Friday, July 21, 2017
Since Mitch refuses to pull the bill and still insists on a vote in the Senate, here's one more email to Portman.
Hi Rob. It's me again, your 62-year-old constituent with Stage 4 cancer being kept alive by Obamacare.
You owe absolutely nothing to that crazy asshole in the Oval Office. Forget him, and remember what your colleague Shelley Moore Capito said -- you didn't come here to hurt people. The ACA and its Medicaid expansion doesn't hurt people, it helps people. The ACA is established law, it's good law, it's popular law, and you'll have hell to pay if you take it away.
So don't. Forget repeal and replace. Keep the ACA and do everything you can to strengthen and improve it by stabilizing its pricing and participation.
Vote NO on the BCRA!
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Hardly news, but he just keeps getting crazier. Nothing is ever his fault, it's a witch hunt and everybody's out to get him, and it's all "very unfair to the president."
Lying Attorney General Jeff Sessions should not have recused himself. "Extremely unfair."
Special Investigator Robert Mueller has "many conflicts of interest." (Donnie ought to know all about conflicts of interest.)
So does Deputy A.G. Rod Rosenstein, who's from "Baltimore, where there are very few Republicans."
At the G-20, Donnie and Vladi merely exchanged "pleasantries" and "talked about adoption. It was very interesting."
French President Emmanuel Macron "loves holding my hand."
"Enemies of mine are saying [my speech in Poland] was the greatest speech ever made on foreign soil by a president."
"Napoleon didn't go to Russia that night because he had extracurricular activities, and they froze to death. Same thing happened to Hitler. He was all set to walk in, but it went and dropped to 35 below. But the Russians have great fighters in the cold. I mean, they've won five wars where the armies that went against them froze to death. . . . So, we're having a good time!" (Huh?)
Speaking about health insurance: "So pre-exisitng conditions are a tough deal. Because you are basically saying from the moment the insurance, you're 21 years old, you start working and you're paying $12 a year for insurance, and by the time you're 70, you get a nice plan." (Huh? And WTF?? That's not how insurance works.)
"For the time in office, five months and a couple weeks, I think I've done more than anyone else."
For more of his ignorant, delusional ramblings, click the link.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
"Repeal and replace!" Since 2009, that's been the GOP's rallying cry in the Congress. They actually believe their slogan is a viable policy, and most of them believe it's what got them elected. But the majority of Americans approve of Obamacare, and overwhelming majorities prefer it to any replacement alternative the Republicans have come up with.
Orange John Boehner tried and failed to pass a repeal bill about a million times. After an initial fail, on his second try Paulie Smallnuts Ryan -- or as Steve Bannon calls him, that "limp-dicked mofo" -- passed a repeal bill in his GOP House which then failed to pass the GOP-controlled Senate. Mitch McConnell whipped up a quickie Senate version which also failed to pass in his own Senate. Then the Kentucky Tortoise went for a long-shot repeal-only abomination which failed immediately! Didn't even last a day. Hilarious incompetence! And well-deserved failure. The repeal zombie may finally be dead.
After all this Republican failure, Donnie Distemper accepted no responsibility and blamed it all on the obstructionist Democrats -- "We're not going to own it. I'm not going to own it. Republicans aren't going to own it." -- and proclaimed he'd just "let Obamacare fail" and would then expect Democrats to come crawling, begging him for help.
Good luck with that skeevy plan, Don. The "failing Obamacare" narrative is dubious, and if you believe the American public will idly stand by as you sabotage the ACA, you're even dumber than you look.
(Fired this off to Robbie this morning and by lunch, Mitch's brilliant idea was already in the toilet!)
Another email to Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)
Hi Rob. It's me again, your 62-year-old constituent with Stage 4 cancer being kept alive by Obamacare.
|"Phew! That was a close one!"|
But now your feckless Senate leader Mitch McConnell says he wants to punt. He proposes you pass a complete repeal of the ACA now, but with a two-year delay before repeal would take effect. In other words, kill it now and worry about it later. (Or, in personal terms for me, I can live another two years, but after that, good luck.) WTF???
You couldn't possibly dream up a more cynical, contemptuous, immoral idea. You think you had a shit storm with your previous plans? Just try to make this lead balloon fly.
You can't escape your duty. Once again, Robbie, it's going to fall to you and other so-called "moderates" to do the right thing and save the Senate from itself. Repealing the ACA remains a horrible and unpopular idea. Be a man, stand up today and publicly renounce Mitch's disgusting "repeal now, worry later" scheme. Vote NO!
Saturday, July 15, 2017
|Bullshit, and double-bullshit!|
Many thousands of citizens chimed in as well, expressing their anger and disgust about such invasions of privacy in emails sent to the Integrity Commission. Demonstrating just how much integrity it really has, the Commission released 112 pages of these emails, with the senders' personal information there for all to see -- names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, and places of employment.
Friday, July 14, 2017
Just for fun!
From The Quotable Asshole, by Sellers Publishing Inc.
They weren't speaking of The Disagreeable Don, but they could have been.
"He knows so little and knows it so fluently."
-- Ellen Glasgow, American novelist, 1873-1945
"Ordinarily he is insane. But he has lucid moments when he is only stupid."
-- Heinrich Heine, German poet, 1797-1856
"Brains, you know, are suspect in the Republican Party."
-- Walter Lippmann, American writer, 1889-1974
"I can't believe that out of 100,000 sperm, he was the quickest."
-- Steven Pearl, American comedian, 1955-present
Thursday, July 13, 2017
To secure votes for his latest version of TrumpCare, which is opposed by the medical/hospital industry and by 85% of the American people, here's Mitch's slimy sales pitch:
By Steve Benen, on the MaddowBlog
Another email to Robbie. Contact him at
The BCRA Version 2 released today is still cruel and repugnant. It's still a huge tax cut for Big Pharma and Big Insurance. It still guts Medicaid, taxes older Americans, doesn’t cover essential health benefits like maternity care, will cause out-of-pocket costs to skyrocket, defunds Planned Parenthood, and contains a perverted concept of “choice” -- quarantining sick people into high risk pools while further stripping away coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.
It adds more money for opioid treatment. Nice, but don't let yourself be bought for one small benefit in an ocean of detriment. Don't be a sell-out!
It's me again, Rob, with ideas on how to preserve, stabilize and strengthen the Affordable Care Act. This is a long one, so I know neither you nor your staff will read it, but you really should.
Despite Secretary Tom Price's ignorant rhetoric, the Dept. of Health & Human Services confirmed last week that the ACA is "working as intended." This was followed on Monday by a new analysis of the first quarter 2017 ACA results from the non-profit Kaiser Family Foundation, which found that "Insurer financial data suggest stabilizing individual health insurance markets," and "We find no evidence of the individual market collapsing."
So we can dispense with the fiction that Obamacare is "failing" and "in a death spiral." It's not. But, operating effectively as a large group insurance system, it could be further stabilized and strengthened by encouraging increased participation from insurers and enrollees. Here's how:
1. Continue to fully fund the ACA's cost-sharing subsidies. These are not premium subsidies. Instead, they subsidize out-of-pocket costs of deductibles and co-pays for certain low-income insureds. Insurance companies cover these costs up front and are reimbursed by the federal government. Reimbursement is now in doubt due to a GOP lawsuit alleging the ACA doesn't have funding authority for such payments. The case is in limbo while you R's screw around with TrumpCare. But some insurance carriers have withdrawn from the ACA exchanges as Trump threatens to renege on these cost-sharing payments in 2018.
2. Continue to enforce the ACA's individual mandate and penalties for non-compliance. Although Trump threatened to waive the requirement, the IRS continues to issue and collect penalties from taxpayers who refused to buy health insurance. That's good. But your GOP bills would eliminate penalties on both individuals and employers of 50 or more. That would be bad -- a participation disincentive that would allow the number of enrollees in the group to shrink. Our largest group plans are Social Security and Medicare, and they're mandatory. Virtually all working people must participate and pay into them. Our approach with the ACA must be the same -- everyone benefits when the group is as large as possible. The "choice" argument made by some conservatives is bogus. So is the idea of high-risk pools to isolate those with expensive treatment needs. Think "big group!" Spread the risks over large numbers.
3. Remember the "A" stands for affordable. Maintain the ACA's premium subsidies at the current level using the existing income-based calculations. In fact, to increase the group size for the benefit of all, consider making the premium and cost-sharing subsidies more generous, not less. This would entice more people to enroll and stay enrolled, which would in turn encourage more insurance carriers to participate. Maintain the ACA's Medicaid expansion. Slashing the Medicaid rolls is unconscionable. Keep thinking "big group!" Young or old, rich or poor, healthy or sick, this is just a numbers game. Everybody into the pool!
4. Remember the "C" stands for care. So keep the ACA's benchmark actuarial value and essential benefits. Your plan to reduce the ACA's "silver" plan benchmark from 70% AV (insurance paying 70% of covered services) to 58% is a deception and bad health insurance policy. So is eliminating the ACA's required "essential medical benefits." Such tactics are included in the Senate bill so the GOP may give the illusion they've "lowered" premium costs, when all you really did was greatly reduce coverage. Giving me less covered care, then crowing about how you've saved me money is no care at all -- it's a crock!
5. Reinstate the recently-expired risk adjustment, reinsurance and risk corridor programs which helped stabilize premiums. Make them a permanent part of the ACA. Such programs are a great help to insurance companies in maintaining steady, affordable premiums.
6. Make a government-run public option plan available on the federal and state exchanges, at least in areas where only one or two carriers now participate. Ideally, a public option should be a part of the exchanges in every state coast to coast. It would improve competition and offer us a genuine choice. (Insurance companies hate this idea, but remember you work for us, not them.) A simple and easy starting point would be to lower the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to, say, 50, and offer that option on the health insurance exchanges.
7. If necessary, use government controls to stabilize participation and pricing on the exchanges.
- Require two or three insurance companies to participate on each state's exchange. Hand-pick those companies if necessary.
- Based on income tax returns, automatically enroll certain low-income individuals in an affordable exchange plan if they don't choose one on their own. Medicare does this, and it guarantees a certain level of participants.
- Require everyone purchasing individual health insurance to do so on the exchanges. Washington D.C. does this with their health insurance exchange, and it seems to work pretty well. Again, keep thinking "big group!"
- Institute government price controls on premiums as a last resort. We've used price controls during WW II, the Korean war, and in the early 1970's. It's a strong step, but it can be effective.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Sent today to Ohio Sen. Rob Portman (R).
Hi, Rob. It's me again, your 62-year-old constituent with Stage 4 cancer being kept alive by Obamacare. Hope you read this, although I doubt you will.
Despite the ongoing carnival of corruption in the White House, I haven't lost sight of the damage you Republicans are trying to inflict upon the ACA.
You were sluggish, evasive and indecisive as always, but toward the end of June you finally announced your opposition to the current Senate health bill, only after it was clear it didn't have the votes to pass. Although you were slow, you eventually came to the right conclusion. Good!
Ohio's opioid problem is important, but our health care concerns are far broader than that single facet. Your Senate bill, whatever the tweaks, will harm rather than help. It will remain morally indefensible, taking coverage away from/raising costs on the poor, the sick and the elderly in order to give a huge tax break to the wealthy.
So once again, Rob, I call on you to publicly renounce this horrible bill. Don't sell out for a handful of opioid dollars. Vote NO on the Senate health bill!
Preserving and strengthening the ACA is the responsible way, the best way, the only way to go.
(More on how to do that in my next email.)
You may email Sen. Portman using this link:
Monday, July 10, 2017
by Donald J. Trump
I just came back from my second big foreign trip.
I got ice cream on the plane. More than anybody else.
I went on the trip to tell all the world leaders "America First!" Because it is.
Mr. Steve and Mr. Stephen said they liked my speech.
So did Mr. Duda, Poland's right-wing president. Then he and I got to stand up and say bad things to the reporters about fake news. It was fun!
Then we went to Hamburg. It's in Germany. My grandpa was from Germany.
In Germany, they call apples "apfels." I ate a big apfel strudel. It was yummy!
I was there for the G-20 summit. I don't know what the "G" stands for.
I tweeted that "everybody" there was talking about "disgraceful" John Podesta and the DNC server. Ha-ha! I just made it up, but I got my name on TV again!
I just couldn't make friends with any of the other leaders. I was by myself a lot. Lonely!
Asian leaders are so confusing. I got their names all mixed up. Were they Japanese? Chinese? I don't know. They all look alike. But North Korea is bad, very bad.
Ivanka came with me again. That was good. One guy was talking to me about some foreign thing and I got bored. So I just walked away and left him with Ivanka.
On the flight home, Ivanka let me eat a big well-done steak with lots of ketchup, and then she let me use my phone. I had fun tweeting the whole time about the DNC and crooked Hillary and Obama and fake news and everything.
I had a blast making America great again! It's what I do.