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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.

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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.

Insurance

No insurance? No gas for you!In a matter of days, a couple of weeks at the outside, SCOTUS will do the Insurance industry’s bidding rule on docket # 11-398, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida. 1 2 Should you care to study the actual particulars of the question before inflicting your opinion on others regarding the Supremes’ verdict, here’s a handy 1-stop shopping link for you.

Regardless through which side of the needle the Roberts’ court stuffs that eternally abused camel 3, Life will trundle on. Some folks will remain insured, others – mostly those who we don’t as a society care about in any event – won’t. And the debate back in DC will continue unabated. 4 The summer’s patio & pool parties will be rife with mandatory auto insurance! analogies 5, autumn Con Law class participants will have new legal fodder for their cuds, the pundits renewed screaming points, and both political parties freshly honed axes to grind during the upcoming election season.

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Meanwhile, over in this other tiny corner of the Empire…

The Great State of Oklahoma decided back in 2008 it had had enough of AIDs. You know, Auto Insurance Deniers. AIDs believe it unconstitutional to force anyone to buy car insurance. 6 So, like any good State, OK decided to stomp out AIDs.

Therefore…47 O.S., Section 7-600.2, of Oklahoma HB 3115 created OCIVS: take that you hippie scum! Boo-ya! And with several rhetorical strokes of a notional pen, up to 200 real cameras were conveniently placed on the state’s highways. 7 And if a car doesn’t get fed into the system auto-magically, any OK statie can do it on-line from their cruiser.

So far the cameras have been something of a bust – it’s rather difficult to remotely scan bar codes on license plates. Not to worry though, Oklahoma! The Cousins may have our back.

Combining existing technology with the famous common sense that lost won them the Empire, the Brits have turned the non-insured-probably-drunk-driving-scofflaw into a stranded motorist:

Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras are already fitted in thousands of petrol station forecourts. Drivers can only fill their cars with fuel once the camera has captured and logged the vehicle’s number plate.

Currently the system is designed to deter motorists from driving off without paying for petrol. But under the new plans, the cameras will automatically cross-reference with the DVLA’s huge database. When a car is flagged as being uninsured or untaxed, the system will prevent the fuel pump being used on that vehicle.

No insurance, no petrol.

Dang! Don’t anyone tell Mayor Sly about this else there will only be 1 out of 10 black drivers on KC’s streets he’ll use it to raise even more revenue! 8

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It’s no secret that those who can’t afford car insurance don’t buy it.

Installing more (nanny state) cameras won’t help. 9 And, not surprisingly, states with higher poverty rates show a direct correlation in the corresponding rise in uninsured drivers.

Put another way: if your choice is food, shelter and clothing versus auto insurance, you don’t purchase insurance.

Which really doesn’t seem to make a difference, either in terms of safety or lower costs.

See, after half a century of auto insurance mandates, the insurance industry itself says the roads aren’t any safer or their products any cheaper. Mandates – at least in this particular industry – don’t work.

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So…

A. – Mandatory automobile insurance whose main impact –certainly not to the good– is on the poor. 10 With a future trending such as to make the Denver Boot look like a child’s prank.

B. – No (mandatory) health insurance, much less you know…basic coverage, for the poor.

That about sum it up?

Wake up, America.

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  1. For those of you who quit following along, here’s a really brief recap; SCOTUS will rule on these two major points: (1) Does Congress have the Constitutionally derived power to require Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty; and (2) does the Anti-Injunction Act, which prohibits taxpayers from filing a lawsuit to challenge a tax until the tax goes into effect and they are required to pay it, prohibit a challenge to the Act’s provision requiring Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty until after the provision goes into effect in 2014. We think SCOTUS will narrowly rule in favor of the ACA, though Roberts remains the wild card.
  2. Also being decided are Nat’l Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius &
    Florida v. Department of Health and Human Services
  3. 5-4 vote, don’t you believe?
  4. Our 2 cents? We believe that all citizens should have health coverage à la the single-payer U.S. Government employee plan (though if you recall Clinton was wont to refer to it as the “Congressional plan.”) There is no reason why that could not be made universally available, as witnessed by scores of other advanced industrialized nations. Does Obama’s HCA achieve that? No. Not even close; Obama is no less immune to the Insurance lobby than any other politician. Would Obama’s health care plan be good for the country? Our opinion is yes, it has already been good for the country. Is that plan constitutional? Meh
  5. Erroneously, we think: federally mandatory car insurance would certainly be unconstitutional since driving privileges are granted by the States. Apples and kiwis, that.
  6. Regardless of how the Constitution itself reads.
  7. Of course to include the Will Rogers Turnpike! This is exactly the sort of government bureaucracy he was in favor of…nyuck nyuck nyuck.
  8. Though, seriously, how long would it be before QT and 7-11 petitioned for an exemption? Otherwise they would quickly become used car lots with no buyers…
  9. Hey…maybe we could use the existing red light cameras! (light bulb turns on in some clerk’s head downtown.)
  10. No, I didn’t say ‘minorities’.

Ultra Maroons

“14 million is a minimum estimate of the number of Americans who would lose health insurance under Mr. Ryan’s proposed cuts in Medicaid; estimates by the Urban Institute actually put the number at between 14 million and 27 million.

So the proposal is exactly as President Obama described it: a proposal to deny health care (and many other essentials) to millions of Americans, while lavishing tax cuts on corporations and the wealthy — all while failing to reduce the budget deficit unless you believe in Mr. Ryan’s secret revenue sauce. So why are centrists rising to Mr. Ryan’s defense?”

Paul Krugman

When you’re right, you’re right. Krugman’s “Gullible Center” is dead on.

It has always confounded us why the self same people who would take it in the shorts from Ryan’s budget blindly follow the anti-nigger Obama rhetoric emanating from GOP shills; it is not as if the GOP has ever done a blessed thing for them. On the contrary, GOP policies have always favored the wealthy over ‘the common man’. You would would thought that axiomatic by now; apparently there’s no accounting for inbreeding.

In terms of heath insurance? We don’t know which is more pitiful – their poor excuse for outrageously priced ‘coverage’, or their willingness to cede even that so the GOP might think them hale & well met  fellowes

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