GOP health-care bill: House Republican leaders abruptly pull their rewrite of the nation’s health-care law

GOP health-care bill: House Republican leaders abruptly pull their rewrite of the nation’s health-care law

Trump’s budget targets rural development programs that provide a quiet lifeline

Trump’s budget targets rural development programs that provide a quiet lifeline

White House tries to salvage GOP health-care proposal as criticism mounts

White House tries to salvage GOP health-care proposal as criticism mounts

health insurance in a mine

Here’s the Washington Post on Trump supporters facing the prospect of losing their medical coverage :

“As for the other problems in his life, he has put his hopes in Trump, who came to West Virginia saying he would bring back coal and put miners back to work. When Trump mentioned repealing Obamacare, Clyde wasn’t sure what that might mean for his Medicaid. But if he had a job that provided health insurance, he reasoned, he wouldn’t need Medicaid anyway, so he voted for Trump, along with 74 percent of McDowell County.”

Clyde here is 54 years old, and is currently an unemployed coal mine worker. Personally, I can’t imagine being in that demographic and thinking “a sustainable future scenario is one where I am back in that mine being a profitable asset for a coal company”, but my assumption is that a lot of people in this situation aren’t putting a lot of thought or research into market economics. 

That’s why I wonder if the nostalgia people have for Reagan’s America, or whatever fictional version they have in their head, is for the actual socio-economic climate at the time, or simply an era where they were thirty years younger. That would fix almost all of Clyde’s problems (health, impending financial needs of old age, lack of economic utility in his field of choice), but I don’t think there’s a policy for that. 

Georges St-Pierre Is Back Because The UFC Is Out Of Ideas

Georges St-Pierre Is Back Because The UFC Is Out Of Ideas

Spike Lee on Knicks’ drama: ‘I’ll pack Phil’s bags’

Spike Lee on Knicks’ drama: ‘I’ll pack Phil’s bags’

Why Conservatives Should Applaud—and Liberals Fear—Neil Gorsuch’s Nomination

Why Conservatives Should Applaud—and Liberals Fear—Neil Gorsuch’s Nomination

Trump promised disruption. That’s exactly what he’s delivering.

Trump promised disruption. That’s exactly what he’s delivering.

buckle up

This video from Dulles last night is scary and amazing all at once.

Can a free society sustain this kind of rallying and resistance long enough to get us through this? I don’t know. It’s likely to take years, but I’m heartened we aren’t just rolling over. For all the crap we give millennials, this is the kind of fight they’re built for – they’re disproportionately smart, hard-working, interested in the well-being of others, resistant to being told what to do without a good reason. All of that can make them extremely challenging to work with, but it equips them (and society) well for this era.

FWIW, I’m now a dues-paying member of the ACLU. Godspeed, folks.