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JOHN BRUMMETT: Up on the high-wire

By John Brummett

This article was published October 17, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

You get what you vote for. That's how it supposedly works.

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davidscherreysbcglobalnet says... October 17, 2017 at 7:31 a.m.

Money to pay subsidies was never appropriated by Congress. Under the Constitution, Congress must appropriate money in order for the executive branch to spend it.
Federal district court judge Rosemary Collyer ruled that the Obama administration’s payments were unlawful.
If democrats want to fix that law now, they can either make a deal or win elections. It isn't the Republicans that caused the mess known as Obamacare.
Maybe it was a demagogic and megalomaniacal clown that came up with Obamacare..Obamacare doesn't work. Democrats knew Obamacare would collapse.

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BOLTAR says... October 17, 2017 at 8:02 a.m.

America falls further behind the many civilized nations that provide healthcare as a basic right, but as American Jesus said to the leper, "If you can't afford a doctor, heal thyself."

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mozarky2 says... October 17, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.

"If democrats want to fix that law now, they can either make a deal or win elections".
Well, they've proven that they can't win elections, so they'd better start dealing.

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hah406 says... October 17, 2017 at 8:35 a.m.

The people in Arkansas are about to get what they voted for and deserve when it comes to healthcare. Some will likely die as a result.

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WhododueDiligence says... October 17, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.

davidscherrey, as Brummett said, Republicans "could have and should have chosen to authorize the subsidies by law" after they failed to repeal and replace Obamacare.
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"Obamacare doesn't work."
Not anymore. Not after Trump trashed it.
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"Democrats knew Obamacare would collapse."
How could they possibly know that? The Supreme Court ruled that states could opt out of Medicaid expansion. How could they know that would happen? Then, more than one-third of the states which were in Republican control DID opt out. How could Democrats know that would happen? Arkansas didn't opt out. Arkansas worked within and even wisely improvised within the system, but many other Republicans across the country worked to destroy Obamacare despite the fact that they had nothing to replace it with and despite the fact that American health care costs had been rising at unsustainable levels for decades prior to Obamacare which was passed in 2010. THAT is what Democrats knew.
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And now Trump trashed Obamacare with nothing to replace it. He broke it; he owns it. The do-nothing Republican congress didn't destroy Obamacare except in typical do-nothing fashion by doing nothing to authorize the subsidies. Trump simply dumped Obamacare. So now instead of Obamacare we've got Trumpdump. Trump voters must be so proud. Meanwhile, insurance companies are forced to raise rates. Trumpdump flows downhill.

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Slak says... October 17, 2017 at 9:19 a.m.

Little hit on care's cost seen by state; Trump step has Medicaid offset

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drs01 says... October 17, 2017 at 9:35 a.m.

Kudos to Trump for "forcing" some action on this disaster called Obamacare. America needs some leadership with balls.....at least Trump has a pair. Americans need to get off this government sugar tit and start taking care of their responsibilities. Trump is forcing that to happen. Yes, this is ugly, but it also is necessary. Here are some truths:
Health insurance, free or substantially reduced, is not a RIGHT.
Those of us who understand that should not be burdened with paying for those who think it is.
Hospitals are one of the most ineffectively managed institutions in this country.
They have been "subsidized" for years, even before Obamacare
Insurance providers would never complain about Obamacare because they were getting their own government sugar tit.
America has 535 worthless bastards in Congress who care more about the "party" than the people they are suppose to represent.
John Brummett is an elitist hypocrite who is selectively discrediting this president because he can't accept the fact that Hillary and Bill didn't win.

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hah406 says... October 17, 2017 at 10:18 a.m.

drs01, virtually everything you said, with the exception of the 535 bastards in congress, is not true. Healthcare is a right in every westernized country except the United States. You seem to espouse the idea that if a working man who makes $12.00 an hour and can't afford health insurance has a heart attack and needs open heart surgery, it's his tough luck and he should just go ahead and die because you don't want to "pay" for it.
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Well, that is not how a civilized society works. Maybe if your house is on fire, the fire department will need your credit card, insurance policy, or cash before they start putting it out. Not how it works. We all contribute to the common good. Healthcare is a common good. It makes for more productive citizens and a better society. More important, caring for one another makes us human. But I suspect you are so greedy you only care about you, much like Trump only cares about Trump.

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TimberTopper says... October 17, 2017 at 10:25 a.m.

John, you have the haters foaming at the mouth over this one. I expect many more will join in, and it may be your most commented column yet. John, you have to give Putin his due. He didn't want to deal with a Hillary Clinton, as she is smarter than he is, so knowing the general public of America and their weaknesses, and attitudes, he choses to back the person he knows he can control, and out smart. So he buys fake news for those lazy minded Americans to roll in and think they are such great Americans if they vote for Trump. He spends hundreds of thousands of dollars buying their loyalty to the Russian Party candidate,
and by golly it works. For now the American people are stuck with a person that doesn't have the capability to be POTUS and the leader of the free world. Here we are in the 10th month of the Trump experiment and the biggest winner is Russia's Putin. And as for those lazy minded Americans, they haven't a clue what has happened yet. They just mostly still whine about Obama and the Clintons. Ignorance for them is bliss.

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davidscherreysbcglobalnet says... October 17, 2017 at 10:40 a.m.

The number of Americans insured under Obamacare fell by nearly 2 million people between Jan. 31 and mid-March. High costs and lack of affordability were the most common factors individuals cited when asked why they didn't keep their coverage. Ones who aren't getting health care subsidies are dropping out as premiumns keep rising. Barack Obama promised that his health reform plan would "lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family." So it's not surprising that many people are dismayed by the rising costs.

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