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NRCC on moving on from "repeal #Obamacare" efforts: "No, we can't."


nrcc alert so sick of your sh..t

The NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee) wants to take health insurance away from millions of people. They're not even trying to hide that nasty little fact. In fact, they made it very public. After President Obama's Affordable Care Act Signed up 8,000,000 People victory lap yesterday, the NRCC decided they would remain in their Bubble O' Obstruction for the foreseeable future. They said as much in this tweet:

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That should go over well with Americans who are now covered, who are now able to afford to treat their illnesses and injuries, whose children are covered, and who are no longer turned away when they have pre-existing conditions. Like being a woman, for example. Or having cancer.

See how "pro-life" they are?

Do they not realize that, in addition to Obamacare consumers, this also benefits their corporate Big Insurance buddies?

How's that outreach thing workin' for ya, GOP?

Here are a few of the replies they got on the Twitter Machine:





Dogboy & Mr. Dan Look At The Affordable Care Act


sychronized head in the sandGOP Synchronized Head-In-The-Sand Class

The Republicans are in such a hurry to destroy the Affordable Care Act (I'm getting tired of giving into the misleading Republican nickname for the law) that they can't see the forest through the trees or as they'd prefer to mock, you can't see the doctor through the patients. These GOP'ers just don't get it. They would prefer to stick their head in the sand than face the music and dance.

So, clever satirist and political cartoonist Mark Fiore has made another 2 minute episode of Dogboy & Mr. Dan. It's smart, funny and boy, does it pack a wallop. Now if only John Bonehead and Eric Cantorwont would carve out a few minutes from their hectic schedules of misinformation and obstruction to check this out, maybe they'd actually learn something. Oh, but that would be crazy. Wait. Crazy? Mental health is covered under the new healthcare law -- the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act --now that the provisions are finally taking effect. All Republicans should take advantage of it. And they don't have to worry about it being a pre-existing condition. The ACA has fixed that loophole.

I know it's a lot to ask of them, but hey, would you like to see what the Republican Talking Machine is blathering about? Sometime the truth hurts. Under the Affordable Care Act, Bonehead and Cantorwont would actually be covered for that, too.

Just click on the picture below, and you'll be whisked away to a few minutes of fun satire:

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Oh, and don't forget to follow me on Twitter: @Linzack


The US Senate has its own cat lady and his name is Ted Cruz.


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Today’s guest post by the one, the only, Will Durst:


There no longer lies any shame in obsession. Monomania reigns supreme in this country. Along with twerking. Once a month the local news features sports fans who have turned entire houses into shrines to their favorite team. We all know the conspiracy guy with his bootleg DVDs and liquid limber logic. Every neighborhood has at least one cat lady. And if you protest that your neighborhood doesn’t, you may be her.

The US Senate has its own cat lady and his name is Ted Cruz. For the first 9 months of his incumbency in the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body, the man graduated from distressed to obsessed to a little shy of possessed. Recently we were held hostage to the focus of his idee fixe: an entire day devoted to his delirious struggle to kill the white whale; that is, repeal ObamaCare.

Speaking from the floor of the Senate for 21 hours and 19 minutes, Senator Ahab singlehandedly gave the American people another reason to look forward to a government shutdown. His long and loud faux filibuster seemed mostly a way to raise his profile and money for an inevitable Presidential run. Another side effect of Obama lowering the qualification bar.

Inexplicably, in the midst of his impassioned C-SPAN salvo, the junior Senator from Texas stopped speaking of Duck Dynasty, White Castle, Christmas pig roasts and Ashton Kutcher while regaling Obama as a socialist terrorist and his own party as Nazi appeasers to read a bedtime story directed at his children back home; Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs & Ham. Following which he made suppositions raising questions as to whether he fully understood the book’s complicated ramifications.

Cruz took pains to differentiate himself from the recalcitrant protagonist of the tome who wouldn’t eat green eggs and ham in a house with a mouse in the dark on a boat with a goat in the rain here and there and everywhere by saying he himself had indeed tried green eggs and ham (read ObamaCare) and didn’t like it. And the American people didn’t like it either. The problem is, ObamaCare hasn’t really kicked in yet.

Saying you tried it but didn’t like it is real similar to saying you didn’t enjoy Bruno Mars’ halftime show at next year’s Super Bowl. That you think Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Batman fell far short of the exacting standards previously set by George Clooney. That you found the church basement covered-dish spread following your funeral service to be underwhelming.

But the media coverage was so intense and overwhelming, it would be a surprise on the order of cast iron Frisbees if he didn’t try this tact again. Perhaps next he will favor us with the importance of proper potty training. One sequel we are definitely not destined to see is Teddy Hears a Who. Although he could adapt One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish to explain his food stamp elimination proposal.

Cruz has managed to prove he’s confused by the space-time continuum not to mention a book aimed at a kindergarten reading level and he still wants to be President? Of course, knowing the Republican Party, Rafael Edward Cruz has a very good chance at securing the nomination, because after all, as Doctor Seuss himself famously said, you can’t teach a Sneetch.

Will Durst’s new one- man show “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG” has been extended through the end of October. Every Tuesday at the Marsh, San Francisco. Go to… for more info. Or Use code “boomer” for $10 tix.


Cartoons of the Day- GOP Trying To Kill ObamaCare



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Smaller businesses in CA will see lower health rates. #BlameObama


deal with it

I recently posted Detroit proposes plan to turn to “Obamacare” to ease bankruptcy costs. Yes, "Obamacare" provides solutions. Imagine that.

Yet today in the U.S. House of Representatives, the GOP passed their 40th Obamacare repeal bill. Then they all went home for their five-week-long summer recess.

Of course, they did all that while criticizing President Obama for the lowest unemployment rate  in nearly 5 years, because they're unhappy that there still aren't enough jobs... due to their own obstruction.


But back to the Affordable Care Act. That would be the same ACA that Republicans wasted their time and our tax dollars trying to dump, knowing full well that's never going to happen. That would be the same ACA that they tried to dump instead of passing legislation that would actually benefit the American people.

Speaking of helping people, Obamacare aims to do just that... by keeping them alive and well and stuff. And now it's helping them financially.

Via the L.A. Times:

The agency, Covered California, unveiled its portfolio of policy options for smaller businesses Thursday. They include both health maintenance organizations and preferred provider networks and will be available in all parts of the state as of Jan. 1.

Rates in most of the state's populous counties are expected to be significantly below premiums now charged by insurers for similar plans. Average premiums for a 40-year-old employee are slated to fall 17% in southern Los Angeles County and 13% in the northern part. Rates for younger and older workers are expected to drop proportionally, Covered California said.

An important element of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, these small-business exchange policies will take effect Jan. 1. Insurance companies will continue to offer small-business policies apart from the exchange.

To any and all trolls who are poised over their spittle-covered keyboards, this part's for you:

Businesses with fewer than 50 employees can take advantage of the buying power of the exchange's new Small Business Health Options Program. However, they are not required to do so under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

curses foiled again


ACA money will save lives, improve health, promote wellness, said anti-Obamacare GOP hypocrites who solicited grants



A pal and terrific investigative journalist Lee Fang has new story out in the Nation today about Republican double speak on President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Through a Freedom of Information Act request, he reports on over twenty GOP lawmakers requesting health reform money for their constituents, arguing that the money will save lives, improve health, and promote wellness -- the very opposite of the arguments these lawmakers make when calling for repeal.

The story mentions NRSC chair Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) breaking ground at an opening ceremony for an Obamacare-funded health clinic, and Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) cutting the ribbon at a health reform-funded health center in his district:

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Congressman Bill Cassidy GOP hypocrites Obamacare


Even before President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, Republicans were vowing to repeal it. It’s no wonder, because polls showed that the basic elements of the ACA were quite popular, and there was a real danger that it would become more so as people found out that the plan denounced as a “monstrosity” by the National Republican Senatorial Committee would not trample on their liberties so much as help protect their health. Desperate to avoid this, the GOP-controlled House has voted no fewer than thirty-seven times to repeal Obamacare in the three years since it was enacted.

Now letters produced by a Freedom of Information Act request reveal that many of these same anti-Obamacare Republicans have solicited grants from the very program they claim to despise. This is evidence not merely of shameless hypocrisy but of the fact that the ACA bestows tangible benefits that even Congress’s most extreme right-wing ideologues are hard-pressed to deny to their constituents.

Please proceed, Republicans.

Much more at the link.


What I will not write about today



Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.

  • Killing Obamacare by Making it Fail-- When failed attempts at repeal just won't cut it: Now the GOP is trying to prevent the insurance exchanges from working. USA! USA! See how they care about the health and welfare of all Americans?

See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?

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