Senator Warren outlined her Medicare for All plan today. It’s long, and the overview she published today is just part one — Warren says she’ll release transition details soon. You can read it here. I’ll post some excerpts below the fold.click below to see the entire post
World's Best Healthcare (If You Can Afford It)
Kamala Harris’ healthcare plan has dropped, and it’s basically Medicare-for-all in 10 years, paid for by taxes on those making more than $100K and Wall Street transactions. It also allows private insurers to offer plans.
It seems like a reasonable plan, as do most of the others on offer by the many different candidates. But, as far as I’m concerned, the best thing Harris has said about healthcare is her response when asked how Democrats would pay for it:
Where was that question when the Republicans and Donald Trump passed a tax bill that benefits the top one percent and the biggest corporations in this country?
As soon as a Democrat proposes a healthcare plan, the media expects them begin a thought experiment in which they transport themselves to a special place east of the sun, west of the moon, north of Endor and south of Narnia, where their plan is adopted verbatim. Then they’re supposed to have instant answers to technical questions, and take the heat for any possible bad outcomes.
When Trump opens his gaping maw to sputter out a lie about healthcare, the same media just fucking nods their heads.
Any response from a Democrat on healthcare has to start with pointing out that whatever their plan says, they won’t be trying to take insurance away from Americans, as the Republicans have tried to do, again and again, for the last decade.
In short, “we’re going to cover more Americans and make it more affordable – details to come” should be a good enough “healthcare plan” when the other side is making little or no effort to do anything but prop up an expensive system that doesn’t work for a whole lot of people. Yet we’re starting down a path where we’re going to get wrapped around the axle of the little details of what Biden wants versus what Bernie wants versus Mayor Pete, etc.
Am I the only one who thinks this is a damaging waste of time?
BREAKING: Harris puts forward a credible plan to cover all Americans that is a mix of ideology & pragmatism.
Democratic plans do have key distinctions from one another, but more important is the massive chasm from life & death under Trump.https://t.co/o0IBDbhjjT
— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) July 29, 2019
I’m sure more knowledgeable commentors will have more to say about this proposal, but IMO, it’s not a bad starting point…
Three key things the Harris health care plan changes from Sanders plan
• Allows a private insurance option via Medicare Advantage
• 10-year transition (instead of 4)
• Swap in Wall Street trading tax, swap out middle class taxeshttps://t.co/v3e1GC4kdK
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) July 29, 2019
The campaign is calling this Kamalacare.
They are embracing it and signaling that they're willing to fight for it.
I like that kind of boldness.
— Florida Chris (@chrislongview) July 29, 2019
Politically, Harris's plan seems to turn a little bit on an overly literal interpretation of polls showing Americans not wanting to eliminate private insurance. What a lot of voters who say that really mean is they don't want to lose their *current* (usually private) insurance. https://t.co/IpgZjCi7CQ
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) July 29, 2019
And my understanding of Harris's plan is that people *would* see their current insurance discontinued (after a 10-year phase-out period). Then they'd have a choice of the government's Medicare plan or a privately-run Medicare Advantage plan that meets Medicare requirements.
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) July 29, 2019
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This is a stunning piece of reporting in the Washington Post:
America’s largest drug companies saturated the country with 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006 through 2012 as the nation’s deadliest drug epidemic spun out of control, according to previously undisclosed company data released as part of the largest civil action in U.S. history.
The information comes from a database maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration that tracks the path of every single pain pill sold in the United States — from manufacturers and distributors to pharmacies in every town and city. The data provides an unprecedented look at the surge of legal pain pills that fueled the prescription opioid epidemic, which has resulted in nearly 100,000 deaths from 2006 through 2012.
Just six companies distributed 75 percent of the pills during this period: McKesson Corp., Walgreens, Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, CVS and Walmart, according to an analysis of the database by The Washington Post. Three companies manufactured 88 percent of the opioids: SpecGx, a subsidiary of Mallinckrodt; Actavis Pharma; and Par Pharmaceutical, a subsidiary of Endo Pharmaceuticals.
I’m assuming most people are like me, who have used pain pills like these, but mostly after a major incident or surgery. I have not been prescribed a pain pill since my shoulder accident and surgery, and that was in 2009-2010. Prior to that, I don’t remember anything for at least a decade. So over the course of a 20 year period, I was probably prescribed 100 pills, if that. And again, I am assuming that most people are like me or have had even fewer scripts. Then you have chronic pain sufferers, who obviously need the meds. But again, I would suspect that while there are probably more people you know who have consistent chronic pain, it is nowhere near accounting for this number of pills.
You also have to take into account how people deal with pain. My shoulder hurts every single day. At least 2-3 times every night I wake up with it locked in place, causing sharp stabbing feelings until I can slowly move it and loosen it up and fall back asleep. I’m eventually going to have another surgery to deal with it. But there are a number of reasons why I don’t ask for or take anything for it, not even otc stuff. I have an addictive personality, I am already an alcoholic, so I just don’t think it is wise for me to introduce a powerful narcotic into my daily life. Second, I don’t like how they make me feel. I feel groggy and cloudy (I remember brushing my teeth with soft soap a couple of times confusing it with toothpaste), I get a horrible histamine effect after a couple days and am itchy and sweaty, they make me constipated, and I found after surgery years ago they don’t actually make the pain go away so much as just get me stoned so that I am not focusing on it. Third, I don’t NEED to be pain free. I’m not digging ditches or lifting boxes for a living- were I exposing myself to that sort of labor every day, like, say, a coal miner with a bad back or an auto worker with bad knees, I might think differently. Fourth, I have found that other things help more- a hot shower, stretching, etc. Finally, and I guess this is just me, but life isn’t pain free. I’m almost 50. I’ve fallen off roofs, been through windshields twice, fallen off of tanks, slipped on ice, beaten up in street brawls, hit over the head with a bottle, played contact sports for two decades, etc. Some things are just going to fucking hurt no matter what I do.
Having said all that, I still find the number of pills to be MIND BOGGLING. The geographic distribution is interesting, too:
Again, that is pain pills PER YEAR. That can not all be explained away by manual labor and populations that have higher numbers of dangerous vocations. It appears (and I am just making shit up here- I have nothing to back this up) that pain pills were dumped in places in lieu of social policies. Again, just amazing.
These stories are becoming more and more frequent:
As their minivan rolled north, they felt their nerves kick in — but they kept on driving.
At the wheel: Lija Greenseid, a rule-abiding Minnesota mom steering her Mazda5 on a cross-border drug run.
Her daughter, who is 13, has Type 1 diabetes and needs insulin. In the United States, it can cost hundreds of dollars per vial. In Canada, you can buy it without a prescription for a tenth of that price.
So, Greenseid led a small caravan last month to the town of Fort Frances, Ontario, where she and five other Americans paid about $1,200 for drugs that would have cost them $12,000 in the United States.
For profit medicine is a fucking disaster. The “profit” of a good medical system is a healthy and productive populace, a society where people can allocate their resources to productive things rather than being gouged for medicine and medical procedures, and where people are not miserable and stressed out about medical bills.
I am not god emperor, but if I were, the very first fucking thing I would do is mandate single payer, nationalize the production of critical drugs in which there is no research and development being done to improve the drugs but just straight up price gouging, and ban health insurance for anything but elective procedures. Because it’s been my experience that a large and vocal portion of the medical community are entitled whiny ass titty babies who think they deserve millions of dollars per year and will do anything to preserve their wealth and status, a belief in part created by the ridiculous costs of medical school and the absolutely insane practice of grueling residencies, I would nationalize medical school, too, and then cap salaries. I’d also expand the number of nurses and technicians who do the actual bulk of the work in the medical industry.
This will displace a bunch of people in the insurance industry and medical admistration and elsewhere, and that’s just fucking fine- we will need a robust regulatory community to keep an eye out for fraud and abuse. That should create a few jobs. And the flunky pretty boy douchebags and their cheerleader counterparts who flocked to pharmaceutical sales will just have to find honest work somewhere.
And don’t come at me bashing the VA saying this would be no better- veterans love the VA. A few fucking loudmouths don’t.
The end. There’s your fucking marching orders. Make it happen.
— Frances Fisher (@Frances_Fisher) May 16, 2019
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Women constantly have to publicly relive the worst moments of their lives – their miscarriages, abortions, rapes – just to be heard, to remind lawmakers & voters that they’re also human.
It’s so fundamentally unfair it makes you want to set fucking everything on fire.
— Rita Konaev (@RitaKonaev) May 15, 2019
The only tiny sliver of consolation is that the GOP may have ham-fisted themselves firmly into ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’ territory. Dahlia Lithwick, at Slate — “SCOTUS was all teed up to quietly gut America’s abortion rights. Then Alabama happened”:
… There are easy and near invisible ways for the high court to end Roe. That has always been, and remains, the logical trajectory. As Mark Joseph Stern has shown, when Brett Kavanaugh came onto the court, with his dog whistles and signaling around reproductive rights, it became clear that he would guide the court to simply allow states to erect more and more barriers to abortion access (dolphin-skin window coverings on every clinic!). The five justices in the majority would do it all while finding ways to say that such regulations were not an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to choose. The courts and state legislatures could continue their lilting love songs to the need for the states to protect maternal health and to help confused mommies make good choices, and nobody need dirty their hands by acknowledging that the three decades’ worth of cumbersome clinic regulations and admitting privileges laws were just pretexts for closing clinics and ending abortion altogether.
But the state of Alabama runs now to the Supreme Court with its mask of tender solicitude for women and their health askew. The briefest look at the debate as Alabama on Tuesday passed the cruelest and most punitive abortion regulation in modern American history shows exactly how much concern they have for the health of pregnant women or the suffering of future children…
Why, then, do I feel sorry for John Roberts? Because what keeps the Supreme Court in business is often the polite subterfuge of complex legal doctrine. We don’t so much suppress minority votes as protect the dignity of the states. We don’t so much enable dark money to corrupt elections as invite free speech. And we don’t so much punish women for bearing children as celebrate God and babies. This is all the kind of democracy-suppressive language the justices can get behind. It’s why Americans don’t riot on the streets…
Just as President Obama’s election exacerbated, and exposed, the ugliest racist undercurrents of modern America, Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote in 2016 unleashed the never-very-hidden misogyny and sexual terrors of entirely too many of our fellow citizens. Sunlight is not the swiftest disinfectant, but we can’t cure the rot until we can see how deeply it’s embedded.
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I’m an irregular commentor here since about 2009ish, but I’ve always loved the place.
My Mom has been in and out of the hospital since November. At the moment she’s in a rehab facility nearby for physical and occupational therapy. I’m in Michigan, which has some pretty crazy Medicaid laws. But mostly the fact that I’ve been denied help with bills that should have been taken care of but was unable to due to things being pending in applying and stuff I know they outright won’t cover, and rehab facility fees for her being even a temporary resident.
There’s also the fact that Mom’s an immigrant. She may be a Permanent Resident and has been for nigh on 40 years, but I’ve been denied from pretty much any place I’ve applied to for help.
I mostly need some extra money to fund a possible hospital bed copayment (lowball estimate $500), and wheelchair bus rides to and from the facility, which is definitely not covered right now with her supplemental or Medicare. I’m planning on getting her a Rollator style walker for home, and have some equipment already in the house to be installed soon. But the walker is the one thing I’m planning on, along with the bed for sure. My very lowball estimate of $1500 should take care of the worst of it.
I’m a freelance transcriptionist myself, but the money is not that good. Especially since i’m not a professionally trained one.
I have a ko-fi at http://ko-fi.com/A5533LVN , which works something like Patreon, but not as structured.
My paypal address is [email protected]
Oh, we also have a tubby, goofball minpin/JRT mix called Lady who misses Mom a lot. We know she’s coming home, but it’s gonna be a while yet.
— (((Dorit Reiss))) (@doritmi) March 29, 2019
When we talk about the anti-vaccine movement, we often discuss the clinical impact—the deadly danger that vaccine-preventable diseases pose to the unvaccinated or the immunocompromised. But the vaccine hesitancy also has a large shared financial cost https://t.co/iXU8836meq 1/
— WIRED (@WIRED) March 29, 2019
From the reliably excellent Maryn McKenna, at Wired:
Consider the ongoing measles outbreak in Washington State, which is centered in Clark County, on the Oregon border. In January, when it had racked up 26 cases, the state governor declared a public health emergency. Since then, the case count has almost tripled, to 74.
To figure out who might have been put at risk, the state health department has interviewed 4,652 people and closely monitored 812 of them. It has reassigned staff from across its divisions, borrowed public health workers from other states, sent people who would normally be at desks out into the field, performed hundreds of lab tests that would not normally be necessary. So far, it has spent $1.6 million…
The funding to support that work isn’t being conjured out of the air. It’s coming from the budgets of public agencies, which have already been facing years of cuts and have no secret stashes of discretionary money to spend.
“There are substantial public health responses that go into mitigating an outbreak, and we should pursue those, because they prevent larger outbreaks or broader social disruption,” says Saad Omer, a physician and epidemiologist at Emory University and the senior author of a recent paper on the “true cost” of measles outbreaks. “But it does result in a lot of costs that can be pretty substantial. And we don’t measure the further indirect costs to the community.”
In Washington State, those indirect costs include the other work that doesn’t get done while the outbreak proceeds. The state health department was forced to appropriate a portion of its poison control center’s work hours to handle the calls made by people worried they had been exposed to measles. In Clark County, the local health department reassigned to measles the home-visit nurses who take care of risky pregnancies, and also the investigators who track down victims of sexually transmitted diseases and foodborne illnesses…
Those costs are being paid by state governments, and by federal agencies such as the CDC that give states grants and loan them personnel. State and federal budgets are public money—which means those necessary bills for unnecessary outbreaks are being paid by all of us. The toll of illness may be confined to individuals, but the cost of responding to outbreaks related to vaccine refusal is a bill that we are all being compelled to pay.
And you know the privileged parents now telling each other, Really, it’s only measles, we all got them back in the day and *I* never had any problems will sue everyone from the suspected source to their local government to the FDA if their little darling has to so much as miss a school recital or family vacation because of a quarantine, too. Mah RIGHTS!!!
Sometimes I find myself wishing that this kind of stupidity physically hurt its possessors, and not just their victims, because that seems to be the only way to reach some people.
Remember during the 2016 campaign when Trump said he would get rid of the ACA and create an entirely new private insurance-based healthcare system that would result in better coverage for a lot less money? Yeah, that was bullshit.
In office, the only thing Trump has done so far is try to tinker on the margins, hector the then-Republican-controlled Congress to repeal the ACA, and regurgitate vague talking points about letting for-profit companies sell junk policies across state lines.
Well, as David noted in an earlier post, Trump’s DOJ is now lending its weight to an effort to overturn the ACA entirely, which would make everyone’s coverage crappier.
When I saw that notice yesterday, my first thought was that Trump is on a revenge tear now that he thinks he’s been vindicated by the Mueller investigation. He must have satisfaction and get all he feels he is entitled to, including the obliteration of his exponentially more competent and beloved predecessor’s signature achievement, by whatever means necessary.
That’s how miserable sons of bitches like Trump roll. There’s no enjoying the sugar high of an appointee-engineered “vindication,” no matter how many victory laps he and his loathsome spawn and toadies take on Fox News. It just makes him angrier!
Anyhoo, as Trump once noted, “Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated.” The “nobody” in question was the biggest nobody of them all — Trump himself — and he still has no fucking clue how complicated it is. Like many a know-nothing scion of a parasitic family, Trump arrogantly assumes that he can exceed the accomplishments of people who are his superiors as human beings in every conceivable way.
Well, he’s about to find out. Barring a full-throated endorsement of puppy slaying, Trump couldn’t have wrapped up a bigger cudgel nor tied a prettier bow around it as a gift to the Democratic Party and its 2020 candidates. No matter what the courts do with the ACA challenge, the Trump administration and the Republican Party now own the effort to overturn the ACA and screw every single person with healthcare coverage in the US, including seniors, middle-class families, etc.
The Republicans will be “The Party of Healthcare” alright — the party that fucks Americans out of hard-won healthcare reforms valued by just about everyone who doesn’t make a living huffing Ayn Rand’s farts.
As an angry idiot, Trump doesn’t comprehend the implications of making the party own that mess. Mitch McConnell does, presumably, and before this is over, he’ll almost certainly wish Trump had stuck to periodically kicking McCain’s corpse over the narrow defeat of the ACA repeal in the Senate and left well enough alone.
(Tom Toles via GoComics.com)
Asked by @Emma_Dumain about Graham's call for another special counsel to look into the Hillary Clinton email probe, Chris Coons said "Seriously?" several times and doubled over in laughter.
"I can't believe this is my job," he said
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) March 25, 2019
Meanwhile, the grownups are working on real problems:
Days before the election, Republicans aired ads pretending to defend health care.
Today, they have a new message: people don't deserve quality health care and insurance companies should discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.
We *will* fight tooth and nail. https://t.co/wD2crNucfa
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) March 26, 2019
Pelosi Says Democrats to Unveil ‘Sweeping’ Health Bill https://t.co/Gh32ab5jWT
— Politicques (@politicques) March 25, 2019
The wildest thing about the Theranos doc is that people are like HOW could this YOUNG GRIFTER have FLIMFLAMMED so many PEOPLE and, I mean, the grifter is blond and doe-eyed the people bankrolling her were horned-up old white dudes terrified of death, this isn't difficult
— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) March 20, 2019
Guys responding to this tweet with "Eh, she's not really hot," congratulations on missing the point right on schedule.
— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) March 20, 2019
I haven’t paid much attention to the Theranos scandal, because marketing a literal version of the classic Magical Money Box con to Silicon valley ‘edgelords’ hardly seemed innovative. Of course they knew it was almost certainly fraudulent, but like the medieval barons buying papal indulgences, just getting the offer was a mark of social status (to these marks.). And they figured they could always leverage it regardless, by selling the deed to a more gullible investor, or one looking to them for a favor.
(Besides, most ‘educated’ Americans know as much about medicine / medical technology as a feudal lord knew about actual Catholic theology. Throw your money in the offertory basket at Easter and Christmas, and be proud you can afford to pay for a private pew!)
Getting Henry Fekkin’ Kissinger hooked into her grift, though — that’s genuine craftsmanship. Like having the Papal nucio put his personal seal on those prettily-illuminated parchments…
Henry Kissinger was on the board. For some reason we find ourselves asking how Elizabeth Holmes conned Henry Kissinger and not how Henry Kissinger conned three generations of american political administrations
— mcc (@mcclure111) March 20, 2019
When he referred to Theranos' long board meetings as, "a human rights violation hahaha," I literally gasped.
— Sarah Hudson (@sbhudson108) March 20, 2019
A review, from Matt Zoller Seitz at RogerEbert.com:
Theranos sounds like a creature of myth, and in the end, that’s what the company was. Appealing to the common fear of having blood drawn invasively in large amounts, Holmes spun an enticing pitch about building a compact, portable analysis machine named after Thomas Edison and able to perform 200 different kinds of tests quickly, using a pinprick’s worth of blood. Holmes styled herself as a Mozart-caliber wunderkind. She started her company when she was barely old enough to drink. Within a matter of years, it employed 800 people and was valued at $10 billion.
Unfortunately, Holmes’ machine couldn’t do what she promised. She wasn’t a scientist, and her own experts had warned her that it was physically impossible to build the device she’d envisioned. …
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I don’t suppose you’ve seen those two boiled eggs I left sitting on the kitchen sideboard by any chance? pic.twitter.com/dV2YSbZL6R
— Stevie K (@1StevieKilner) February 17, 2019
“I’m a bird dog, retrieving some… pre-born birds!”
Also, bad news for Peter ‘Bathory’ Thiel, from Bloomberg:
Taking a young person’s plasma and infusing it into an older person to ward off aging — a therapy that’s fascinated some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley — has no proven clinical benefit, the Food and Drug Administration said.
The agency issued a safety alert on Tuesday about the infusion of plasma from young donors for the prevention of conditions such as aging or memory loss, or for the treatment of such conditions as dementia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease or post‐traumatic stress disorder…
Ambrosia’s website was updated Tuesday to say it has “ceased patient treatments” in compliance with the FDA’s advisory…
… Plasma infusion is an approved use by the FDA in trauma settings or in patients whose blood doesn’t coagulate. But, the FDA says, there are risks, including allergic reactions, circulatory overload, lung injury and infectious disease transmission.
“We’re concerned that some patients are being preyed upon by unscrupulous actors touting treatments of plasma from young donors as cures and remedies,” Gottlieb and Marks said. “Such treatments have no proven clinical benefits for the uses for which these clinics are advertising them, and are potentially harmful.”
?? The people, shortsighted, must go on untreated! ?? https://t.co/tNdVkH2bUm
— Mig Greengard (@chessninja) February 9, 2019
Unvaccinated teens are fact-checking their parents — and trying to get shots on their own https://t.co/5P8xAvHSuP
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 10, 2019
Anything originating on Reddit must be closely inspected for “intent”, but if this is true, it seems like the most counter-intuitive method of trolling one’s parents since the early days of Straight edge:
Ethan Lindenberger, frustrated by years of arguments about his mother’s anti-vaccination stance, staged a quiet defection on Reddit.
The Norwalk, Ohio, teenager needed advice, he said, on how to inoculate himself against both infectious disease and his family’s dogma. At 18, he was old enough, Lindenberger explained. He wanted to get vaccinated. But he didn’t know how…
As anti-vaccination movements metastasize amid outbreaks of dangerous diseases, Internet-savvy teenagers are fact-checking their parents’ decisions in a digital health reawakening — and seeking their own treatments in bouts of family defiance.
At least three self-described teenagers from different states told Reddit they have a common problem: Their parents are staunchly opposed to vaccination, and they fear for their health if they do not take action. Different state laws affect how old minors need to be to make their own medical decisions…
For Lindenberger, the tension over vaccines started years ago after he began to notice his mother posting anti-vaccination videos on social media, he told The Washington Post on Sunday. His friends were getting vaccinated. So what was happening in his house?
Lindenberger read scientific papers and journals. He pulled up Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studies on his phone at the dinner table, hoping his mother would relent and get him and his four younger siblings — now ages 16, 14, 5 and 2 — vaccinated.
“I looked into it; it was clear there was way more evidence in defense of vaccines,” he said.
His mother, Jill Wheeler, resisted; she claimed there were autism risks from vaccines, a common argument used by anti-vaccination groups that has been widely debunked.
Wheeler was angered by his pursuit, she told Undark, an online science magazine. “It was like him spitting on me, saying ‘You don’t know anything, I don’t trust you with anything. You don’t know what you’re talking about. You did make a bad decision and I’m gonna go fix it,’ ” she told the site.
Wheeler did not respond to a request for comment from The Post…
Second major media siting:
A teen rebelling against his parents by getting vaccinated is the most 2019 headline I can think of. https://t.co/b04d2jZwel
— Heather D (@becomingcliche) February 9, 2019
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) December 15, 2018
This seems to be the most important fact about that ACA story *right at this very moment.* If you, or someone you know, has not yet been able to enroll — DO IT NOW.
The one thing everyone should know about this Obamacare lawsuit ruling: this is NOT the final word.
Obamacare still exists. Open enrollment goes through tomorrow. If you are uninsured and considering enrolling in coverage, you absolutely still should.https://t.co/LmXNSPKWHM
— Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) December 15, 2018
While I am not an expert — and I assume people who are will be posting updates at a more reasonable hour — current consensus even among right-leaning pundits seems to be that Dubya appointee and Federalist Society contributor District Judge Reed O’Connor is making a noisy public display for his fellow true believers in the Invisible Hand. This is the everything’s-bigger-in-Texas version of the Republiclowns holding one last hearing on the Clinton Foundation before they lose control of the House (and, hopefully, the narrative)…
Update: It looks like this decision will be put on hold until SCOTUS rules on the appeal. I predict Roberts will join the four liberals to reverse this overbroad decision. Thomas and Alito will dissent. If I had to bet, I’d bet that Kavanaugh will join Roberts. Gorsuch, unclear. https://t.co/0scXeLnoeU
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) December 15, 2018
Important thread from one of the smartest minds in health care law.
Key takeaway: nothing for the ACA changes right now. https://t.co/KBMvM6whRR
— Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) December 15, 2018
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stop this whole entourage with strung wires then kill every robot with sledges, ballbats and mallets. wear a mask and don’t bring your phone so your digital overlords can’t so easily identify and track you. practice for the war ahead. https://t.co/sA9ocSActE
— C.J. Chivers (@cjchivers) December 10, 2018
Friday the 13th fell on a Thursday this month, but there’s still plenty unfinished stories awaiting the Friday News Dump…
Congress left town today for a long weekend with no plan to avoid a government shutdown in 8 days.
Dems flatly reject Trump’s demand for $5b wall money; it can’t pass the Senate.
GOP leaders are waiting on Trump for a signal on what to do.
There are no negotiations underway.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) December 13, 2018
— Brian Tashman (@briantashman) December 13, 2018
Some people aren’t gonna let him off lightly…
Nancy Pelosi on Trump being willing to do a shutdown: "Perhaps he doesn’t understand people need their paychecks. Perhaps that’s not the life he leads."
— Natalie Andrews (@nataliewsj) December 13, 2018
Speaking of deadlines, remember — Sharing is caring:
— Charles #GetCovered-ba (@charles_gaba) December 14, 2018