Wednesday, 7/19/17, Public Square



by | July 18, 2017 · 6:23 pm

11 responses to “Wednesday, 7/19/17, Public Square

  1. 7 years of GOP repeal promises and shifting goals

    Last night’s downfall of the Senate health care bill was a big loss for Republicans who have been promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act since 2010. Here’s how the GOP’s rhetoric toward Barack Obama’s signature law has shifted over that time.

    March 2010: Affordable Care Act is signed into law
    Sen. Mitch McConnell, the day after Obama signs the bill, says, “Repeal and replace will be the slogan for the fall.” Days later, McConnell also criticizes the process in his weekly address: “Democrats decided to go the partisan route and blatantly ignore the will of the people.”

    October 2012: Romney on the campaign trail
    Presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he’ll give power and flexibility back to the states: “If elected President, I will repeal Obamacare and replace it — not with another massive federal bill that purports to solve all our problems from Washington, but with common-sense, patient-centered reforms suited to the challenges we face.”

    November 2012: “Obamacare is the law of the land.”
    After Obama is re-elected, House Speaker John Boehner says the GOP will not keep pursuing attempts to repeal Obamacare and calls it “the law of the land.” He backs down after an uproar from conservatives and rank-and-file Republicans.

    January 2016: Ryan has a plan
    Obama vetoes a 2015 GOP bill to repeal parts of the ACA. That plan would have done away with key parts of the law, including the individual mandate, subsidies for people who buy private health insurance, and the expansion of Medicaid.

    After the veto, newly elected Speaker Paul Ryan says, “The idea that Obamacare is the law of the land for good is a myth … So, next year, if we’re sending this bill to a Republican president, it will get signed into law.”

    April 2016: Another presidential election
    Sen. Ted Cruz says, if elected, he will “repeal every word of Obamacare.” Presidential candidate Donald Trump says his administration will “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act at nearly every stump speech.

    June 2017: Mixed messages
    After the House repeal and replacement stalls in the Senate, following a Congressional Budget Office estimate that 22 million fewer people would have health coverage, Trump pushes a repeal now, replace later strategy — one that has no chance. HHS secretary Tom Price maintains that the GOP plan’s deep Medicaid cuts “would not have individuals lose coverage.”

    And Vice President Mike Pence makes big promises for the Senate’s Obamacare replacement plan, including beefed-up tax credit and a no-exceptions coverage model for people with pre-existing conditions. When drafting the Senate’s bill, McConnell engages in the same closed-door strategy that he criticized Democrats for in 2010.

    July 2017: Chaos
    The fate of the Senate’s bill hinged on three Republicans, and yesterday two more confirmed “no” votes put the bill over the edge. But McConnell is calling the senators’ bluff by scheduling a new repeal-only vote — on the same bill that passed in 2015 — but three “no” votes killed that too.

  2. Kansas Senator Moran gave us less than 24 hours of thinking he might be a decent human being.

    • As I have posted in another venue, given his stated reasons for opposing BRCA2 (as I like to say), Senator Moran’s stance on repeal should not have surprised anyone. Logically consistent.

      While I still hold hope for single-payer as the eventual outcome, right now we must play aggressive defense against the attacks on the edges, more than one which (unfortunately) might be successful, e.g., reinstatement of preexisting conditions to pre-ACA prominence.


    I confess, I love shopping at Goodwill Stores. You never know what you might find. But – many times I find vintage items (that came out during my childhood) with the mark of ‘Made in U.S.A. on the bottom.

    Yesterday, I found a DVD of the George Clooney movie – ‘Good Night and Good Luck’.

    this is based on the real life of Ed Murrow – the CBS journalist that dared to confront Sen. Joe McCarthy – the Anti-Communist Junior Senator from Wisconsin.

    While I watched this movie – I got to wondering – just when did the Republican Party stop hating Communists and now these Republicans seem to applaud their boy Trump when he is cozying up to Communist Russians? Especially when Trump came back from the G-20 summit with the crazy idea that United States should team up with Russian on cyber security?

    That graphic fnord just posted above might explain it – Trump Jr: my
    Dad knows nothing.

    Seriously – I posted this youtube of the real Ed Murrow on the topic of fear – and listen very carefully to the part where Murrow says McCarthy did not create the fear – he exploited the fear.

    OK – now that sounds like the current Republican Party – they certainly know how to exploit fear – and keep it going.

    But when the Hell did Communists Russians become this group of trustworthy people that are such God-fearing and morally superior Christians and Americans need to embrace them as partners?

    The real story of the George Clooney movie is about how the media – aka television at that time – could be a force of good or a way to exploit fear.

    OMG – what would Ed Murrow be saying today about the status of our current media – especially those websites like Alex Jones’ infowars? Talk about exploitation of fear by spreading gossip, innuendos and outright lies.

    Serious question – how many serious journalists do we currently have in our media that can fill the shoes of Ed Murrow?

    My theory is quite simple:

    When Corporate Money took over as the motivation of media – there went the integrity, quality and the soul (?) of serious news journalists?

    Because – when Corporate sponsors have influence on what can and cannot be said by their ‘corporate employees’ – how are we know what are facts and what is just ‘made up stuff’.?

    Is it really any surprise we have a former reality t.v. celebrity who seems obsessed with his numbers of followers on Twitter in the White House?

    Trump Jr: My Dad knows nothing – that says it all.. IMHO


    So – Warren Buffett carries pictures of his kids when they were small and his grandkids when they were young. And then $50 dollar bill from a bank they owned that printed their own money – and that is for good luck.

    Hmm…….sounds like Warren Buffett has his priorities right – family and good luck charm.

    I wonder what Donald Trump carries in his wallet? Or do I really want to ask???



    With the breaking news last night of that hour-long chat TRump walked over to Putin after dinner at G-20 summit (an unannounced meeting – and 2nd meeting with Putin) – I wonder if Syrian Dictator Assad’s name came up?

  6. With all the news about Trump’s Team and Russians – maybe Trump should have added Russia to his infamous travel ban?

  7. Rick Liebst

    This all would be comical to be watching if not such a serious issue. The conflicting drives and emotions within the GOP. Part wanting to sink the ship because of the Name ” Obama – care”. The other part knowing that it is political suicide to actually take away the health insurance of millions. Yes the solution is going to be that the actual plan and coverage will stay the same. But now it will be called “Trump care”. Of course with Trump actively pointing a firearm at his own foot. Itching to pull the trigger. Their time maybe running out to save face and their parties future.

    • The video of Trump and Republicans at that lunch and they were all laughing while talking about how their GOP health care plan can be rammed through Congress was the cherry on top of the GOP’s hypocrisy sundae – IMHO

      And at the same time – these same Republicans were all talking about how John McCain is suffering so much from his health scare – but they failed to mention that McCain is getting the best health care that taxpayer money can buy.

      That – in itself – was a very bad image for the public to see – – or is it just me that took it that way?

      Don’t get me wrong – I don’t wish cancer on my worst enemy – but when Trump and Republicans all sit around and are seen laughing when their plan calls for kicking millions of Americans off their current health insurance – that made me sick to my stomach.

      How many of those same Republicans profess to be such damn fine Morally superior Christians?



    I read an article today about WH Spokesman Sean Spicer was mad because the media never talked about the launch of Trump’s successful Made in America Week – and Spicer cited this as evidence of how mean the media is to Donald

    In the first place, I did see the media cover this news story on Monday – and I also saw the media list all the products sold by Trump and his daughter Ivanka that are made overseas.

    But – why didn’t this Mar-a-lago applying to hire illegals make the news?

    I see why these Fake Christians love Trump – he is just like them. Trump’s motto is – do as I say and not as I do.

    Trump is just another dime-a-dozen CONservative just like the dime-a-dozen Fake Christian preacher boys and their cousin Bubba the Televangelists.