Friends Again: President Trump signed a new health care Executive Order on Thursday, says TIME. The president contends it will make lower-premium plans available that do not need to meet Affordable Care Act requirements. It also provides individuals the option of pooling together to be able to buy as a group.
By his side, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul:
“President Trump is doing what I believe is the biggest free market reform of health care in a generation.”
The Hill says Sen. Paul defended the new EO yesterday on CNN, saying it’s not creating new law.
“We’re creating something that is freedom. He’s not creating a new government program.”
If the president can say he invented the word “fake,” I suppose you can declare you’re creating freedom.
“We’ve read the original law and we believe what the president did today is basically an interpretation of the original law, and doesn’t create new territory.”
The New York Times disagrees with the “freedom” angle, saying the new EO will “Deepen Health Inequality.” And The Hill reports nearly 20 health agencies warn the order could weaken patient protections and destabilize the market. Those agencies include the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and United Way Worldwide.
Sen. Paul was not always such a fan of using the Executive Order to get things done. In 2013, he posted to Facebook:
“I’ve been opposed to executive orders, even with Republican presidents. Any president who wants to infringe on the Second Amendment I will fight tooth and nail. Presidents were never supposed to be able to usurp the Constitution and run roughshod over Congress.”
And of course, the president didn’t seem to like them much either.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2012
But those were Executive Orders they didn’t like from a president they didn’t like, so, you know, that was way different.
Sen. Paul says he’s been working with the president on this for months, says The Hill. Both President Trump and Sen. Paul tipped their respective hats this was coming earlier in the week. Both men took to Twitter:
Since Congress can't get its act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare to many people – FAST
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) October 10, 2017
Sen. Paul may have seemed all together making the talk show circuit in the afternoon, but that’s only after finding the composure he’d misplaced earlier in the day, as AOL notes he appeared visibly uncomfortable at the top of the Executive Order signing. Nerves, maybe? Who knows? But the Internet couldn’t help but notice:
— Clifton Dassuncao (@ClifsTweets) October 12, 2017
Rand Paul out here looking like a Wes Anderson character caught in the middle of an existential crisis. pic.twitter.com/qIOsJKkNTV
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) October 12, 2017
— Oliver Darko (@oliver_drk) October 12, 2017
Like seeing your boyfriend’s ex at a party
— Samantha Reyes (@samtayrey) October 12, 2017
Last year, he called then-candidate Trump a “delusional narcissist and an orange-faced windbag.” And he might have also said, “A speck of dirt is way more qualified to be president.” That could make for an awkward meeting, maybe.
But now that the two are chummy, The Washington Post says President Trump wants Sen. Paul to hop aboard the train for tax reform legislation; Sen. Paul has been vocal in his skepticism and earlier this week, Politico reported fears from the White House that Sen. Paul would stand in the way. He said on Thursday he now believes “even Sen. Rand Paul” will be with him.
In other health care news, the Trump administration also announced it’s ending subsidies to insurers, says Politico and The Wall Street Journal, seen as another move to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. The Journal also says the president “privately told at least one lawmaker that the payments may continue if a bipartisan deal is reached on heath care.”
This morning, he tweeted this:
The Democrats ObamaCare is imploding. Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has stopped. Dems should call me to fix!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2017
“The Democrats ObamaCare is imploding. Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has stopped. Dems should call me to fix!”
Reaching out across the aisle to fix a thing you just took two deliberate swipes at is like a body shop mechanic taking a baseball bat to your car then leaving a note on the windshield for you to bring it in for repair.
“Sorry about the car. Looks bad. You want maybe you should give me a call tomorrow and we’ll get you squared away.”
Hometown Hero: The Washington Post takes a look at the killing of Alberta Jones. Ms. Jones was a civil rights activist, the first African-American woman to pass the Kentucky bar, the first woman prosecutor in Louisville and attorney for the late Muhammad Ali, then a young Cassius Clay.
She was killed on August 5, 1965, when she was taken from her car, hit in the head with a brick and her body thrown into the Ohio River. Her murder remains unsolved.
A Hometown Heroes banner went up in her honor on Monday, located on the side of the River City Bank building at 6th Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard. Your pals at Insider were there for the unveiling.
Ms. Jones spoke of her trailblazing success to the Courier-Journal in March, 1965, months before her death:
“When I got back home a lot of people said, ‘You’ve got two strikes against you: You’re a woman and you’re a Negro.’ Yeah, but I’ve still got one strike left, and I’ve seen people get home runs when all they’ve got left is one strike.”
In 2013, Lee Remington, an associate professor of political science at Bellarmine University, started to research Ms. Jones and her case. As she conducted interviews with survivors tied to the case and combed through over 1,600 pages of police files, Professor Remington noted a shift from chronicling the life of Alberta Jones to a “quest for justice” for an unsolved murder.
Said Professor Remington:
“I believe her death was directly related to the work she was doing. If there was a list of people she would have stood up to and made mad, it would be five pages long.”
Sgt. Josh Carr of the Louisville homicide unit told The Post the case is still active.
“Homicides remain open until there is an arrest made or a clearance of some sort. Over 50 plus years, that case has been worked by multiple detectives. There are detectives who have worked tirelessly on that case. The case is not closed.”
Horsing Around: Travel + Leisure says there’s a hotel in Kentucky that’ll let you bring in your horse, which is maybe the most Kentucky thing ever.
When Lindsey Partridge of Ontario stopped in to the Super 8 in Georgetown on her way to the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, she jokingly asked if her horse, Here Comes Aldri, could come in, too.
A $10 pet deposit later, Here Comes Aldri — nicknamed Blizz — is roaming the halls of the Super 8.
Ms. Partridge told Chronicle of the Horse:
“When we were checking in, and they started talking about the pet policy I jokingly said, ‘Oh my horses are here, will they be allowed in?’ ” And the lady was really laidback and said, ‘I don’t care,’ and we said really? So I got my horse off the trailer!”
Should be noted, the horse did not stay overnight. The front desk may have been laid-back, but the cleaning staff may not have shared her sense of whimsy.
According to Travel +Leisure, Super 8 does not have an official pet policy, allowing the individual hotels to set their own.
Lawrence: So last week was the great fall Lawrence Solstice, characterized by a dearth in Lawrence related media. The Lawrence Solstice is normally followed by a mass wave of Lawrence-related headlines and this post-Solstice week carries on that tradition.
First up, The Hollywood Reporter says Ms. Lawrence will receive the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment Breakfast. The big event goes down December 6 in Los Angeles.
The annual Sherry Lansing Leadership Award goes to a woman philanthropic leader in her industry. And there’s so much the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation has done for the city of Louisville, let me tell you.
There’s last year’s $2 million donation to Kosair Children’s Hospital for the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. And then there’s a plethora of worthy causes, everything from bolstering the arts in a variety of ways and initiatives to care and services for children in need.
Congratulations to Ms. Lawrence on the award. And congratulations Louisville. Our biggest star has an even bigger drive to put some good in the world and her hometown in particular.
With Halloween coming up, The Washington Post is asking celebrities to revisit their great costumes of the past. In middle school, Jennifer Lawrence once went as a picnic table.
“I cut a hole in, like, a plaid picnic thing and glued a bunch of plates and stuff to it. It was really attractive.”
You know, I may not be out too far here, but I’m betting she was an odd kid. That’s coming from someone who was also an odd kid, so I truly mean that in the best way.
“I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior. I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations. This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting.”
“My heart goes out to all of the women affected by these gross actions. And I want to thank them for their bravery to come forward.”
HuffPost reports on Anne Victoria Clarke’s solution for men “who don’t want to be accused of sexual harassment.” It’s called the Rock Test.
I just published “The Rock Test: A Hack for Men Who Don’t Want To Be Accused of Sexual Harassment” https://t.co/tFl6tXqsKd
— AVC? (@annevclark) October 9, 2017
The Rock Test is pretty simple. When confused about how to treat women in the workplace, all you need to do is treat them as you would Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
“Simply offer them the same respect, admiration, and healthy dose of fear you’d offer anyone who could completely destroy you should you deserve it.”
And by golly, it’s even Rock approved:
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 10, 2017
So a couple of things this week:
The new “Blade Runner” film —“Blade Runner 2049”— came out and all accounts say it’s good. Like even the people who say they didn’t like what it did still said it was worth seeing, which is just good filmmaking. It’s not doing so well at the box office, but then neither did the first one, but it hit all the right notes to have some very long legs.
That’s metaphor soup, is what that is.
Oh, and the trailer for this little independent film came out this week. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is coming to theatres this December:
Deadline says it’s only been viewed over 120 million times.
And there’s also this: the “Secrets of the Empire” experience coming to Disney:
So that looks like the greatest laser tag experience of all time. That’ll be at Disney Springs in Orlando and Downtown Disney in Anaheim this December. I’ve never been to a Disney anything, so those don’t mean much to me, but a lot of you will know where to look.
See you next week.