What Nation Are We? This Way Lies Death and Ruin. Killing Medicaid (Patients)

On Friday June 23, 2017, Ari Melber, sitting in for Lawrence O’Donnell on, facilitated the best and most extensive examination of Medicaid and the potential consequences of the Senate (and House) Affordable Care Act replacement – aka “Trumpcare”. Medicaid is the single most important component of American healthcare, directly impacting 70 MILLION people, and indirectly impacting virtually ALL of us. From infants being born, to many of the disables, to the elderly fighting to stay in their homes (or in nursing homes) to the poor (rural and urban), it is the bedrock upon which virtually all of us count. This is critical, and what the Republicans are proposing will drop a bomb on the overall healthcare system, and it will result in the deaths of tens of thousands. I cannot urge you strongly enough to take 23 minutes and watch the video clips from the program. Anything this critical deserves you time – and your voice.

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Can We Arrest the Congress for Robbery and Attempted Murder?

My life is on the line as are the lives of millions of others. My continued existence depends upon access to an expensive mix of medications and medical care for I live with a double-lung transplant. My yearly out-of pocket expenses are already over $20,000 a year. With the “improvements” proffered by Trump and the Republicans, that amount will at least quintuple – just for the insurance, and forget about deductibles and co-pays. Without a medical “lifeline” I will die. I suspect that most of us will have someone we know or love who will lose their lives.

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URGENT! Protect Your Online Information and Privacy.

Identity protection

Courtesy Crocktock.

On March 29, 2017, Congress repealed the broadband privacy rules that have blocked providers from collecting and selling your information (name, accounts, browsing history, financial transaction, pictures, everything you touch and surf to on your computer, tablets, and in some cases phones). Clearly there are few of us who approve of this move, and it is purely in the interests of broadband providers. However, there are ways for you to fight back. Some of the information below was garnered from an excellent article by PC World – Three Privacy Tools that Block Your Internet Provider From Tracking You.

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Lie Alert: Obamacare Imploding; Trumpcare the Best for Patients

Obamacare is “imploding”, “collapsing under its own weight” etc. That is, and has been, the Republican drum beat, but is it true? I would argue that the answer is a flat out “No.” But, but, but, what about those 130% premium increases, providers bailing on the Exchanges, etc. Yes, there are those issues … in states who failed to implement the ACA (Affordable Care Act) the way it was crafted to function. [Read more…]

Blacks for Trump?

Blacks for Trump

Screen capture of USA Today video of Trump rally in Melbourne, Fl. Feb. 19, 2017.

Trump the narcissist, craving his drug of the adulation of the crowd, headed off for Melbourne, Florida for a rally. Not surprisingly, the rally was kicked off with a prayer – “The Lord’s Prayer” in fact. Three strange things here. One, I get the giving of a prayer though there is a major red flag for me at this treating of a political rally as a religious event, and I wonder if this is now typical of Republican political rallies and events. Two, was that it was not Donald Trump praying, but Melania. Three, The Lord’s Prayer? Really? This seems oddly off key for the event which was to follow.

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How Deep Is the Racism of the Republicans?

Obama legacy

Via Truthfeed

As I watch Trump’s efforts to block the entrance of Muslims into the United States, and the brutal tearing of families apart in the I.C.E. sweeps of immigrants, and the repeated crowing over destroying what Obama had built, and the white, white, white, Administration, I feel that I am being lashed by hatred and racism. Anxiety, Sadness, Anger, Depression? Oh yes, I feel these and I cry with the children who fear that they will never see their parents again, for I have been pulled from a parent and know that pain in my bones. All I know to do is to speak out and stand up and push back. It is either that or get mowed down, and that I cannot let happen.

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Extreme Vetting? A Terrifying Thought

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Extreme Vetting by Mike Licht.

Extreme vetting. It has become a euphemism, but what does it really mean? From all of the hype, it sounds as if it steps clearly beyond the bounds of our Constitution. How many trips across these Constitutional boundaries do we allow Trump to go?
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Post-Truth In A Dystopian Present

We are living in confusing times, or perhaps in times which are being deliberately twisted into confusion. If it is all getting too crazy and too painful, it is on us to make things right again.
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Trump Starts Run, and So Many Troublesome Issues

Trump on White House web.

Trump on White House web.

The Trump Presidency has started, and the ‘troublesome issues’ are multiplying rather than decreasing. Beginning with who had seats on the dais (at least seven Trump donor billionaires)1 and then attended the Capitol luncheon thereafter. Add in an inauguration speech that was almost as divisive as his campaign speeches, and clearly aimed at his base. He then goes to the Liberty Ball and calls his critics “enemies”.

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Law Suits to Silence Others

Liberty silencedAs some may be aware, if people are saying or reporting things that someone or organization does not want in the public square, they may file a law suit to essentially silence those people. Now President Trump threatened to file suit against the women who came forward with allegations of sexual harassment and abuse committed by him. Of course, now-President Trump is not the only person to do that. These types of suits are referred to as SLAPP suits. That means a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. It ” is a lawsuit that is intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition. Such lawsuits have been made illegal in many jurisdictions on the grounds that they impede freedom of speech.” (Wikipedia)

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