Same Healthcare Bill, Different Name — Who to Call

This latest Republican offer to gut healthcare has been called a sneak attack. They intend to push it to vote on September 30, with out discussing its potential effects, but what’s the point of discussing it? In essentials, this is the same bill they keep offering, re-named: “Skinny Repeal,” “American Health Care Act,” “Graham/Cassidy,” “Candy/Gram,”…
Land Shark

“The Graham-Cassidy bill preys on underserved communities … a clear and present danger”~The National Institute for Reproductive Health 

“Graham-Cassidy would devastate the Medicaid program, increase out-of-pocket costs, and weaken or eliminate protections for people living with pre-existing conditions.” ~ American Public Health Association

“It could disrupt access to health care for millions of the more than 70 million Americans” ~Federation of American Hospitals

“This bill harms our must vulnerable patients”~The American Psychiatric Association 

The following institutions are vehemently opposed to the Graham/Cassidy proposal: 

  • American Medical Association
  • The American Psychiatric Association 
  • The American Public Health Association
  • The National Institute for Reproductive Health 
  • Federation of American Hospitals
  • AARP
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 
  • Association of American Medical Colleges, 
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 
  • and so on…

Don’t let this repetition wear you down. Healthcare is too important. CALL YOUR SENATORS (maybe put them on speed dial.)

  • Sen. Susan Collins, ME: (202) 224-2523
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski, AK: (202) 224-6665
  • Sen. John McCain, AZ: (202) 224-2235
  • Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, WV: (202) 224-6472
  • Sen. Rob Portman, OH: (202) 224-3353
  • Sen. Cory Gardner, CO: (202) 224-5941
  • Sen. Lamar Alexander, TN: (202) 224-4944
  • Sen. Jerry Moran, KS: (202) 224-6521
  • Sen. Tom Cotton, AR: (202) 224-2353
  • Sen. Joni Ernst, IA: (202) 224-3254
  • Sen. Thom Tillis, NC: (202) 224-6342
  • Sen. John Hoeven, ND: (202) 224-2551
  • Sen. John Kennedy, LA: (202) 224-4623
  • Sen. Ron Johnson, WI: (202) 224-5323
  • Sen. Mike Rounds, ND: (202) 224-5842
  • Sen. Jeff Flake, AZ: (202) 224-4521
  • Sen. Dean Heller, NV: (202) 224-6244

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Smirking Pharma Bro Goes to Jail

A story in the LA Times today begins “Inmate No. 87850-053 has no internet service.”
A severe punishment indeed for anyone whose existence is centered around social media. Internet service is air to the particular inmate of whom they speak— smirking “Pharma Bro” 35 year old Martin Shkreli, ex-pharmaceutical CEO, and hedge fund con-man. 

Shkreli, who purchased the rights to sell lifesaving aids drug, Daraprim, had a side job of conning investors with fake hedge fund deals. When his investors came after him for their money, Shkreli made a move that awarded him the prized title of  **Most Reviled Man in America, raising the price of said lifesaving aids drug 5000% from $13.50 to $750.00 per pill in order to pay back the more disgruntled fools their money. 

Odd and wrong that that anyone has the power to raise drug prices at whim, and can do so to such an extent. Shkreli isn’t the first pharma CEO to raise the price of a lifesaving drug. You might remember Mylan Pharmaceutical CEO Heather Bresch raised the price of the épi-pen 400%. 

Why isn’t pricing drugs artificially high a crime in itself? To answer my own question, congress accepts money in the form of “campaign donations” from lobbyists employed by these pharmaceutical companies. Congress in turn allows pharmaceutical companies to price drugs as they like. It paints an ugly picture of those elected officials, and shows their loyalties do not lie with their constituents, but with whom ever offers up the biggest bribe.

This is, in large part, what is wrong with the American healthcare system. Take the CEO’s out of the equation, put caps on profits, in fact make healthcare a non profit enterprise. Without the middleman universal healthcare becomes an affordable endeavor. Medicare would thrive without CEO’s like Shkreli and Bresch overcharging by billions of dollars annually… but that’s another post. 

Shkreli had been released on $5 million bond after his conviction of securities fraud for which he could face a maximum of 20 years in prison. He had been released and was awaiting his sentencing date of January 16, 2018. 

Shortly after his securities fraud conviction, when he was free on bond, Shkreli livestreamed on Facebook, bragging that he’d never see the inside of a prison, but on the outside chance that he did have to do some time, he said— “it would be just a few months at a minimum-security Club Fed. I’ll play basketball and tennis and Xbox and be out on these streets in four months,” 

So why is the smirky guy in jail? 

Despite his lawyers advice keep his social media activity on the down low, the jackass could not help himself. He enjoys a huge following, because he seems to have no filter, but has since been kicked off twitter for trolling female reporters who were covering his trial. 

His bail was revoked however because he recently used Facebook to put out a bounty on Hillary Clinton, offering to “pay $5,000 per hair” to anyone who secured the strands “with follicle” while she is on her book tour.

I think he might be disappointed with his new accommodations. Metropolitan Detention Center is a fortress-like federal prison known for beatings, sexual assaults, a lack of fresh air and sunlight, and sorry Martin, but they offer no outdoor activities… and no Xbox. His housing buddies number 1,800, none of whom currently play tennis or basketball.

A while back, when asked, hypothetically, if he would turn to books for his recreational pleasure if he were to be forced to serve any prison time, Shkreli said he doesn’t read fiction, but might consider reading some philosophy. 

Does MDC even have a library? If so, will the musings of Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle inspire Martin to recreate himself as a thoughtful, ethical, and self aware human being? We can only hope he uses his time, at least four months, well… and let’s also hope he doesn’t drop his soap in the shower. 

**Trump has since reclaimed the title of Most Reviled Man in America.


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The Anniversary of the 19th Amendment—Women’s Right to Vote

Today, August 26, is “Women’s Equality Day.” On this day in 1920, after decades of work toward the cause, women secured the right to vote. Today is the anniversary the passing of 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

This is not to say women are on equal footing in America 97 years later. Those who believe we are have a distorted view of the type of society we live in. We may however have equal opportunities to hold the same jobs men hold, at a discounted rate of pay. 

We also have a man in the White House, when a woman won the popular vote by nearly 3 million. Granted, the failure of the electoral college, gerrymandering, and Russian interference were the catalysts for that injustice. 

In my opinion women have a bigger issue. Globally 1 of 3 women will be victims a of sexual assault in their lifetimes.
In America the statistic of sexual assault is 1 of 5, I’ve also read that 1 of 4 women will be sexually assaulted while attending college.

In America 97% of rapists don’t spend a single night in jail. 

For every 10 rapes, only 1 victim is male. I’m not wishing more violence against men, I’m pointing out another disparity. We do not live in a country where women are equal to men, in personal safety or in rights. 

Why do I bring this up on the anniversary of the ratification of 19th Amendment? 

We have an unregistered sex offender in the White House. He doesn’t deny it. He was caught on tape bragging about it…a tape released to the public prior to the election, but still he was elected. During the campaign, a dozen women accused him of sexual assault. In response, we elected him to office over a woman. 

Men in Washington, behind closed doors, have been trying to take away basic preventative healthcare from women since Donald Trump was inaugurated. They want mammograms, pap smears, prenatal care, and birth control omitted from healthcare coverage. They want rape to be a pre-existing condition.

Donald Trump is a man who unabashedly degrades and assaults women, comments about women’s bodies, and has claimed women should be punished for having abortions. 

Here is a stunning fact: Without the white female vote in key states Donald Trump would not have won the election. Trump won 53% of the white female vote. 

On the anniversary of suffragist’s achievement, I can’t help but wonder what they would think if they knew 53% of white women would vote for a man like Donald Trump, the personification of misogyny, and all he represents, rather than a woman with a lifetime of experience. 
I know…but what about the e-mails. 


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Trump Confirms All Doubt

Donald Trump is out of the white supremacy closet. Today he took back yesterday’s forced denunciation of hate groups, and took a stand in defense of Steve Bannon, saying he is not a racist and stands by him. 

In swift response former KKK leader David Duke thanked him for “condemning leftist terrorists.”

Trump is generous with his insults everyone from the media, to Democrats, to John McCain, to Australia, but he refuses to denounce, and even defends White Supremacy, neo-Nazis, KKK, and Vladimir Putin.  

Additionally, today Trump is threatening to cut all funding to Obamacare— deliberately sabatoging healthcare for 35 million people, out of spite, and hatred for our first black president. 

Donald Trump is not my president. 

Which One is POTUS?

Which One Is Our President—

  1. John McCain announces his strategy for Afghanistan,
  2. Al Gore leads a fight to save the planet from ruination.
  3. Bernie Sanders offers details for a single-payer healthcare plan,
  4. Trump golfs and warns war to distract from an investigation.



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McConnell Ran Away With Ted Cruz


             Hey diddle diddle

  With healthcare they’d fiddle

                 We all thought 

we knew what they’d choose

                        Three GOP senators

       Laughed to see such fun

And McConnell ran away with Ted Cruz 


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