Work Day at Trinity – June 9, 2018
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Work Day at Trinity – June 9, 2018
I’m posting this so people can download ones they want.
Subject: I Have “Preexisting Conditions”, Including Asthma and Cancer.
Your Party Wants to Make Health Insurance Prohibitive for People Like Me.
Health Insurance should be a right, not a commodity, not an optional luxury for people with means, in the greatest country in the world.
Even the youngest, healthiest people are one accident or illness away from needing health care, and the less fortunate in our society will of course suffer the most.
Where are the moral values, where are the “Christian” values, in deliberately turning health insurance into haves and have-nots?
Is it the continued irrational hatred of Obama, is it the fear of somebody else getting “something for nothing”, is it a lack of regard for “the least of these”, or is it just pure selfishness?
Will Medicare be next?
Whatever the reason, it is a shameful and inhumane action even given the moral vacuum of this Trump GOP.
Make it your goal to ensure affordable health care for all in this country.
Make public your ownership of or financial support from insurance or drug or medical device companies.
Require the ACA to negotiate prices like Medicare does (Your party prohibited that in the ACA law).
Work on educating people and doctors on respectful end-of-life medical options. (Your party dishonestly called these “death panels”).
Ensure sex education and access to affordable birth control, pre-natal and infant care and nutrition for everybody.
End Citizens United, which tips the balance of political power to corporations and away from the people.
Work FOR the people, especially “the least of these”.
In 2008 I was living in Iowa and attended one of the state Presidential Caucuses which played a big part in launching Barack Obama to the Presidency.
Immediately after the caucus I heard rumors, via the interwebs, that people had been bused in from other states to caucus for Obama, the theory being that a black candidate could not possibly have won legitimately in almost all white Iowa.
“Voter fraud” became an issue among Republicans in the state, and when Republican Terry Branstad became Governor two years later he directed his Secretary of State, Matt Schultz, to investigate and root out the fraudulent votes.
Three years and a few hundred thousand tax dollars later, They charged 27 people, out of 2,000,000 votes cast, for illegal voting. Many of these were dismissed, and all were essentially the result of mistakes or misunderstanding of the laws rather than any intent to defraud.
Other Republican led states conducted similar investigations and all found minimal illegal votes and zero organized fraud.
But facts rarely stop politicians who have their minds made up. After Trump was elected he declared that there were millions of fraudulent votes cast (apparently the vanity-induced justification for coming up short on the popular vote).
It was a blatant lie, with zero evidence, but he used the lie to justify a national investigation, led by Kris Kobach, spending a few million tax dollars and once again finding zero evidence of any organized fraud and an infinitesimal percentage of illegal votes.
But Trump still lies about it, and several Republican majority states are pursuing VoterID laws under the guise of preventing the “voter fraud”.
Legitimacy of our voting systems ic certainly important, and actual fraud should be prevented by sensible nonpartisan laws, but it is impossible to believe, after the hyperbole from the state fraud efforts and blatant lies from the highest Republican in the land, that these proposed VoterID laws are designed for any purpose other than to make it more difficult for minorities, who tend not to vote Republican, to vote.
Now my current home state of North Carolina is using the same lies about fraudulent voting to pursue a VoterID law. The first attempt was struck down when federal court ruled in 2016 that “an N.C. photo ID provision and other voting restrictions targeted black voters ‘with almost surgical precision.’”
And an audit by the Election Commission “found that out of almost 4.8 million votes cast, one fraudulent vote probably would have been avoided with a photo voter ID law”.
But even that didn’t deter the Republican State majority, and they tried other tactics such as changing voting days and times for no conceivable purpose other than to make it more difficult for certain demographics to vote, and they now have a plan to introduce a constitutional amendment for VoterID in the next election.
So how can anyone honestly come to any conclusion that these efforts are anything but deliberate and blatant attempt to restrict the vote to their advantage?
And the President still lies about millions of fraudulent votes.
A disgusting abuse of power.
I just got back from getting a crown plus a filling – a dental “twofer” (two for the price of two).
I usually dread these things, but as I was driving to the dentist’s office I decided that after watching the battlefield horrors in the Vietnam series for the last two weeks I could at least suck up enough courage to survive a damn dental procedure.
The Ken Burns/Lynn Novick Vietnam series is stunning and unsettling in many ways, and it kind of floored me even though I had lived through those times (as a civilian in Tennessee) and thought I knew quite a bit about the war.
What really got me was the extent and repetition of atrocious decisions and behavior – by so many people, so many sides, so many groups, so many military and government officials, …
… and especially by numerous Presidents whose every war decision seemed to be based on what impact it may have on their re-election chances, topped off by Nixon’s (spoiler alert) treasonous obstruction of peace talks, worried that a peace agreement might jeopardize his election bid.
Through most of the war years I was a self absorbed teenager, and I can’t recall anyone I knew who was in the war. I was aware of the reports of protests and violence around the country but I don’t recall anything serious at the U. of Tennessee in the early 70’s where I was an engineering student (which might explain my obliviousness to the real world).
My lottery number in the 1971 drawing was 109, and strangely I actually have Tricky Dick to thank for not getting drafted since that’s when he started cutting back on the draft in preparation for withdrawal from Vietnam. The previous lottery year drawing went to 125.
With bad eyes and asthma I don’t know what the military would have done with me – maybe I’d have made a good Radar O’Reilly – but certainly my life would have been drastically changed.
If there is a positive takeaway to all this, it may be the resilience of this country to be able to recover, though still scarred, from probably the most divisive time in our history since the Civil War.
And, barring one of our two adolescent world playground bullies – “boys with nuclear toys” – getting his ego bruised and pushing a nuke button, maybe, just maybe, we will also survive this current period of intentional and deliberate division, this time with tweets, rallies, lies and executive orders as the weapons.
“You know, I could maybe give you 10 reasons why this bill shouldn’t be considered,” Grassley said. “But Republicans campaigned on this so often that you have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign. That’s pretty much as much of a reason as the substance of the bill.” (Des Moines Register 9/20/17)
Chuck Grassley, Senator-for-Life from Iowa, who once upon a time had a reputation for some degree of independence and integrity, just laid bare the hypocritical, dishonest, arrogant, callous disregard for the welfare of everyday Americans (especially Americans who have the nerve to get sick and need medical care) by the Trump GOP in the repeated attempts to “Repeal Obamacare!” with draconian “health care” bills that get worse with each iteration, and which have to be prepared in secret and rushed to a vote before the public finds out how bad they are.
Grassley just admitted that he would robotically vote for any “Repeal!” bill,
no matter what’s in it.
Now we know why seemingly decent people in Congress would purposely vote against the well-being of the average American human being. Now we know why Congressmen who loudly tout “Christian Family Values” are able to so easily toss those values aside when politics requires it.
And now we know why we have to rely on a tiny number of politicians with enough sense of conscience (McCain, Conner, Murkowski in the previous vote) to save us from these reprehensible bills:
It’s all about politics. The public, morality, honor, decency, … be damned.
Senator Grassley, who has actually called himself a “Donald Trumpster”, is now cementing a legacy of stealing a Supreme Court seat, slavishly supporting an amoral, immoral, hate-mongering, lying President, and possibly ending health care coverage for millions of Americans.
His Iowa cohort, Joni Ernst, along with North Carolina’s Senators Richard Burr (who certainly knows better) and Thom Tillis are sure “Yea” votes on any “Repeal!” bill, looking forward to a televised a pat on the back from the President in the Rose Garden in another victorious “let them eat cake” celebration.
After all, it was a campaign promise, and that fact (along with pleasing a President who couldn’t care less what’s in the bill, and a few billionaire donors who would love to see less money spent on sick people) is all that really counts, as Senator Grassley just confided.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, IA: (202) 224 – 3744. Fax: (202) 224-6020
Sen. Joni Ernst, IA: (202) 224-3254. Fax: ( 202) 224-9369
Sen. Thom Tillis, NC: (202) 224-6342. Fax: (202) 228-2563
Sen. Richard Burr, NC: ( 800) 685-8916. P: (336) 631-5125. F: (336) 725-4493
Online fax service:
Trump leads chants of “lock her up” at campaign rallies and convention
– NC Congressmen (Burr, Tillis, Meadows) are silent
(A letter to Senator Thom Tillis, NC)
Thanks for your response to my letter criticizing the recent Republican “Health Care” debacles.
I understand your need to cut and paste the obligatory Evil-Obamacare language that your party has been using for political fundraising and campaigning for the last eight years.
But imagine what might have been if your party had instead chosen to try to improve health care for the people over those eight years rather than reflexively demonize and obstruct, even using lawsuits to intentionally make things worse for the Americans who do not have the luxury of employer funded health care or personal wealth.
(It’s not too late to start now with an honest, nonpartisan study of why the costs of health care and prescription drugs in the United States far exceed the costs in every other first world country, while the percentage of covered citizens lags that of every other country).
There are certainly problems with the ACA, but now that the proverbial dog has caught the proverbial bus you find that you, now in total charge, are expected to actually do something more than demonize, and your first response is the appallingly draconian ACHA bill (followed by a fitting celebration of mostly wealthy white male arrogance and hubris in the Rose Garden), which is so universally derided that the Senate won’t even look at it.
So what does the Senate do?
You rush to come up with something almost as bad, the “Better Care Reconciliation Act” (BRCA),
making clear the real priorities of today’s Republican party:
1. Pass something, anything, quickly, before mid-term campaigning starts,
that would let you claim that you “Repealed” the hated Obamacare,
2. Cut taxes for those with income over $250,000,
whose investment income was taxed to help pay for health care.
3. Reduce health care costs to the government
(by reducing coverage for the people, reducing the number of people covered,
and shifting costs to the states),
4. Remove limits on Insurance Company executive compensation,
5. Protect the profits of Insurance and Pharmaceutical companies,
.?. Improve health care for poorer and older Americans who do not have other options.
(It is interesting though that you now apparently support nondiscriminatory coverage for preexisting conditions and for children under 26, two significant features of the evil Obamacare).
Last week we got the completely unsurprising calculations from the CBO showing that the BRCA will also cause millions to lose coverage, just a bit fewer than the AHCA. (To be fair – some of them voluntarily drop coverage due to the elimination of mandates, but still millions who rely on Medicaid will no longer be eligible if either of these bills became law… And before you counter, forcing a reduction in the rate of growth is still a cut, even if overall numbers go up as the population increases).
And to top that off, we later discover longer range CBO forecasts showing that the numbers losing Medicare will be even higher down the road due to a sunset provision in the bill that takes affect years from now when you can deflect the blame.
And to top THAT off, the President and some Senators are now proposing a switch to “Repeal Now, Replace Later (maybe)”, a cynical “punt” which would jeopardize health care for millions more with the hope that Congress will be forced to some up with some “replacement” before the full repeal takes effect. Unbelievable disregard for people who currently rely on the ACA for health care, and uncertainty for the whole health care system.
What has happened to this Republican Party, which probably still touts “Christian Family Values” but now blatantly exhibits xenophobia, arrogance, worship of wealth, dismissal of the poor and sick, zero regard for truth, validation of real “fake news”, and abject hatred for anyone who disagrees, emboldening hate-group vitriol and violence around the country and losing the respect of the rest of the world?
And now you are led by a person who would rather post misogynistic “fighting back” tweets than bother to make the slightest attempt to learn about actual issues. And by your silence you effectively support this behavior.
Where are the moral leaders in today’s GOP?
Certainly not in the White House, and very well hidden in the Congress.
But a few Republicans in Congress (mostly Congresswomen) have had the decency to speak out against Trump’s appalling petulance. I hope you will have the courage to join them.
How low can this Party and President go?
We deserve better.