Category Archives: health care

Go With Her Gut

WASHINGTON — As legislators gathered Tuesday for a critical vote that would go a long way toward finally repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) was reportedly struggling to weigh the interests of her entire constituency against absolutely nothing. “Honestly, it’s a tough call—on one hand, you have opposition to the repeal from a majority of Republicans, virtually all Democrats, and the entire healthcare industry, while on the other, you have not one sound argument or credible opinion,” said Capito, admitting she was, even now, having difficulty balancing her desire to keep as many West Virginians insured as possible with there being no reason whatsoever to do otherwise. “This is an agonizing decision. Sure, there are sound justifications for voting no on ‘repeal and replace,’ but then there’s emptiness, literal emptiness, when you look for reasons to vote yes. All I know is, I have to get this right somehow.” At press time, Senator Capito had resigned herself to the fact that both sides had valid points and she would just have to go with her gut when the time came.

Go With Her Gut

We Gots da Votes!

So brain-damaged drama queen Sen. Walnuts has returned to WDC for the all important Repeal Obamacare At Any Cost vote. 1

This even though there is no sound reason for believing Sen. Walnuts will actually know what he’s voting for. That may sound cruel but it’s medically viable and –for those paying attention– consistent with his behavior of late. In fact, given the hole Mitch McConnell has dug for himself, I would not put it past him to have strong-armed the old guy into returning even knowing Sen. Walnuts might believe he’s voting to replace Trump via the 25th Amendment.

On the other hand, who can blame him? Today the rest of the ReThugs need 51 votes to begin their final debate on…afain, who the hell knows? Prolly just the motion to proceed. 2  Whatever it is will eventually unleash the kraken. And of course this is McConnell’s last ditch effort to pass something so that OMP doesn’t publicly bitch-slap McConnell’s multiple chins. Again. 3

We’ve no idea how this vote on something will go, but our sense is that what we’ve seen up to this point –ReThugs valiantly standing up and saying “No!” to previous versions of McConnell’s attempts to ass rape everyone– were all merely kabuki, and today an evil will be loosed upon the nation. 4

It wouldn’t hurt to call your senator and explain why this would be a disaster.

We Gots da Votes!

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  1. Gotta tell you – it’s impressive McConnell is willing to kill Sen. Walnuts in order to kill millions more. THTA’S commitment!
  2. If McConnell votes FOR the motion to proceed, but it fails, it’s done. However…that’s not likely – he can count (votes), which is why scrambled eggs for brains Sen. Walnuts was kidnapped and will be tied to the Senate floor.
  3. Fuckin’ pussy to take that from a senile old man; stand up, Mitch! Show some spine…oh, wait. Never mind.
  4. Sen. Walnuts is no more a “maverick” than we are Conan the Barbarian; his rep is all self-sustained. The arrogant fuck gave himself a nickname. Sure, he talks a good game, but ALWAYS votes along party lines. And if you think his coming back to WDC to essentially rob up to 32 million people of their health care, in order to provide a base tax cut for millionaires, is “mavericky”, have we got a Sarah Palin for you!

Single Payer

For all that Obama achieved 1 he infuriated us in some particulars –his Drones Over Amerika program comes to mind– and merely disappointed us in others.

Single-payer insurance comes to mind.

WNBTv has long been a knowledgeable proponent of a single-payer system, what with having toiled in the rocky garden of government for nearly three decades; it does everything people need and want, so of course it scared the fuck out of a special interest sucking Congress. Yes, both ReThugs and spineless Dems.

If you doubt the efficacy of a single-payer system, all you need do is look at how many congressmen sign on to other systems (None), or how many times Congress includes itself in their idiotic health insurance schemes (Less than zero.) That’ s because the federal government’s single-payer system is the tits, it rocks!, it’s the health insurance equivalent of the George V in Paris – it accommodates each and every individual need. 2

We had hoped the ACA would be single-payer, but alas, no.

Part of the reason it was not can be ascribed to the efforts of one man,  Jim Messina. 3 Messina ran interference against those Democrats who wanted at least a “public option”, pushing them toward Montana Senator Max Baucus (Messina’s old boss) and The Gang of Six, who made such a mess of the bill it was lucky to survive the SCOTUS review.

Comes now Jim Messina, begging monies for a friend who not only can not pay his medical bills, but will probably go bankrupt, under the current instantiation of the ACA.

We’re not suggesting you don’t fund Leaverton’s request (though his Go Fund Me page is over the desired amount), but we ARE suggesting you give Messina a yuuuuuuge ration of shit for his part in his friend’s dire economic straits. Not to mention, you know, the rest of the country’s.

Then maybe the next time he is in a position to use his power for good, he doesn’t settle for just so-so.

Single Payer

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  1. Though achieved is perhaps the wrong word, given how quickly OMP is inking away many of those accomplishments.
  2. As an example, we paid ZERO DOLLARS for our children’s births, to include the 3-day stay (each) at St. Luke’s, including meds, doctor’s fees as well as the usual administrative padding.
  3.  Messina was Deputy White House Chief of Staff for Operations under President Obama. Part of his job description included ensuring the ACA included neither a single-payer plan or even a public option. Go, Jim! Asshole.