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Trump's Mouth, Rape as a Pre-Existing Condition, & Why Our Politics Is So Stupid [Reason Podcast]

Reason editors Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Peter Suderman talk Trump, French election, health care, Colbert, and the FCC.

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"[The Republican health care bill] is quite likely to lead to an insurance-market meltdown even faster than under Obamcare," says Reason Features Editor Peter Suderman. "And [ultimately] it creates [incentives] for more government intervention in the market."

On the latest episode of the Reason podcast, Suderman talks with fellow editors Nick Gillespie and Katherine Mangu-Ward about why the Republican health care bill is tax legislation in disguise (check out Suderman's Sunday New York Times op-ed); our stupid debate over whether the law makes rape a pre-existing condition (it doesn't); the centrist Emmanuel Macron's big win in France (maybe populism isn't sweeping the globe after all?); the FCC's "investigation" of Steven Colbert's comic rant that Trump's mouth is only good as a "cock holster" for Vladimir Putin; and the agency's shifting stance on net neutrality (thank god we have a government bureaucracy protecting us from free YouTube, right?).

In both cases regarding the FCC, says Suderman, we've got "a 20th century mind-set that makes for really bad policy."

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8 responses to “Trump's Mouth, Rape as a Pre-Existing Condition, & Why Our Politics Is So Stupid [Reason Podcast]

  1. whether the law makes rape a pre-existing condition (it doesn’t

    Too bad. If it did they could charge 1 in 4 women who attended college a higher premium.

    1. But wouldn’t your vet bills double?

  2. our stupid debate over whether the law makes rape a pre-existing condition (it doesn’t)

    Seattle Times ran an article asking the question and while they concluded ‘no’, they were able to helpfully conclude that any healthcare plan coming from the GOP was automatically going to lead to women and minorities being hardest hit.

    1. The CDC says it is a scientific fact that women and minorities are most at risk for under-treatment of pain with opioids.
      My vast anecdotal experience at assisting with the “disposal” of women’s under-utilized and expired prescription analgesics leads me to believe the CDC is practicing fake science.

  3. Trump’s Mouth, Rape as a Pre-Existing Condition, & Why Our Politics Is So Stupid [Reason Podcast]

    Trump’s mouth rapes snowflakes same time getting raped by (white) frat boys and student loan debt so that’s three orifices and snowflakes literally fucked all ways simultaneously.

    All those tears explained.

  4. Seems like Trump keeps on making all the wrong moves.

  5. Speaking of Trump’s mouth, I’d like to propose that overuse of that obnoxious close up of his mouth in blog posts be considered a hate crime.

  6. It doesn’t make rape a pre-existing condition it allows insurers to use your medical history when charging you and that can include any health condition you developed because of rape (ptsd, depression). It’s not as hypothetical, that was reality before Obama are. And from a free-market perspective it makes sense – traumatized people cost more. Defend that if you like, don’t portend it’s not true.

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