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War on #Obamacare continues, GOP political flatulence is chronic. Maybe they should sign up.

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obamacare numbersVia @MzYun

And the War on Obamacare continues ad nauseam. Back to the future:

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Medicare for All would have been my first choice, but that's not what we have. My second choice was a public option included in the Affordable Care Act, but that's not what we have.

What we do have is Obamacare, and it has had a rough roll out. President Obama omitted a few words, so he is being called a liar. He isn't, but he should have included those clarifying words. How about calling out #Obamacare critics on actual lies? Serious lies.

And yes, the website has also been a mess. But not only is that temporary and not unusual (see Disastrous rollouts: Romneycare, Medicare Part D), it is being remedied, and it will become a thing of the past.

If we had a functioning government, if we didn't have dysfunctional Republicans intent on destroying President Obama, then Congress members would be working with the president to facilitate and rectify the problems.

Meantime, despite the endless, wearisome, nerve wracking fighting and drama, more lives are being saved, Americans are getting more comprehensive coverage at mostly better rates, and the GOP continues their political flatulence.

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Fed Up: Special Comment by my 76-year-old friend

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My impassioned “72-year-old”  friend (who is now 76, but who’s counting?), who goes by the Twitter name @42bkdodgr, would like to share his feelings of frustration about the state of politics and our dysfunctional Congress. I am more than happy to oblige, especially because I feel the same way.

This rant reminds me of one I did awhile ago: We have no choice. It might be time to revive that one.

Now on to "Fed Up." But first, a personal note from 42bkdodgr:

Many of you may wonder why I chose to use the “72 year old friend” as the introduction to my Special Comments. I selected the moniker so readers could see that from my age and life experiences I give a different perspective to the issues of today.

Now for his Special Comment:

FED UP

Like most Americans, I'm FED UP with the dysfunctional government we have.

I'm FED UP that there is a segment within the Republican caucus that refuses to compromise.

I'm FED UP that Republicans have more loyalty to a pledge they signed with Grover Norquist, to never raise taxes, forgetting the oath they took when sworn into office.

I'm FED UP that Republicans in Congress would rather spend government funds on phony investigations than pass a jobs and infrastructure bill, that would create jobs for millions of people, which would move our economy forward.

I'm FED UP with all the hate and racism that exists in our country.

I'm FED UP that the leaders of the Republican Tea Party don't denounce the use of racist remarks, hateful signs and pictures, displays of the Confederate Flag at rallies they attend in Washington D.C. and in their home states.

I'm FED UP with the disrespect shown President Obama and the office he holds. This has been going on since Joe Wilson yelled "You lie!" during a speech President Obama was giving to a joint session of Congress.

I'm FED UP that, after five years, there are still Americans who don't consider President Obama an American citizen or a Christian.

I'm FED UP with a party that lost a national election in 2012, that tries to use a government shut down and threat of default on national debt to force their ideology on Americans-- which the people had rejected-- and in the process, cost the country $24 billion.

I'm FED UP that a political party felt shutting down the government was a good thing, and brags about it and is threatening to try it again in 2014.

I'm FED UP that there are members in Congress who got elected with the sole intent of destroying the government.

I'm FED UP that the Republican Party is trying to defund and kill the Affordable Care Act, knowing full well it can't be done, in the process wasting more government funds.

I'm FED UP with members of Congress willing to cut funds that help those Americans in need while continuing to provide subsidies to farmers and oil companies, plus they refuse to close tax loop holes that benefit the rich.

I'm FED UP that states have or will enact laws to suppress the voting rights of Americans, when voter fraud doesn't exist in the country.

I'm FED UP that states have passed laws that don't allow women to control their own bodies.

I'm FED UP that the Evangelical Christians wanting to impose their religious ideology on all Americans and want to bring down the wall separating church and state.

I will continue to be FED UP, until these issues are addressed, or we will remain an extremely divided country pulling in different directions.

It's sad thing to say, but we are becoming a government, that unless one party controls Congress and the presidency, the chances of any important legislation getting done is almost nil.

That why it is extremely important for Democrats to vote in 2014 if we want to retain control of the Senate and possibly gain control of the House. Americans better begin to wake up and learn; the foundation of our democracy is being threatened by the radical right and it must be addressed.

Many thanks again for another thorough, relevant piece, @42bkdodgr. You often say what many of us are thinking and feeling, and we thank you for your unique perspective.

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Essential? Boehner’s office orders exclusive gyms for Congress members to stay open during #GOPshutdown

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John Boehner, you and the rest of us "need to have a conversation."

The GOP shutdown has denied fallen soldiers survivor's benefits.

The GOP shutdown has disrupted Head Start.

The GOP shutdown has halted loans to small businesses.

The GOP shutdown has furloughed thousands and thousands of government workers.

The GOP shutdown has denied cancer patients clinical trial treatment.

Via Think Progress, here's what the GOP shutdown kept open, because apparently this was deemed "essential":

[E]xclusive gyms available only to members of Congress have remained open throughout the shutdown.

A House aide confirmed to ThinkProgress that the House member’s gym is open. The House gym features a swimming pool, basketball courts, paddleball courts, a sauna, a steam room and flat screen TVs. While towel service is unavailable, taxpayers remain on the hook for cleaning and maintenance, which has been performed daily throughout the shutdown. There are also costs associated with the power required to heat the pools and keep the lights on.

According to the aide, the decision to keep the gym open — even while other critical government services were shelved — came directly from Speaker Boehner’s office. Meanwhile, the staff gym available to Congressional staff has been closed.

Yes, we most certainly "need to have a conversation."

But, whew! At least Paul Ryan's Very Important Routine won't be disrupted:

Via Gregg Segal for TIMEVia Gregg Segal for TIME

More at the link.

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New Mom With Stage IV Cancer Denied Promising Treatment Due to #GOPShutdown: "This Is a Matter of Life or Death"

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Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

Michelle Langbehn, 30, has a one-year-old daughter.  She also has stage IV sarcoma, with a life expectancy of one year.  That is unless she is able to beat the odds as a result of promising new treatment undergoing clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

But Langbehn, according to the Washington Post (WP), won't be receiving the treatment that she was scheduled for due to the House GOP not passing a new federal budget.  The resultant cutbacks at NIH (for what are deemed non-essential services) have stopped clinical trials dead in their tracks. [...]

She has a message for Congress as she told the WP:

I want to tell them that lives are at stake. This isn't just a matter of inconvenience. This is a matter of life or death. I’m not just doing this for myself. There are 200 people that are trying to get into clinical trials each week. I want to speak for all of us.

[...]

RT online reports that some of the cancer patients denied clinical trial treatment are children [...]

There is no guarantee that the clinical trial Langbehn is being denied because of the House GOP government shutdown will prolong her life indefinitely, but it does provide a great deal of promise and hope -- to her young daughter and family.

"Lives are at stake," she told the WP -- and indeed they are.

Please read the entire post here.

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