Clear Proof Trump Working To Undermine Healthcare By Messing With Enrollment Season

Americans with insurance through the Affordable Care Act could find themselves locked into health plans they do not want for the coming year because of the Trump administration’s schedule for the enrollment season that starts in less than two weeks.

The complication arises when people who already have health plans under the law are automatically re-enrolled in the same plan. In the past, a few million consumers each year have been auto-enrolled and then were sent government notices encouraging them to check whether they could find better or more affordable coverage. This time the automatic enrollment will take place after it is too late to make any changes.

That inability to make changes is particularly problematic at the moment because political turmoil surrounding the sprawling health care law has contributed to spikes in 2018 insurance rates that might catch customers by surprise.

John Kelly And A Military Coup in America

A most compelling read.

Consider this nightmare scenario: a military coup. You don’t have to strain your imagination—all you have to do is watch Thursday’s White House press briefing, in which the chief of staff, John Kelly, defended President Trump’s phone call to a military widow, Myeshia Johnson. The press briefing could serve as a preview of what a military coup in this country would look like, for it was in the logic of such a coup that Kelly advanced his four arguments.

Argument 1. Those who criticize the President don’t know what they’re talking about because they haven’t served in the military.

2. The President did the right thing because he did exactly what his general told him to do.

3. Communication between the President and a military widow is no one’s business but theirs.

4. Citizens are ranked based on their proximity to dying for their country.

One of the best articles this week from The New Yorker.

“What Lincoln Believed”

This spring in the home of the Airbnb where James and I stayed in Washington, D.C. there was a book on our bedside table that struck my interest.  What Lincoln Believed by Micheal Lind is one of those reads that places the mindset of President Lincoln and his conception of the issues that swirled around the nation regarding race and rights into a most debatable 300-page book.   It is a scholarly work with high marks for the deep research and crisp writing.   I started it in the summer and turned the last page today.

I am not, however,  in spite of the many aspects to the themes which were explored, convinced of its main thrust.  That being Lincoln was a white-racial nationalist.  Lind argues, as an example, that the Free Soil movement had a racial component that was aimed at creating white communities.  That as opposed to limiting the extension of slavery as a moral issue.

Lincoln comes across as a shadow to Congressman Henry Clay and while having political anchors is nothing new with elected officials Lind again and again places Lincoln inside the mold of the former House Speaker.  While Lind is able to demonstrate why Lincoln was indeed our greatest president he  does so from the perspective– in my opinion–of viewing events too much through the lens of the 21st century.

Lind does–with no doubt–widen the historical record on the passions and courage Lincoln demonstrated throughout his life.  Lincoln was the right man for the job in 1861 and as the last chapter–my favorite part of the book– points out Lincoln well understood why the war needed to be fought.  The United States needed to show that the preservation of the Union was essential to allow others around the globe to know the philosophical seeds of democratic republicanism could not be easily undone by malcontents.    (That point is also so well made in William Safire’s Freedom which has a special place on the bookshelf attached to my desk.  Safire was a speechwriter for President Nixon and wrote a very powerful read with his Civil War book.)

For another aspect to Lincoln, his times, and as a source for deeper conversations I very much recommend the book.  The owner of the Airbnb in D.C. was a White House staffer for all eight years of President Clinton’s terms in office.  I wish now to sit and have coffee with her and get feedback as it was a most interesting book to leave on a reading table.    I am glad she did.