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Keeping up with the White House whirlwind

by Philip F. Jacobus, CEO | February 08, 2017
I can't remember a time in my life when so many people were so energized over politics.

We've all heard about missteps from past presidents when they're first starting out but they always had plausible deniability to blame someone else on their team. Love him or hate him, Pres. Trump is out there tweeting and everyone knows where he stands on everything. No mystery there!

It seems to me as though Pres. Trump is learning that faster is not always better. I really hope he slows down.

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I'm not sure I get putting Steve Bannon on the Security Council. I'm not in the inner circle but I have a suspicion that he's behind the travel policy bombshell. Whether or not you agree with that policy I hope you'll agree that it wasn't executed very well.

I read that Yemen is now refusing to allow the United States to launch attacks on terrorist positions from their territory. What a kerfuffle.

The Democrats can't seem to find their head with both hands and even though the Republicans have a majority in Congress I think they're worried about how long it's going to take for Pres. Trump to find his footing.

As for Obamacare, it's looking now like it's going to stay in force until 2018. Frankly I'm not surprised because repealing it isn't so easy if you aren't sure what to replace it with.

Either way, the Republicans own the problem of healthcare now. Pres. Trump ran on a platform to repeal Obamacare and the Republicans supported that so at this point whatever spin politicians may place on things the Republicans will now get the credit or the blame for what happens to healthcare. That is of course unless Obamacare remains intact (how ironic).

Whatever you think about the activity in the Court of Appeals having to do with the immigration ban you have to feel better about our systems of checks and balances whereby everyone everywhere is subject to our laws and our Constitution. That makes me feel really good.

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Phil Jacobus has been involved in health care since 1977, when he visited China to sell equipment. He has done business in 35 countries and still travels extensively. Phil is active in charity, helps rural clinics and always tries to help DOTmed users when he can.

Phil is a member of AHRA, HFMA, AAMI and the Cryogenic Society of America. He has contributed to a number of magazines and journals and has addressed trade groups.

Phil's proudest achievement is that he has been happily married to his wife Barbara since 1989, who helped him found DOTmed in 1998.

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Don Bogutski

Keeping up with the White House

February 09, 2017 12:05

Phil:

Please check your copy of the U S Constitution. The President, like Presidents Obama, G W Bush, Clinton and Carter before him is acting within his Constitutional Authority in placing a temporary pause on foreign nationals being granted the privilege of entering the USA. All the aforementioned former Presidents did the same without the "kerfuffle", caused by progressive activists. No Circuit Court Judge, nor the States which that judge represents, have authority, or standing in overseeing the President's executive order, or blocking President Trump in carrying out his legal executive authority.

What is playing out here is neither a check, nor balance. It is an unlawful attempt by the judiciary to legislate from the bench. Should this unlawful activity by the courts continue there will be a constitutional crisis. Something, I hope we can all agree is in no one's interests.

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Philip F. Jacobus

re: Keeping up with the White House

February 10, 2017 10:24

This is what makes America great, people can disagree, openly.

What some people see as legislation from the bench others see as our system of checks and balances.

I think your analysis is polite and well reasoned. In this case, I think the prevailing view is that the courts are on firm ground.

However if you reread my posting my goal is to focus on healthcare, what is your opinion on that topic? If our president was named Don Bogutski, what would you recommend as the alternative to the Affordable Care Act?

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