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GOP's War on American People: Death Panels Edition [Jan. 14th, 2017|05:46 pm]
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The GOP is determined to destroy the ACA, Medicare, Medicaid, and Planned Parenthood, as part of dismantling the "social safety net" that replaced the robber-baron attitudes of the 19th and early 20th century.   It does not matter to the GOP Congressional members that the same social safety net benefitted their families and themselves since the first part was put into place.  It does not matter to them that lives were saved, that the nation as a whole became healthier with every addition to the safety net, that "the Greatest Generation" was able to be what it was because of that safety net.  That even earlier attempts to create a Public Health Service that promoted water treatment and sewage treatment by municipalities, so that people didn't die in epidemics of water-borne diseases...promoted immunizations that saved thousands of lives, administered by public health nurses...that the foundations of a healthy society--uncontaminated water, uncontaminated food supply, uncontaminated air to breathe, safe housing...that all those things were only accomplished within the social safety net enforced by, and largely funded by, the government--small governments in towns, larger ones in counties, states, and federally.

So the GOP in  House and Senate both voted to remove protections from the ACA, with the intent of repealing it completely.   And to replace it?   Nothing yet.  Vague proposals that would return many people back to the inadequate health care that they had before the ACA brought 30 million people some security in access to health care.  What this means is that people will die for lack of health care that the ACA was supplying in the past few years.  Others will go bankrupt, lose their homes, lose their jobs, because they cannot afford the health care they need.  That someone in their family needs.  The GOP doesn't care.

Remember 4 years ago in one of the early Republican "debates between potential candidates, Republicans attending were asked "What about the people who can't afford insurance or the medical care they need for a critical illness?"   And someone yelled "Let 'em die!" and the crowd applauded, cheered, laughed.   That's what the GOP is like.  "Let 'em die."  Because they see anyone needing help as "worthless."   "Losers."   Mitt Romney four years before that said 47% of Americans were "freeloaders."  Former Nevada Congressman Hardy said disabled people were "a drain on society."   With leadership like that it's no wonder that the GOP is full of angry haters, eager to attack anyone who doesn't fall in line;   For example: some tweets from a very angry GOP woman: "People in this country are poor because they CHOOSE to be (in other words, "losers") and in response to someone saying they found the cost of ACA reasonable:  "That is because good Americans are subsidizing your worthless asses."  Since I'm not in the business of sending hasslers to someone else's space, I'm not naming her.)   But the overall effect (with the hard right hating people of color, most women, the disabled, immigrants, foreigners, anyone they suspect might need something) is that the life the GOP considers worth saving is the fertilized egg, because the fertilized egg is inexpensive.  Once that fertilized egg is born, it's a liability and it might as well die if it has any problems.

So the GOP, having collected their tight little body of haters, who are basically people scared of anyone not like themselves and fear-biting everyone else like a chihuahua trembling on someone's lap, defines "different" as "worthless," and "losers," and "libtards," now gleefully celebrates knocking millions of people out of the ability to access medical care, while at the same time creating chaos in the medical field, where jobs will be lost (with the fallout that those people, at least some of them, will lose their homes, will not be able to send their kids to school, will slide right down into poverty.  But since "People are poor because they CHOOSE to be," there's no help for them there, of course.  Trump is the lap into which all the chihuahuas are now packed, shivering and snarling and snapping at at anyone who comes close.  The GOP doesn't care if the country gets sicker, if the lifespan drops, if maternal/infant mortality rises, if medical costs drive people into bankruptcy, if people who could work as long as they got their medicine lose their jobs because they don't.  They dream the impossible dream of a country with only ups and upper ups of income, and no taxes, but still (somehow) a labor force taking care of the gritty bits they don't want to do themselves.

Why do I call this Death Panels?  Because once again everything the GOP accuses the Democrats of is something the GOP is doing--has been doing--and wants to divert attention from.   Remember the Death Panels scares that the GOP threw out about the ACA?  Omigosh if there's government funded medicine then someone's going to create Death Panels to tell you it's your turn to die.  In reality, the GOP, by destroying the ACA (and Medicare, which they also have their eye on) is telling more than 30 million people "You're worthless...just DIE, why don't you?  Get sick you can just DIE.  Get hit by a car, or shot by a criminal, or have a road cave in under you, you might just as well DIE because we're not going to let you have any health care you can't pay for all by yourself.  Worthless scum.  Loser."   It's Death Panel under a new name...several new names, like "conservative values" or "fiscal responsibility."  It still means that other people think you're worthless and you should just die.  The ACA never had "death panels."  The GOP is enacting them.

(Comments will be moderated.  Stay sane or be deleted.)


[User Picture]From: galeni
2017-01-15 05:13 am (UTC)
I understand they think their god (a white dude) put them on this planet to subdue the lesser beings, but I don't understand how that belief survives Nelson Mandela, Placido Domingo (Mexican), George Takei, Ann Richards, not to mention damn near every service industry employee who cleans up and feeds them. How can they ignore that Jesus was not white? That He said people should succour the poor and that the Good Samaritan and the Roman centurion were doing the right things. They are Elijah sending bears to kill the mocking children, straight Old Testament horror stories (since they take the texts literally, as if the Torah and such were created in English).

I do not understand these people. The world is scary enough already and they are trying to stand on a pile of bodies to feel closer to their heaven.
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[User Picture]From: muaddim
2017-01-15 06:27 am (UTC)

"plannted"- maybe planned ?

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-01-15 12:40 pm (UTC)
Yup. No spell-check here, alas.
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[User Picture]From: bunny_m
2017-01-15 07:23 am (UTC)
Some people would rather be $10 poor but $20 ahead of the next person, rather than $200 richer and only $10 richer than the next person.

The attitude of the GOP, and the Tories in he UK, the LNP in Australia, and pretty much all 'conservative' parties everywhere are fundamentally "*I'm* all Jack, to hell with you."

There always have been, and always will be scum like them, but the tragedy of our times is that those are the people with power right now.

All we can do is stand up and be counted every time they try to define reality in their own terms and refuse to agree with them that this awesome and stylish new outfit looks amazing on the Emperor.
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[User Picture]From: thewayne
2017-01-15 06:27 pm (UTC)
I describe the unofficial motto of the RNC as "I've got mine, screw you!" Replace 'screw' with whatever expletive that you desire.
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From: sheff_dogs
2017-01-16 04:16 pm (UTC)
This is exactly it, it doesn't matter that *everyone* would be more prosperous with better social and health care policies and maybe even things like Universal Basic Income, they're alright and anyone who isn't can suffer until their premature death.
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[User Picture]From: thewayne
2017-01-15 06:43 pm (UTC)
My mom voted for Trump because Hillary didn't kick Bill out of the house when he started fooling around. My dad voted for him because he didn't trust a woman who spent her life in public service versus a man who spent his life making money for himself and putting his name on any building that he could.

When my wife and I went to my parent's for Thanksgiving, dad was in the hospital. He made a comment about being concerned or thankful for his health insurance, so I made a comment about Trump and he shut up. It'll be interesting to see what the Republicans do in a couple of weeks to Social Security and what he thinks then. I suspect some buyer's remorse.

For me, I'm kind of screwed. I have an immune disorder that requires weekly infusions of immuneglobin. It runs $3-5,000 monthly without insurance. If insurance companies are allowed to run rampant, they'll put me in a high-cost bracket and probably jack our rates to unbelievable levels. I've been unemployed for over six months now, I interviewed Thursday for a school librarian job that pays $9 an hour. I'm sure that'll cover the difference.

If I don't get the meds, I probably have 6-12 months before I become a home body and basically have to self-isolate. Which means sometimes living in the guest bedroom, away from my wife, when she has the sniffles, because she'll have to work and do all the shopping and ....

I had pneumonia five times in seven months in 2009, prior to that we didn't know I had this condition. For just over a month I've been fighting a sinus infection that wants to become a lung infection, I'm on two antibiotics right now and I expect another to be added when the second one finishes the middle of this week.

So this is how the Republicans will fuck me over and personally kill me if they remain in power and the Democrats can't fix things. It all depends on how badly the RNC breaks things.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-01-16 04:31 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry. You're in a terrible fix, along with many other people.
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From: sheff_dogs
2017-01-16 04:19 pm (UTC)
I am sorry, chronic illnesses are quite bad enough to live with without the extra worry of how you are going to pay for your health care. Hope the antibiotics help stave off the pneumonia.
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[User Picture]From: kalimeg
2017-01-15 09:16 pm (UTC)
Texas has the highest maternal mortality in the US. Death panels are real, and operation right there.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-01-16 04:30 am (UTC)
Yes, I'm well aware of that. And the US's position among nations, in terms of maternal mortality has slipped a lot. Last time I looked, Cuba had better stats on that then the US. Certainly all the other "first world" nations have better. But here the men in power and their smug wives would rather slut-shame women for "bad choices" than fix the underlying problems.
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[User Picture]From: musicman
2017-01-16 10:43 am (UTC)
I think you have a very cogent and all too sane analysis of the GOP modus operandi. Population reduction, without birth control.
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[User Picture]From: Roger Christie
2017-01-17 11:22 pm (UTC)
It's always interesting to me how much of what the Republicans say is projection. Largely it seems to reflect things that they themselves do, or with they could do.
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[User Picture]From: catsittingstill
2017-01-16 06:11 pm (UTC)
I have a new habit: call both Senators and my Representative twice a week. There's always something I can talk to them about--sometimes so many things I have to pick and choose. I spoke up for Obamacare both times last week, and will do so again tomorrow.
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[User Picture]From: Ellen McLean
2017-01-20 04:04 pm (UTC)

New hobby

Both Senators' and our Congress-critter's local offices are on my phone. There's always something, this crop/crap of Cabinet members are pretty dreadful, so that's this week's focus. I'll ride them for not working as soon as they take off work again. I want them all running scared.
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