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Thom Hartmann: How the GOP used a two Santa Clauses tactic to con America

Santa Claus

The only thing wrong with the U.S. economy is the failure of the Republican Party to play Santa Claus. -Jude Wanniski, March 6, 1976 The Republican Party has been running a long con on America since Reagan’s inauguration, and somehow our nation’s media has missed it – even though it was announced in The Wall Street Journal in the 1970s and the GOP has clung tenaciously to it ever since. Continue Reading →

Oh look, alleged reason for making Obamacare look bad was a lie

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I AM SO SHOCKED:

Aetna claimed this summer that it was pulling out of all but four of the 15 states where it was providing Obamacare individual insurance because of a business decision — it was simply losing too much money on the Obamacare exchanges.

Now a federal judge has ruled that that was a rank falsehood. In fact, says Judge John D. Bates, Aetna made its decision at least partially in response to a federal antitrust lawsuit blocking its proposed $37-billion merger with Humana. Aetna threatened federal officials with the pullout before the lawsuit was filed, and followed through on its threat once it was filed. Bates made the observations in the course of a ruling he issued Monday blocking the merger.

Aetna executives had moved heaven and earth to conceal their decision-making process from the court, in part by discussing the matter on the phone rather than in emails, and by shielding what did get put in writing with the cloak of attorney-client privilege, a practice Bates found came close to “malfeasance.”

The judge’s conclusions about Aetna’s real reasons for pulling out of Obamacare — as opposed to the rationalization the company made in public — are crucial for the debate over the fate of the Affordable Care Act. That’s because the company’s withdrawal has been exploited by Republicans to justify repealing the act. Just last week, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) cited Aetna’s action on the “Charlie Rose” show, saying that it proved how shaky the exchanges were.

For those of you in the Philly area, the Republicans will be meeting here this weekend to plot how to carve up the ACA. Trump will be speaking to them at noon Thursday, so there will be a march from City Hall to Loew’s hotel, approximately at 11:30.

There will be another rally outside the hotel at 4pm.

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