Friday, November 18, 2016

Republicans withheld billions from Obamacare in order to drive up insurance costs and help Donald Trump get elected.

This tweet is referring to this article about Ryan's plan to replace Obamacare with a GOP approved plan: 

Obamacare’s mandates are meant to drive broad participation in the insurance market, so the premiums paid by a broad number of relatively healthy subscribers essentially subsidize care for the sickest. Without the mandates, many healthy Americans won’t buy insurance, forcing insurance companies to either deny coverage to sick customers or hike premiums to unsustainable levels. The GOP plan would solve that problem by establishing state-based “high-risk pools” for the sickest and directing $25 billion in federal support to them over 10 years.

So perhaps at this point you are wondering just where this 25 billion was supposed to come from, and journalists wondered that as well and asked Paul Ryan who replied with:  

“You really want me to give you a technical answer.”

Actually yeah, we do.

Especially since the Republicans had withheld funding that Obamacare desperately needed.

This led one New Century Times contributor to write this: 

Here’s the most infuriating part. Paul Ryan wants $25 billion for these godawful high-risk insurance pools. Yet, remember, he purposefully kept $2.5 billion from Obamacare while finding money for defense, etc.

Basically saying, we have the money, and I want it for what I want, but I didn’t want it for the people of the nation when they needed it most because it didn’t serve in the best interests of me and my party in an election year. 

He knows that if Obamacare is seen as a success, the GOP looks like losers. He literally tried to sabotage Obamacare to help the Republican party and Donald Trump win. Because then Trump had a basket full of excuses to hate the health law while campaigning and could point out rising costs. 

Paul Ryan and Republicans need to be held accountable for this purposeful deception. The money is there. He just didn’t want Obama to have it.

And remember, Paul Ryan is supposed to be a reasonable Republican. 


  1. Anonymous6:51 AM

    "Trump will not admit to any wrongdoing in the final agreement,"

    Betcha Trump will lie and say he's only doing this so he can get on with the work of the American people!

    New York Daily News:
    Donald Trump nearing settlement in Trump University fraud case

    ALBANY — In a complete turnaround from his previous position, President-elect Donald Trump is nearing a settlement of the fraud cases brought in New York and California involving his now defunct for-profit Trump University, the Daily News has learned.

    Under the emerging deal being negotiated by Trump's lawyers, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the law firm that brought a class action lawsuit regarding Trump University in California, the president-elect will agree to pay between $20 million and $25 million to settle the matter, a source with knowledge of the situation said.

    Trump will not admit to any wrongdoing in the final agreement, which could be announced as soon as Friday, the source said


    1. Anonymous8:14 AM

      And Trump says "I never settle." He always settles!

      I hope there's no nondisclosure agreement--I want everyone involved to be free to talk about anything and everything associated with this case.

      Though a settlement, it's a mark on his presidency, and the more that mar his presidency, the better.

  2. And yet, sadly, this will not see the light of day.

    The media will not report on it. Paul Ryan will get away with it.
    Because in this alternate reality we've entered, truth is considered a nuisance.
    The people who have been most screwed by this will not know, will not care and will continue to vote against their best interests.

    Paul Ryan is a sorry excuse for a person of the Roman Catholic faith. I was raised one, I know what the church teaches.

    And just like that, the warm, fuzzy feeling I had after finding out no more Duck Dynasty has floated away into oblivion.

    1. Anonymous8:15 AM

      Yeah, I was raised Roman Catholic, too. His behavior is not at all what the church teaches.

    2. Anonymous10:14 AM

      Paul Ryan is a mean spirited fuckstick. Also he is none too bright.He is a big fan of Ayn Rand and brags about making his staff read her book The Fountainhead.Bohner was an alcoholic joke as Speaker but he wasn't mean like Ryan.

  3. Anonymous6:55 AM

    “I will win the Trump University case. I already am, as far as I’m concerned,” Trump said in June. “I could settle that case. I could have settled that case. I just choose not to.”

    In March, he called the lawsuits “nonsense,” saying that, “It’s something I could have settled many times. I could settle it right now for very little money, but I don’t want to do it out of principle,” he said.


  4. Anonymous7:00 AM


    Reuters Top News – Verified account ‏@Reuters

    BREAKING: Trump nears settlement in Trump University lawsuit.

    Trump nears settlement in Trump University lawsuit

    President-elect Donald Trump is nearing a settlement of about $20 million in fraud lawsuits relating to Trump University, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.
    View on web

    7:34 AM - 18 Nov 2016

  5. Anonymous7:06 AM

    So now that everyone knows this, what are they going to do to Ryan and Republicans? How many sick people died because of their fucking actions?

    We (Democrats/Independents, etc.) need to get some types of action in process that counters what Trump and his mates are going to do as to medical insurance coverage for Americans as they tear apart Obamacare.

    His appointments that will appear before Hearings of the U.S.Congress need to be strongly countered and not win approval!

    Are Democrats, etc. preparing and planning for this?

    What can Americans do that is effective to country Trump - besides peaceful demonstrations? We all need to work together doing something that is a winning strategy!

    I know that elections matter - but, we just went through that process and it's amazing that Republicans who were up for reelection actually won their seats again! I found that to be unbelievable! Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, is an example - he was reelected and was the major obstructionist and racist that fought President Obama every step of the way throughout his nearly completed two terms! It drove McConnell nuts that President Obama was reelected for his second term.

    Something major has to be done. How many more sick people are going to lose their medical insurance because they cannot afford whatever it is that Republicans change as to Obamacare/Affordable Care Act? I'm very worried as I do have a specific disease!

    I want questions answered!

    1. Leland7:54 AM

      So you want answers? Well, you probably won't get any that can do a thing here in IM. Have you written your Congressional Representatives and Senators?

      If you have (or when you do) and got the usual run-around, you can always begin by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper. Write about what you asked and then copy the relevant responses from the letter you received.

      It may not do much, but it's an active start.

    2. Anonymous8:04 AM

      Support the ACLU, an organization that has vowed to fight any semblance of shady dealings going forward with the morons who think they won the election.

    3. Anonymous8:08 AM

      Something major has to be done

      We need to "drain our own swamp" as Dems and get new, younger, aggressive politicians in. I'm old, but I'm even sleepy watching all these old fogies running the party. They were fine in their day, we appreciate their service, but let's get moving!

      Part Of President Obama's appeal was his youth and dynamic personality. Let's learn from that, the millenials are becoming a large segment of the voting population, we need to tap into that before they decide the excitement of the Trumpers is more to their liking.

    4. Anonymous8:25 AM

      Thanks for your kindness, Leland. Good suggestions that I'll follow. Appreciate your responding to my request. 7:06 AM

    5. Anonymous8:35 AM

      8:08 caution:

  6. Anonymous7:15 AM

    And, isn't this the man that says he NEVER settles lawsuits where he awards money? He is such a lying bastard!

  7. Anonymous7:22 AM

    OK Trump will settle his fraud university cases that he said he would never settle.

    What about Trump's lawsuits he said he would file against the women who said Trump sexually abused them?

    What about Melania's lawsuits against the media for getting a date wrong?

    Will there be a lawsuit against the media for falsely saying Melania doesn't have a Architecture diploma?

    First Lady Melania Trump would not lie. If she said she has an architectural degree then she does.

    1. Leland7:55 AM

      "First Lady Melania Trump would not lie. If she said she has an architectural degree then she does."

      Uh huh. Kind of like SP's Journalism?

    2. Anonymous8:32 AM

      Speaking of that plastic alien, I'm loving the fact that some designers are saying they won't dress her and fashion people say they won't cover her. There's a new story out today, but right after the election I saw a couple articles about people in the industry making their renouncement of Trump known through boycotting his wife. Of course, the public loves fashion and Melania will still get plenty of coverage, but it won't be like it was for Michelle, even though Melania's the one with a modeling past. Designers loved MO and her personality. Melania has no personality, they rae saying, and she doesn't inspire. I think it was vanity Fair that had another article about how covering Melania will be a challenge because how she dresses and accessories reveals nothing in the way of a personality and interesting POV. I'm also for any boycotting because we know that Melania has no life and will be pretty much useless as a first lady (can't give her caps) and all she'll want is to be seen in expensive clothes and decorating.

    3. Anonymous9:26 AM

      I don't know how much of an impact it will have for fashion designers to say they won't dress her, since she was never really famous for wearing clothes in the first place....thong designers, thigh-high boot designers, whip designers, now, that would be a different story!

  8. Anonymous7:25 AM

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  9. Anonymous7:50 AM

    Too Racist to Be Federal Judge in 80s, Jeff Sessions to be Trump’s Attorney General

    The swamp just keeps filling up. This morning it was learned that a man the ACLU calls “anti-civil rights,” Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions – who as Zach Wahls points out, “was deemed too racist *in the 1980s* to be confirmed as a federal judge” – has been named by Donald Trump as Trump’s pick for attorney general.

    Trump’s transition team told us yesterday that,

    “The president-elect has been unbelievably impressed with Senator Sessions and his phenomenal record as Alabama’s attorney general and U.S. attorney. It is no wonder the people of Alabama re-elected him without opposition.”

    And now we learn the nightmare is reality. CBS This Morning tweeted the news,

  10. Anonymous7:51 AM

    Outraged Reactions to Trump Choice of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General Roll In

    "Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn, and now Jeff Sessions. It is now news when Trump chooses someone for his staff who isn’t openly bigoted."

  11. Anonymous7:52 AM

    “If anyone still thinks that Donald Trump might govern with more responsibility or moderation than he campaigned, this nomination is a wakeup call."

  12. Anonymous7:53 AM

    Trump Declares War On Civil Rights By Filling His Administration With White Supremacists

    Three of Trump's first five appointees have ties or views that are in line with the white supremacist movement. These appointees are likely to be staffing agencies and departments with others who share their views.

  13. Anonymous7:54 AM

    White isis right:

  14. Anonymous7:57 AM

  15. Anonymous7:58 AM

    Trump To Give HUGE F**K You To States Hillary Won By Taking A Literal Ego Trip

    One of the things that Trump wants to do over the next four years is continue to hold huge rallies for the purpose of stroking his ego. Apparently, that’s already getting underway. He’s planning to take a “victory lap” around the states he won sometime in the next several weeks, rather than working closely with his transition team to make sure as much is in place as possible before Inauguration Day.

    ...The glow of winning a presidential election already seems to be wearing off – he has to continually find ways of feeling superior and getting the instant gratification that these huge, cheering crowds give him. And really, who wants to spend day after day in boring meetings with transitional staffers, members of Congress, security teams, the current President, and more when he can just be “gone” all the time, stroking his ego?

    1. Anonymous8:20 AM

      When the glow wears off the fake gold plated thing in the states, watch these rallies get canceled PDQ.

    2. Anonymous8:34 AM

      OMG. I heard earlier this week that he planned on continuing his rally style in the future, but I had no idea he was going on tour and at a time when he should be working hard to get 4000 jobs filled in his admin. What an ass.

    3. Anonymous8:38 AM

      "stroking his EGO?"< ain't it

    4. Anonymous8:52 AM

      I kept reading on waiting for the part that was a "Big F**K you to the states that Hillary won. But I don't get it. The states where he "won" are going to be inflicted with his crazy rallies, no? Sounds like a booby prize to me! haha

    5. Anonymous10:01 AM

      Holding victory rallies: isn't that what dictators do?

    6. Anonymous10:35 AM

      Hilter liked to hold big rallies too.

    7. Anonymous10:53 AM

      Trump's rallies sound better in the original German.

  16. Anonymous7:59 AM

    The entire rethug basket of deplorables (including the obstructionists, the liars and Cheeto jebus), needs to be dumped into that eternal fire they claim to believe in. NOW.

  17. Anonymous8:00 AM

    Did Corey Lewandowski Admit To Contact With James Comey Ahead Of The Election?

    Corey Lewandowski gave a speech to the Oxford Union debating society on Wednesday evening where he effectively said that James Comey handed Trump the election.

    According to a Telegraph report, Lewandowski said, "With 11 days to go in this election cycle, something amazing happened. The FBI director, James Comey, came out on a Friday and said they may be reopening the investigation into ‘crooked’ Hillary Clinton’s emails.”

    What inside information did he have?

  18. Anonymous8:29 AM

    "This Is War" - Trump Drafting Lawsuit Against New York Times

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  22. Anonymous8:35 AM

    Now it looks like Drumpf is going to get the Rethugs to rescue Ivanka's brother-in-law who has the crippled insurance company called Oscar, which has lost $230 million dollars in 21 months, $45 million of it in the last 3 months.

    Replacement for Obamacare? Scary as hell!

  23. Anonymous8:36 AM

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  24. Anonymous8:38 AM

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  25. Anonymous8:39 AM

    So the fact that Obama and Bill Clinton himself said Obama care is a failure means nothing

    1. Anonymous8:57 AM

      That's not what he said, and anyone needing complete info on what he said can read up online or use this link for more info:

  26. Anonymous8:39 AM

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  27. Anonymous8:41 AM

    When will Trump start Waterboarding?

    He promised

  28. Anonymous8:45 AM

    A "Reasonable Republican". Now there's a contradiction in terms.

    not my president

  29. Anonymous8:46 AM

    Donald Trump on terrorists: 'Take out their families'
    By Tom LoBianco, CNN

    Updated 12:19 PM ET, Thu December 3, 2015

    Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would kill the families of terrorists to win the war against ISIS

    Trump said that the U.S. is being too "politically correct" in its fight against ISIS

    Washington (CNN)Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would kill the families of terrorists in order to win the fight against ISIS.

  30. Anonymous8:52 AM

    Trump Says He Never Pledged To Kill Family Members Of Terrorists
    “I didn’t say kill. We have to go after them.”
    Mar 09, 2016

    .... After all, while he insisted that he never actually said he wanted to kill the families of terrorists, that was the obvious implication.

    “I would be very, very firm with families,” Trump said at one point during the campaign.

    “Frankly, that will make people think, because they may not care much about their lives, but they do care, believe it or not, about their families’ lives.”

    “We’re fighting a very politically correct war,” he said in a different media appearance. “And the other thing is with the terrorists, you have to take out their families. They, they care about their lives.

    Don’t kid yourself. But they say they don’t care about their lives. You have to take out their families.”
    -Huffington Post

    1. Anonymous9:41 AM

      Oh right, the expression "take out" means to be very, very firm with. Uh huh.

    2. Anonymous10:08 AM

      And what if ISIS decides to take out his family first?

  31. Anonymous8:53 AM

    Yep. Everyone's realizing today what Ryan has pulled and that he has held back money. He has wanted those high-risk pools and that is what he's going after, and he wants to get rid of the preexisting coverage rule. The high risk pool plans haven’t fared well. Here are some short and clear articles on the topic:

  32. Anonymous8:55 AM

    Some of the elect cabinent are just old. They are all paying people off. They all have skeletons in the closet. Just dig deeper. Follow the money.

  33. Anonymous8:59 AM

    The New York Times just dared Donald Trump to sue
    - The Washington Post

    Oct 13, 2016 - The New York Times has a message for Donald Trump: Bring it on.

    After the Republican presidential nominee threatened to sue over sexual assault allegations made against him in an article published Wednesday night, the Times responded Thursday with a letter daring Trump to go through with a lawsuit.

    "We did what the law allows," an attorney for the Times wrote. "We published newsworthy information about a subject of deep public concern. If Mr. Trump disagrees, if he believes that American citizens had no right to hear what these women had to say and that the law of this country forces us and those who would criticize him to stand silent or be punished, we welcome the opportunity to have a court set him straight."

  34. Anonymous9:16 AM

    OT on Melania. All the Trumps do is lie and lie and lie, and then when forced to correct a lie they do it, but they pretend they never lied. This is too funny, the link below on Mel's updated bio.

    And, too, Melania was spotted having lunch out with Barron yesterday. While her husband was meeting with Japan's Abe with Ivanka, Melania just wanted to go out and eat and be looked at. She had no interest in meeting the leader of a country. Trump's other wife did though. My belief is that Trump is so out of his league when meeting anyone that he needs a hand holder, and it's Ivanka. Melania wouldn't be able to engage anyone in conversation and save Trump, who has nothing to say if it's not about owning property in another country or US city. That is how he communicates. And all he otherwise has are sound bites. He can't communicate with the people from government who actually know things. Ivanka will be in on a lot of meetings because she can prevent the awkward silences.

    Anyway, this article is hilarious:

    1. Anonymous10:28 AM

      I was reading about Malaria's studies last Summer, when people started digging around about her "degree". It was found She had flunked alot of her classes and dropped out of school her Freshman year.

      She gave an interview along time ago where she was saying she wanted a college degree to fall back on in case her modeling career didn't work out.JHC she is as delusional and as big a liar as the yam.

  35. Anonymous9:30 AM

    You know your vote was a hate crime when…Let’s just say the former grand wizard of the KK David Duke praises your picks for chief strategist, national security adviser, and attorney general. Duke was thrilled with Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn, and Jeff Sessions, saying “Bravo President Trump! Some great first steps. We’re on the way, folks, to taking America back.”

  36. Anonymous9:32 AM

    I used to be in a state high risk medical insurance pool. It was good insurance for me, because I really had no medical problems. I had to get insurance through them because I had a preexisting condition ( that really wasn't an issue - sigh) I hate insurance companies and was hoping that single payer insurance was headed our way.

  37. Anonymous10:05 AM

    I can't say anything in the article or comments is a surprise, we all knew what was coming if Trump won, now the problem is how to stop it before they completely destroy the country.

    I don't have a solution, other than the one offered on the program "Designated Survivor"

  38. Tv 18

    The press and the public are like dogs, easily distracted by squirrels. As a reality star, Trump knows this. This is also from Putin's playbook: you don't have to suppress the press, just deny them access while distracting them with counter information disseminated by the friendly outlets while keeping them busy chasing squirrels by announcing, doing or saying something outrageous every other day.

    The Sessions announcement keeps the bleeding heart libtards busy fuming, throws red meat to the racists, keeps mainstream republicans happy because Sessions will support minority voter suppression laws and keeps the controversy-perusing press fapping over over all the brouhaha.

    People will get exhausted and tune off.

    That's when the wholesale rape begins. By that I mean Trump and his family monetizing the hell outta his presidency.

  39. Duh.

    The House does the budget. They can strangle anything by simply withholding money.

    Look what they've done to public education with unfunded mandates?

    If you don't control the House, they can do anything they want.

    So we not only have to get back the Senate, we also have to get back the House.

    Is Chuck Schumer going to do that? Will the current DPLeadership? Will Keith Ellison even have time while he busy studying Trump's proposals to see if he supports them or not?


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