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What rude beast slouches forth THIS goddamned time?

With less than two weeks to go before the deadline to pass a bill with only 50 votes, Senate Republicans are giving one more try to repealing and “replacing” the Affordable Care Act, this time with what may well be the worst possible plan they’ve offered yet, the terrible plan put forward by South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, Louisiana’s Bill Cassidy, and Nevada’s Dean Heller, who joined late so the bill is usually just called “Graham-Cassidy.” This is the one that would convert all federal funds for both Obamacare AND Medicaid into block grants for the states starting in 2020, cutting the available money immediately and then reducing the grants every year until 2026, at which point the ACA replacement grants simply go away and there’s no federal money being spent on what Obamacare used to cover — AND which removes all protections for pre-existing conditions and allows insurers to raise your rates every time you get sick. Yes, really. And now it looks like Republican leadership is moving forward to try to rush it through before September 30, while it can still be passed through the weirdass “reconciliation” process, which would avoid a filibuster.

As we discussed a while back when John McCain suddenly said oh, sure, he could vote for that, “regular order” be damned, this is just a terrible, terrible bill. Go read that earlier post for details; the Washington Post and Vox both have excellent ‘splainers as well. But here’s a quick list of the worst features of the thing, from Andy Slavitt, who ran the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) during the Obama administration:

If you’re a policy-details junkie, most of the details for that summary can be found at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. But for a change, since we’ve already delved some into why this is terrible policy, we’re going to focus here on process: Where exactly does this abomination stand, what chance does it have of passing, and what do we do to stop it? Short answers: 1) Yes they’re seriously trying this, B) it’s hard to say but it could happen (and Trump will sign literally anything called a “replacement” for the ACA), and III) RESIST, RESIST, RESIST.

Where it Stands: Politico reports Mitch McConnell is definitely interested in moving the bill forward: If it has the support of at least 50 senators, the bare minimum needed to pass it through reconciliation (with a tie-breaker by Vice President Mike Pence), then he’ll bring it to the floor. And Senate Republicans are rushing through all the mechanics of getting the bill ready for a reconciliation vote: The draft has been sent to the Congressional Budget Office with a request for an expedited score on how much it would cost and how many people would be affected by it. They’ll also need a decision by the Senate parliamentarian on whether all parts of the measure can be passed through reconciliation within the confines of the Senate’s rules — basically, reconciliation can only be applied to budget issues, and the parliamentarian decides whether they fit that description.

What Chance does it Have of Passing? The big trick will be actually persuading 50 Republicans to vote for the damned mess. How close are they to getting there? Says Politico:

Cassidy estimates he is now just a handful of votes short of passing the bill, and other senators are beginning to press for another vote before they turn their attention to tax reform this fall.

Some Republicans believe that if the bill were put on the floor Monday, it would have the support of 49 senators.

“All we need is one more,” Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) said of the repeal effort, which failed in July after GOP Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted no on a slimmed-down repeal bill.

Yes, that means that a whole bunch of senators — including Dean Heller — who said they couldn’t possibly support the mean meanness of earlier Senate bills because of their Medicaid cuts may have decided that this bill is suddenly acceptable, and that’s thanks to a cute trick in the formula for Medicaid funding. The block grant amounts for Medicaid funding would be divvied up to bribe red-state senators: Since the ACA’s Medicaid expansion would be rolled back, the new Medicaid block grants would actually redistribute available Medicaid money to all states based on their pre-expansion Medicaid eligibility, negating the increase in coverage in those states that expanded Medicaid. As a result, blue states would see their Medicaid funding cut sharply, while red states that didn’t expand Medicaid would see few relative cuts:

Nine states would see their funding cut by 50% or more compared to what their Medicaid expansion and exchange subsidies would otherwise be. These states include expected conservative targets like New York, California, New Jersey and Massachusetts, but also North Carolina, Florida and Virginia.

Yet somehow Maine, Alaska, Nevada and West Virginia are almost entirely protected from these cuts in the early years (although every state would be hard hit in the long run or in the event of a recession or public health emergency like Hurricane Harvey). What do those states have in common? Each has Republican senators who either voted against or strongly considered voting against the last Senate repeal bill.

So will red-state senators decide that’s a terrific deal? No telling. But Graham and Cassidy have McConnell pushing for them, and as Politico notes, they’ve actually gotten Donald Trump to start making calls and lobbying senators to get behind this thing. So it’s really going to once again come down to a handful of R votes in the Senate, and even if it passes in the Senate, there’s the question of whether House Republicans would get on board. They’re big enough bastards that they could.

What Do We Do to Stop This Thing? Phone calls to your senators and representatives, kids. The entire Resistance playbook. Call YOUR senators, and if your own Senators are Democrats, then call them and insist they use every parliamentary trick in the book to run out the clock. Get into the streets. Yes, again. The best way to save healthcare for tens of millions of Americans is to fight this fucking thing until September 30 and make sure it STAYS DEAD. After that, any attempt to kill the ACA would be subject to filibuster, and that will give us some breathing room — not a lot, but reconciliation will be dead.

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  • Stulexington

    I’m so glad they’ve put aside everything else to hammer on this thing like the last 6 years. It’s not like congress is suppose to do anything important or anything.

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      or that they’ve spent that time gunning for a program that arguably did good things for americans, taxpayers, and business.

  • Mavenmaven

    The Republicans truly believe that if they just kill off all the poor and middle class people, they will maintain power forever.

    • P’jama Pahnts

      They seem to be bent on creating more poor people though

      • MynameisBlarney

        I think they intend to make it easier for us to die off in large numbers.

      • TJ Barke

        People that are desperate are more willing to accept shit jobs with no benefits and pathetic pay.

    • JohnBull

      But we’re the ones who make people poor because liberals run cities and there are poor people there. See how that makes sense?

  • MynameisBlarney

    That’s just evil as fuck.

    • SeeTrain65

      EvilCo: Formerly the GOP.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Might be time for those states that pay into the Fed to start telling the moocher states (most of the red states) to Fuck off if the GOP is going to pull this shit.

    • natoslug

      If you feed them, they’ll never learn to be self-sufficient. Treating the poor states humanely only encourages their cycles of poverty! Send bootstraps.

      • Stulexington

        Sell them bootstraps, no free bootstraps either!

  • Michael R
    • The Wanderer

      The Return of the Trash Pandas. Not as good as the original.

    • The Librarian

      Gawd, that’s creepy.

  • Weird Fishes

    So we get to live through this bullshit drama again. Last time we had to rely on a heroic deed from a man who has become so erratic in his voting habits that nobody knows what he’s going to do next. Who will the hero be this time?

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    Republicans are monsters. Evil monsters. There is no other explanation.

    • coozledad

      It’s a disease state.

  • foiled again

    Fucking fucks. Hard to plan for the future when you haven’t got one. Thanks a bunch, you shit-sucking monsters.

  • memzilla Ω

    What the fuck is it gonna take? Garlic? Wooden stakes? Silver bullets? Holy water? Sunlight? Barbed-wire baseball bats?

    • arglebargle

      Yes

    • JohnBull

      Votes usually take care of this. But since nobody in those states does that right, I’m going with the bats dipped in holy water and wrapped by barbed wire that shoot bullets.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Hard to believe the party that has spent the past 40 years arguing that people are less important than profits isn’t looking out for our best interests.

    • Grokenstein

      But but but, both sides equally bad!

    • JohnBull

      But democrats were the racists 150 years ago!!

      • SarahCSoares

        Google pays now $99 to each worker for working on computer.You can also avail this.
        On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $11752 this last four weeks..with-out any doubt it’s the most-comfortable job I have ever done .. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
        !si294d:
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  • Villago Delenda Est

    Graham and Cassidy need to be dealt with.

    With votes. Sharp, pointy, curare tipped votes.

  • Vincent Ricola

    Are they trying to kill us all with extreme stress so no one will ever need healthcare again?

    • cmd resistor

      Throwing in a few hurricanes on top of it.

  • Marceline

    We’ve got a protest planned for Portman’s office tomorrow.

    • data_ninja

      In Columbus?

      • Marceline

        Cleveland. I suspect there’s one in Columbus too but I’m not in that Indivisible group.

        • data_ninja

          Im in Cleveland, I may have to check that out.

          • Marceline

            It looks like they are going to try to make an actual office visit instead of just a protest. If you’re on FB look for the Indivisible CLE group.

    • God bless you

  • natoslug

    Sorry about the OT, but how did I not know that Seth McFarlane was Jason Chaffetz less evil twin?

    • theblackdog

      What did he do now?

      • Latverian Diplomat

        I’m guessing it’s just a comment on physical resemblance?

      • natoslug

        I broke down and watch “The Orville” and realized I was looking at a less greasy, non-permed Chaffetz.

  • MynameisBlarney

    I can’t concentrate on anything right now.

    So, here’s this.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BZJjxzcnfwV/?taken-by=wilfordbrimly

    • Ricky Gay

      Self-grabbing pussy?

    • Vincent Ricola

      This is will be all of us if they take away our healthcare.

      • Magyar Has Had It Up To Here

        And ease environmental toxins

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    Heller’s trying to convince people that it’s good because he’s putting his electoral future on the line. Because he’s dumb enough to believe Sandoval won’t use beat the snot out of him over throwing the crisis onto the state legislature.

    https://twitter.com/Thundersteel007/status/909789970101035009

    • Stulexington

      And he didn’t want to feel left out on all the yes voting.

  • Iron Monkey

    To the extent that resistance means anything it involves constant vigilance, willingness and ability to organize on short notice and knowing that the enemy will never rest. It is never over.

  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    Just posted this on the Wonkagenda thread, but this is a more appropriate place:

    https://twitter.com/otto_maddoxx/status/909768343690735616
    https://twitter.com/RubenBolling/status/909762659507167232

  • Dept. of Space Tacos

    what a bunch of cruel shit this assholes are trying to pass.

    Dickheads.

  • Oblios_Cap

    Wow, those Republicans really are policy wonks,aren’t they?

    • The Librarian

      Policy wankers. FIFY.

  • Michael R

    ” Of the 50 executives and 21 lobbyists and trade group officials belonging to his Florida, New Jersey, and Virginia club, two thirds of them played a round of golf while Trump was there. “

    • Oblios_Cap

      Coincidence, I’m sure…

  • Rick Hill

    Ok, I saw this and now I have to make everyone else cry like I am, right now.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aqqbgyssefs

    • Joe Beese

      You’re history’s greatest monster.

  • Juan de Fuca

    I’m not one to usually play the race card but it’s almost like these people simply want to erase the legacy of a president because he’s black. Well, that and a democrat but mostly because he’s black.

    I mean, seriously…

    • MynameisBlarney

      And punish EVERYONE that voted for him.

      • Roadstergal

        And everyone who voted for the wimminz candidate in 2016. Nice blue states you have there, shame if someone fucked them over.

        • theblackdog

          That’s pretty much what’s going on, though the media wouldn’t have you think that considering every week they have a new profile on the “economically anxious” Trump voter

      • The Librarian

        Welcome home?!

      • Vincent Ricola

        No other explanation works at this point.

      • Juan de Fuca

        And what the fuck are they going to replace it with? Going back to business as usual, where the U.S. is still going to pay far more for healthcare than the rest of the world?

        O/T – glad you’re safe and best wishes for getting back to normal life.

  • The Librarian

    Gee, look at all the money “saved” if this abomination gets passed. However, since we’ll all be dead of easily preventable diseases, who’s going to give a flying fuck?

  • Magyar Has Had It Up To Here

    I don’t care if Schumer has to (lady-) blow these three on national television, this bill must be stopped.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Speakin’ of assholes…

    Guess who got thrown the fuck in jail recently…

    https://i.imgur.com/fLBoXSK.png

    • theblackdog

      Another candidate for “Punch me in the face (with votes)!”

  • Bright Bart

    you know, I’ve never wished frogs and pestilence on anyone yet but…

  • Proud Liberal

    Republicans will stop at nothing until they repeal the ACA. That’s what they have campaigned on since its inception. They don’t care how many people get hurt. They only care what’s politically expedient.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      A couple of ’em said to CNN that “we owe it to our voters to try one more time because we promised”.
      It’s the only promise they seem willing to keep.

  • Crystalclear12

    This zombie movie sucks!!

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      The problem is that the usual “remove the head or destroy the brain” tactics don’t work. How can you destroy something it doesn’t have?

      • Crystalclear12

        Don’t bother with a heart shot.
        Same problem as with the head shot.

        • Kill it with fire! Is finally legitimately applicable

        • Arolpin

          There’s always a gutshot. It’s painful and slow, but I’m told it works eventually, especially in the absence of prompt and competent medical attention.

          • Crystalclear12

            Once again, your average Republican zombie is a gutless coward.

  • Joe Beese

    In First Words To UN, Trump Praises Trump-Branded Condo Next Door

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-un-praises-trump-world-tower

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      what a jackass.

      (How’s momma Beese, joe?)

      • Joe Beese

        Well, thank you.

    • Bill D. Burger

      What a planetary embarrassment that fucker is.

      https://i.imgur.com/MOdMd5q.gif

    • SeeTrain65

      Dear Bob Mueller:

      HURRY.

      ST

  • Joe Beese

    Rand, Murkowski, and Collins still seem reasonably firm No-s.

  • MynameisBlarney

    I think this is the “Magic Spoo” guy, whats-his-face…

    https://i.imgur.com/Omfs63j.png

    • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist

      That was the episode directed by Walter Hill.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    I’d just like a moment here to thank all the Stein and Johnson voters, and those who stayed at home, and those who refused to vote for the Democrats, and chose Dump instead, since they didn’t get their unicorns and rainbows. Not only could we have had a president who wouldn’t dream of signing such a bill, but we might have flipped the fucking senate as well.

    • Vincent Ricola

      I read the Hillary book this weekend too. :(

      • NastyBossetti

        I bought it, but I was going on a weekend trip to the beach with 3 of my oldest lady friends this past weekend, and I though it would put me in a very bad headspace, so I haven’t opened it yet. I feel kind of afraid to read it.

        • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

          I heard that if you bought her book you’d automatically get put on her “body count” list. So I bought it hoping I would get to meet her!

        • Vincent Ricola

          I was scared too. I kept thinking that I was not ready to relive the pain of last year.

          I will say that, for me, it gave some serious closure. I cried a bunch, but I also laughed and agreed and felt like someone was finally speaking to the pragmatists that weren’t trying to bring on the next revolution. It was really inspiring and personal and I give it all the stars. And fuck Chuck Todd. The end.

  • Joe Beese

    Can you help a fellow American who’s down on his luck?

    The family of former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn has set up a legal defense fund for him, soliciting donations to ease the “tremendous financial burden” from the ongoing investigations into his actions and the 2016 presidential campaign.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/18/michael-flynn-legal-defense-fund-242832

    • Maybe don’t allegedly commit treason then, fuckwad

    • Crystalclear12

      Can I pay in dildos?

      • Roadstergal

        Only if they’re already used.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      What is this, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip34k5IUnjU

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      He’s a millionaire. Fuck him and his treason. I hope he goes bankrupt as well as spending the rest of his life in federal prison along with his creepy addled son.

    • ariel_gee_398

      Cry me a fucking river. He’s guaranteed counsel if he’s arrested. Poor defendants don’t get counsel paid for before they’re arrested, neither should traitors.

    • SayItWithWookies

      What — Flynn can’t find a lawyer who takes laundered rubles?

    • NastyBossetti

      I have some Canadian Tire dollars from like… the early 80s. Will those work?

    • CripesAmighty

      Here’s a quarter. Call someone who cares.

    • Cock Blockula

      Grifters all, up and down the line.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      You’d think Putin would pay his people enough to cover their legal fees.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    Dear John McCain,

    Donald Trump called you a poopyhead. Twice!

    You know what to do.

    Signed,
    Whatever Works

  • Bill D. Burger
    • The Librarian

      Thank you, retweeted.

  • Scooby

    If this doesn’t work Trump can get behind Bernies Repeal & replace.

  • Crystalclear12

    May I point out if more people in 3 states had got off their purity ponies and voted for HRC we could have taken the rest of the month off.

  • cmd resistor

    I am starting to really hate these people.

    • Crystalclear12

      Starting?
      Catch up.

  • Iron Monkey

    Just got off the phone with Debbie Stabenow’s office–she is up for re-election in 2018. Gary Peters is next. Both Dems, both encouraged to gum up the works in the Senate on this abomination.

    • Thanks for that tip – i said that to my senators too (IL so also no votes to sway).

  • Bill D. Burger
    • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist

      Are those fossils attempting fist bumps? Just… stop.

      • ariel_gee_398

        Once you let go of your dignity and vote for Trump, this comes easy.

      • Old Man Yells at Cloud

        No, they practicing for the Republican Donor Circle Jerk.

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      What about all of Trump’s fucking claims it was going to be better and cheaper than Ocare. He said it over and over again. Journos, go look that shit up and fucking include it on any story.

      • ariel_gee_398

        Most of his mouth-breathing supporters won’t care if he breaks that promise, as long as he still promises them deportations and a fucking wall.

        • Good_Gawd_Yall

          As long as he primarily hurts and upsets Democrats and people of color, too. They really don’t care if they get hurt in the process as long as they can believe that we are hurt more.

          • CripesAmighty

            They’ll gladly hang themselves if there’s someone to kick on the way to the bottom of the rope.

  • Rick Hill

    Ok, some better doggie vid. abused pup gets some love for the first time.(You’re still gonna cry)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiOf2HZmLfY

    • Resistance Fighter Callyson

      Where did all those cut-up onions come from?

      • Rick Hill

        Did you notice, right at the first part, where he is scared but his tail curled under him, the tip is wagging?

    • Werewolf

      I’ve never before heard a dog make a horrible noise like she was making in the beginning. 😢

    • King Beauregard

      I am of foul enough of a mood to say that, if Hillary were petting the dog, Bernie’s little gang of bomb-throwers would claim that she abused him in the first place and was petting him just for show.

  • Dept. of Space Tacos

    I think I found another analogy for Trump. I came across this is an unrelated blog post elsewhere:

    “Ostap Bender (translator’s note: a character from Russian literature, a liar and a boaster, often referred to as ‘the great manipulator’):”

    This is from the Wikipedia entry:

    Bender is an extremely attractive, resourceful crook, full of energy while operating within the law (“Bender knew 400 relatively legal ways to make population part with their money.“); his description as “The Great Combinator” became a catch phrase in the Russian language.

    His exploits have been enjoyed by readers throughout the Soviet times and in modern Russia. In post-Soviet times Bender’s character was elevated from the status of a con man to that of an entrepreneur. His statues may be found in several cities, and a commemorative plaque was set in Odessa, the city of his birth.[2]

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    All this worrying about the future of my health care can’t be good for my blood pressure FFS…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/82576dd79acd3fdbcaf9c21a93b17e00e77e9b1ec0843888420b2f419c031e1c.jpg

    • Right? This is MY JOB (and we JUST got our full funding for 2018 – though we’re losing a month’s pay, thank you president trump for ensuring i do no consumer spending in october) AND MY GODDAMN INSURANCE.

      I really want to sleep and stop drinking.

  • Relativicus

    They’re still taking runs at Social Security and Roe, so I’m not particularly surprised they’re still banging on the ACA.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    As a person with an existing condition that was not formerly covered by insurance AND a person with female parts, I’d just like to say that I’m so over this shit.
    I do have one suggestion, though: we need to stop calling it Obamacare. That really does seem to be the problem. The rubes think the ACA is a different thing and Dolt 45 just wants to erase Obama’s legacy, so let’s call it the ACA going forward. Everyone. All commentators, all talking heads, all politicians, all reasonable people: call it the ACA. Please. I’m getting too old to keep resisting this shit every couple of weeks.

    • Juan de Fuca

      Couldn’t agree more. Obamacare is something the RWNJ’s came up with.

      It’s ACA.

      And don’t even get me started on “Obamaphones”.

      • Ellie

        That last one is easy; the response is, “Oh, you mean Reaganphones? I thought it was one of his better ideas.”

    • gene108

      The right-wingers came up with Obamacare because they thought the PPACA would be a complete failure and that way it would be hung around Obama’s neck forever and ever.

      Instead of an insult, I’d rather embrace it. As President Obama said. Obamacare isn’t an insult “Obama cares”.

      There’s no curing the reflexive racism of large parts of this country. I am tired of having to be “politically correct”, in order to avoid hurting the delicate feelings of racists, who just can’t accept non-whites can do things better than they can.

    • Actually obama is ok with it. We got federal marching orders for ACA outreach that obamacare was fine.

      That being said, now with the peestain in office, we should just not use his name on anything at all.

      • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

        The downside is that, as per usual, Obama overestimated the intelligence of the average American. Hence the people who like their ACA coverage but hate Obamacare, because our national education system is a joke.

        • CripesAmighty

          On cannot educate the uneducable. Preternatural stupidity is irreversible.

    • Snopes Shop

      Agreed!!

  • SayItWithWookies

    I guess Lindsey and crew decided they’d better win elections without Florida since it won’t be above water for too much longer anyway.

  • spangled

    cutting medicaid in blue states but not red….jesus fucking christ they are comically evil and ridiculous.

    maybe california/new york/mass should stop paying more into federal taxes than what they get back? maybe blue state senators should vote against the red states too.

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      Are they *trying* to provoke a civil war? Because outright favoring some states but not others (which is, by the by, also unconstitutional) because of their political leanings is bad, bad mojo.

      • notanncoulter

        you mean… lie they are trying to do?
        i get it – we don’t want to be them.
        but they never hesitate if it involves dickery.

  • Rob

    So, if they manage to kill this one again, we’re safe for like 3 months? Then January hits and it’s a new year and they can try again for 9 months?

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      No – unless the reconciliation language is put back into the new budget when it’s approved, any future legislation would be back on the 60-vote threshold. And they want reconciliation in next year’s budget for the tax cuts.

      • Lefty Wright

        That 60 vote threshold can be stopped any time a majority of the senate wants to. Making it a simple majority, like the Gorsuch nomination. The ACA repeal effort will not die on September 30.

        • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

          A rules change of that magnitude, though, is something even hard-line conservatives like Cornyn and Grassley have refused to back. The only ones that seem interested in blowing up the filibuster are the Cruz-Cotton axis, and they don’t have the votes.

    • Not with the debt ceiling hanginf over their heada

    • Jukesgrrl

      I have a bad feeling this one will do the job. But in the long run the joke’s on them. They’re just going to create tens of millions of people who are going to decide in short order Medicare for all sounds like a damn good idea.

  • TootsStansbury

    I hope Tramp gets his wall because we are going to need a loooooong wall to accommodate all these evil criminals.

  • IdiokraticCulturalMarxist
  • Bub, the cynical zombie
    • Beautiful Soup

      I thought the kitten was holding a lasso for a sec.

    • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

      “Kneel before your Kitteh Overlord!”

  • They’re not even pretending anymore. I guess we get to see how moral those few moral standouts really are

  • Asterix

    I hate these people. Serious, hard-on, hatred.

  • Lefty Wright

    This should be a warning. Before we spend a lot of time and effort on Bernie’s Medicare for All, we need to get the ACA fixed. The GOP will not give up on this, and do not bet that their efforts will die when the federal fiscal year ends on September 30. They kicked out the filibuster rule for the Gorsuch nomination and they can do it next year if they think they can get 50 votes in the senate for a repeal of the ACA, throwing the deciding vote to Pence or whoever the VP is then. Even Bernie admits that the bill he presented this week has no chance of passage. So let’s spend our time and attention right now on the most immediate threat to the lives of up to 30 million Americans. FIX THE DAMNED ACA!!! This should not be that hard to understand. But for the last month, all we have been hearing is Medicare for All. This new bill to repeal the ACA has been in the works for at least six weeks but any mention of it has been drowned out by the Sanders bill. Which seems to have notably dropped off the news charts since it was filed. Giving the GOP weeks to solicit support while the left spends their time promoting an admitted losing effort at Medicare. Priorities, people.

    • Call call protest and call again.

    • Snopes Shop

      EXACTLY

  • President in Exile Firefly

    It’s like they wake up every morning, look at themselves in the mirror, and ask, “How can I be a dick today?”

  • TJ Barke

    Can we please get out of the Onion cinematic universe?

  • thewalkindude
  • TheGrandWazoo2
  • rosenbomb

    One of my professors has years of experience under her belt as a medical social worker. First day of class, she asks us for the number one way an Idaho family goes into bankruptcy or financial crisis.

    You guessed it, folks! A medical emergency! They better start opening debtors’ prisons right next to hospitals if this thing goes through.

    • Ellie

      It’s probably in the plans already, run by private corporations, of course.

  • Notreelyhelping

    If it’s any consolation, Kellyanne Conway says support for the bill is picking up steam; so it’s probably on life support.

  • Bitter Scribe

    Remind me again why Lindsey Graham is supposed to be a good guy?

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      I always remind people when they think he’d be a fun drunk, that he’s actually an asshole. He’s always been a crazy rightwing asshole, but now the rest of the party is so insane, that he seems less crazy.

    • notanncoulter

      no.

    • susan_g

      The guy built his career on Bill Clinton getting a blow job. He should give a percentage of his pay to Monica for making it all possible.

    • Lorindel Ó Loingsigh

      SC insists he’s NOT a bad husband and please don’t take him to jail because she only accidentally fell down the stairs and hit her OWN self in the eye.

  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    This had never occurred to me. Horrifying:

    https://twitter.com/meaganmday/status/909124991135793153

    • mfp, all 6s&7s&9s

      shocked, maybe….surprised?–definitely not…this is the true essence of exploitative, dystopian capitalism

  • ez

    It’s like in the Movies. Jason is ‘killed’ by whatever means used, machete to the head, anvil dropped from a cliff by the Coyote, it doesn’t matter, he’s dead…and I’m the guy in the last row yelling, HE’S NOT REALLY DEAD< KILL HIM AGAIN!

    Fucking bastards never give up, because they are fucking bastards.

    • mfp, all 6s&7s&9s

      yup…mothafuckas will fuck mothas

  • bbayliss

    Injustice is the ability to cause uncertainty.

  • BMW

    Nominating the least qualified candidate ever, repealing laws and public protections, the public doesn’t want repealed, embracing white nationalists, making excuses for illegal activities by executive branch staff, excusing corruption, actively undermining popular social programs….I have never seen a political party try this hard to destroy itself before. They are one unpopular war away from irrevocable self-destruction.

    • dshwa

      If only it was destroying itself. Seems like their supporters are just digging in.

  • Zyxomma

    Okay, I’m horrified. I know Senators Gillibrand and Schumer would never vote for this POS, but I also know that “winning” is the only thing that matters to the Orange Beast.

    • LeftyProud

      I got through to Gillibrand’s office. Have to do what I can.

  • Raan

    Emailed Rubio again.

    To: Marco Rubio
    Subject: Again with this shit?
    Body: Are you and your colleagues really that insistent on killing poor people? This bill WILL result in deaths, and their families are going to look for someone to blame.

  • Scooby

    What’s the over/under on how many people will lose coverage this time?

  • bubbuhh
  • Lorindel Ó Loingsigh

    If these fuckers don’t watch it the stake in the heart this Zombosuckcare they keep trying to triage is going to be the one that also boots them out of their jobs, removes THEIR healthcare coverage and consigns them to the literal BATHROOM wastebasket of history. Revolutions have happened over this sort of thing, revolutions where the offending parties have lost FAR more than jobs and healthcare. The offending parties in this particular matter also seem to be counting on some extinct societal social compact that we all used to live by, to protect them. This, mind you, would be the same social compact that they defecated all over and rendered meaningless aeons ago.

  • Jonny On Maui

    Citizens deserve the same type of health care as our representatives, at the same cost. Anything less is unacceptable.

  • Cock Blockula

    Here’s a model that the U.S. should follow. There there is both single-payer govt and insurance companies involved.

    But we won’t because we are “exceptional.”

    http://www.bbc.com/news/health-38899811

  • bookish

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/18/obamacare-repeal-lindsey-graham-bill-cassidy-cbo-242841

    “A comprehensive CBO analysis is essential before Republicans force a hasty, dangerous vote on what is an extreme and destructive repeal bill,” Pelosi and Schumer wrote to CBO Director Keith Hall in a letter first obtained by POLITICO. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), ranking members of the Senate and House Budget committees, also signed on.

    Republicans have until Sept. 30 to pass an Obamacare repeal using only party-line support under the fast-track process known as reconciliation. Senate GOP leaders are mulling bringing the Graham-Cassidy bill up for a vote next week, if they can get support within the conference.

  • bookish

    Center on Policy and Budget Priorities. Several articles on Graham-Cassidy bill.

    https://www.cbpp.org/

  • Sophie McMillan

    If, like me, you shun talking to people on the phone, Resistbot is awesome. If you can afford to text, message RESIST to 50409 and they will ask a couple of questions and then fax your reps for you. I do this weekly.
    Sorry if someone down thread already posted this

    • Snagglepussy

      I sent letters yesterday via Resistbot, today faxes via Resistbot and finally called today. My senators are assholes but can’t let them act without objection.

      • arrrghle

        On behalf of those of us with only Democratic senators, thank you to all you red-staters for calling yours, and please drive them nuts!

        • HazooToo

          Still, call yours anyway and remind them that THIS is not the bill on which to get bipartisan. And tell them nice things.

    • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

      Faxed my senators at 5 AM about this using Resistbot. My husband called them at lunchtime. Apparently, Burr still has his voicemail on.

  • MOG253

    They just keep banging away at this, obsessive? Do they really hate Bamz so much??

    • covfefesumgame0005

      all black and brown people in fact

      • covfefesumgame0005

        oh, and vagina havers of all colors

  • bookish

    https://www.cbo.gov/publication/53116

    CBO is aiming to provide a preliminary assessment of the Graham-Cassidy bill by early next week. That assessment, which is being prepared with the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, will include whether the legislation would reduce on-budget deficits by at least as much as was estimated for H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act, as passed by the House on May 4, 2017; whether Titles I and II in the legislation would each save at least $1 billion; and whether the bill would increase on-budget deficits in the long term. CBO will provide as much qualitative information as possible about the effects of the legislation, however CBO will not be able to provide point estimates of the effects on the deficit, health insurance coverage, or premiums for at least several weeks.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/18/obamacare-repeal-lindsey-graham-bill-cassidy-cbo-242841

  • bookish

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/09/graham-cassidy-and-the-finance-kid/540027/?utm_source=nl-politics-daily-091817&silverid=MzYzNzMxNTQ1MzM4S0

    And that’s not all. Graham-Cassidy goes perhaps even further than its predecessors in eroding basic insurance protections and providing for poor people, allowing states to spend their grant money on just about any kind of insurance program—with no obligations to cover a certain amount of low-income people. There would also be opt-outs for most of the significant insurance regulations in Obamacare, including its strict measures on community rating, and premium price controls on the basis of preexisting conditions, age, and other factors (except sex). The plan would also cut the ability for states to pay for their share of care through provider taxes, reducing the richness some states can afford.

  • Jukesgrrl

    I went to a meeting this afternoon at Sen. Flake’s Tucson, AZ, office with a group to speak against Graham-Cassidy. Flake’s aide who met with us began the meeting by saying she was happy to listen to our objections but we needed to know at the outset that “Sen. Flake IS voting yes on the bill. And so is Sen. McCain.” Senators are always so happy to get input from citizens who pay their salary. The aide not only professed to know nothing about WHY Sen. Flake thinks this bill is a good idea. She also appeared to know nothing about the contents of Graham-Cassidy. I guess she doesn’t subscribe to Andy Slavitt’s Twitter feed. (see below) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4b5b54fc4517a00ccac421fa3fafae1a45f1eab00ae0bf17be61089cc30be086.jpg

  • bookish

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/senate-dems-issue-red-alert-republican-repeal-efforts

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) issued a “red alert” to health care advocates late Friday, and we’ve seen similar sentiments from Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand‏ (D-N.Y.), and Al Franken (D-Minn.). Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told health care proponents, “Drop what you are doing to start calling, start showing up, start descending on DC.” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has been focused on his single-payer proposal, but he added yesterday, “Our immediate concern is to beat back yet another disastrous Republican proposal to throw millions of people off health insurance.”

    Among opinion leaders, progressive voices like the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne and the New York Times’ Paul Krugman both devoted their columns today to warning the public that the threat to the existing health care system is quite real.

  • bookish

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/judystone/2017/09/18/graham-cassidy-bill-the-last-ditch-gop-effort-to-deprive-millions-of-healthcare/

    Having failed by a single vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the GOP has a new stealth campaign to gut it, this time via the Graham-Cassidy bill. This is not a sound proposal but rather another punitive bill, this time robbing blue states to gain votes by rewarding the red states with hefty bribes in exchange for votes of support.

    Before the ACA was enacted, almost 50 million (or about 17 percent of people) were uninsured. That figure has dropped to 8.8 percent. Out-and-out repeal now will lead to an estimated 32 million people losing coverage — likely more, since this bill is more draconian than its failed predecessor, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).

  • persistently_resistant_gayby

    ugh, America – CAN YOU GET YOUR DAMNED PRIORITIES STRAIGHT AND VOTE FOR THE PARTY THAT DOES NOT TRY TO KILL YOU REPEATEDLY…?

  • HooverVilles

    Wait! These compassionate CONservatives would not do anything that isn’t compassionate, would They?
    SIGH!,

  • Maybe

    South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune, a member of leadership, called Cassidy a “grave robber.”

    I think “necrophiliac” would be more accurate.

  • Maybe

    I’m curious. Does this bill repeal all the ACA tax increases, thus giving corporations and the rich billions in tax cuts?

    If so then it seems that should be added to the list.

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