Friday Open Thread | Why Not Medicaid For All?

Medicare for All?
Why not Medicaid for All?
I know that a number of Democrats have gone in on Medicare for All.
But, why not Medicaid for All?

There is a poster on Balloon Juice named Kay, and she has always argued that the greatest part of Obamacare was the Medicaid Expansion, because, if it had been fully implemented, it would have transformed the lives of the working poor, coast to coast. She lives in a rural area of Ohio, and she always comments about how it has been lifechanging for the rural White populace in her area.

These are people who had NOTHING, and now, they have access to healthcare. All around healthcare. It would have been an universal fact, save for the John Roberts Court, which decided to remove a huge swath of the populace from benefitting from Obamacare. So, then, we were stuck with states with Democratic Governors expanding Medicaid, while those with GOP Governors punished their citizens and refused to do so. Even as their states suffered. As their states gave up money on the table, because the Black President delivered on a healthcare plan that would help all, and they couldn’t give the Black President a victory, even if it would help their own constituents.

Is Medicaid for All the better option? And, if so, why isn’t it being pushed forth as such, except for the state of New Mexico.

I mean, you get more coverage through Medicaid -in most states that do it well, dental and vision are included. Unlike Medicare, you don’t have to by a supplemental package. And, unlike Medicare, the bills are taken care of, and it’s not a burden to the customer to come up with a % of the total dollars.

So, why not Medicaid for All?
Kay believes that it’s cause a lot of the left looks down on Medicaid as a ‘poor person’s program’. And, I can’t dispute her there. The GOP has been very successful in branding Medicaid with the poster children being Shaniqua with her 3 children by 3 Baby Daddies and Rosa Maria with her 4 anchor babies.

THE TRUTH of the matter is… in terms of largest PERCENTAGE of Medicaid DOLLARS given out…
The poster children SHOULD BE Bob and Emily Whitebread America’s Grandma and Grandpa.

Shaniqua and Rosa Maria don’t begin to get the amount of DOLLARS that Bob and Emily’s Grandma and Grandpa do.
Or, June and Joseph’s disabled family member.

I don’t begrudge ANYONE getting the help that they can get. Nursing home care is OUTRAGEOUSLY EXPENSIVE..
And, taking care of a disabled family member is also very taxing on a family, not only emotionally, but, financially.

It’s just that THOSE GROUPS get a pass, while pushing forth stereotypes of folks no less deserving.
Medicaid expansion has helped THE WORKING POOR the most. Folks that get up everyday and go do work, SHOULD be able to have access to healthcare, and that transform lives.

I think more of our candidates need to look and study the outcome of the Medicaid buy-in that New Mexico has offered. And, now, Washington State is looking into implementing a public option.

I don’t think that we need to be wedded to Medicare-For-All. Just be wedded to the idea that American Citizens should have access to healthcare, and should NEVER be one illness away from financial ruin.

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Time For You To Do Your Civic Duty

Give the Democrats a spine

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Mueller Report: Read the full document

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Thursday Open Thread | It Is NOT the Mueller Report. It Is Barr REDACTED Garbage😠😠

 This is not the Mueller Report. Let’s make this clear.

This is the Barr Redacted Report. It would be amusing, if the stakes weren’t so high. This man doesn’t seem to grasp that his credibility level is absolutely zero. It was zero when we found out about the 19 page cover letter that he did to get the job of Attorney General – and then, it went downhill from there.

But, I’m glad that people are bringing all sorts of receipts. It’s not like Barr was anything other than a hack before.

MSNBC (@MSNBC) Tweeted:
In 1989, AG Barr refused to release a DOJ legal opinion, choosing to release a summary report instead. It was later revealed that Barr mischaracterized parts of the opinion in that summary.

Barr’s Playbook: He Misled Congress When Omitting Parts of Justice Department Memo in 1989

On Friday the thirteenth October 1989, by happenstance the same day as the “Black Friday” market crash, news leaked of a legal memo authored by William Barr. He was then serving as head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). It is highly uncommon for any OLC memo to make headlines. This one did because it was issued in “unusual secrecy” and concluded that the FBI could forcibly abduct people in other countries without the consent of the foreign state. The headline also noted the implication of the legal opinion at that moment in time. It appeared to pave the way for abducting Panama’s leader, Gen. Manuel Noriega.

Members of Congress asked to see the full legal opinion. Barr refused, but said he would provide an account that “summarizes the principal conclusions.” Sound familiar? In March 2019, when Attorney General Barr was handed Robert Mueller’s final report, he wrote that he would “summarize the principal conclusions” of the special counsel’s report for the public.
When Barr withheld the full OLC opinion in 1989 and said to trust his summary of the principal conclusions, Yale law school professor Harold Koh wrote that Barr’s position was “particularly egregious.” Congress also had no appetite for Barr’s stance, and eventually issued a subpoena to successfully wrench the full OLC opinion out of the Department.

So, let’s be clear. He’s done this bullshyt before. He cannot be trusted. So, MSM, don’t call this piece of crap the Mueller Report. It’s not the Mueller Report. It’s Barr’s piece of garbage.

I am also gratified at folks bringing ALL the receipts that they can find on Barr. I mean, Maddow literally spent the entire first 30 MINUTES of her program outlining how Barr is a liar and has done this before. This man is deluded that he has some credibility. Naw, Son…you ain’t got any. Not one shred. Not one solitary ounce.

And, the media has to be called on the carpet if they try and shill this swill as the Mueller Report.This is the BARR GARBAGE REPORT.




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Wednesday Open Thread | NOW, They Want to LITERALLY Dump Asylum Seekers Like They Are Bags of Garbage😠😠😠

I want you to think about this. Not that this surprised me, because nothing surprises me with these folks. If it’s rotten and evil, they’ve considered doing it.

From the Washington Post:
White House proposed releasing immigrant detainees in sanctuary cities, targeting political foes

White House officials have tried to pressure U.S. immigration authorities to release detainees onto the streets of “sanctuary cities” to retaliate against President Trump’s political adversaries, according to Department of Homeland Security officials and email messages reviewed by The Washington Post.
Trump administration officials have proposed transporting detained immigrants to sanctuary cities at least twice in the past six months — once in November, as a migrant caravan approached the U.S. southern border, and again in February, amid a standoff with Democrats over funding for Trump’s border wall.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s district in San Francisco was among those the White House wanted to target, according to DHS officials. The administration also considered releasing detainees in other Democratic strongholds.

Because, of course they did.
I will remind people that the United States of America is the country that CREATED THE ASYLUM RULES. WE DID. And, we got the REST OF THE WORLD TO AGREE TO THEM.
This is about NON-White people. Period. We don’t see this kind of franticness with our NORTHERN Border.


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Tuesday Open Thread | The Fire At Notre Dame Cathedral 😢😢😢

I was 15 when my parents told me what my 16th Birthday Present was going to be:

A trip to Paris.
My father, who had fought in Europe during WWII, would never talk about his war experiences, except for his time in France. He loved everything about the country, and wanted me to have the opportunity to go.
It would be my first time outside of the country. First time to get a passport. First time to be on my own (I was going with a school group). I was so excited.
America is a young country. When compared to the rest of the world, our hundred, two hundred year old relics are nothing compared to other countries.
You got that immediately when you arrived in Paris.

Somehow, it mixes the old and the new. The modern with the ancient. But, above all else, the history is respected.
As I watched the fire engulfing Notre Dame, I sat there, with the rest of the world, my heart breaking with every news report. Notre Dame wasn’t just a church. It was history.

Living, breathing history. It’s beauty was inescapable, whether coming upon it by foot, or by boatride down the Seine.
Walking in it, was to be awed. It was a church, but, it was so much more. It was massive. It was impressive. It was awe inspiring, and humbling. You could spend a whole day inside, just being respectful and taking in all of the history that it had offer. The architecture made your mouth fall open. The beauty of the stained glass….the place was made for pictures. The clicks were what you heard inside of the church. It was always full of tourists, yet, it wasn’t noisy.
The thing about Notre Dame wasn’t just that you were there…but, you knew that you would return, and bring others with you.
I had already been planning Peanut’s first time to Paris…and, of course, Notre Dame would be on the list. There are things that sustain us. That we believe will always be there. The continuity is something that calms the nerves. Soothes the soul.
I am not Catholic, but, felt completely welcome there…as I am sure that many others of different faiths have been as well. It was a house of worship, but, it was a cultural symbol of Paris. Of history that touched on religion, but not only religion.


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Michelle Obama’s European Book tour

Here you go, Eliihaas. Please post comments, videos, photos, to your hearts content.

Do you have content from Copenhagen & Sweden?

Highlights from First Lady Michelle Obama’s European book tour. You will never, ever be a former anyone. You will be our FOREVER FLOTUS!

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