Why Trump is Always (Always!) the Victim

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Graham – Cassidy – Heller Bill: The Facts

Senator Chuck Grassley: “Repealing ObamaCare Is More Important Than Whatever Replaces It”

Just when bipartisan Senate negotiations on stabilizing the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) marketplaces and extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program were picking up steam, Senate leaders have abruptly decided to make a last-ditch effort to repeal the ACA, also known as Obamacare, and impose massive cuts to Medicaid.

Why the sudden rush to try again on repeal? Basically, they’re facing a deadline. The Senate parliamentarian recently ruled that the procedural shortcut that allows Senate Republicans to pass repeal with only 51 votes will expire on Sept. 30. Although Senate Republicans had finally seemed ready to move on after July’s failed vote, key senators have seized on the impending deadline to push for one final attempt at repeal.

Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, the sponsors of the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill, claim that their bill is different—that it simply shifts health care decisions to the states. This is false. Just like the failed repeal bills that came before it, Graham-Cassidy would result in millions of Americans losing health coverage. And in crucial respects, it’s the most harmful version of repeal yet.

Like the previous bills, Graham-Cassidy would cap funding for the traditional Medicaid program, shrinking it over time and leaving millions fewer low-income people covered.

Furthermore, it would eliminate funding for the ACA’s premium tax credits and Medicaid expansion and replace these with a block grant that states could spend on a range of health care activities. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that this block grant would represent a $239 billion funding cut compared to current law from 2020 to 2026, which would lead to millions of people losing coverage.

Although Graham and Cassidy claim that this will increase flexibility for states, in reality it will do the opposite. Slashing federal funding will force states to cut eligibility or benefits based on budgetary limits.

And worse, the state flexibility that Graham-Cassidy does provide is designed to get rid of important consumer protections. Under Graham-Cassidy, states could allow insurance companies to once again charge people with pre-existing conditions higher premiums based on their health status or medical history. For example, someone with asthma could be charged an estimated $4,320 more in premiums, while a pregnant woman could be charged $17,320 extra.

Perhaps most shockingly of all, Graham-Cassidy’s block grant funding simply disappears entirely after 2026, which means the complete elimination of Medicaid expansion and financial assistance for people who buy coverage in the individual market. Meanwhile, the annual growth rate for the Medicaid caps would be reduced starting in 2025, resulting in even deeper cuts as the capped funding levels failed to keep pace with rising health care costs in future years.

Yet even though Graham-Cassidy is the harshest version of repeal yet, Senate Republicans suddenly appear dangerously close to passing it in the next two weeks. And despite the widespread criticism of the secretive and rushed process used for the previous Senate repeal bills, they’re planning to allow even less scrutiny of Graham-Cassidy. Not only do they intend to vote on the bill with only 90 seconds of debate and no committee markups to consider amendments, but they’re planning to vote without a full Congressional Budget Office score to estimate the bill’s impact on health coverage and premiums.

Just like last time, this absurd lack of transparency is part of a strategy. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell knows that his only hope of passing the bill is hiding its effects from the public—and his fellow senators—until it’s too late. That sad fact is all the proof we need that it’s time to finally abandon repeal and move on.

from fortune.com

Thomas Huelskoetter is a health policy analyst at the Center for American Progress.


You should phone the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.

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You should phone the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.

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You should phone the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.

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umm, yep, entirely by males …


You should phone the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.

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You should phone the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.


Fix It! Don’t Kill It! … Just Say NO To The GOP

 

I guess the GOP figures that he should just sit down, shut up, and die so that their benefactors (Kochs et al) can get a sweet new tax break.

Contact your senators and let them know that they must say NO to Graham-Cassidy.

You can phone the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.

This Evening’s ‘Nailed It’

And the winner of the Interwebz this evening is …

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although, this one was a very close second …

The Golden Rule

While the hypocrisy is strong with this one, this little stunt did clear up two things though.

1. The First Lady (she’s NOT an escort! – apparently – so her lawyers say) is as much a liar and grifter as her hubby, and

2. We now know who the actor/actress was who played Barney.

Either that or she killed Barney and is wearing his hide, which, with this bunch is entirely possible. I’m not saying that this is true, but, many people are saying, many people.

Trump on Africa

Trump tells African leaders his friends are ‘going to your countries trying to get rich’ — and makes up country of Nambia.

During a luncheon at the United Nations on Wednesday, President Donald Trump reportedly told African leaders that he has “so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich.”
He later referred to the non-existent country of “Nambia” when discussing health crises on the continent.

Before we all jump on his giant orange ass for being ignorant, let’s maybe give the big fella a break on this one, he probably meant to say ‘Narnia’.
As for the “so many friends…” bit, well, that’s just a fucking lie – he has no friends.

Bat Shit Crazy Alert …

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And it’s only fucking Wednesday kids …

Trump judicial nominee said transgender children are part of ‘Satan’s plan’, defended ‘conversion…

Trump Threatens to ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea in First U.N. Speech

Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Donald Trump apologized for protesters his bodyguards ‘beat up’

Price’s private-jet travel breaks precedent

GOP senator eyes ban on states single-payer systems

Seb Gorka Joins Pro-Trump Group Founded by Pizzagate Truthers and a Seth Rich Conspiracy Theorist

Deplorable GOP Lawmaker: “All Lives Splatter”

Pa. Rep. Aaron Bernstine tweets he would run over road-blocking protesters

Theodore Shoebat Hopes More Cops ‘Are Given The Opportunity’ To Kill LGBTQ People

‘Pro-Life’ Groups Stump For Health Plan That Would Cut Pregnancy & Maternity Care

Carol Swain Sees ‘Spiritual Significance’ In Hurricanes, Wildfires, Says America ‘Overdue’ For Divine Judgment

Lance Wallnau Claims Hurricane Irma Was Unable To Damage Trump’s Florida Properties Because He Is Protected By God

 Trump: ‘I have decided’ on Iran deal — but won’t share yet (like it’s some kind of a fucking game show) (John McCain tried this one too when during a debate with President Obama he declared that he knew where Bin Laden was and would tell everyone when they elected him president, and not before.) “We’ll announce the decision right after a word from our sponsor.”  Can you say ‘attention whore’? – I knew you could …

Now, go on, tell me how both sides are the same …

United Nations Fiasco

New York: The United Nations General Assembly had to be evacuated yesterday when an obviously dementia stricken, tiny handed former actor (from the eighties TV series “V”) rushed the stage, took control of the podium and rambled incoherently for over half an hour, threatening to “completely destroy” one country while threatening the rest of the world with “going to Hell” if they didn’t do as he told them. His insane, brag filled address was unlike any delivered at the United Nations before, and when it was over a sense of incoherence and menace hung in the air. He was eventually led off the stage where it is believed that he was taken to the top floor of a “golden tower” somewhere in Manhattan to be medicated and kept under wraps.

US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York on September 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The “madman across the water” as he has become known (or “tiny dancer” as he is called by his wife), seen here at U.N. General Assembly rambling on incoherently about his amazing abilities and threatening everyone present.

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The Madman’s wife, Melania and his daughter Ivanka seen here leaving the event at the United Nations building after his arrest.

Fox News Does Science – And We’re All Fucked!

Apparently this is what now passes for ‘science’ over at Faux Noise …

Four days?! A little more heads-up next time, doomsaying numerologists! How’s a guy supposed to plan for these things on short notice?
I, for one, have been awaiting the end of the world since the evening of November 8th, 2016. At that point nothing really made sense anymore.

It’s The End of the World As We Know It, And I’m Gunna Miss Cheese Whiz and Hockey

BREAKING: There will be NO Christmas this year … or anything else for that matter! We’re all fucked! Bigly!

Well, apparently, there will be now absolutely no fucking reason at all to haul my ever aging ass out of bed Sunday morning …
no reason to clean the house, or pay any more bills …
and apparently, no Christmas shopping to do this year …
let me ‘splain …
so, very late last night I accidently wander into THAT part of the Interwebz … you know, where the Clintons murder people, the moon landing was faked, Trump won the popular vote, Kellyanne Conway is a nice person, Newt Blingrich is worth listening to and chemtrails are a Liberal plot to sterilize everyone the fluoride in the water missed … and, from all that i read on the interwebz, and if ya’ can’t trust the interwebz, then who the hell can ya’ trust, the world will be coming to an abrupt and calamitous end as of sometime Saturday… apparently around ten-ish  EST.  I’m unsure if that’s Eastern time for everyone, or if this will be a rolling (by time zones) Armageddonish thingy …
shit … yup, Saturday, September 23, 2017 is it, no more tomorrows folks …
and i was hoping for some really cool presents on Christmas morning … fuck! …
oh well, as Doris Day was fond of saying, que sera sera …
that’s a reference for all you old farts out there …
sorry kidlets, but you’ll be far too busy texting your friends about nothing, as usual, and dancing frantically and drunkenly to Deadmaus while you Dab to even notice the world has ended, so screw you, today the references will be for old farts only …
I know, I know, we’ve heard it all before, but this time it’s on the Interwebz so it must be true … and like I said, the Interwebz is just hummin’ with yak and blather on the subject, so I’m guessing that this time the jig really is up amigos …
and just when those fucking Oilers finally get going this year,  we end the world … did they know something we didn’t? … I never trusted that Bettman dude, never …
if the world wasn’t ending Saturday, I’d run with that and start my own conspiracy theory … but alas, no time … oh well, at least we won’t have to put up with that shit-show, clusterfuck of a president Donald gasbags Trump and his bullshit, bloviating, birtherism, bleating, boorishness and bluster on the TV any more …
and no more Kellyanne Conway, Scary Huckleberry Slanders, Billo the Clown O’Reilly, Hannity the manatee, Republicans, tea-baggers, Mittens Romney’s 23rd, 24th, 25th AND 26th failed run for the Whitehouse, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions lll, dancing with the stars, Carly Ray Jepson, Sister Wives, 90 Day Fiances, Snitch McConnell or the Beibs …
(side note: ain’t gonna be able to call ya’ now Carly, nope, not even maybe)
see, a silver lining in every darkened cloud kids …
and there will be no more of that Kardashian crew to hear about, so it’s not all bad eh? …
on the flip side I will miss a lot of really great things …
like Cheese Whiz, and not that American, squeeze it out of the condom thingy shit, I’m talking the real McCoy, the kind that you scoop by the bucket full out of a glass jar with a big old knife … and I’ll miss Ritz Crackers, but that may just be part of my impending Cheese Whiz withdrawal … I’m also gonna really miss, in no particular order, Labrador puppies, my kids (well, most of the time), guitars, cole slaw and hot wings (but not too hot, I’m getting older, and they can be rough the next morning), the Onion website, hockey, back bacon, Timbits (you Canucks will know what i’m talking about … Timbits …mmm), the Rockies (the mountains, not the baseball team, they suck – go Jays -who also really suck by the way), bitching about politics, masturbation (come on. tell the truth peeps, the world is ending after all), women with bad judgment, strawberry shortcake slathered in real whipped cream, women with bad judgment slathered in whipped cream (or baby oil), peanut butter cookies, my girl friend (the woman rocks) (remember hun, I said in no particular order), abyssal demons and Third Age melee armor (one for you gamers), monkeys, dill pickles, mushrooms (the kind you cook, not the kind that cook you), hockey, Photoshop, Keith Olbermann, Keith Richards and several of my favorite t-shirts …
but, like I said, que sera sera, whatever will be, will be …
so, have a great “end of the world eve” everyone and I’ll see ya all soon …
er, maybe not, I guess …
I’m going to go do about 40 tequila shots, 30-40 huge bong hits, run with scissors, press “send all”, burn a big pile of coal, scream obscenities at passing motorists, litter, put sharp stuff in my ears, eat raw chicken, smoke on a bus and wear real fur …
fuck, I’m gonna miss Cheese Whiz … sigh …
and hockey …
but mostly Cheese Whiz …
it’s probably all Obama’s fault …
at least that’s what fox news  and their pal the Velveeta Raccoon, Bad Touch Donnie will say …

and now, the weather ….
one last time …
in French to boot, it’s just classier that way eh? …
and (Insert deity of yer’ choice here) knows, we wanna stay classy to the end …

UPDATE: apparently, according to the rocket scientists over at Faux Noise, a brown dwarf star is hurtling towards us, and no-one has seen it except NASA and they are covering it up, because that’s what NASA does. (Fuck me Mabel, these kids just ain’t right in the head)

Rocket Man vs. the Madman Across the Water

trump honky cat by hip is everythingPYONGYANG (The Borowitz Report)—In what some security experts fear could be a high-stakes war of Elton John lyrics, minutes after Donald Trump called Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man,” the North Korean dictator responded by calling Trump “Honky Cat.”
As he issued the Elton John-based attack, Kim warned that he had an extensive collection of the singer-songwriter’s albums and was prepared to weaponize every lyric in them.
The White House immediately struck back, warning Kim that “any further provocation involving an Elton John lyric, especially ‘Tiny Dancer,’ will be seen as an act of war.”
But any hope that Kim would be silenced was short-lived.
Responding to the White House, Kim stated, “I see the bitch is back,” before signing off, “Goodbye, Yellow-Wigged Toad.”

Breaking …

Breaking … Graham and Cassidy say “fuck you” to Americans

photo from the Loyal Opposition

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With only two weeks left to move forward with a partisan health care repeal bill, some Senate Republicans are trying one last time to rip coverage from millions of Americans. Their latest effort, introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), would make devastating cuts to Medicaid and cut and eventually eliminate funding that helps people in the individual insurance market afford coverage, leading to at least 32 million fewer people having coverage after 2026.

Those who did not lose coverage would see their premiums increase significantly. In the first year, premiums would increase by 20 percent. But the increases would be even greater for people with pre-existing conditions because the bill would let insurers in the individual market charge a premium markup based on health status and history, which could increase their premiums by tens of thousands of dollars.
from: americanprogress.org

This bill will cause enormous premium increases for those with pre-existing conditions.

Under this bill, people with metastatic cancer will pay $142,650 more a year to get coverage. That is not reform. That is a death sentence. Time to step up John McCain, even if your lapdog has his name on this monstrosity of a bill.

The GOP has to ram this through before the end of the month or they will never get it done due to senate rules. Make your voices heard now!
As Chris Murphy (senator from CT) said today, “Years from now, when your child is denied health care bc of his illness and you are facing bankruptcy, you’ll regret being silent this week.”

Call your senator: CLICK HERE for the phone numbers for every office of every U.S. senator

CALL THEM NOW, CALL THEM OFTEN!

… and, when it’s time, VOTE!

Waking News

PROTEST the ‘Graham-Cassidy’ bill.
The GOP are trying to rush it through before September 30th because they would only need a simple majority vote until then. It will no longer come down to depending on John McCain this time … (besides, my money is on McCain flipping on this one and supporting his hapless sidekick’s bill – plus, the Arizona governor will give him the cover he needs to do it)

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and these are the numbers to flood until they back off this crap once and for all …

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