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Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 3/25/2017

25 March 2017 at 11:19:48 AM

We dodged that horrible Trumpcare bill. Now, Dems, listen up, I WANT SINGLE PAYER health insurance for when you are back in power... and after 4 years of Trump, I expect you will be.

Poor Trump wants to blame the Democrats for this failure, but the Wall Street Journal is having none of that.

“House Republicans pulled their health-care bill shortly before a vote on Friday, and for once the media dirge is right about a GOP defeat. This is a major blow to the Trump Presidency, the GOP majority in Congress, and especially to the cause of reforming and limiting government. The damage is all the more acute because it was self-inflicted. President Trump was right to say on Friday that Democrats provided no help, but Democrats were never going to vote to repeal President Obama’s most important legislation. And that’s no excuse. Republicans have campaigned for more than seven years on repealing and replacing Obamacare, and they finally have a President ready to sign it. In the clutch they choked.”

Plus, what excuse can Trump make when Republicans are the majority in the House and the Senate? hahah

D L Hughley on Trumpcare -People got wise to Trump. Obamacare not just for poor black folks


The CBO said the revised Trumpcare would cost more and still leve 52 million without insurance by 2026-(Doesn't count the attempt to gut stuff like prescription drugs)

So why would this version result in a smaller cut to the deficit? One reason, says the CBO, is a proposed reduction in the threshold for the medical care deduction on income taxes for older Americans. Right now, if you or your spouse is over the age of 65, you can deduct medical expenses that are greater than 7.5% of your adjusted gross income. A proposed revision would drop that threshold to 5.8%, meaning more tax deductions for older Americans with health care expenses. It also means fewer income taxes collected by the Treasury. CBO estimates around $90 billion in tax revenue would be lost by 2026.

The CBO says that an additional $48 billion in tax revenue won’t be collected because of other revisions, like “adjusting the effective dates and making other modifications to the provisions that repeal or delay many of the changes in the Affordable Care Act.”

Changes to Medicaid, like increasing the money spent covering the elderly, visually impaired, and disabled, will result in more spending by the government, though the CBO believes that some of this increased expense will be offset by other revisions, like allowing states to require that some Medicaid enrollees be employed in order to obtain benefits. The net result, per the CBO, is $41 billion less the government will be saving than under the original plan.

It’s Class Warfare, Stupid. The GOP crusade against Health Care-Juan Cole

In fact the bill failed because it made the class warfare too transparent. You can’t give CEOs $500k tax breaks and throw 24 million people off health insurance and still be representing yourself as representing “the people.” When the GOP congressmen spoke on t.v. of letting the market solve health care, what they really meant is that the poor who can’t afford health insurance would just not be able to have it. In the US, unlike India, the poor don’t vote, so Congress has no reason to fear the poor. And since the corporations managed to largely get rid of unions, they don’t fear workers, either.

The outrage is Trump’s bait and switch. He campaigned on making sure everyone has health insurance. Then his healthcare bill massively reduces the number of people who have health care plans.

Frustration as cabin electronics ban comes into force   

many observers in the Middle East and North Africa said the ban  amounted to discrimination, while others questioned the basis for the electronics ban, saying they were a ploy to undermine the aviation industry of the countries affected.

"If you say it like this, you are saying everybody can be a terrorist. It's not respectful. I think it's not good," said one passenger at Ataturk International Airport.

Geoffrey Thomas, the editor-in-chief of A, said the UK joining the ban gave it some credibility that there might be an evolving threat, "but at the same time UK has not banned UAE and Qatar, which raises a lot of concern as to what this is all about".

"Some suggest that the ban on UAE and Qatar has more to do with the Trump administration's desire to curb the power of Middle East carriers, because one of the crazy parts about this ban is that Emirates from Dubai to Athens, and on to the US, is not included in the measures.

"And then you have cities that actually have security challenges, such as  Lagos  and Islamabad, which are also not included in the ban. So, there are questions about this that leave a lot of experts perplexed," Thomas said.

Biggest Brown Dwarf in the Galaxy

Nunes Backs Down From Assertion Trump Was Monitored

The chairman of the House intelligence committee has backed down from his dramatic assertion that Donald Trump and his aides were "monitored," by U.S. spies — a claim the Republicans have cited this week in emails to loyalists.

Rep. Devin Nunes told reporters Friday he can't be sure whether conversations among Trump or his aides were captured in the surveillance that has become a source of controversy since Nunes made it public in two news conferences this week.

So why did he even say it in the first place? Sheesh. AND 

As for Trump's assertion that Obama wiretapped him, Nunes repeated Friday what he has said previously, telling reporters, "That didn't happen."

Hold your nose while you read this about Eric Trump

Donald Trump will be keeping an eye on both the business and his children. “These papers are all just a piece of the many, many companies that are being put into trust to be run by my two sons,” the president said, standing next to stacks of documents at a January press conference where he announced he would hand over management to Eric and Don Jr. “I hope at the end of eight years I’ll come back and say ‘Oh you did a good job.’ Otherwise, if they do a bad job, I’ll say, ‘You’re fired.’”

9 bonkers things Donald Trump said in his new exclusive interview  with Time

 Trump thinks it’s okay to repeat a false claim as long as he is accurately stating the fact that someone else made the false claim. He thinks it’s okay to say something false as long as it later turns out that something vaguely similar is true. And he appears to think it’s okay to just straight-up lie and then keep lying for no reason.

It's like people that pass on email spam baloney that don't even check first to see if it might be true because it's a good story

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