I don’t think Trump loves his supporters. If he did, he wouldn’t mock them with things like fake Trump steaks. He’s daring them to call him out, knowing that they’re too stupid to notice. He gave his attitude towards his supporters in his quote “I could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose any votes.”
That’s an easy one, mike. Medicare has already reduced the cost of insurance without reducing the cost of care. Every single developed country in the world other than the US has done it, too. The VA even does it with prescription medicine (which the GOP made illegal for Medicare). It’s called “government regulation,” and health care is one of the many places where it works really well.
And it’s easy enough to provide health care to everyone. Every other developed country on the planet does it. The GOP even wants to get rid of Medicare: not because it doesn’t work, but because it works better than any private insurance company ever has. That disproves their tired axiom that government is always the problem, so it must be destroyed with no concern for the American lives lost.
The insurance companies are pleading with the GOP not to destroy the American health care system by repealing the ACA without replacing it by anything. McCain’s response was basically “we never listen to insurance companies.”
Don’t worry about Trump releasing any secrets. The intelligence report is 50 pages long. Trump has never had the attention span for that kind of reading. He’ll watch the declassified stuff on TV and tweet his feelings.
NPP doesn’t even know that the ACA created an open market for private health insurance that did not exist before. But then again, NPP is pathetically ignorant on every issue he comments on, so it’s not particularly surprising. His advice to talk to insurance agents is hilarious too: all of the insurance companies are warning the GOP not to repeal without a replacement plan (since they’d have to stop offering ANY private plans, destroying the free choice we now have), as is the AMA and hospital organizations. So far, the GOP has only managed to bankrupt hospitals across the rural South (with their Medicaid blockades). Now it will be all of the hospitals in America.
Those who thought that at least there would be smart people giving him advice need to give up on that fantasy. He’s surrounded himself by people who have histories of being empirically, quantitatively wrong on virtually everything. Economics, climate change, job policy, social justice, foreign policy: it doesn’t matter. What matters is a total fawning over Trump, and a proven inability to let experience, expertise, and history affect their ideological views.
Based on the best information we have available, repealing Obamacare will likely cause around 8400 additional American deaths every year, because not having insurance raises the death rate by a quantifiable amount. (Source: Nicholas Kristoff, NYT, but also elsewhere.) So yes, the cartoon is accurate and not at all overstating the case: the GOP will kill far more Americans every four months than the terrorists did on 9/11. And as a bonus, it will also vastly increase the deficit!
Trump didn’t save the pooch. It was vast phone calls to Republican congressmen. Trump just told them to wait for a few months, when everyone is angry anyway and it won’t matter.
Without a two-state solution, Israel has three options. Continue to deny Palestinians the vote, and give up being a democracy. Allow the Palestinians to vote, and give up being a jewish state. Or three, kill or persecute all the Palestinians and steal the rest of their land.