Healthcare

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.

Spicer, UAL, China

Sorreeee!

Sean Spicer doubled down on his apologies for making Hitler comments in a press conference. Aides report he sent a spiral-sliced Heavenly Ham to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. “I’m sure they enjoyed it. Everyone likes a ham at Easter.”
Meanwhile the boss declined the annual White House Passover Seder. It was hosted without him. This special seder recalls the Exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt. We assume this sounded a little to much like immigration, and well, you know how Donny hates immigrants. Especially from the Middle East.
So, Donald bags an event at the White House that would have further solidified his ties to American Jews? Jared Kushner must be thrilled.

Hey, that looks like my healthcare plan

Speaker Paul Ryan is learning a lesson from the fine customer support over at United Airlines. He wants to do to your healthcare what the airline did to their customer. Now Donald Trump is stepping into the fray, warning Democrats to get on board or else. Or else what? The healthcare plan can’t get any worse. And neither can the Democrats.

I’ve Always Loved China

The Donald bonded bigly with China this week, which proves there is no plan in this administration. Donald Trump is winging it as only an ADHD can truly understand. Months on the campaign trail blaming China for trade deficits and lost jobs are all forgotten. We are not a war with Eurasia anymore. Sean Spicer will be working feverishly to spin this one. And we wonder if Donald Trump just got conned.

Marsha Blackburn learns to tweet

Donald Trump has shown Republicans a new and more effective way of reaching constituents without the meddling of a troublesome press corp. Twitter them. You can say whatever you want, even bald-face lies. Unfortunately, reaching the masses means reaching the side that despises you along with the side that loves you. Marsha Blackburn just got a lesson on how that works; never poll the internet. Every lunatic whack-job in the world uses twitter. And some, I assume, are good people. However they have wicked senses of humor, and some, to be sure, are very clever.

Irony can be pretty ironic

So when Marsha tweeted a poll asking the rabble whether Obamacare should be repealed, the poll got legs with the wrong side. Or did it? Regardless, the retweets were hilarious, and biting. Marsha looked stupid. She also looked clueless. Twenty million people are on this program, and more people have signed up this year than ever before. Does Marsha read the news?

Disaster or lifeline?

Perhaps the view from the beltway on affordable care is not the same as it is in the heartland? We shall see. Congress is hell-bent on killing the program immediately. Republicans overreach. It’s what they do.The Affordable Care Act might look like crap to belt-way Republicans, but to families struggling to make ends meet, it is bread and butter. Lot’s of folks have become attached to the idea of having healthcare.

The ACA is ideological poison to Republicans

Republicans have been calling Obamacare a disaster for so long, they really have no choice but to kill the bill, even if they have yet to come up with a replacement. So lately they have been insisting that they have a plan, and will announce it very soon. Expect more savings plans that will never work, and catastrophic care that does not meet the needs of the average family. It’s a secret that Republicans have been muttering about for years.

Secret solutions

There is a trend here. Congress is taking a page from the Donald Trump playbook. Donald has a solution for a lot of problems. He promises to show them to you when the time is right. The same goes for his taxes. We are all waiting. But waiting won’t work with healthcare. You cannot repeal the ACA and not have a replacement ready to implement. You don’t just stop taking your medications. Or your chemo. The replacement has to be ready to replace. Likewise, the Republican leadership has promised to make healthcare affordable. That is a tall order, one that has not been accomplished by any program except for Medicare, the scourge of conservatism, and Paul Ryan’s arch-enemy. (We think he might also have issues with old people, but we aren’t sure.)

Man up, Marsha. You’re not the first person that has made an idiot of themselves on Twitter. In a few years, you will become comfortable with being one.