The Politex Report #1211


One thing Trump has in common with his voters is they don't read. Out in the boonies local newspapers have gone out of business, so Trumpets listen to wacko Alex Jones on their computers, as does Trump. And read fake news. When asked about Trump's latest financial and sex scandals: "Don't pay no mind, now git!"

But when twitterpated Trump says he will give everyone...everyone, cheaper and better health care at a lower cost, paid for by his government, they're all ears. Of course he's lying; it can't be done and he knows it. Although Trump's Republican congress has been forced to cough up $9 million to keep Obamacare afloat through 2017, that won't happen in 2018: there's no way the Repubs will finance Trump's pie in the sky twitterpates to his loyal ground troops.

Trump's twitter page is for his fans, not you and me. Even the NYT's David Brooks, a moderate Republican, has promised to only report what Agent Orange does, not what he says, particularly on Twitter. Meanwhile, his magical-thinking followers believe Trump will keep all the good things about Obamacare, like no preexisting conditions, family coverage until age 26, and government subsidized insurance; and eliminating the bad stuff, like having to get mandatory, low-cost insurance after age 26.

Of course, many/most of Trump's voters have health insurance where they work, with all of the government mandated good stuff noted above in place, without any of the bad stuff. Their gripe is actually with Obama, not Obamacare. That will change in a year or so, once Obamacare is eliminated, and all the good stuff in their employee insurance goes away. Welcome to reality. --JP


Should Read Up to Date Overview: What you need to know about the GOP’s plan to repeal Obamacare.

How Hard Would It Be to Repeal Obamacare? Reconciliation explained. Newsweek


Obamacare is toast. And a lot of poor, white Trump voters will get hurt by it. WP

The Brutal (and Fact-Checked) Numbers on Killing Obamacare: 23+ million lose coverage, but the superrich benefit Mojo

Obamacare Repeal Will Hand a Nauseating Tax Cut to the Rich

Big Republican states could have a lot to lose from Obamacare repeal - LA Times

Obamacare Repeal Will Wipe Out The Same Voters Who Supported Donald Trump.

Without Obamacare, I Will Get Sicker, Faster, Until I Die. NYT


WATCH: Colorado Republican secretly flees town hall to avoid constituents mad about gutting Obamacare

Paul Ryan confronted by cancer patient who says Obamacare saved his life


Donald Trump’s Medical Delusions: Crazy, Liar, or Crazy Liar? Krugman

Words: Totally Clueless Trump Tells Congress to Repeal and Replace Health Care Law ‘Very Quickly’ NYT

Marketing: Is Trump’s “insurance for everybody” vow really a contradiction of Republican plans? (Just words.) New Republic

Health Care for Some: Trump spokesman says Obamacare replacement will harness marketplace competition

Promising what he can't deliver, Trump may have just destroyed the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare. (Not really.) WP

Trump's Four Useless Alternatives to Obamacare: Nothing to replace it. Vice

MSNBC's Greta lauds Trump for healthcare plan that doesn't even exist, later adds that Dems need to work w/him to fix healthcare:

The Lord of Misrule: Trump is a fool; report what he does, not what he says. Brooks, NYT


Get Health Insurance Through Your Employer? ACA Repeal Will Affect You, Too.

Overview: The GOP’s actions to repeal Obamacare will affect everyone.


In one night, the GOP voted to take away these 6 essential health benefits. TP

Senate opens Obamacare repeal drive with overnight marathon - CNN


Reps Want to Kill Obamacare Without the Blame: “They don’t know what to do, like the dog that caught the bus" Bloom

NYT ED: Few Republicans Try to Head Off Inhumane Health Care Calamity, More Americans Want to Keep Obamacare.

For many, problems with Obamacare are personal, not partisan. Dems knew, were working to fix it...before Trump won.

The G.O.P.’s Health Care Death Spiral: Killing the individual insurance market. NYT


Muted Response From Health Lobby as Obamacare Faces Repeal. NYT


Trump Health Secretary Pick’s Longtime Foes: Big Government, Obamacare, and Insurance Companies. NYT

Trump's HHS pick introduced legislation to help medical device company days after investing in it

TOTUS Health Secretary Pick in Trouble Over Health Insider Trading Accusations; Ed Sec Pick Weak On Ethics. NYT


After Obama, Some Health Reforms May Prove Lasting -NYT

Ten of thousands rally around the country to put Republicans on the spot and save Obamacare

These faith groups are demanding Republicans stop repealing Obamacare

Repeal Obamacare? Better to have a replacement first, say Americans. CSM

Fear Spurs Support for Obamacare as Republicans Work to Repeal It. NYT


Obamacare's Repeal Could Double Costs and Number of Uninsured to 32 Million, New Report Says. NYT

Republican Replacement Plans for Obamacare Likely to Make Health Care Worse I US News

Under President Trump, Repealing & Replacing Obamacare Will Be Harder Than It Looks.


Obamacare Repeal Is Moving Forward. When Will Changes Affect Consumers? 2018. Maybe. NYT

Poll: On Obamacare, Americans Want to See Replacement Before Repeal | US News

MAY, 2016: Most Americans want to replace Obamacare with single-payer — including many Republicans - WP