Tag Archives: Health care

This is why the GOP sticks by Trump

Buried in the Washington Post’s letter section is this reasonable little missive: I calculated the impact of the Republican Senate and House tax “reform” bills based on my 2016 income tax return and found that my wife’s and my tax … Continue reading

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Everything is awful

Since January I’ve recited Elizabeth Bishop’s line from “The Bight” as if it were a mantra: awful but cheerful. As the worst week of the year inches toward some kind of dignified close, reminders why we’re fucked. First, Puerto Rico, … Continue reading

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Gratuitous cruelty

And so it begins. This is how a presidential administration kills the sick and the poor: President Trump will scrap subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay out-of-pocket costs of low-income people, the White House said late Thursday. His … Continue reading

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‘Henry Kissinger does not want to pay 116 percent increase in his premiums’

In which the president shows his strategic genius again: President Trump pointed to the premium hikes a guest of his at the White House Tuesday was facing as his reason to “do something” about the Affordable Care Act — a … Continue reading

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The sordidness of Graham-Cassidy

To quote All About Eve‘s Karen Richards, this beats the record for running, jumping, and standing gall: The Medicaid delay would potentially apply to Alaska, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana, based on their low-density populations. Those states would … Continue reading

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The return of the evil dead

From the Frankenstein Files: the shitty plan that strips poor people of health care is back, this time with Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina as co-sponsors. Starting in 2020, the Cassidy-Graham bill would eliminate both … Continue reading

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Meanwhile on the Medicaid front…

It’s mid August, which means the Congressional Budget Office has goodies to stuff in your beach bucket to accompany the plastic shovel, coconut oil, and shades: If Mr. Trump stops payment of the subsidies, the budget office said, insurers will … Continue reading

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The power of an alarmed citizenry

“Yes, Mr. Soto?” the woman on the phone says, in the manner of a restaurant hostess acknowledging a demanding regular. She also sounds like one of my great aunts. Three mornings a week since late January I will call the … Continue reading

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A look at the failure of “skinny repeal”

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And here it comes…

Republicans are set to vote on a bill that would increase the amount of money that millionaires can take home while condemning millions of their fellow citizens to poverty and death – and they haven’t read the bill. Paul Waldman put … Continue reading

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Helping the hopeless

Once again, The New Yorker, like many daily newspapers where coastal elites dwell, dips a toe gingerly into the pool of poor white resentment. What Peter Hessler found will surprise no one since November 2016: Before Trump took office, people … Continue reading

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TrumpCare, Act III

As encouraging as watching the American Millionaires Bailout Act aka TrumpCare expose the fissures within a coaliton that is less a political party than a contagion intent on wiping out the poorest among us, I’m still not optimistic that Mitch … Continue reading

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