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House GOP discusses Obamacare replacement ideas but doesnt call them a plan

By Mike DeBonis and Kelsey Snell, Washington Post - February 16

House Republicans left a highly anticipated meeting on health care Thursday morning with some new details on the options GOP leaders are considering to replace the Affordable Care Act but without the fully formed plan that those leaders and President Trump have promised.

The meeting in the Capitol basement included presentations from leaders of key House committees and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, and it was intended to give lawmakers more details ahead of a week-long recess where many of them will be meeting constituents eager for details on what will replace the health care law they have pledged to repeal.

According to numerous members and aides in the room, the House leaders laid out elements of a replacement plan — mostly long-standing GOP reform concepts like health savings accounts, tax credits and state high-risk pools for the chronically sick — but did not detail how those elements would fit together or get passed into law.

“It’s sort of a smorgasbord right now,” said Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.).
- more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/house-gop-discusses-obamacare-replacement-ideas--but-doesnt-call-them-a-plan/2017/02/16/340aa49e-f442-11e6-b9c9-e83fce42fb61_story.html

This quote from the article sums it up for me: “There’s no consensus. We had two minutes to discuss it.” - Raul Labrador (R-Idaho)

The recess constituent meetings should be lively, if these "representatives" aren't too chicken to show up.

Don't you just love it?

All hail Maru Kitteh, the first poster I saw use it. I was using a still from this, and she recently suggested I use the link to the full animation, which I gladly did.

Remove the hyphens from this link and you'll see it.
http://i.imgur.com/C1X2c8m.g-i-f

Here it is in all its glory, full size:


Whatever genius put this together deserves our thanks! It may have been created by imgur user goodlordabove, who posted it there with the title "God Finally Smites Trump With Lightning" on Feb. 4, 2016.

A big IF

... Some Sanders haters on this board love to point to this quote and say "Bernie says he'd be delighted to work with Trump!11!1! Traitor!!!"

They conveniently ignore the HUGE "If" in his statement. Bernie knows Trump isn't serious about helping American workers, so this statement is somewhat like saying, "If President Trump wants to reject calls to privatize Social Security, I'm all for it." Or "If President Trump intends to hold bankers and Wall Street investment firms responsible for the damage they've done to the American economy, I'd be delighted to work with him on that." Or "If President Trump is serious about protecting the rights of all immigrants who've completed this country's existing arduous vetting process, I'd be delighted to help him achieve that aim."

Also see http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/23/politics/sanders-says-he-would-work-with-trump-for-new-trade-policy-cnntv/index.html:
"It's one thing to kill the TPP ... it's another thing to develop a trade policy that finally works for American workers and not the CEOs of large multinational corporations," said Sanders, an independent who represents Vermont, speaking on "AC360." "If Mr. Trump is serious about moving in that direction I'd be delighted to work with him."

The "delighted to work with Trump" quote, taken out of context, has become a cudgel for lazy Bernie bashers who can't bring themselves to quit fighting the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries. I find that sickening but all too predictable.

"You said it all in those Womens March signs"

Joan Wickersham's column in the Boston Globe today:
https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2017/01/25/you-said-all-those-women-march-signs/8LkyVPCzwtfoa17s9fea9O/story.html

This is a good reference if you're stumped for a poster idea for the next march!

I went to the Boston march on Saturday planning to write an opinion piece. But as I watched the signs go by, I realized that tens of thousands of people had already gotten together and written it. Here’s what they had to say:

Women’s rights are human rights • Science is not a liberal hoax. Go back to school, Donald • Keep Planned Parenthood funded • Trump has more temper tantrums than my 3-year-old sister. • Decency must prevail • Respect existence or expect resistance • Stop truth decay ... more at link above

Trump's employment application revealed!

This choked me up more than anything else this week, for some reason.

Check out the transcript of the last official White House event of Barack Obama's presidency, Remarks by the President Honoring the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs this past Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.

As a life-long baseball fan (though not a Cubs fan particularly), I found this a deeply satisfying read. I especially appreciate Obama's remarks about what sports can mean to society, beyond the games themselves. "Sports has changed attitudes and culture in ways that seem subtle but that ultimately made us think differently about ourselves and who we were. It is a game and it is celebration, but there's a direct line between Jackie Robinson and me standing here. There's a direct line between people loving Ernie Banks, and then the city being able to come together and work together in one spirit."


Read the whole thing, though -- trust me, it's worth it. Theo Epstein did a pretty decent job, too, I might add.

Better read it quick, because soon all traces of decency, good sportsmanship, kindness, humor, grace, compassion, generosity, and equanimity will be scrubbed from the White House and presumably from the whitehouse.gov site.

FYI - "Protecting Yourself on Social Networks"

https://ssd.eff.org/en/module/protecting-yourself-social-networks

Also -- have you tried the steps described on Twitter's "Deactivating your account" page? I know next to nothing about Twitter, but this looks like it should work. I hope that's helpful.

I don't use my real identity online, although I am not a celebrity or even slightly well known -- so I have a luxury that government officials and public figures don't have.

Despite taking precautions, though, it would be all too easy for anyone to be -- for example -- tagged in a Facebook photo and then for their face to be linked to, say, a photo from a protest march, or a pic from a work-related or charity event, etc. And once a malefactor can determine your identity, they can find out all kinds of stuff about you via easily accessed public records. For example, if you're a home owner, your home address is a matter of public record in most places, and it's not hard to determine or at least deduce a lot about your financial status from property tax records, etc.

Even though it's not possible to achieve 100% privacy, I'm as careful about it as I can be, despite the low risk that I could piss off anybody who'd want to come after me (YET!).

The modern world can be a dangerous place, and in this neofascist moment we all have to be a lot more careful than we're accustomed to. At the same time, this moment demands that we take a stand and oppose the new regime where feasible, so it's a balancing act. We all have to think hard about juggling what's best for society and for the personal safety of ourselves and our families.

"This rule also applies to Independents who align themselves with Democrats"

"(eg: Bernie Sanders)"

THANK YOU!

Democratic Underground Terms of Service

Sat. Jan. 21: Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women

1:00 p.m. -- be there!
https://atlantamarch.com/home/event-details/
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Just came back today.

I've avoided this site since the election -- first because I was dismayed and horrified that Trump actually won, and then because I realized Bernie would be cast as the scapegoat by many DUers unable to confront the many weaknesses of the Clinton campaign.

Unfortunately, I see I was right. Should have stayed away longer.
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