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Trump voters got well and truly suckered, Part 14

by Dan Burns on February 16, 2017 · 0 comments

trump8It’s readily apparent that the GOP discombobulating over how to accomplish its fervent promises of Obamacare repeal is being driven mostly by pressure from the medical-industrial complex. The latter basically wrote the ACA for themselves, after all, in an effort to stem any drive toward Medicare for all, which has strong public support. But that doesn’t mean anyone benefiting from Obamacare, and many are, should be feeling confident that it will stay that way.

The Trump administration, with Obamacare-hater Tom Price now ensconced at the head of Health and Human Services, is proposing a rule that they say would stabilize Obamacare markets. The proposed rules aren’t exactly the draft rules leaked last week, but are easily as damaging. These new regulations would allow insurance companies to sell plans with higher deductibles and narrower networks and reduce the subsidies that low- and middle-income families get to purchase insurance. Yes, higher out-of-pocket costs and less help buying insurance. For the people that have the hardest time affording insurance and medical care.
(Daily Kos)

Here is analysis of what ACA repeal would cost each state, including Minnesota, in coverage and jobs.


MN-03: Rep. Paulsen ducks his constituents

by Dan Burns on February 10, 2017 · 1 comment

paulsen2Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) has always embodied the very essence of corporate Republicanism.

After campaigning to repeal and replace ObamaCare, Rep. Erik Paulsen now is tasked with how to do it —- and his constituents want to know what he’s going to do. However, like many Republicans across the country, Paulsen is avoiding public face-to-face meetings with constituents — and that brought protesters to his office on (February 4)…
Protesters say Paulsen’s lack of holding face-to-face town hall meetings is not a change, but the norm. They say he hasn’t held a publicized face-to-face town hall meeting with constituents in seven years. That’s not quite accurate. Paulsen did have a town hall meeting in August 2010 — six-and-a-half-years ago. And video shows he took questions from constituents at Mound-Westonka High School in 2011. A search of Paulsen’s current website finds only the 2010 meeting listed. The UpTake has asked Paulsen’s office for a list of any other such public town hall meetings, but so far they have not replied.
(The Uptake)

I find myself wondering, just a bit, what Rep. Paulsen really thinks of the reality of “President” Trump. Deep concern over a voter backlash? A chance to get some of his pet issues, like more handouts for Big Device, advanced, and therefore better positioning for his lucrative post-Congress lobbying gigs? Any measure at all of the embarrassment and disgust that every American of enlightened sensibility feels?
Heck if I know.
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Bachmann: new Congress, same crazy

by Dan Burns on January 4, 2013 · 0 comments

Guess who introduced the first piece of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, for the 113th Congress. Just guess!

…Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) isn’t too concerned about finishing what Republicans had left undone. Instead, at 12:00 PM she introduced the very first piece of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which states are now busily implementing.

House Republicans have unsuccessfully voted 33 times in the last two years to eliminate health care reform and wasted at least 88 hours and $50 million, while failing to pass a single piece of job creation legislation in the last session of Congress.

Dozens of Republicans, including 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, ran against Obamacare, yet the party suffered losses every step along the way.

I’ve long held that Bachmann has a delusional disorder.  (I am not a mental health expert, so that statement mustn’t be taken as authoritative.  Just one dude’s opinion.)  First on the list of indicators, in this source, is “The patient expresses an idea or belief with unusual persistence or force.”  Yeah.  The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as the ultimate threat to all righteousness.  Rep. Bachmann needs help, and the majority of voters in her district are doing her no favors, by continuing to put her in a position where she doesn’t have to deal with that.