Friday, January 27, 2017

Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold: Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan

“The Donald” must have watched this part over a thousand times

The truest statement of fact ever 

This week, the White House cancelled advertisements alerting consumers to the upcoming enrollment deadline for 2017 coverage under the ACA — even though the ads had already been paid for, according to Obama administration officials who spoke with Politico.
Also reported on here (NY Magazine).
Since human beings have a tendency to put off filling out boring paperwork for as long as possible, the final days of enrollment season are crucial. With the aid of increased advertising and outreach during this period, the ACA marketplaces have consistently enjoyed last-minute surges in sign-ups.
But now, the Trump administration is trying to prevent such a surge from happening.
Lower ACA enrollment does not help anyone: (1) It is bad for insurers, (2) it is bad for those who will go uninsured due to ignorance about the deadline, and (3) it is bad for any American who wants to pay a lower premium next year — last-minute sign-ups come disproportionately from young and healthy people, for whom health insurance is not a pressing concern.
The more such consumers get in the habit of buying health insurance, the lower the costs in the future should be for everyone else.
The only people who would immediately benefit from weaker enrollment are Republicans on Capitol Hill, who are struggling to find a way of throwing millions off of their health insurance without getting blamed for having done so.
The best thing that could happen for Paul Ryan and friends would be if the ACA’s marketplaces just collapsed by themselves as Jonathan Cohn explains in this Huffington Post piece:
“If the program’s collapse is imminent, as they say, then there’s no point in worrying about the roughly 20 million people who now get coverage through the program. Because, under this scenario, no matter what Republicans do, those folks are going to end up without decent coverage. And, if the end result of repeal efforts is a disaster ― with millions more uninsured, millions more struggling with less reliable or less comprehensive coverage than they had ― Republicans can always say things would have been awful anyway.”

But even as a piece of cynical, political sabotage, Trump’s move accomplishes little. By January 4th, some 8.8 million individuals had signed up for ACA coverage — already an increase over the previous year. While Trump’s actions could prevent the program from hitting its forecast of 13.8 million enrollees, no collapse-inducing drop-off is forthcoming.
Thus, the only genuine benefit of Trump’s decision to cancel the ads might be this: The president has just informed the American people that he cares more about tarnishing his predecessor’s legacy than improving our nation’s health-care system.
I conclude therefore that Trump’s middle initial should be “R” not “J for John.”
That way the “R” would stand for his true nature – his core — his DNA:
Therefore: “R”-otten and “R-evengeful” – He is spoiled just like a little brat who always has to get his way or else there is hell to pay for everyone who deals with him or is around him.
That is an indisputable fact that the Trumpettes refuse to see or or if they do see it, fail to acknowledge it. SAD...!!!

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