From Slate here:
“What they’re basically saying at the Congressional Budget Office is that, if you’re not going to force people to buy Obamacare, if you’re not going to force people to buy something they don’t want, then they won’t buy it,” said our nation’s foremost P90X enthusiast. “It’s not that people are getting pushed off a plan. It’s that people will choose not to buy something that they don’t like or want.”
I have Obamacare, the Medicaid part of Obamacare.
And earlier this year I had a cataract removed from my right eye. I was free to go to the doctor and get a referral to another doctor who is partnered with a cataract surgeon who removed it from my eye.
The procedure cost money, but it was paid for by Medicaid and they paid the doctor. I was freed by the insurance plan to go get my eye fixed. I was free to do this and chose to do it because my right eye was getting so cloudy and fucked that I felt it was not safe for met to drive my young children in the car with me at the wheel.
If you take Medicaid away from a person in this situation you make it harder for me to keep my health stable and my family safe. I’m less free to do this — I don’t give a fuck if you hate Medicaid but don’t serve up some fucked up definition of freedom to justify taking away my freedom to get my cataract removed.
If you want to talk about forcing young people to buy insurance that was a really dumb part of Obamacare and that’s why I shit on Nancy Pelosi for calling herself a master legislator. That was a way fucking stupid move politically but they’re not very bright.
But don’t mash together that poor feature of Obamacare with the part where you’re free to get some of your health problems squared away.
You’re always gonna get the dick move from Paul Ryan but this one is especially offensive.
Headline from Salon:
Michael Bloomberg says Democrats should “get behind” President Trump
I wouldn’t really be sad if El Trump-o dropped dead but I don’t want to kill him so I wouldn’t make any ‘get behind’ jokes.
As in the way folks got behind Qaddafi in Libya before they fucked him up.
From NBC News here:
“You want me to sing my praises?” she asked defiantly. “Well, I’m a master legislator. I am a strategic, politically astute leader. My leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I’m able to attract the support that I do.”
If she puts forth Obamacare as proof of her masterful legislation skills then she’s more than a bit fucked in the head.
If Obamacare was masterfully created without and individual mandate and all the other aspects of it that have caused massive political backlash, and if premiums got under control as promised then there would be no opportunity for the Republicans to do what they’re trying to do to it now.
Fact. If it was more popular they wouldn’t fuck with it.
And as for her political astuteness, did she blindly support Hillary Clinton? How well did that turn out?
“My boyfriend, Philando Castile, was pulled over because, per officer Yanez, he had a wide nose and looked like a suspect,” she said, according to KSTP producer Ben Rodgers. “It is a sad state of affairs when this type of criminal conduct is condoned simply because Yanez is a policeman. God help America.”
If this isn’t a case of an African-American being shot because he’s African-American then what is?
He mentions his wide nose and says he looks like a suspect!
What’s wrong with this country?
From the New York Times:
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that several high-ranking Bush administration officials may not be sued for policies adopted after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The officials include John Ashcroft, the former attorney general, and Robert S. Mueller III, the former F.B.I. director who is now investigating possible links between the Trump administration and Russia.
The case began in 2002 as a class action filed by mostly Muslim immigrants over policies and practices that swept hundreds into the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn on immigration violations shortly after the attacks. The plaintiffs said they had been subjected to beatings, humiliating searches and other abuses.
They make these awful policies but they can never be held accountable for them.
It was a difficult time, people made mistakes.
Like invading a country that had nothing to with 9/11. So when you look around and wonder why things are such a fucking toilet it’s because the people in charge can do whatever they want and they’re going to get away with it.
Wall Street assholes can fuck up royally and they get bailed out!
George Bush invaded Iraq and completely destroyed it and he got a big fat hug from Michelle Obama!
It’s all good for the folks at top. Michael Brown maybe stole a pack of cigars and he’s dead. Tamir Rice had a water gun and he got blown away.
Sounds fair to me.