WASHINGTON – Federal and military aid for Puerto Rico increased Tuesday, including news that the hospital ship Comfort would be deployed, as officials got a clearer picture of the obscene destruction Hurricane Maria wrought on the U.S. territory.
What federal officials visiting the island have found: Eighty percent of the island’s electrical transmission system – its substations and transmission lines, – and 100 percent of its distribution system was damaged by the storm, said Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.
As of Tuesday, only 11 of Puerto Rico’s 69 hospitals had fuel or power, Davis said.
On Tuesday, Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long told reporters at the White House that it was dispatching the Navy hospital ship Comfort, a converted super tanker with 1,000 beds, 12 operating rooms, a CAT-scan, and radiology capabilities to Puerto Rico.
Bill Cassidy (R-LA) has been having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. He thought he was being a good player by co-signing on Lindsay Graham’s latest attempt to take health care away from millions of Americans for the sake of Republican donor’s tax cuts. But then, he got the full force of the “Kimmel… Continue Reading →
Lisa Murkowski is being wooed by Republicans to toss her vote toward Graham-Cassidy so they can go back to their districts and tell their constituents they voted to take away their health insurance. But boy, howdy, the bribe is…special. Basically, they are proposing that Alaska and Hawaii keep their Obamacare, because they like it, while they… Continue Reading →
This past June, Florida’s top education agency delivered a failing grade to the Orange Park Performing Arts Academy in suburban Jacksonville for the second year in a row. It designated the charter school for kindergarten through fifth grade as the worst public school in Clay County, and one of the lowest performing in the state. Two-thirds… Continue Reading →
It is extremely important that you call your senators today at 202-224-3121 or send a fax at faxzero.com and tell them to say no to Graham-Cassidy — the latest zombie version of Obamacare repeal.
This one is worse, and really tricky. Graham-Cassidy includes smaller cuts during the period that the CBO usually scores, and then healthcare funding drops drastically as soon as it gets out of the CBO scoring window.
Aren’t they clever?
The real kicker? This one blatantly allows insurers to jack up your premiums as soon as you or a family member gets sick. Bye bye, preexisting condition protections!
And it looks like John McCain will vote for this version.
Based on everything I'm hearing this weekend, I can't overstate how real the threat of ACA repeal is.
— Ben Wikler (@benwikler) September 16, 2017
JUST OUT: Here's a summary of the Graham-Cassidy repeal. Yes, it's that bad.
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— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) September 13, 2017
NEW: Want to see how Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal transfers money around & impacts your state by 2026?
After that zeroes every state out. pic.twitter.com/NB5Kxqhb0j
— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) September 13, 2017
🚨 GOP Senators meeting tomorrow to discuss ACA repeal. FLOOD THEIR PHONES NOW.
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— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) September 18, 2017
It’s depressing that we have to periodically beg our elected representatives not to kill us, but it’s the only thing that seems to work.
Republicans are such lovely people. Good Christians, too:
Congress returns next week to a nightmarishly short calendar during which they must pass a host of bills to keep the government running, including the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which provides health coverage to millions of children in low-income families and expires on Sept. 30.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Republicans may attempt to use the CHIP deadline as a vehicle to revive their effort to chip away at the Affordable Care Act, and could try to attach amendments to the bill to reauthorize its funding.
Congressional sources told the Wall Street Journal that Republicans are in particular looking at linking a repeal of Obamacare’s medical device tax to CHIP. Other lawmakers are considering amendments that would stabilize Obamacare’s marketplaces, fearing that a standalone bill to do so would either not pass Congress or would draw a presidential veto.
Thousands of uninsured Americans are traveling to Mexico every day for dental care they otherwise couldn’t afford. Located just a few miles from California and Arizona, Los Algodones is a Mexican town of roughly 6,000 people — 600 of whom are dentists. The town is widely known as Molar City. Read more: How to find cheaper… Continue Reading →
The nation’s second-largest private prison corporation is holding New Mexico politicians hostage by threatening to close unless the state or federal authorities find 300 more prisoners to be warehoused there, according to local news reports. “The company that has operated a private prison in Estancia for nearly three decades has announced it will close the Torrance… Continue Reading →
Rand Paul’s “Repeal-and-Delay” boondoggle of a bill failed in the Senate, going down in flames 45-55. Senators Collins, Capito, Murkowski, Alexander, McCain, Portman and Heller voted against it. All other Republicans voted for the bill, which would have ripped health insurance away from 32 million people and cut Medicaid by $800 billion immediately while putting lots… Continue Reading →
God, this is gorge-inducing. Alone, he could’ve stopped the process he so dislikes in its tracks. He could’ve done it in a way that echoed through the ages. But he said, “yes.”
The Obama administration and congressional Democrats shouldn’t have forced through Congress without any opposition support a social and economic change as massive as Obamacare. And we shouldn’t do the same with ours.
Alas, this is an absolute lie, and an embarrassing one, and the Straight Talk Express is in the ditch. The Affordable Care Act was the product of endless hearings and at least 100 amendments proposed by Republicans. It was scored by the CBO. The Senate debated it for almost a month, and the senators knew what was in it. Right now, the bill that John McCain facilitated likely will be one that isn’t scored by the CBO, and the Freedom Caucus crackpots in the House are trying to defund the CBO and hand the job of scoring legislation to the Heritage Foundation. I would bet a substantial number of buffalo nickels that John McCain votes for whatever bill finally comes before him, no matter how many people’s lives that bill makes miserable.
I wanted this to be different. In 2000, I thought McCain might be the person to lead his party back to marginal sanity at least. But he wanted to be president, so he became like all the rest of them. Yes, he scolded that person who said Barack Obama was a Muslim, but he chose as his running mate a nutty person who still may believe he is. Yes, he put his name on a campaign finance reform bill, but he also voted for every member of the Supreme Court who subsequently eviscerated that law, and others like it, and he’s been absent from that fight ever since. There have been very few senators as loyal to the party line as John McCain. He has been a great lost opportunity to the country. Now, he will end his career as the face of whatever wretchedness is brought on the country by whatever the bill finally is.THERE HAVE BEEN VERY FEW SENATORS AS LOYAL TO THE PARTY LINE AS JOHN MCCAIN.
By the end of the afternoon, the Democrats had taken over one of the wide marble staircases outside the Capitol. They had walked across the piazza and onto the East Lawn of the Capitol to talk to some protesters, many of whom are struggling with diseases and disabilities that would be covered under the Affordable Care Act, and certainly under the Cadillac healthcare plan enjoyed by John McCain. It was a nice gesture, and they were warmly received, but there was something of the stunt to it.
The Republicans have the votes now. Dean Heller and Rob Portman and Shelley Moore Capito have lined up with their party once, and the likelihood is their respective prices will be met again because this is not a policy issue any more, it is pure politics now, a promise made by an extremist majority to its unthinking base. That’s what the end of this ugly day looked like, a day on which the final bloody death of Barack Obama’s legacy was placed on the fast track by people who know better, and on which Susan Collins of Maine was more of a maverick than John McCain ever was. It was an ugly day in the U.S. Senate, and there was nothing but ruin everywhere you looked.