Trump’s Remark on Charlottesville

Is there absolutely any point in confronting Trump on his many remarks… the latest being his “too late for that” Monday statement and then back-pedaling from it today.  Nothing Trump says (or doesn’t say) surprises me anymore.  His initial statement on Saturday wasn’t enough… but I saw it more of Trump riding the fence trying to find that perfect balance where he doesn’t alienate his core supporters and the everyone else who has some common sense and human decency.

Trump should just go all in and be the racist/sexist/isolationist/egotistical President that he campaigned on.  Screw the fake media.

 

Bernie asked me for help?

With the recent failure of the Republican Senate to repeal the ACA, I hope Obama’s legacy will remain intact until a newer better plan comes along.  Specifically, I think our current healthcare woes won’t go away until a government sponsored healthcare is enacted.  What would it look like?  I have no idea.

Even Bernie has no idea…. but he sent a message via the PAC asking about healthcare.

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And one of the questions, I gave my idea of what I think might work.

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Share your thoughts with Bernie… Here’s the Link.

https://go.berniesanders.com/page/s/mfa-your-thoughts?source=em170731-full

Healthcare Bill Comparison

With the Senate’s healthcare bill’s demise these past few days, I got wondering about the differences between the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the “Republicare.”  I found this nice comparison from the BBC.

The one thing that struck me is the tax breaks on the wealthy the “Republicare” is going to implement in the first version got taken out from the second version.  More importantly, do people really believe that cutting the revenue gained from taxing the wealthy is *REALLY* going to allow a maintenance of healthcare support?  And more broadly, is taxing the rich really going to be a viable model for years to come?

I think ultimately, both Democrats and Republicans have to get behind a single universal government healthcare provider.  The government will also need to establish what they consider as “mandatory” healthcare services and benefits, and determine a reasonable cost of service price point(s) for the mandatory services and benefits.  These services and benefits need to be adjusted as the citizen grows old as well.  For all other non-mandatory items, the healthcare market can take up the slack and charge premiums to cover those types of services.  I think this is great win for both private and public sectors.

The Senate’s Healthcare Bill

The Senate’s Healthcare Bill has come out.  And almost immediately, the opposition from within the Republican ranks is forcing a delay in the vote.  Sounds familiar doesn’t it?  The CBO scores it even worse than the House version.  egads…

I wonder who else will be in the room when the Republican’s gather enough votes to make it happen.

One thing that’s a bit interesting that I heard from the political podcasts are that most of the items don’t take into effect until after 2020.  Sounds very political doesn’t it?  How true is this?  Not sure.

Political Hypocrites?

Let’s face it.  The current US politics is a fucking mess.  Whenever one political party is in power, the other party seeks to put down and belittle the party in power.  The term “bipartisan support” might as well be considered the Holy Grail.  The latest incident deals with the secretive process this new AHCA/TrumpCare that’s being formulated by the Senate Republicans.

Back when ACA/Obamacare was being formulated, Republicans were not in power and were subsequently denouncing the Democratic led efforts for healthcare.  This Washington Post article does a good job summing up the hypocrisy in politics.

When will the average citizens become tired of this bullshit?

Why can’t the average citizen hold the politicians for BOTH parties accountable for their actions and words?