Thursday, March 23, 2017

Which is worse, debacle A or debacle B?

Republicans in the House of Representatives are obsessed with the notion they absolutely must vote to abolish the ACA today, on the seventh anniversary of the passage of the original legislation they labeled Obamacare. This is another one of those meaningless symbolic gestures that fascinate Republican politicians and the ignorant assholes who elect them. It would make much more sense to work through this patiently and diligently, but noooo...

Anyway, it's pretty obvious most people like the Affordable Care Act, even though they hate that Obamacare mess. For a long time, an amazing number of people didn't know those were two names for one thing, especially Republicans who get all their information from Fox News and AM talk radio.

Here's the dilemma for Republicans: They finally have the ability to deliver on something they've promised for seven years, only to discover that most voters prefer to leave the ACA alone, or better yet, keep it with improvements. The only people who want Trump Care are the same people who still think the so-called precedent (sic) is the best one we've ever had... the dead-enders who are totally beyond redemption.

No More Mister Nice Blog suggests the smart play for Republicans might be to stop talking about health care and just quietly walk away.

Of course, that suggestion ignores the proven fact that REPUBLICANS ALWAYS CHOOSE THE WORST OF THE POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVES.

Added 1:22 PM: And another poll that should get their attention, but won't.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Entirely too much stupidity

If there was a gadget that could suck all the stupid out of 40,000,000 people who voted for the so-called precedent (sic), what would be left could fit in a 30 gallon trash bag.

From Daily Kos:
There's a mind-numbingly frustrating Washington Post story dominating the tubes this morning, largely because of its fantastic lede. It introduces Trump fans at his rally in Nashville this week, featuring idolizer Charla McComic. She tells the reporter she thinks her son's lowered healthcare premium after a job loss is "a 'blessing from God' that she believes was made possible by President Trump" and his tax credits. The bill that hasn't even been to the House floor for a vote yet. She's a public school teacher.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Fortunately...

Trumplicans are very, very fortunate that 80 percent of their voters are so goddamned stupid, they'll believe anything Paul Ryan and Tom Price tell them. If Trumplican voters had the analytical thought capacity of an average Rottweiler, about 95 percent of Trumplican politicians would be looking for new jobs.   

From Huffington Post:
Everybody knew that the CBO’s estimate of the American Health Care Act, which two House committees approved last week, would be dismal. Even before the report was out, Republicans had begun trying to discredit the agency, by pointing out past errors and arguing that mere coverage numbers didn’t tell the real story about the Affordable Care Act or how Republicans proposed to supplant it. 
But the CBO report was much worse than expected. The Republican bill would cut $880 billion from Medicaid over 10 years, steer federal tax credits away from lower-income consumers and undo some of the Affordable Care Act’s changes to the insurance market ― including the “individual mandate” that imposes financial penalties on people who decline to get coverage.
Added 3:12 PM same day:  Is it possible that a Republican from Arkansas is emerging as the A Little Bit Sane alternative to Trumplican assholery? We need a few more like this guy, and a lot less of Price.

AND WHILE WE'RE ON THE SUBJECT - Until the so-called precedent (sic) appears on national television to announce that he'll veto the health care bill that's under construction in the House, this is TRUMP CARE. He owns it. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Ironically...

Daily Kos: The probability is that those who voted for the so-called precedent (sic) will also be those who take the hardest financial blow if Trump Care is enacted. Unfortunately the damage won't be limited to trump-holes, but it's a little comforting to know they won't be exempt, either.

Quote
The Republican plan offers less assistance to older and lower-income Americans, especially in rural areas, according to the Kaiser data. These groups generally backed Mr. Trump. Most of all, President Trump’s white working-class supporters often make enough money to be ineligible for Medicaid, but not enough to afford costly health insurance that might even become more expensive under the Republican plan.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Stephen King on the Obama horror

I've been reading Stephen King novels and short stories for years, and I'm enough of a fan to realize he'll always know exactly how to address whatever insanity is in the news. Here's a condensed version of what he tweeted this morning:

Obama personally tapped the trump's phones. Sneaked into the building wearing Con Ed coveralls. Michelle stood guard while Barack spliced the lines. BHO not only tapped the phones, he stole the strawberry ice cream out of the mess locker as he was leaving.

KEY FACT

Dedicated to Jim Ferguson. If you don't know who Jim Ferguson is, you (a) haven't seen The Missouri Breaks, or (b) have an inadequate ability to fully assimilate movie trivia.