By now many of you have heard all about Paul Ryan’s Big Medicare Lie, er, Talk at Florida’s largest retirement complex, The Villages, which provides foundation for Republican candidates, and like Willard Romney may (which we’d know if he’d ever release his tax returns), have a few IRS problems of its own. Via the L.A. Times:
Billionaire developer H. Gary Morse, whose family built The Villages on more than 30 square miles of farmland, is a co-chairman of Romney’s Florida finance committee. Along with family members and his corporation, Morse has given more than $1 million to the Romney campaign and a “super PAC” supporting him.
But how many of you knew that Team Ryan appeared to try to get all those Republican seniors drunk enough to cheer his speech? Ply ‘em with alcohol and they’re all yours:
Hundreds of supporters jammed into one of the development’s “town squares,” where free entertainment and nightly happy-hour dances helped earn this community of 60,000 seniors a somewhat double-edged reputation as the Disney World of the Cialis set. Open-air bars at the Ryan event began pouring before 8 a.m., with 14-ounce margaritas going for $2.75. A Chick-fil-A stand did a brisker business, however.
He got them drinking before 8 a.m.? That doesn’t sound too healthy, pushing alcoholic drinks on them, especially so early in the morning. Is that how Paul Ryan “takes care of” seniors? And alcohol and sun don’t mix, you know. There’s risk of heat stroke caused by dehydration. Many of his audience members could have keeled over, and what kind of photo op would that have been?
Wow, it’s a good thing they have Medicare.
Then again, there was a certain amount of wisdom in getting the crowd so sloshed they wouldn’t know what or why they were applauding. Kinda reminds me of the old days when my dates would try to get me drunk so I’d “loosen up” enough to allow them to do to me what Romney-Ryan are trying to do to seniors and the disabled.
Oh but I kid Team Ryan. Sort of.
92 year-old former North Dakota District Judge and WWII veteran, Ralph Maxwell, recites the lyrics from his song “Wherefore Art Thou, Mitt Romney-O”.
”It’s sort of derogatory…”
Yes indeed, derogatory, but classy and on point.
And the last few seconds brought me to tears.
President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the health care law that Republicans want to repeal, the law that’s before the U.S. Supreme Court as we speak, is benefiting more Americans than the GOP will ever admit.
In fact, it has helped as many as 6.6 million young adults stay on or get on their parents’ health plans in its first year and a half.
The Hill is reporting that senior citizens are also beneficiaries in a big way:
More than 14 million seniors have already taken advantage of the healthcare reform law’s new preventive benefits under Medicare, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said Monday. [...]
“Thanks to the health care law, millions of Americans are getting cancer screenings, mammograms and other preventive services for free,” acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said in a statement.
“The protections we are voluntarily extending are good for people’s health, promote broader access to quality care and contribute to helping control rising health care costs,” Stephen J. Hemsley, president and chief executive of UnitedHealth Group, said in a statement.
So there you have it: Republicans hate the idea of the young and old staying healthy while paying less, which in turn improves the economy, because those same people can spend money on things they need rather than on medical bills.
Oh wait, sorry. Check that. Republicans hate the idea of the young and old staying healthy while paying less, which in turn improves the economy, because those same people can spend money on things they need rather than on medical bills… because keeping their fellow Americans alive and able to afford stuff makes President Obama look good.
Fed Judge blocks FL GOP restrictions on voter registration, early voting CORRECTION: Brad has updated and corrected: Judge’s ruling ONLY dealt with voter registration restrictions, not with new early voting restrictions. Should read: FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS FL GOP’S ‘ONEROUS’ RESTRICTIONS ON VOTER REGISTRATION
Welcome to GOP Solutions 101: Win by Cheating.
In Miami-Dade, the count of voters whose citizenship status has been challenged by the Scott administration numbered in the hundreds. With time left to respond, nearly a quarter of those sent letters in have already proven their eligibility.
Several smaller counties also confirmed to ThinkProgress that voters have proven that their inclusion on the list was in error. [...]
The purge of fully eligible voters from the voting rolls by Scott could be enough to tip the balance in Florida and, perhaps, the presidential election. In 2000, the final (disputed) margin was just 537 votes.
Rachel takes it from here:
“This time they’ve come for Latino voters.”
Let’s hope we’ve learned something and waste no time undoing the damage Republicans are trying so hard to do. Fight back, take the offensive, call, email, donate, volunteer, get the vote out, help people register, provide transportation and information, speak out. We simply and literally can’t afford to lose.
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