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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: 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: 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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From: (Anonymous)
2017-03-05 07:33 am (UTC)


In November 2016 I started having more trouble with what I thought was my carpel tunnel problem: then I started having trouble walking as well. When I got though with mir's etc. it turned out to bet two discs in my neck pressing on my spine. Had them removed Dec. 17th. I have worked in the city library (clerk, not librarian) for 15 yrs. Fortunatly I had accumulated 630 hrs of sick leave that i am rapidly using up. We have good insurance but if i have to retire i'll have to pay for it. Not sure if i could live on that or not. Thankfully, i should be going back to work next week. Of course sense i'm 67, I don't know if i'll ever be able to take 2 1/2 months, going on 3 months, again, and who knows if I'll have more of these kind of problems down the road. I still have my share of the hospital costs to pay (close to $10,000. out of $29,00.) I suppose if I had not had this insurance I probably would have been paralyzed within another week or so, then what would have happened. Not only to me, but also to my 90 year old mother (with parkinsons) that needs home care.
All of that to just say I'm in your corner and have been sense he started running for office. I couldn't believe it when he kept making each step. Still cannot believe it. Sense i have been home, i have been watching way to much "news" of both varieties. Still can't believe some of the things he has said
Well i guess that is my rant for the day, thanks for listening
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-03-06 02:37 pm (UTC)

Re: illnesses

Yes--it's disgusting that the people who are so blithely willing to toss others aside don't have a clue what the real problems are, where they rub. And it's disgusting that our journalists have declined so over the years to more and more "entertainment" and thus could not recognize a growing Constitutional crisis when it appeared. They kept focusing on the surface--where were the editors to say "This isn't news--stick to the issues" when reporters were writing/talking about hair, clothes, smiles, etc.
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From: (Anonymous)
2017-03-05 07:23 pm (UTC)


are you never afraid of what the government can do to you as an individual?
They have so much power now and seem to be getting more all the the time.
How can I protect myself and still speak out?
Diana G
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-03-06 02:34 pm (UTC)

Re: fear

I'm aware of what can be done--and what the potential is under the Trump Administration and the GOP--but being afraid accomplishes nothing. Either we give in to fear, and lose everything, or we speak out and...maybe or maybe not lose everything. For me, my commissioning oath is still applicable, in the way it applies to citizens not in the military: it is my duty to uphold and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign *and domestic*. When those who have seized power attack Constitutional guarantees, I will speak out, whatever the outcome may be.

I can't make that choice for others, but I can suggest that fear grows by watering it, just like anything else. If you act from fear, fear will grow. If you face your fear and then set it aside once, the next time will be easier. Have you read DUNE? The "Litany Against Fear" from that book helped me several times in my life. My quotes from it are close but may not be exact--I'm doing it from memory, not from looking it up (the book's on a top shelf of an inconvenient wall of books. I'd have to stand on my computer keyboard to reach it. Not happening.) "I must not fear; fear is the mind-killer..." Fear distorts reality and makes it hard to think. "Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration." When you're scared everything gets darker--death seems to loom closer and closer. And while you're frozen in that fear, a real danger can get you--you will run when you should stand, and stand when you should jump aside. "I will face my fear; I will let it pass over me and through me and when it is past I will turn to see where it was...and there will be nothing." (That last is not a perfect quote...but the meaning's there.)

The people now in charge do have a lot of power, but they don't have it all yet, and now is the time to challenge their grabbing for illegal, illicit power. It's not easy. Not saying it is. But it's necessary if we're to preserve the rights we have, and regain the ones already slipping away.
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