Vision quest

We’re all bozos on this bus. Some of us more than others.

Well, it seems the House is fixin’ to vote on a bill that they’ve not seen, and that the CBO has not scored, and since it only affects, oh, about a sixth of the economy, well, nothing to see here, move along, move along.

There is precedent, after all.

I’m thinking that a sizable portion of the electorate never looked at Ronald McDonald McTrump before they voted for him. 

Meanwhile, here are some thoughts from Charles P. Pierce on what it means to be healthy (or unhealthy) in the United States of 2017.

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12 Responses to “Vision quest”

  1. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Hard not to see this as a sleazy trick by the Rethugs. I phoned my representatives yesterday as news of this scheme came out. The Rethugs know if the details get out there, including estimates on how many will be screwed by this version the same thing will happen as last time – the people will tell ’em NFW!
    Their scheme, just like the little kid in the White House is to just do it while they can and ask for permission only after it’s a done deal. They must figure they gotta get while the gettin’s good as many of them will pay the price come 2018’s elections?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I’m not sure I see the overall scheme here. The smart money says the Senate will piss on this measure from a considerable height. But one wonders how smart the smart money is anymore.

      Could be it’s just the camel’s nose under the tent. Then the Senate hangs a few bells on it and says, “Iddn’t it pretty? Hardly smells like a camel at all! Only spits on you occasionally! Hardly ever bites!”

      Next thing you know, the camel’s in the tent with you, pissing and shitting all over the place and biting everything with a heartbeat.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        “…overall scheme here”? You mean beyond the old “help the rich get richer and screw everyone else” Rethug wet-dream? One of my senators, Joni “the hog-baller” Ernst has demanded the greasy orange turd release his tax forms – so maybe there’s hope the Senate will kill this thing if the House squeaks it through?

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I’m thinking it’s all kabuki, an attempt to get Ryan/Trump a “win” before the budget reconciliation window closes.

        With the national attention span measurable in nanoseconds and outrage fatigue taking a toll among activists, they can count on this whole thing being forgotten before “Game of Thrones” fires up again on HBO.

      • psobrien Says:

        Word, Patrick. Window dressing of the highest order. Smoke and mirrors. It’s like getting a colonoscopy and realizing when you got home the doc had both his hands on your shoulders.

  2. matlinp Says:

    Methinks that the bozo in the picture above is holding up the wrong finger.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      That finger is longer than his other fingers.

      This current health care bill is shorter than the ACA bill. Therefore, it is better. As far as the budget goes, how long would you last on your job if you turned in shitty work 7 months late? Can you imagine how the Wall Street would react if the Congress really managed the budget, got it done on time (a couple of month before the federal fiscal year starts on October 1st), and produced even a single dollar of surplus? Can you imagine how the economy as a whole would do if we had a single payer health care system and that burden was lifted from employers? Shit, maybe Trek and Specialized would start making bikes in the USA again. Nah.

      On a more pleasant note, I got 15 miles in today, with about 900 feet of climbing, and now nothing hurts! Magic.

      • matlinp Says:

        Pat, that last part makes you a god among mere mortals. I salute you! At almost 69, there are times when 15 miles on level ground can feel like 900 feet of climbing. 🙂

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Thanks Mat! I’ll be 68 in June, and you are right. But, on the other hand, I think riding is getting to be more fun every year that goes by.

  3. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    And that, as they say, is that: The GOP pushed ‘er through, and now the Senate will have a go.

    It would be interesting to hear what former poet laureate Ted Kooser has to say on this topic. He was an insurance executive in a previous life, and suffered a bout with cancer; he and Jim Harrison corresponded in poetry form and the back-and-forth became a book, “Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry.”

  4. Dale Says:

    If this thing squeaks through, and it may well – Trump will own it, and so will every Repub in the House and Senate. 2018 election is not far away. The question is, will this bill’s repercussions be felt by that time.

  5. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Here is a nice summary of what was in the GOP health care (or lack of it) bill. What was interesting to me what the part in third paragraph of the “State Waivers” section of the article. Even those with employer provided health insurance might get screwed as well. Hopefully Dale is right and informed people will show up to vote in 2018.

    http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/05/04/526887531/heres-whats-in-the-house-approved-health-care-bill

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