President Donald Trump kicked off the week by calling for the U.S. Supreme Court to review and support a lone Texas federal judge’s late Friday night ruling that ObamaCare is unconstitutional.
Monday morning Trump tweeted that if the Supreme Court upholds that ruling Congress will be able to provide “GREAT HealthCare results for Americans!”
That’s provably false.
Republicans have tried – and failed – over 70 times to repeal and/or replace ObamaCare.
The Affordable Care Act is a comprehensive rewrite of decades and decades of health care and public policy laws. Not only did it create the health care exchanges, it allows for the expansion of Medicare, and provides for the computerization of patient health care data. It creates nondiscrimination laws, and bans insurance companies from refusing to cover pre-existing conditions, or cover them but at higher rates.
That’s just for starters.
That’s not how President Trump sees it.
“The DEDUCTIBLE which comes with ObamaCare is so high that it is practically not even useable!” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “Hurts families badly. We have a chance, working with the Democrats, to deliver great HealthCare! A confirming Supreme Court Decision will lead to GREAT HealthCare results for Americans!”
Trump and the GOP have refused to do the actual work that Democrats spent several years doing: sitting down and writing actual policy that will help people. The Affordable Care Act is policy. TrumpCare, in all its numerous forms, is not.
Trump has no actual health care policy, despite promising Americans the best health care, at a lower cost, like he did just days after winning the White House, in the November 2016 “60 Minutes” interview:
“That’s what I do, I do good job [sic]. You know, I mean, I know how to do this stuff. We’re going to repeal it and replace it. And we’re not going to have, like, a two-day period and we’re not going to have a two-year period where there’s nothing. It will be repealed and replaced. I mean, you’ll know. And it’ll be great health care for much less money,” Trump promised.
Trump says in the interview he is going to protect people with pre-existing conditions. That’s false, and has been so at every turn.
Instead, he and Republicans across the country have done everything possible to kill health care for millions and the Affordable Health Care Act.
Trump supported the lawsuit that led to Friday’s decision declaring ObamaCare unconstitutional. That lawsuit was brought by Republicans in 20 states, mostly by state attorneys general, led by Texas.
Here’s how people responded to Trump’s call Monday to the Supreme Court to kill ObamaCare:
You have no health care plan. You have no plan to have a health care plan, because you lack the intellect, interest or attention span needed to create one. You lead a party that has fought every attempt to address health-care accessibility for the last 70 years. You are useless. https://t.co/zTyMdejkyU
— Jay Bookman (@jaysbookman) December 17, 2018
You have ZERO idea on how health care works…stop pretending… https://t.co/3OWARnfmPd
— darren spence (@darren_spence) December 17, 2018
— 404 Error🇷🇺White House (@PhillyFlorida) December 17, 2018
NOT TRUE. You are a thief and rejoice in doing things that hurt people:
Children die in your DHS supervised cages.
Poor people die of lack of drugs.
Taking away health insurance.
Taking away American right to seek asylum.
Taking away safe water and air and so much more. https://t.co/eB6QnMglHE
— Gail Talbot (@gatalbot) December 17, 2018
Obamacare is a marketplace. Not a single plan with a single deductible, but many different plan options and those choices vary wildly by state and…
Honestly, someone ask Trump what Obamacare is and how it works. Better yet, ask him what health insurance is and how it works? https://t.co/CpMhz2mij0
— Dan (@dansac) December 17, 2018
Mr. President, how high is the deductible? https://t.co/WKm7U75vWH
— Andy (@astrojny2) December 17, 2018
Says the guy that wants to remove pre-existing condition coverage, and a host of benefits for women https://t.co/QOpyQ8kaai
— Udub (@udub86) December 17, 2018
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Trump Trade Advisor Says Americans ‘Don’t Have a Right to Know’ if Administration Tied China Policy to Getting Dirt on Biden
It is a stunning confrontation. Peter Navarro, the White House Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy says the American people “don’t have a right to know” if the Trump administration has tied China trade policy to getting dirt on Joe Biden. President Trump has been engaged in an extortion scheme against Ukraine, using congressionally-approved military aid to try to strong arm that country.
“You don’t have a right to know what happens behind closed doors,” Navarro, whose often referred to as President Trump’s trade advisor, tells CNN’s Jim Sciutto at a televised forum Thursday.
“I think the American people have a right to know if politics have entered trade negotiations,” Sciutto responded.
Navarro tried to deflect by decrying “too many stories reported based on anonymous sources,” despite the fact that President trump freely admitted he was engaged in an extortion scheme.
“I’m asking you a diret question,” Sciutto continued. “Did you bring up investigating the Bidens as part of the negotiations?”
Navarro refused to answer the simple and direct question that, despite his false claim, Americans absoutely do have the right to know.
“It’s not an appropriate question in my judgment,” he claimed, falsely, repeatedly raising his hands as if to say “stop.”
“Asked and answered,” Navarro concluded.
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) October 24, 2019
Professor of international relations, political scientist, and journalist David Rothkopf offered this response to Navarro’s remarks:
Navarro has zero credibility among experts of both parties who specialize in the field in which he purports to have expertise (trade). This is because he is an idiot who is limited both by how much he does not know & by the fact that what he does know is wrong. He’s also a hack. https://t.co/LaLUTeUUy5
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) October 24, 2019
‘I’m in Charge of the Hatch Act’ Trump Barked at ‘Weak’ Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney – In a Room Full of Aides
The Wall Street Journal has published an exposé about the Trump 2020 re-election campaign and how the president is “banking on base-pleasing campaign events – more meticulously produced this time – to outweigh any need for a fresh message.”
In one disturbing tale WSJ White House reporter Michael Bender relays how Trump has apparently grown frustrated with White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney – his third in under three years – and attacked him during a meeting with other aides present.
President Trump wanted to bring his Cabinet to a June rally in the critical swing state of Florida. Appropriately, Mulvaney warned the president about the Hatch Act, which prohibits executive branch employees from using their positions for political activities.
“I’m in charge of the Hatch Act,” Trump “barked” at Mulvaney, calling his chief of staff, one of the most powerful people in the nation, “weak.”
Trump is not “in charge” of the Hatch Act. It is an 80-year old federal law that was amended in 2012.
Special Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway’s violations of the law have been so egregious that the U.S. Office of Special Counsel requested the White House “remove” her from her job. President Trump refused.
Busted: White House Counsel Worked to Keep Whistleblower Report From Congress – WaPo
President Donald Trump’s White House counsel has reportedly been personally involved in keeping Congress from reviewing a whistleblowing report involving Ukraine.
“The revelation that Trump pushed Zelensky to pursue the Biden probe, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, represents the most detailed account so far of the president’s conduct that prompted a U.S. intelligence official to file a whistleblower action against the president,” The Washington Post reported Friday. “The disclosure comes amid new details about the White House’s role in preventing Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire from complying with Congressional demands for the material in the complaint.”
In addition to confirming the WSJ report, The Post also furthered the story with new reporting on the role of the White House in the scandal.
“White House Counsel Pat Cipollone has been engaged in the matter since shortly after the whistleblower action surfaced, officials said, helping to identify legal obstacles to the sharing of information that could be politically damaging to Trump,” The Post reported. “Cipollone’s involvement reveals a more direct White House role in the dispute than has previously been reported.”
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