What happens when the Trump-supported lawsuit makes the Affordable Care Act disappear?
President Donald Trump Wednesday morning did an about-face, a week or so after he renewed his battle against the Affordable Care Act that bears the name of his number one nemesis. And then he lied about it.
Last week out of the blue there was this:
The Republican Party will become “The Party of Healthcare!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2019
The Republican Party will become the Party of Great HealthCare! ObamaCare is a disaster, far too expensive and deductibility ridiculously high – virtually unusable! Moving forward in Courts and Legislatively!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2019
Reporter: Your administration is making very clear that you think the ACA is invalid..What’s your message to Americans?
Trump: Let me just tell you exactly what my message is: The Republican Party will soon be known as the “Party of Healthcare” https://t.co/dP8FFO5uAn pic.twitter.com/Vd1loglzqz
— POLITICO (@politico) March 26, 2019
But now, today there’s this:
I was never planning a vote prior to the 2020 Election on the wonderful HealthCare package that some very talented people are now developing for me & the Republican Party. It will be on full display during the Election as a much better & less expensive alternative to ObamaCare…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2019
…This will be a great campaign issue. I never asked Mitch McConnell for a vote before the Election as has been incorrectly reported (as usual) in the @nytimes, but only after the Election when we take back the House etc. Republicans will always support pre-existing conditions!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2019
So, let’s point out a few huge problems.
First, the Trump administration-supported lawsuit making its way through the courts that initially was designed to gut the individual mandate has been “successful.” The state attorneys general, led by Texas, got the ruling they wanted.
Then President Trump – against the advice of his cabinet and top Republican leaders – ordered his Dept. of Justice to tell the judge he wants the court to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act. All of it.
It’s unclear who’s defending the law – which, technically, the Trump administration is supposed to do.
(Caveat: We’ve supported decisions from the Obama administration when they refused to defend unconstitutional laws like DOMA.)
So, the law gets invalidated by the courts, maybe before 2020. What happens?
President Trump says there won’t be any plan ready until 2021. What happens to the tens of millions of Americans who will lose their health care?
Trump doesn’t care – he just said so: “This will be a great campaign issue.”
He literally doesn’t care.
In the video above Trump declares, “The Republican Party will soon be known as the ‘Party of Healthcare.'”
It’s all just a branding exercise for him.
What happens when the Trump-supported lawsuit makes the Affordable Care Act disappear? We will return to the days before ObamaCare. That means, regardless of where you get your health insurance, if you have a pre-existing condition, you will be paying a lot more – if you can even get an insurance company to cover you. ObamaCare isn’t just the health exchanges, it’s hundreds of pages of regulations that expand coverage, mandate junk plans out of existence, and protect consumers.
Second, and maybe we’re getting into the weeds here a bit, but Congress writes laws, not the President. And Congress votes on those laws on their schedule. Sure, a good president will partner with Congress to advance his legislative agenda, but Trump’s tweets make clear he thinks he’s in charge of Congress, and that’s a huge problem.
Bottom line: Trump doesn’t know the first thing about health care, the courts, the law, how the government works, or the Constitution.
And those who are literally paying for his ignorance and inabilities are the ones who can least afford it.
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Americans should not be outraged that a curriculum director of a Texas school district instructed teachers to offer “opposing” views if they have books in the classroom on the Holocaust, suggests Newsmax, the right wing outlet founded by longtime Trump friend Christopher Ruddy.
A Newsmax article published Friday blames “Angry CRT Activists” for what appears to be massive nationwide outrage, saying they are claiming a Texas school is pushing “Holocaust Denial.” The article does not actually mention any CRT “activists.”
It does, however, quote U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, saying he “pounced in a tweet Thursday night.”
This is the Connecticut Democratic Senator’s tweet:
So let me get this straight – the non-existent threat of “critical race theory” has caused Texas to mandate the teaching of Holocaust denial?
This seems to be getting A LITTLE out of hand. https://t.co/rNmeKBaUCv
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) October 15, 2021
Newsmax does note that the “narrative of pushing books denying the Holocaust was started by Gina Peddy, the Carroll school district’s executive director of curriculum and instruction, who was recorded on audio published by NBC News,” which is part of Senator Murphy’s tweet (above).
The Newsmax piece also mentions this tweet from U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:
There’s a reason white supremacy attacks history.
Opposition to teaching bigotry’s history and where it leads- from the slave trade to the Holocaust – is about erasing society’s tools to recognize prejudice & prevent atrocity.
Holocaust denial has no place in our society. None. https://t.co/2HjVTVqbq1
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 14, 2021
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Unlike 86 percent of Americans who support paid paternity leave, Fox News personality and fascism and white supremacism promoter Tucker Carlson opposes it, apparently, and made that crystal clear in the form of a homophobic attack against U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg Thursday night.
That attack was so broad and so ugly it extends to every man who takes paternity leave, which is unfortunate given that studies show men who take paternity leave are less likely to get divorced, among other long-term benefits.
“Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child. Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed – no word on how that went,” Carlson said, mocking new dads, fathers in general, men who take paternity leave, and gay fathers.
Tucker Carlson mocks Pete Buttigieg for taking paternity leave: “Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed, no word on how that went.” pic.twitter.com/zFnp6uSser
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After months of coaching and training of “grassroots” activists by right wing groups, including parents across the country, the nation has witnessed countless threats against school board officials and education professionals by parents whose anger is falsely ginned up by Fox news and other right wing media claims over critical race theory, masks, and vaccines.
Miller sees it differently, claiming his group is “demanding an investigation into AG Garland’s memo unleashing federal law enforcement against parents fighting racism/CRT. Letter includes shocking info on origins of the memo.”
Here is a copy of the letter America First Legal sent the DOJ Inspector General demanding an investigation into AG Garland’s memo unleashing federal law enforcement against parents fighting racism/CRT. Letter includes shocking info on origins of the memo: https://t.co/N4KhLwYbpF
— Stephen Miller (@StephenM) October 12, 2021
Look at that language: “unleashing,” “parents fighting racism,” “shocking info” – all designed to create outrage.
(Also, parents who oppose CRT are not “fighting racism.”)
Meanwhile, in addition to threats, school board officials have been subjected to verbal and even physical abuse – including death threats.
As NCRM has previously reported, school board members and educators in at least nine states this year have been targeted with threats, death threats, and often racist death threats, including in Virginia, Arizona, Connecticut, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Vermont, according to local news reports.
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