Want Fries With Your Stupid?

Everyone is a Teabagger

Everyone is a Teabagger

Teebagger Republican Rob Maness, who is running for Senate in LA has an interesting idea in his noggin that healthcare is a zero-sum game:

“And what happens with health care is it’s a product, a service that has to be taken from one person or group of people and given to somebody [else] to make that a fundamental right for them. And that’s not the American way, that’s the way of totalitarianism and authoritarianism and socialism.”

Some Fries With Your Stupid?

Tom Cotton, whom some might mistake as a mini-me version of almost-human The Willard Mechanism tells us that people with pre-existing conditions were better off before The Affordable Care Act.

“Many people were happy with their coverage under the high-risk pool, before it was eliminated,” Cotton said. “They should have been allowed to keep that choice.”

Then he was wheeled back stage for a tune-up, chassis lube, and change of spark plugs.

The Morning Quote

First some background into the quote, which involves some agitprop paid for by the Koch Brothers:

And now some journalism courtesy of HuffPo:

“Before her plan was canceled, Boonstra was paying a $1,100 monthly premium. That’s $13,200 a year, without adding out-of-pocket expenses like co-pays and prescription drugs. But under her new plan, the Blue Cross Premier Gold, Boonstra’s premiums are down to $571 a month, and out-of-pocket costs are capped at $5,100. That’s a maximum annual expense of $11,952 a year.

“According to The Detroit News, Boonstra said it “can’t be true” that her new coverage is cheaper than her old.”

“I personally do not believe that,” Boonstra said.

And that, Scissorheads, is exactly who and what the Republican Party has become. There is no point in arguing with them, they are Teflon coated and facts are repelled.

The CBO Report

chucktodd: CBO essentially reaffirms GOP talking points on health care. Says it will cost jobs, feel as if it raises taxes and contributes to deficit

Well, not exactly, but as always Todd isn’t fact checking in his reporting, he’s just doing some he-said, she-said fact-free analysis that the GOP will use this. I’m still stunned he has a job.

What the report actually says is that Americans will not have to work as hard or as long just to maintain health care coverage, i.e., we can retire at retirement age. Also, but probably more anecdotal, people who were working copious hours to help pay for healthcare got a break. Jobs are not being eliminated.

The more subtle part of this is that if you hate your job, you don’t have to feel shackled to it just because of healthcare anymore. You can follow your dreams (or they might follow you!) and start your own business and with a healthcare subsidy you will not have that sword hanging over your head.

(Crooks and Liars, TPM, Hullabaloo)

I repeat myself:

Max Baucus surreal

I don’t mind sending Max “Single Payer” Baucus to China. It’s the return trip I object to:

President Barack Obama formally announced Friday plans to nominate Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) as ambassador to China.

“For more than two decades Max Baucus has worked to deepen the relationship between the United States and China,” Obama said in a statement Friday morning. “The economic agreements he helped forge have created millions of American jobs and added billions of dollars to our economy, and he’s perfectly suited to build on that progress in his new role.”

(Livewire)

HHS acts like they are dealing with a known car thief

stop thief

The Health and Human Services Department told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa that it won’t turn over documents related to the security of the Healthcare.gov website because it can’t trust him to keep secret information that could give hackers a roadmap to wreak havoc on the system.

(Tiger Beat on the Potomac)

So what kind of f***ery is this?

It’s a Denial of Service attack on the government healthcare enrollment website:

Destroy Obama Care.

This program continually displays alternate page of the ObamaCare website. It has no virus, trojans, worms, or cookies.

The purpose is to overload the ObamaCare website, to deny service to users and perhaps overload and crash the system.

You can open as many copies of the program as you want. Each copy opens multiple links to the site.

ObamaCare is an affront to the Constitutional rights of the people. We HAVE the right to CIVIL disobedience!

It seems that not all the problems with the rollout of the ACA website are home made from incompetence.

(Freakout Nation)

GOP Votes to Defund Obamacare, or Shut Down US Government

Uncle Sam with Speculum

House Republicans passed legislation Friday to defund Obamacare while keeping the federal government open until December 15, sending the fight to the Senate.

The vote was 230-189. Two Democrats and one Republican broke party lines.

The deadline to avoid a shutdown is Sept. 30, when the fiscal year ends.

OK, the lunatics have taken over the assylum, but we sort of knew this was coming.

Sweet Jeebus, some people.

(TPM)

The Morning Quote

monkey smarts

But tea party conservatives driving the strategy didn’t experience the 1990s shellacking. “I was still in high school,” Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona, who is 56, quipped to reporters. “I’m convinced there were more things that caused our political difficulty than the shutdown.”

He was 38 in highschool?

We’ll Fight Them ‘Til Hell Freezes Over

The Addams Family Cruz

“We’ll fight them, sir, ’til hell freezes over, and then, sir, we will fight them on the ice.”

This is a civil-war era quote from a Confederate Soldier, and it comes to mind today because the great uncivil Wingnuttian War has begun. The mouth-breathing paste-eaters are turning on each other, and it is great fun to watch.

As you may have read, periblepsis-looking, high-pitched whiner Senator Ted Cruz has surrendered defunding Obamacare, after making it his life’s work to have the lower house (ie, someone else) legislate to defund it:

“Harry Reid will no doubt try to strip the defund language from the continuing resolution, and right now he likely has the votes to do so. At that point, House Republicans must stand firm, hold their ground, and continue to listen to the American people. ”

The reaction to his perfidity has been fast and furious, to borrow a phrase:

Rep. Sean Duffy:

House Republicans have stood firm. We have voted to defund, repeal & delay Obamacare dozens of times. It is time for Sens. Cruz & Lee to show they can hold the line against Senate Democrats.

Let’s hope they do not surrender before the fight even begins.

Rep. Ted Griffin:

So far Sen Rs are good at getting Facebook likes, and townhalls, not much else. Do something.

Rep. Tom Price:

House Republicans are turning words into action to defund #Obamacare. Ball will be in the Senate’s court.

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland:

Senate R’s already declare defeat… before the battle even begins. So much for standing up for the American people. http://t.co/ukEU7CtSmg

So what about Saint Ronnie’s Eleventh Commandment, “thou shall not speak ill of a fellow Republican”? – Fuck that, I guess is the new motto.

Pass the popcorn. This is gonna be fun.