Same Healthcare Bill, Different Name — Who to Call

This latest Republican offer to gut the Affordable Healthcare Act has been called a sneak attack. The GOP intend to push it through to a 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 most 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, 
  • Every one of the 50 Medicaid directors who represent the 50 states…(a consensus.)
  • and so on…

Don’t let the 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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Insurance is a Peculiar Thing

As hurricane season rages on— houses continue to be flattened and flooded leaving people without food, water, shelter, electricity; prized possessions are lost forever to the ones who escape with their lives…the “lucky ones.” 

Plans to rebuild are premature, and most victims are at a loss as to how to fund a rebuilding project. About 80% of Hurricane Harvey victims do not have flood insurance.

According to Allstate Insurance Company, private homeowners insurance policies typically do not cover flood damage… however, if a hurricane’s wind damages your roof, and rain gets in as a result, you may find that homeowners insurance offers some protection if your policy includes coverage for wind.

“some protection if…” thanks Allstate.

As with everything, those rules do not apply to a certain demographic. The demographic of which I speak could easily fund their own rebuilding projects. 

Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach is covered by an insurance policy called National Flood Insurance Program. 

Yes, that means Mar-a-Lago is Federally Insured, subsidized by tax payer dollars, and Trump’s federally subsidized insurance policy does cover flood and hurricane damage. NFIP is essentially government subsidized insurance for the affluent who have beachfront homes. 

To be clear, flooding is not covered in homeowner insurance policies for the average idiot, but it is part of a government subsidized, tax payer funded policy for billionaire tax evading idiots like— Donald Trump. 

According to HuffPost: “The program was to expire at the end of this month, but Trump signed legislation on Friday to temporarily extend it.” Aint that some shhh

This policy is not new, in fact pre-potus Trump bragged about a $17 million insurance payout for storm damage to Mar-a-Lago in 2005. He admitted to pocketing some of the money instead of using it to rebuild. 

Call it irony, call it bullshit, by any name the under-cutter of the Climate Accord, Donald Trump, whose people are (no joke) trying to eliminate use of the C words, climate change, is a recipient of federal monies to repair damage caused by the C words.

This has been noted, and attempts are underway to stop this insanity. The Paris act, “Prohibiting Aid for Recipients Ignoring Science,” is a bill proposed in congress which would block Trump properties from receiving this federally subsidized coverage, but these things take time, and so Trump prevails again. 

Insurance is a peculiar thing. Be it homeowners insurance, or health insurance, it is controlled by the 1% who hoard half of the worlds wealth. They want more.

Since it was signed into law, on March 23, 2010, there have been as many as 70 failed attempts to weaken or kill the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The most recent attempt, on July 28, 2017, dramatically ended when Senator John McCain (R/AZ) said no, with the emphasis of a thumb down. Meanwhile Mitch McConnell stood within strangling distance, arms crossed, shooting invisible poisonous darts with his eyes, to no avail.

That was fun, but It isn’t over, believe me. McCain has said he might just vote yes to the next version. The Republican majority, and Trump, continue to trick out their “American Health Care Act” which has seen 3 revisions fail to pass since Trump took office. 

Health insurance in America is about big business: CEO’s, behind closed door deals, pharmaceutical price gouging— it’s not about healthcare at all.

The ACA is flawed in that it does nothing to eliminate the corruption in the industry. It does force it’s hand by eliminating certain insurance company escape routes; the exemption of pre-existing condition from coverage has cut into profits more than anything, but other parts of the bill, most of which pertain to women’s health issues, have also cut into profits. 

The healthcare fight isn’t over, and Americans will not see a substantial improvement in this healthcare system unless billionaires are taken out of the equation. Most counties in the free world provide healthcare for their people, but in the U.S. healthcare a business for billionaire investors like the Devos family, (Betsy-secretary of killing public education) who have controlling interests in Spectrum Healthcare Services which has ties to Russia’s Alpha Bank. 

Insurance is a peculiar thing, it is set up to help those who don’t need help. 


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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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Tweeting Nuclear

Donald (Bone Spurs) Trump, five time draft dodger, has recklessly threatened North Korea.  They would be:

“met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” 

Dramatic flourish lifted from:

  • Game of Thrones“Ours is the fury!”
  • The Witches in Macbeth“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble.”
  • Harry Truman- “a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this earth.”

Trump recited his irresponsible dramalogue from notes, with arms wrapped around himself defensively, like a child about to blow chunks of charred steak with ketchup…and beautiful chocolate cake. His body language tells us the man is a coward who knows he is in over his head.

What happened to his flailing arms? If you would like a refresher on Trump’s typical body language: 

Today, the morning after Tweets:

A blatant lie. Donald Trump has done nothing with regards to anything, let alone “renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal.” It would take years to do so, and his North Korean brotha from anotha motha would know this from personal experience. 

Is threatening North Korea smart? 

  • John McCain: “Trump is not helping the situation.”
  • James Robert Clapper Jr.: “We need to have dialogue with them. But accept the fact they are a nuclear power.”

So, no.
Trump is trying to distract us with fear…but from what?

Bloomberg Report— the Trump campaign turned over about 20,000 pages of documents on Aug. 2. Manafort provided about 400 pages on Aug. 2, including his foreign-advocacy filing, while Trump Jr. gave about 250 pages on Aug. 4. The committee had asked them last month to start producing the documents by Aug. 2. Manafort and Donald Junior’s day of reckoning is coming to a theater near you. 

Clearly the documents they chose to hand over were not satisfactory, because today-

Washington Post: Aug. 9. The FBI conducted predawn raid of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s home. This under the direction of special counsel Robert S. Mueller, as part of the continuing investigation into Trump/Russia. They departed the home with various records.

The investigation into Trump and his associates’ crimes is moving more quickly now. Let’s not let fear distract us from what is really on Trump’s mind. 


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Thank You For ACA John McCain!

The Republican’s so called “skinny repeal” failed in the Senate late last night with a vote of 51 to 49. It was a vote along party lines, with the exception of the three Republican senators who voted no, thereby ending Trump’s goal to dismantle former President Obama’s legacy, killing one poor American at a time in the process. 

The modified lighter version of Republican American Health Care Act was advertised as a more humane version of the original, this one would have only knocked 19 million off health insurance and raised premiums for everyone else by 20%. Republicans promised (with fingers crossed behind their backs) that this bill would be improved eventually, aka— “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” 

Another shallow argument made in attempt to garner a winning vote was— even if you don’t like the bill, vote yes now, show your loyalty to the GOP, but worry not my fellow politicians, because the bill shall fail in the House regardless— a highly unlikely scenario since the original more extreme bill easily passed in the House. 

The three heroic Republican Senators who saved the Afordable Care Act are: Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, and redeeming himself after Tuesday’s vote, John McCain of Arizona. 

Thank you John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski!

John McCain on Tuesday had returned to congress, after brain surgery, in order to cast his yes vote along with the GOP, after reciting a long winded and highly hypocritical speech which implied he would not vote as he did. But as I said he redeemed himself on Thursday.

Apparently Thursday night’s entertainment highlight was an unsuccessful Republican pile up on McCain effort by Trump, Pence, Ryan and McConnell. 

Had McCain voted as he did on Tuesday the vote would have tied as it did on Tuesday, leaving Pence to cast the deciding vote as he did on Tuesday. Thank you John McCain for finally casting a vote in line with your words.

While McCain did not initially vote in a way that reflected his words, Senators Murkowski and Collins have consistently voted against any form of the bill, putting their constituents best interests before partisan politics.

Trump has since sought revenge against Alaska’s Murkowski, and through his Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke, attempted to extort by threatening retaliation against her state by blocking energy exploration and derailing plans to construct new roads. While these bullying tactics might work with Trump in business, blackmail and vendettas are highly illegal in the U.S. political world. Trump will eventually be held accountable for his actions.
Okay, that nightmare is over, McConnell and Ryan should go home for the summer and let the big kids get back to removing Russia from the White House.


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