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While everyone’s watching the fallout from James Comey’s testimony about Donald Trump trying to put the kibosh on the Michael Flynn investigation, Senate Republicans keep toiling away in the dark on their version of killing Obamacare, which they’ll either unveil when they’re good and ready to ram a vote through before anyone notices, or maybe give up on, depending on whom you ask. We’d like to hope there’s no way they’ll come up with anything draconian enough to please Rand Paul and Ted Cruz while being just moderately cruel enough to keep Susan Collins or Rob Portman on board. The most extreme rightwing senators are either being shut out or getting exactly what they want, again depending on the anonymous leaks coming out of the negotiations, but the one thing you can be sure of is that even a “moderate” Republican healthcare bill is going to suck — the kinder and gentler option under discussion would generously roll back the Medicaid expansion in seven years instead of three, for instance. It’s nice, though, that they’ll let poor sick people have a choice between dying slowly or all at once, because we have the greatest health care system in the world.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is still shooting for a vote before the July 4 recess, just as long as whatever the Senate comes up with is terrible and can be voted on with a minimum of public attention. For some reason, Senate Democrats like Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill seem not to understand the urgency of quickly tossing together a law that affects a sixth of the economy and could leave tens of millions without health insurance. That’s what makes her such an obstructionist. Orrin Hatch just doesn’t see why we need some dumb “hearings” on all that:

It almost seems like the confusion about what may be in the bill is strategic, too. CNN reports that conservatives are ready to bail if the bill doesn’t follow the House’s example and gut protections for people with preexisting conditions, but MSNBC says it’s likely the Senate bill will look more like the terrible House version than that.

Whatever ends up coming out of the Senate, it’s not going to be good — remember, the “kinder” version of the House bill, which kept protections for preexisting conditions and essential health benefits, still would have left 24 million Americans without insurance. The fight in the Senate is over how cruel the bill can be while still keeping some moderate votes, and The Week reminds us that “moderates” have tended to fold in the face of rightwing demands for bigger cuts, put in place faster, for freedom.

The one bit of potentially good news is that if just three Republicans refuse to support whatever version of Death Panels the Senate bill turns out to include, the bill will fail. In order to go through with a simple majority and escape the chance of a filibuster, the Senate bill would have to meet the requirements of the rules for reconciliation, which means it would have to be scored by the Congressional Budget Office — they can’t just ram it through like the House did, without knowing how much the bill costs or how many people would lose coverage. And the more people lose coverage, the more “moderates” the bill may lose, at least in theory. It’s hard to say just how spineless they’ll be on that.

The one thing that’s certain: Assuming the Rs bend enough arms to get a bill in place, it’ll be awful, and we all need to be making those calls to our senators, yet again, to let them know we haven’t stopped paying attention — especially senators who are up for reelection in 2018. Republican “moderates” can’t be relied on to please make this shit sandwich only 80% as shitty as the House version. It needs to be flushed.

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  • theblackdog

    I’m in a blue state but I’m still calling my Senators about this. Also I’m getting weary of the hero worship of McCaskill for asking about the bill when it’s pretty much a given she’ll vote with the GOP.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “How can we murder thousands, for money, and get away with it?”

    “I’m not sure, but not holding committee meetings about it is a good start.”
    –Overheard in the Senate Cloakroom

  • Carpe Vagenda
    • Latverian Diplomat

      “Too bad I helped get him elected. PS, But her emails…”
      — Chris Cillizza

      • Carpe Vagenda

        Ivanka: still dreamy. More than Maggie Haberman loves Jared. Shut up.

    • Indivisible Snark Tank
    • msanthropesmr

      I think my standard response to Chris Cilliza is effective here.

      Fuck off, Chris Cilliza!

      • Carpe Vagenda

        Right witcha, bub.

    • Whose past on first?

      • Carpe Vagenda

        I don’t know. Third base. When you’re a CNN troll they just let you do it.

    • JCfromNC

      I was reading an article that pointed out that given this and other tweets, it’s entirely possible Drumpf doesn’t know what legislation actually is. He thinks all those executive orders he’s signed count as momentous acts of law.

      When Talking Heads sang “Our president’s crazy, did you hear what he said?” back in 1983, we had no idea what “crazy” could really be.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    I would expect nothing less from Yertle the Turtle, may he be served as soup soon.

  • La forza del resistino

    I’m glad Claire McCaskill wasn’t my mom that time when I missed curfew. #tonguelashed

  • PixieThis

    If you can’t afford cancer care or whatever you precious little snowflakes are bitching about, you shouldn’t have gotten SICK! /evil off

    I hope anyone who votes for this..words fail me…used toilet paper of a bill, should lose their next election and end up without healthcare or a pension. Isn’t this what they hope happens to us? So I guess I’m cursing them with the “I am rubber, they are glue” curse.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    It almost seems like the confusion about what may be in the bill is strategic, too.

    Pretty sure this sums it up:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0682bc2c5565f4120fedcd25c654709169c71d0b155ab21b6a93fff3ba5b20f0.jpg

  • Wild Cat

    “How do you like your blue-eyed boy now, Mister Death?”

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      I was just cumming to that…

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    My worthless lickspittle of a Republican Senator (Dean Heller) has gone into hiding. He knows the bill is crap, he knows the only other Nevada Republican in the caucus (Mark Amodei) betrayed him by voting for it and thus leaving Heller to take all the pressure.

    • marxalot

      I’m still calling his offices, craven catchfart that he is.

      • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

        Oh, yeah. We amp up the pressure. I’m just noting his cravenness for the record.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    McConnell gave the GOP Senators a pep talk today.
    “C’mon everybody, let’s show the American people we can be even more heartless bastards than those assholes in the House.”

  • Bill D. Burger

    When Trumpcare is ready the Repukes will bring it out into the light. Don’t be scared, you snowflakes…..It’s gonna’ be good for you___especially for the low/no info Trumpanzees who voted for him.

    http://33.media.tumblr.com/ec7d78aecefa6dc4f2163a666c15c693/tumblr_nh5jl1XlC41sxfqdyo1_250.gif

  • Anna Elizabeth, Tank Grrl

    I’ve sent a pithy eMail to my idiot Senator already, soon to be followed-up on.

  • NotReallyHere

    I keep hearing that if all of the republicans with potential Russian ties get ousted (I know that’s an impossible dream), then Orrin Hatch will be the president. I find it really disturbing that he needed his aid to explain to him what Claire McCaskill was asking for. She spends at least 15 uncomfortable seconds whispering into his ear, and then he still doesn’t get it.

    • Ωbjectifier

      “That’s right sir, she’s a senator. There are women senators now.”

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    “Any idiot can fuck over the poor. But It takes a genius to make them vote for it over and over again.”
    -A. Senator (R-Made Up Quote)

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    OT: Wrist officially slapped. 180-day sentence deferred. 40 hours of community service, 20 hours of anger management classes, and $385 in fines and fees.
    https://twitter.com/CNN/status/874332375651581953

    • Anna Elizabeth, Tank Grrl

      Fuck.

      • Oblios_Cap

        That’s about 19 more than I thought he’d get.

    • h4rr4r

      For simple assault with a first time offender, not exactly surprising.

    • canes_pugnaces

      In all honesty, I thought he’d counter-sue Jacobs for some made-up shit.

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Can that reporter now sue in civil court for damages?…I’d say about a billion dollars ought to cover it. He’s good for it, right?…

      • Skeptical_thinker

        Yes. Medical costs and a new pair of glasses.

        • Toomush_Inferesistance

          Nay nay – damage to reputation, ptsd, safe work environment decay, I can think of a whole lot of clauses…

    • Shanzgood

      Fuck.

  • Mpeg

    And all this *just* so they can have bragging rights that they ‘defanged’ “Nobamacare.” Problem is, with nothing substantial in its place, we have the questionable new promise of being gummed to death.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      Just throw the poor and indigent into the Sarlacc pit, why don’t they?

      • Claire

        Their voters would jump into the Sarlacc pit of their own free will if they could land on a Black person and push them into the acid that much faster.

  • William
  • Oblios_Cap

    Thank God someone is watching out for the poor 1%ers. Truly the most discriminated people on the face of the Earth; maybe even the Solar System.

  • Bill D. Burger

    It’s just exhausting lowering my expectations fast enough to keep up with people and the tsunami of FUBAR horrors that flow from this Trump Nightmare.

  • Ilgattomorte

    I’ll call my Republican Senator again, but he’s Pat Toomey, so I don’t expect to get far. Pat is one of those “Club for Growth” senators who believes that growth can only be accomplished by use of an actual Club and the economy is much like a bunch of cute baby seals.

    I just want to take a moment to once again thank Chuck Shumer and Harry Reid for supporting Katie McGinty against Toomey. Sure, Katiie was a flawed candidate and maybe represented all that’s wrong with Democrats in general, but she was a whole lot more loyal to the party than Joe Sestak. In the end, isn’t that really more important than actually winning?

    • h4rr4r

      Not sure what you mean here, but if Joe was never going to vote with the Dems anyway, why would they bother?

      We don’t need anymore republicans with Ds on their nametags.

      • Ilgattomorte

        Actually, he is a Dem and has voted with the party consistently. He worked in the Clinton Administration for God’s sake. The problem was personal, in terms of following the will of the leadership. He pissed off the leaders when he ran against Arlen Spector for just the reason you cited, against the will of the party. When he ran this last time, it’s rumored that Shumer would only support him if the only answer he gave for 6 years was “yes”.

        It wasn’t a matter of his positions. It was all about his independence.

        • H0mer0

          He’s my neighbor in Alexandria. I like him and he would have been a good senator.

          • Ilgattomorte

            He was great when he was my Rep. The 1st Dem Rep my district had seen in maybe two decades. The sad thing is he almost beat Toomey the first time when he had no state recognition. If the polling is to be believed, he probably would have won this time around. But, that was before all of the attack ads from the DSCC.

  • Shibusa

    Apparently Senate Republicans have no plans to publicly release their draft of Trumpcare. (Also just read that the 9th circuit appeals again ruled against Trump’s Muslim ban.)

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      Remind me again which party screamed and howled about a lack of transparency when Health Care was debated in the last administration?

    • Third rule of Showbiz: If someone wants you to keep a secret, that secret is a lie.

  • William

    The Dem outrage over this is just another distraction from Benghazi and e-mails. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2d0fc235eb5d40b2573828003b9e1f794dbe1820db2e590722ea1ae1b69ef494.jpg

    • Cat Cafe for the Investigation

      “Thank god you didn’t sound shrill as you said that–we can’t have shrill”

  • Bill D. Burger
  • DainBramage
    • PubOption

      Healthcare bill to provide pestilence?

  • Bill D. Burger
    • William
      • wide_stance_hubby

        Eloquence just slit its own throat in disgust.

      • Bemused Australian

        Is that a real quote? I can’t tell anymore. It sounds like Trump, but if it was a fabrication I probably wouldn’t know the difference.

        • William

          Actual Quote. The garbage that spews from the maw of orange-Bozo makes a George Bush soliloquy seem like Walt Whitman. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f3b470ce83f41233886bd88b988e7966cb63925cc98ddc944a2cff3c2af6b643.jpg

          • Bemused Australian

            Can I try and liquefy my brain by bashing my head against the keyboard now? Is that allowed?

          • Skeptical_thinker

            Can I try and liquefy my brain by bashing my head against the keyboard now? Is that required?

            IFYPFY, and yes, probably.

          • Bemused Australian

            Yeah, that’ll work.

          • William
          • Miles Monroe

            Translation: “I have NO IDEA what Lincoln’s accomplishments were.”

            If Couric could have pinned down Palin on that “which newspapers” thing, why couldn’t Woodward have done the same with that “a very vital thing to do at the time” bullshit?!

            Damn enabling talking haircuts are nearly as invertebrate as the GOP.

          • William

            Remember the kid in school who had to present his book report to the class, and everyone knew he didn’t read the book?

          • William
          • Miles Monroe

            Loafers.

            That leaves only the mental challange of getting them on the right foot …

          • William

            a sharpie will facilitate a discreet L and R on the toes of each shoe.

          • Miles Monroe

            Presupposes literacy not in evidence.

          • Cat Cafe for the Investigation

            Not sure what is more horrifying. The fact that he is Alzheimers-level incoherent, as well as stupid and cruel, or that the Republican Congress is fully enabling his incompetencet to push through an even more cruel agenda of greed and fealty to the ultra-rich, or that THE MORONS WHO VOTED FOR THEM PIG-IGNORANTLY SUPPORT AND CHEER THEM.

    • Is that a mini blow torch?

  • The Republican Shit Sandwich: The more bread you have, the less shit you have to eat. ©
    https://media4.giphy.com/media/3o85xnoIXebk3xYx4Q/giphy.gif

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    Well golly, I sure hope they figure this out and soon. Not that taking away insurance for millions of Americans can’t wait, but I wouldn’t want our poor senators missing out on an epic Rose Garden kegger. Priorities, man.

    • efoveks

      Oh, oh, oh! It’s gonna be AFFORDABLE insurance that covers no one for nothing, but it’s still going to put those good ole Ameros into the pockets of insurance companies.

      It’s how Rethugs “create jobs”.

  • Bill D. Burger
  • canes_pugnaces

    I am glad I am healthy. It is new career goal to never get sick. Thanks GOP.

  • Snopes Shop

    Can I make a totally unsolicited and probably unwanted (definitely unwarranted) suggestion for one to pen an awesome article on what the Demoncrats have done throughout history to try to get healthcare reform passed? The new Berners agenda which is making me so apoplectic with rage that I can barely function at my stupid job is that only BERNIE has ever fought for (ie screamed about pedantically with no plan to back it up), and DEMOCRATS (of which he is not one), do not support universal healthcare for citizens and never have. I am not sure what avenue I have to steer me back to mental stasis than request this of you.
    – Thank you, a cat named Snopes

    • msanthropesmr

      You know, if Sec Clinton hadn’t worked so hard on health care reform, she’d probably be president now.

      • Snopes Shop

        (dies on desk in office)

    • Wild Cat

      Sanders is on the take.

      • Cat Cafe for the Investigation

        He took from Karl Rove’s Crossroad PAC, and he couldn’t be more of a Russian troll if he tried.

        • Wild Cat

          He and Cohen from the Nation can’t stuff enough Russian cash and caviar down their slacks.

    • Vecchioivan
      • Snopes Shop

        thank you!!!!

    • William

      “I am not sure what avenue I have to steer me back to mental stasis than request this of you”.
      That boat left the dock some time ago. Aside from resignation or presidential aneurism I think normal is just going to be a setting on the dryer for some time.https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3e844046f4b335961900fa74322f91dda7884fa65c0ed4d954a20f3022a27ef6.jpg

    • Cat Cafe for the Investigation

      Actually, I can write that article. It’s very short. ONE OF THE 2016 DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT ACTUALLY DID create, negotiate, and present a fully formed, excellent Universal Health Plan THIRTY FUCKING YEARS AGO, only to watch it destroyed by a billion-dollar Republican campaign of utter lies. AND BERNIE FUCKING VOTED AGAINST IT.

      • Snopes Shop

        I need something longer and more ragey with funny bits tucked in to keep me from dying

        • Cat Cafe for the Investigation

          I’ll work on it.

      • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

        Careful, rage strokes are not covered under your insurance plan!

        • Cat Cafe for the Investigation

          I know, I have to be careful haha

      • ahughes798

        And Nixon was in favor of it before that.

  • VirginiaLady

    How can we make this nonreality work for us? Nothing is getting done fast except for the big dogs. How can we flip this mess to our advantage before we the weaker ones get death paneled? I do not like living in trump Farm.

  • Proud Liberal
  • Wild Cat

    I’m just grateful to Jesus that Susan Sarandon can afford excellent health care.

  • PubOption

    Suppose that all the patients who lose healthcare coverage were to attempt to negotiate their own terms with doctors. Assuming that each patient has two or three providers the resulting 50 million (or thereabouts) inquiries should paralyze the system for a while.

    • TJ Barke

      Provide me with care or I will spend my final days keying swear words on your porsche.

  • janecita

    Could you guys write a happy story for once?

  • Robbertjan Brandenburg

    I just realised if you want to be on topic on Wonkette nowadays: “Fuck them. All of them.” pretty much covers it.

    • Wild Cat

      We do still like Monty Python, I think.

      • Vecchioivan

        But we still hate Millennials, right?

        • Wild Cat

          No, we hate bad Boomers now—and being a tail-end Boomer, most of my fellow Boomers did fuck everything up. They had a entire Pax Americana and safety net in place and they fucking blew it up.

          • Vecchioivan

            We started fucking things up the minute Nixon pulled the plug on the draft. Then we all went to sleep for eight years and voted for Ronnie Raygun.

            You’re welcome, kids.

          • Wild Cat

            No coincidence wages froze and then dropped per capita starting in 1973.

          • Biel_ze_Bubba

            No coincidence billionaires started becoming gazillionaires at about the same time.

      • Persistent Demme

        And Star Trek, and Dune.

  • Snopes Shop
    • Proud Liberal

      And Republicans fiddle while the country burns.

    • puredog

      Well, you should not shoot at the king unless you’re going to kill him. I hope this guy is privy to some info I’m not privy to, cuz I don’t see it yet.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      I have more faith in the emoluments clause lawsuits that were just filed today, actually. I think the only way you’ll get Trum to step down is to hit his wallet.

  • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

    Was Orrin Hatch high on NyQuil or something? He certainly looked like he was out of it or maybe he’s just a dumb Republican piece of shit like the others.

    • Proud Liberal

      I think he and John are near the end.

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        Born 1934…..that;s….um…….carry the nine………..imaginary numbers…………fuck it…….

        • Toomush_Inferesistance

          John’s two years younger whatever old hill that is over…..

    • Vecchioivan

      Sacred knickers in a twist, perhaps?

    • Pilotshark

      Maybe the fear of him becoming the president has him shaken a little. :-)

      • calliecallie

        Who’s next in the lineup after Orrin? Betsy DeVos?

        • Pilotshark

          Hatch, right after Ryan. iirc

          • calliecallie

            But after Hatch? I just googled it. Tillerson, I think. If you’d told me 4 months ago that would be a relief, I would have laughed in your face. Now he feels like a grown-up. Maybe this is why his wife told him he had to do the job.

  • OrG

    “Moderate republican” sounds a lot like “moderate fascist” to me.

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      Moderate serial killer.

      • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

        Sure, they’ll murder you. But they won’t steal your skin and use it for a hat.

        • OutOfOrbit

          Are you certain?

          • puredog

            Lampshade, maybe, hat, no.

          • calliecallie

            You know who else…no, I just can’t. Too grim.

  • anwisok
    • Snopes Shop

      hey what’s mcconnell doing on that skateboard

      • Old town Urbandale

        Don’t worry, he’s got a great government-paid health insurance plan, should he have an accident.

  • OneYieldRegular

    Funny – this whole Trumpcare thing makes me feel like bending a few Republican Senators’ arms.

    • TJ Barke

      Catastrophically.

      • puredog

        Backwards.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      180º.

  • Proud Liberal

    Welp, I guess the Berners are getting their dream fulfilled.

  • Moebym Reborn

    Humankind is at a point in our history in which we COULD take care of all of the people, but we lack the compassion or the willpower to do so.

    That so many people think strength means never having to ask for help, or refusing to help in the interest of “building character” or “discouraging poor life choices” is troubling.

    It’s a damn tragedy.

    • Vecchioivan

      How the hell am I supposed to write off a golf tournament if there aren’t any poor people?

    • TJ Barke

      If people are less poor and desperate then how am I supposed to get them to do awful jobs for terrible pay?

      • Bemused Australian

        That’s a proposition which was oft put by some of the lecturers when I was doing an economics degree. They’ll say that shit with a straight face.

      • OrG

        Slavery? Hey it’s in the bibble.

        • Bemused Australian

          Yeah, along with incest, genocide, human sacrifice, god torturing and murdering people to try and win a bet with Satan, and on it goes…

          • Biel_ze_Bubba

            Hey now … I’ve moved on to fiddle and guitar contests, which are (relatively) competitive.

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    So along with whining about how no one will take his Healthcare plan seriously, His Fraudulency apparently also threw a temper tantrum that the media wasn’t reporting that energy and drilling stocks were “way up”.

    One problem – both are actually way down.

    • TJ Barke

      The media needs to lie for me!

    • Skeptical_thinker

      The Venn diagram showing the overlap of Trump speak and Truth is revealed to be a narrow sliver that can be explain the same way a blind squirrel eats.

  • MynameisBlarney
  • Bitter Scribe

    I just scheduled my annual checkup for next month–the earliest available date, and several months earlier than I usually have it done. This is because I don’t know if I’ll still have health insurance much longer.

    Fucking bastards.

    • Shanzgood

      Will your insurance pay if it hasn’t been a year? I ran into that problem when I tried to pick up pills before my insurance expired. They said it had been too soon since I picked up the previous month’s supply so it wouldn’t be covered.

      • OutOfOrbit

        Yes yes yes. Both my GP and pharmacy track this potential pitfall for me automatically; no calculating how much $ they have saved me.

        • Shanzgood

          Excellent!

      • Bitter Scribe

        It’s new insurance. I lost my job last December (Merry Christmas, you’re fired) and bought a BCBS policy on the Obamacare exchange. Once Obamacare gets repealed, if I don’t find another job by then, my premium will go up at least $600 a month, surpassing my mortgage as my biggest monthly expense.

        But some gazillionaire will be able to afford another yacht!

        • Shanzgood

          I missed signing up on the exchange because “oh, I’ll have a job soon!” Oy.

          • Bitter Scribe

            Yeah, I gave up on that kind of optimism long ago. (Although I’m still trying to get another job.)

  • dshwa

    OT: I don’t always love Chuck Schumer, but this is fucking epic trolling:

    https://twitter.com/SenSchumer/status/874327317748883456

    • Nice.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Exactly like in the White House … except for the cracking up at the end.

  • Indiepalin

    Under the senate version, horniness is no longer considered a pre-existing condition.

  • baconzgood

    Here is a bill that has far reaching impact on 1 out of every 6-10 on the people in my district. Better not have any public hearings on it.

    This is the Grand Old Party.

    • baconzgood

      (Baconz can’t add a picture in edit after I post so I will do it here)

      Go pens https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d405564be3ddb77979b484f59042022ab44598c08da4edc13ecc8f56094cc40d.jpg

      • Shanzgood

        I’m starting to suspect you’re really into this sportsball thing they call ice hockey.

        • baconzgood

          It’s not sportsball.

          • Shanzgood

            *snicker*

          • ahughes798

            Is too!

          • baconzgood

            S’not

          • ahughes798

            S’too.

          • handyhippie65

            no, it’s a stick fight on ice. oh, and there’s this burned cookie thing flying around.

          • Biel_ze_Bubba

            It’s what passes for a “ball” in Canada.

  • OneYieldRegular

    “It is incomprehensible to me, the fear that can affect men in political offices. It is shocking the way they submit to forces they know are wrong and fail to stand up for what they believe. Can their jobs be so important to them, their prestige, their power, their privileges so important that they will cooperate in the degradation of our society just to hang onto those jobs?…One wire service writer wrote a piece lecturing me about how naive I had been. ‘Power and influence in Congress,’ he explained, ‘are not obtained by promoting one’s own measures. They come either from blocking measures others want enacted or supporting measures others oppose.’ …That kind of long-range Machiavellian strategy maybe fine for a white, midwestern congressman whose district has more cows than voters, and who has all the time in the world to try to work himself up to that comfortable share of power that a House member can achieve if he plays by the rules, makes his district ‘safe,’ and lives long enough. What I can never forget, and what my friend the reporter apparently never knew, is that there are children in my district who will not live long enough for me to play it the way he proposes…America has the laws and the material resources it takes to insure justice for all its people. What it lacks is the heart, the humanity, the Christian love that it would take.” – Shirley Chisholm, Unbought and Unbossed, 1970.

    • puredog

      That’s beautiful.

      • calliecallie

        And still so fucking true.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Dump Jr. linked to rooshan ruble washer.

    https://twitter.com/funder/status/874292393662664704

    • phoenix00

      Poor widdle snowflake.

  • Mavenmaven

    Hurry, the poor aren’t dying fast enough!!!

    • Crystalclear12

      Stop rushing me!!

  • baconzgood

    You know…I’m starting to think that a Republican repeal of the ACA (and the damage to the nation that it will cause) will bring us closers to socialized medicine. It’s bad to say but if Medicare and Medicaid is completely repealed (which is the GOP’s final destination) for 4 to 6 years, in 6 to 8 years we will have a comprehensive social medicine program.

    I say let them what they want, like when my kids wanted to eat as much cake as they wanted, and let them deal with their own puke afterwards. My kids won’t eat too much desert now.

    • Shanzgood

      But nobody died when your kids puked. People are gonna die and go bankrupt.

      • baconzgood

        I feel more people will die if this is prolonged. I hate to be cynical. But I pull my band-aids off quickly. If it goes on like this for 20 or 30 more years, like it has been for the last 20 or 30 years?….how many people will die?

        • Shanzgood

          I was being optimistic that they won’t be able to get enough votes to mangle the ACA.

    • Snopes Shop

      The death toll will be too much for me to bear while we wait.

      • baconzgood

        We’ve been having this argument since the 90’s. How many are dead for lack of a socialist medical program to be instituted? And it still hasn’t.

    • MOG253

      Sounds good. But no, harms too many

      • baconzgood

        Too many have been harmed already. I’m sure you know a close family member that has been denied coverage a doctor recommended by an insurance company. This has been going on since the 90’s…no one will care about global warming until Nebraska is a dessert and Miami is under water.

        That’s just how us Americans are.

        • Biel_ze_Bubba

          Baked Alaska is a dessert. Baked Nebraska, not so much.

          • phoenix00

            What would Baked Nebraska taste like, I wonder….

          • mfp

            cowshit and corn

          • Zyxomma

            With a side of prairie dog.

    • That’s more or less what the burn it all down crowd was saying during the election (looking at you, Susan Sarandon). Thing is, I don’t deserve to die to get the country to socialized healthcare. I didn’t sign up for that. Those of us that will die – or even just suffer – without Medicaid/Medicare as a fallback are not abstractions, we’re real people who don’t want to die and leave behind spouses and children and loved ones. We’re not going to just sit back and let them have what they want and hope for the best, because some of us will not survive that. You can’t ask people not to fight for their lives because maybe in the future voters will finally see the value of socialized medicine for the people who didn’t die (and I’m not convinced they actually will see the value, even then).

  • Crystalclear12

    Do they realize that “we need to pass something, anything” is not going to be a good 2018 campaign slogan?

    • Ducksworthy

      But is “Must give Trump a Win!” really going to play any better?

  • puredog

    “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is still shooting for a vote before the July 4 recess. . ..”
    I read that as “shooting up for a vote” and thought, “that explains a lot.”

  • NastyBossetti

    I don’t know, you guys. I’m starting to get the feeling that maybe our Republican “representatives” in both houses of congress are more of a danger to Americans than ISIS.

    • handyhippie65

      starting? welcome to the club, meetings here on tuesdays, and every other friday.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      They’re going to kill more of us than ISIS could ever hope to.

      • Explody Brain

        Going to?

        They already have.

    • phoenix00

      The objective of terrorists: to terrify. In order to be terrified, you must be predisposed to terror.

      Guess who those folks are?

  • Me not sure

    It appears that Uncle Sam has tiny hands too. Who knew?

  • Pookabun

    I’m 52. I’ve started weaning myself down on my prescriptions – like I now take half a beta blocker each day instead of the whole pill. I’ve also started walking 5 miles a day plus a workout most days. I’m making sure my doctor addresses everything I can think of, while I still have insurance. Oh and I quit smoking. All stuff I should have done anyway (well except the medications) but I’m doing it because I’m terrified of needing care I can’t get. Even now I’d be screwed if I needed anything serious because I can’t do the co-pays.

    • handyhippie65

      be there in december. luckily, i don’t take any daily meds. but then again, i haven’t been to a doctor in 20 years.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      I’d keep filling the Rx, and stash away the half-pills. No telling what your co-pay will be in the future, or if you’ll have coverage at all, since the Republicunts want to do away with all of it.

      • Pookabun

        Yes, I am doing exactly that.

  • Predisenting Ron

    I’d almost forgotten this other way that your government is trying to kill you.

    • Rick Hill

      Oh, don’t be so dramatic. They’re reducing negative payout impacts n the public healthcare system. The Freedom from Supporting Non Producers act. (Frankly, libertardians don’t come up with very snappy catchphrases.)

    • handyhippie65

      oh, that we could.

  • aureolaborealis

    Mandatory Tom Waits:

    https://youtu.be/nMqxNPsfN50

    • handyhippie65

      wow, is this guy my neighbor? don’t you worry about what i’m building, you’ll see soon enough. FOOLS! I WILL DESTROY YOU ALL!!! ask me how. SCIENCE!

  • ibwilliamsi

    Remember when Obamacare couldn’t be voted upon because none of the R’s had had chance to read it yet? I wonder if in backasswards Trump world that rule still applies.

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      apparently not according to that video of McCaskill and Hatch.

    • handyhippie65

      you’re kidding, right? rules don’t apply to republicans.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      Remember when Republicans were screaming bloody murder about Barack Obama not having enough experience?

      • ibwilliamsi

        I’d almost forgotten that one!

  • Aileen

    I really do feel for people who voted for Hillary Clinton with pre-existing conditions, are older than 50, or live in a part of the country with limited health care options. However, I am struggling to care about the many Trump voters, those who didn’t vote, or voted 3rd party who will be royally fucked if this passes. Especially since its passage would almost inevitably lead to Democrats retaking the house and maybe even the Senate in 2018. Just don’t die or need to go to the doctor in the next 18 months and we’ll be better off as a nation!

    • Gorillionaire

      I’m with you Aileen. I have had with trying to argue with people who are too stupid or stubborn to understand what the hell they are even talking about. I am content to let them get boiled alive by this thing. But the many folks I know who tried their best to keep Cheeto out of the White House, folks who literally had their lives saved by the ACA, I feel like I need to keep fighting for those folks.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      I struggle with the same problem – on the one hand I want the GOP to ROYALLY fuck their stupid base, but on the other hand, it would also hurt good people.

      • Alex

        Do you really think it will make a difference to these morons?
        Ronald Raygun won 49 electoral states. Their spawn are now voting.

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          At least Reagan was charming, Trump is a crude, crass, dumbass.

      • Jeffery Campbell

        “Good people” did not vote for Trump. That’s definitional.

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          No, I meant good people who did NOT vote for Trump will also get fucked by him if he manages to undo Obamacare. I could give two shits about the idiots who voted for him.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Fuck them. That is all.

    • phoenix00

      but.. but… those e-mails!

  • Jgb979

    Not going to have a CBO score either….

    Do they really think if they tiptoe America won’t hear them pass it?
    Is there really a benefit to this? Just to say you repealed Obamacare?
    Do they really think they can control the fallout by replacing Obamacare with something universally hated?

    Are they really confident that gerrymandering, voter suppression, and the stupidity of their own base will protect them? (Don’t answer that)

    • Paperless Tiger

      You said think.

    • TootsStansbury

      Of course. They’re going to establish authoritarian rule, kill the dissenters and make slaves and profit centers out of whoever survives.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      They’re also counting on not enacting it until after 2018 or 2020, so people won’t remember the shit sandwich they ate in 2017.

    • Alex

      What difference does it make? There are so many disgusted/disgusting people that don’t vote. There’s a reason why all these morons are still in office/get elected…..

      • this country says it’s about

        Those who didn’t vote and those people who thought Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act were two different things. I’m buying earplugs to mask the squealing that will come from my neighbor who is on SS disability and Medicaid. (He is still displaying a Trump sticker on his car.)

  • The Librarian

    I don’t like shit sandwiches nor crappy health care. That’s why I’m going in for my hip replacement next week rather than waiting until my coverage and my hip get much worse. While I’m recuperating, I plan on sending as many of these to the people who want to send us to an earlier grave than we planned……. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/87882b07cb55465cca07d2b6a0e0e698d4e070836906e8d1abb85381e91dd193.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ef4cccfbe1b411f1214d6cb258faef6620491ea8e10921f0e2e667625611a24f.jpg

    • Jonny On Maui

      I hope you have a speedy recovery Librarian!

      • The Librarian

        Thanks, Johnny. This is my second one, did the other hip 3 years ago. Off all summer at full pay, so no complaints!!! :)

  • handyhippie65

    “life is a shit sandwich. the more bread you have, the less shit you eat.” george “don’t have two fucks to rub together” carlin.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Death, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

  • Truly Madly Derply

    To do everything possible to avoid the fisting for which Nightmare-rendered Uncle Sam appears to be prepping at the top of the post:

    http://act.boldprogressives.org/call/call-vote-no-on-aca-repeal/

    Call. Mince no words. Repeat.

  • sosuume
  • cats530

    GOP healthcare: A kinder, gentler machine-gun hand.

  • Zyxomma

    My Senators, Gillibrand and Schumer, can be relied on to vote NO. Those of you outside NY, call. Especially if you’re represented by a rightwing nutjob.

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