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Stop fretting: the 1 Percent will be fine!

We’ve been bringing you all sorts of cheerful news this week about Senate Republicans’ terrible Obamacare repeal bill, which they’re so proud of that they’re writing it in secret. At least we assume it will be terrible, since they’re going out of their way to hide the thing — including an aborted attempt to ban reporters from interviewing senators in the hallways of the Capitol. So while it’s still unclear what rough beast will slouch forward onto the Senate floor for a vote, chances are it will be some variation on the House’s shit sandwich, the American Health Care Act, which the Congressional Budget Office estimated would leave an extra 23 million Americans uninsured. Nobody expects the R’s to treat us to a surprise single-payer system. Now, based on that CBO analysis, a new study predicts that the AHCA, if passed, would help tank the economy, resulting in job losses both in healthcare and in the economy as a whole. Turns out that slashing health care spending will put a lot of people out of work! Who could have predicted such a thing?

The report, published Wednesday by the Commonwealth Fund and the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, estimates that by 2026, the American economy would lose 924,000 jobs — a number that could get even worse if there’s an economic downturn between now and then.

The report found that while states across the country would lose jobs, the biggest losers would be — big surprise — some of the biggest states, especially those with significant medical employment. Oh, look, a map!

States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act would be especially hard hit:

States that expanded Medicaid have deeper and faster losses. Having earned more federal funds, they lose more when Medicaid matching rates fall. While cutting funds to states that expanded health insurance for low-income Medicaid populations, the bill temporarily increases funding to states that did not expand Medicaid. Nonetheless, states that did not expand Medicaid, like Florida and Maine, experience job and economic losses after a few years. In fact, Florida has the third-highest level of job loss in the nation by 2026.

Now, since the AHCA is really a great big tax cut for the rich, the study did find that there would be some short-term job gains as some businesses expanded with all the money handed to them by the poors who’ll be losing healthcare. Those gains would be more than offset by the economic decline caused by the loss of funding for healthcare and healthcare jobs. The loss of medical sector jobs would have a follow-on effect: If hospitals close, then the businesses that supply them, the stores that sell groceries to staff lose revenue, and so on.

The reductions directly affect the health sector—hospitals, doctors’ offices, or pharmacies—but then flow out to other sectors. Thus, about two-fifths of jobs lost due to coverage policies are in the health sector while three-fifths are in other sectors […]

Within the health sector, job losses due to coverage-related cuts are much greater than gains due to tax repeal; losses in health care jobs begin immediately. In other sectors, employment grows at the beginning but later declines.

Fortunately, at least some of those medical workers will surely find jobs as personal doctors and nurses on somebody’s yacht. Lab techs will have to settle for swabbing the deck.

Not surprisingly, the ACA has been good for jobs in the medical sector, as ThinkProgress points out:

For example, New York received ACA grant funding to test effective ways to incentivize Medicaid beneficiaries, who struggle with chronic diseases, to participate in prevention programs and change their health risks. With that grant, New York created new programs at existing managed care organizations, which required new hires. The grant created positions like care coordinators, who connect and follow-up up with patients and providers in the program.

Those moochers will go away when the ACA is repealed, and their patients can go back to being sicker and dying sooner, which might lead to higher costs in the Medicaid program, but won’t, since Medicaid funding will be slashed by over half by 2026. Again, not to worry: everyone affected by those cuts can become an investment banker and buy a BMW.

For an example of how just the AHCA’s Medicaid cuts would affect just one state, take a look at Montana, please, where an analysis commissioned by the Montana Healthcare Foundation found that more than 70,000 adults would lose healthcare by 2026. The Medicaid expansion covered 75,000 Montanans who previously lacked insurance; the cuts would almost completely eliminate that gain. Worse, there are the knock-on effects: Losing a third of Montana’s Medicaid funding would force the state to cut other funding priorities like education or infrastructure to care for sick people (or hell, let ’em become investment bankers or die).

The caps on annual Medicare funding would make it harder for the state to respond to healthcare emergencies, like disease outbreaks, or financial reverses caused by an economic downturn (which can’t happen, because under Trump the economy will expand by 4% annually forever). The cuts would also force the state to reduce its spending on healthcare across the board,

through cutting eligibility, reducing reimbursement rates, eliminating benefits, or otherwise reducing spending for the children, seniors, people with disabilities, and adults who remain in coverage.

So that’s one large state with a relatively small population, much of it in rural areas. And yes, the state went Republican in 2016 — but the people who’d be hurt the most are the most vulnerable, who may have been too busy scraping by to spend a lot of money on MAGA hats.

Then again, the Republican plan may slow down the elimination of Medicaid by a few years — that’s Republican “compassion.”

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  • Joe Beese
    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      And their rationalizations vary from “Well, we’ve been talking about it for years so it isn’t like we don’t already know what the issues are” to “It doesn’t matter how we do it, since Democrats won’t vote for it anyway”.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Except the undertakers.

    • Oblios_Cap

      I hear the undertakers are down with wars, too. I’m sensing a pattern.

  • arglebargle
    • La forza del resistino

      Always wondered where saying ‘hair of the dog’ came from

    • commatoes

      Be careful. By the end of tRUMP’s term, your liver might be big enough to warrant its own ZIP code.

  • Wild Cat

    I guess the fucktards think Jesus will faith-heal their sorry asses . . .

    • Oblios_Cap

      They, with their taxpayer-financed health care, will be alright. The rest of us, not so much.

    • Me not sure
      • therblig

        praying for hemorrhoid relief? kind of specialized, isn’t it?

    • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

      No, no, they just think “THOSE people won’t get FREE STUFF any more, hahaha!” forgetting that, of course, they ARE “those people.”

    • Pilotshark

      NOPE not going to work!
      “Faith-healing parents charged with murder in death of premature twin baby”

      sick, sick they need along with the rest of that wack religion needs to go a way for a long time! imo

    • commatoes

      They think HE will solve AGW because HE promised not to destroy the world again (Noah’s Flood). Evidently, the GOP wish to fill that responsibility.

  • Oblios_Cap

    We can all become Kansas!

  • anwisok
    • William Cook

      That final pupper looks like it came out of a FNAF game. o.o

    • La forza del resistino

      Thanks as always. You are the Marlin Perkins of Wonkette.

  • memzilla Ω

    Funny how everything the Rethuglicans are proposing would make America weaker and poorer and sicker and more vulnerable — and would perfectly coincide with what a certain leader wants, whose name rhymes with Plaidimir Vootin.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Fladisar Yootin?

    • GOP: What doesn’t kill ya makes ya stronger…
      Which is good because ya can’t get insurance with that pre-existing

  • Persistent Demme

    Hey purity ponies!
    Bite me!

  • Mpeg

    Well.. This is good news for leeches, who’ve been waiting all these decades to come back in style!

  • La forza del resistino

    Put 100 Medicaid LPNs on the street, no big. Threaten to put 1 ED urologist out and we may to talk about that.

  • Robbertjan Brandenburg

    Look there are 17 million of us but 1,4 million of us thinks Wilders is a good thing. I think that’s an incredible number of idiots yet you guys are with more than 300 million and manage to have so many idiots they can actually elect the leader. How in the hell is that possible I wonder every single fucking time I read an article like this.

    • Oblios_Cap

      American Exceptionalism. Get with the program!

    • arglebargle

      Your problem is a serious lack of firearms. We are polite as fuck.

    • Kiri the Unicorn

      America is the country that invented the phrase, “Hold my beer and watch this!”

      • Three Finger Salute

        America is the country that invented burping the alphabet. So far, no one has managed to get past “D” because that’s the highest grade they ever got in school — and they had to work for it.

        The fact that the following is something people take pride in — enough to display it on their oversized, gas-guzzling SUVs that they gladly drive everywhere, while sneering at “hipster elites,” “city slickers,” and “Eurotrash” who favor more eco-friendly vehicles and public transport (and complaining about the price of gas as they do so) — tells you everything you need to know about why the phrase “American intelligence” puts the moron in oxymoron.

        http://www.oaklawntoyotablog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/my_kid_beat_up_your_honor_student_bumper_sticker-e1425666062414.jpg

        • commatoes

          Google “Rolling Coal”. But to its participants, “It’s just having fun.”

    • Wild Cat

      I’ve been to your nation about ten times and see the infrastructure, food, and social welfare systems are so much more advanced.
      Have you ever come here—a nation in perpetual war and led by Ayn Rand–psychopaths—to see why, Robbertjan? You’d have a better idea of cause-and-effect.

      PS: Don’t let the religious loons take over your country.

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        I have studied in San Diego, worked (even if it was just a month) in NYC but my holiday in Orlando did gave me an insight in what you mean. However, I thought even the most dense peopele would at some point take notice when everything they have is taken away by the elected peopel. Guess I was wrong.

        PS: The last thing the PVV/Wilders can be called is religious loons. Loons however fits te bill.

        • Three Finger Salute

          I’d like to go to the Netherlands if only to have access to the suicide clinics. This country is going down the shitter bigly and it’s going to be hell for people like me. Might as well jump ship, act now and avoid the Christmas rush.

          • Dudleydidwrong

            See? Job opportunity. Organize one-way trips to The Netherlands. You can sign on Mrs. Dudley and myself, btw.

            The irony is that, if you sign on enough of us you might make sufficient money to pay for health care here.

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            The fact that we have a humane policy towards Euthanasia doesn’t mean we have suicide clinics. Well we do but so do you and we call it the army. ;)

        • Persistent Demme

          I thought there was NO WAY that Donald would get elected.
          I will never under-estimate the stupidity of this country ever again.
          What a horrible and sad realization I had on election day.
          Even when they prove that there was Russian interference, and that there was voter suppression, Comey infuence, Bernie influence, and media collusion, etc., I am forever disheartened to know that millions voted for him.

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            You me and the restof the world yet here we are.

    • laughingnome

      Electoral College is an anachronism that in the past 16 years gave us George Bush and Donald Trump – it heavily favors the idiots in Kansas over more enlightened coastal peoples. Just my stab at answering your question.

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        I know but with bush it was a handful of people in Florida, With trump it was 3 million. That’s still less than 1%.

        • laughingnome

          Essentially the system favors rural and heartland areas – areas that tend to have a far more conservative bent. And that forces media to cover what those areas think about policies more than what they think about politics in Brooklyn. Every national election we hear ad nauseum what some county in Ohio or Michigan thinks of the candidates and not a peep about what people in Watts think. And its easier for the Kochs to buy a bunch of rural congressional seats where media is cheaper and frankly people are less educated.

    • commatoes

      Part of the problem is travel and education. So few Americans leave their country that when their local, state, and national leaders tell them that the rest of the world is a permissive, atheist hellscape, the population largely believe them. Education is another thing entirely. A religious geologist wants permissions to excavate in the Grand Canyon to prove it was formed by Noah’s flood. Look up the Ark Encounter and its founder Ken Hamm.

      There is also a sizeable contingent in the USA that think that regardless of what it is America is the best. “America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere.” Reagan used this phrase that has shaped the American idea of exceptionalism. Too many think that this means that the USA IS the best. It truly meant that the USA should work to be the best.

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        Yeah think you have hit the nail on the head. In a lesser way you see the same problem in the UK. I lived in London for a year and had to consult the internet and familiy to find out what was going on in the world because even the quality papers reported mostly about the UK and very little about what was going on with the other 6,9 billion people.

        • commatoes

          Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly) only about 40% of American’s have a valid passport. US newsmedia are fixated on American news as every day is like a vomit inducing rollercoaster ride.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Pennsylvania – 85,000 jobs

    Yo, Donald–you know how you claimed that you were elected to serve the people of Pittsburgh? Try explaining this to the city’s largest employer, asshole…

    http://www.doctornerdlove.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/OFFS.gif

    • Paul Dietzel

      And . . . in seven of PA’s counties a Hospital or “Health Care System” is the largest employer; 10 of the 50 largest employers in the state are as well. UPMC which you reference as the largest employer in Pgh. is also the 10th largest employer in the whole state; larger than the VA and the PA Dept. of Corrections, to name just two.

  • CogitoErgoBibo

    So I should start tearing down my sheets for bandages and stockpiling aspirin. Copy that.

    • Jon Sussex

      I’m saving a good sheet to be buried in.

      • CogitoErgoBibo

        I’m going the cremation route. Note to self: Save next coffee can you empty.

        • Jon Sussex

          Thanks to fracking we need never shut the ovens off.

    • commatoes

      I offer my services as an atheist faith healer. 😊

  • wait! what?

    I think lab techs will religious watch all the “Breaking Bad” episodes and buy douchey Heisenberg hats…

  • Bill D. Burger
    • Rick Hill

      You get a quarter for every one you bring to the solyent plant

  • Bill D. Burger
  • Mr. Blobfish

    How do you expect me to make a dick joke about this?

    • CogitoErgoBibo

      Especially if no one can afford Viagra anymore.

    • La forza del resistino

      urethra on your own here.

    • Dudleydidwrong

      Take a crash course on doing circumcisions. The leftovers make good fishing bait. Just think of a good name for your new product.

  • whitroth

    Remember a dozen or so years ago, when they were talking contemptuously of “old Europe”? I said then, and now it’s obvious, they were jealous.

    Y’know, when I started to read this, I misread it as Serene Republicans, like “your Serene Highness” (or should that be, “your Serene Richness”?)….

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      As a nerdy aside, Serene as a style means that you’re a princely, but not a royal, branch of the family. Serene I guess is to insinuate that these guys won’t inherit the throne, so they probably won’t be pulling shit.

      • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

        This couldn’t be more interesting! I never knew that! Thank you!

  • Bill D. Burger

    Republican overhaul of Obamacare ready to be unveiled.

    http://i3.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/022/406/Capture.PNG

  • Bill D. Burger
  • The News lately has given me resounding hope…of rationalizing my alcohol intake

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/532168f87286ae3b33df9345a049868baa4f707cf3b91aa54f7806a4fc3e56b4.gif

    • Joe Beese

      Jack Donaghy would drink Johnnie Walker Blue, not Johnnie Walker Black.

      • Lance Thrustwell

        I tried JW Blue once. Gotta admit, it was pretty smooth.

        • Mr. Blobfish

          I had a half pint in the liquor cabinet once. Came home one day to find the wife had mixed it with iced tea.

  • MynameisBlarney

    A few late Berfay presents for turmp.

    https://www.democraticunderground.com/10029206276

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      heeheehee

  • gene108

    Turns out that slashing health care spending will put a lot of people out of work! Who could have predicted such a thing?

    As rule of thumb slashing government spending hurts the economy. Boosting government spending helps the economy.

    Hard for conservatives to understand, but the government is not a separate entity removed from the rest of us, but part of society, part of the economy, and part of what enables us to live our lives.

    Destroying it destroys us.

    • commatoes

      GOP your Grover (Norquist) is showing.

    • georgiaburning

      Conservatives understand this only when the Defense Department proposes spending cuts in their districts

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    So are we great now? Like, super great?

  • JoeChristmas

    But those insurance companies’ executive jobs are good. See you at the next GOP fundraiser.

  • commatoes

    More telling is who it benefits. Very few people are true sociopaths, so these fine statesmen go to sleep telling themselves that they did a good thing and the rest was necessary collateral damage.

  • La forza del resistino

    Go down to Men’s Warehouse, buy a black suit and the pall bearer job opportunities will be knocking at your door.

  • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

    Try as I might, but I can’t joke about this. I can’t even feel schaudenfreude that mostly older, rural people (AKA people who lean much more heavily towards Trump) will be hurt worst by this since plenty of good people will suffer alongside them. And the embarrassment we have to, and should, feel before the nations that we can’t care for even our own people. Not because we can’t; we’re the richest nation in the world, by far. We just can’t scrape together the common decency to even try.

    • Dudleydidwrong

      Like Elvis, Common Decency has left the building.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      40+ years of being told that “It’s about grubbing every bit for you and yours, and screw the other guy before he screws you!” has taken root and created a toxic plant.

    • commatoes

      I have been reading Trae Crowder’s book (or trying to find the time). Many in the south draw a distinction between receiving social assistance themselves and those they deem “unworthy”. Reagan’s myth of the “welfare queen” and the able bodied “young buck”.

      • chicken thief

        I done seen them at the Piggly Wiggly, buying lobster and steaks with their SNAP card. What really pissed me off though is she was on her Obamaphone the whole time, wagging her head and “um-hum-ing” like there weren’t no tomorrow.

        • commatoes

          Maybe they’re like that saying about rats and cockroaches. It you see one, it means there are a dozen more. So you seeing one at the Piggly Wiggly, means there were 4 999 999 that voted illegally for “Crooked Hillary” and kept “Dear Leader” winning the popular vote like he should have.

          Common sense is the least common of all senses.

  • Swampay

    Now, since the AHCA is really a great big tax cut for the rich, the study did find that there would be some short-term job gains as some businesses expanded with all the money handed to them by the poors who’ll be losing healthcare.

    Not to mention all the trickle-down muneez from rich guys spending more! Some of those guys really tip!

    • commatoes

      Ironically, the entry level private jet market is slow. But the uber luxury private jet market it booming.

    • Raan

      I’m sure a lot of money will trickle down on the pee hookers.

  • OrG

    I’m sure the kochs and waltons will be fine, thrive even. So, success!

  • MynameisBlarney

    Not sayin’ he’s a member of the mob…
    *winks*

    I’m just sayin’…

    https://www.democraticunderground.com/10029209246

  • Blackest Noobs

    and just think, all the dumbfucks who voted for Trump who will get truly FUCKED if this shit for nothing bill passes Congress and signed by Mr. Incompetent.

    hurry hurry Republican Congress…the whole Trump Admin might be going to fucking JAIL.

    • commatoes

      Ayn Rand’s makers versus takers theory means that every Trump state in the south should be immediately cut off. Paul Ryan, as Rand’s loyal ass licker “should” be all for it. So much for ideological purity.

      • Three Finger Salute

        Ryan and the rest of the GOP’s makers-versus-takers theory is modified to incorporate both the paper bag test and virginity tests. White “takers” are OK because they keep Republicans employed. When they make use of “investment in our communities,” they’re helping support patriotic American farmers with good, wholesome family meals (and not Big Ag that produces the corn syrup crap which is making us all sick).

        But when blah “takers” use their “welfare,” they’re buying junk food and spending it like drunken sailors on (wait for the racial dog whistle) fried chicken. Or they’re selling them for drugs (no mention of the white seniors selling their medication for extra money because even they can’t afford the basics). Mehican “takers” should get cut off entirely, because they’re all just illegals having anchor babies anyhow.

        The only white “takers” who aren’t acceptable in this scenario? Single mothers, who everyone knows are just sluts who fell away from God and need some good-old fashioned corrective rape to punish them for the sin of having “welfare babies” out of wedlock so they can use taxpayer money to get their hair and nails done. That’ll show them. Plus, it’s not like they’ll get pregnant, because God said that the body shuts that whole thing right down. What’s that you say? Domestic abuse made the woman run away and take the kids? Fake news! No such thing as domestic abuse, just feminists who want to ruin men’s lives with false accusations — and who need a good slap in the face.

        But by all means, continue paying your taxes so that Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, and Mitch McConnell don’t go hungry, and so their kids can have “vouchers” to go to expensive private schools. Anything else is downright un-American. Oh, and if you don’t have a job to pay taxes from, you should be arrested for tax evasion. Those little Munsters aren’t going to put themselves through college, you know!

        • commatoes

          Funny how ideology can be sooooooooooo flexible.

          So when Ryan was the keynote speaker at the big Ayn Rand conference (I call it RANDCON or Rand fanboy masturbate-a-thon) and raved about Rand as one of the great philosophical thinkers of the century and how he masturbates to her picture in his bedroom (OK I made that one up), he was just bein’ a lyin’ POS.

          PS From the TV show “Elementary” on Ayn Rand:

          “the philosopher-in-chief to the intellectually bankrupt.”

    • Three Finger Salute

      So what? Even if you got rid of Pence, that means Ryan will become president. You don’t think he’s going to sign a bill that he called for in the first place?

      The system is broken and we need to start from scratch.

    • Raan

      My uncle’s insulin already like tripled because of insurance fuckery.

      My uncle and aunt both supported Trump, but neither one seems vocal in supporting him now.

      • commatoes

        Sadly more schaden and less freude.

        • Raan

          Yeah. Happy note, though, I understand they got it cleared up. Apparently the insurance company wanted the pharmacy to issue the more expensive stuff because the doctor didn’t explicitly say what to fill.

      • Blackest Noobs

        ….and so it goes….

  • Crystalclear12

    Blah , blah. . . surplus population. . .yada, yada

  • Explody Brain

    How about our politicians just finally admit that whether their fellow countrymen live or die, or live healthfully or miserably ill shouldn’t depend on their bank accounts, their places of employment or their salaries.

    When you think of things like mental health care, behavioral health care, preventative health care… Universal health will without question be a boon to the economy. Access to healthcare allows more people to be productive.

    Arglebargle *screams into the wind*!

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      It’s what happens when you run a country like a business. People aren’t your fellow citizens or countrymen anymore, they’re just employees. And employees can be fired when they become redundant.

      • Lance Thrustwell

        And businesses can file for bankruptcy!

    • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

      “When you think of things like mental health care, behavioral health care. . .” You’ve hit it closer than you might realize. There is an epidemic in this country that can only be addressed by instituting an actual Mental Health care system. This should be a matter not only of public health, but of public safety.

      • Three Finger Salute

        Their solution is to let cops kill the “crazies” in the streets and let “junkies” die of their own “stupidity.”

        But let’s make sure to deny women abortion care so that they don’t “kill” their Down Syndrome angels and give Autism Jesus a sad.

        If politicians had to pass a psychiatric test to screen out sociopathy, there would be 0 Republicans in office.

      • Explody Brain

        Oh, believe me, I realize.

    • Three Finger Salute

      The U.S. will never have universal healthcare as long as it’s associated with “godless socialism” and “f*gg*t sissy countries”. Trump and Sessions alike favor Duterte’s approach to treating addiction: They’re going to die in the street anyway, so might as well help them speed up the process — and put people to work doing it.

      For a country ostensibly founded to throw off the yoke of tyranny, Americans sure love them some murderous strongmen now. Our strongest allies are brutal dictators like Duterte, Erdogan, the Saudis, and especially Putin, while our mortal enemies are “weak sellouts” and “low-energy cucks.” Half the country hates Angela Merkel for “destroying the German race” (gee, where have we heard that before?) and being a woman leader. Half the country hates Justin Trudeau because they think he’s gay. This half probably can’t even locate Canada on a map of Canada or in which of the two world wars we fought against Hitler (or how many world wars there even were). They just know they hate the “crypto-Muslim, Christmas fruitcake, bastard son of Castro” and the “barren Bolshevik feminist from the DDR who’s turning Germany into a caliphate,” because reasons and “if you kill your enemies, they win” memes. Compassion in and of itself is considered “cucking” rather than leadership.

      Not to mention, as a country we are too balkanized along demographic lines to implement any platform that ensures “undesirables” and “sinners” won’t die in the street. The “economically anxious” white “Christians” in flyover land will gladly drop like flies from painkiller overdoses, as long as it means “Obama’s children” are locked away in solitary at Leavenworth and never see the light of day again for being in possession of a plant. They’ll gladly die of cancer as long as it means “them sissy queers” die of AIDS en masse like they did during the Reagan era.

      That’s why they voted for Trump: a warped view of noble sacrifice. They consider it “dying for your country” and think they’ll be rewarded in heaven for defending the glorious earthly kingdom from its enemies. Revenge for the “Lost Cause.” Religion is hardwired into everything America does — and doesn’t do. Our policy on pretty much everything from healthcare to international relations is very simple, and very cruel as a result: Kill them all and let God sort them out.

      • Courser_Resistance

        Excellent rant! I live it 5 Stars! *****

        Seriously, well said. I completely agree.

        • Three Finger Salute

          Thanks. It gets so frustrating, knowing that there’s about half the nation who are immovable objects, because their ideology is connected to something “greater” and they don’t even really care if they die trying to defend it as long as “others” die too.

          The GOP really is a religious cult. Trump didn’t even have to build a wall. The wall is the 65 million people who voted for him, who see themselves as a citizen militia engaged in a holy war defending their way of life against “communists” trying to take their Jesus away and “redistribute the wealth.” 70 years of fear-based propaganda thumping the drum against “communism” (aka social democracy, the New Deal, a safety net, taking care of each other, and not the fucking Khmer Rouge) has come full circle: The base has fallen in love with a Russian puppet (married to a Yugoslavian) who wants to build a Berlin Wall with Mexico, dispose of the “social parasites,” and reward his apparatchiks, while at the same time they believe that Canada is governed by a Castro and East Germany took over the West.

          But that’s OK, because Russia isn’t communist anymore ever since Rocky Reagan defeated Ivan Gorbachev in the ultra-capitalist ’80s. That much they know. Now they want a sequel (or remake?) where another ’80s throwback and disciple of the Prosperity Gospel of Reaganology defeats the enemy within: the steady encroach of “communism” flowing in from “Kenya,” Western Europe, and that Siberian outpost to the north next to where Sarah Palin could see a Soviet dictatorship from her house. And yes, they will die “nobly” for it. God chose Emperor Trump to marshal his troops and destroy the godless communists who have infiltrated the “Democrat Party” with their “redistribution schemes” and embrace of “deviants,” once and for all.

          I guess that meme (which Trudeau didn’t even say) is right, after all: If you kill your enemies, they win — because nobody basks in the glory of a Pyrrhic victory. Unless you believe (or have been led to believe) you’ll get 69 virgins and an infinite buffet of Trump steaks at Jesus’ golden casino. And you can drink as big of a soda and drive as big of a gas-guzzling SUV as you want, while the “deviants” and their communist leaders all burn for their sins of “equality” in hell.

  • Blackest Noobs

    O/T: is Thursday dumbass day? it sure seems like it at the library today….i mean for the most part it is dumbass day every day at the public library but today it has been like the dumbasses are tripling down or something

    • Crystalclear12

      Yes, this was discussed during the annual meeting. Where were you?

      • Blackest Noobs

        i was eating a taco.

        • Crystalclear12

          You know about Fridays, right?

          • Blackest Noobs

            smoke meth and drinking anti-freeze smoothies?

          • Crystalclear12

            So, you missed the whole meeting, huh?

          • Blackest Noobs

            smoking meth and anti-freeze smoothies wasn’t the meeting?

          • Crystalclear12

            Oh dear.

    • OutOfOrbit

      Dumb asses at the Library? What do they do there?

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      Yes, I think we’re having a very delayed full moon reaction. I’ve had some particularly stupid questions today.

      • Blackest Noobs

        i had this adult asking where are the Harry Potter books, so i pointed her in the right direction ( we keep ’em in our juvenile section of the library) and told her dumbfuckingass to look for it by author…even told her the name, J.K. Rowling ( even spelled it out)…she comes back with tons of attitude saying that i told her wrong cuz she could NOT find them….so i smiled and said i would be more than happy to show her…it took me less than 5 seconds to find the Harry Potter books….she still didn’t thank me either.

    • commatoes

      Read about a Trumper couple banned from a library for leaving “pamphlets” and possibly urinating on a Quran. The dumbass Terry Jones is smiling.

  • CogitoErgoBibo

    Criminy. This tweet thread is worth a read. Basically, it suggests that even if you have a Democratic Senator firmly against the AHCA, you should be calling to tell him or her that what you really want him/her to do is to become a massive pest within the reconciliation process. Yes, reconciliation means that the GOP only needs a majority vote to pass their seeeeeecret bill, BUT it comes at the cost of having to accept discussion of unlimited amendments. It’s a sort of backdoor filibuster. Just keep proposing amendments. Keep delaying the vote. Read the thread. It’s fascinating.
    https://twitter.com/ezralevin/status/875382866452119555

    • Raan

      Here’s what I just sent Bill Nelson, my non-terrible Senator.

      “On behalf of me, my family, and all Americans who have been helped by the ACA, I need you to be a pain in the ass during the Senate and House reconciliation process. As many amendments as you and your colleagues can muster to stop this worthless piece of garbage in its tracks.”

  • Relativicus

    I feel that sacrificing a few loyal, God-fearing RepublicAmerican States in order to stick it to a bunch of treacherous anti-American states filled with violent leftists is a small ask.

  • Lulu Mac

    Dammit…I knew I should’ve been a plumber. There will always be lots of shit to deal with…

  • Dudleydidwrong

    The obvious and simple answer is for Trump to fire the Congressional Budget Office. Problem solved.

    (I’m sure someone downstream has already suggested this. Apology offered.)

    • Nodrama4mama

      Don’t give them any crazy ideas!

      • commatoes

        It’ll unfortunately fit in with everything else bouncing around in the Senate GOP’s psyche.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        Those are the only kind they like.

    • Tishalicious

      Wasn’t this actually suggested last week? I can’t remember if it was the White House or just a pundit, though..

    • Three Finger Salute

      Trump wants to fire everyone, including Congress and the courts, and run the country by executive fiat. Pesky little things like political opposition and the Constitution get in the way of him being the boss. Remember “I alone can fix it”?

      • Rickyphoo

        I remember a little man with a funny moustache back in 1930’s Germany who managed to do just that.

    • Predisenting Ron

      A few weeks back some GOP asshole suggested just that. Surprised it hasn’t been pushed harder.

  • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

    Sure, we’ll lose nearly a million jobs, but we’ll get to keep like 10 thousand coal jobs, so there’s that.

    • Today we are all Centralia, PA!

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centralia_mine_fire

      • Raan

        Today, we are all Silent Hill.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Clearly, we just need to open up a few thousand more mines.

    • commatoes

      Wasn’t the GOP refrain “job killing Obamacare”? Now it klls jobs and people. GOP twofer or BOGOF?

    • Predisenting Ron

      Though with everyone dead broke from paying for health care, all they’ll be able to do with that coal is make a big pile of it somewhere.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “You know, it’s almost as if we hate America.”
    — Your Republican Party

    • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

      But they sure do love money…sweet, sweet money:

      https://youtu.be/sor9GzivGbk

    • laineypc

      Turns out it’s much easier to fuck people over while still getting them to vote for you than anyone in their wildest dreams imagined.

      • Predisenting Ron

        Lincoln was right – you CAN fool some of the people all of the time.

  • Ricky Gay

    “Lab techs will have to settle for swabbing the deck dick”

    • Weird Fishes

      They won’t be paid enough to grab the pussy, as it were.

    • xbutter

      The proper term for that is Rinse Prepuce, same as Trump’s Chief of Staff

  • Was wondering how they figured they would get away with taking pretty much the few remaining HC providers in red states.
    Now the base won’t care cause har har, them libtard cities will suffer jerb loses lolz

  • commatoes

    Funny how the House Bill came out, it had the lowest approval rating resent history and every group representing medical professionals (AMA) and hospitals came out against it. For a complete list:

    https://cooper.house.gov/groups-opposing-republican-health-plan

    Let us work to 2018 and every election until then as the political u-turn that it should be. Trump does not think he is an embarrassment. Let’s disabuse him of that notion!

    • Three Finger Salute

      Doctors and nurses are scientists. Ryan and his dumb jocks aren’t going to listen to “nerds.” Neither is the GOP base, who considers anyone but the good country doctor who prescribes some good old-fashioned faith healing and folk remedies as an “elite” and a “shill for vaccines.”

      I was thinking that maybe the only way to get the base on board with sensible healthcare reform is to have Dr. Oz — who is a quack, but he’s their quack — support it on his show. But then, I thought, nope, Brainfart and Faux Noise would call for a massive boycott of his show on grounds that he supports “communism.” They’d probably drag his being a Muslim into it and say that he’s part of Obama’s post-presidential plan to implement sharia law.

      You’re right then, that the only way to turn the Titanic around before it crashes into the iceberg is for the sensible party to take back both houses in 2018 and stymie the Trump agenda until he and the goopers can be tossed out.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        That, or wait until they’ve killed off enough of their base.

      • phoenix00

        Come to think, tossing Dr. Oz might be a very desirable side effect….

      • Rickyphoo

        Kudos for “Brainfart”! I never knew, (or cared), how Breitbart was pronounced. I will go with Brainfart from now on.

        It also works with Dead Brainfart.

  • chicken thief

    There is a three step process to hopefully prevent the Senate from passing the bill:

    1. Call your Senators
    2. Call your Senators
    3. Call your Senators

  • Internet Hitler
    • phoenix00

      What are you talking about? You dig your OWN grave!

  • Politiquacks

    Frankly, given Kansas, I question even the idea that there might be a short term boost in economic activity. Actual evidence (vs economic theory) seems to indicate that most businesses are more than happy to bank any extra money that comes their way. Small businesses didn’t know the money was coming, and big ones had enough money that if they wanted to expand they already would have been doing so; they’re content with terrified work forces who will do more and more work as their colleagues are laid off for fear of being next.

  • disqus_lWwzrwNaw6

    Charles Koch wants this.

    A vast majority of the American people don’t.

    Let’s just wait and see what that nice boy Mitch McConnell is going to do with those two data points.

    • Three Finger Salute

      #KochHolsters

      • phoenix00

        And just think, there are two of them!

    • Ill-Advised

      “Two days points, you say? Why, bless me, I only see one that actually signs a check. After all, we already successfully ignored a majority of the American People once.”
      –GOP

  • Mavenmaven

    It is OK, the poor will be happy to take one for their team (the GOP) and eagerly wait for the trickle down benefits promised them when the Rich take more and more profit.

  • OddMan

    One more bonus for the GreatHealthCare™ plan that the GOP is sneaking through. There will be a couple of million working people (more than 20 million) that will have lifetime/annual healthcare cost limits. Having the insurance company say they will pay only so much is just as good as having NO fucking health insurance.
    https://twitter.com/TopherSpiro/status/875308857844740096

    • h4rr4r

      That is the opposite of insurance. As a working stiff, I could deal with an even higher deductible but I need the insurance that my insurance will pay what I cannot.

      • OddMan

        Yeah that is kinda the opposite of health insurance, in their program they pay for the cheap stuff and you get stuck with medical bankruptcy for the rest.
        What a deal.

        • John Oliphant

          they are minimizing their risk… market economy freedom

      • speaking as an ACA person (since 2013), this was EXACTLY the point of obamacare. i cannot tell you how many folks i’ve said this to: most of us can absorb a 5K hit (now 7K hit). but we don’t have to worry about a 1M hit.

        • h4rr4r

          Yeah, you can beg, borrow or steal $7k, heck with a bad enough case the hospital will just write that off. A couple million on the other hand not so much.

  • Scooby

    Funeral homes jobs will come back.

    • Predisenting Ron

      No-one will have money for funerals. At best there’ll be an uptick in jobs for backhoe operators in the new Potters’ Fields.

    • kaydenpat

      Such a comforting thought.

    • John Oliphant

      Bring out your dead….

  • Larry Cook

    If you have ever experienced block grant funding in real life, you have seen how a capped dollar amount must be budgeted carefully. Invariably, by the end of the fiscal year, funds will begin running out. This will require that decisions will have to be made about who receives care and who does not. Maybe we will get to see those “death panels” after all. Something else to consider with be the allocation of block grants. Some of the most needy states will also be the states that receive less funding.

    • h4rr4r

      Let’s cut farm subsidies next!

      Let the Trump voters see a fully operational GOP.

      • Tiny kaiju

        And oil and natural gas subsidies too!

        • Rickyphoo

          I agree but I don’t see that happening. Oil and Gas own too many politicians.

  • SayItWithOtters

    “If Republicans wipe out the Affordable Care Act and de-insure tens of millions of people, they will prove a few things to Democrats. First, including private insurers and conservative ideas in a health reform plan doesn’t offer a scintilla of political protection, much less Republican support. Second, sweeping health reform can be passed quickly, with only 51 votes in the Senate, and with no support from major industry actors. …

    One thing we have learned during the Republican Party’s repeal-and-replace process is the true bottom line of GOP health policy, and it’s this: Money currently being spent to buy insurance for the poor should be redirected to tax cuts for the rich. … No one can stop them from passing a bad health care bill if they want to. Tens of millions of people losing insurance, and they’re to blame. A radicalized Democratic Party with a discredited moderate wing. The end of the assumption that a hybrid public-private model will fare better in America than a government-run system. And all this amid a presumption that sweeping health reform should be done, from the start, in the 51-vote reconciliation process, where expanding government programs is easier than regulating private insurance markets.”

    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/15/15787626/mitch-mcconnell-single-payer-medicare-all

  • Tiny kaiju

    The loss of the Medicaid expansion, further reduced re-imbursement and the evaporation of a little known program for rural hospitals call 340B will result in the closing of even more small hospitals in rural areas. The place where I work might survive as a glorified ER, like the other one just south of us is doing now. That would leave people my town with an hour drive in any direction (2 1/2 hr if you go east) to get to a hospital. I can’t even imagine what it will be like for someone in Texas or the Dakotas.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      It’s a great way to make abortions hard to get … and I wouldn’t put it past the fuckers to do it this way.

    • Niblet58

      They’re getting exactly what they voted for. Too bad the rest of us who did not vote for it will get fucked over just as hard.

  • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

    This doesn’t fuck anywhere near enough people up the ass. Needs moar assfucking and less lube. C’mon GOP! Do your job, dammit!

    • John Oliphant

      yeh at least slap me and tell im a slut

  • Alan

    Well no shit.

    • armed_bears

      Sorry, that’s not covered.

      • phoenix00

        Pre-existing condition, my unfortunate friend.

  • SadDemInTex

    There will be jobs for “GoFundMe” sites because we will all have to ask total strangers to help us. Geezus…people with decent insurance need extra funding. I think I will just get a black pill and *crunch*.

  • Mormos

    corruption, decadence, incompetence, the end of empire is always the same. like leeches to a warm body, courtiers infest every part of a government & drain the nation of its vitality & spirit, leaving a broken, broke, & barren land before slithering off in search of new victims to feed the “elite class'”narcissistic & nihilist hunger.

    • HazooToo

      Says the pink pony with rainbow eyes….

      • Andrew Rheinheimer

        Cold irony is such wonderous humour, isn’t it?

  • Ding dang dumb libels! Obvious fake news! Think about it! Healthcare is ONLY 1/6th of the economy! 1/6th is tinny! Thar’s no possible way Jesus H. Christie would tank our economy for only 1/6th of it! It ain’t possible. And, anuther thang! Y’all be belly-achen over states what expanded Medicaide being hurt first and more! Of course they are! That’s what they git fer being such lay about libels! Doncha y’all unnerstand nuthin? Ding dang dumb libels!

    • John Oliphant

      it is inappropriate of me to comment

    • phoenix00

      Didn’t you see all the victims of Obamacare? How everyone now pays more? I’m gonna make it all go away with one repeal!

  • Cestrum Nocturnum
  • Paperless Tiger

    Yet another red-flag warning for the Republicans to ignore at our peril. Is it any wonder they always crash the economy? The wonder is that anyone still votes for them.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      Everyone I know who votes Republican is a complete idiot, and genuinely has no clue how anything works. The Trump voter is a lot like Trump.

      • Rickyphoo

        Hey, you’re insulting a good hunk of my family! But, please, carry on. They are fucking idiots.

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          My mother and brother are both Republicans, and my brother is smart. It’s hard to fathom how someone so smart could be so fucking stupid, AND he has an MBA, so you’d think he’d notice that the economy tanks any time Republicans get anywhere near it. Of course he doesn’t have to worry, since he’s spent his entire life working for the government. He was bitching to me about his taxes being too high one day, and I asked him how he thought the rest of us would be able to continue to support him without tax revenue. He had no answer. He wants to be able to collect multiple government checks, without paying any taxes, and bitching about the “moochers.” Christ, get a mirror, dipshit.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Gotta love the fact that they’re counting on getting damn near 100% of GOPtard votes, from GOPtards who don’t know – and won’t care – what’s in it for their constituents.

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan will be hurt? Say, aren’t those the three states that tipped the election to Trump? Gee, I’d hate to see anything bad happen to them.

    • SeeTrain65

      Wisconsin, not Ohio.

      But Ohio voted overwhelmingly for the Barely Sentient Traffic Cone, something like 52-44.

      GET. ME. OUT. OF. HERE.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        The Midwest is getting to be as dumb as the South, and that’s saying a lot.

        Signed,
        A. Southerner

        • SeeTrain65

          Believe me, Southeast Ohio has been that way for a LONG … LONG … LONG TIME. (We’ve lost coal jobs, too.)

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            Believe it or not, parts of NYC and Long Island used to be rednecky as hell.

          • SeeTrain65

            I can believe it. David Cross once did a bit about how you can find the “redneck voice” everywhere you go.

  • phoenix00

    Everybody… say it with me all together now.

    BUT.

    HER.

    E-MAILS.

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