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The Senate’s preparing to vote today on a motion to proceed to debate some form of killing the Affordable Care Act. Nobody knows exactly what the bill is, but they have to vote NOW! It’s such an emergency priority that John McCain’s office announced late last night he would fly back to Washington less than a week after being diagnosed with brain cancer so he could help the Senate move forward on ending healthcare for over 20 million other Americans. And just to make sure everyone knows that Obamacare is collapsing all on its own, the Trump administration is helping the process along, scrapping a program that helped people in 18 cities sign up for the ACA and choose an insurance plan, and reducing the annual fall open enrollment period from 90 to 45 days. No one will need to sign up, since Obamacare is dead, remember?

These fuckers.

The program had brought workers into libraries, neighborhoods, and businesses to assist people with signing up for coverage, and wouldn’t you know it, some people are already acting as if it’s some kind of big deal, because they simply haven’t gotten the message that nobody wants Obamacare anymore:

Community groups say the move, announced to them by contractors last week, will make it even more difficult to enroll the uninsured and help people already covered re-enroll or shop for a new policy. That’s already a concern because of consumer confusion stemming from the political wrangling in Washington and a shorter enrollment period.

Why, you’d almost think creating confusion and uncertainty was part of the plan. Especially if you were a cynical sort of person who’d also noticed that the Department of Health and Human Services, which is supposed to administer the ACA by law, is using funds earmarked for outreach and awareness of enrollment to produce videos arguing that the ACA hurts people.

But wait! There’s more! The Open Enrollment period for coverage in 2018 has been slashed in half as well; the signup period this fall will last just 45 days, starting November 1 and ending December 15. Won’t that be a funny surprise for people who think they have until the end of the year?

This is just the latest effort by the administration to beat up the ACA and leave it bleeding in an alley before Congress kills it; back in January, just after Trump took office, the administration cancelled ads — many of which had already been paid for — to remind the public of the end of the sign-up period. After intense public criticism and complaints from Congress, that decision was reversed within days. The administration has also been responsible for much of the uncertainty and instability in the insurance market, particularly through crappy communication with insurance companies, and especially by threatening not to pay subsidies needed to keep policy prices lower.

“There’s a clear pattern of the administration trying to undermine and sabotage the Affordable Care Act,” said Elizabeth Hagan, associate director of coverage initiatives for the liberal advocacy group Families USA. “It’s not letting the law fail, it’s making the law fail.”

Two Virginia-based companies, Cognosante and CSRA, have had their contracts to help people sign up for ACA coverage terminated after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) chose not to renew contracts for a final, optional year. So it’s all perfectly legal, according to an email to the Associated Press from CMS spokesperson Jane Norris:

“These contracts were intended to help CMS provide temporary, in-person enrollment support during the early years” of the exchanges, Norris said. Other federally funded help with enrollment will continue, she said, including a year-round call center and grant-funded navigator programs. The existing program is “robust” and “we have the on-the-ground resources necessary” in key cities, Norris said.

Oh, sure, maybe community groups in the affected cities were expecting the contracts to be renewed, but they appear unaware that elections have consequences and Obamacare is dead. It’s dead, you know. The president said so himself. Some people just aren’t able to accept reality even when they see the knife sticking out of Obamacare’s back:

“It has our heads spinning about how to meet the needs in communities,” said Inna Rubin of United Way of Metro Chicago, who helps run an Illinois health access coalition […]

In Illinois, CSRA hired about a dozen enrollment workers to supplement a small enrollment workforce already in the state, Rubin said. The company operated a storefront enrollment center in a Chicago neighborhood from November through April.

“It was a large room in a retail strip mall near public transit with stations set up where people could come in and sit down” with an enrollment worker, Rubin said.

While the help provided by the two companies resulted in a relatively small portion of ACA signups, about 1 percent of total enrollment nationwide, several advocates said they focused on a target population of healthier young adults needed to help keep the individual market stable. Can’t imagine why the administration would want fewer of those folks signing up, nope.

Maybe United Way and other organizations could learn to tell people to get a damn job and pull their weight, huh? And if insurance is still too expensive, which it will be if the Republicans kill off the ACA, then obviously more people will be incentivized to become investment bankers, and everything will be fine.

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  • Joe Beese
    • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

      These always work so well! It’s like when Mark Hammil read his tweets in the voice of The Joker. Funny stuff!

      • theblackdog

        I go back and forth on being amused and disturbed on how well those tweets work as spoken by the Joker.

        • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

          Or worse, how well his tweets work in the voice of Gollum.

  • Pax Americana Per Ars Smith

    Donald Trump or that stuff you scrape out from the tread of your boots with a stick. Compare and contrast.

    • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

      Easiest game of “would to rather”.

    • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

      Shoe stuff is better cocktail party company. And smells better.

    • Dudleydidwrong

      My Vibram-soled boots are insulted already.

  • jesterpunk

    For anyone who says take away Trump twitting machine or account. If he loses that he can mass text everyone in the country and no one can block him.

    http://nymag.com/selectall/2016/11/president-trump-can-send-emergency-alerts-to-everyone.html

    • Mary Theresa

      At least there are a few filters are in place.

      All WEAs must be issued through FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert & Warning System, meaning that an emergency alert from the president still has at least one layer to pass through before being issued. While FEMA is under control of the executive branch (the head of FEMA is selected by the president, and reports to the Department of Homeland Security), the agency would have a vested interest in not seeing their alert system bent toward, uh, non-emergency ends.

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    When Donnie Two Scoops was told he “executes the laws”, I think he took it literally.

    • Eo Raptor

      In part because he doesn’t realize that .execute has more than one meaning.

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    Well, people might have a harder time getting insured, but many political points will be scored in making the ACA less accessible. And then Trump can call it a failure, so, winning!

    Pay no attention to those sick & dying people behind the curtain.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Is this what Jimmy Buffet was thinking about when he wrote “Living and Dying in 3/4 Time”?

  • TJ Barke

    Sick of winning.

    • elviouslyqueer

      Sick to death of winning.

      FTFY.

      • Dudleydidwrong

        Pre-existing. Won’t be covered. Nothing to cover it anymore anyway.

        • One of my few consolations is that emp insurance is going to be screwed as well. So all those people who haven’t been paying attention are in for a rude awakening.

          The ACA actually slowed the inflation of both insurance and health care prices.

  • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

    Already on the phone with one senator’s office. Sent faxes via resistbot. This shit never fucking ends!

    • Pax Americana Per Ars Smith

      I did it yesterday, and will do it again today. My senator, Shelly Moore Capito, has already hinted that she has been purchased by McConnell. I’m trying to remain nice, and not ask her if we looked through her desk drawer would we find cash. Which got her father, the governor arrested, and jailed.

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arch_A._Moore_Jr.#Federal_conviction

  • Pax Americana Per Ars Smith

    Just watched Jared walking into the Senate committee room. Lots of uniformed police, and you know each one of those cops is thinking of all the junkie thieves, drunk drivers, and Marijuana users that they have arrested that are better people than Jared.

  • elviouslyqueer

    Apropos of healthcare, Twitler’s obsession with Obama and Hillz is fucking completely pathological, and bordering on incurable.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Bordering?

      • Oblios_Cap

        It’s like she’s metaphorically castrated the bastard.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          Knowing what we do about Hillz, I doubt it’s metaphorical. He’s lucky she hasn’t suffocated him with a pillow.

          • Gayer Than Thou

            But we aren’t. With votes!

      • Gayer Than Thou

        Well, from the other side.

  • Oblios_Cap

    Republicans – claiming that things don’t work and then doing their damnest to make sure they can’t.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      It’s their only governing principle.

    • TJ Barke

      And the mouth breathers that take that bullshit at face value…

  • Me not sure

    Now we will see what the true nature of McCain’s character is. If after his statement of a week ago and the nature of his health issues he votes to proceed with this bill that no one has even seen, he will have established himself as less a hero than a hack. I hope it’s hero.

    • SadDemInTex

      FFS he is going to die…surely he can stop worrying about being re-elected?

      • Dudleydidwrong

        Yeah, but he wants all those people to attend his funeral and say nice things about him.

        • Komsumverweigerer Ron

          ‘John “Walnuts” McCain is dead. Nice!’

      • Ricky Gay

        I think the cancer has already started in on what’s left in there. :(

    • Wild Cat

      He has no character. He will vote with the pigs.

    • theblackdog

      As my fiancee has put it, the “Maverick” John McCain died in 2000 after the hack job done on him by Rove and Bush Jr. Since then he’s become a bitter and petty old man who conveniently forgets that it was his own party that turned on him.

      • Blackest Noobs

        right on the fucking nose, blackdog, right on the fucking nose!!!!

        and listen even then McCain was kind of a cock, or ok, he was a cock but a Teddy Roosevelt Republican cock…which was better than what Republicans are now….but yes…you hit it right on the fucking nose!!!

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        He was a bitter and petty man long before 2000. He had a 6 year stretch where he wasn’t an asshole, but he recovered from that pretty quick. Just ask his first wife. Beyond his time as a POW, he’s always been an entitled prick who is more than willing to shit on everyone else.

    • Blackest Noobs

      it’s not.

      with people like McCain…it’s all smoke and mirrors….what you witness a week ago was an allusion.

      do not be fooled.

    • Marion in Savannah

      Don’t hold your breath waiting for him to do the right thing.

  • Joe Beese

    They are literally trying to kill us.

    What is the appropriate response to that?

    • Oblios_Cap

      WWFD?
      What Would the French Do?

      • TJ Barke

        Set things on fire, I reckon.

      • elviouslyqueer

        *sings, loudly and with great fervor*

        Aux armes, citoyens!

        Formez vos bataillons,

        Marchons, marchons!

        Qu’un sang impur

        Abreuve nos sillons.

        /*sings*

      • Komsumverweigerer Ron

        Well, for a start, they wouldn’t have let this happen in the first place.

    • Wild Cat

      We can’t say it here.
      Once the shelves have no food. Once the defenses break down. Once disease breaks out.
      Then we can say it.

    • TJ Barke

      Something something 2nd amendment solutions?

    • Gayer Than Thou

      I have been sending as many snarky tweets as I can. I’m sure that’s helping!

      • theblackdog

        *mutters something about millenials*
        *goes to eat avocado toast*

    • Dudleydidwrong

      To the barricades. And I don’t say that as snark. It may be time.

      I’m concerned that the Phil Ochs’ song, “Outside of a Small Circle of Friends” may be more relevant for this than for the Kitty Genovese event: “We’re busy reading Playboy and the Sunday New York Times.” Will we get up off our couches and from our desks and demonstrate as this country has never seen demonstrations?

  • Vincent Ricola

    What happens to the insurance industry when the only people who can afford health insurance are members of congress and the tippy top of the 1%?

  • Joe Beese

    When Crazytown opened for business in January, not even cynics such as I anticipated a day in which a mortally ill senator would fly back to the Capitol to cast crucial votes on a healthcare law of which nobody knew anything, and that he would do so on the day after the president of the United States profaned his office (again) by delivering a cheap, political harangue, laced with obscenity, to an audience… of Boy Scouts, who then booed on command the previous Democratic candidate for president and the previous president himself.

    And all this was going on as the president* was said to be reconsidering his hand-picked attorney general because that AG had failed to cover the presidential hindquarters regarding the investigation of whether the 2016 Republican presidential campaign ran on a volatile mixture of vodka and borscht. This, it was said, would be to install a more compliant marionette, who then would fire the special counsel looking into the Russian ratfcking. This, it was said, would touch off A Constitutional Crisis, although the Republican congressional majorities have shown all the spine of an orchestra of crickets.

    http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a56549/mccain-healthcare-vote/?src=socialflowTW

  • Michael Smith

    Dying from preventable disease because you are too poor to afford basic services is our duty as canon fodder for the deserving rich. Its the least we can do to show our appreciation for the the privilege of being allowed to call ourselves Americans.

    • Dudleydidwrong

      The National Funeral Directors Association gave 15% of its political contributions to Democrats and 85% to Republicans in 2016. Letting Americans die of preventable disease is obviously in line with their goals and part of the White House fucker’s job creation plan. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/lookup2.php?strID=C00204008

      • Ghenghis McCann

        Everybody’s going to die, but they’re looking forward to the surge if Trump gets Obamacare repealed.

        • Dudleydidwrong

          At my age I’m very much aware of that fact, but it’s for my (and possibly your) children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren (and for yourself as a youngster) that we must fight these fucking bastards. It’s the preventable diseases and mendable accident injuries that are the issue, not inevitable death. I’m really pissed and ready to rock-and-roll. We’ll have to fight their surge with our surge.

  • Scooby

    China managed to get health insurance to well over a billion people in about 4 years with a plan remarkably similar to Obamacare. Except without Republican sabotage.

  • Rick Hill

    On the one hand, horrible. On the other making the system that is bloated and overcharging go into chaos and failure….someone help me out with this one.

    • theblackdog

      Well it’s the insurance companies that especially are bloated and help with the overcharging but as of now they stand to be helped by the ACA failing.

      • Rick Hill

        The whole thing needs to be fixed. Talked with my mother last night. Father in law in the hospital for six hours-$18k. Nephew in the hospital overnight-$40k. How can anyone pay this if they don’t have great insurance?

        • Everrett Fanuelli

          I was in the ER for two hours in April. Had an EKG and my blood pressure checked. 6K

          • Rick Hill

            Fcking criminal

          • Old town Urbandale

            That’s something that’s been missing (in general) in the health care debate– why is everything so fucking expensive, and what can be done to control costs? But that doesn’t get discussed much by either side, because high health care expenditures mean nice returns to investors and campaign contributions.

          • Erala Contratista

            Our average ER bill (we saved up our health stuff, apparently) has been $100 per visit, plus drugs, etc.

            We have Evil Kaiser.

            And our involuntary visits turned out to be pleasant, if not actually fun, in a way.

            Single payer, people!

        • starfanglednut

          do they have insurance?

  • Joe Beese
    • alwayspunkindrublic

      I’m sorry he has cancer, but I’ll drive to Phoenix to piss on his grave when the day comes.

      • ariel_gee_398

        Why not? He’s already taken care of pissing on his legacy.

      • Gayer Than Thou

        Road trip!

        • ariel_gee_398

          Good place for a Wonkette drinky thing….

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            I’ll bring the beer. All we need is a taco truck.

          • Komsumverweigerer Ron

            ‘Why are all those odd people standing in a circle and drinking beer?’

        • Paul

          I’ll organize the fleet of buses.

      • Belasaurius

        I call shotgun on that trip

      • Blackest Noobs

        i would piss on him now but dunno how many secret service peeps i can fight off….maybe three or four…well…without their tasers and guns….hmmm the number would go drastically down if so.

      • OutOfOrbit

        Take an extra beer & piss it out for me.

      • mancityRed6

        I would, but I hate waiting in line to do anything.

      • Erala Contratista

        Drink a lot of liquid (your choice) and wet him for me, too.

        I draw the line at going to Phoenix.

        Thanks, in advance ;-)

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          It is truly a labor of hate to go to Phoenix, but the chance to deface McCain’s grave is not to be taken lightly. I’ll drink a shitload of beer beforehand and pee enough for all of us.

      • miss_grundy

        Do you have doggie sons or daughters? Take them with you so they can take a piss for me. His grave should smell for all eternity.

    • Komsumverweigerer Ron

      I had been willing to cut him some slack, since we don’t actually know what he’ll do. Then I realised, if he were going back to kill TrumpCare, he could just as easily have stayed at home. The only rational reason to do this to himself is to help pass it.

    • Blackest Noobs

      like seriously….no fucking duh…..McCain’s voting record is in line with Trump 90% of the fucking time….like as if this mutherfucker was gonna rise up and be a lion of the Senate….ha ha ha…and all those pathetic fuckers who thought gee…Johnny got cancer, so he’ll change his tune and fight against Trump and fight for the people…..NOPE….just more fucking bullshit from John McLame!!!

      • Everrett Fanuelli

        He has to ensure that Meghan can suck off the right wing media tit for the rest of her life

        • Blackest Noobs

          she’ll probably run for his seat when he cannot or dies…and probably get elected easily.

          • Komsumverweigerer Ron

            The Sympathy Vote… for a man who deserves none.

        • NastyBossetti

          He doesn’t have to. She can suck off the teat of her parents’ fortune for the rest of her life.

  • Blackest Noobs

    so apparently according to Trump lawyer-types….Trump wasn’t asking about pardons cuz they were guilty and seeing if they had a way out…Trump was just curious about his presidential powers….you know..he was just wondering…that’s all.

    See people….wealthy white people are not out to lie and cheat you…that’s all fake news by the fake media…..they don’t want you to know the truth…the truth of the strength and glory of white wealthy people!!!!

    • TJ Barke

      And the timing wasn’t even remotely suspicious at all…

      • Blackest Noobs

        dude…he was just curious…there’s no crime in being curious when you know you probably broke the law….just curious…that’s all.

        • TJ Barke

          Curiouser and curiouser…

        • Erala Contratista

          Also, was asking for a friend, too.

          • Blackest Noobs

            was the friend John Barron?

    • SweetDeeKat

      Just asking questions, or JAQing off.

  • Joe Beese

    Scaramucci: Trump ‘Probably’ Wants Sessions Gone Given The ‘Tension’

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/scaramucci-trump-probably-wants-sessions-gone

    Then fire him, you fucking coward.

    • Dudleydidwrong

      You would think those words, “You’re fired!” would come easy for The Shitgibbon but he seems to have forgotten them. Little toddlers have such short attention spans. Diaper change and nap time.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      He wants someone else to do the dirty work, same as always. He just wants to look like the tough hard-nosed negotiator. He doesn’t want the scars and bruises that come with it, though.

      • Pax Americana Per Ars Smith

        Except the ones inflicted by Vladimir during sexy fun times.

      • miss_grundy

        When has he ever been a hard-nosed negotiator? Probably in some work of fiction like that love letter to himself “The Art of the Deal”.

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      Does Trump know that his relationship with the senate will worsen if he fires Sessions? Or does he believe Sessions will hit up Mueller to flip if he fires Sessions? Maybe it’s a case of Sessions knowing where all the bodies are buried.

      • Msgr_MΩment

        If he wants to improve relations with the Senate, he should hire, then promptly fire, Ted Cruz.

        • puredog

          I like this plan.

    • miss_grundy

      If I were Sessions I would stay just to make him blow a gasket….

  • Ωbjectifier
  • Joe Beese

    “Feeling great after my government-paid health care. Sucks to be you, though.”

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9bcf6e75866193d966aa6bc02db06219c71fbd1719cb9c3ac9be96f7f54bbd62.png

    • therblig

      if he votes “yes”, i may just have to withdraw my thoughts and prayers.

      • starfanglednut

        He’s gonna vote yes. Otherwise, he could have just stayed home.

      • miss_grundy

        I never offered any. He is just another spoiled Navy brat who got away with shit that no one else at the naval academy would have. And now, he is going to fuck over people who are suffering from his same cancer and other diseases just because it is Tuesday. And to think one of the best library directors I ever worked for died young because of brain cancer and this buzzard got to live to be an old man.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    The Republican propaganda machine is a wonder to behold. I would have never thought it possible 30 years ago to convince people the best thing for them is to suffer and die.

    • Joe Beese

      Hitler still had lots of supporters as Soviet tanks were rumbling through the streets of Berlin.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Joe Beese

      I always wanted a sex yacht. :-(

      • MynameisBlarney

        As someone in the marine diesel industry, I’d suggest against it unless your fetish is constantly throwing money into a hole in the water.

        Get a sex kayak instead.

        • Marion in Savannah

          Yep. Mr. MinS’s grandfather once told his wife “We’ve been rich, and we’ve been poor. But no more yachts — that’s foolishness.”

        • Fartknocker

          Marine diesel could be a sexy name for a porn star, but it would obviously depend on the person.

          • The Wanderer

            Vin’s sister?

          • Ghenghis McCann

            Perhaps, some French porn producer could use it for a parody of Marine LePen?

        • Msgr_MΩment

          It’s just like Budweiser beer!

          • MynameisBlarney

            It’s fucking near water!

        • Komsumverweigerer Ron

          I’ve always loved P.J. O’Rourke’s* description: wet-ended WASP Winnebago.
          * This was back when he was still funny.

      • Major_Major_Major

        Would you settle for a masturbation dinghy? I have an old 10 ft john boat you can have on the cheap.

      • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

        If this dinghy’s rocking…

        • Major_Major_Major

          Yacht out with yer cacht out.

      • Bub, the cynical zombie

        First step: Become a Republican.

      • Doug Langley

        If money’s a problem, how about a sextent?

  • Lyly Sirivong

    They are really going out of their way to screw people over. It’s incredible really, that need to be an utter dickhead towards everyone. What the hell is wrong with them ?

    • Rick Hill

      Money-evil-root

      • Marion in Savannah

        It’s not the money per se, it’s the love of money.

        • Rick Hill

          I don’t even think you you can call what they have love

          • Marion in Savannah

            Well, lust of a particularly nasty variety.

    • Blackest Noobs

      white people + lottsa money = assholes who don’t really give a fucking shit.

    • Komsumverweigerer Ron

      Rhetorical question, right?

      • Lyly Sirivong

        Yeah. Sort of. I mean, I know why they’re like that. But I can’t help being blown away by their complete lack of empathy and humanity. Killing the ACA is one thing. That’s their ultimate goal. But reducing the signup period from 90 to 45 days ? That’s being a prick for the hell of it.

        • Komsumverweigerer Ron

          It’s people like them that make me embrace my poniness all the harder.

    • elviouslyqueer

      “Healthcare is a privilege, not a right.”

      — Some Congressional asshole, last week (not kidding. This was actually said out loud.)

      • Komsumverweigerer Ron

        ‘Life? Liberty? Pursuit of Happinefs? Show me where that’s in the Constitution, suckers!’

  • theblackdog

    Has any insurance company tried to offer the $12 a year health insurance that Trump claims is what everyone buys? I figure the only benefit is they mail you a band-aid and an aspirin.

    • Komsumverweigerer Ron

      It’s $12 a year, but the deductible is $215 million.

    • SnarkON

      I’ll offer it. I take Venmo and Bitcoin.

    • Major_Major_Major

      If you also include a SASE, otherwise your bandaid and aspirin exist on paper.

    • Pax Americana Per Ars Smith

      Postage due!

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      I’ll insure any person for 99.95!

    • Rick Hill

      Not even that. Just an email that reads: “There, there. There, there.”

      • theblackdog

        How much to get “Our thoughts and prayers are with you”?

        • Rick Hill

          If you have to ask, you can’t afford it

    • Msgr_MΩment

      I’ll offer it, but all procedures take place in my single-wide. With me naked. And you don’t appear in the credits in the resulting porno.

    • puredog

      Postage due.

  • Joe Beese
    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Repealing the individual mandate will kill the entire healthcare sector.

      • Joe Beese

        Nothing has changed since the long ago time of last week when the least insane Republican Senators demurred at the bill that would destroy the entire healthcare sector.

        But watch how many of them fold today, saying they simply want to “open a debate”.

  • Blender_415

    Definitely good news for John McCain… but total shit for 20+million of his fellow citizens.

  • Komsumverweigerer Ron

    I am so incredibly glad the g/f lives in Maryland. By the time the dust settles she might have single payer. Yay blue states!

    • Bright Bart

      seriously? I lives in MD. CAn I haz healthcare?

      • Komsumverweigerer Ron

        It’s looking likely, IMO. The article I linked to has a ton of detail. I do need to talk to her about it tonight.

    • theblackdog

      Hmm, I missed that they are trying to create single-payer in MD.

  • SnarkON

    This sucks hugely, but I see the Blue States setting up their own insurance exchanges. Places like California and NY/New England could even start offering single-payer options. This workaround obviously is not anywhere near as good as insurance for all Americans, but it’ll serve as a laboratory. The Red States will see how much better it is, and in a decade or so we’ll have federal single-payer.

    • TJ Barke

      The red states can see how much better universal healthcare is now in europe… They don’t care.

      • SnarkON

        Then they’ll slowly lose citizens over time. People who can will move where the insurance is. The states will lose populations and therefore will lose voting power.

        • Toomush_Inferesistance

          Nah, they’ll just hunker down, be pissed, and vote Republican..

          • SnarkON

            Fuck ’em then.

        • therblig

          the smart people with marketable skills will move to the blue states and get healthcare.

          the red states will diminish even more as those tethered to their employment (factories, mines, pipelines, service) are forced to remain…until those jobs disappear, because fuck trumpy, when a factory owner can move ops to bangladesh and pay pennies, #maga don’t mean shit.

          so, they’ll die off from lack of healthcare, dried up public assistance, and elected officials who live in luxury in DC and can retire with a pension and full health benefits.

          and they’ll continue to vote republican and blame the black guy.

          • SnarkON

            Then they deserve what they get, honestly.

          • therblig

            they’ll always have that smith and wesson retirement option.

        • Komsumverweigerer Ron

          I doubt they’ll lose voting power. Your fucked-up districting process will simply produce hundreds of rotten boroughs, where the one die-hard Republican voter is not only the ONLY voter, he’s the candidate as well.

      • Infrequentcontributor

        They can’t see that at all. They hear anecdotes about wait lists and death panels. And they ignore evidence that life expectancies are greater and costs are lower.

        (and of course the real beneficiaries of the GOP, the selfish wealthy only care that it might make their taxes go up, regardless of who benefits or how much)

        • SnarkON

          Yeah, I think it would be easier for these dumbasses to see the difference in a neighboring state. Half of them probably couldn’t find Europe on a map.

          • CripesAmighty

            Or aforementioned neighboring state, for that matter.

        • TJ Barke

          So they’ll suddenly start seeing the truth when “commie” blue states start getting good results?

    • Covfefe

      Then people will vote with their feet and the blue states will, in effect, end up subsidizing the red states. Employers will leave the blue state in favor of lower taxes in red states. That’s why we need a national solution.

      • SnarkON

        See I disagree. Wealthy people will move to the Blue States. We won’t have to subsidize Red State healthcare, because that’s the whole point of Trump’s horrible legislation.

        • TheAtlanticSucks

          Uninsured people don’t pay their medical bills. Hospitals that serve too many uninsured people eventually close. Rural hospitals are major employers for their communities. When they close unemployment goes up bigly. Property values drop. Local businesses go out of business. Hospitals support many non profits like Meals on Wheels, hospice programs, and homeless shelters. All that goes away when a rural hospital closes.

          Your happy solution of red states coming apart financially comes with a bonus of rampant organized crime. Because that is what happens when a community cannot provide for the basic needs of its citizens. Organized crime doesn’t stay in one place.

          • SnarkON

            It’s not a “happy solution,” obviously.

  • A PEEK BEHIND THE SCENES: THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATIONS MAKING LAWS

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHAWQTRC6KY

    BONUS MATERIAL! The ‘Melting Clown’ moment is sure-fire kiddie nightmare fodder!

  • But once everyone loses their health insurance, the magic faeries will appear and grant us single-payer. Or so I was told during the election.

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      If your plan has “and then the revolution happens” as one of its steps, then your plan is probably stupid.

      • Msgr_MΩment

        What part of “3. …” did you not understand?

    • Oblios_Cap

      Jill Stein told me so!

  • Bright Bart

    “And if insurance is still too expensive, which it will be if the Republicans kill off the ACA, then obviously more people will be incentivized to become investment bankers, and everything will be fine.”

    This is actually literally what happened to me. I’m not rich like the Mooch yet but I’m trying. My dream is to steal it all from the Vandersmoots and Fluffengilders and ACTUALLY MAGA.

  • Joe Beese

    Capito will cave.

    Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a critical swing vote, would not comment on how she will vote. She spent Monday evening with the president, who pressured her to back the bill.

    “No comments today,” she said in a brief interview.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/25/obamacare-repeal-vote-senate-republicans-240926

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      She’s in a tough spot. She comes from a state that’s overwhelmingly reliant on governmental healthcare spending since its dominant lifestyle is insanely unhealthy/coal-tainted, but knows her constituents are too stupid to know that… yet. But the moment they lose their insurance plans, they’ll call for her head. So it’s either get screwed now, or later.

      Not that she gets an ounce of pity, mind you.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      “Principled” and “moderate” simply mean “higher price tag”.

    • cmd resistor

      This would be after his great Boy Scout speech. Shit.

  • Robbertjan Brandenburg
  • La forza del resistino

    What’s next? Voter registration limited to Feb 29 in alternating years?

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Feb 29 in odd years.

  • Joe Beese
    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Of course Rand is gonna go for this.

    • cheetojeebus

      Let me punch you in the throat so you can see what’s in my fist.

    • The Wanderer

      Rhetorical question, right?

    • cheetojeebus

      The ballots are scratch and sniff that smell like bullshit.

    • I would laugh if McCain came to cast a ‘no’ vote.

  • BreakingDeadMen

    The behavior of the GOP gives some amount of credence to David Icke’s central thesis.

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      Lizard Men?

      • BreakingDeadMen

        Yes. These people seem to have reptile blood.

  • Joe Beese

    I can’t imagine Mitch McConnell would ask John McCain to come back if he didn’t have the votes. I really believe that you have to assume that,” said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). “It is above and beyond the call of duty … to make a 2,000-mile journey for a vote if Senator McConnell doesn’t believe he has the necessary votes.”

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/25/obamacare-repeal-vote-senate-republicans-240926

  • Msgr_MΩment

    You really need a sick brain to vote for this POS legislation. So that leaves 51 senators with no excuse.

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      Does John McCain’s brain cancer count as a sick brain?

      • Komsumverweigerer Ron

        If he votes to pass it I’m going to assume the surgeon removed the wrong part of his brain.

  • Anna Rompage

    45 days? Why that’s nothing…. Wait until next year, when the GOP still hasn’t passed their WealthCare reform bill, and they give people 3 minutes, from 2;17am to 2:20 am to sign up, renew or make changes to their plans…

    • Rick Hill

      That’s one reason for the push. If they dont’ get this then it puts their passing everything else in jeopardy

  • The Wanderer

    Dated, and different country, but appropriate for the looming Senate vote:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVwdKfLOa5o

    • Dudleydidwrong

      Magnificent but very frightening. The feeling for “Jerusalem” in GB makes that a very powerful satire, but also very applicable to the situation here.

  • Proud Liberal

    His actions should go to court for violation of the take care clause.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b251d0e93a39d302a079b63bcc27896c9faf60a384310238e799fc4a4454ee37.gif

    • Blackest Noobs

      sure but, shrugs shoulders, it’s a Republican controlled Congress, they ain’t gonna do shit.

      • Proud Liberal

        ACLU will.

        • Blackest Noobs

          ACLU is nice and all, and does good things, but it’s not going to take down a corrupt President….

          • Proud Liberal

            No doubt but, if this ever shows up to the Supreme Court, they will make him enforce it.

          • Blackest Noobs

            maybe….it’s still a conservative leaning court.

    • Komsumverweigerer Ron

      He’s been QUITE faithful about executing laws. The courtyard’s littered with their bodies.

    • VirginiaWackelpudding

      Why hasn’t there been more focus on that one lil paragraph? Are there any penalties if he doesn’t?

    • Covfefe

      Faithful execution means he has to do things Jesus’ way.

    • elviouslyqueer

      Another quote from an NPR story I heard last week: “The president can’t just ignore laws he doesn’t like and enforce the ones he does. That’s why they’re called LAWS.”

      Mind you, my response was “Have you seen the way Head Motherfucker What Thinks He’s In Charge works?”

    • proudgrampa

      Just Takin’ Care of Business:

      https://youtu.be/-9-R9S1m4dA

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        I don’t see the point of that. I’ll be in my bunk…

  • BigCSouthside

    I’m a starting to get pissed that democrats have not unleashed an ad and talk show war machine to show the world exactly what these fucking pieces of shit are up to.

    • GreenGoldSharpie

      It’s speculative when, if they pass it, you can. Ring the certain horror.

      I’d have waited too.

    • OutOfOrbit

      Mebbee the DNC game is hoping this monstrosity passes so they can weaponized the results in ’18 and those who die in the meantime? Well this ain’t your daddy’s DNC.

  • Toomush_Inferesistance

    I keep having this fantasy that Senator McCain will come striding in at the last moment in his nightshirt and sleeping cap, and vote no, just to spite that veteran-demeaning trump….”Fuck ’em all, I’m dying anyway!”….

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      The “maverick” will, as always, toe the party line in the end.

      • cmd resistor

        I’m starting to remember that time in 2080 when he “suspended” his campaign and losing the shred of hope for anything good.

    • Joe Beese

      He’ll die as he lived… in obedient service to evil.

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      He’ll fall in line until his last breath. He’s already cemented the false legend of the maverick.

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        But what a blaze of glory that would be! And to stick it to donald in such a wonderful way!…”I like the kind of presidents that are human”…

    • Blackest Noobs

      keep dreaming

    • Treg Brown ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      ” At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain’s hair and said, “You’re getting a little thin up there.” McCain’s face reddened, and he responded, “At least I don’t plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt.”

      Yeah. He’s a fucking prince.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/04/07/report-mccains-profane-ti_n_95429.html

    • Covfefe

      Fantasies are fine, as long as you’re aware that they’re fantasies and you don’t let them interfere with your perception of reality.

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        Spoilsport!…

  • BreakingDeadMen

    I know it’s unlikely, BUT: man, if McCain wanted to be cement his “Maverick” legacy, a no vote on this would do it.

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      His “Maverick” reputation is nought but a “mirage.”

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      His legacy is already cemented. The media will do that job for him. It’s like Tim Russert. When he was a live he was a hack, but since he passed everyone equates him as some sort of Edward R. Murrow

      • Weird Fishes

        Only because he prayed for Buffalo to win a Super Bowl.

    • Doug Langley

      If I recall correctly, “Maverick” was an old TV show about a cowardly, lying cowboy.

      • miss_grundy

        No, he was a cardsharp and very aptly played by the sardonic James Garner, may he rest in peace.

        • Erala Contratista

          One of the very few shows us chirrin were allowed to watch.
          Good times!

      • Blackest Noobs

        you recalled correctly and probably a good one for McLame.

    • Covfefe

      The way Donald works, once he’s got John McCains’s feet in the cement, he’s going to toss McCain over the side.

    • miss_grundy

      He stopped being mavericky a long, long time ago. Now, he is just cranky.

    • elviouslyqueer

      Two words: Sarah. Palin.

      That’s McCain’s legacy, sorted.

      • Wookie Monster

        At least now he can blame her on the brain tumor.

  • SayItWithWookies

    That’s today’s Republican Party – they’ll skip a vacation if it’ll make millions of Americans sicker and poorer.

  • Blackest Noobs
  • Fartknocker

    91 deaths per day. And I can assure you Cornholio Coryn and that POS Cruz are voting for it’s repeal without a solution because a tax break for the rich is so important.
    https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html

    • Oblios_Cap

      The poor will always be with us. Like Jesus said, don’t do anything to help them.

  • miss_grundy

    I can’t wait until Karma visits Team Trump and unloads cosmic justice on these critters–without the benefit of votes. I hope it is epic.

    • OutOfOrbit

      Yeah but sadly, life ain’t always fair: look at Bushco.

      • Blackest Noobs

        yep….was gonna say karma comeuppance is just wishful thinking…it amount to helluva nothing

  • Marion in Savannah
    • MynameisBlarney

      It’s like they insist on ignoring all the warnings from the last 70+ years of sci-fi stories and movies.

      • MynameisBlarney

        “Hey guys! I got a great idea! Let’s create an army of self-replicating autonomous killer androids and release them into the general population just for shits and giggles!”

        • Longstreet63

          We already have plenty of those. Except the android part.

          • cmd resistor

            I think Jared might be an android.

          • MynameisBlarney

            The Jared Treason-bot 9000.

    • Antonin Dvorak

      “Much to my surprise, when we had our initial meeting to ask if this was something we wanted to look at doing, it was an overwhelming majority of people that said yes,” Mr. Westby said, noting that he had expected more reluctance. “It exceeded my expectations. Friends, they want to be chipped. My whole family is being chipped — my two sons, my wife and myself.”

      WTF is wrong with these people? At least leave the kids out of it.

      • Ghenghis McCann

        “Resistance is futile.”

    • Lance Thrustwell

      I, for one, welcome our new IT overlords!

    • Blackest Noobs

      and so it begins….

      • proudgrampa

        Indeed.

    • mancityRed6

      there was a news story about this years ago but it dealt with bars and clubs and people being special members.

    • Ghenghis McCann

      So, if I want to get into their building, all I have to do is sever the hand of one of their employees, and use that to gain access?

    • shivaskeeper

      Yeah… fuck no.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Relax, this will take a while yet.

      https://i.imgur.com/8Vg21wP.jpg

  • kaydenpat

    If Trump Care is so great, why are Republicans hiding it? They won’t even know what they’re voting for until it’s unveiled today. How bonkers is that?

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      They don’t want the public to know.

    • Blackest Noobs

      seems awfully white of them to me.

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      They don’t care. If they don’t pass something healthcare-awful, they’ll look weak and like losers. Sad!…

    • Anna Rompage

      And Nancy got shit for the out of context quote “you have to pass it to see what’s in it”…

    • Wookie Monster

      Because Kenyan Muslim Benghazi Emails! That’s why.

    • Weird Fishes

      I think this is the Motion to Proceed. If it passes then they can get on with the replacement part of their “plan.” If it fails it should die the lonely awful death it deserves, but Turdle has shown a marked proclivity to making up or bending the rules to suit as he goes along.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    Should John McCain actually vote to kill healthcare in this country, I will take back every nice thing I said about him following his diagnosis, and reverse my position on the hoped-for outcome of his illness. The rest of what I have to say would violate not just the commenting rules, but all rules of human decency.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Maybe it’s three-dimensional chess? Maybe he’s given up on the GOP and will vote to repeal Obamacare because he thinks that’ll doom the GOP in ’18 and ’20?

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        Nah. It’s just that, well….he’s got healthcare.

        • Old town Urbandale

          And a rich wife.

    • Wookie Monster

      I keep hoping the brain tumor has given him the balls to be the maverick he’s claimed to be.

      • Covfefe

        Well, they removed just enough of his brain.

    • Anna Rompage

      Give they guy a break, he just had brain surgery, and Mitchy-poo promised John all the green jello he could eat…

    • canes_pugnaces

      McCain has always been a conservative, morally challenged dick. A tumor, while sad, does not change that.

    • mailman27

      He is, always has been, always will be a mendacious dickweed. He has absolutely no principles.

  • VirginiaWackelpudding

    I can’t find this on C SPAN. Don’t we get to watch the deliberations? No live coverage anywhere or am I not finding it because I can’t handle the horrible today?

    • mancityRed6

      so far as I’ve found, they’ll convene at noon and vote for debate in the afternoon.

    • Proud Liberal

      I think they begin this afternoon.

      • VirginiaWackelpudding

        I is a idjut cause I can’t find it. Are they calling it something different like sanctions against the American people or Jesus wants to see you NOW help act?

      • cmd resistor

        I read either 12:15 or around 2 or 2:30. From Politico:
        “The vote is expected Tuesday afternoon after what is expected to be a rowdy Republican lunch. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to use McCain’s return and momentum from one final plea to his members at a Tuesday caucus meeting to push the required 50 votes into the “yes” column and open debate on repealing the law. ”
        Perhaps a food fight at the rowdy lunch would be possible.

    • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

      Just turned on CSPAN2. Convening now.

      • VirginiaWackelpudding

        Got it in time for the pledge. Thanks!

  • So i was on a planning call yesterday (with in fact, the lovely Inna quoted above). If this shitshow gets the ok today it’s NOT done (usually MTPs mean the bills going to proceed). There’s still 20 hours of debate and Vote a Rama where amendments get introduced. Dems can stall there and play all sorts of games. There’s a lot of talk that McConnell does not have the votes at that point – whichever direction they choose (straight repeal or repeal / replace).

    TL/DR: don’t give up even if they vote!!! Keep calling and emailing and faxing and marching and resist-boting.

  • Covfefe

    Reverse demographics. You kill off the losers, you kill off the Democrat base.

    • Blackest Noobs

      that’s not all the Repub’z healthcare bill will kill.
      they think it’s the Dems base but it is honestly their own.

      • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

        It is actually their own. The Red states are by far the most economically troubled, and the most dependent on Medicare, Medicaid, and the ACA. So there will be justice in the end, it’ll just take a while.

        • Blackest Noobs

          the bestest bigly deaths are the slow burn ones.

    • CripesAmighty

      Yeah, all them Coastal ayleets in WVa.

  • WotsAllThisThen

    I thought the “Beware of Leopard” sign was a bit much, myself.

  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    The willful blindness and ignorance of the idiots who support Trump makes the blood boil. How can anyone look at these men:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7996e5755330f40265a9d46cc497c744b315f2a75287ce5c09dc77d22423af09.png

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/30d4919e63e304fa6897a921a88dee8c9601be6cbaa9c1acfeef4a38a496b8a7.jpg

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5a7e67882e816b80234b676b9f2a0d56cb9511395351b8aee07592d76882812e.png
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a077fdad6f2e351bc7a431ecc10176f72a9a1d9b6c8498883b0dd4efd68e651c.png
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a6b9130e8526c01e4092ad91371e2c3f770f3d5ad447741f8bc3b2a7d999ee9d.jpg

    And believe for one second that any of them has ever spent a moment of time concerned with the lives and aspirations of ordinary Americans? With bettering their lot? The notion is completely risible. They look at the American public as wolves view a flock of sheep. And the sad thing is, most Trump voters, deep down, realize it – and are hoping they can one day become wolves themselves.

    • Kiri the Unicorn

      …Hence the line about “temporarily embarrassed millionaires”.

      Scaramucci has what may be the most insincere grin I’ve ever seen.

    • RobKanC

      Ummm. You are talking about the same group that wants everything different to die in name of a dude who lived well over 2000 years ago.

      • Bub, the cynical zombie

        I know. Who talk of Jesus and then say and do things that are completely opposite to everything He supposedly stood for.

        • Paperless Tiger

          You’d think they’d be hippie communists.

          • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

            They would be if they were decent people. But they’re not, deep down, so they go with hatred and anger.

        • Christianity was SUPPOSED to be a religion of the underdog. We ended up in the crapsack universe after it became the state religion of the Empire.

  • RELATED: MOAR HEALTH CARE IN THE NEWS

    Breatharian Couple Only Eats Air. And will take monies now please to show you too how also eat air.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f3a68f40d143e9dfc6c6a39f485c2ba5dd6fe7be80c468c0b8b252488ed6f8bf.jpg

    Visit the website!

    Run around with a buncha goddam hippies!

    http://www.bravotv.com/blogs/breatharians-claim-to-survive-by-eating-air

    Still, better than TrumpCare or canned clams.

  • canes_pugnaces

    The plan:

    => Vote to approve House bill where there is no health care.
    => Once passed swap it out with something that is orange and rancid and grabs pussies and where there is still no healthcare;
    => Vote for Pussygrabbercare and pass;
    => Make America Sick Again (MASA);

    Next: Tax reform.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Shit’s about to get real.

    Manafort about to get grilled by Sen. Franken.

    http://crooksandliars.com/2017/07/manafort-subpoenaed-senate-judiciary-guess

    • Ghenghis McCann

      Not grilled in the cooking sense, though. Shame.

      • JustDon’tSaySortMyBalls

        Ukrainian BBQ isn’t all it’s cracked to be anyway.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    If you haven’t yet watched Seth Myers’ “Closer Look” at the Mooch, today would be a good time to do it. I think we’ll all need all the laughs we can get, and it’s brutal and funny. I’m sorry this post is neither.

  • JackLinks

    It’s time to start embarrassing the insurance company’s CEO’s!

    • HazooToo

      They don’t get embarrassed. They get rich.

  • Beanz&Berryz

    Why is it that only areas in which these fuckers demonstrate any competence is in ratfucking other people?

    • Bill D. Burger

      Nature & Nurture. It’s a lifetime of nurturing their grifting, depraved nature.

    • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

      More importantly, why is it that huge swaths of the American people don’t seem willing to notice, or care, or do anything about it???

  • cmd resistor

    “These fuckers” is right.

  • Angela Ruzzo

    I volunteer at my local Planned Parenthood clinic, and they have a staffer whose job it is to help PP customers sign up for the ACA. I wonder who pays for this position? I never thought to ask, but I need to find out.

    • doktorzoom

      Probably not one of the companies under this contract — I think they did more temporary site visits.

  • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

    Is it too early for day drinking? Just turned on the senate on CSPAN2.

  • Alienist

    Once I went to a car lot and found a mid-sized, affordable car that I liked. It wasn’t everything I wanted, but it would get me to work and get my family around. I wasn’t there long before a salesman tracked me down. He noticed that I was looking at the car and told me, “You don’t want that car. It’s dangerous. It’s out of style.” I told him that I kind of liked the car. He said, “Let me show you how bad this car is.” He then called out a chimpanzee in a racing suit and helmet and put him behind the wheel of the car. In a flash, the car took off. It didn’t get 100 yards before it crashed into other cars in the lot. “See?!” the salesman said. “Too much power! Poor steering! No automatic brakes! The radio was too loud! See how easily it gets scratched?!” He then took me to a brand new, high end SUV. I told him that I could not afford to maintain it, much less purchase it. He looked at me with disdain and told me, “You better get used to walking.”

    • Ghenghis McCann

      “Good enough for what I need ” is the enemy of ” I can get much better commission on this expensive monstrosity that you can’t afford.”

    • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

      Once I went to a car lot and found a well-thought out, nicely designed, affordable car. Sure, it needed a few improvements –the navigation system wasn’t that easy to use, and it didn’t have a CD player, but it was a godsend. Not only could I get to work, and get my family around, but it was air-conditioned and fuel-efficient. Out came a salesman and started shrieking and pushing me away: “A NI[CLANG] designed that car! Bad! Contaminated!” He had successfully stopped millions of people from buying the car that way.

  • davidhollenshead

    That Uncle Sam looks a bit like Gorburger……….

  • whitroth

    Those sons of bitches voted for the procedural motion to open debate.

    • TheAtlanticSucks

      Debate happens under regular order. This was a vote to continue discussion outside of regular order. The “debate” mentioned will be nothing more than vote haggling amongst Republicans who still hope to get their shitty healthcare ideas to the President’s desk before August. https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/regular-order-congress/

  • disqus_lWwzrwNaw6

    We cope, I guess. The filthy old Kochs have blown up the whole country now, the way they blew up Kansas, and what took a decade or so to destroy will take generations to rebuild, and some of the damage will never be undone, particularly since the mad tech billionaire Robert Mercer has shown up to salt the earth that the Kochs have scorched. Meanwhile Mad Donald’s deranged policies are setting us even further behind in a complex, competitive global economy, but that’s okay, because the super-rich don’t appear to be paying any kind of a price at all, and just so’s they’re happy, I guess all’s well. Besides, Kim Jung Un appears to be on track to nuke Hawaii or the West Coast or something sooner rather than later, and Steve Bannon’s whole White Man’s Internationale is on the march, with armed old white boys across the US of A finding their trigger fingers gettin’ mighty itchy, and just waiting for a word from the White House to make America great again, bang-bang.

    Fuck all.

    • jowgajen

      Don’t be silly, we’d blow NK to kingdom come long before they got a nuke off the ground, damn the South Koreans (and Chinese, and Japanese, and …)

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    “These fuckers.”

    Yup, I have nothing more to add.

  • Monty Market

    Obamacare is dead. Now drumpf owns Trumpcare. Brace yourself, America, for a real screwing…

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