Healthcare

Working Man Donny

He Finally Gets It

Donald Trump has never been a working man. He is beginning to understand that is what he does not understand. Donald Trump may not think about the working man very often, but when he does, it is surely about him, and in the conversations he has had with economists and other soothsayers, it has finally sunk in; this is an economic catastrophe, and in part, he is being blamed for it. Even the most optimistic projections for GPD are scary; others are downright frightening. Working folks are getting crushed. He finally gets that. This is his catastrophe, and they are going to blame him.

It Was Fun At First

Donny enjoyed looking Presidential and in charge at the White House press conferences, being the emcee for the likes of Pence and Fauci, at least for a while, until his ego demanded more screen time. For Donald Trump that means more comments full of words like ‘great’ and ‘beautiful’. But like everything in Donny’s life, the emcee gig is getting old. It is also getting dangerous. The more dire this becomes, the more his face is on screen, making promises about how things are in control, how we are banding together as a nation, and how the War Time Presidency of Donald J. Trump is fighting the good fight. It is not working. The master salesman is not closing the deal. People are doubting his word.

Now They Doubt Him

What works when you are selling the amenities of a condominium is not working in the battle with the unseen enemy. People are doubting his veracity. So, he doubles down, and the promises become more outrageous. Donny is used to throwing things on the wall to see what sticks. It does not work with a new virus, at least not the way he believes. So, he announces that anti-malarial drugs combined with a Z-pack cures the infection. No trials or proof, just a tweet, causing hospitals to place the same drugs on a list so that they are not to be prescribed willy-nilly, and for good reason. You don’t ever drink bleach. You don’t use a hair dryer to kill the virus. Drinking silver solution does not cure this. Don’t buy snake oil. It could kill you. Donny is just throwing things on a wall, things he could have heard anywhere.

And Don’t Go To Work

Now War Time Donny is making comments about the need for Americans to go back to work. I hope this is not just because he is bored. Perhaps, but it is more likely he realizes that he is presiding over a disaster, and figures that if everyone just shows up for work, the economy will right itself and everything will return to normal. It took some time before the President was even convinced this was a pandemic. Not true. This is a pandemic. The virus will not go away. If you go to work, you could hurt yourself, your loved ones, and your coworkers.

Our people want to return to work. They will practice Social Distancing and all else, and Seniors will be watched over protectively & lovingly. We can do two things together. THE CURE CANNOT BE WORSE (by far) THAN THE PROBLEM! Congress MUST ACT NOW. We will come back strong!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2020
 

Donny, who is going to protectively and lovingly care for millions of senior citizens when we all go back to work?

Little Engines Of Failure

Remember when conservatives came up with the idea of moving power to the states and taking it away from the federal government? They called states ‘little engines of innovation’.

If you are discouraged by the antics of your representatives in Congress, you have only to spend a day in your own state house. The experience can make a citizen fall to their knees and thank heaven for Washington.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis presides over one of these little engines. In his infinite wisdom, Ron has refused to close his beaches to young spring break kids who like to crowd together and get drunk. He is letting this happen because they bring lots of money into the state. Sadly, what happens in Florida goes back home, but not before creating a petri dish of bars and restaurants in an area overrun with, yes, old retirees. Public health officials expect coronavirus cases in Florida to spike.

The little engines do a lot of innovative experiments that are not very good for all Americans. Stand your ground. Abortion rights. They are also well known for re-electing members who are freshly released from prison, or former officials who have been accused of all manner of crimes, including pederasty. This is not innovation; this is madness.

States can be innovative. They can also be wildly wrong. That is why we have a federal government, so that decisions can be made for all Americans. It’s keep the little engines on the right track.

Why is the Trump Administration making noises about states’ taking the lead on the Coronavirus? Simple. Faced with a catastrophe, Donald Trump finds someone to blame. Faced with a victory, well, you know who he credits.

DOJ and LBGT don’t mix too well.

Does Donny hate the things that fascinate him the most? Clean freaks ogling at dirty homeless people? And oh, those golden showers.
It is not uncommon. It is why the pastor has to confess sleeping with the church organist. Sure you love the sinner, but God, what a wonderful sin!
We think that this is partly the reason why Donny hates some attractive young female reporters who blister him in stories. He wants them. They hate him. Often, you desire most the thing you cannot have.
Perhaps a fascination with men who dress like women is one of those deep dark secrets that excite the Donny. And Jeff Sessions too! We are sure Mike Pence had a say in this. He-She’s might be the biggest lure of all. :-)

We Need A Leader, Not A Tweeter

That’s the problem, Elaine

When you lead a nation, words have consequences. When you attack a gender, your comments embolden everyone who attacks gender. Or disabilities. Donald Trump needs to act like the leader he has failed to become.

Will This Dog Hunt?

We are so tired of gamey cons by Republicans to get their beloved tax cut at the cost of middle America. This bill is a farce. For eight years the Republicans have been telling us what a disaster Obamacare is, but the truth is that they have sabotaged that healthcare bill and now wish to sell you less coverage. The poor and the middle class are being asked to suffer for a tax cut. Resist.

Promising the Moon

For all the freedom to chose that the Republican leadership is promising, the truth is that your choice will really boil down to whether you can pay or not, whether you are sick, and your age. Add this to the fact that the fight to destroy Obamacare has ruined rural hospitals. Your choices are being limited by their twisted ideology.

Conservatism has lost its way

Being a conservative used to mean more than wanting a tax cut. Regardless, even in its nascent form, it was rife with questions. Thoe role of government in a global society is to make us competitive, and that means education, and projects that make sense. Conservatism has morphed into a mean, selfish, unrealistic march backward.

Donald Trump

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Schumer Challenges Trump on Health Care Plan — TIME

After eight years of repeal and replace, the rubber hits the road and the GOP is jolted into reality. They face opposition in their own party from both ends of the spectrum. The hard right calls this bill a betrayal of principles, while the other side says it is a betrayal of working Americans, especially the old and the poor, in an attempt to give the wealthiest of us a tax cut. No solution will satisfy them both.
That makes Chuck Shumer’s offer like salt in a fresh wound to the GOP leadership.

This from Time Magazine

One day after Senate Republicans delayed a vote on their controversial healthcare reform bill, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer challenged President Donald Trump to convene a meeting of the entire chamber to discuss the matter. “We Democrats are genuinely interested in finding a place where our two parties can come together on healthcare,” said Schumer on…

via ‘Let’s Talk Together.’ Schumer Challenges Trump on Health Care Plan — TIME

Health Care Less

Back in the day, elected officials held town halls to blow smoke up constituent butt. No more. The Great Unwashed are not going to hear crap from people they have learned to despise. Learned from the likes of Donald Trump, and years of Government Hate. Ronald Reagan started it, the Republicans have been saying it for decades, and now the chicken have come home to roost. If government is the problem, your representative is the person to blame.

Donald Trump might get angry. That should put fear in the hearts of Congress. If his approval ratings were not in the toilet, that might be true. Not now. There are meaner, angrier people to consider. Voters. Paul Ryan and the leadership are in a tight place. Replace Obamacare and piss off the voters, or fail and look like the last eight years were just smoke.

It is unthinkable, but the only solution to replacing Obamacare is fixing Obamacare. Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell cannot accept that. They have too much skin in the healthcare game, in voting themselves and their buddies a tax cut, and in erasing everything Obama. So you have to suffer.

What about Ringling Brothers? Roger Stone is an entertainer. The show will be ghastly. No one will follow this elephant around picking up droppings. The smell will be worse than Congress. :-)

We made fun of Sean ‘Spice-Boy’ Spicer, so for our sins they give us a Huckabee. This dour maiden of press breifings got rebuked by reporters angry at her remarks about fakenews. The nerve of them. Donald Trump can’t open his mouth without lying, but CNN runs a bad story and that validates everything he wishes were true about the press?

If Congress insists on protecting my right to carry guns in public places, federal buildings should allow concealed carry too. We want to carry a concealed weapon everywhere in DC. We want to visit the Supeme Court, and the White House. You want unabridged gun rights? Fine. You sweat out going to work the same way we do.

The Unaffordable Care Act

Obamacare is a disaster, and Trumpcare, or Ryancare, is here to fix it. But the initial response of states is, “Are you kidding me?” They have been down the ‘states do it better’ road, and they know that it usually means ‘you deal with it.’

Seems that the medical community feels the same way. Not one medical association has endorsed the AHCA. Most have denounced it outright.

The voters have already given their representatives an ear-full about taking away the ACA. Representatives returned from their districts with only bad news about the mood of the people. It’s only Obamacare if you aren’t in need of the coverage. and then it’s a lifeline.

Regardless, the GOP insists that the ACA is broken, and they have introduced a bill they say will fix it. The trouble is the bill fixes it by forcing a lot of people off of healthcare. The is not a healtcare bill. It is a tax cut.

Another golf trip

Trumpcare does not seem to be all Donald Trump promised. In fact, the numbers are so bad that he seems to be distancing himself from the fray. He endorses it, of course, but leaves the fighting to Congress. He is above the fray. That makes it easy to blame Congress when the voters react angrily. See how it works? He only creates success, and blames other for his failures.

The GOP Argument

The excuse for this tax cut is that hard-working Americans are suffering under the burden of taxes, and cutting programs like Medicaid will lessen that burden. We are not sure how, except to force the poor into emergency rooms, which is the most expensive way to care for people. They are not going to die at home. They are going to forgo medications and get sicker. Your taxes will not go down.

States Are Not The Answer

The other argument harkens back to those ‘engines of innovation’, the ones that brought you drug-testing for food stamps, and Stand Your Ground. The fault in this argument is easily seen by visiting your state capitol. In most cases your state representative is the biggest dufus that represents you, or is second only to your local school board. States are mostly the engine of dysfunction, and giving them the reins of Medicaid was tried by none other than Jan Brewer, who may statistically be the most prolific mass murderer in the history of the nation. We will never know the true cost of cutting funding in Arizona, but we do know the result was not better healthcare. If you are lucky enough to find competence at the state level, you are lucky indeed. Most are not.

Healthcare is not a right

Neither is clean water, but it certainly makes for a better life. There are a lot things in the Constitution that are not rights. Like the right to bear arms if you are not in a militia, but lets not go there.
There are necessities and healthcare is one of them. Education is another, unless you prefer life in Mad Max movie. Most don’t. We want our children to grow up in a society that protects them, nourishes them intellectually, and provide the safety they deserve, and that includes healthcare. Healthcare is not a right. Healthcare is a necessity.

Save Your Healthcare

The GOP told us that the Affordable Care Act was written without any oversight. The writing of the AHCA is the worst example of doing dirty deeds in the dead of night. Call your Senator. Tell them there will be consequences.

Save your healthcare.