October 12, 2017

I don't think we talk enough about what a complete idiot Donald Trump is.

There's lots of focus these days on his "moods," his temper, his insanity. His doddering old man on the edge-ness. Hell, he almost forgot to sign the damn thing.

But there's also the totally ignorant, stupid, numbskull part, too.

Take this executive order he is signing today to "end the nightmare known as Obamacare."

The fact that it includes the STUPID "sell policies across state lines" BS is just the cherry on top of what is really stupid policy that will not work, ever.

He is "allowing" insurance companies to sell "mini plans" of three to six months of coverage for those who are between jobs.

Dude, that's what COBRA is. And COBRA is notoriously expensive. Do you want to know why? Of course you don't! You are on purpose ignorant about why things ARE in health insurance.

But for people who can read paragraphs that don't have their picture on them, I will explain: COBRA is expensive because it has no employer contribution, and no government subsidy attached to it. And because insurance companies are taking the entire risk for your health while you are unemployed (and very many times more likely to abuse alcohol and engage in other self-damaging behaviors) it costs you. No matter how young and healthy you are, it costs you.

A three-month plan for a 27-year-old newly unemployed male? Oh my god. He's UNEMPLOYED, dumbass. And in a pool of other unemployed people.

AND the plan doesn't have to comply with Obamacare basic coverage. Which means it can have a $5000 deductible and not cover pre-existing? No one knows yet. No insurance company has jumped forward to say they would even waste the typing time on such a plan.

And EVERYONE on Twitter now announces, it's now Trumpcare forever and always. He and Rand Effing Paul can never run against Obamacare again. He owns the healthcare situation in the United States of America because he signed off on it.

PS. Rand Paul is totally behind the president now! Or is he?

Giving my colleague Karoli the last word:

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