Trumpcare 2.0 – They are trying to sneak it quietly through the Senate
From Reuters and other sources emerges: “Democratic” Senators criticize the closed-door meetings that Republicans have been holding to craft a replacement for Obamacare (as you know, even worse than Obamacare). They are calling for open committee hearings and more time to consider the bill before a Senate vote, which Republicans say could come in the next two weeks, although a draft bill has yet to emerge publicly. Continue reading
For your weekend enjoyment:
The Humanist Report gives a good treatment of Bernie’s New Budget Criticism (13 min):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie Sanders Goes H.A.M. on Trump’s Budget Director”)
Jordan Chariton debunks some Hillarite myths (the idea: force Dem apparatchiks to face reality and do honest politics) (10 min):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Hillary Slams DNC After They Rigged Primary For Her!”)
Anti-Science Schooling and Taking My Slaves Away = Taking Away My Freedom (7 min):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Kids Will Now Take “Anti-Science” Classes”)
Tulsi has balls (pun possibly intended) (17 min):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Tulsi Gabbard Refuses Bribes & An Acknowledgement of Sanders’ Influence”)
Millennials are FLEEING The Republican Party In Droves (12 min):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Millennials are FLEEING The Republican Party In Droves”)
Bernie Sanders VS John Kasich (R)! (5/17/17) FULL DEBATE… Both almost agreeing on people deserving to be treated as people rather than commodities or obstacles as the neoliberals and neocons tend to do (55 min):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie Sanders VS John Kasich! (5/17/17) FULL DEBATE”)
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The Congressional Budget Office has finally caught up with estimating the damages of the Trumpcare 2.0 bill rammed through the House of Representatives and waiting for Senate approval: 23 million will lose health coverage. The bill will also cut $834 billion from Medicaid, which will threaten access to long-term care benefits, hike premiums for older Americans by as much as five times, and all that while giving the wealthiest Americans the lion’s share of a lavish $663 billion tax break for the wealthy! Continue reading
The first nine minutes in this RT episode nicely illuminate the entire point of Trumpcare (1.0 and 2.0) but also asks why this isn’t common knowledge:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “GOP Willing to Kill Americans For Tax Cuts To Rich Donors”) Continue reading
Editor’s Note: As I keep saying, I don’t live in a left-right or conservative-liberal mental cage. I fight against injustice and human predators, against a parasitic establishment and for the people — in other words for what is right. I believe that, if we put aside petty differences (like party divisions) and accept basic human ethics and common sense as a shared norm, most of us will agree on most major issues. A case in point: on Friday, I argued from my often labeled-as-“leftist” position against the mass-murdering Trumpcare 2.0 and for the morally and economically sound Medicare for All. Today, we have a guest appearance of someone arguing for Medicare for All from a right-wing position. — Dirk Droll
So, without further ado, here is Jon Saltzman’s argument for universal healthcare, first published 05-04-2017 on Political Storm and reprinted here with his permission:
Your definition of long matters in this. To wit:
- As they proved again yesterday, the corrupt crooks which crowd Congress will not relent on their unending schemes to squeeze ever more wealth from us – the people – for themselves and their corporate friends — until we replace them. Replacing them won’t happen overnight. (But we better strain for it!)
- We not only need to try and stop every latest screw the corporate politicians turn (like Trumpcare 2.0 right now), but we must make Medicare for All a reality to join all our peer nations in complete healthcare coverage, not just healthcare for some, as we have been having the whole time in our (in this respect) backward country.
… and anybody with serious conditions moved into state-run special high-risk pools which assuredly will be underfunded and too expensive to join as in prior such experiments. If you have been reading this blog, you know all about that. It will also allow insurance plans to increase costs by as much as 500 percent for Americans ages 50 to 64. And it may not stop there – some provisions of the new proposal allow states to set the age ratio (the percentage insurers can increase costs based on a patient’s age) as high as they like, thereby letting insurers in those states charge an unlimited “age tax” on older Americans. Continue reading
… and keep pushing Medicare for All!
Remember me calculating very conservatively that by next year alone 13,000 people would die from Trumpcare? Remember me warning you that Trumpcare 2.0 was on the horizon, adding to the above death toll the abolition of the pre-existing conditions protection we have finally enjoyed for the last few years, thereby making us all vulnerable to the heist of paying for insurance all our lives and being barred from receiving healthcare benefits as soon as we really need them?
Well, the move against us is being made now, and here is a petition to voice our protest: Continue reading
As you know, there is a debate raging in Washington over the future of Social Security — some lawmakers are calling for strengthening and boosting benefits while others wish to cut and privatize Social Security. (privatize = limit retirement and health care protection to the already well-off but also expose it to heists and losses at Wall Street, if you ask me)
One issue that comes up and is well known is COLA. You can brush up on it in these two articles: Why Your Social Security Check Isn’t Keeping Up With Your Costs, Big gap between Social Security cost-of-living adjustment and retiree inflation
To help its fight for our Social Security, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare wants to hear from you what YOU want to happen.
… children die:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “We Demand Better”)
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