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Conservative Texas Judge Thinks He Can Murder Obamacare All By Himself.

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Today, as we hope you know, is the last day to sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act (GO DO THAT NOW if you have not already and need to! Click here!). Last night, in a move which will affect absolutely nothing right now, a Bush-appointed conservative judge in Texas ruled Obamacare "unconstitutional." More specifically, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor of Fort Worth, TX, declared the individual mandate unconstitutional, and found that the rest of the ACA needed to go as well because everything in it is "inseverable" from the mandate and therefore "invalid."

This will be swiftly appealed, and even Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to the ruling by saying "We expect this ruling will be appealed to the Supreme Court. Pending the appeal process, the law remains in place."

That memo, however, must not have made it to the President's desk:



YEAH. That's not possible. It's literally not possible, at all, for any reason. I don't know if he thinks it's possible because he is stupid, or he knows it's not and he just really wants to make people think it is because he knows that most people really like that part of the ACA.

Either way, it's fucked up.

It's a cruel thing to do to tell people that they can have their cake and eat it too when it comes to pre-existing conditions -- and these people really do believe it, too. They truly think there's some magical way this can happen. Why? Because they also believe the mandate is just there to bust their balls, ruin their collective days and destroy their freedom, and for no other purpose than that. But the mandate, as this Judge understands, is actually what allows for pre-existing conditions to be covered. Without the mandate, we would have a situation where people would only sign up for insurance only when they actually need it, which would pretty much eliminate the entire purpose of having insurance to begin with.

In fact, the Trump administration has already previously said that they would no longer defend individual mandate or...

The requirement that insurers must take all applicants for comprehensive coverage regardless of prior health history, including pre-existing conditions. That includes a prohibition on insurers writing policies that exclude a particular condition — for example, a recurrence of breast cancer.

But Republicans aren't going to tell anyone that. They also aren't going to tell people that "high-risk pools," which are really their only "solution" to covering pre-existing conditions, will be very expensive and have extremely high premiums, deductibles and co-pays, which people with pre-existing conditions are not exactly going to be able to afford unless they have a whole lot of money (in which case they are more likely to have had health insurance all along). 35 states had high-risk pools prior to the ACA, and they were not a very popular solution to this problem.

So far, the ruling is not especially popular. The American Medical Association is the decision "an unfortunate step backward for our health system." Arthur Evans, chief executive officer of the American Psychological Association, told Bloomberg that the group was "very concerned for the millions of Americans," who get their insurance through the ACA.

"As our nation is in the midst of an opioid crisis, this coverage is especially needed," Evans said in a statement. "We should be expanding access to health insurance, including behavioral health services, rather than stripping coverage from Americans in need."

Indeed!

In a statement posted to Twitter, Nancy Pelosi said:

"The GOP Congress tried and failed to destroy the Affordable Care Act and protections for pre-existing conditions. Then, in the midterm election, the American people delivered a record-breaking margin of almost 10 million votes against House Republicans' vile assault on health care. Now, the district court ruling in Republicans' lawsuit seeks to subvert the will of the American people and sow chaos in the final day of HealthCare.gov open enrollment."

Pelosi has also promised that Democrats in the House and Senate will fight to keep Obamacare and fight to keep those with pre-existing conditions covered.

Appeals are already being planned -- including one from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who called the ruling an assault on the "133 million Americans with preexisting conditions, on the 20 million Americans who rely on the ACA's consumer protections for health care, and on America's faithful progress toward affordable health care for all Americans."

If this gets to the Supreme Court, it will be the third time the constitutionality of the ACA has been brought before the court -- and five of the current justices have found it constitutional before. It's extremely unlikely to be upheld, though it will likely be cited until then by Republicans who are eager to repeal the ACA with no actual plan in place for what to do after that. Nice!

This is all exhausting and terrible but seriously -- if you haven't signed up this year yet and need to, TODAY IS YOUR LAST DAY, so, again, go do that!

[Politico]

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.


Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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