Time to Rename GOP Health Bill #TrumpDontCare

June 28, 2017

By Karen

Because he doesn’t, never has. Donald Trump has no clue what’s in the Senate’s “Better Care Reconciliation Act.” Ditto the House’s “American Health Care Act.” He never read either bill because this is how he reads, according to Reuters

“Conversations with some officials who have briefed Trump and others who are aware of how he absorbs information portray a president with a short attention span.

He likes single-page memos and visual aids like maps, charts, graphs and photos.

National Security Council officials have strategically included Trump’s name in ‘as many paragraphs as we can because he keeps reading if he’s mentioned,’ according to one source, who relayed conversations he had with NSC officials.”

But that didn’t stop Trump from hosting a celebration in the Rose Garden after the House bill passed, although it faced certain doom in the Senate.

In naming their bill “Better Care,” I assume Republican senators meant they’re taking better care of millionaires like Trump because they’re reducing his taxes while sticking it to the rest of us by letting health care costs spiral beyond reach for the poor or disabled, children, and older people.

God forbid they should ever focus on the real problem — pharmaceutical companies, medical providers, and insurers charging whatever they want to maximize their profit on sickness and death. To address the root cause of this health care disaster would stop those sweet, sweet lobbyist bribes from flowing into lawmakers’ coffers.

The one thing Trump does know about the existing Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare,” as the GOP likes to disparage it), is that insurers are pulling out of state health insurance exchanges. That’s a fact. But they’re not going bankrupt. They’re just not raking in as much profit as they’d like.

In Trump’s feeble brain, this alone represents “complete disaster” and “melting down,” while he ignores that the law contains provisions people will not give up without a fight, such as no lifetime caps on coverage and not being denied coverage or charged more for pre-existing conditions.

Read how the ACA actually compares to the two Republican bills.

Trump makes his ignorance apparent by never mentioning specifics. During the campaign, he promised “something terrific” that would cover everyone and cost a lot less — without one detail about how he’d do it.

Once in office, he whined that health care is “a lot more complicated” than anybody ever knew. Wrong. Anybody who followed the ACA struggle into existence knew it but TRUMP. Because he didn’t care. It didn’t affect him.

Amazingly, Republicans can’t muster the Senate votes to ram their bill through because a few of them apparently have consciences, so they’re delaying the vote until after the July 4 recess.

Yesterday, Trump ordered, as if they’re his personal serfs, all the Republican senators onto buses to the White House. Spouting nonsense and still showing no idea what he was asking for, Trump just urged them to pass the bill. Watch it here…

http://www.reuters.com/assets/iframe/yovideo?videoId=371976494

The bottom line is #TrumpDontCare about anybody’s health care. He’s exploiting the ignorance of his base on a hot-button issue to cut his own taxes. Then he’ll claim it as a YUGE legislative achievement. It will take some time before the rubes realize Trump betrayed them and they’re worse off than ever.

Democrats, (I’m looking at you, Nancy Pelosi), PLEASE listen to Elizabeth Warren and start pushing for Medicare for All, a single-payer system. It’s the only option left. Channeling premiums now shoveled at health insurers into one government-run system will eliminate most administrative waste. Those savings will pay for actual medical care. A single, strong government entity will have the power to crush the price-gouging of drug companies and medical providers. For-profit health insurance companies will be remembered only as a bad dream we shook off.

It’s a supreme irony that a single-payer system will actually make Trump’s promises of terrific health care for everyone at less cost come true. But I’ll take it anyway.

BONUS: I came across this look at Trump by Carlos Lozada wrote in 2015 after binge-reading eight of Trump’s books. The last line of the piece is particularly revealing about Trump in the White House.


Nasty Women, Let’s Sink Trump

October 25, 2016

By Karen

First, apologies for being MIA lately. I wore myself to a nub staying up many midnights watching this train wreck of an election unfold. So I went to sea last week and kept the TV off until the third debate Oct. 19 and the Al Smith dinner for Catholic charities the following night. Donald Trump didn’t disappoint with his many indefensible remarks.

The world owes Trump gratitude for calling Hillary Clinton “a nasty woman” during the debate. It was galvanizing, coming from a man whose actions and words have been far nastier and degrading to more people than any other candidate in U.S. history.

Even in attempting to fend off charges of groping and lip-locking female strangers, Trump can’t resist using demeaning language like “Look at her!” insinuating that his accusers are so ugly, he’d never touch them, let alone stick his hands up their skirts or his tongue down their throats.

Slathering on more irony, Trump doesn’t get how he failed spectacularly when he trotted out that gaggle of aging women to rehash similar accusations against Bill Clinton.

Since all parties involved are in or near their dotage, it’s been just pathetic. But it serves to reveal that Trump views all women as objects to be used in whatever disgusting way he wishes.

I hope calling Hillary “a nasty woman” drives the decisive nail into Trump’s political coffin. Women must vote against him in droves. Let’s send him back to his golden tower so he can bring the avalanche of ridiculous lawsuits he’s promised against everyone who’s crossed him, including the New York Times and all his female accusers.

Here’s Megyn Kelly (the Fox reporter Trump said “had blood coming out of her whatever”) trying to nail Trump’s hired gun, Kellyanne Conway, on Trump’s unpopularity with women, and this was even BEFORE the Access Hollywood tape, ensuing accusations, and the last two debates.

But Elizabeth Warren stated women’s case against Trump best in New Hampshire yesterday, so let’s watch her…

Warren made other good points about the irrational down-ticket support that continued to cling to Trump even after he repeatedly disgraced himself, so here’s her full speech if you’re interested…


New Blood Sport: Tag-Teaming Trump

June 20, 2016

By Karen

Donald Trump once boasted he could shoot someone and not lose any followers, but shooting off his own mouth has earned him some serious backlash. My new hobby is watching Trump get attacked on all sides.

For the Democrats, Elizabeth Warren, aka “Pocahontas” to Trump, leads the charge. In New Hampshire she called Trump a “thin-skinned, racist bully” and a “small, insecure money-grubber.” In DC, Warren labeled Trump a “loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud” and a “wannabe tyrant.” And she’s just warming up.

Obama criticized with a broad brush “politicians who tweet,” “yap” and have a “dangerous” mindset and “loose talk and sloppiness” when discussing terrorism.

Hillary is trying stay out the mud, but has warned,” Be afraid, be very afraid,” of Trump’s foreign policy ideas. And that electing Trump would be a “historic mistake.” His ideas “aren’t just different, they’re dangerously incoherent… bizarre rants, personal feuds and outright lies. He is not just unprepared, he’s is temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility.”

Trump even managed to go too far with the NRA. After Trump lamented that the victims in the Orlando attack weren’t armed to take out the terrorist, the NRA now insists alcohol and firearms don’t mix (since when?) and that Trump’s opinion “defies common sense.”

By managing to sound nuttier than the NRA’s CEO, Wayne LaPierre, Trump has actually forced the NRA to grow up a little. It tweeted: “Our position is no guns for terrorists — period.”

Nice try, NRA, but too little, too late. Thanks to you, assault weapons are everywhere, readily available, and the preferred tool of homegrown terrorists.

Even some GOP convention delegates are on an “Anybody but Trump” drive, pushing for a “conscience clause” so they won’t have to vote for Trump.

Meanwhile, Paul Ryan and other GOP leadership meekly let Trump tell them to “be quiet” so he can win the election on his own. Their acquiescence in letting that maniac try to take over the country amounts to treason.

I predict that Trump will go down. Maybe not at the convention, but surely after he debates Hillary. She’ll coolly cut him to shreds with facts and policies that make sense, and the touchy orange buffoon will respond with more empty, hyperbolic boasting and personal insults, like an ape hurling verbal feces. It’s Trump’s schtick, and that’s all he’s got.


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