Monday Open Thread | Sound the Alarm -Update on Trumpcare : CALL CALL CALL

We are going to check in with my go to folks on Trumpcare: Andy Slavitt and Topher Spiro. They are as up to date on the GOP’s attempts to pass the Legislative Evil known as Trumpcare as anyone.

From Andy Slavitt:

This was in Andy’s Twitter feed: Follow this thread:

Ben Wikler‏Verified account @benwikler

If you’re involved in the fight against Trumpcare (and if you’re not, join now), this week is going to be insane. 1/
5:59 PM – 23 Jul 2017

The first big tell is Tuesday morning, when Republicans need 50+1 votes to start final debate on… something bad, don’t know what yet. 2/

Nobody knows how Tuesday’s vote will go. I have a sinking feeling. As do others. Need constant, maximal pressure. Call: 202-224-3121 3/

Unlike earlier phases of this battle, the hard right is now fully engaged. Koch organizations, Trump admin, the works. We must be louder. 4/

Monday, Trump appears with Capito at the 2017 Boy Scout Jamboree. She’s likely to seem as pro-Trump as possible. 5/

If Capito Heller OR Murkowski commit to voting against Motion to Proceed, it’ll either fail—or McConnell will delay it again. ¿Unlikely? 6/

If McConnell votes FOR the motion to proceed but it FAILS, he can’t bring it up again and you can exhale. 7/

that’s very unlikely. Leaders nearly always switch their votes to “nay” so they’re voting w majority and reserve right to bring back up. 8/

DC believes that if McConnell loses MTP vote on Tue, it’s over. But DC has thought it was over repeatedly. Color me skeptical. 9/

McConnell is telling senators that voting AGAINST MTP is equiv of saying they support Obamacare. Plus pressure, buyoffs, etc. He may win 10/

If the Rs win the Motion to Proceed, we enter 20 hours of debate. Surreally, that’s all the debate we’ll get on Trumpcare. 11/

At that point we’ll need a HUGE wave of pressure. Normally a Motion to Proceed vote is preview of final vote. We’ll already have lost it 12/

In this case, though, the MTP isn’t necessarily a preview of final vote because we won’t know what the final bill will be. So TURN IT UP 13/

Tue-Wed, we’ll have 10 hours of R speeches, 10 hours of D speeches, furious dealmaking, & (your job) mega public outrage 14/

Then vote-o-rama: the weird Senate thing on budget reconciliation bills where each side proposes unlimited amendments & ALL get voted on 15/

Normally vote-o-rama is for “messaging” amendments in which each side proposes things that the other side will look bad voting against 16/

This time, vote-o-rama will be used by Rs to propose radical restructurings of the health care system without time for debate or review 17/

Meanwhile, Dems will, I hope and expect, come ready with 100s or 1000s of amendments to extend vote-o-rama as long as possible 18/

Each amendment currently gets a 1 minute speech from each side and then a 10 minute vote. So voting on hundreds of amendments = grueling 19/

That’s the only way Ds can delay the final vote. But the Parliamentarian could rule them dilatory. Or McConnell can change rules anytime 20/

So at some point, Parliamentarian or GOP will presumably shut down the process and move to final vote on… something. 21/

At the end, McConnell will intro an amendment that wipes away all previous amendments. That’s the final bill. Possibly unseen till then 22/

And then the Senate will vote on Trumpcare, whatever Trumpcare is at that point. A mystery bill that could shape all of our futures. 23/

Everything we’ve all been doing—millions of us calling, marching, sitting in, fighting for months on end—comes down to what a few Rs do 24/

In a series of moments, each a second or two long, a handful of Republican senators will vote yay or nay—death or life for untold 1000s 25/

Everything will go from fast fwd to, in that moment, slow motion, as we watch the ground truth that we’ve been guessing, trying to shape 26/

And then the world will snap back into focus—the GOP will have failed, or succeeded. If it failed, we celebrate 27/

If the Senate vote succeeds, we are in an extremely dark place with very little time and very little hope. We fight on anyway. 28/

If the Senate votes yes on Trumpcare, it’s very likely that the House votes the bill through intact & with mind-blowing speed. 29/

If we reach the point of a House vote, it’s worth every possible Hail Mary to try to stop it. Go to your local R office immediately. 30/

If the House passes it, Trump will sign it. Things will start getting worse very quickly for a lot of people. Insurance market meltdown. 31/

That… could all happen this week. How do we prevent that?

The first thing to do, with everything we’ve got, is to fight to stop the GOP from passing the Motion to Proceed on Tue AM. 33/


If you’re near Anchorage, Alaska, help deliver postcards and letters to Lisa Murkowski’s office:

If you’re near Reno, Nevada, join this Rally 4 Liberty at 10am to send a message to Dean Heller:

Topher has a link to the same twitter thread.

Don’t forget:

Topher Spiro‏Verified account @TopherSpiro

Senate Republicans have literally no idea what they will vote on within 48 hours.

This is is. Millions of Americans are on the brink of losing their healthcare. We have to fight. We have to call for all of us.


If you are near a Senate Office, please go.

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105 Responses to Monday Open Thread | Sound the Alarm -Update on Trumpcare : CALL CALL CALL

  1. Liza says:

    Unhinged phat phuck Trump trying to teach children to hate President Obama.

    Boos for Obama as Trump speaks at Boy Scout jamboree
    BY MALLORY SHELBOURNE – 07/24/17 07:23 PM EDT

    The crowd attending President Trump’s Monday evening speech to the Boy Scouts of America’s National Jamboree appeared to boo former President Barack Obama at one point.

    “By the way, just a question. Did President Obama ever come to a jamboree?” Trump asked the crowd, which booed in response.

    “The answer is no, but we’ll be back,” Trump added.

    While Obama never addressed the gathering in person, he did record a video message to the National Jamboree in 2010, noting the history of the Boy Scouts and the organization’s service to the United States as it marked its 100th anniversary.

  2. rikyrah says:


  3. rikyrah says:


    Please tweet Ari Melber asking why he had a Nazi-Seb Gorka on his show.
    WHY would he give him a platform?

    Ari MelberVerified account

    • Liza says:

      McCain isn’t long for this world, not with the kind of tumor he has. Unbelievable that he could do this. It will be his legacy.

      I have to conclude that these people really do consider themselves to be superior beings, their lives are worth more. Is any other conclusion possible?

  4. Liza says:

    McCain to return for tight Obamacare vote
    By BURGESS EVERETT 07/24/2017 05:08 PM EDT Updated 07/24/2017 09:12 PM EDT

    Sen. John McCain will return to the Senate on Tuesday after being recently diagnosed with brain cancer, his office announced on Monday night. The Senate will take a critical procedural vote on repealing Obamacare on Tuesday, and McCain’s vote could be critical in the narrowly divided chamber.

  5. eliihass says:

    “…A much-discussed question at the top of the White House: just what magnitude of indignity would it take for Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to resign?

    ‘President’** Trump knew that appointing Anthony Scaramucci as communications director would humiliate Reince, who fought hard against it.

    Scaramucci was smuggled into the meeting with the President on Thursday so Reince wouldn’t know about it. Trump had already taken pains to hide the discussions from his Chief of Staff, knowing Reince would try to foil the move.

    Trump also knew that inserting a line in the press release saying Scaramucci would report directly to the President — doing an end-run around Reince — was perhaps an unendurable public humiliation.

  6. Liza says:

    Ugly, despicable, dangerous, grotesque…

    • Liza says:

      Trump wants to be able to say, “Obamacare has been repealed”.

      That is all. He doesn’t know squat about healthcare in this country. He doesn’t want to know.

  7. Liza says:

    Senate Braces For a Health Care Showdown on a Still-Unclear Plan

    WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leaders, trying to keep alive their flagging effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, are barreling toward a showdown vote on Tuesday to begin debating a repeal of the health law. But senators have yet to be told precisely what legislation they will be debating.

    Apparently short of votes even to begin that process, President Trump ratcheted up pressure on Monday for Republican senators to get onboard, criticizing their inaction and warning that they risked betraying seven years’ worth of promises to raze and revamp the health law if they did not.

    “Remember ‘repeal and replace,’ ‘repeal and replace’ — they kept saying it over and over again,” Mr. Trump said at the White House, flanked by people who he said suffered from increased health care premiums as “victims” of the “horrible disaster known as Obamacare.”

    “Every Republican running for office promised immediate relief from this disastrous law,” the president added. “But so far, Senate Republicans have not done their job in ending the Obamacare nightmare.”

    He said their constituents would exact a price for inaction — “you’ll see that at the voter booth, believe me” — and hinted that any Republican who did not support the bid to open debate on an as-yet-determined health bill would be painted as complicit in preserving a health law passed on the basis of “a big, fat, ugly lie.”

    “For Senate Republicans, this is their chance to keep their promise,” Mr. Trump said, repeating the “repeal-and-replace” mantra on which Republicans campaigned last fall. “There’s been enough talk and no action; now is the time for action.”

    First, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said he would move ahead with a procedural vote on Tuesday to take up the health bill that narrowly passed the House in May. He urged his colleagues to do so.

    “Many of us have waited literally years for this moment to finally arrive, and at long last, it has,” Mr. McConnell said on the Senate floor.

    If that vote succeeds, the Senate would then be able to consider numerous amendments, including complete substitutes for the House bill. But it remains unclear what would take its place, and Senate Republican leaders have not said which substitute measure might be considered first.

  8. Where are our leaders? Trump is out here telling little boys about his wealthy friend’s cocktail parties aboard his yacht. Sick & twisted!

  9. rikyrah says:

    evil never sleeps with these muthaphuckas:

  10. Liza says:

    Senate GOP: McCain may return for ObamaCare vote Tuesday
    BY ALEXANDER BOLTON – 07/24/17 05:31 PM EDT

    Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (Texas) told reporters Monday that McCain was trying to get approval from his doctors to return Tuesday.

    McCain’s office declined to confirm his schedule.

    Two Senate aides said they expect he will be present Tuesday afternoon when lawmakers vote on a motion to proceed to the House-passed American Health Care Act.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said he will offer an amendment to replace it with a bill that repeals as much of ObamaCare as possible, setting up a two-year transition to craft replacement legislation.

    If that amendment fails, the Senate is likely to move to its version of legislation to repeal and replace the pillars of ObamaCare, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. That measure, however, did not appear to have enough votes to pass, as of Monday afternoon.

    • Liza says:

      McCain is receiving the best healthcare money and good insurance can buy, but he wants to return to DC so he can vote to take healthcare away from tens of millions of people.

      Even as the the Grim Reaper stares him down, he cannot find it within himself to have compassion for those much, much less fortunate than he has been.

      Or is this McCain hating Obama and trying to erase his legacy? Who knows?

      McCain’s life expectancy is not good. This is what he wants for his legacy?


    • Liza says:

      Of course, all of that excellent healthcare isn’t going to save McCain. But it will make him a hell of a lot more comfortable while he is in transition.

      If he really wants to do this, as is being reported, it is the very definition of soulless. You could not have a soul and do this.

    • rikyrah says:

      thanks for the article. I only had the tweet. will add it to my post for tomorrow.

  11. What the ever living fugg? A rally to dance on the grave of the victim.

  12. SO WICKED! @JohnCornyn says they’re asking a man who has been recently diagnosed with brain cancer to come back and vote to take away healthcare from 32 million people.

  13. rikyrah says:

    ‘We Have To Get It Together’: GOP Panics Over Imploding Agenda
    Published JULY 24, 2017 6:00 AM

    With Obamacare repeal teetering on collapse, tax reform looking like an even heavier lift and the Trump White House spinning further into chaos, Republicans are increasingly worried that they may squander unified control of government and fail to score any big legislative achievements.

    “It’s upside down, what do you want me to say?” Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) told TPM when asked how things were going within his party.

    “It’s been some of the most chaotic six, seven months I’ve ever spent here. I’ve been here 20 years, with a Democratic president just sworn in, a Republican president just sworn in, and this has been somewhat of a chaotic circus,” Jones continued. “It’s going to be very difficult to get any major legislation through Congress this year, and I think next year there’ll be even less of a chance.”

    The libertarian-leaning Jones, a frequent critic of his party’s leaders, is no bellwether. But even top Republicans close to leadership who rarely sound their frustrations publicly aren’t happy about how things are going, and worry that if they don’t get on the same page soon they might miss the window of opportunity to pass any major legislation before scandal politics and the 2018 midterms put a halt to any chances of lawmaking on controversial issues.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Antiquated voting machines & software must be upgraded now to counter cyber threats to elections @HoustonChron
    — Brennan Center (@BrennanCenter) July 24, 2017

  15. rikyrah says:

    The life you save could belong to your favorite writer, a family member, your BFF, you. Make the calls! #savetheACA #stopmcconnell
    — Gwenda Bond (@Gwenda) July 24, 2017

    Does calling Dem senators help at all?
    — Kelly Knox (@kelly_knox) July 24, 2017

    Yes! Commend them on staying strong!
    — Gwenda Bond (@Gwenda) July 24, 2017

  16. rikyrah says:

    Former GOP senator: Resist the bullying. Don’t vote for a mystery health care bill. via @usatoday #VoteNo
    — AARP Advocates (@AARPadvocates) July 24, 2017
    “There will be no do-overs on this. Take it from me: a no vote this week is the only one that will be defensible in the years to come.”
    — AARP Advocates (@AARPadvocates) July 24, 2017

  17. rikyrah says:

    It’s impossible to capture fully the insanity of GOP repeal push right now, but @JeffYoung comes awfully close here
    — Jonathan Cohn (@CitizenCohn) July 24, 2017

  18. rikyrah says:

    Meadows: CBO should downsize, aggregate think tank reports
    BY NIV ELIS – 07/24/17 02:20 PM EDT

    Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, plans on offering an amendment to spending legislation this week that would cut the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s staff by 89 people.

    The proposed cuts come after a series of CBO reports predicted that tens of millions of people would become uninsured under various Republican plans to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

    Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said Monday that, instead of relying on the CBO’s expertise to assess how much congressional bills would cost, the office should aggregate estimates produced by various think tanks like the Brookings Institution and the Heritage Foundation.

  19. rikyrah says:

    ALL our #KillTheBill resources (scripts, explainers, and more) in one place.
    — Indivisible Guide (@IndivisibleTeam) July 24, 2017

  20. rikyrah says:

    in addition to call can text ‘resist’ to 504-09 to send a fax
    It’s a bot that sets it all up
    You can type what you want to say to ur senator
    — Susan H PhD (@Sisterwriter) July 24, 2017

  21. rikyrah says:

    Our daily call scripts for AK, AR, AZ, CO, LA, ME, NV, OH, PA, WV are up. Use them for these critical Senators.
    — Indivisible Guide (@IndivisibleTeam) July 24, 2017

  22. rikyrah says:

    Powerful: “having washed the blood off of my fellow servicemen’s hands, they didn’t die for us to not take care of the ones that are left”
    — Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) July 24, 2017

    She served in the @USAirForce for 10 years and now is begging @SenDeanHeller to do his duty to protect the lives of her fellow Americans.
    — (@MoveOn) July 24, 2017

  23. rikyrah says:

    Team Trump Uses Access Hollywood Tape as a Loyalty Test
    by Martin Longman
    July 24, 2017 1:50 PM

    The Washington Examiner has a lengthy profile of House Freedom Caucus leader Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina. The piece is interesting on several levels, but there’s one thing in there that I’d like to highlight:

    After the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape was leaked to the press, setting off scandalized and electorally dangerous discussion about Trump’s treatment of women, Republicans of many stripes, especially those facing tough re-election battles, abandoned Trump. But Meadows and his wife stayed on board, literally and figuratively. Debbie Meadows boarded a “Women for Trump” bus with 10 other wives of congressmen, and defended the candidate. Trump and the White House have not forgotten this, and are unlikely ever to do so.

    “We will always remember how tenacious and loyal Mark and Debbie Meadows were, especially after Oct. 7. They’re definitely members of what we call the ‘Oct. 8th coalition,’” said Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, in an interview.

    “In the final month, beginning with her boarding that bus … in the face of a great deal of pressure to do otherwise — tells you something about their tenacity and loyalty,” Conway added.

    Now, that’s an interesting test.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Was the Mayflower Hotel Event Really Jared Kushner’s Idea?
    by Martin Longman
    July 24, 2017 12:47 PM

    I dutifully sat down this morning and read Jared Kushner’s prepared statement for Congress. I was impressed with the quality and clarity of his defense. He has some good lawyers and I believe he is following their advice unlike his father-in-law. However, there are still some troubling things to discuss.

    One of them involves a now infamous speech that Donald Trump gave at the Mayflower Hotel in April 2016. From Kushner’s statement we learn the surprising fact that he’s taking full responsibility for the idea behind doing that speech, as well as much of the organizing work that went into it. Here’s the relevant part in its full context:

    With respect to my contacts with Russia or Russian representatives during the campaign, there were hardly any. The first that I can recall was at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. in April 2016. This was when then candidate Trump was delivering a major foreign policy speech. Doing the event and speech had been my idea, and I oversaw its execution. I arrived at the hotel early to make sure all logistics were in order. After that, I stopped into the reception to thank the host of the event, Dimitri Simes, the publisher of the bi-monthly foreign policy magazine, The National Interest, who had done a great job putting everything together. Mr. Simes and his group had created the guest list and extended the invitations for the event. He introduced me to several guests, among them four ambassadors, including Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. With all the ambassadors, including Mr. Kislyak, we shook hands, exchanged brief pleasantries and I thanked them for attending the event and said I hoped they would like candidate Trump’s speech and his ideas for a fresh approach to America’s foreign policy. The ambassadors also expressed interest in creating a positive relationship should we win the election. Each exchange lasted less than a minute; some gave me their business cards and invited me to lunch at their embassies. I never took them up on any of these invitations and that was the extent of the interactions.

    What makes this so interesting is that everyone in Washington DC who closely follows the Russians’ lobbying efforts assumed that the idea behind it came from Paul Manafort.

  25. @rikyrah @ametia I read some of the archived posts at Jack and Jill Politics. Good old days. I learned politics from the best… my girls Rikyrah & Ametia.

    I never laughed so hard in my life when Bobby Jindal did the SOTU response.

  26. rikyrah says:

    This is it. It’s time to act to #SaveOurCare—send a free fax to your Senator to tell them to vote NO on #Trumpcare:
    — NARAL (@NARAL) July 24, 2017

  27. How much longer must we suffer with these frauds in the White House? Every single day they’re destroying, scheming and telling the American people bald face lies. God help us all.

  28. Look at this. He’s calling them repugnant. He needs to take a look at himself.

  29. rikyrah says:

    Watch How the House Republicans Jerk Around Their Base
    by Martin Longman
    July 24, 2017 9:53 AM

    The House of Representatives is supposed to return to legislative business today at 2pm. The wheels on their bus aren’t exactly turning smoothly so it’s hard to be sure what their plan is since it keeps changing. They’ve abandoned the plan I called the dumbest ever back on July 14th, to pass this year’s appropriations bills in one giant package that their members would not have even been able to read. Instead, they appear to have scaled that back to what they’re calling a “minibus” bill (as opposed to a omnibus one) that will only include defense spending, an Energy and Water bill that involves our nuclear weapons, the money for veterans, and funding for the border wall.


    During their Thursday colloquy on the House floor, Minority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., asked Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to explain the process under which the consolidated “minibus” appropriations bill would be considered.

    McCarthy said that the minibus will be considered under a structured rule and that “we assume that there will be hundreds of amendments,” and that that is why he expects there will be late votes next week.

    Hoyer asked McCarthy if he expects “we will bring the other eight [appropriations] bills to the floor in September.”

    McCarthy replied: “I do intend to bring the rest of the appropriations bills through this floor and get them done to send them to the Senate.”

    Hoyer noted that McCarthy mentioned earlier in the colloquy that the minibus would include funding for a border wall and that the Homeland Security bill is not in the appropriations package, and then asked him which bill the funding would be included in.

    McCarthy said that the funding “will be an amendment made in Rules for the bill.”

    Hoyer asked McCarthy to clarify as to whether the funding for the border wall would be an amendment automatically adopted as part of agreeing to the rule for the bill or if the amendment would be one made in order for floor consideration in the Committee of the Whole.

    McCarthy said that he “can’t promise what the Rules Committee will do.” He continued: “The Rules Committee will find the right place to apply it, and we’ll be able to have the discussion on the floor.”

    Hoyer said that he would hope McCarthy will make it known to the Rules Committee that “we ought to have that as a free-standing amendment, not incorporated in a rule that the vote for the rule or a vote against the rule is in of itself a vote on the wall itself.”

    I don’t know if you understand that or not, but it looks like they’re going to try to sneak the wall funding into the rule under which the overall bill will be considered rather than having it actually included as an itemized appropriation. In a way, it makes no difference. But doing it this way helps members who oppose the funding make the argument that they never voted for it directly. It may also make it impossible to strike the funding out using an amendment, making the only way to kill the funding to defeat the entire minibus bill. Conversely, conservatives who don’t like the levels of spending in the four appropriation bills will be able to argue that they did vote for the wall funding. And this will be important to them because the funding will surely never pass in the Senate or become law.

  30. rikyrah says:

    We must drive calls to Capito today. She has to hear that her constituents OPPOSE repeal! (202) 224-6472…

    (@igorvolsky) July 24, 2017

  31. rikyrah says:

    Kellyanne Conway makes her case against Bob Mueller
    07/24/17 11:31 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Kellyanne Conway spoke with CNN’s Brian Stelter yesterday, and while they covered a fair amount of ground, I was struck by this exchange on speculation that Donald Trump may look for ways to get rid of Special Counsel Bob Mueller:

    STELTER: [M]any people are afraid if this president fires Robert Mueller, we will be in a constitutional crisis. Why doesn’t the president just want Mueller to prove that Trump is right, that Russia was a hoax? Why doesn’t he want Mueller to go ahead and confirm that for him?

    CONWAY: Well, isn’t Mr. Mueller and his band of Democratic donors doing that? Are they trying to do that?

    In context, it wasn’t altogether clear what point Conway was trying to make. It sounded as if Conway was looking for a way to use the phrase “Mr. Mueller and his band of Democratic donors” and so she just forced into the conversation.

    Regardless, there have been multiple reports of late about Trump World looking for ways to undermine and discredit Mueller’s ongoing investigation, and Conway was effectively sharing what she’d come up with: some people on the special counsel’s team have contributed to Democratic candidates for public office.

    Conway made a similar pitch to Fox News late last week, and on Twitter last month.

    It is, by any fair measure, a tough sell. This investigation is, after all, being led by Mueller, a lifelong Republican. Unless Conway and her colleagues are prepared to argue that Trump can only be investigated by an entire team made up exclusively of other Republicans, Mueller working with some attorneys who’ve supported Democratic candidates isn’t exactly scandalous.

  32. Liza says:

    Just called Sen Jeff Flake the Fake. At least they answered the phone this time.

  33. Hilarious! @shomaristone remembering Jim Vance.

    • rikyrah says:

      I have told you. The KKKEEBLER ELF has no self-respect. He’s getting to live out his White Supremacist fantasies. HE.IS.NOT.GOING.TO.RESIGN.

  34. rikyrah says:

    FROM BJ’s Mayhew:

    50% of income is a wonderful choice

    by David Anderson
    at 9:35 am on July 24, 2017

    I was laid off from a program evaluation job in September 2009. I had been working at a grant funded pediatric behavioral and mental health care coordination demonstration project. It was a service that was more expensive up front but usually saved Medicaid money in a few years and social services/criminal justice costs very quickly. We had good results that had been backed up by an external program evaluation.

    Our funding when I was on this project was overwhelmingly federal grant pilot funding with a small local match. We needed to transition to regular program funding. That meant we needed a Medicaid waiver for the service that we offered. There was absolutely no discretionary local money in 2009 so we did not receive a waiver. The nerds were let go in order to stretch operational funding. We wanted the kids to be served for as long as possible until a smooth hand-off could be arranged.

    Thankfully I lived in Pennsylvania so I had a decent unemployment check. I was eligible for about $1,600 a month. My wife was working part time at the time and earning $1,000 a month and my daughter was nine months old and being very silly and adorable. I received an offer to COBRA our health coverage. We had a $2,500 high deductible health plan for $1,275 a month premium as the risk pool at my former employer was sick as hell. Half of our income would have had to go to just the premium. We were lucky, as part of the stimulus, there was a program that paid for 65% of the COBRA premium. That meant our premium was “only” 16% of our income.

    We tried to make that work and we did until January when we switched my daughter to CHIP for $25 a month. CHIP was the best insurance I have ever had. My wife and I got a cheap underwritten policy that offered $500,000 in benefits after a $7,500 deductible with severe coverage limitations. We were getting it to give us some protection if the other person got hit by a bus.

    Half of our income for a policy with a deductible equal to our entire monthly income is not an actual choice for insurance. We were trying to stay current on the mortgage, keep diapers on our daughter, and not fall too far behind. And we mostly were able to manage. Once we were both working full time, it took us two years to dig out of the hole that my lay-off placed us in. And that was only because we got lucky. We got lucky that we stayed healthy. We got lucky that we both could find decent enough jobs with decent pay and better advancement opportunities. We got lucky in that we were going to be okay if nothing else happened and nothing else actually happened.

    Your money or your life is not a choice.

  35. 👉🏽 #RayTensing

    #ColinKaepernick “There are bodies in the street & people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

  36. rikyrah says:

    found at TOD:

    July 23, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    ALEC unveils Const. Amendment to let Gov’s, Legislatures pick US Senators; via @progressnownm
    — Pretty Foot (@PrettyFootWoman) July 23, 2017

    The resolution reads in part:

    Section 1. The seventeenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

    Section 2. Senators shall be elected exclusively by the State legislature, upon a majority vote of legislators present and voting in a joint session. If a vacancy shall exist for more than one hundred-eighty days, then the Governor shall appoint the Senator to serve the remainder of the vacant term. This procedure may not be modified by state initiative or referendum.

    One only needs to examine the electoral map to understand why ALEC is pushing for a repeal of the 17th Amendment now.

    With the majority of states under GOP control, Republicans could snatch some 17 U.S. Senate seats from Democrats if the state legislatures are given the right to pick Senators.

  37. rikyrah says:

    As Trump took office Scaramucci negotiated with a Russian investment fund under US sanctions
    — Mother Jones (@MotherJones) July 23, 2017

  38. rikyrah says:

    Kushner appears to be saying he agreed and went to this meeting while failing to read emails saying what it was about — twice.
    — Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) July 24, 2017
    Kushner’s statement says he “did not read at the time” a long email chain from Don Jr about Russian meeting:
    — Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) July 24, 2017

  39. rikyrah says:

    Pruitt Traveled Home Frequently at Taxpayer Expense via @politicalwire
    — Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) July 24, 2017

  40. rikyrah says:

    Trump attacks Republicans for doing “very little” to protect him from Russia probe:
    — The Hill (@thehill) July 24, 2017

  41. rikyrah says:

    “Post-Trump Stress Disorder” Will Haunt Americans for Years to Come
    by D.R. Tucker
    July 24, 2017 5:00 AM


    Even if Trump goes away via impeachment or a re-election loss, these voters will not go away, nor will the so-called cultural anxiety that led them to cast their vote for the Donald. Of course, there is real cultural anxiety out there–the cultural anxiety felt by the targets of Trump’s tirades.

    The young American Muslim girl who just wants to walk to school without being harassed by someone who hates her hijab because Trump told them to will continue to have real cultural anxiety.

    The businesswoman being groped by a supervisor who thinks Trump’s treatment of women was not pathetic but copacetic will continue to have real cultural anxiety.

    The young black man who fears being pulled over by a cop who views him the way Trump viewed the folks who were wrongfully accused of the Central Park Jogger attack will continue to have real cultural anxiety.

    The Mexican-American child whose parent was kicked out of the country by a government that prefers to have those who are brown not stick around will continue to have real cultural anxiety.

    Even if Trump were to leave the White House tomorrow, he wouldn’t take the hate he has whipped up over the past several years with him. Trump, arguably more so than any post-Eisenhower Republican President who came before him, has erected a form of psychological Jim Crow in this country, making it virtually impossible for Americans to coexist across the barriers of identity and ideology.

    It’s a grotesque guarantee that Trump will do his best to keep this country psychologically segregated once he’s out of office. The rallies will surely continue, designed to harass either a Democratic successor or a Republican successor deemed insufficiently right-wing. The tweeting won’t stop until he’s physically incapable of operating a smartphone. Every effort to move this country forward–on energy, on health care, on guns, on economics–will be assailed by the ex-president and his execrable partisans, aided and abetted by such outfits as the Sinclair Broadcasting Group.

    Once Trump leaves office, our long national nightmare will not be over. That’s the reason we have to stay woke.

  42. rikyrah says:

    Which Will Come First for Trump Underlings? The Flips or the Pardons?
    by David Atkins
    July 22, 2017 10:13 PM

    Today brings news that investigators and federal prosecutors are putting the pressure on Paul Manafort to flip on his employers, including potentially the Donald Trump campaign.

    U.S. investigators examining money laundering accusations against President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort hope to push him to cooperate with their probe into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia, two sources with direct knowledge of the investigation said.

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team is examining Manafort’s financial and real estate records in New York as well as his involvement in Ukrainian politics, the officials said.

    Between 2006 and 2013, Manafort bought three New York properties, including one in Trump Tower in Manhattan. He paid for them in full and later took out mortgages against them. A former senior U.S. law enforcement official said that tactic is often used as a means to hide the origin of funds gained illegally. Reuters has no independent evidence that Manafort did this.

    The sources also did not say whether Mueller has uncovered any evidence to charge Manafort with money laundering, but they said doing so is seen by investigators as critical in getting his full cooperation in their investigation.

  43. rikyrah says:

    Blaming Parents Is an Unconscionable Response to Children Fleeing Violence
    The Trump administration’s idea of treating a refugee crisis as the fault of parents crosses a line of morality and decency.

    by Olivia Golden
    July 18, 2017

    This July 4th—a day to celebrate a nation with a rich immigrant history—brought a new and disturbing twist to the attacks on immigrant families by the Trump administration. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now targeting parents whose children have fled to the U.S. from violence and persecution abroad (so-called “unaccompanied minors”), with the intention of deporting the parents and potentially prosecuting them for trafficking or endangering children. The administration’s policy is to criminalize parents if they have paid a smuggler to bring children to safety in this country, a policy change that threatens American values and the legal framework for protecting children.

    These threats to parents are personal for me. During my mother’s teenage years in the 1930s, as her family fled persecution in Germany, my grandparents first sent her to relatives in France and later to England while they stayed in Czechoslovakia until it was invaded. Were they acting to endanger or “traffic” her? Of course not. They were acting out of love to keep their child as safe as possible in a world that had become deadly, just like today’s parents of unaccompanied minors fleeing from danger in their home countries. In fact, the majority of unaccompanied children seeking protections in the United States today are coming from the Northern Triangle of Central America—El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—a region where violence, poverty, and instability have skyrocketed in recent years.


    Today, President Trump’s immigration executive orders are driving back progress even further. Rather than follow a process allowing children to live with their families while their legal case is considered, DHS proposes to exploit children’s disclosure of their parents’ information to raid, deport, and prosecute them. DHS locates the parents by “using children as bait,” in the words of one federal civil servant: when children provide their parents’ addresses after crossing the border, DHS uses that information to stage a raid. In other cases, parents may be detained when picking up their children from government custody.

    The likely damage goes far beyond just the unaccompanied children themselves, since these parents are often caring for other children, including U.S.-born citizen siblings who will also be left without a home if their parents are deported. Given what we know about the importance of stable family settings in children’s development, learning, education, and well-being, this approach is deeply damaging and costly—and may in the end be ruled illegal, given the history of litigation against unnecessarily housing children for lengthy periods in institutionalized care.

    But even beyond the direct damage to tens of thousands of children and parents, it is morally untenable to target parents for deportation and prosecution because they have been forced to make an impossible, desperate decision to save their children’s lives. At a time when the plight of child refugees—like the toddler who drowned as his family sought to escape from Syria—blares from news headlines around the world, many countries are divided about how to address their responsibilities to these smallest victims of violence and tragedy. But the idea of treating a refugee crisis as the fault of parents crosses a line of morality and decency.

  44. rikyrah says:

    Trump makes ethics office more accommodating
    Rachel Maddow reports on Donald Trump’s selection of a more permissive leader of the Office of Government Ethics and notes not only did the new leader approve Jared Kushner’s amended disclosure forms, but he released them at 7pm on a Friday instead of when they were signed.

  45. rikyrah says:

    Trump team grasping for ways to undercut Mueller Russia probe
    Walter Dellinger, former assistant attorney general and acting solicitor general, talks with Rachel Maddow about some of the excuses the Donald Trump team is trying out in search of a pretext for firing Robert Mueller as special counsel in the Trump Russia probe.

  46. rikyrah says:

    How far can Trump take his pardon power?
    Bob Bauer, former White House counsel under President Obama, talks with Rachel Maddow about whether Donald Trump would have to announce if he has pardoned someone and whether a pardon could be seen as an obstruction of justice.

  47. rikyrah says:

    Can Trump sabotage the Trump Russia probe?
    Bob Bauer, former White House counsel under President Obama, talks with Rachel Maddow about what happens to the Trump Russia investigation if Donald Trump tries to go after Robert Mueller or the investigation itself.

  48. rikyrah says:

    And, the KKKeebler Elf still hasn’t resigned.
    Uh huh
    Uh huh.

    WaPo: Intel intercepts show Sessions, Kislyak talked Trump Russia
    Rachel Maddow reports on another batch of breaking news stories, including a Washington Post report that intelligence indicates that when Jeff Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Kislyak they talked about the Trump campaign and Russia-related matters

  49. rikyrah says:

    Donald Trump boasts he ‘has the complete power to pardon’
    07/24/17 08:40 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Late last week, the Washington Post added an alarming twist to Donald Trump’s intensifying Russia scandal, reporting that the president has asked White House aides “about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe.” Over the weekend, Trump didn’t explicitly confirm the story, but he made clear that the subject is very much on his mind.

    Via Twitter, the president insisted on Saturday that “all agree” an American president “has the complete power to pardon.”

    Evidently, the conversations he had about the subject led to answers Trump liked.

    But there’s apparently still some disagreement within Trump World about the nature of these discussions. For example, Jay Sekulow, a member of the president’s outside legal team, told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos yesterday:

  50. rikyrah says:

    Trump presses troops for political help in lobbying Congress
    07/24/17 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Donald Trump headlined an event over the weekend, commissioning the USS Gerald Ford, which wouldn’t have been especially notable, were it not for one important aspect of his remarks. As the Huffington Post noted:

    Trump urged the crowd of about 6,500 people, including uniformed naval officers, to call Congress and ask lawmakers to pass the budget, in which he seeks an additional $54 billion for defense spending in 2018.

    “I don’t mind getting a little hand, so call that congressman and call that senator and make sure you get it,” he told the crowd, before plugging another item on his agenda. “And by the way, you can also call those senators to make sure you get health care.”

    As a Washington Post report added, Trump’s brief appeal “created a potentially awkward tableau at a commissioning event intended to be ceremonial – a commander in chief offering political remarks, and what could even be construed as an order, to the naval officers he commands.”

  51. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning,Everyone 😄😄😄

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