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The deeply dishonest Republican Budget

I’m  currently making my way to a trauma conference. I have internet access – sort of. Currently, I’m “enjoying” in-flight internet access which is kind of like getting access to the internet and kinda not. What makes the internet great is access to content – videos, original documents and the like. With this in-flight thing, I really can’t download big files and uploading smaller files to Dropbox has proven problematic. So, I’m not going to be able to get the work done that I had planned on doing. This means that I can (should be able to), I hope, post to my blog. 

The House and Senate Republican budget plans are so deeply dishonest that they are laughable. Sure, Democrats have pushed “pie in the sky” budgets but anyone could look at the budget and understand the nuts and bolts of the budget. The GOP has decided that we need more mystery in our lives. So, this budget, like several before, doesn’t spell out where a lot of the budget cuts are coming from. One of the most laughable items in the budget has to do with repealing ObamaCare. It seems that Republicans not only want to kill ObamaCare, but they want to cut Medicare on top of that. All of the revenue generators that were added to ObamaCare in order to control costs would be cut, of course.

More from CBPP:

  • Balance the budget in ten years through massive cuts in domestic programs, with no revenue contribution;
  • Hit programs for low- and moderate-income Americans exceptionally hard, with about two-thirds of its budget cuts likely coming from programs for the less fortunate, thereby exacerbating poverty and inequality;
  • Repeal health reform and cut Medicaid deeply on top of that, likely causing tens of millions of people to become uninsured or underinsured;
  • Essentially balance the budget only on paper, with the help of two huge “magic asterisks” that are as large as Chairman Price’s — about $1.2 trillion in entitlement cuts over ten years that are left essentially unspecified, and about $1 trillion from the repeal of health reform’s revenue-raising measures without any identified replacement (as explained below);
  • Cut funding below the already-damaging sequestration levels in the years after 2016 for non-defense discretionary programs — the part of the budget that funds education, job training, early intervention programs for children, basic scientific and medical research, and transportation, all of which are important to increasing opportunity, raising productivity, and boosting long-term economic growth;
  • Shrink federal spending to stunningly low levels, measured as a share of gross domestic product (GDP), that are unprecedented in modern America and far below the levels in recent decades, including the Reagan years; and
  • Eliminate a 2007 Senate rule that creates a point of order against budget reconciliation bills that increase deficits over the coming ten years, such as the 2001 and 2003 reconciliation bills that included huge tax cuts without any measures to offset the costs.

Come on. I’m happy to debate conservatives on supply-side economics. This is not debateable. This is a half-budget or maybe not even that much. Oh, this kind of craziness is new. This isn’t a “they all do it” kind of thing. If you take our democracy seriously then this can’t be tolerated. (Dear GOP, please complete this budget. Insert the magic numbers and tell us what you are planning on doing. If you can’t do that, can you simply admit that you hate the poor and most of the middle class and be done with it?)

Obama Care – Clowns and Jokers

There was a great tune the came out in 1972 called Stuck in the Middle with You.

It featured these lyrics: “Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right. Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.” I think when you look at Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act), this exactly what we have. On one side, you have the cheerleaders. Obamacare is the greatest thing since sliced bread. It will revolutionize healthcare, just like the scalpel and anesthesia did many decades ago. NOT! From the other side we hear that Obamacare is going to kill the economy, it’s going to kill healthcare, it’s going to kill your grandmother. Horse Hockey! Continue reading Obama Care – Clowns and Jokers

Dumbest article on ObamaCare Award

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The New York Times just published an article on the millions of Americans who are not covered with the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). I’m sorry, but this is the dumbest article that I have read on ObamaCare thus far. It is like saying that your new car can’t fly. You didn’t buy an airplane. You bought a car. ObamaCare was not supposed to fix all of America’s Healthcare problems. It was never designed to cover everyone.

“How can somebody in poverty not be eligible for subsidies?” an unemployed health care worker in Virginia asked through tears. The woman, who identified herself only as Robin L. because she does not want potential employers to know she is down on her luck, thought she had run into a computer problem when she went online Tuesday and learned she would not qualify.

This is one of the heart wrenching sections of the article. Progressives wanted the Affordable Care Act to cover everyone. We thought that would be the floor of the debate. We were hoping that at the very least we would develop a health care system that would cover everyone. Unfortunately, conservatives in Congress and some conservative Democrats thought that this price tag was just too high. We couldn’t afford it. So covering everyone, a basic idea, was scrapped. The fact that the Affordable Care Act doesn’t cover everyone should be no surprise. We fought over this subject. We, the progressive community, and the American poor, lost this fight. It was a very public loss. No progressive was happy with it.

I’ll try and post more later. I think that cost of personal suffering and the cost to hospitals, doctors and society is too high not to cover everyone. I’ll try and get some data for you on that later.