McConnell And Company … Our Executioners

I have only one word to define the GOP senators who are in support of a health care bill that would be disastrous to ALL of us who do not have six figures in our bank accounts:  BASTARDS!

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their preliminary analysis that the senate bill would only rob 22,000 citizens from having adequate medical coverage, some 1,000 fewer than the House bill that was passed last month.  Republican senators are patting themselves on the back for this.  22,000 vs. 23,000 … no matter … either way it is an abomination!  Even robbing 1,000 people of the right to live is an abomination.

As everybody who reads this blog is aware, I did not vote for Trump and cannot stand the ‘man’ and his sleazy, lying ways.  But those poor suckers who did vote for him did so, at least in part, because he promised them …

“I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now. But we’re going to save so much money on the other side. But for the most it’s going to be a private plan and people are going to be able to go out and negotiate great plans with lots of different competition with lots of competitors with great companies and they can have their doctors, they can have plans, they can have everything.” 27 September 2015

“We’re going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.”

“I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid.”

“We don’t want anyone who currently has insurance to not have insurance.” – Kellyanne Conway, speaking on behalf of Trump.

“I firmly believe that nobody will be worse off financially in the process that we’re going through.” – Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services.

NPR has put together an excellent chart  that clearly summarizes the projected effects on We The People of both the House and Senate bills.  The bottom line is that every single one of us stand to lose.  So, you have insurance through your employer?  Plan to pay more.  You have a pre-existing condition?  Plan to pay more and have fewer benefits.  Between the ages of 55-65?  You will pay up to five times more for your medical insurance. Have an elderly parent in a nursing home?  Medicaid coverage is likely to be cut. Are you a woman who needs a mammogram you cannot afford?  Planned Parenthood, who would do it for free, will be cut off completely from federal funds for a minimum of one year. Have a severely disabled child who receives Medicaid, as I do?  Better start figuring out where to apply for that second job so that you can cover his/her expenses, for Medicaid will be cut dramatically.

And the list goes on.  For full details, please do check out the chart (link above).

conway-stephanopoulosLast Sunday on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Kellyanne Conway said, and I paraphrase, that nobody would lose their Medicaid.  If you are on Medicaid now, you will not lose it.  But, for those who do lose it, there will be other options, such as getting a job. Ask me again why I refer to her as America’s #1 BIMBO!

But now comes the real kick-in-the-teeth …

Sen Mitch McConnell (R-KY) There are worse pictures of him.

Mitch McConnell

Senator Mitch McConnell drafted the senate bill behind closed doors, in secrecy, with only a handful of GOP senators contributing at all.  Senator Mitch McConnell, who has been in office since 1984, is determined to shove through his abomination of a so-called ‘health care’ bill this week, before Congress recesses for its unearned July 4th break.  Well, guess who some of his largest campaign donors are?  Louisville, Ky.-based Kindred Healthcare, a health care services company, was the third-largest contributor to McConnell’s campaign committee from 2011 to 2016, donating $104,650. Health insurer Humana was number 4, with $103,300 in donations. Financial firm Blackstone Group came in first with $217,700 in donations.

DO I NEED TO SAY MORE?????

I have something to say to two groups of people:

  • GOP Members Of Congress: Get your collective heads out of your collective arses and remember that it is not Koch Brothers, not Humana, not Mitch McConnell, and for damn sure NOT Donald Trump who pay your salaries and allow you to remain in your current jobs.  No, it is We The People, and you are treading on us in the worst, most horrific way possible.  You are attempting to sentence us to death or destitution in order to line your own pockets and those of the already filthy rich insurance companies.  I do not know nor care how you manage to sleep at night with this on your conscience, but I will tell you this:  We The People will remember this in sixteen months when the mid-term elections roll around.  You The Crooks will be outed.  Mitch McConnell does not seek re-election until 2020, but if there is any sort of justice, he will be impeached for his criminal behaviour against the very people who have put him into office again … and again … and again … ad nauseam.

  • Trump Supporters: Wake up and pull your collective heads out of your collective arses!  Back in 2015-2016, Donald Trump made you a bunch of promises that I and others tried to tell you were falsehoods, promises he could not possibly keep. But so mesmerized were you by his promises that you tuned us out.  You believed because you wanted to believe, and damn anyone who tried to make you see the truth!  No, I do not think you are stupid, but I do think that you are ignorant, lazy and uneducated.  You are ignorant for you do not see the writing on the wall, do not understand what this healthcare bill means for all of us.  You are lazy because rather than do some research, you find it easier to watch Fox News, Breitbart and Alex Jones and take their word that Trump is God and liberals, Democrats and Socialists are evil incarnate. And frankly, you deserve whatever you get, but the rest of us do not!  You have sentenced 98% of this nation to higher costs, fewer benefits, and in many cases …. Death.  And this is only the beginning … there is even worse to come.

Yes, I am angry.  I have tried very hard to keep my arguments on an intellectual plane, eschewing rants in favour of reasoned discourse.  I am fairly certain I will return to that tomorrow.  However today, I am angry.  Today I shall rant.  Not because this abomination of a bill affects me personally, though it does, but because it affects us ALL.  Because the very people who we trusted enough to vote into office, the very people whose salaries we pay, are the very people who are thumbing their noses at us and they watch us lose … and lose … and lose still more until we have nothing left for which to live.

Note to Readers:  I have said since May, when the House passed their ludicrous “health care” bill, that the Senate would never pass such a destructive bill.  In light of the handful of Senators who are against McConnell’s bill, I would like to say that I still believe this.  However, in light of the huge amounts of cash in the form of special favours, perks and campaign monies that are, even as I write, being passed among senators, I must change my stance.  It is obvious to me that the greed of our elected representatives is far stronger than our best interests. 

29 thoughts on “McConnell And Company … Our Executioners

  1. This bill only benefits the wealthy. 😞 I understand and applaud your rant, Jill.

    Yesterday, here in the UK, a short BBC radio news item said that, and I sort of quote (from my admittedly poor memory), “research suggests that middle-class Americans are fed up paying high insurance premiums for medicare, so that poorer (without insurance) people can have the same benefits.”

    I do not remember that being the issue… ?

    Here in the UK, a portion of taxes go towards the health system – you earn more, you pay more, and not everything in the health service is free. I have never heard of such an argument in Britain, although admittedly, our health service is underfunded at the moment.

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    • Actually that IS a part of the issue, though a small part in relation to the fact that the bill is directed toward making the rich, richer, and making the rest of us sicker. See, the middle class is typically covered under employer-sponsored health plans, and their premiums did rise, in some cases substantially, under Obama’s ACA. However … much of that was the doing of the insurance companies who, since they were required to spend money covering pre-existing conditions and ‘essential health services’, used those rate hikes to employer plans to cover their losses in other areas. Now, what those under their employer plans fail to realize is that the GOP bills would affect them too. I have heard far too many people say that they did not care one way or another, because they have their employer-sponsored insurance. But those rates may rise when the plans come up for renewal, PLUS … the bill will reduce their benefits.
      Somewhere along the line, the concept of “we’re all in this together” has gotten lost and, while we always knew the wealthy (with some exceptions, admittedly) don’t care about the poor, now it becomes obvious that neither do the middle class. Nor Congress. Nor the president. I think the Senate bill will fail, but there is a lot of bullying and wheeling/dealing going on, so I am not laying any odds.
      No system will ever be perfect, but one that leaves out a large portion of the populace is an abomination.

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      • So I guess if Obamacare raised premiums, then it was company programs that ended up, in large part, with the increased expense… It actually sounds a bit like the Canadian Healthcare system…with employers paying the costs (certainly with OHIP). Sorry to sound ignorant on the subject, but the Canadian system seems to work pretty well and employers just had to bite the bullet on the extra costs of providing the benefit to all employees.
        It sounds very much to me like the current administration are turning the healthcare plan into ‘you want it, you have to buy it,’ regardless of income level or ability to pay. That is not a ‘state-sponsored,’ healthcare plan. It is dishing out the business to your insurance budies for a few kickbacks. How corrupt can they get?

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        • Yep, you got it! At the core of the problem is that republicans have convinced people that any form of state-sponsored insurance is evil incarnate. Just the words put people in fight mode almost as much as the words ‘gun regulation’ do. I think of it as the me-centric society where people think, “well, I’ve got mine, why do I care about anybody else?” And that is a huge obstacle for any democratic society. I used to be fairly moderate, but with the far right pushing so hard against everything I believe in, I became much more of a liberal-thinker. Now … I am leaning strongly toward socialism. We have to remember that we are all a part of the HUMAN race. A bad analogy: how could I enjoy my BMW when my neighbor walks 5 miles to work and 5 miles back every day because he has no car? No, I don’t have a BMW … in fact, I sold my car for scrap metal a year or so ago and now have none to call my own, but you see my point? I’d rather share so that we can all have enough to eat, a safe place to live, and reasonably good health care than to live in the lap of luxury knowing that others are going without essentials. And I am no, contrary to what it seems, alone … the vast majority in the U.S. agree with me. But those who don’t agree speak far louder, for they have the money to buy the biggest amplifiers.

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          • The ‘me, me, me’ attitude is attacking all countries, not just the US…

            I might be naive, but I actually believe that moving to a circular economy is the best solution. I really would like to get away from the political labels…they are so divisive!

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            • Yes, it appears that many of ‘our’ problems are actually global attitudes … we just seem to be in the limelight more because of the clown in the WH! And I agree, labels are divisive, but sometimes necessary too. Not sure what the solution there is, but we definitely need to find one! 🙂

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  2. Let it out Jill!
    Rant on the street corners. Rant from the roof tops. Take it to the sidewalks. Rage at them. There is a time for silence. There is a time for discourse. And there is a time for noise!
    Make some!
    Best to you
    Roger

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  3. Dear Jill,
    There are big money conservative groups leaning on Senator McConnell and republican senators to vote on this atrocity of a healthcare bill asap and, bigly. But there are also “we the people” who are exerting extreme pressure and so far our voices are having some effect.
    These big money peoples threaten recalcitrant republican lawmakers with having them primaried. This means those with the big monies will financially back a candidate to challenge the incumbent at his/ her next election and this threat is for real.
    But these same legislators are being ganged up on by angry constituents.
    We need to keep up the pressure.
    Hugs, Gronda

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  4. I’m sorry Jill, I think I should start the funeral rites now. America is on her death bed. With the Kock brothers holding 3 and a half million votes through some of their groups and the ignorance (and hate) of normal Trump voters I’m not guessing that the Democrats can pull off enough votes to get the Republicans out next year. In 8 years time I’d have to learn the Red Flag if I wanted to visit or at least donate to the Koch Brothers.
    xxx Cwtch Mawr xxx

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    • 😥 I can only hope that you are wrong, but … you see things more clearly from across the water, so I have to give serious consideration to your opinion. We are in a spot where we “can’t see the forest for the trees”, I suppose, and I have been counting on ousting at least the majority of these boot-lickers. But alas … perhaps I have been wearing rose-coloured glasses.

      xxx Cwtch Mawr, my friend xxx

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