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

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/landshark/2832305

“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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Donald Trump is a Misogyistic Bully

‪Good Sunday morning. On this day of worship (more likely he’s golfing) for a man still approved by 73% of white evangelicals, Donald Trump-who believes he is entitled to grab women’s genitalia (aka/sexual assault), thinks this violent gif of him swinging a golf club, hitting Hillary Clinton in the back with the golf ball, in turn knocking her over as she boards an airplane, is appropriate to retweet. Why? Because he is a misogynistic bully, who regularly displays his level of  brain development, which is on par (pun intended) with that of a terrible 2 year old. This is our president— be proud America— our POTUS 45. ‬

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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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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 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 Huff Post: “The program was to expire at the end of this month, but Trump signed legislation on Friday to temporarily extends 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 it. 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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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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Suing the Victim for $3 Mil? Swift Countersuing

Taylor Swift is not normally in my radar. I have three children, ages 16-21, and none of them ever attended a concert of hers or idolized her. I will admit to thinking, when she was very young, that she deserved a modicum of respect because she played an instrument and wrote her own music, as opposed many of her peers. None of that however is relevant to the subject of my post today. 

I mention Taylor Swift because today the New York Times published a story covering “The Tailor Swift Groping Trial.” This is a sampling of comments on Twitter: “Who cares.” “She’s looking for attention.” “So someone grabbed her ass, waaaa.” “It should have been handled privately.” This has somehow become an argument about Taylor Swift, celebrity, and “white privilege.” 

If you read the story you will find that there was an attempt to “handle it privately.” Swift reported the incident to her manager who informed security, who informed the person in charge, and the “DJ” was fired. 

What happened? At an event sponsored by Pepsi, in 2013, 23 year old Taylor Swift agreed to a photo with said 51 year old Denver DJ and his girlfriend. As you can see by her body language, his hand placement, and the grin on his face, something was not right. 


Former KYGO morning show host David Mueller, who was known professionally as “Jackson,” filed a lawsuit seeking 3 million dollars because he’s no longer employable in his field. A recording of his phone conversation with his boss directly after the incident was erased, his phone with more evidence “lost” and his story of what happened has since changed. He is now the victim. Swift is countersuing for assault. 

My opinion: this 51 year Denver celebrity DJ did something he should not have done and he lost his job as a result. Sexual harassment is legal grounds for termination. This man took sexual harrassment to another level when he put his hand on her— up her skirt and groped her to be specific— it’s assault. 

His employers had no choice but to fire him because, contrary to what POTUS 45 would have you believe, you can not do what you want to people because you’re a celebrity. Look at the body language in the picture. It’s clear what happenned, and Mueller did that with his girlfriend right there. He has no shame, and no respect for women.

So he wants Taylor Swift to give him $3 million because he was justly punished for his actions. She is countersuing as a result of his lawsuit.

This is about sexual assault, not “celebrity.” Women’s bodies are their own, and women’s rights and protections have taken a hit thanks to Trump and his followers. I applaud Taylor Swift for fighting back.

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