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Donald Trump explained a really difficult concept today, pointing out that healthcare is actually a pretty complex thing! Speaking to the National Governors Association, Trump shared his surprising discovery:


It’s an unbelievably complex subject. Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.

You know, this fellow is pretty quick on the uptake. Maybe a few people, like everyone who's ever looked at the complex hodgepodge of different ways the U.S. goes about providing and paying for healthcare, actually did know it could be so complicated. But now Donald Trump has figured that out, too!

Trump also explained that the smartest political move Republicans could do would be to do nothing about the Affordable Care Act for a couple years and let it collapse of its own weight, since it clearly doesn't work, despite resulting in record low uninsured rates, covering some 20 million people who hadn't had insurance before. But he warned that would be wrong, not simply because people who have insurance might be even more resistant to having it nuked two years from now, but because it would be morally wrong to let the system collapse. If it does. (Of course it will. Everyone hates it so much they signed up in record numbers at the end of 2016.)

As for the terrific replacement Trump wants for Obamacare, it's not quite ready to share with anyone yet, but believe him, it's going to be great, less expensive, with all the parts of the ACA people like and none of the parts they don't, unless of course Congress can never agree on a replacement and the hardcore Tea Partiers get their way and just repeal the ACA altogether, out of principle, because that's what they promised to do.

But that's not what Trump ran on, as if any of his supporters still care about the stuff he promised to do that didn't involve kicking out all the Messicans, which he's already working on. But some of Trump's advisors, including his brain surrogates Jared Kushner, Stephen Miller, and Steve Bannon, actually think there could be political costs to completely dismantling health care, according to "multiple individuals who asked for anonymity to describe private discussions." Or maybe they think he could get away with blaming Obama.

Mostly, Trump seems to be dealing with the fallout of having won a job he never really expected to, so he's winging it. As Jonathan Chait says, Trump made it through the campaign by

simply pretending the solution would reveal itself over time and would be extremely easy. Quite likely Trump believed this himself -- as a committed nonreader, and a narcissistic devotee of his own negotiating prowess, he surely believed that he could broker a deal that would satisfy both the moral objective of universal coverage and the specific ideological hang-ups that had prevented his party from ever supporting a plan that would accomplish it in the past.

And now, the schmuck just realized health care is really darned complicated. Maybe someone should do something about it, like yell at the media.

Healthcare is complicated. Wonkette isn't. You give us money, we make dick jokes about the small-handed president, with no ads. Easy-peasy!

[New York / WaPo]

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The producers of your favorite live-action Jack Chick pamphlet, "God's Not Dead" -- you know, the one where the Hercules dude plays an evil philosophy professor who tells all of his students on the first day that they are no longer allowed to believe in god? As all secular professors do? -- have come out with a thrilling new movie, all about how abortion is bad or whatever.

The movie tells the "true" story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic worker turned professional anti-choicer. Johnson has been a darling of the forced birth circuit ever since she made up ridiculous and provably false reasons for quitting the Planned Parenthood that was about to fire her for being bad at her job.

Basically, she claims that Planned Parenthood was pushing her to make more abortions happen so they could reel in more dough, and also that she witnessed (for the first time ever!) an ultrasound-guided abortion and saw the baby move from the light and then immediately realized that what she was doing was wrong.

The thing is, however -- no ultrasound-guided abortions were performed on the day she said it happened, and the only reason there was an uptick in abortions at her clinic was because they started offering the abortion pill on a daily basis (and had previously only been performing surgical abortions every other Saturday).

As you may have guessed, the movie does not address any of these things. It also looks very, very bad.

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