Category: Mitch McConnell

Saturday Political Roundup

Trump v. McConnell-Who will win?

Once happy-Now enemies
Once happy-Now enemies

Donald Trump has renewed his attack on Mitch McConnell saying he should just do his job and get something done on the repeal of Obamacare. His exact words in a Tweet: “Mitch, get back to work and put Repeal & Replace, Tax Reform & Cuts and a great Infrastructure Bill on my desk for signing. You can do it!” T-rump had already criticized McConnell earlier for not getting the job done. Congress has retorted that part of the problem comes from the Oval Office. I know that Republicans have a tendency to be dense, but it would seem that by now they would have realized that the Affordable Care Act is here to stay, in one form or another.

Is your doctor on the take?

One in twelve is receiving money from drug companies marketing prescription opioid medications. This could explain why Donald Trump has just been forced to declare the over-indulgence of opioids a national emergency. “…from 2013 to 2015, 68,177 doctors received more than $46 million in payments from drug companies pushing powerful painkillers.” It seems that family doctors received the most payments and for some people, “It’s very common that the first opioid they’re ever exposed to is from a prescription,” [Scott] Hadland [CDC] said. Biggest push was for  fentanyl, “illicitly manufactured overseas and cut into heroin.”

Phoenix schools punish minority, disabled children at higher rates

The ACLU has recently finished a study on Phoenix area schools confirming what many parents have been saying for years…”Certain schools punish minority students and students with disabilities at disproportionately high rates.” In charter schools, black students are likely to be suspended eight times more often than whites. Hispanic students are six times more likely. Those with disabilities are twice more likely to be suspended. I live in Phoenix and know Arizona is a highly bigoted state; SB-1070, the failed Immigration bill was spawned here under the tutelage of the number one bigot Russell Pearce. Under Republicans, we never seem to learn.

Robert Mueller has organized excellent team to get Donald Trump

A Medium article says, “You can tell a lot about the direction of an investigation by the records of its lawyers.” Anthony Pannullo claims that when you expand the legal team, the scope of the investigation is also expanded. Greg Andres, is “…a former Justice Department lawyer who specialized in unlawful foreign bribery.” Andres is well known for prosecuting members of the Joe Bonanno mob family, and also specializes in targeting economic and white-collar crime. James Quarles was brought in early due to his background in high-profile cases, especially those involving Presidential administrations. Now we wait until Robert Mueller’s jury is in.

 

 

How soon can we dump Mitch McConnell?

How did McConnell win

His current Senate term is up in 2020, and he barely won the last election. A Quora.com reporter says

  • “I’m continuously baffled by his appeal in Kentucky, because the most dyed-in-the-wool Republican would have trouble identifying anything he’s done for the commonwealth. Mitch’s only interests appear to be money and power, both for himself and the Republican Party.”

Angela Stockton wraps up the Mitch McConnell profile in two words, “money” and “power.” Either the people of Kentucky–my birth state, unfortunately–are completely stupid, don’t read the papers nor watch TV, or the voting system is fixed and also under the control of McConnell. I go with the latter.

 

Most disliked member of Senate…probably ever

This from my February 2017 post

“There are several terms used for Mitch McConnell, the most disliked member of the U.S. Senate, but “condescending prick” in The Daily Banter is perhaps one of the best. My favorite is asshole, which is described in the dictionary as, a stupid, mean, or contemptable person. That certainly works for me. But get this, in Kentucky, Rand Paul, the state’s other Senator, has an approval rank of 51%, McConnell only 40%.

“Even Breitbart, an alt-right publication, says he is the most unpopular U.S. Senator with a 52% disapproval rating, only 38% approve. The man is a disgrace to this country.”

 

 

 

Line up a firing squad for McConnell

I did a post back in April exclaiming that Mitch McConnell deserves the firing squad. Here’s how the post went…

“Can you imagine the line that would form to take up a gun in the shooting party? There’s Chuck Schumer to start with, then Elizabeth Warren followed by Barack Obama, most recently John McCain, and most notably himself, if he could be two places at once. There are more, many that hide their real feeling for this political mutant, because he is so powerful and has absolutely no qualms about what he does.

Sen. Chuck Schumer berates McConnell

“Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “No majority leader wants written on his tombstone that he presided over the end of the Senate.” He added…

“Breaking the rules to change the rules is un-American. I just hope the majority leader thinks about his legacy, the future of his party, and, most importantly, the future of our country before he acts.”

 

Mitch McConnell video “Dikipedia”…

Home state newspaper asks McConnell…Why?

Well, the “head obstructionist” didn’t and the last we heard was that there were still rumbles of repeal and replace for Obamacare. One of Kentucky’s own newspapers, the Louisville  Courier-Journal said it best

“Eight years wasted.

Think about how much better off we all would be if during the last eight years the Republicans worked across the aisle to refine Affordable Care Act, crafting improvements that everyone – including Democratic lawmakers – felt were needed. We might have a much better health care system now that would move us forward towards the humane, and very American, goal of affordable and accessible health care for all.

Mitch: I really don’t understand why. You could have been a real hero in all this. What about the people.”

Eileen Arnold

It’s a given. Mitch McConnell must go!

Is America finally ready for Progressives?

IT'S BROKEN
IT’S BROKEN

The Democratic Party has failed miserably over the last several years under people like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reed, even the Barack Obama administration. Its biggest loss was during the ten-year tenure of Debbie Wasserman Schultz as head of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) where she allowed the GOP to make huge inroads into local and state offices. This turned governments across the country conservative. But Wasserman Schultz’s biggest faux pas was her rigging of the 2016 Democratic Primary to insure a win by her buddy, Hillary Clinton, over Progressive, Bernie Sanders. Even this didn’t change the thinking of the DNC as it continues to forge ahead aimlessly.

Progressives haven’t forgotten 2016, nor have they lost sight of Bernie Sanders’ ideology that has brought so many together for a much stronger left. And when I say left, I am no longer talking the traditional Democratic Party that has chosen to remain in the past-left, a period of confusion and disharmony that first lost the U.S. Congress and then the White House. It’s not just that we lost the Oval Office to a Republican, it is the fact that “those” Democrats lost it to Donald Trump, the most incompetent president since…well, probably ever. I know it took an uninformed, perhaps shallow public to help elect the man, but where was the left, the entire left?

Great analogy of Progressives’ progress…

With the failure of the repeal of Obamacare, Progressives feel that the time is right to start their push to reshape Washington back to a government of the people, by the people and for the people. It was even a Republican, Abe Lincoln, who came up with that in his Gettysburg Address. Lincoln also had this to say that I feel describes the deceitful and ruthless Senate head, Mitch McConnell, who has made it his goal, and now downfall, to attempt the repeal of the Affordable Care Act simply because he hates Barack Obama…

  • I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser than he was yesterday.

Sure, the Tea Party has been prominent in its opposition, as well as most conservative Republicans, to Obamacare, but it has been Mitch McConnell’s hatred that has guided this fight for over three years. However, Steven Pearlstein in the Washington Post makes the claim that the Tea Party revolution has ended with Washington returning to “regular order, while at the same time Donald Trump has become a lame-duck president. It was ushered in by the defeat of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Just before this vote, the besieged Jeff Sessions had said, “…he had no intention of acceding to White House requests that he resign and dared the president to fire him.” Mutiny?

In addition, “Trump’s approval rating has shrunk 12 points among evangelicals, 20 points among the working class, and eight points in rural areas,” according to The Brookings Institution. Progressives can take advantage of these weaknesses in 2016, that is, if Democrats don’t get in the way. That is the problem as you can see in the following Dems’ mentality…

  • “In the hours after the repeal push stalled, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) suggested that Republicans “sit down and trade ideas” with Democrats. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suggested that Republicans fully fund subsidies for current ACA exchange plans — money that President Trump frequently threatens to cut off.”

Progressives don’t buy this and don’t want to negotiate with the GOP since history tells us it’s futile and you would think this had gotten through to these old hard-liners by now. But it hasn’t and many think it never will so the answer is a new wing to the left consisting of a new hard-line of liberals that know what they want and are willing to do what is necessary to get it. The compromise lesson actually came in 2010 when Democrats lost control of the House and learned that the only good Republicans are those in a minority situation. Trump’s plunge in popularity–which still has over a year to sink–could be one of the necessary factors in the Progressive revolution.

 

Sunday Political Roundup

Lawmakers put Trump in his place

Okay, here’s the summary from The Washington Post: Congress “…passed legislation to stop him from lifting sanctions on Russia. They recoiled at his snap decision to ban transgender Americans from the military. And they warned him in no uncertain terms not to fire the attorney general or the special counsel investigating the president and his aides.” Rep. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa said he wouldn’t hold hearings to replace Jeff Sessions and would seek legislation to prevent Trump from firing Robert Mueller. Not an all-out mutiny yet but Sen. Lindsey Graham’s comment was provocative saying T-rump has gone, “…way beyond what’s acceptable in a rule-of-law nation.”

Reince Priebus fired because…who the hell knows?

Is it because he’s had run-ins with Donald Trump loyalists, the most recent the new Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci? U.S. News says his downfall has been predicted from the beginning; said he had nine lives. He’ll be replaced with Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, according to The Washington Post. Priebus was considered an “establishment Republican” by other T-rump advisers where there has been “friction with some of Trump’s inner-circle loyalists.” Was Priebus fired because of the failure of Trump’s healthcare plans, or is it the fact that Trump’s complete agenda has gone nowhere so far? Kelly says he can fix it but I seriously doubt it.

They’re already asking for Mitch McConnell’s head

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell

And I hope they get it, on a silver platter. Mo Brooks, a Republican congressman from Alabama who is running for a Senate seat said, “If I were Mitch McConnell, I would resign,” commenting further blaming the “…party’s internal dysfunction squarely on McConnell.” Precisely what my thoughts have been for years. Anyone who would pursue the repeal of Obamacare just because he admittedly hates Barack Obama is not fit to be a U.S. Senator. And all of this at a time when 53% of the American public want to keep the program. McConnell has conducted his slimy politics for as long as I can remember. Now is the time to rid the Senate of this sleazeball.

Blue Dog Coalition back and planning to win

They are a part of the Democratic Caucus that has been quiet since Republicans swept the House in 2010. Both moderate and conservative, they claim their ideology is the key to success in 2018. As a minority in the Democratic coalition–only 18 members–they are in competition with the centrist New Democrat Coalition which claims 61 members and more liberal. Rep. Keith Ellison, a leading Progressive and deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee said, “I just don’t buy the premise that being on the right side of the Democratic Party makes you more advantageous, more attractive to voters, than being on the left side of the Democratic Party.” I agree!

Poor baby Trump didn’t get his way on healthcare bill

In lieu of the repeal of Obamacare, Donald Trump has, “…threatened to end federal subsidies for healthcare insurance for Congress as well as the rest of the country.” This maniac is beginning to sound like Mitch McConnell, who also went down in flames in this ridiculous battle against…Barack Obama. The former President must be looking back now and marveling over how such a conglomeration of morons can make such a mess of the country he had managed to pull out of the depths of Republican chaos. Experts say, “Such a move could cause havoc and much higher premiums in insurance markets.” All to appease the Oval Office lunatic.

Sunday Political Roundup

Humans have generated one billion elephants worth of plastic

Plastic waste

How many elephants does it take to make a trash dump? In a recent global analysis of plastic production and use in the world, it was found that “Humans have generated one billion elephants worth of plastic.” What this amounts to in tonnage is 8.3 billion metric tons, also equal to 80 million blue whales, 822,000 Eiffel Towers, or 25-thousand Empire State buildings. This is as frightening as it is bizarre, because the question arises, what the hell do we do with it? Here’s another alarming fact, “…fish eat plastic in the ocean, we eat the fish and it creeps into every corner of the ecosystem – we end up slowly consuming more plastic both literally and figuratively.” Are we doomed?

LGBT activist Tim Gill: Punish Christians for persecution

It’s time to punish the wicked, but not the kind you think. Tim Gill, 63-year-old Colorado resident, made the statement in the course of his $400 million pro-LGBT social reform causes expressing his displeasure at the “religious right” who have made an issue out of same-sex marriage. Gill doesn’t think the 2015 Supreme Court ruling got the job done. In 2016, Gill set up a foundation known as the Gill Foundation and vows to “spend every last dollar in the foundation’s coffers in pursuit of full equality.” If this can be considered on a level with racism, well, how far have we come from the Civil Rights Law of 1964? Not very far.

Betsy DeVos adds ideologue nickname to idiot

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten really leveled on Trump’s education head, Betsy DeVos saying she was an “…“ideologue who wants to destabilize and privatize the public schools that millions of Americans value and rely upon.” DeVos, a billionaire, jumped right into her new job and began to talk the conservative talk, privatization. Trump and DeVos are pushing school choice but Weingarten said the term “choice” decades ago was “used to cloak overt racism by segregationist politicians like Harry Byrd, who launched the massive opposition to the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. It’s all about big business.

Liberals don’t like Trump or his supporters

I agree wholeheartedly with Aaron Blake of the Washington Post that, “Liberals don’t just hate President Trump; lots of them don’t even like the idea of being in the company of his supporters.” I’ve been there and they can be nice people until…the subject of T-rump comes up. Then, they turn into some kind of…thingamajig, yeah, that’s it thingamajig, or simply…baffling. I know educated people who believe in this man, some friends for years, yet, with the Trump label they have turned into something inexplainable. The WP documents a new Pew Research survey on the subject calling it the “…latest indicator of our remarkably tribal and partisan politics.”

If he dumps Mueller, impeach him

Donald Trump dumped FBI Dir. James Comey just when he was getting close to breaking the Russian investigation. Now he’s after Robert Mueller, the special investigator for T-rump’s Russian connections. If the Republican Congress allows this without initiating impeachment proceedings, partisan politics has finally replaced our democracy. On Saturday we find out Trump is launching “…an all-out assault on the federal investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia. Mark Corallo, spokesman for Trump’s outside legal team resigned “…because of his discomfort with the president’s strategy of attacking Mueller’s integrity. Strange, the word integrity should come up.

Slimeball Senate head lies about his healthcare bill again

This is almost unbelievable but the Congressional Budget Office reports that under Mitch McConnell’s Senate healthcare bill, deductibles “…could get so high they’re actually more than the poorest Americans earn.” Once again, bottom-feeder McConnell has lied to the American public because “Obamacare guards against this by setting a limit on how much people can spend on healthcare on out-of-pocket expenses.” The higher deductibles my make sense for those in middle income and higher brackets, but for those at or below the poverty level, it can be a back breaker. This is just one more in a string of lies spun by Mitch McConnell to sell his  Better Care Reconciliation Act. Pathetic!

Saturday Political Roundup

U.S. a laughing stock…again

Donald Trump, the man the world is laughing at

According too the former U.S ethics chief, the U.S. is “close to being a laughing stock.” I think he means “sill is.” Walter Shaub said,“Misuse of position is really the heart of the ethics program, and the internationally accepted definition of corruption is abuse of entrusted power.” Apparently Donald Trump fits this profile perfectly, something Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller agrees with.  Shaub has been at odds with T-rump and recently resigned six months before the end of his term. Shaub claims, “It undermines the government ethics program by casting doubt on the integrity of government decision making.” How long will the international community give us?

Censored White House hearings

No cameras allowed once again at the White House Press briefing by Sean Spicer. The last on-camera White House briefing was on June 29. Legislation was introduced recently by Conn. Rep. Jim Himes that would require the White House to hold at least two video news conferences a week. Poor baby Spicer felt abused by the media, but made no mention of the numerous gaffes he has made. Maybe that’s why he resigned; an angry departure, which caught even senior West Wing staffers by surprise. Sarah Huckabee Sanders replaces Spicer, with Donald Trump naming Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director.

Vice President Pence lies like a…Trump

Like President, like Vice President when it comes to the spewing of lies and misinformation. Speaking at the recent National Governors Association meeting in Providence, R.I., talking about the failed Senate healthcare bill, Mike Pence listed Ohio as having 60,000 disabled citizens are stuck on Medicaid waiting lists. Pence also flaunted block grants as a positive feature of the GOP’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), plus stating “The bill actually rolls back restrictions on waivers, giving states the ability to stabilize your insurance markets. In fact, both are false and/or misleading. The speech was filled with nothing but disinformation.

John McCain has brain cancer

John McCain, the Republican Sen. from Arizona has been diagnosed with brain cancer. I have disagreed with McCain lots of times, especially on his vacillation on immigration, but I wish the senior Senator from my state the best in his recovery. The outlook isn’t good with Mayo Clinic saying doctors diagnosed a tumor called a glioblastoma and the prognosis for this kind of cancer is generally poor. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) survived less than 15 months. WP says “McCain’s absence would also deprive the Senate of its moral conscience on many key issues.” McCain was given the name of “maverick” in the Senate, which I respect.

Saudi girl flaunts mini-skirt

A Saudi young woman has been arrested in Riyadh for wearing a mini-skirt in public, which, according to the authorities, flagrantly violates the kingdom’s conservative Islamic dress code. Even in Saudi Arabia, we might expect some progress in womens’ human rights, especially for half the population. The woman is filmed walking around the desert region of Najd, where many of Saudi Arabia’s most conservative tribes and families are from, so it is obvious she has a point to make. Don’t know if she got her wish but the Saudi police did arrest her due to the strict gender segregation rules and other restrictions on women. By the way, the woman had the body for a mini-skirt.

Obamacare just won”t go away

The Senate can’t repeal Obamacare because its programs are popular with the American public. Purely and simply this is a vicious vendetta against Barack Obama by Sen. head, Mitch McConnell, with a bunch of his brainless minions and other misguided Republicans supporting him. If we didn’t have level headed Republicans in the Senate like Susan Collin from Maine and Ron Johnson, Wisconsin, the Senate simpleton would have taken away the healthcare of over 30 million people. There are many in government and the private sector who say this would be devastating to the economy. Meaning, McConnell cares more about revenge than he does about his country

Obamacare YES? or Obamacare NO?

Latest Timeline for McConnell’s Senate healthcare bill

The Washington Post came up with a Monday timeline on the progress of Mitch McConnell’s healthcare bill that he has proposed to replace the Affordable Healthcare Act. As everyone knows by now, Senate leader McConnell hates Barack Obama so much he is willing to dismantle or repeal Obamacare, even when 53% of the public indicated they wanted to keep it as late as mid-2017. The man is the worst kind of example of what the Congress of the United States has become. Incompetent do-nothings who use their office primarily to benefit themselves and to push a radical conservative ideology. McConnell’s treatment of Obamacare is a shining example.

Early in the morning on Monday, Arizona Senator John McCain commented for the WP Timeline, “I think my view is it’s probably going to be dead.” Still early, Donald Trump gave Congress something of an ultimatum to get healthcare done. T-rump followed up…

  •  “I cannot imagine that Congress would dare to leave Washington without a beautiful new HealthCare bill fully approved and ready to go!”

Republican Sen. Susan Collins wants to work with Democrats

It was around noon that Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, made the statement saying that it was time that the GOP and Democrats worked together to fix healthcare. And then there were Republican protesters outside Republican politicians’ offices across the country venting their anger. Apparently, Mitch McConnell doesn’t know when he has lost and continues to tweak a bill that most agree has no chance to pass. Vice President Mike Pence, in his usual out in left field remarks said that “…Republicans might have to resort to a straightforward repeal of Obama’s law…” Something most know is no longer likely to happen.

Senate bill would lead to 15 million fewer Medicaid enrollees by 2026

One of the major concerns of the public is what the Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) will do to Medicaid. The CBO estimates that it would lead to 15 million fewer Medicaid enrollees by 2026, compared to Obamacare. But McConnell, in his usual double-dealing approach, claims the Senate’s health-care proposal won’t lead to cuts in Medicaid. For this misleading statement just to sell his piece of shit, McConnell gets 3 Pinocchios from WP’s Fact Checker. But if the BCRA isn’t going anywhere, what’s next? Still plodding, McConnell says he will have the revised version of the healthcare bill today, while delaying Congress’ recess to third week in August.

Rep. Sen. Ron Johnson says McConnell handling of healthcare bill a political blunder

But Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, said the whole mess was a political blunder by Mitch McConnell due to the fact that he conducted the health care debate as a partisan, all-Republican effort. His actual comment: “It’s just not smart politically.” Indicating to me that Senate head McConnell isn’t the crafty tactician both he and his GOP caucus thought he was. If you want a true characterization of this bigot, he can be described as a hateful racist who used his position of power to try and destroy a piece of legislation that more than half the country favors, just because of a psychopathic contempt for Barack Obama, in part because he is black.

50 votes needed to advance bill not there

Considering the chaos within the ideology of the Republican party, it is pretty certain that they will never get the 50 votes needed to move the bill forward. And now here comes GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah with yet another healthcare bill that has begun to divide the Republican caucus members in their support on Tuesday. There are some connections to Obamacare but the bill is obviously not ready for introduction yet. This was Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s depiction of the Senate’s healthcare bill…

  • “The GOP strategy to pass the bill, he said, is ‘the kitchen sink right now — they’re just throwing more money at everything.’”

It should be noted that Paul’s promise to his constituents was to repeal Obamacare. How long have these dullards been trying to do this with absolutely no success?

 

 

 

Trump threatens Dean Heller on GOP healthcare vote

T-rump continues to sink below the level of the bottom of the barrel with his most recent move against Dean Heller re. his opposition to the Republican’s healthcare bill. “America First Policies, a White House-backed outside group led by the president’s top campaign advisers, has launched a $1 million attack against Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.).” A Twitter ad accused Heller of “standing with” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and there was more….

“Unacceptable,” the video says. “If you’re opposed to this bill, we’re opposed to you.” [the latter meaning Heller.]

There is even talk of America First Policies expanding its advertising campaign, which is focused on both “…punishing Heller and at swaying his vote, and it is a stunning act of political retaliation against a member of the president’s own party.” T-rump has been concentrating on his Russian problem so much, he has neglected the GOP healthcare plan, leaving his dirty work to the Trump PAC. By zeroing in on Dean Heller, Trump and America First Policies is telling all Republican Senators how they had “better” vote on the bill. Republican National Committee chief of staff Katie Walsh said…

“For the greater part of a decade the GOP has promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, taken dozens of votes to do so, now, with the ability to keep that promise on the horizon, legislators are wavering,” Walsh said. “Sen. Heller’s decision to walk away is unacceptable and sends the wrong message to the rest of the senators who are still working to get to ‘yes.”

On the other hand, America First Policies has pissed off Mitch McConnell with its threat against Dean Heller, a Republican, because his is a vulnerable seat and the Democrats will do everything in their power to elect their candidate. Apparently neither Trump nor the PAC gave McConnell nor anyone in the GOP any idea of what their plans were, so it came as a complete surprise, particularly to Senator Heller. With his reelection obviously on the line now, it remains to be seen if he will cave to pressure, but he did say he felt it would be very hard for him to come up with a “yes” vote.

The Trump/Heller divisiveness goes back before the 2016 election. In trying to win over Capitol Hill Republicans, including the Nevada Senator, Dean Heller made it perfectly clear, “…that he was no fan of the GOP nominee.” As a matter of fact…

“Heller was quoted as saying he had no intention of voting for Trump. Trump has since made clear to top advisers he doesn’t view the Nevadan as an ally, said two people close to the president.”

In addition to the five Republican Senators who have voiced their opposition to the healthcare bill, there is Susan Collins who said on ABC’s This Week, that…

“…she has “serious concerns” about the legislation as written and wants to see the Congressional Budget Office’s official score.”

The report is out and the Senate Republican healthcare bill will result in 22 million people losing their health insurance.

And it’s not good for older Americans, age 50 to 64; those fourteen years before being eligible for Medicare could result in increased insurance costs, all of which has been negotiated secretly behind closed doors. Here’s what the bill does to that age group…

“AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond says the Senate bill imposes an “Age Tax” on older adults, which would allow insurance companies to charge older Americans five times more for coverage than everyone else and cuts the tax credits that help make insurance more affordable.”

AARP is also concerned about millions of low income Americans, and also children and adults that have disabilities. LeaMond said…

“The proposed Medicaid cuts would leave millions, including our most vulnerable seniors, at risk of losing the care they need and erode seniors’ ability to live in their homes and communities.”

What all this distinctly means is that Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have absolutely no compassion for anyone but rich Americans and corporate America. The Senate healthcare bill is a fraud and Congress knows it. But what matters most to Mitch McConnell is his hate for Barack Obama, therefore Obamacare. That is what this is all about.

California passes health bill U.S. Congress should follow

Yes…That’s Mitch McConnell

The California Senate has sent to the House Assembly a Universal Health Care bill that will cover every Californian. Shades of Bernie Sanders who ran for President on the same issue, a health care plan that would have covered all Americans. He lost in the Democratic primary, and Hillary Clinton failed miserably in her attempt to beat Donald Trump. It was Trump’s intent from the beginning to dump the Affordable Care Act with the help of Senate head, Mitch McConnell who provokes the following comments on the Internet…

Why does everyone hate Mitch McConnell?
It’s hard not to hate Mitch McConnell.
People like Bernie Sanders, hate Mitch McConnell.
Obama Obstruction Has Made Mitch McConnell America’s Most Hated Politician.
Mitch McConnell is the most unpopular Senator.

These comments come from a number of news sources reflecting the opinions of voters throughout the United States, many in McConnell’s district. And the list goes on and on, but with one constant denominator, Mitch McConnell is despicable. I wouldn’t dwell on this issue except that it is this contemptible man that is trying to destroy Obamacare and replace it with a health care system that favors the wealthy, insurers, pharmaceutical companies, corporations, and the average insured individual be damned. And this is because Mitch McConnell, a known racist, hated Barack Obama. It’s the little man’s way of getting back at the former President who won his second term in spite of McConnell’s hate campaign.

California’s new health care system will be a government run program replacing the Affordable Healthcare Act, or whatever a Republican Congress comes up with. “Senate Bill 562 will finally enable California to cover all of its residents, creating a healthier and stronger state,” said Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, in the Sacramento Bee. Here’s further description…

“Under the plan, government would negotiate prices with doctors, hospitals and other providers, acting as the ‘single payer’ for everyone’s health care in the place of insurance companies. All Californians would receive coverage regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.”

There is considerable concern over how to pay for the California plan and, “Cost has been an insurmountable road block for similar attempts to create a universal health care system in California in the past.” It has been estimated by Amherst researchers, commissioned by The California Nurses Association, that the cost could be $331 billion, but less than the $400 billion the Senate forecast in May. The nurses also came up with…

“…$225 billion in existing federal and state funding used for health coverage for low-income Californians, as well as other tax subsides, to help pay the tab.”

Lawmakers themselves suggest creating…

“…two new taxes in the state: a 2.3 percent gross tax on businesses revenue above $2 million and a 2.3 percent general sales tax on everything except housing, utilities, groceries and other necessities.”

So far, all the moves seem the very least that can be done to insure that all the citizens of California are covered for health care. But, this all runs counter to the move by the GOP to dump Obamacare and thrust their own version of health care on the American public. However, even fellow Republicans have put a hitch in Mitch McConnell’s plans in a report by The Hill

“The Senate healthcare bill had a rocky rollout on Thursday as Republican senators complained it doesn’t do enough to repeal ObamaCare or lower healthcare costs.”

Some on the radical right of the Senate think the new bill does not go far enough in anti-Obamacare changes. Moderates, on the other hand are “…concerned about the bill’s impact on constituents enrolled in Medicaid.” Susan Collins, another moderate, and perhaps the most sensible republican in Congress, criticized the fact that the bill will “…rein in Medicare costs starting in 2025 by imposing indexing it to a lower inflation measure than what House Republicans used in their bill…”

“It is lower than the cost of medical inflation and would translate into literally billions of dollars of cuts and that would mean states would be faced with very unpalatable cases of restricting eligibility or allowing rural hospitals to go under,” she said in a statement.

It is obvious that Republicans will never even consider a California-style bill; it’s much too sophisticated for GOP minds. But all of this points to one thing: U.S. voters are fast tiring of the same old Republican tactics favoring the wealthy and corporate America and will rush to put the record straight in 2018.

 

 

 

 

Mitch McConnell deserves the firing squad

The McConnell maniac at work

Can you imagine the line that would form to take up a gun in the shooting party? There’s Chuck Schumer to start with, then Elizabeth Warren followed by Barack Obama, most recently John McCain, and most notably himself, if he could be two places at once. There are more, many that hide their real feeling for this political mutant, because he is so powerful and has absolutely no qualms about what he does. As long as it furthers Mitch McConnell’s sick agenda. I realize my proposal is cold-heartened, of course undoable, but I wonder how many Americans would join me in this?

Most of you know that I am an advocate of gun control and solidly against gun violence, but this scenario seems fitting for McConnell who in 2016, “…cut the legs out from a bipartisan effort to keep suspected terrorists from buying guns.” Meaning simply that U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, is in favor of terrorists being able to acquire guns in this country. Say what you want, but that’s the only way to define it. I know it all sounds bizarre but this is the way the mind of this deranged individual works. To take it even further, you wonder how long before he just becomes fruit loops.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “No majority leader wants written on his tombstone that he presided over the end of the Senate.” He added…

“Breaking the rules to change the rules is un-American. I just hope the majority leader thinks about his legacy, the future of his party, and, most importantly, the future of our country before he acts.”

But these aren’t the words of Chuck Schumer. They were delivered “…in 2013, by then-Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), when Democrats pushed through a similar filibuster change for lesser nominations.” It just illustrates once again how muttonhead McConnell will do anything, no matter its damage to the country, to get what he wants. Washington Post writer Dana Milbank wants Mitch McConnell’s tombstone to read, “…that he presided over the end of the Senate.” Milbank wants to also say this…

“’He broke America.’ No man has done more in recent years to undermine the functioning of U.S. government. His has been the epitome of unprincipled leadership, the triumph of tactics in service of short-term power.”

I’m just waiting to see his tombstone.