Friday, February 24, 2017

Update II: Trump escalates his war on the media

And now, Trump’s press office managed to exclude reporters from some of the nation’s most important news organizations from a press briefing at the White House.

This after he blistered the media, again, in an earlier speech. (See story below.)

The NY Times, CNN and Politico were all kept out.

It’s remarkable coming from a guy like Trump who leads the pack in falsehoods.

Update: media bashing continues

Trump is obsessed with his media coverage.

We’re either the enemy of the people, or, as he said today at a CPAC conference, we peddle fake news.

He cited a Washington Post story that reported that nine current and former intelligence officer said erstwhile national security adviser Michael Flynn discussed economic sanctions with the Russian ambassador before Trump took office.

Trump told CPAC today he didn’t believe there were nine sources.

“They make up sources. They are very dishonest people,” Trump said.

Our health care mess


There, I said it.

The health care program that now provides insurance for some 30 million Americans is revered by some, and reviled by others.

It has become a focus of some of the raucous town hall meetings members of Congress have been holding, with many citizens very vocal about their fears that Congress might repeal the program without also having a replacement.

What could be more frightening to a family than that?

It would be easy to get down into the weeds here on this issue, to the intricacies and shortcomings of what is officially known as the Affordable Care Act.

But let’s not.

The problem we’re all facing is that the health care system in American actually sucks, to use a technical term.

One survey, reported by the New England Journal of Medicine in 2010, concluded that we rank 37th in the world in healthcare performance.

More recently, in 2014, our heath care performance ranked dead last among industrialized nations.

Who’s better? France, Australia, Germany, Canada, Sweden, New Zealand, Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the U.K. 

We could all be like fans at a sporting event and chant “We’re Number 37!” but that would be a bad idea.

But speaking of ideas, it’s pretty clear that nobody in Washington, despite years of bleating, moaning, and threatening by GOP lawmakers has any clue how to fix this.

For seven years, they voted over and over and over again to repeal Obamacare.

But now the GOP is in charge of the federal government, and no such thing is happening.

If anybody understands how Washington actually works it’s former House Speaker John Boehner who says that now that the Obamacare shoe is on their foot, the GOP will not, in fact, repeal it.

Boehner said this in a Politico story:

“They’re basically going to fix the flaws and put a more conservative box around it.”

He went on to say this:

"In the 25 years that I served in the United States Congress, Republicans never, ever, one time agreed on what a health care proposal should look like. Not once. And all this happy talk that went on in November and December and January about repeal, repeal, repeal—yeah, we'll do replace, replace—I started laughing, because if you pass repeal without replace, first, anything that happens is your fault. You broke it.”

That’s at least a glimpse of the situation be a man wise in the ways of Washington.

It’s perfectly obvious that some Americans are in a blind rage over the rising cost of their Obamacare coverage.

And others are furious over their lack of choices.

Having said that, take a look at comments, in a Washington Post story, from a 32-year-old cancer victim in California who, the Post says, credits her survival to the Affordable Care Act.

Here’s what she said about what her situation would be without the ACA:

“I would likely be dead, and my family would likely be bankrupt from trying to save me.

“For cancer survivors, we literally live and die by insurance.”

Dave's News Insider


Friday's photo: The Oscars

Some years, I have strong feelings about what movie should win the best picture Oscar.

I’m almost always wrong. Like how could they, just how could they, have passed over “Saving Private Ryan” a few years back?

This year, I have no dog in this hunt. I’ve seen La La Land and I predict it will win. Not because it’s really the best picture, unless you happen to like scenes of crazy people dancing on car tops on a freeway.

But it will win because Hollywood is fascinated by movies about itself.


In any event, TV guy Jimmy Kimmel, above, is the host of the big show, on ABC on Sunday night.

My prediction: the biggest loser of the night will be Donald Trump, who will get bashed repeatedly by one star after another.

No Oscar for him.