Updated: Activism: Saving the ACA: The Carrot and the Stick

[Ed. We’re pushing this, people, get those phone calls going. Contact information for your Senators is in the Activism tab at the masthead. Get those lines burning! Fresh(er?) posts below. — TG]

The Kochs are pulling out the big guns. They’re going to profit from the death and misery of us all, or their pocket politicians will pound dirt.

They see profits from our pain and suffering. Where we see death and illness, they see a good return on their investment.

From The Guardian…

Koch network ‘piggy banks’ closed until Republicans pass health and tax reform

Koch officials said that the network’s midterm budget for policy and politics is between $300m and $400m, but donors are demanding legislative progress.

At a weekend donor retreat attended by at least 18 elected officials, the Koch brothers warned that time is running out to push their agenda, most notably healthcare and tax reform, through Congress.

One Texas-based donor warned Republican lawmakers that his “Dallas piggy bank” was now closed, until he saw legislative progress.

“Get Obamacare repealed and replaced, get tax reform passed,” said Doug Deason. “Get it done and we’ll open it back up.”

We need to keep calling. We need to call more often. It’s our only hope of saving the ACA.

We can succeed, but only if everyone does their best. Please, make the calls today.

Phone Calls Work!

A call to action: 

The stakes are high and no one can help us. We must help ourselves.

  • Call your Senators, both D and R.
    • Support the D’s
      • We, you and I, your sister, brother, uncle, cousin, ex, SO, nieces and nephews are the backbone of the Democratic party. The politicians cannot stand without our constant support.
    • Demand the R’s vote against the Trumpcare
      • You’re not wasting your time calling the R’s. You’re “putting on the heat.”
      • Keep pushing
      • Puch harder.
  • Please make two or three calls each day this week.
    • Leave VM’s at 4:00 AM or at 11:30 PM
    • Make a call during your morning and evening commute.

It’s for you!

Stand up. Speak out. Speak not for yourself but for all the people who need help.

It’s up to you.

No one is going to do it for us.


Update: There is hope from C&L…

This Is What Hope Looks Like

Monday night, MoveOn Washington director Ben Wikler headed to Capitol Hill. On his way, he encountered something that became magical.

Karoli Kuns

Fight back.


Update 2: Our oppressors fight dirty. From dKos…

Trump Threatens Blackmail If Murderous Republican “Health Care” Scam Is Not Passed.


Republicans have a solution to finding the votes they need for their healthcare bill—massive bribery

Make the calls, please.

Because the movement to save the ACA has no funny hats, or cute mascot DW offered this:


That pretty much sums it up.


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Bad Packaging, Cont.


And I thought the green ones were supposed to be dirty.

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Moeman)

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News That Will Drive You to Drink

Happy Hour News Briefs

Boycott Queen Linda Harvey poked her snout out of her Ohio mud hutt and now wants us to boycott McDonalds because: the fry boxes in San Francisco have rainbows on them during Pride Month.

Take it away, Linda!

Amazing how Harvey can be both robotic and snarling at the same time.

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Muslims, and Playgrounds, and Bakers! Oh My!

Building A Better Theocracy

It’s quite a trifecta coming from the Supreme Court today.

By now EVERYONE already knows that the SCOTUS has (somewhat) upheld the Muslim ban. You can paint the outhouse magenta, but it is still an outhouse. Calling it a travel ban is a big can of paint.

And by now many of us heard that indeed public money can go to churches, you know, for secular purposes like playground surfacing. Slippery meets slope.

And of course we know that at least four members of the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case about the religious freedom of bakers to discriminate against the ‘mos. It’s not scriptural, but it seems that there is a ninth Beatitude that only Y’all Qaeda knows about: Blessed are the bakers for they shall deny anyone they want from licking the bowl.

Just venting and somewhat in shock. As a blogger who cut his teeth on the First Amendment in the era of Chimpy, today is about as bad as it gets.

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Midday Palate Cleanser

Just a reminder that your best pal is also your best wingman:

“Hey, girl, you wanna go to the bar with me and my hooman?”

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Hey guys, guess who’s popular all of a sudden? Obamacare!

Obamacare tops 50 percent popularity among Americans for first time in new poll, after Senate unveils bill to gut health-care law

51 percent of the public now sees Obamacare favorably.
Majorities of the public oppose cuts to Medicaid.
There is also strong opposition to weakening federal Obamacare rules requiring certain health benefits, and that prevent insurers from charging sicker customers more.

Don’t they know that they are supposed to hate it? What’s wrong with them?

Fifty-five percent of the public views the House’s American Health Care Act unfavorably, compared with just 30 percent with favorable views of that bill, according to the survey.

And since May, support among Republicans for the House bill has dropped from 67 percent to 56 percent. The House’s bill barely won passage in May.

Kaiser’s survey additionally revealed that strong majorities of Americans, regardless of political stripe, have favorable views of Medicaid, the government health coverage program for the poor.

Damn freedom-hating Commies, um, hippies!

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But It Is Not A Mandate

American Exceptionalism: Dumpster Diving Eagle

As we all know, the real problem with the Affordable Care Act is that it forced freedom-loving wingnuts to buy healthcare from the Kenyan Usurper (whom they understand to be a t-bone steak buying, Cadillac-driving welfare queen blah young buck).

Tiger Beat on the Potomac (Thanks Charlie!) tells us that the Trickle-Down Healthcare Bill (Motto: “When billionaires have tax cuts, everyone will feel better.”) tells us the secret, non-mandate plan for getting people to enroll in their travesty, for freedom:

The Senate bill is expected to include a six-month “lock out” period in which people who don’t have insurance have to wait a certain amount of time before their policy takes effect. The House bill would have allowed insurance companies to charge uninsured people up to 30 percent more for up to one year.

You know, because when you are diagnosed with cancer is the exact best time to wait a while before addressing it. And it will drive down the cost of healthcare too: you’ll be dead.

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Trump Will Find the Strawberries

The Russian Usurper, in a series of Tweets this morning:

“The Democrats have become nothing but OBSTRUCTIONISTS, they have no policies or ideas. All they do is delay and complain.They own ObamaCare!…The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russia after being notified by the CIA of meddling is that he expected Clinton would win…..and did not want to “rock the boat.” He didn’t “choke,” he colluded or obstructed, and it did the Dems and Crooked Hillary no good. The real story is that President Obama did NOTHING after being informed in August about Russian meddling. With 4 months looking at Russia…..under a magnifying glass, they have zero “tapes” of T people colluding. There is no collusion & no obstruction. I should be given apology! Republican Senators are working very hard to get there, with no help from the Democrats. Not easy! Perhaps just let OCare crash & burn!”

Time for a long nap, Preznint Stupid.

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Baking for Jeebus

But this cake will be OK?

I don’t recall ever reading in the Bible, “Eat, for this is my wedding cake,” but it seems to now be part of Wingnuttia’s Gospel According To Y’all Qaeda:

Supreme Court justices voted to hear an appeal from the owner of a Colorado bakery who refused to create and design a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

The high court has agreed to hear a major case pitting conservative Christian beliefs against gay rights, and decide whether some business owners may cite their religious views as a reason for refusing to serve same-sex couples.

And I can hardly wait for each different sect in our multi-cultural nation to take this to its logical extremes in what will be our We Don’t Serve Your Kind democracy:

  • No bagels for you!
  • Lord Vishnu will not let you have the Tandoori chicken!
  • Go to another hospital, Baptists!

So, be careful what you wish for, Possum Hollar: you just might get it.

Also/Too: on this date in 2015, Obergefell v. Hodges was decided, and Marriage Equality became the law of the land.

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The Morning Quote

Wolfram and Hart’s new partners*
*Hat tip: James Wolcott

“I try to stay out of politics. I — his political instincts are phenomenal. He did something that no one could have imagined he’d be able to accomplish. There were very few who thought, early on. I feel blessed just being part of the ride from day one and before. But he did something pretty remarkable. But I don’t profess to be a political savant.”

So, even the First Shady, Ivanka, has to guess the sagging, pimpled ass of the mango-hued shitgibbon.

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