Stuff to Read, TrumpCare Edition

I’m short on time today and can only provide some links to keep you busy —

Charles Pierce, Paul Ryan Doesn’t Know How Insurance Works

LA Times, The GOP isn’t replacing all of Obamacare — just the parts that work

Jonathan Chait, Watch Paul Ryan’s Adam’s Apple When He’s Asked Why His Health Plan Cuts Taxes for the Rich

Greg Sargent, Trump has a secret backup plan to kill Obamacare. It’s actually brilliant.

Gail Collins, Getting Freedom from Health

Josh Marshall, Why Repeal and Replace Are Going So Badly

If you run into any more good ones, please add them to the comments.

2 thoughts on “Stuff to Read, TrumpCare Edition

  1. Meet the Hundreds of Officials Trump Has Quietly Installed Across the Government

    While President Trump has not moved to fill many jobs that require Senate confirmation, he has quietly installed hundreds of officials to serve as his eyes and ears at every major federal agency, from the Pentagon to the Department of Interior.

    Unlike appointees exposed to the scrutiny of the Senate, members of these so-called “beachhead teams” have operated largely in the shadows, with the White House declining to publicly reveal their identities…

    …The beachhead team members are temporary employees serving for stints of four to eight months, but many are expected to move into permanent jobs. The Trump administration’s model is based on plans developed but never used by the unsuccessful presidential campaign of Mitt Romney.

    …These are some of the people the Trump administration has hired for positions across the federal government, according to documents received by ProPublica through public-records requests:

    A Trump campaign aide who argues that Democrats committed “ethnic cleansing” in a plot to “liquidate” the white working class. A former reality show contestant whose study of societal collapse inspired him to invent a bow-and-arrow-cum-survivalist multi-tool. A pair of healthcare industry lobbyists. A lobbyist for defense contractors. An “evangelist” and lobbyist for Palantir, the Silicon Valley company with close ties to intelligence agencies. And a New Hampshire Trump supporter who has only recently graduated from high school.

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