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.

Don’t Blame Health Law for High Part-Time Employment

Nearly 8 million American were working part-time in September because they couldn’t find full-time work. Overall, 27 million people — nearly a fifth of all employees — are working part-time, well above historical norms.Many critics of the Obama administration have pointed the finger for the prevalence of part-time jobs at the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 law better known to some as “Obamacare.” The law’s so-called “employer mandate” requires most midsize and larger companies to offer health insurance to their full-time employees. That, critics argue, provides companies with an incentive to hire part-timers instead.

via Don’t Blame Health Law for High Part-Time Employment – Real Time Economics – WSJ.