Every day, it gets a little harder for me to understand why people are so against punching Nazis. Follow along with me here: Nazis don’t have “beliefs.” What they have is an agenda. It ends in genocide for people who don’t look like them. Today’s story is a snapshot of what happens when Nazis are empowered… Continue Reading →
Donald Trump’s election has led to such a steep rise in fundamentalist Christian evangelizing and religious bigotry in the U.S. armed forces that the matter is reaching the level of a “national security threat,” according to information shared exclusively with Newsweek by an organization that represents and advocates for secular and minority religious views in the… Continue Reading →
Well, here we go. Trump’s new budget will be announced today, and it features massive cuts to Social Security disability. They are selling this to the media as “disability, not real Social Security,” and it’s up to us to stop them:
We pointed out back in March that Trump budget direct Mick Mulvaney displayed an alarming ignorance about Social Security disability benefits during an appearance on the CBS program “Face the Nation.”
Now it turns out that there was method to his muttering. In effect, Mulvaney was telegraphing that the Trump White House was planning to cut disability benefits sharply. Axios reported Sunday that the Trump budget due out Tuesday will include $1.7 trillion in cuts to major social insurance and assistance programs, including food stamps, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Social Security disability.
Any cut to disability would be a major violation of Trump’s oft-repeated campaign pledge not to cut Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare. Trump also broke that promise, by the way, by endorsing the American Health Care Act, the House Republican Obamacare repeal plan that incorporates a stunning $880 billion in Medicaid cuts.
It turns out that Mulvaney was setting up a flagrant deception during that “Face the Nation” appearance. He asked moderator John Dickerson, “Do you really think that Social Security disability insurance is part of what people think of when they think of Social Security? I don’t think so.”
Dickerson let the remark, which we described then as “a drive-by shooting” aimed at some of the nation’s neediest and most defenseless people, slide without comment.
But Mulvaney was tapping into a knowledge vacuum that appears to extend more deeply into the Washington press corps. Politico, which reports that the budget document will “avoid revamping Social Security and Medicare,” and the Associated Press, which says the budget “won’t touch Social Security or Medicare,” get snowed by the implication that a cut in disability isn’t a cut to Social Security.
help Trump make this entire Russiagate story go away altogether, but they can’t. In the meantime, they’re going to run as much interference for Trump as humanly possible. As we’ve already discussed here, for the last few weeks, they’ve been really busy attacking the press for their negative coverage for Trump, and… Continue Reading →
Trump’s narcissism and megalomania is starting to have an effect on his people. The Washington Post writes: The worst job in Washington right now: Working for Trump As Donald Trump has grown increasingly angry and frustrated with his White House staff, the beleaguered targets of his ire have a quietly roiling gripe of their own -… Continue Reading →
Charlie Rose said this morning that CBS reached out to 20 Republicans to appear on their morning show and no one would appear.
Fox News said the same thing last night.
Hmm. They’re not so tough when they’re confronted with reality.
Chaffetz is all smiles as he scoots back from a fully-insured surgery to repeal health coverage for millions. pic.twitter.com/XrM8DSQXO2
— Ben Marter (@BenMarter) May 4, 2017
I just texted my husband to apologize for going to hospital after I was raped bc it could affect our insurance coverage if new bill passes.
— Britni de la Cretaz (@britnidlc) May 4, 2017
Ran into a stone-faced @RepCummings, contemplating the day. "They take away coverage from 24 million…and they cheer," he said. "They cheer."
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) May 4, 2017
This is excellent. Let's keep it going and set some records. https://t.co/uBejmRZMWs
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) May 4, 2017
READ THIS THREAD:
Even though this was gutting and these folks are Satan's minions in Jesus' clothes…
— Sydette (@Blackamazon) May 4, 2017
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) May 4, 2017
"Kimmel gave us a choice. Either babies would die. Or the rich would get a YUGE tax cut. We went with the tax cut" pic.twitter.com/2mKmmU4PJk
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) May 4, 2017
My insulin, with no insurance coverage, would cost me about $3,000 a month. $36,000 a year. An iPhone 7 is $650. https://t.co/8bJm6TreSW
— Michael, still here (@Home_Halfway) March 7, 2017
Charlie Pierce had his gall bladder out last week, and reading this made me start to relive my own experience:
From this standpoint, with my Mississippi plastics worker hanging out at the side of my bed, I watched the Republicans fall all over themselves trying to destroy the Affordable Care Act while pretending they weren’t doing that very thing. (An atypical presentation of a common condition.) For a good, long, healthy while, I was completely one of The American People, my privileged view of our democratic follies clouded for a moment by more than just the pharmaceuticals. I was looking through a haze of frustration and pain, and considerable anger, for me and for my phantom pal from the plastics plant. Human health is not a commodity, to be bargained and sold and traded as though it were any other consumer good.
I was lying in a hospital, doped to the gills, chatting in my mind with an imaginary fellow citizen, and I could figure that out. Why in bloody hell can’t they? They’re out to wreck the only piece of effective legislation that made this a little easier for me and for my pal that has emerged in the last half-century. Everything about the proposed replacement is cruelly inadequate, because that’s what it was designed to be. The pre-existing conditions protections are cheesecloth; the high-risk pools are guaranteed to bring us back to the days of generally unaffordable premiums. It’s still a tax bill dressed up as healthcare reform, which is like calling a crop subsidy a law enforcement measure.
And hand things back to the states? To Sam Brownback’s Kansas, or Scott Walker’s Wisconsin, or even my phantom companion’s Mississippi? Somehow, doing this, bringing millions of Americans back to the brink of a cliff they’d almost forgotten over eight years, makes those Americans more free? This is crazy. I turned on the hockey game.
Reading this made me hyperventilate. If my friend K. hadn’t known about the Obamacare pre-existing conditions bridge plan (that was in place before the regular policies kicked in), I have no doubt I’d be dead now.
Because when doctors keep telling you that you need surgery or you’ll die, and you tell them you don’t have insurance and all of a sudden they send you home (and they weren’t lying — one of my blogger friends died of pancreatitis), you begin to understand exactly how obscene this system is.
Your life is only as worthwhile as you can afford.
You may not have seen Trump’s bogus First 100 Days ad, but it’s a doozy. I can’t remember a newly elected president having a campaign ad run after their first one hundred days. They must feel like they need some extra propaganda floating out there since Trump’s short time in office has been so embarrassing. And… Continue Reading →
— AM Joy w/Joy Reid (@amjoyshow) April 30, 2017