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Priebus won’t say whether Medicaid is safe from Trump

Donald Trump Names Reince Priebus Chief Of Staff — Here's What You Need To Know

Reince Prieubs was on ABC News “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” on Sunday when Priebus was asked directly whether his boss, Donald Trump, would cut Medicaid. Despite being asked twice, Priebus danced around the question before giving a vague indication that some people would still have some sort of health care coverage: STEPHANOPOULOS: First steps to… Continue Reading →

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Senate Republicans voted to start ACA repeal in the middle of the night

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After a long, marathon vote-a-rama in the Senate tonight, Republicans managed to get their resolution to begin repeal of the Affordable Care Act passed on a vote of 51-48. Senator Dianne Feinstein was absent because she is having pacemaker surgery. Senator Jeff Sessions slithered in toward the end to cast the 51st vote. Before the vote… Continue Reading →

Your GOP senator voted to kill us last night

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In a first step toward repealing Obamacare, they voted to remove the preexisting condition protections and the individual mandate, thus making insurance out of reach for the people who need it most.

So call the Congressional Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Ask for your GOP senator. Say: “Why did you vote to kill me last night?” That’s it. Let the person who answers the phone explain why their millionaire boss voted to kill you.

Or you may be shunted to voicemail. Same thing: “Why did you vote to kill me last night?” Maybe a little louder this time.

Depression makes it hard for people to do things. I get it. I’m depressed, too. But I’ve already made three calls this morning. Get moving!

What they plan to do to Medicare

Tom Price (R-Ga.) and chairman of the House Budget Committee speaks at the Brookings Institution

They’re putting a doctor in charge of how much doctors should get paid for seeing Medicare patients? What could go wrong?

You know the drill: Read up on what they want to do, and call ALL your representatives to say you’re opposed.

I worry about this unfortunate tendency our voters have to simply write this off: “My congressman is a wingnut, what’s the point?” The point is, if he or she gets enough call against, they report it back to the Republican caucus. It matters.

Please, now more than ever, politics is not a spectator sport. You can’t sit transfixed and watch like it’s a disaster movie. Get up off your butt, call or write letters.

Balance billing

This really is the kind of thing you should be calling your reps about:

Tom Price wants to “reform” Medicare by allowing “balance billing” of Medicare-eligible patients by doctors without requiring them to exit the Medicare program entirely, the practical effect of which, as Ryan Cooper, writing for The Week explains, would “[allow] doctors and hospitals to devour the nest eggs of thousands of American seniors:”

Permanently obliterating the financial security of helpless families with no or bad insurance as a loved one dies slowly and painfully of a chronic illness is a nice little profit center for providers. But it pales in comparison to the gravy train they might get if they can bring balance billing to Medicare.

Physicians For a National Health Care Program describes the practical implications of the Price proposal:

Even though we often hear threats that physicians will stop seeing Medicare patients, most really can’t afford to give up their Medicare revenues, and, besides, too many Medicare beneficiaries do not have adequate resources to pay large medical bills in full. The current law provides leverage to ensure that physicians will be there when Medicare patients need them.

The [Price] legislation would no longer require physicians to exit the Medicare program entirely should they enter agreements to independently bill the patients for the balance of their fees. Also Medicare would still have to pay the allowed charges. As a further insult, the physician can require the patient to do their own Medicare billing. The physician gets the full fee, in cash, including the disallowed charges, and the patient has to do the paperwork.

PNHP also notes there would be no limit on prices medical providers choose to “negotiate” with otherwise Medicare-eligible patients under the Price plan.

Cooper observes that 55 million Seniors, many with significant retirement savings, provide a perfect target for medical providers to exploit.  In 2011, Tom Price, Trump’s now-designated overseer of Medicare introduced a “Medicare reform” package designed to do just that.  It received the AMA’s imprimatur of approval, since it allowed physicians to require their patients to pay the full balance of their unrestricted fees, even if far in excess of Medicare allowable charges, thus benefitting the physicians and providers that organization represents.

In 2011 we had a President Obama to assure such a plan to bankrupt Seniors through onerous medical bills would go nowhere. And many physicians, even some within the ranks of the AMA, are vehemently opposed to it.

That sounds about right

Virginia Food Stamps Program

That’s a good test, right there:

I want to talk a little bit more about what I call, in our blissfully post-PC era, Red State Stupid.

Red State Stupid is also really Red State Mean.  It’s shoot-off-your-nose-to-spite-your-face mean.

And I don’t think that we can separate the two

My friend J. says that you can identify, with 100% accuracy, Democrats vs. Republicans with one simple test.  Democrats, he says, don’t care if some “undeserving” folks cash in on, for example, a free lunch program, as long as not one child goes out to recess hungry.  While Republicans, according to J., don’t really care how many children starve as long as not one, single “undeserving” child gets a free meal.

Cavuto: Hey, Trump is cost-cutting defense,so Dems should gut Social Security

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Why can’t Democrats just come to the table and slash the social safety net? On this Saturday’s “Cavuto on Business,” the host opened things up with pretending Trump got something from Boeing (he didn’t) then immediately implying that Dems should give up some of their “sacred cows” since Trump was willing to go after the Republicans’… Continue Reading →

Trump’s broken promise will doom thousands of his voters

Trump secures victory in Electoral College, as bid to flip electors flops

Not long ago, Americans learned that the average life expectancy for white people in this country – those most likely to have voted for Donald Trump – actually declined for the first time in many years. The pathologies and frustrations believed to have driven that decline may have motivated the tiny handful of votes that gave… Continue Reading →

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