Friday Open Thread | A Healthcare Check-in

Went to one of my go-to Healthcare resources to see what the other side is doing to HARM Healthcare in this country:

THREAD about kidney disease

Most important healthcare case before the Courts…

And, yet, we don’t have a MSM that seems interested in what could happen to MILLIONS of Americans.😠😠

Breaking bad news from last night:

Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) Tweeted:
BREAKING: The Ninth Circuit just refused to block the Title X gag rule, meaning it can go into effect and endanger birth control, cancer screenings, and other essential care for millions. This is devastating. #ProtectX

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112 Responses to Friday Open Thread | A Healthcare Check-in

  1. The wrong people are always governing our countries or maybe once in power they just stop using their brains? No they are just corrupt pieces of shit.

  2. Liza says:

    She was my representative for a short time. I certainly didn’t think it would be the only time in my life I would be represented by such an exceptional person.

    • Liza says:

      I certainly didn’t think it would be the only time in my life I would be represented by such an exceptional person. But it was, at least so far. And I don’t expect that to change.

    • majiir says:

      I can’t help but recall how GOPers were against raising the debt ceiling when PBO was in office but now feel raising it is okay because their ‘guy’ is in the WH. Hypocrites.

      • Liza says:

        Yeah, no one is talking about the budget deficit, the national debt, or the debt ceiling these days.

  3. Liza says:

    “Something has changed in the past couple of years.”

  4. I told y’all they’re evil mofos. Only a subhuman would do such a thing. They are cut from the same cloth as the people who attended lynchings like it was a carnival, bringing the family, eating popcorn, cotton candy, posing for pics & buying body parts for souvenirs.


    • Liza says:

      “They are cut from the same cloth as the people who attended lynchings like it was a carnival…”

      They will destroy the country. Give them enough rope and they’ll hang all of us.

      I don’t know why. Anyone who knows the answer better come forth and tell us.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) Tweeted:
    Jeffrey Epstein, facing sex-trafficking charges in New York, has now been accused of witness tampering by federal prosecutors, who said he wired $350,000 to two people who were potential witnesses against him, NYT reports.

  6. rikyrah says:

    chris evans (@notcapnamerica) Tweeted:
    .@KamalaHarris “Any of us that has raised a daughter, when they hit puberty they start to develop breasts & hips. Don’t you dare say that because they take on those physical attributes that she is less of a child. They are babies.”

  7. rikyrah says:

    chris evans (@notcapnamerica) Tweeted:
    .@MeghanMcCain: “A Joe Biden advisor called you “slick and slippery”

    .@KamalaHarris: “Well you know what? We’re on a debate stage, and if you have not prepared for people to point out differences of opinion — then you’re probably not ready.”


  8. rikyrah says:


    Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) Tweeted:
    Tracy Nuetzi, a white Trump voter in Florida, got caught up by ICE and was mislabeled an immigrant. She spent nearly a year trying to prove she was a US citizen and says no one should be treated like she was. But she plans to vote for Trump again in 2020.

  9. rikyrah says:

    But, see, people like me, who thought that the story behind his business was bogus were called conspiracy theorists and kooks.

    Uh huh
    Uh huh 😒😠

  10. rikyrah says:

    Raw Story (@RawStory) Tweeted:
    Smile drains from Kamala Harris’ face as Meghan McCain butchers her position on the border — and then she pounces

  11. rikyrah says:

    Sidney Powell Believes She Can Bullshyt Emmet Sullivan At No Risk to Her Client Mike Flynn

    In her filing responding to Judge Sullican’s orders for an update on sentencing, Mike Flynn’s lawyer Sidney Powell makes it clear that she’s trying to blow up the government’s case against Bijan Kian while pretending her client hasn’t outright reneged on his cooperation deal with the government. Largely, her filing repeats the claims she made her in her Bijan Kian filing, claiming that any errors in the FARA filing were the faule of Covington, while providing documents showing that at the very last transcribed meeting they provide records for, Flynn was lying to his lawyer Rob Keiner.

  12. rikyrah says:

    “The GOP…are fully aware of the Proud Boys as an allied faction: “They don’t care,” the operative explained. “Staff are to treat it like a coalition they can’t talk about.”‘ A must read.— It’s Going Down (@IGD_News) July 12, 2019

    • Liza says:

      Hmmmm. Well, I’ve been forming an opinion on this perhaps overly influenced by what I’ve seen in my own congressional district.

      After Trump “won” the electoral vote, I remember all this discussion about how younger Democrats should step up and run for public office. Well, some of them took this seriously and a few of them won their elections. And to my way of thinking, that is a good thing.

      But hell yes, they are different. They are not like the old folks. They haven’t lived inside political bubbles for decades and learned the prevailing rule that “those who go along get along” in political worlds and especially in Congress.

      Just listen to Joe Biden. The reason he sounds so out of touch is because he is. And his “go along get along” Senate record of 36 years doesn’t look too good now that we are 19 years into the 21st century. And the more scrutiny it gets, the worse it will look.

      I’m not seeing any of this as progressive v. moderate or elite white v. non-white or racist v, non-racist. What I’m mostly seeing young v. old.

      I understand Nancy Pelosi’s position. She’s in the fight of her life and would be thankful for peace within the Democratic leadership so she can deal with Trump. And she’s under pressure from the base for not starting the impeachment process.

      But the times they are a changin’ and nothing stops that unless we lose our democracy altogether. Sooner or later, the younger leaders are going to take over. A few of them have already arrived. They are different and some are apparently not going to keep their heads down and toe the line for the elderly Democratic leaders.

      In my congressional district (AZ-CD2), the Democratic party leadership rammed Ann Kirkpatrick down our throats. Quite a few candidates stepped up, but the party leadership decided that an elderly DINO, someone who once bragged she had an A rating from the NRA, would be just right for us. Well, she won, it was an easy election that any reasonable Democratic candidate could have won. So now she’s our rep, she keeps her head down and toes the line and enjoys the perks of being in Congress. What more could an old lady want? It doesn’t do much for her district, or the state of Arizona, or the nation, but it’s what the party leadership wants.

      I have no idea why @AOC became such an attention magnet. She’s getting far too much attention in my opinion. But we’ve seen her at work doing some excellent interrogations and I have to believe she’s a talented, hard worker and I see no sense at all in this rift that is developing. It needs to stop.

      I don’t know about the other three representatives but one thing we know for certain is that no Democrat is supposed to say anything against Israel. And that might be difficult if one is a Muslim or a Palestinian or both. That is a sacred rule of the Democratic party.

      But this argument needs to end.

      • Liza says:

        Speaking of “go along get along”…

        I have a HUGE, major, astronomical problem with anyone who voted in favor of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. That isn’t hindsight. There was plenty of information available to the general public as well as members of Congress that there was no justification for the invasion.

        That was a fear vote. Fear of losing votes in the next election. And it was bullsh!t, pure and unadulterated. A perfect example of “go along get along”, jumping off a cliff with your peers rather than doing what is right.

        Look at Iraq now. Look at everything that has happened in the mid east since 2003 because of that invasion.

        We can’t keep doing this. The world is not ours to play with. People have rights, not just Americans, people everywhere.

      • Liza says:

        Joe Biden was an enthusiastic supporter. There’s no explaining this away even though I think he should be forced to try during the next debate and the next and the next…

        Congress Members Who Voted Against the 2002 Iraq War
        Names of the 23 Senators and 133 House Members
        Updated May 25, 2019

        The directionless Iraq War has killed over 4,100 US soldiers and wounded or maimed more than 200,000 more and has delivered a devastating blow to our country’s reputation and moral authority.

        It’s time we honor the members of Congress who voted in 2002 to prevent the Bush administration’s hasty rush into an unprovoked attack and occupation of Iraq.

        The dramatic, much-debated vote on Joint Resolution 114 was taken on October 11, 2002. It passed the Senate by a vote of 77 to 23, and the House of Representatives by a vote of 296 to 133.

      • Liza says:

        There is so much here to be concerned about. I don’t want this guy making foreign policy decisions or any other ones for that matter. Eight years as PBO’s VP does not erase this history, IMO.

        Political positions of Joe Biden

      • Ametia says:

        Thank you, Liza. So many fine points in you commentary.

        We definitely must make room for the younger generations.

        There’s room. And they will learn, as the old guard needs to be open to learning from the next generation.

  13. rikyrah says:

    “CBC leaders are fretting that Justice Democrats may target other black lawmakers in the coming weeks and months, including Reps. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), Emanual Cleaver (D-Mo.) and Anthony Brown (D-Md.). Brown said the group has been making calls in his district, actively trying to recruit a challenger to run against him.”

  14. rikyrah says:

    ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) Tweeted:
    LATEST: Nearly a dozen new alleged Epstein victims have come forward, @ABC News has learned.

    Attorneys representing other alleged victims in the Epstein case say they’ve been contacted by the women, @TomLlamasABC reports.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Term limits are a bad idea when Democrats push for them, too
    07/12/19 11:20 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Progressive billionaire Tom Steyer is the latest candidate to enter the Democratic presidential primary, and yesterday, he unveiled a political-reform plan with some worthwhile ideas, including independent redistricting commissions and allowing more Americans to vote by mail.

    But Steyer’s blueprint also included this:

    “There’s a widespread perception that the longer an elected official serves in Congress, the less connected they are to their constituents – and the more beholden they become to corporate interests and lobbyists. We propose a term limit of 12 total years that would allow our elected officials in both the House and Senate to focus less on getting re-elected and more on doing what’s right.”


    What’s more, as we also discussed a few years ago, there’s an underlying principle to consider: there’s simply no reason for the federal government to impose arbitrary constraints on voters’ ability to choose their own members of Congress – constraints that punish popular, experienced officials for being popular and experienced.

    We already have term limits. They’re called elections. The mechanism for change was built into the Constitution from the outset: voters can evaluate their members of Congress when they run for re-election. If the public is satisfied, those lawmakers stay in office. If not, they’re replaced with someone else. The power is where it belongs: in the hands of the electorate.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Nude dancer auction at Trump golf club almost actually happened

    Rachel Maddow reports on a strip club’s nude dancer auction planned for a Donald Trump golf course, advertised with Trump’s family crest, that was canceled at the last minute in the glare of a Washington Post report.

    • WTF kind of shyt is this?

      • majiir says:

        You and I both know exactly what kind of shyt this is because it’s often called ‘white folks’ shyt.” It’s no secret that in America, some of us can get away with doing certain things others cannot do. When others do the same thing, they’ve vilified 24/7/365, but people like Trump & Co. can do them, and no one blinks an eye or raises a voice against it. Those of us who do are often shouted down, told we’re crazy, or we’re ‘playing the race card.’ Millions of Americans have lost what supposed Christian values they ever laid claim to in order to support a racist, misogynistic, bigot, ignorant, posturing POS like Trump. God has something in store for them, and they won’t like it one bit. I wasn’t appalled to read that over 60% of Trump’s supporters think there’s absolutely nothing wrong at all with locking up little kids and denying them the basic necessities of life. According to the article I read, the general feeling seems to be the following: They aren’t my kids, and they never should have crossed the border illegally. They forget that when they were kids and their parents made decisions, they went along with them because that’s what their parents told them to do. I hope they end up like my mama and daddy used to say: “They’ll die and bust hell wide open.” Everybody talking about heaven ain’t going there.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Harris: Trump throws flames to distract from disastrous policies

    Senator Kamala Harris, Democratic 2020 presidential candidate, talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump’s strategy of deliberate cruelty to immigrants in order to outrage his political opponents and rally his supporters in a grand political distraction from the failures and contradictions of his governing policies.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Harris: Trump abuse of ICE raids undermines trust of local law

    Senator Kamala Harris, Democratic 2020 presidential candidate, talks with Rachel Maddow about how Donald Trump’s deployment of ICE to terrorize immigrant communities is not just a misuse of local resources but undermines local community trust in law enforcement that is vital for dealing with actual crime.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Harris takes post-debate success, attacks in stride

    Senator Kamala Harris, Democratic 2020 presidential candidate, talks with Rachel Maddow about how her campaign is taking advantage of momentum from the first debate, and how she feels about attacks from the right on her race.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Trump suffers resounding defeat on census citizenship question

    Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, talks with Rachel Maddow about the ACLU’s legal victory against the Donald Trump administration’s effort to use a citizenship question to discourage immigrant participation in the census, and the work ahead to make sure Trump has not succeeded in intimidating the immigrant community from taking part in the census despite his legal loss.

  21. Ametia says:
  22. rikyrah says:

    How are we JUST finding this out?😒
    I didn’t see this in the stories about the groups when it was first revealed….

  23. rikyrah says:

    Max Burns (@themaxburns) Tweeted:
    Remember when @realDonaldTrump announced that China would resume buying American agricultural products?

    Turns out the Chinese played him.

    • Liza says:

      Yeah, it appears to be narrowing down to Biden, Harris, and Warren.

      And tell me again why Pete is considered a contender? His poll numbers have never indicated he is anywhere close to the top three.

  24. rikyrah says:


    Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) Tweeted:
    Top conservative legal figures are stunned and depressed by Trump’s cave on the census citizenship question.

    “A total waste of everyone’s time. … It’s certainly going to give people pause the next time one has to decide how far to stick one’s neck out.”

  25. rikyrah says:


    Joe Deyoung (@JoeEDeyoung) Tweeted:
    @tony_haggis @MrWeeks1982 Justice (not) Democrats are a group formed by Bernbros whose goal is to destroy the Democratic Party. They make no secret of this. They were pissed Bernie lost and this is their plan B. They attack sitting Democrats and Democratic leadership while they give the GOP & Trump a pass

  26. rikyrah says:


    X Soviet (@XSovietNews) Tweeted:
    Tatiana Sekerina has the dubious honour of becoming the 100th person on the list of suspicious Russia-related deaths. The 48-year-old federal judge, involved in cases against corrupt officials, fell from the window of her 15th-floor flat in Volgograd.

    • Liza says:

      Photojournalism most definitely played a huge part in turning Americans against the Vietnam War.

      It hasn’t happened since. The government and MSM learned their lesson, don’t let people see what is really happening if you want to keep inflicting pain and suffering.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄 😄😄

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