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Fri Jan 17, 2020, 09:15 PM

Trump lashes out at HHS secretary after briefing shows Democrats leading on health care

Source: Washington Post

President Trump lashed out at Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar for not doing enough on health care and drug pricing during a campaign meeting this week after he was briefed on polling that showed the public trusted Democrats more than Republicans on the issue, according to four people present at or briefed about the meeting.

Campaign advisers were updating Trump at the White House on Thursday on polling from battleground states, including Florida, that showed which party voters trusted more on various issues. One of those issues was health care, which often polls as the top voter concern, and the data showed the public trusted Democrats more than Republicans.

Trump reacted furiously and said the Democrats would “kill us” on health care, according to the four people, who requested anonymity to candidly describe the private meeting. The president then picked up the phone, called Azar and put him on speakerphone in the middle of the meeting, the people said. “You’re not getting it done,” Trump told Azar, referring to lowering drug prices, according to one of the people in the meeting and another briefed on the discussion. He told Azar he needed to “hurry up” on lowering drug prices and more quickly allow for the importation of drugs from Canada. “Why aren’t we getting these drugs from Canada?”

Azar reminded Trump he had rolled out a final rule allowing states, distributors and wholesalers to import select drugs from Canada during a December event in Florida with Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who has pushed for the policy for months. Azar emphasized to the president that he also wanted the rule done as fast as possible and noted the rule was in the middle of a 75-day comment period and that other states had expressed interest in it.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-lashes-out-at-hhs-secretary-after-briefing-shows-democrats-leading-on-health-care/2020/01/17/f6ad2eae-3972-11ea-bf30-ad313e4ec754_story.html



Jan. 17, 2020 at 3:10 p.m. MST

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 09:31 PM

1. Health care for polls. Jerk.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 09:32 PM

2. Nearly 100 Pharma companies

are raising drug prices on over 500 prescription drugs. This really isn't news, they do it every year.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 09:38 PM

3. "Campaign advisers were updating Trump at the White House..." damn. everything Trump does

is to get re-elected--it is the me. me. me. mentality that is so disgusting!

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Response to riversedge (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 18, 2020, 01:29 AM

12. Cut him some slack

after all, re-installation is red don's way of staying out of jail for another four years.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 09:45 PM

4. "Lashes out" rehearsal for Impeachment Trial?

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 09:55 PM

5. tRump, still doesn't get it that he, tRump, is the asshole at the top that F's up everything! n/t

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 10:16 PM

6. Generalissimo Corpulente's next step:

"Nuke Canada! Take the drugs! Take ALL the drugs!"

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 10:17 PM

7. He's a goddamn toddler

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 10:43 PM

10. Except toddlers are smarter n/t

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 10:17 PM

8. One reason RepubliCONS are polling so poorly on healthcare

Because what they have offered so far would have been the start of a great American genocide if it had passed. (Not to mention what they've done and are doing to the ACA even though they haven't completely killed it yet).

This Wikipedia articles covers both the AHCA (American Health Care Act) and the BCRA (Better Care Reconciliation Act)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Health_Care_Act_of_2017

H.R. 1628, American Health Care Act of 2017, Cost Estimate, CBO, 5/24/17
https://www.cbo.gov/publication/52752
would increase the number of people who are uninsured by 23 million in 2026 relative to current law.


H.R. 1628, Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, Cost Estimate, CBO, 6/26/17
https://www.cbo.gov/publication/52849
A little bit better: leaving 22 million uninsured in 2026 relative to current law.

And no, emergency rooms are not comprehensive health care -- they do just enough to stabilize you and then give you a fistful of prescriptions that you can't afford to fill, and a bunch of referrals to doctors and specialists that you can't afford to see if you are like most uninsured. And I'm not talking about some aberrant ones that have been in a news, wheeling someone out onto the sidewalk and leaving them there. No, no, no, I'm talking about ALL of them. ALL.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 10:40 PM

9. I choose the lower cost, better coverage healthcare that Trump promised.

Republicans talk about 'choice'.

I choose the lower cost, better coverage healthcare that Trump promised.

Bring it on!


The plan is a-l-m-o-s-t ready (2017)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/01/16/trump-reportedly-insists-healthcare-replacement-will-have-insurance-for-everybody.html

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Jan 17, 2020, 11:40 PM

11. More people are losing healthcare than getting it thanks to repukes weakening ACA nt

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Response to yaesu (Reply #11)

Sat Jan 18, 2020, 01:30 AM

13. +++++++++++

Just goes to show how dumb red don and the pukes think voters are. They spend years working to wreck the ACA--with no viable alternative--and then hope voters don't notice.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Jan 18, 2020, 04:53 AM

14. Trump is a buffoon

He has no idea how bureaucratic institutions function under the law. It is not like asking your server for a coffee refill.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Jan 18, 2020, 05:16 AM

15. He fooled many voters by promising he would cover more people with better health care

then turning around and dismantling and trying to abolish ACA without any replacement plan. Now he and Repubs are trying to fool voters again by lying and accusing Dems of being the ones undermining health care.

Not long after the Senate vote failed to abolish ACA, while out walking I saw someone in my neighborhood painting over their Trump sticker that had been plastered on their mailbox at the road. They told me it was because Trump had lied about health care. This neighbor used to put up Repub signs in their yard in every election. They didn't put out any Repub signs for the 2018 election.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Jan 18, 2020, 11:17 AM

16. He doesn't understand how ANYTHING works...

He can't just speak and make it so. And there's little HHS can do without significant congressional input. Canadian importation won't work because Canada isn't going to become some giant pharmaceutical warehouse for the US. They're not. That will fuck up their own healthcare system and they're simply not going to have it. And drug companies will fight it tooth and nail as well. There's much both can do to throw a multitude of monkey wrenches into the whole scheme. In short, * is fucked on healthcare, both in the upcoming election and by drowning himself in KFC. He's one chicken leg away from a massive MI...followed by dancing in the streets!

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Jan 18, 2020, 01:03 PM

17. And now Trump Caught in Impeachment trial!

The articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump have passed by the U.S. House of Representatives to submit to the Senate for a trial.
What a misfortune for the President!~ More at https://livenewsof.com/house-sends-trump-impeachment-charges-to-the-senate/

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