diagnosis: heartburn-is an Obama­care bailout coming?-


Last week, insurance giant Anthem announced it was pulling out of the Obamacare exchanges in Nevada, leaving most of the counties within the state without even one insurer to cover demand in the individual marketplace. This latest development only increases the pressure on Congress to do something.

If history is any guide, conservatives should prepare themselves for some kind of bailout of the insurance industry—a backstop of some sort to keep insurers on the exchanges, offering policies that are not prohibitively expensive. Such a subsidy, while sure to generate bad headlines, would be perfectly in keeping with the corporatism that has defined our welfare state for more than half a century.

Obamacare is no outlier in our vast, byzantine system of entitlements. Instead, it was an extension of a typical approach to providing benefits to the citizenry. Public assistance can take one of two forms—direct cash payments or in-kind benefits. Direct cash payments include Social Security and unemployment benefits. In-kind benefits come mostly in the form of health care—Medicaid, Medicare, and now Obamacare.

Importantly, the government does not offer in-kind benefits directly, at least not in most cases. Care through the Veterans Administration is done by government doctors in government hospitals, of course, but Medicaid, Medicare, and Obamacare employ private intermediaries to provide the promised benefits.

The enactment of Medicare was the government’s first effort to provide health care to the masses, and the primary providers employed were hospitals (covered under Medicare Part A) and doctors (Medicare Part B). The original terms of the Medicare contract grew outdated, so it has been updated in the last 25 years. Now, Medicare Advantage employs private insurers, and Medicare Part D subsidizes prescription drugs, which similarly ropes in the pharmaceutical industry.

All of these groups serve as mediators between the citizens and the government. The government promises eligible citizens that they will receive a specified form of care, and then contracts with these groups to provide it. Because these mediators are all private entities, they only agree to provide the care on behalf of the government if it is in their interests.

This approach to entitlements is not without problems. One main challenge has been cost overruns. Our mediated welfare state also creates civic problems, as it gives the government a decidedly corporatist gloss. The citizenry is not directly involved in the details of the benefits they receive. Instead, those are worked out between the government and providers, who have an incentive to invest heavily in the political process. This is a main reason why the medical services industry is such a major contributor to campaigns and spends so lavishly on lobbying. Before Medicare, it had little incentive to involve itself so deeply in public affairs.

Far from reforming this approach to health care when enacting Obamacare, the Obama administration and congressional Democrats doubled down on it. While drafting the bill, they were exceedingly solicitous of industry support—for they knew full well that when push came to shove, the government would depend upon medical service providers to make Obamacare work. In its current form, Obamacare provides health insurance to individuals by making it in the interests of health insurance companies to offer it to them—so, in effect, the government provides a backstop for the insurers’ profits in the individual marketplace. But the individual marketplace is of course malfunctioning now. Enrollment among healthy people in the private exchanges is lagging, so insurers are exiting the marketplace because it doesn’t pay to remain. If this continues, it will effectively nullify the entitlement provided by Obamacare, and worse, people who are not eligible for Obamacare subsidies but who need insurance through the marketplace will not be able to acquire it.

Having won total control of the government, in no small part based on their pledges to fix health care, Republicans are on the hook for this problem. They must find a way to keep insurers from bolting the individual marketplace, and also keep the price of policies within reason. One way to do that would be to get rid of the strategy of mediation altogether, and give money directly to citizens so they can purchase their own care for themselves. Another way would be through deregulation, which would make it easier for insurers to make a profit and thus rejuvenate the individual marketplace.

But with the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare having failed, the chances of implementing any bold reforms have been greatly reduced. The most likely alternative is some kind of bailout for the insurance industry—a cash infusion to continue to make it profitable for them to remain in the exchanges.

Conservatives, of course, should be appalled by this. After all, one of the key failures of Obamacare was in its shoddy design of the marketplaces. It would be awful to see Congress write the insurers a check rather than fix the market it screwed up in the first place. And the political implications would be disappointing as well. One of the main conservative successes during the Obama years was the GOP effort to limit the Department of Health and Human Services’ discretion in channelling funds to the insurance industry. A bailout of the insurers now would undermine all that good work.

The unfortunate truth is that many Republican politicians are much more comfortable with Obamacare than they have let on these last seven years. Push comes to shove, they like its corporatist approach, and rather than doing the hard work to reform it will prefer simply to write a check to the insurers.

SOURCE-jay cost, weekly std,


tortured by ‘moderates’– Iran’s dissidents deserve a hearing–


Hassan Rouhani was sworn in for his second term as president of Iran on August 5, surrounded by fresh flowers, fervent followers, and around 500 foreign officials. Representatives of the United Kingdom, France, the United Nations, and the Vatican rubbed shoulders with the Syrian prime minister, Hezbollah second-in-command Naim Qassem, Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader and FBI Most Wanted Terrorists list member Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, and murderous Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe. The Westerners didn’t seem uncomfortable in such company; indeed, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was described as the star of the show after Iranian members of parliament elbowed through the crowd to take selfies with the diplomat.

Iran has the world’s highest per capita execution rate. Three days before Rouhani’s inauguration, Amnesty International released a damning report on conditions in the country: “Iran’s judicial and security bodies have waged a vicious crackdown against human rights defenders since Hassan Rouhani became president in 2013, demonizing and imprisoning activists who dare to stand up for people’s rights.” The press release capping Mogherini’s visit didn’t mention the European-based organization’s report—or human rights issues at all—instead focusing on “the EU’s unwavering commitment to” the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal. It’s unlikely Mogherini brought up the subject even in her private meetings: She was pictured smiling in multiple photo-ops with government officials.

“They close their eyes to human rights in Iran,” she said of Westerners who deal with the regime and many members of the media who report on it. “They kill humanity, in themselves firstly, and after that in Iran.” .“The biggest mistake that anybody can make when looking at Iran is to distinguish between Rouhani and [Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei. If you just look at the law related to the elections in Iran, nobody can become president of Iran unless Khamenei has endorsed them. So whatever differences they have on one thing, they are united maintaining this regime, keeping it in power at any cost.” It’s no surprise the pair project a certain depth. Shabnam and Farzad Madadzadeh spent five years as political prisoners in Iran. The siblings were tortured in front of each other and repeatedly threatened with execution. They fled the country: separately, illegally, dangerously. What is extraordinary is that after so lately enduring such horrors, never knowing if they’d make it out alive.

Rafsanjani and Rouhani are regularly referred to in the West, by politicians and the press, as “moderates.” The Iranians find that notion almost as hilarious as Mohsen’s satire. I read them a line from the recent election analysis of a major American newspaper: “Many Iranians gravitate toward Mr. Rouhani because of his relatively tolerant views on freedom of expression.” Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif declared in a 2015 interview with Charlie Rose, “We do not jail people for their opinions. The government has a plan to improve, enhance human rights in the country, as every government should.” The PBS interviewer did not question these claims. Neither did the many friendly—almost gushing—reporters Zarif spoke with on his visit to the United States last month. Arash Mohammadi and Shabnam and Farzad Madadzadeh provide more evidence—if any is needed—that such statements are simply lies.

Shabnam was studying computer science at Tehran’s Tarbiat Moalem University and was a leader in the reformist student group Tahkim-e Vahdat. Farzad was a nonviolent activist and supporter of the resistance group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), best known in the West for revealing details of the regime’s theretofore hidden nuclear program. “I was 23 when I was arrested, and the torture started then,” Farzad recounted. He and his sister were held separately in solitary confinement for months. Questioning would begin around 8 a.m. and last 12 to 14 hours. “In each of the interrogation sessions, I was beaten. They wanted me to confess to crimes that I had not committed,” Farzad said. They wanted him to publicly renounce the PMOI (also called Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MEK) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran. “They told me, ‘You come and do an interview against the PMOI, the MEK, and the NCRI,’ ” he said. “They would throw me on the ground and treat me like a football between three people. .  .  . Several times they did this to me in front of Shabnam’s eyes in order to break her.”

His sister will never forget her own months in solitary confinement. “The interrogator told me, ‘Okay, nobody can hear you. We are alone here, and we can do everything we want.’ ” She could regularly hear the voices of other prisoners being tortured; some later told her they had been raped. Four people would share a cell, with three thin blankets each to sleep on; windows would be left open even in winter. Captives were taken to use the bathroom just three times a day, and not at times of their choosing. Having to hold it in gave Shabnam serious medical problems.

About 11 months to a year after our arrest, there was a trial. For five minutes, it lasted,” Farzad said. They were both given five-year sentences and moved from Evin Prison to the even harsher Gohardasht Prison.

Besides toiling in factories, children sell small items: chewing gum, socks, even “luck poems,” often randomly chosen excerpts from the work of 14th-century Persian poet Hafez. “If they don’t work, they will be starving,” Arash said. “When the government rounds them up and arrests them, instead of assisting them, helping them with their problems, they take them” to juvenile correction facilities, where the conditions can be worse than on the streets. “They are even raped there, in those centers.” He knows of a 9-year-old girl who worked in a sewing factory who underwent such trauma.

He was next arrested after trying to aid victims of the 2012 earthquakes in the Iranian province of Azerbaijan. “The government didn’t want people to know what had happened there,” Arash said. It wasn’t the natural disaster the regime was trying to hide. “There were a number of villages that didn’t have even the basic of facilities like electricity, water,” he reported. “The IRGC, the Revolutionary Guards, had come there and they had closed off the routes to the villages.” Dozens of people were arrested for trying to help victims and locate survivors trapped under the rubble.

“During his election and campaigning, he had promised to free all political prisoners. And so as soon as it was announced, we went in front of his campaign headquarters, and we started to chant, ‘All political prisoners must be freed,’ ” Arash said. He quickly became one himself.

That third stint in prison was the final straw. He realized that if he didn’t leave the country, he’d eventually be sentenced to death. Farzad and Shabnam also made the difficult decision to flee. “When I was released from prison, immediately a lot of problems started to come about, and I was being followed and being monitored,” Farzad said. “I couldn’t work. I couldn’t get by, live.”

Shabnam had the same experience. “When I was released, they didn’t allow me to continue my studies. They didn’t allow me to have a job.” She still worries about her female friends, especially, “under the clutches of the misogynistic regime.”

We are some youth, and naturally no youth want to see hardship. The youth of Iran are just like the youth in America and Europe. They want the same things. But when we reached a certain age, we looked around us and we saw that there are some things are happening, and people are being killed in the streets. People are being hanged in the streets. We also knew that in this regime, for the past 38 years there has been a current, a faction, that constantly says, “We’re reformists, we’re reformists.” But we saw that there was no reform. So we realized that the dictatorship needs to be overthrown.

And that is the heart of the matter: Western diplomats may pretend otherwise, but the government over which Hassan Rouhani presides is a dictatorship.

“As far as I’m concerned, you can’t say that one dictator is better than another dictator,” Arash said. “I was lashed in prison. For me, it did not make a difference which government’s agents were lashing me. But the pain of the lashes by Rouhani’s government were for me more painful. Because during the Ahmadinejad administration, everybody accepted it: Ahmadinejad was a dictator. But during Rouhani’s time, I felt, I saw these lashes on me, but the West did not accept that was going on. So it was much more painful for me.”

Farzad recalled being in prison in 2009 when an influx of inmates arrived. Arrested supporters of the fledging Green Movement told him of their cries: “Obama, Obama, are you with them or with us?” “In Farsi, this rhymes, so it was a slogan that was chanted in the streets. But what did Obama do? Obama secretly brought a letter to Khamenei. .  .  . This was while people were being killed in the streets,” Farzad said. “The policy of appeasement exists. Because some people have vested interests.”

Back to the bottle: “But from the top, the appeasing governments in the West have tied a string to it to not let it fall down and shatter. So 100 percent, those who are holding onto this string and keeping it there are responsible for their role in it.” He is quick to point out that it’s not just Iranians such a policy hurts. “For example, when Rafsanjani was president and Rouhani was the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, the West kept on saying that this government is a moderate government. But it was the same government that went into Argentina and exploded the Jewish center. So this shows that when this regime is appeased, it does not just cause suffering for the Iranian people. This evilness is exported.”

They point to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal the West signed with Iran in 2015 as a prime example. “This agreement, it gave far more concessions than were necessary to this regime. They put the money—cash—in an airplane. They sent it to Iran,” Farzad pointed out. “None of that money reached the Iranian people. It reached Assad, Hezbollah.” The Iranian government received $1.7 billion directly through the deal. It will see billions more through deals the agreement has made possible: Boeing, Airbus, Renault, Total S.A., and Siemens AG are just some of the American and European companies lined up to do business with the mullahs.

That agreement was the prime focus of President Obama’s foreign policy and the reason he wrote private letters to the supreme leader, but of course Donald Trump is in power now. The three dissidents were in Paris in July for an annual gathering of members and supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. Well over 100,000 people filled a stadium near Charles de Gaulle airport to listen to speakers from all over the world, including some Americans: former U.N. ambassador John Bolton, former senator and vice presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman, and Trump confidant Newt Gingrich. Throughout the weekend in Paris, from activists and their supporters alike, rang a refrain not often heard in Washington: optimism about the Trump administration. Most people were quick to note that they don’t support all or even many of the president’s policies. But they saw his tough talk about the nuclear deal during the election as a sign his Iran policy would be very different from his predecessor’s—perhaps even a “180-degree” turn, more than one person said.

The administration is conducting a review of Iran policy, which it plans to finish by summer’s end. Some pundits worry that it will make “regime change” the new goal of the United States. That’s precisely what these Iranian dissidents are hoping for. But, contrary to the assumptions of some supposed experts in Washington, “regime change” doesn’t have to be by military force.

When asked if they’d like to see America crush the Islamic Republic using bombs and tanks, all three immediately shook their heads and emphatically said no. Iranians can overthrow the theocracy from within, they insist—if the West ends the aid and comfort that allow it to hold onto power. “Definitely we have requests. We request that the West stop supporting this dictatorship,” Arash concluded. “Based on the tally that this regime has given, every day approximately three people are hanged in Iran. So for every extra day that this regime is in power, more blood is spilled in Iran. So if the U.S., and the West in general but in particular the U.S., retracts the support that they have given this regime, definitely both the people of Iran will achieve freedom sooner and fewer lives will be lost.”

All they’re asking, in other words, is that the West let go of the string that’s holding up the teetering regime.

SOURCE-weekly std, kely jane torrance, robert mugabe, shabnam madadzadeh, arash mohammadi, tanhkim-e vahdat, pmoi,

8 things you might have missed in latest Trump interview


President Trump took part in a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times on Wednesday, in which he railed against members of his own administration and held court on a variety of other topics. Among other things, Trump warned Special Counsel Robert Mueller not to investigate his family’s finances and revealed he thought Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal in the Russia probe was “unfair” to him.

Here are a few surprising moments from the interview you may have missed.

Democrats “owned” Nebraska– The deal, known as the “cornhusker kickback,” was used to win over then-Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.).

Young people pay $12 for health insurance–The president made the surprising claim that 21-year-olds in the ObamaCare insurance market pay just $12 for health insurance. “So pre-existing conditions are a tough deal. Because you are basically saying from the moment the insurance, you’re 21 years old, you start working and you’re paying $12 a year for insurance, and by the time you’re 70, you get a nice plan,” he said. Trump made a similar claim during an interview with The Economist in May.

Trump gets great “reviews” overseas–The president boasted about perceptions of him abroad, telling the reporter he’s “had the best reviews” overseas. He cited his recent trips to Poland and France.

Macron loves to hold Trump’s hand–Trump praised Macron, adding that the French leader “loves” to hold his hand. “He’s a great guy — smart, strong, he loves holding my hand,” the president said. “People don’t realize, he loves holding my hand. And that’s good!”

Napoleon and Hitler merit comparison–The president discussed the legendary leader Napoleon Bonaparte during the interview, recalling when he visited the French emperor’s tomb in Paris. “Well, Napoleon finished a little bit bad. But I asked that. So I asked the president, so what about Napoleon? [Macron] said: ‘No, no, no. What he did was incredible. He designed Paris,’ ” he said. Trump went on to praise the leader’s achievements, but then acknowledged Bonaparte’s and Adolf Hitler’s failed military campaigns in Russia. “Same thing happened to Hitler. Not for that reason, though. Hitler wanted to consolidate. He was all set to walk in. But he wanted to consolidate, and it went and dropped to 35 degrees below zero, and that was the end of that army,” he said. The president also marveled at “amazing” Russia’s military achievements, saying “they’ve won five wars where the armies that went against them froze to death.”

Arabella Kushner wanders into Oval Office — The president’s granddaughter Arabella Kushner made a surprise appearance during the interview, which was in the Oval Office, along with her mother Ivanka Trump. Trump told his granddaughter to say hello to The New York Times reporters in Chinese, which she did. She also told Trump, “I love you, grandpa” in Chinese before she left the room. “She’s unbelievable, huh?” Trump said. “Good, smart genes,” he added.

Japan’s first lady does not speak English– Trump said during the interview the first lady of Japan, Akie Abe, “doesn’t speak English,” despite videos showing her speaking English. Trump was seated next to the Japanese first lady at a dinner at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, along with a translator. He said Abe, who he called “a terrific woman,” does not know how to say hello.

The Russian investigation is “not an investigation”–Trump said the federal probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian election meddling “was not an investigation” and “not on him.”However, it was reported in June the president was under investigation for obstruction of justice.  The Justice Department’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now reportedly looking into the president’s business transactions as a part of the Russia probe, according to Bloomberg. 

source-julia manchester, nyt, the economist, akie abe


the white house employees-


On Friday, the Trump administration released their annual report to Congress on White House Office Personnel. It includes the name, status, salary and position title of all 377 White House employees. The report also said that Trump decided earlier not to take a dime of his salary, instead he donated it to an amazing cause! (see below)

The report also showed that President Trump is far better at saving money than Obama was. The total annual White House salaries under trump are $35.8 million vs. $40.9 under Obama, a savings of $5.1 million.

Here are some other key findings:

There are 110 fewer employees on White House staff under Trump than under Obama at this point in their respective presidencies.

Nineteen fewer staffers are dedicated to The First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS). Currently, there are five staffers dedicated to Melania Trump vs. 24 staffers who served Michelle Obama (FY2009).

However, it’s what the report said Trump did with his salary that has everyone talking!

Instead of taking his salary, Trump donated all $400,000 to the Department of the Interior where it will be used for construction and repair needs at military cemeteries! AMAZING! It’s so great to have a President who loves our brave military men and women so much!

Oh, and where’s the media coverage of this? Oh that’s right, they don’t cover anything good that the President does.

SOURCE-clara lile,

Don’t think the Clinton foundation will soon be getting a good charity navigator rating!!–


The real heart of the Clinton’s can be seen here.  Staggering but not surprising. These figures are from an official copy of the Bill,

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation for the tax year 2014. The copy of the tax return is from the National Center for Charitable

Statistics website! You can get the latest tax return on any charitable organization!

Total revenue (line 12)                $177,804,612.00

Total grants to charity (line 13)      $ 5,160,385.00  (that’s less than 3%)

Total expenses of                       $  91,281,145.00

Expenses include:

Salaries (line 15)                        $  34,838,106.00

Fund raising fees (line 16a)        $      850,803.00

Other expenses (line 17)           $  50,431,851.00

Travel                                        $    8,000,000.00

Meetings                                    $ 12,000,000.00

They list 486 employees (line 5)!  It took 486 people who are paid $34.8 million and $91.3 million in fees and expenses, to give away $5.1 MILLION

Line 22 shows ending year net assets/fund balances of $332,471,349.00 which is up $85,171,891 from last year’s tax return!

And they call this a CHARITY?

The full tax return is at http://990s.foundationcenter. org/990_pdf_archive/311/ 311580204/311580204_201412_ 990.pdf

source–bruce wood, thomas fernald

What Donald Trump has done since he has been in office!!!


1. Supreme Court Judge Gorsuch

2. 59 missiles dropped in Syria.

3. He took us out of TPP

4. Illegal immigration is now down 70%( the lowest in 17 years)

5. Consumer confidence highest since 2000 at index125.6

6. Mortgage applications for new homes rise to a 7 year high.

7. Arranged 20% Tariff on soft lumber from Canada.

8. Bids for border wall are well underway.

9. Pulled out of the lopsided Paris accord.

10. Keystone pipeline approved.

11. NATO allies boost spending by 4.3%

12. Allowing VA to terminate bad employees.

13. Allowing private healthcare choices for veterans.

14. More than 600,000. Jobs created

15. Median household income at a 7 year high.

16. The Stock Market is at the highest ever In its history.

17. China agreed to American import of beef.

18. $89 Billion saved in regulation rollbacks.

19. Rollback of A Regulation to boost coal mining.

20. MOAB for ISIS

21. Travel ban reinstated.

22. Executive order for religious freedom.

23. Jump started NASA

  1. $600 million cut from UN peacekeeping budget.

    25. Targeting of MS13 gangs

    26. Deporting violent illegal immigrants.

    27. Signed legislative 41 bills to date ( I didn’t even know that  least the fake media tell us)


  1. Created a commission on child trafficking

    29. Created a commission on voter fraud

    30. Created a commission for opioids addiction.

    31. Giving power to states to drug test unemployment recipients.

    32. Unemployment lowest since May 2007.

    33. Historic Black College University initiative

    34. Women In Entrepreneurship Act

    35. Created an office or illegal immigrant crime victims.

    36. Reversed Dodd-Frank

    37. Repealed DOT ruling which would have taken power away from local governments for infrastructure planning

    38. Order to stop crime against law enforcement.

    39. End of DAPA program.

  2. Stopped companies from moving out of America.

    41. Promoted businesses to create American Jobs.

    42. Encouraged country to once again ‘Buy American and hire American .

    43. Review of all trade agreements to make sure they are America first.

    44.Cutting regulations 2 for every one created.

    45. Highest manufacturing surge in 3 years.

    46 $78 Billion promised reinvestment from major businesses like Exxon, Bayer, Apple, SoftBank, Toyota.

    47. Denied FBI a new building.

    48. $700 million saved with F-35 renegotiation.

    49. Saves $22 million by reducing white house payroll.

    50. Dept of treasury reports a $182 billion surplus for April 2017(2nd largest in history.)

    51. Negotiated the release of 6 US humanitarian workers held captive in Egypt.

    52. Gas prices lowest in more than 12 years.

    53. Signed An Executive Order To Promote Energy Independence and Economic Growth.

    54. Has already accomplished more to stop government interference into people’s lives than any President in the history of America.

    55. President Trump has worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 days than any pesident since Truman.

    56. Has given head executive of each branches 6 month time Frame dated March 15 2017, to trim the fat. restructure and improve efficacy of       their branch. (Observe the pushback, the leaks, & the lies as entrenched POWER refuses to go silently into that good night!)


  1. No Fed Funds to Sanctuary Cities.

    58. Lastly, refused his Presidential Pay Check, donated it to Veterans issues.

Trump administration seeks to repeal Obama fracking rule-


The Trump administration is proposing to completely repeal Obama-era standards governing hydraulic fracturing on federal land.

The proposal from the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is due to be published Tuesday in the Federal Register.

The landmark 2015 regulation set standards in areas such as disclosure of fracking chemicals and integrity of well casing.

It was the Obama administration’s attempt to update decades-old regulations to account for the explosive growth in fracking for oil and natural gas in recent years.

The repeal is the latest in a long string of environmental regulations from Obama that Trump is working to undo.

Interior’s stream protection rule for mountaintop removal mining was repealed by Congress, and the agency has taken action on its own to stop Obama’s pause on coal mining on federal land.

The Environmental Protection Agency, meanwhile, has started to undo major regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, water pollution, methane pollution and more.

Trump officials say in the proposal released Monday that the Obama regulation is largely duplicative of state and tribal standards, and would cost the oil and gas industry up to $45 million a year to comply.

“Considering state regulatory programs, the sovereignty of tribes to regulate operations on their lands, and the preexisting authorities in other federal regulations, the proposed rescission of the 2015 final rule would not leave hydraulic fracturing operations entirely unregulated,” the BLM writes in the proposal.

The BLM did not indicate that it intends to replace the rule

The rule’s enforcement has been on hold since last July, when a federal judge in Wyoming overturned it, ruling that the BLM does not have the authority to regulate fracking at all. The Obama administration appealed that decision, but the case is now on hold due to the Trump administration’s reconsideration of the rule.

The rollback follows on President Trump’s campaign promise to repeal regulations that limit the production and use of fossil fuels.

He signed an executive order in March to that effect, specifically naming the BLM fracking rule as one that needed formal review.

Publication Tuesday of the fracking rule repeal proposal will kick off a 60-day period when the agency will gather comments from the public. At that point, it will make any necessary changes to the rule before publishing a final version.

After the final version is published, environmental groups, Democratic states and other supporters of the Obama rule may sue the BLM to try to undo the repeal.

source-the hill, tim cama, blm,