Sunday, 5/7/17, Public Square

mid term


by | May 7, 2017 · 8:44 am

18 responses to “Sunday, 5/7/17, Public Square

  1. Some governors have already begun pressing their senators to soften the health-reform bill in ways that would lessen the financial blow to the states, AP will report in a story for Monday papers:

    “From dealing with Medicaid rollbacks to starting high-risk insurance pools, governors and state legislatures across the country are getting ready to make big decisions in response to Republican efforts to gut the Affordable Care Act. Their preparations come even as Republican members of the U.S. Senate promise significant revisions.”

    N.Y. Times Quote of the Day, in a front-pager, “Health Act Repeal Could Threaten Job Engine: 1 in 8 Private Workers May Be Affected by Shift in Sector” … Brian Gragnolati, chief executive of Atlantic Health System: “What is going to happen here is when people don’t have access now to care, they will go back to the emergency departments for their primary care, waiting and waiting and waiting.”

  2. There is hope all these Republicans will be remembered for this vote. The 2018 mid-term elections will be the test.

    A list of pre-existing conditions not covered under #Trumpcare:
    Anxiety, acid reflux, acne, ADD, addiction, Alzheimer’s/dementia, anemia, aneurysm, angioplasty, arrhythmia, arthritis, asthma, atrial fibrillation, autism, AIDS/HIV, bariatric surgery, basal cell carcinoma, bipolar disorder, blood clot, breast cancer, bulimia, bypass surgery, celiac disease, cerebral aneurysm, cerebral embolism, cerebral palsy, cerebral thrombosis, cervical cancer, colon cancer, colon polyps, congestive heart failure, COPD, Crohn’s disease, cystic fibrosis, C-section, DMD, depression, diabetes, disabilities, Down syndrome, eating disorder, enlarged prostate, epilepsy, glaucoma, gout, heart disease, heart murmur, heartburn, hemophilia, hepatitis C, herpes, high cholesterol, hypertension, hysterectomy, kidney disease, kidney stones, kidney transplant, leukemia, lung cancer, lupus, lymphoma, mental health issues, migraines, MS, muscular dystrophy, narcolepsy, nasal polyps, obesity, OCD, organ transplant, osteoporosis, pacemaker, panic disorder, paralysis, paraplegia, Parkinson’s disease, pregnancy, rape, restless leg syndrome, schizophrenia, seasonal affective disorder, seizures, sexual assault, sickle cell disease, skin cancer, sleep apnea, sleep disorders, stent, stroke, thyroid issues, tooth disease, tuberculosis, ulcers.

    If you suffer any of these don’t plan to have insurace cover any related health care costs.

    The good news?

    The wealthiest Americans get $600 Billion in tax breaks and erectile dysfunction isn’t a pre-existing condition so the little blue pills will be available to all the old white male Republicans.

    • rape and sexual assault are on that list but where is erectile dysfunction?

    • fnord – so sorry – I read your comment and then just reiterated your last point.

      I’ve been on the Internet too long this morning and some of these Trump bloggers are so arrogant it just makes me want to jump through the screen and choke them with their forked tongue.

      These Trump minions contradict themselves so many times (just like Trump does) but yet when you call their attention to what they just did – they jump on you and call you an evil Liberal that believes the FAKE NEWS.

      WTH………I was responding to their own words in their own comments – but somehow FAKE NEWS is to blame??

  3. A surge of activism is rippling through California’s political landscape, the L.A. Times’s Melanie Mason writes in “Activist groundswell may sweep lawmakers leftward” (page B3):

    “Not content to rely on the state to be a liberal bastion of resistance against President Trump and Republican-controlled Washington, D.C., [single-payer activists and their] ilk are turning to Sacramento to pressure the ruling Democrats from the left.”

    In a nutshell: In recent years, it was cool to be moderate in Sacramento. Now, it’s cool to be progressive.

    “What accounts for this magnetic pull leftward? An influx of new activists, energized by the 2016 election, have turned their focus to state-level politics. Advocacy groups, striving to offer a progressive seal of approval, are poring over legislators’ voting records. And the prospect of single-payer healthcare in the state — the government would cover all residents’ medical costs — offers a galvanizing rallying cry.”

    Why it matters: California is so massive (world’s sixth largest economy, with 11 million more people than Texas, the second largest state) that its fashions are vital, even in isolation. But for decades (including the taxpayer revolt of 1978 that foreshadowed Reagan), my native state has started trends that marched west.

    Will California’s surge of liberal activism pull legislators to the left?


    Trump bragged to this Australian that he just got a big win with his health care bill passed the House.

    But then the very next comment – Trump proudly states that Australia has better health care than we do.

    You gotta laugh at Trump at times like this – Trump’s unfiltered mouth (and empty head) is the worst possible marketing ad for these Republicans.

    OH – Trump still holds his devoted minions in line – but Trump has not reached outside his comfort level to attract any other Americans.

    It may take a while to get the stink out of the White House – but the country has faced difficulties before.

    I’ve said this many times – Trump is not the problem. The real problem are these White Evangelical Christians led by Televangelist Pat Robertson, Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell Jr and others – they are the ones that have been emboldened by their boy Trump to go even deeper into politics from their own tax-free pulpits.

    Pray tell – where in the Bible does it say preachers should choose one political party and still expect to be the religious leader of ALL the congregations?

    We all know what happens when religion and politics mix – chaos and feuds are started.

    People will – and do – get hurt. I can tell you from first-hand experience when so-called ‘good’ Christians get it into their heads they are on some damn mission from God – and intentionally will hurt people.

    Organized religion is a set of man-made rules to control people.
    Faith in God is Spiritual.
    NEVER confuse the two.

  5. Any thoughts and comments about the French election today?

    • The French people are smarter than the American people. 🙂

      • I just saw where Macron beat back the Nationalist LePenn. She got 35% of the vote.

        The French people probably looked at Trump and said OH HELL NO…

      • The scariest part of this is that LePen got 35+% of the vote. Next for the French: Parliamentary elections in June. It will be quite interesting to find how the voters feel when it comes to the Parliament.

      • 6176 – agree with you

        But – look at Trump’s voters

        47% did not vote
        3% voted for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson
        That leaves 50%

        2.9 million MORE votes went to Hillary

        which means Trump got less than 25 of the vote.

        I wonder how many French people did not vote?

  6. Thunderchild

    I begin to see internet whispers of a Congressional effort, bipartisan, to depose the reality TV star in chief.

    • I listened to a National Public Radio show last week and the guests were discussing possible impeachment of Trump.

      The guests were talking about using the 25th Amendment Section 4 (?) about the inability to discharge his duties – and they claim he has mental health issues.

      The other guest said something that I had never known before. In the military, every person who is involved in the actual process of launching any type of missile are mandated to undergo mental health evaluations.

      But – this same requirement does NOT apply to the president.

      IF the President is the Commander in Chief and has the ultimate decision to push that nuke button – why are they NOT required to undergo mental health evaluations?

      so – there is a push to get that changed – and if I remember correctly, two Congress members are getting a bill ready to do just that.

      I need to do more research. I listen to NPR in the car on my way to pick up the grandkids – so I am not able to get to my computer at the time I hear something.

  7. Thunderchild

    Scott Pruitt, EPA Devastator in Chief, has fired 5 key scientists from the agency, announcing that these persons will be replaced with individuals who better understand the agency that is regulating them.
    Fox, henhouse, you get the idea.
    “For too long, foxes have been regulated and unfairly restricted as to henhouses. It is time the foxes got a fair show! Why those foxes are clever and their ideas might make the henhouses more profitable AND safer!”

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      I do wish one of these Kompassionate Kristian Konservatives would read that Bible before the thump it the next time.

      • fnord – can you do your magic and make this link pop for me?

        When T.C. talked about the foxes – I remembered watching an old Bette Davis movie – “The Little Foxes’.

        The plot of this movie was Bette and her two brothers – all were greedy and had no problems with making money off the misery of others.

        This movie shows what greed and complete disregard for others can and will do.

        But there are so many old movies with the same plot – greedy men vs the average working men.

        Sad to say – but I’ve noticed ever since Reagan’s 8 long disastrous years – the old movies had the greedy men being beaten by the average working men.

        Nowadays – the Greedy Men are held up on the pedestal of so-called Christian Conservative Republicans.

        At what point will the average Americans start to wake up and fight back?

        Is it too late?

        Are we doomed to a future where the Greedy Men are the heroes in our movies?