TPM explores the propaganda Republicans are using to promote their “they laughingly call it health care” bill. Here’s one; follow the link for the rest (emphasis in the original).

Obamacare is “collapsing.” –House Speaker Paul Ryan This is the con of yesterday, the con of today, the con of tomorrow. It plays twin roles of justifying Republicans’ rush to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and giving them cover if and when there is dissatisfaction with what they replace it with: You think this is bad, but it would have been worse if we let Obamacare collapse.

However, the CBO last week made clear — backing up what multiple other analyses have said — that Obamacare is not in or heading towards a death spiral.

“In CBO and JCT’s assessment, however, the nongroup market would probably be stable in most areas under either current law or the legislation,” the CBO said.

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Via Job’s Anger.

Donald Trump says,


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David Ruth explains that fantastical things sometimes come to pass.

It seems former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was right after all. There really is such a thing as a death panel. It’s called Congress.

This is probably the inevitable result when laws are cooked up by a speaker of the House of Representatives who has treated the post as if he is president of the Ayn Rand Society.

More at the link.

Donald Trump says,

Via Job’s Anger.

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Via Juanita Jean.

15 March 2017 · Comments Off on “Pre-Planning”* · Categories: Health Care, Political Theatre, Republican Hypocrisy

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*One more time: Is there any other kind of planning?

14 March 2017 · Comments Off on It’s All about the Benjamins · Categories: Health Care, Republican Hypocrisy

Catherine Rampell looks at the backstory of the Republican “they laughingly call it health care” bill. A snippet:

Among the biggest are repeals of two ACA surtaxes on the highest-earning Americans: a 0.9 percent payroll tax add-on and a 3.8 percent tax on net investment income for couples whose incomes exceed $250,000 ($200,000 for individuals).

(snip)

The presence of expensive tax cuts in a bill purportedly about health-care reform is not a side effect; it’s the entire point. They make it easier for Republicans’ (much bigger) individual and corporate tax cuts to sail through the Senate with minimal Democratic obstruction in a few months’ time.

13 March 2017 · Comments Off on Some Penalties May Apply · Categories: Health Care, Republican Hypocrisy

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12 March 2017 · Comments Off on “Suffer, Baby” · Categories: Health Care, Political Theatre, Republican Hypocrisy

A writer to editor of The Roanoke Times recalls the suffering of a nephew stricken with cystic fibrosis at the age of six weeks and marvels at Republican efforts to gut health care coverage.

A snippet:

Bob Goodlatte, you and many of your congressional colleagues are adamantly opposed to the Affordable Care Act. I can only surmise that none of you has loved ones who 1) struggle with chronic illnesses, 2) must pay hundreds of dollars each month for medications and treatments in order to maintain even a minimal quality of life, 3) have attained or are reaching an age when they will no longer be covered on their parents’ insurance, and/or 4) are or will be denied health insurance due to pre-existing conditions.

12 March 2017 · Comments Off on The Medicine Show · Categories: Health Care, Mammon

Reka Basu recounts a recent experience with U. S. medical care. She has been dealing with a dermatalogical problem that has cost her hundreds of dollars and many hours with the U. S. Medical-Industrial Complex. Then she was introduced to a cure in an unexpected way:

But after a year of shelling out hundreds of dollars on doctors, labs and medicines to clear up the rough patches on my elbows that had gotten me nowhere, I’d come up with another approach.

Actually, a beautician giving me a facial in an Indian beauty parlor had come up with it during my recent annual visit to India. Seeing my elbows, the woman dispatched a pedicurist to the drugstore next door to get me an over-the-counter ointment she said would bring signs of improvement in a week. And it did.

I bring this up not because my skin problems are of much consequence. On the contrary. If a beauty parlor employee can recognize symptoms and suggest a treatment that works after two doctors, a biopsy and several medications couldn’t, it suggests a larger problem with our profit-obsessed medical care system and pharmaceutical industry.

Follow the link for her theory as to why that particular over-the-counter salve is not available in the United States.

Note:

If you are using an adblocker, the Des Moines Register may ask you to turn it off. I don’t use an adblocker, but I do use NoScript in conjunction with a hosts file, so I needed to tell NoScript to “allow all” scripts on the page. I’m am quite willing to let legitimate newspaper websites think that I’m reading their ads. Newspapers need all the help they can get.

11 March 2017 · Comments Off on Fatal Attraction* · Categories: Health Care, Mammon, Republican Hypocrisy

Republican Elephant asleep, dreaming of

Via Job’s Anger.

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*Fatal to others, that is.

10 March 2017 · Comments Off on Ryan’s Derp · Categories: Health Care, Mammon, Republican Hypocrisy

Paul Ryan at easel pointing to reasons for Republican

Via Job’s Anger.

09 March 2017 · Comments Off on GOP Wealthcare · Categories: Health Care, Political Theatre

Rep. Chavetz holding list of GOP health care cost increases says to poor woman holding shopping list for food, clothing, housing, and health care, and a child:  You must choose between your iPhone and health care.  Chavetz handing package of tax cuts for the rich to plutocrat:  I believe in self-reliance.

Via The Bob Cesca Show.

08 March 2017 · Comments Off on Designed to Fail? · Categories: Health Care, Political Theatre

Noz has a theory that the proposed Republican “they laughingly call it a health care” bill is designed to fail.

I’m not sure I buy it.

Applying Occam’s Razor, I suspect that this is the more likely backstory.

08 March 2017 · Comments Off on Pre-Planning* · Categories: Health Care, Political Theatre

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Reminder: It’s all about the Benjamins.
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*As if there were any other kind of planning.

07 March 2017 · Comments Off on Ryan’s Derp, Surprise Surprise Dept. · Categories: Health Care, Political Theatre, Republican Hypocrisy

Update:

Late yesterday, after I wrote this (yes, I do write stuff in advance), the Republicans opened the box. It’s every bit as horrible as imagined.

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In related news, Catherine Rampell has reveals a secret:

During his recent address to Congress, President Donald Trump earned a standing ovation for once again declaring that, in place of Obamacare, Americans should have “the freedom to purchase health insurance across state lines.”

Here’s the dirty little secret: Obamacare already gives Americans this freedom.

Follow the link for more.

06 March 2017 · Comments Off on The GOP Medicine Show · Categories: Health Care, Mammon, Republican Hypocrisy

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05 March 2017 · Comments Off on The Republican Health Plan: Don’t Get Sick.
If You Do Get Sick, Die Quickly.
· Categories: Health Care, Political Theatre

Tom Tommoerrow Cartoon lampooning Republican hypocrisy on heathcare by describing what


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