Why Are Republicans So Cruel?

I have seen and heard many accounts of what the GOP has in store for the country and in that time I have heard many ask the question….why are Repubs so cruel?  Why is that they hate the poor?

You know that is a great question and one that I did not have an answer to but I have thought on this to see where it would take me.

In the 50’s the GOP was soundly in the category of “on the people’s” side….but what the hell happened?

I have my opinion but I am biased and should not be allowed to voice my opinion.

Let’s look at today’s GOP……

Republican Paul Ryan, like most other members of the United States Congress, is a millionaire.Christa Patton is 68 years old. She is frail and no longer able to leave her home. She lives on a fixed income. Patton told Van Jones on a recent episode of his CNN show “The Messy Truth” that she would not be able to eat without the Meals on Wheels program.

Paul Ryan is the speaker of the United States House of Representatives. By his own account, in college he used to hang out with his friends and drink beer while sharing his dreams of cutting Medicaid. When Ryan was 15 years old, his father died from a heart attack caused by alcoholism. Ryan and his family then received his father’s Social Security survivor’s benefits. Ryan used that money to attend college. This was not the only money that Paul Ryan received from federal government. His family built its wealth from receiving government contracts.

Source: Why Are Republicans So Relentlessly Cruel to the Poor? | Alternet

If anyone has a better idea then please share and we will take it from there…..

One Last ACA Post

This will be my Last post on the whole “repeal and replace” thing…that is until someone tries yet another end run……

Well the Repubs were handed their first loss in this Congress….the whole real replace debacle….and it must not be important for I see that many of the Right wing dullards have moved on to other things that will kill our society….

But in case you were unaware of what happen maybe I can help just a bit…..

It was a stinging defeat by any measure: The ObamaCare “repeal and replace” bill that President Trump championed was declared DOA Friday after a House vote was canceled at the last minute. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan had been unable to persuade enough House Republicans to change their minds on the American Health Care Act. The AP reports that the demise of the American Health Care Act, and the damage to Trump’s presidency, had Democrats “literally jumping for joy,” with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi doing a victory leap outside the Capitol. A roundup of coverage:

  • The White House has been blaming Democrats and Ryan for the defeat, but the buck stops with Trump, who promised during his campaign that his skill as a dealmaker would change Washington, but then played chicken with House Republicans and blinked at the last minute, writes Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post. “Trump wanted this deal, pushed for this deal, called his own party’s bluff on this deal and then walked away when it appeared as though the deal wouldn’t come together,” he writes.
  • Politico looks back at mistakes made on the road to the failure of the AHCA, including Trump’s lukewarm attitude to the legislation after it was first introduced.
  • The New York Times reports that Trump was furious at lunchtime Friday when Ryan arrived at the White House to tell him the AHCA could not pass. Trump demanded the vote go ahead, broadcast live on TV, but Ryan argued that broadcasting the bill’s defeat would damage Republicans who supported the bill as well as opponents. By midafternoon, Trump agreed to pull the bill, insiders say—and though he remained furious at the House Freedom Caucus, he did not criticize them publicly.
  • The Hill lists winners and losers from the AHCA battle, with Trump and Ryan topping the list of losers. The winners include Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama, while the verdict is mixed for the House Freedom Caucus: The hardline conservatives demonstrated their power, but they also defied a Republican president popular with grassroots voters, and preserved a law those voters hate.
  • Politico describes Trump as “overmatched, outmaneuvered, and empty-handed” after his first confrontation with rebellious lawmakers. His ability to work with congressional Republicans to implement other parts of his agenda is now in doubt. The GOP “is still operating as an opposition party,” says Josh Holmes, a former chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “If they can’t break the fever … it says an enormous amount about the prospects of tax reform, infrastructure and some sort of immigration proposal,” he says.
  • The Guardian looks at the GOP’s failure to build a consensus on healthcare after conservatives decided the AHCA didn’t go far enough and moderates were alarmed by predictions that 24 million people would lose coverage. The House GOP didn’t spend much time “talking about a unified Republican vision for what we should do with healthcare in the House,” admits Rep. Mark Amodei.

Plenty of other presidents have gotten off to rocky starts, though analysts say Trump is being hurt by an apparent lack of understanding of exactly how government works, the AP reports. “You can’t just come in and steamroll everybody,” says Bruce Miroff, a politics professor at the State University of New York at Albany. “Most people have a modest understanding of how complicated the presidency is. They think leadership is giving orders and being bold. But the federal government is much more complicated, above all because the Constitution set it up that way.”

It is great to watch the circular firing squad of blame assignment….Ryan is suffering from the Boehner syndrome…..

Okay Trump has lost some fire so now he must try and get it back….but how?

So just how will the GOP try to stick to the rest of us mere mortals?

With the failed American Health Care Act now in his rear-view mirror, here are are three areas where President Trump could turn his attention next:

  • Tax reform. Trump and Paul Ryan have said their next priority will be tax reform, though it may be just as difficult for Republicans to reach agreement on that issue as it was on healthcare, CNBC reports. Politico reports the GOP had been counting on an ObamaCare repeal to fund their tax plans, and they may now have to settle for tax cuts instead of sweeping reforms to the tax code. Ryan admitted Friday that the healthcare failure made tax reform more difficult, but not impossible.
  • Healthcare. Trump now says he will let ObamaCare “explode” before tackling healthcare again. “ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!” Trump tweeted Saturday. The Washington Post reports that the Trump administration has choices to make it the coming months that could either reshape the law or undermine it.
  • Travel ban. The lawsuits are ongoing: The AP reports that the Trump administration scored a victory on Friday when a federal judge in Virginia ruled against a Muslim civil rights group that sued to block his latest travel ban. The judge told the the Council on American-Islamic Relations that the ban is within the limits of Trump’s authority. Trump’s executive order has already been blocked by judges in Hawaii and Maryland. The administration is appealing those decisions.

Cruise the Right wing blogs and we will see just what the next big deal for them will be…..right now they are still bitching about immigrants….will that be the next “biggie”?

My guess is tax reform…is that we can eliminate all those damn “freeloaders” that only exist in the minds of the mindless.

God, I Love This Stuff!

I could not leave today until I had my say about health care…..after all the vote is tonight and we will be done with Obamacare.

In case you are not aware there will be a vote (maybe not) on the replacement for Obamacare or as it is now being called Trump care and/or Ryancare.  I love it because these twats in DC make it out like it is rocket science…..

Trump has been having a hard time trying to push this abortion through the House so he decided to flex his political muscle and take on the naysayers….

With a House vote on the American Health Care Act just hours away on Thursday, it still didn’t appear as if the Republican replacement for ObamaCare had the necessary votes, the Washington Post reports. Republicans can only afford for 22 GOP representatives to vote against the bill (it’s assumed no Democrat will vote for it), but 36 are on the record as saying they’ll vote against it. Another 14 GOP reps say they’re leaning toward voting against it. But the vote could’ve still been close, as President Trump held a last-second negotiating session with the super-conservative House Freedom Caucus. At least a dozen representatives said they could switch their vote depending on the results of that negotiation.

The Freedom Caucus—having already gotten Trump to agree to removing a required minimum level of “essential” benefits from insurance plans—wanted all facets of Obama’s Affordable Care Act repealed if its members were going to support the AHCA, Politico reports. That includes two popular parts of the ACA that Trump has vowed to preserve: allowing adults up to 26 years old to stay on their parents’ insurance plans and prohibiting the denial of insurance due to pre-existing conditions. But following Trump’s negotiation attempt, the caucus’s chairman said there’s “no deal,” according to the AP, and Republican lawmakers emerged saying that the Thursday vote might be delayed, notes the Hill. The GOP’s ObamaCare replacement isn’t just unpopular with lawmakers: Vox reports a newly released poll shows only 17% of the public approves of it, while 56% disapproves.

He says parts of Obamacare can stay as part of the new plan….and yet it looks a lot like Obamacare……but with more benefits for the wealthy than the other one….

The vote will be tonight…..

STOP THE PRESSES!

GOP House leaders delayed their planned vote Thursday on a long-promised bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare, in a stinging setback for House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Trump in their first major legislative test, the AP reports. The decision came after Trump, who ran as a master dealmaker, failed to reach agreement with a bloc of rebellious conservatives. Moderate-leaning Republican lawmakers were also bailing on the legislation, leaving it short of votes. The bill could still come to a vote in coming days, but canceling Thursday’s vote was a significant defeat. It came on the seven-year anniversary of President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act.

The Republican legislation would halt Obama’s tax penalties against people who don’t buy coverage and cut the federal-state Medicaid program for low earners. It would provide tax credits to help people pay medical bills, though generally skimpier than Obama’s statute provides. It also would allow insurers to charge older Americans more and repeal tax boosts the law imposed on high-income people and health industry companies. The measure would also block federal payments to Planned Parenthood. In a count by the AP, at least 30 Republicans said they opposed the bill, enough to defeat the measure. But the number was in constant flux amid the eleventh-hour lobbying. The bill would be defeated if 23 Republicans join all Democrats in voting “no.”

Now that just sucks for Ryan and Trump…..all their chest thumping and what did they accomplish?

Absolutely NOTHING!

Time for the alt-Right horde to start their whining and bitching…HAhahaha…God I love this shit!

The Republican Brain

No that is not an oxymoron!  (Although if it were it would be a damn good one)

These days the actual conservs do not think for themselves instead they out source that function to a think tank, the Heritage Foundation.

Most of my regulars know that I do not think much of so-called think tanks…..the reason is that most of them have a conclusion and then set about making stats and such fit what they want to report to say.

The worst among these fake intellectual endeavors is the Heritage Foundation……this group decides what the GOP will offer as way of policy and they, the politicians, do as they are told…..but to get a better grip on how this “foundation” works…….

The mood was jubilant two days after the November 2016 election at a Washington, D.C., panel co-hosted by two powerhouse conservative thinktanks—the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation.

In his opening remarks, Heritage president Jim DeMint rejoiced that Donald Trump’s election had “preserved our constitutional republic.” Panelist John Yoo, a Berkeley law professor best known as the architect of George W. Bush’s justification for torture, drew laughs with feigned surprise at the audience size. “I thought everyone at Heritage was working over at transition head quarters,” Yoo quipped. “I asked the taxi cab driver to take me to Trump transition headquarters, and he dropped me off here.”

Source: The Right-Wing Machine Behind the Curtain

The radical conservative Heritage Foundation has spent 40 years trying to gut the federal budget. Now Trump is proving to be the perfect tool.

Many of its proposals are lifted straight from the recommendations of an elite ultra-conservative D.C. think tank: the Heritage Foundation.

Trump’s Budget proposal, released on Thursday, echoes none of the populist, anti-establishment themes of candidate Trump’s campaign for higher office. Instead, it calls for a large increase in defense spending while reducing spending for a variety of popular domestic programs.

That’s not surprising considering where those ideas came from. Rather than bringing in new ideas from outside of the Beltway, many of its proposals are lifted straight from the recommendations of an elite ultra-conservative D.C. think tank: the Heritage Foundation.

Source: Trump the Outsider Outsources His Budget to Insider Think Tank

It is disgusting to out source your policies, policies that are not anything promised while luring idiots to his cause, but that is how you do it when a bunch of screaming amateurs are running the Greatest country on the planet.

All the American people can do now is bend over and wait for the insertion….sans Vaseline.

Can “Trumpcare” Be Saved?

The big story for the week is that of the news “Repeal and Replace” con…..although the wire tapping is the big deal on alt-Right blogs…..which is just a silly waste of ink.

The GOP trotted out their version of a health care plan and in typical form it does not cover the most people…but it will help make insurance companies and lobbyists rich.

The push back on this plan has come from many sides….even moderates and Republicans…..conservatives think it is a waste of time and effort….Us old farts have AARP watching our backs (and making money doing so)….and they are not on-board with the new plan….

Provisions in the House Republicans’ Obamacare replacement bill that would raise insurance costs for older Americans are drawing resistance from the influential seniors’ lobby.

The American Health Care Act, as Republicans are calling it, would allow insurers to make premiums for older Americans five times what they charge younger workers ― provided that a state’s regulations allow for it. Obamacare had capped this ratio, known as an “age rating,” at 3 to 1.

The measure was chief among the reasons AARP, the nation’s largest organization for older Americans, cited in explaining its opposition to the House bill on Tuesday evening

Source: Republicans’ Obamacare Replacement Just Got A Powerful Enemy | The Huffington Post

I am sure someone will say….”At least they have a plan”….which will be one of the dumbest statements of the year so far.

But why is this roll out going so badly for the GOP?

The outlook for the GOP leaderships’ ‘repeal and replace’ bill looks bleak. That said, I would not underestimate the ability of GOP leaders to get their members to vote for basically anything in the crunch. Also remember that House Republicans have a 20+ vote cushion. But it’s worth reviewing what I believe are three key reasons why the current legislation looks to be on life support just a day after it was released.

Source: Why Repeal and Replace Is Going So Badly

With all this bad press and downer news around the new AHCA does not mean that it is dead on arrival.  All the push back means nothing.

The GOP leadership will calling in all the guns to get it passed no matter how vocal some members want to be….the donors and the lobbyists will go to the members and call in all the favors they have done in the past.

For you see these people are spineless and will do as they are told.

But let’s say these toads keep on with the hatred for Trumpcare and it fails……what could be the repercussions?

House Republicans have laid out their alternative for ObamaCare, and it continues to take heat from both moderates and conservatives. A look at the latest coverage:

  • How many might lose coverage under the new plan? The Congressional Budget Office has not weighed in yet, but Standard & Poor’s estimates up to 10 million people. Of those, 2 million to 4 million would drop from the ObamaCare individual markets, while the rest are currently covered by Medicaid, per CNBC.
  • People in their 50s and 60s are particularly vulnerable because the age-related tax credits aren’t as generous for them as the subsidies they’d replace, explains the New York Times.
  • President Trump said he is “proud to support the replacement plan,” and he warned GOP lawmakers behind closed doors that they face an electoral “bloodbath” if they fail to come through, reports CNN.
  • Vox thinks this tweet is telling: “Biggest obstacle to House health bill: 7 GOP senators on fence—4 who said didn’t adequately protect Medicaid, 3 who say bill too generous.” Its assessment of the criticism from both sides is here.
  • Paul Ryan makes his case in a USA Today op-ed that this is the smartest approach. He cites rising premiums under the “collapsing” current law.
  • Ryan’s problem, though, is that virtually all conservative health care experts hate the plan. Politico has details. (Another prominent voice on the right, Ann Coulter, wants to know who wrote this “piece of crap,” per Mediaite.)
  • Bustle lays out the next steps for the legislation here, while Jonathan Chait at New York can’t understand why Mitch McConnell is rushing a bill “everybody hates.

With all this ink about the plan….do you actually know what it states?  Educate yourself so you do not look and sound foolish……

Here is the plan itself.

One bright spot in all this chaos…..

Bernie Sanders didn’t win the 2016 presidential race. He didn’t even win the Democratic presidential nomination. Yet the United States may have just taken a bigger step toward the left-wing dream of single-payer health care than if the Vermont socialist had indeed become America’s 45th president.

And who can Democrats and progressives thank for this surprise gift? House Republicans.

Source: How GOP bumbling just made single-payer health care more likely

Now that is the simplest plan…..and is that not what all are looking for?

You Can Put Lipstick On A Pig

But after all that it will always be a….PIG.

Repeal and replace……Repeal and replace…..and the peasants chanted and chanted….

Repeal and replace was a promise that Trump made to his slobbering throngs of worshipers….and now that he has been elected to the Casa Blanca and the GOP after jerking off for a weeks has come up with a plan…..and as always I had a post about the replacement as soon as I heard about it…..in real life, after the lies are removed, millions may lose coverage and taxes will rise…..

The GOP has tried to keep their new plan a secret for as long as possible…..but even with that game going on there seems to be a bit of a push back against the new GOP health care plan…..I bet you think it is those pesky Dems or liberals or whatever title you want to throw…..but guess what?  You would be wrong!

The opposition this time goes from moderates and “real” conservatives…….

House Republicans rolled out their plan for replacing ObamaCare on Monday—but the “American Health Care Act” may not be much more popular with some GOP lawmakers than the Affordable Care Act before it. House conservatives haven’t committed to backing the plan yet, Politico reports, and four GOP senators from states that expanded Medicaid under ObamaCare released a letter Monday expressing concern that the plan to repeal expansion after 2020 could lead to a “reduction in access to life-saving health care services” and saying they would not support a “plan that does not include stability for Medicaid expansion populations.” A roundup of coverage:

  • This is the GOP’s best shot yet at translating talk about repeal and replace into action, the Washington Post reports in a look at the plan’s details, but the party faces a tough balancing act trying to please lawmakers worried about making entitlements permanent at the same time as those worried about people losing coverage.
  • The Hill reports that the House plan drops most of the taxes associated with ObamaCare, but keeps the “Cadillac” tax on the more expensive health plans. In a move that does not sit well with some conservatives, the tax will kick in after 2025.
  • Breitbart reports that conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer says more radical conservatives “are going to have to fall on their swords” over the plan. They’re “going to have to concede the fact that Obama created an entitlement,” he said on Fox, and trying to eliminate it “would destroy the presidency.”
  • Critics say the biggest problem with the plan is that it appears certain to result in millions of people losing coverage, despite President Trump’s assurances, CNN reports. “With Medicaid reductions and smaller tax credits, this bill would clearly result in fewer people insured than under the ACA,” says Larry Levitt at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “The House GOP proposal seeks to reduce what the federal government spends on health care, and that inevitably means more people uninsured.”
  • Slate describes the GOP plan as “hard to assess,” since it “does not include a price tag or an estimate of how many Americans the plan will actually cover.”
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was among Democrats who criticized the plan, saying “TrumpCare doesn’t replace the Affordable Care Act, it forces millions of Americans to pay more for less care,” Reuters reports.
  • Sen. Rand Paul tweeted that he hadn’t seen “an official version of the House Obamacare replacement bill, but from media reports this sure looks like Obamacare Lite!”
  • Forbes finds plenty of “transformative and consequential reforms” to praise, but concludes that there is no escaping the fact that it will “make coverage unaffordable for millions.”

Even Trump’s brain, Breibart, is not thrilled with the GOP’s new plan….

Will the GOP actually be part of the solution for ending this abortion of the Trump administration?  Four major GOPers have broken with Ryan and Trump on this issue……

The plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act hit a new, unexpected roadblock yesterday. The release of the bills drafted in two different House committees finally provided a few details for the plan Republicans will offer to replace the healthcare program started under the Obama administration.

Shortly afterward, Republican Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Lisa Murkowski (R-AL), and Rob Portman (R-OH) released a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stating “the February 10th draft proposal from the House does not meet the test of stability for individuals currently enrolled in the program and we will not support a plan that does not include stability for Medicaid expansion populations or flexibility for states.” The senators join the ranks of a wide variety of constituents and groups opposed to the plan.

Opposition from more than two GOP senators could jeopardize the bill’s future in the Senate, where Republicans hold a 52-48 majority. Because the repeal of the ACA based on a budgetary maneuver still requires a majority vote by the Senate, the GOP will need to persuade at least two of these senators to go along with the bill.

(second nexus)

I need to correct one thing…..Lisa Murkowski is from Alaska (AK) not Alabama (AL)…….

Will it be back to the drawing board…..yet again?

It is not all that complicated……as Trump has said…it is simple…..

Source: Medicare for All: Home

Yes, that f*cking simple with no complications…..

GOP: Yes Irene We Have A Plan!

Repeal and Replace…..repeal and replace……the chants of the Right and of course few have any idea of what they protest…..

But we were promised that as soon as we elected Trump as the leader of the free world then everything would change around Obamacare…after a month of his constant Tweeting we may have an idea of what their dynamite plan will be…..

House Republicans want to get rid of the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies, Medicaid expansion, and individual mandate, according to a leaked draft of a bill to repeal ObamaCare. The bill, which was obtained by Politico, would give money to states to cover some people with pre-existing conditions and replace subsidies with tax credits based on age rather than income. As it stands, people under 30 would get a $2,000 tax credit, while people over 60 would get $4,000. Vox, which has an in-depth explanation of the bill, reports that sets up the possibility that tax credits would mostly benefit richer Americans, who are typically older. But insurance, as laid out in the bill, would overall be better for younger, healthier people than older people. And it would still be possible to refuse coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

House Republicans plan to pay for their healthcare plan by restricting tax breaks on employer health plans. This is a version of ObamaCare’s “Cadillac tax,” which was opposed by businesses, unions—and Republicans. The draft bill is likely to change as it passes through various committees. Meanwhile, ObamaCare is more popular than it’s been in seven years. A survey released Friday shows 48% have a favorable view of the ACA compared to 42% with a negative view, US News reports. That’s a sizable turn around from December, when only 43% viewed it favorably and 46% viewed it negatively. According to USA Today, nearly 50% of people polled were worried a family member would lose coverage if the ACA is repealed.

There it is…..a possible plan to make health care available to the people of this country…..

I did not particularly like Obamacare either….but this is just too much crap in a can……..

All I can say is….enjoy your next illness it could be your last.

But there is a way for an adequate health plan and for Trump’s promises to be fulfilled…….

Cut the bureaucratic mess.

Reduce costs.

Expand coverage.

Make it great.

President Donald Trump put forth a good number of lofty promises on healthcare on the 2016 campaign trail. A new analysis released Tuesday reveals there’s only one way to achieve them: Enact a single-payer, Medicare-for-All system.

Source: ‘Medicare for All’ Only Way for Trump to Keep Healthcare Promises | Common Dreams

Or this article…..

Proposals floated by Republican leaders won’t achieve President Trump’s campaign promises of more coverage, better benefits, and lower costs, but a single-payer reform would, according to a commentary published today [Tuesday, Feb. 21] in Annals of Internal Medicine, one of the nation’s most prestigious and widely cited medical journals.

Source: Single-Payer Reform is ‘the Only Way to Fulfill the President’s Pledge’ on Health Care: Annals of Internal Medicine Commentary | Common Dreams

Source: Amid GOP Attacks on Health Care, the Movement for Single Payer Is Growing

A solution for this issue is NOT rocket science…..the solution is a simple one if not controlled by insurance companies or big Pharma….but sense our country is run by lobbyists and morons…..it appears harder than it is…..