rewrite federal rules for association health plans — a type of insurance in which small businesses of a similar type band together through an association to negotiate health benefits.

Trump Tells Hurricane Victims to Fuck Off

Holy shit. He can’t even pretend to not be a white supremacist for 5 minutes. Nobody said that FEMA was going to stay there forever but can they at least stay there until people aren’t dying from the after effects of a natural disaster? The death toll is still rising, most still don’t have power, a lot of the island doesn’t have access to food and water, and experts are worried about the spread of disease due to everything mentioned above.

Hillary was too kind calling him and his ilk deplorable.