4 thoughts on “TrumpCare

  1. Judas Goat says:

    “I like this stuff. I really get it,” Trump boasted to reporters during a tour of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where he met with actual doctors and scientists who are feverishly scrambling to contain and combat the deadly illness. Citing a “great, super-genius uncle” who taught at MIT, Trump professed that it must run in the family genes.
    “People are really surprised I understand this stuff,” he said. “Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability.” (Washington Post 2/6/20) https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/maybe-i-have-a-natural-ability-trump-plays-medical-expert-on-coronavirus-by-second-guessing-the-professionals/2020/03/06/3ee0574c-5ffb-11ea-9055-5fa12981bbbf_story.html “…Sporting his trademark red 2020 campaign hat with the slogan “Keep America Great,” the president repeatedly second-guessed and waved off the actual medical professionals standing next to him. He attacked his Democratic rivals — including calling Washington Gov. Jay Inslee a “snake” for criticizing his response — and chided a CNN reporter for smiling and called her network “fake news.”
    And he described coronavirus testing kits — which his administration has been criticized for being slow to distribute — as “beautiful” and said they were as “perfect” as his Ukraine phone call last summer that led him to be impeached.”

    • The White House declined to comment says:

      💀 “President Trump claimed again on Friday that anyone who needed a coronavirus test “gets a test.” But from Washington State to Florida to New York, doctors and patients are clamoring for tests that they say are in woefully short supply, and their frustration is mounting alongside the growing number of cases around the country.” (NYT 2/7/20) https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/06/health/testing-coronavirus.html
      💀 “Through interviews with dozens of public-health officials and a survey of local data from across the country, The Atlantic could only verify that 1,895 people have been tested for the coronavirus in the United States, about 10 percent of whom have tested positive. And while the American capacity to test for the coronavirus has ramped up significantly over the past few days, local officials can still test only several thousand people a day, not the tens or hundreds of thousands indicated by the White House’s promises.” (The Atlantic 2/6/20) https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/03/how-many-americans-have-been-tested-coronavirus/607597/
      💀 “Coronavirus Testing: Criteria and Numbers by Country as of March 1”. [On March 2, the “Total tested” figure was removed from CDC’s website]. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/covid-19-testing/
      💀 “From the beginning, the Trump administration’s attempts to forestall an outbreak of a virus now spreading rapidly across the globe was marked by a raging internal debate about how far to go in telling Americans the truth. Even as the government’s scientists and leading health experts raised the alarm early and pushed for aggressive action, they faced resistance and doubt at the White House — especially from the president — about spooking financial markets and inciting panic.” (NYT March 7, 2020, 4:18 p.m. ET) https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/07/us/politics/trump-coronavirus.html

  2. Hey, Rube! says:

    “Trump downplays oil plunge, coronavirus as markets tank: says “Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on”. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/09/trump-says-oil-price-plunge-is-good-for-the-consumer-as-he-blames-media-for-stock-drop.html
    “Did Nero really fiddle while Rome burned?” https://www.history.com/news/did-nero-really-fiddle-while-rome-burned
    “Donald Trump has ‘fascinating parallels’ with Caligula, says historian” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/01/donald-trump-has-fascinating-parallels-with-caligula-says-historian
    “Bring out your dead” (Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XgUQOkej54

  3. Bloodsucking parasites says:

    “Trumpcare” Does Not Exist. Nevertheless Facebook and Google Cash In on Misleading Ads for “Garbage” Health Insurance.
    The thousands of “Trumpcare” ads Facebook and Google have published show that the shadowy “lead generation” economy has a happy home on the platforms — and even big names like UnitedHealthcare take part. (ProPublica 10/20/20) https://www.propublica.org/article/trumpcare-does-not-exist-nevertheless-facebook-and-google-cash-in-on-misleading-ads-for-garbage-health-insurance
    “The marketing is extremely deceptive,” said Sabrina Corlette, a research professor at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms. “Both the advertising and the brokers use terms that to the average consumer would make them think they are buying a comprehensive insurance plan that provides coverage if they get injured or sick. But quite often nothing could be further from the truth.”
    The misleading marketing may be ensnaring more consumers now, as an estimated 14 million Americans have lost employer-sponsored health benefits due to the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.ebri.org/docs/default-source/ebri-issue-brief/ebri_ib_esicovidloss-8oct20.pdf?sfvrsn=f0763a2f_4

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