May 11, 2017

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (051117)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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  1. Interesting article.

    Health insurers’ proposed 2018 rate hikes are early ‘warning signs’


    Insurers in the three states that have published requested rates say their double-digit hikes, which exceed 50% in some cases, may climb even higher if the federal government doesn’t take steps to ease their jitters over ACA repeal-and-replace efforts by funding cost-sharing reduction subsidies and enforcing the mandate that requires most people to enroll in coverage. The sky-high increases, though not final, would leave health insurance unaffordable for many Americans.

    The severity of the requested rate hikes was a surprise to health insurance experts who assumed the large increases experienced in 2017 were a one-time correction by health insurers that initially priced their plans too low. [...]

    Something I didn’t know:

    [...] In Maryland, insurer Evergreen Health—the failed co-op that resurrected itself as a for-profit insurer—asked for a 27.8% average rate increase for individual plans on and off the state’s ACA marketplace. [...]

    I wonder how Evergreen is doing since it resurrected itself as a for-profit insurer.

    Comment by Par for the Course — May 11, 2017 @ 10:48 am

  2. I’d say it’s a little late to call things like this an early warning sign.

    Comment by Tom — May 11, 2017 @ 2:32 pm

  3. Donald Trump is no George W Bush!

    LOL! Trump Makes Video of Democrat Hypocrisy on Comey Firing (VIDEO)

    Imagine if W had better advise on dealing with lying liberals…like PDT. Wow, totally awesome. He may not be a Conservative, but it is sure wonderful to see liberals beaten to a pulp with their own words by a President who get’s it. It’s like he pulled off their arm and beat them senseless with it.

    The Troll Master in Chief!!!!

    Comment by dscott — May 11, 2017 @ 4:53 pm

  4. It’s entertaining, but leaves him vulnerable to criticism that he’s not keeping his eye on the ball.

    I’d be happier if he were more selective, because I think the shelf life for employing these tactics is not unlimited.

    Comment by Tom — May 11, 2017 @ 9:49 pm

  5. #4 Disagree, Trump is going to be criticized no matter what he does. Hell, getting two scoops of ice cream has somehow left him open to criticism. Beating back at libs with these kind of “tactics” is all part and parcel of keeping your eye on the ball and that’s hardly something that has a limited shelf life. The soft approach of the GOP under Bush and Obama sure as heck never worked.

    Comment by zf — May 12, 2017 @ 1:11 pm

  6. Oh, I think there’s a long distance between GWB “soft” and Trump on press pushback. Just two examples: I don’t think there was any upside to him going after Colbert recently or Kaepernick a couple of months ago, and there’s a downside that they can claim victimhood.

    Comment by Tom — May 12, 2017 @ 1:57 pm

  7. #6, I disagree, it’s no distance at all and the upside is that me and many others are energized by him pushing back against frauds like Colbert and Kaepernick, and so what if they claim “victimhood,” it just makes them look stupid and exposes them for the crybabys that they are. And since when did people like Colbert need an excuse to play victim? Playing victim is an essential dogma of the left.

    Comment by zf — May 12, 2017 @ 2:29 pm

  8. We’ll agree to disagree on that. There are people who deserve the Trump treatment, and people who may deserve it but ridiculing them doesn’t help. Trump needs to persuade people who don’t agree with him to acknowledge his accomplishments, should they become readily apparent. It’s not going to happen by hitting people when they’re down, like Kaepernick, no matter how much they deserve it. I’ll acknowledge that going after Colbert is more defensible, because he’s positioning himself as part of the media resistance.

    Comment by Tom — May 12, 2017 @ 5:51 pm

  9. Yes, I agree to disagree. I personally think the whole lot of them, media, Hollywood, left wing sports figures, Democrats, RINOs and the like will only ever diminish when exposed and ridiculed. I also disagree that Trump has no “accomplishments” yet and that the people who don’t agree with him are irrelevant because it is not their desire to get along with Trump or anyone else opposed to their goals. Their goal is the socialist destruction of this country. Playing Gandhi has gotten us nowhere.

    As for Kaepernick, if he had cancer or was in poverty or something I might agree, but the guy is a free agent who opted out of his contract voluntarily after earning more than most people earn and is now in a position to make much more when the next season starts. And this despite him being a career third stringer if that. That is not down, IMO.

    Comment by zf — May 12, 2017 @ 8:59 pm

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