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Why are these people so happy?

They just watched Donald sign away the healthcare insurance subsidies for millions and millions of low income people!! Of all colors. Yes, now black and white, poor and just getting by, the economically insecure and the irrationally aggrieved can all have more freedom to pay the full freight on their already expensive policies or go completely without and risk bankruptcy!

And what’s wrong with bankruptcy?? Donald has done it a few times.

Oh, look, Rand Paul is front and center. Free at last! Free at last! Ugly middle aged white guys who don’t think they have to share the planet with the rest of us are free at last from the stultifying grasp of the takers who can’t seem to get their shit together and become independently wealthy.

Suck it up, you whiners.



Over at The Conversation, JB Silvers, Professor of Health Finance at Case Western Reserve Univ says Trump’s executive order gutting the subsidies is unlikely to fix Obamacare.

Silvers is the master of understatement. Or irony.

Nevertheless, his explanation as to why Trump’s EO is so phenomenally bad is remarkably easy to read. I encourage Trump voters to give it a try. For one thing, it’s in English, so, you know, no immigrants involved. And secondly, it’s about time you guys realized what you’re up against.

No one said Obamacare was perfect, well, no one at THIS blog. I grew up as a Navy brat and had the equivalent of socialized medicine and you know what? The clinics were plain and generic, the waiting rooms busy and the waits were sometimes long but I really can’t complain about the medicine. It was pretty good. Go ask my sister the chronic asthmatic whose life was saved many times by military doctor’s. You don’t need valet parking at your doctor’s office. Making you feel special does not always equate to good healthcare.

I suspect many of us could get around all the fancy accoutrements as long as we got an ice pack while we waited for our broken arm to be set without said ice pack costing a fortune. (True story. Happened to me). There are all kinds of varieties of national health care strategies to choose from. They all involve some measure of cost control, which is the real bugaboo. And Obamacare had no cost control measures except high deductibles so that everyone would “have skin in the game”.

But Obamacare was better than a sharp stick in the eye, which will now go untreated. Now, it’s pretty much stripped of any meaning.