The Smart Bush®
Is there nothing that The Smart Bush
can say that shows any smarts or humanity?
Anyway, he’s done it again: Jeb Bush says the Apple Watch shows how we can eliminate Obamacare. It’s almost like Poppy Bush and the grocery store scanner all over again.
The gist of it is that Jeb thinks that the Fitbit-like apps that monitor your heartbeat, etc. on the Apple Watch, are all that you really need in the way of Healthcare. We beg to differ. (We also wonder how many Americans can really afford that watch/iPhone combo as a matter of life and death.)
Steve M has a great dissection of Jebbie’s stupid idea over at his place, No More Mister Nice Blog.
The biggest fraud in American Politics, the famous Zombie-eyed Granny-starver of note, Paul Ryan explains to us what Y’All Qaeda’s fall-back plan is if the Supreme Court guts the Affordable Care Act (as is much predicted):
House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that his plan’s proposed tax credits are “not at all” like the tax credits under the current law, which the GOP hopes will be struck down by the Supreme Court this year.
…Paul said in an interview with Fox News that the Obama administration’s tax credits are actually “thinly veiled subsidies policed by the Internal Revenue Service.”
When asked if the subsidies and the tax credits were the same thing, Ryan replied, “Not at all, not at all.”
“They are subsidies, [the administration] calls them tax credits,” he said. “They’re saying, buy the Washington-mandated plan and the IRS will police how you buy that. We’re saying, give people freedom.”
Subsidies or Tax Credits? Oh, as Miss Emily Litella would say, “That’s entirely different. Never Mind.”
At your cervix, Madame!
The Hill tells us…
The House on Thursday in a 252-172 vote approved legislation that would waive fees on businesses that do not offer health insurance to employees working fewer than 40 hours per week… The legislation is the GOP’s first chance to deliver an anti-ObamaCare bill to the president’s desk. It will now advance to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised it will see a vote.
Goodbye Employer Mandate! So how many employees will now be in Medicaid or use the subsidies of the ACA? Either way, the expense just got passed to the taxpayer. Smart move, GOP!
Well, it does make it more enticing to (someday) have national healthcare.
That’s our Congress, hard at work for us.
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.”
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.
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.
Jeebus, people, it is all Kabuki. (TPM)
“We’ve heard people give lots of reasons for opposing Obamacare. But until a reader sent us some Internet links recently, we hadn’t realized that one of the fears being spawned by Obamacare was that it could usher in legal beheadings across America.”
(Politifact bestowing the much coveted Pants-on-Fire rating to the latest conspiracy theory from Wingnuttia.)
OK, that one is so stupid that it makes Sarah Palin look like a Rhodes Scholar; even she wouldn’t try to convince anyone that her Death Panels included guillotines. (Because she couldn’t spell it? Yes.)
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)
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.