As Republican legislators oscillate between strategies to “repeal and replace” themess that is the Affordable Care Act, the health of the nation hangs in the balance.
Instead of the long-awaited panacea promised during Obama’s presidency, Senate Republicans have, after years of impassioned rhetoric, little to show for all their efforts. Presently, the only viable option is to reconsider Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s call for a repeal of the ACA, which would take effect in two year’s time and give Congress the opportunity to properly remedy the ACA’s ills. Repeal without simultaneous replacement doesn’t seem satisfying after years of waiting for sweeping reform. Yet, it’s sensible since a decent replacement bill is neither immediately possible nor desirable.
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President Trump’s latest spate of vitriolic tweets about Morning Joe co-hosts, “Psycho Joe” (Joe Scarborough) and “low IQ crazy Mika” (Mika Brzezinski), have once again drawn the ire of legislators on both sides of the aisle. House Speaker Paul Ryan characterized the tweets as inappropriate, lamenting that they didn’t help to “improve the tone” and “the civility of the debate.” Similarly, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asserted that the tweets “set a low standard for public officials in terms of their demeanor.” Yet the crux of the issue with the president’s tweets remains largely overlooked—much more than his tone and demeanor, it’s his regular aimlessness that’s worth criticizing.
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Despite her promise to leave the country if Donald Trump won the presidency, Lena Dunham has decided to stick around. In a pre-election interview with Fox & Friends, Trump called Dunham a “B-Actor” bereft of “mojo” and opined that the exodus of Dunham and other folks solemnly vowing to leave if he triumphed would be “a great thing for our country.” I’m inclined to agree, because whether she’s agitating for Hillary Clinton or waxing on about millennial ennui, Dunham never does much more than purvey outrage and anxiety disguised as commentary and political activism.
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