Trump’s Revealing Behavior on Health Care

March 27, 2017

By Karen

Last week’s health care debacle highlighted Donald Trump as the quintessential man-baby. Now I think I know why Ivanka’s got an office in the West Wing. SOMEBODY’S got to change the diapers.

During the campaign, Trump claimed he would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on “Day One.” It would be easy. He had “something terrific” and cheaper in mind to cover everybody, and we’d all be very, very happy.

The fool didn’t realize he was describing the single-payer system Bernie Sanders advocates, also known as HR 676.

So why did Trump’s terrific idea never get mentioned last week? He offered NOTHING but vague, untrue promises, and even proclaimed at one point his amazement at how complicated health care is.

He was useless while Paul Ryan crafted an ACA replacement bill, and the result was disastrous. Had it passed and voters realized how deeply it shafted them, making health insurance drastically more expensive and doing nothing to improve medical care, they’d have descended en masse on Washington with torches and pitchforks, demanding heads.

Trump seemed oblivious to potential voter outrage that would surely sink him, if Russia doesn’t first.

Fortunately, congressional Republicans themselves balked. Some were repulsed by the bill’s inherent cruelty in stripping people of what coverage they now have, but others opposed the bill because it wasn’t backward-thinking and punishing enough.

While not having a clue as to what the bill meant, Trump spent a few days stamping his feet and demanding everyone vote for it because that’s what he wanted. If they didn’t, he’d do something mean to them. That’s his “art” of making deals.

Trump’s ignorance rendered him incapable of negotiating compromise on any point in the bill, and he changed no minds.

When his sheer bullying didn’t work, Trump dodged the humiliation of seeing the bill get crushed by having Ryan pull it before the vote and shelve it indefinitely.

With his now-expected spite, Trump immediately dismissed health care reform, saying he’ll let the ACA “explode.”

So much for his campaign promises to make his supporters’ lives better.

Instead of pouting, he could now try to correct the ACA’s deficiencies. Or, even better, he could roll out “Medicare for All,” the single-payer system he touted as a candidate. It’s already up and running, and redirecting the billions insurance companies now pocket as profit could finance its expansion.

Instead, Trump is letting insurers continue to be leeches, sucking subsidies from the government while charging people too much for high-deductible health insurance that pays for precious little medical care.

Trump’s an overgrown baby, grabbing at whatever shiny toy Steve Bannon dangles before him. Last week it was health care. This week, he’s on a tear to resurrect the coal industry by rolling back water protection and reviving air pollution because he thinks coal mines are neat.

Like any infant who hasn’t learned the concept of consequences, he’s making coal miners’ environment even deadlier while doing nothing to improve access to health care, and he thinks he’s doing them a favor.

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Donald Trump, the GOP’s Face – and Hairball

August 4, 2015

By Cole

Last week, the Quinnipiac poll showed Donald Trump ahead of the GOP pack by 7 points. He polled at 20%, with his next closest rival, Scott Walker, at 13%.

This week, CBS’ poll put Trump in the lead with 24%, followed by Jeb Bush at 13%.

When Trump calls Mexican criminals and rapists, conservatives are eating it up, now that their bigotry toward blacks became un-PC since the Charleston massacre and weekly unjustifiable shootings by white police officers.

And then the Supreme Court took away another target of their hatred by legalizing same-sex marriage across the board. What to do, what to do?

Thank God for Trump. He came along and told them who it’s OK to hate now.

Trump, who has never held office, insults and belittles his fellow contenders, many duly elected senators and governors. Trump calls them weak and stupid, and the Republicans who love it ELECTED these politicians Trump now disses.

There’s no such thing as hypocrisy in the GOP playbook.

In the CBS poll, 79% of Republican voters think Trump isn’t afraid to speak his mind, the highest by far of any candidate.

True, Donald Trump will fill anyone’s ears with the mental diarrhea that continually dribbles from his pie hole. He and Rush Limp Paw have that in common.

If there’s one good thing to say about Trump, it’s that he can self-finance his campaign, if he does it. He won’t owe hand jobs to any fat cats, as his fan-boy Ted Cruz would after his PAC raked in $15 million from just two brothers in Texas, Farris and Dan Wilks.

Most of the others, on both sides, are just as bad. Campaigning has become so outrageously expensive, it’s next to impossible NOT to sell your soul.

The most unfortunate thing about Donald Trump is not his arrogance and egotism. It’s that his obnoxious persona probably masks a very little man. He bullies and retaliates against anyone who dares to criticize him to divert attention from what a pathetic, empty shell he really is.

He claims he’d make Mexico pay to construct our wall along the border. He’ll have Mexicans loving him for creating jobs. He knows how to wipe ISIS out of existence. He can bring China, Putin, and the rest of the world to heel.

All these big promises from a man who can’t face hair loss, even though he’s got plenty of company with men his age and there’s absolutely no shame in it.

Trump would rather have comedians ritually savage him every day of his life than let the world see the real him.

Bernie Sanders doesn’t give a rat’s ass about age or baldness, and he draws crowds that could eat Trump’s audiences for breakfast.

Denial is the real tragedy of Donald Trump. If he presented himself with authentic honesty, balding, straight-talking, and financially self-sustaining, he wouldn’t need to play the bully and might have a shot at being the next president.

But as long as he keeps that matted hairball glued to the top of his head, he’s a buffoon whose poll numbers must only reflect his pure entertainment value because, surely, even Republicans can’t be that dumb.


Obama’s “Mission Accomplished” Moment

April 2, 2014

By Karen

After how it haunted George W. Bush, you’d think President Obama would be wary of claiming a premature victory, but no. Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.

In spite of myriad obstacles his breathtakingly incompetent administration created (WHY, after the website debacle, does Kathleen Sebelius still have a job?), 7.1 million Americans managed to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

If nothing else, their patience speaks volumes about the dire state of medical care in this country.

And Obama and Biden are gloating. Watch them, if you haven’t just eaten.

Anecdotal evidence is that, in some states, people are getting much-needed medical care with government-subsidized health insurance, and that’s fantastic. But for those of us in states where Republicans worked overtime to sink this law, and who earn just enough to qualify as middle class, there’s no joy in Mudville.

My premiums have gone up, my deductible is still high, and my coverage is no better, except I think the lifetime cap may be gone. But who cares? If I ever get sick enough to test that, I’ll be half-dead anyway.

It’s a matter of time before the horror stories start — and some already have — from people who discover they’ve been duped. They can’t keep their doctor because their policy’s super-narrow network excludes him.

They can’t get medications they need because the policy excludes them.

And they can’t get leading-edge treatments at the facility that offers them because it’s out of network.

Obama gave insurers 4 years to exploit every loophole to their advantage, and they did.

And it’s only a matter of time before we start reading that insurer profits are breaking all previous records. They’ve just been handed 7.1 million more victims customers and a steady stream of government subsidies.

Watching Obama crow about insurance is stomach-turning. He’s thrown us all under the bus to enrich insurers who were already raking in billions in profit that doesn’t buy a penny’s worth of medical care, and he’s delighted.

I can’t tell you how much I hate siding with Republicans on this, but Obama’s “mission” on healthcare is hardly “accomplished,” and he’s going to find out soon enough — unfortunately, at our, and probably the Democrats’, expense.

Universal healthcare, with its economies of scale, is the ONLY way to ensure that the max of what we invest in healthcare actually buys medical care. The system (it’s called Medicare) is already in place. Just expand it to let the rest of us in. If all the premiums we’re squandering on sustaining insurance companies were channeled into it, it would thrive. Exclusions and network constraints would disappear. Employers could end the expense and hassle of insuring workers. Workers wouldn’t be stuck in jobs they hate because of health insurance.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders agrees that access to medical care should be a right of all Americans, and he’s introduced the American Health Security Act of 2013 to get us there, which the Affordable Care Act never will.

It deserves a serious look.


Congress Makes Health Insurers’ Christmas Merry

December 18, 2009

By Yul

Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) tried to introduce a bill for single-payer healthcare to Congress, only 700 pages, compared to that 2,000-page monstrosity Harry Reid loves.

Why so short? Because Sanders omitted 1,300 pages of loopholes to protect drugmakers, insurers, and every other leech feeding off the healthcare system.

Republicans killed Sanders’ bill by calling for all 700 pages to be read before debate began. Nobody could sit through it, not even Sanders. In his withdrawal speech, he ripped everybody a new one.

And whiny Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) became the tail that wagged the dog to protect his insurance cronies, single-handedly killing the chances of Medicare or an affordable public option for people 55-64.

Merry Christmas, Hartford insurers! Keep those bribes coming!

And some joker named Ben Nelson from Nebraska is trying to make it all about abortion to keep women barefoot and pregnant.

At every turn, Reid and Obama just cave and say, “OK, we’ll just cross out whatever you don’t like.”

So far, nobody’s screamed to cut perks for the industries that created this mess. In fact, drugmakers just got the ban on foreign imports continued so the sky’s the limit on drug prices.

Merry Christmas, Eli Lilly!

Have you noticed how quiet the insurance lobby has been lately? That’s the sound of gloating. Insurers will find 30+ million new customers to bilk under their Christmas tree. And as fast as Congress can backpedal to prohibit insurers’ heinous discriminatory practices that will kill and financially ruin more Americans than ever, insurers will stay one step ahead with new ones. They always do.

The only way to fix people’s insurance problems is to eliminate insurers. Until Obama and Congress admit it, there’s no fix for healthcare.


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