Health clinic closures put women’s lives at risk

What happens when clinics providing healthcare services to women close? Among other things, American women will needlessly die. That’s the horrifying conclusion from a recent study published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology. Designed to gauge the impact of the closures of 100 women’s health clinics nationwide between 2010 and 2013, Dr. Amar Srivastava…

Donald Trump’s color-coded geography of hate

“When I am president, I will work to ensure that all of our kids are treated equally, and protected equally,” Donald Trump declared on July 22, 2016, as he accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for president. “Every action I take, I will ask myself: does this make life better for young Americans in Baltimore, Chicago,…

The most important issue for Democrats in 2020? The courts

As the 2020 election season heats up, voters’ priorities are coming into sharper focus. As in years past, there is a great divergence in what each party ranks as its top issues. Earlier this year, the Pew Research Center found that Republicans identify terrorism, the economy, Social Security, immigration, and the military as their five greatest…

Hazards Of Being a Pro-Trump Democrat Running In a Redstate.

I will vote for Amy McGrath, and I have given her money before.  I will support her to the best of my ability.  I want to get all that on the record because I’m going to layout what I think is some caution about her political strategy.  McGrath is going to pound on McConnell for…

Meet the Press host disappoints serious journalist Chuck Todd

In late May, President Donald Trump shocked many when he rejected the assessments of his own administration and U.S. allies about recent North Korean violations of United Nations resolutions regarding its ballistic missile program. In response to Trump’s support for the “very smart man” in Pyongyang, Meet the Press host Chuck Todd offered a novel…

Trump hoping to con Americans on health care for one more election cycle

Boy, this is rich: Everybody agrees that ObamaCare doesn’t work. Premiums & deductibles are far too high – Really bad HealthCare! Even the Dems want to replace it, but with Medicare for all, which would cause 180 million Americans to lose their beloved private health insurance. The Republicans….. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 2,…

The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done So Far” Omnibus (Week 114)

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1303. Used unofficial communication devices to discuss sensitive government information 1304. Introduced new sanctions…

The Mad King Continues to Scare Republican Senators.

Some of the gutless GOP Senators decided to blab to the Washington Post and Politico about the latest meeting they had with the Mad King Trump.  The Mad King is feeling GREAT! and wants to fuck over Puerto Rico and take away healthcare from millions.  We have the usual frauds that go on record about…

Republicans and “Political Capital.”

Give Republicans a victory, and they think they  have “political capital” to gut the social safety net.  Crooks and Liars has this link to the latest version of the Tigerbeat on the Potomac with regards Trump’s latest efforts to eliminate the ACA.  Appears that Trump is feeling like Tony the Tiger! about the Barr Opinion,…

IL-Sen: Dick Durbin (D) Builds Momentum For The Medicare At 50 Act

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator Dick Durbin’s (D. IL) re-election campaign: For too long, quality, affordable health care could only be accessed by the healthiest and wealthiest Americans. The Affordable Care Act helped level the playing field, but our work isn’t done until health care is seen as a human right and afforded to…

An “A” For Effort

Ya know, ever since the Democrats regained control in the House last November, I’ve noticed that national media reporting on the newly emboldened Democratic House has gone chugging down two parallel tracks. There is the “investigative track,” where the media gleefully foretells the Scorched-earth-march-to-Atlanta havoc that the Democratic led committees can wreak on all things…

Guess where the biggest Senate critic of Canada's healthcare system is going for major surgery?

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul needs hernia surgery after his neighbor, former doctor Rene A. Boucher, physically attacked him last year, in apparent retaliation for constantly piling brush and sticks near his property line. Despite myriad U.S. hospitals that can and do perform this surgery, Sen. Paul isn’t taking any chances with his health. Instead, he’s going to Canada.  Specifically, he’s…

Deep thoughts, by Paul Ryan

In the future, historians and political scientists will speak of the “Ryan Gap.” That moniker will be used to measure the yawning chasm between the shining image a politician manufactures for him or herself and the brutal truth of their failed ideas and meager accomplishments. Of course, the inspiration for that damning delta between perception…

Republicans Want It Both Ways on the ACA: Destroy It Without Getting the Blame.

According to Republicans, pay not attention to that crazy Texas judge behind the curtain who ruled that the ACA was invalid. In an appearance on “Meet the Press,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) — who like every Republican senator voted for the tax bill that stripped away Obamacare’s penalty for qualified individuals who didn’t buy health insurance —…

Cut and gut: How Republicans helped the rich raid the U.S. Treasury

And now for today’s thought exercise. Imagine you are a member of Congress. Recent assessments from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warn that the budget deficit for fiscal year 2018, which ended on Sept. 30, jumped to $779 billion and annual trillion-dollar shortfalls will return beginning in FY 2020. But then you learn of a miraculous…

Republicans are coming for your Medicare in 2019

Eight years ago, Republicans steamrolled their way to an overwhelming victory in the 2010 midterms. Powered by demonstrable falsehoods about a “government takeover of health care,” Obamacare “death panels,” and Americans being “taxed enough already,” the GOP gained 63 seats and a huge new majority in the House of Representatives. Perhaps the biggest factor in the…

Three stories of media failure

In the Age of Trump, the tidal wave of major news stories is often overwhelming, sometimes drowning even the most informed in a state of cognitive shutdown. Occasionally, though, even seemingly unrelated revelations tell a larger tale whose lessons shouldn’t go unnoticed. So it was this week. As John McCain was laid to rest, news…

The dangerous veto power of right-wing rage

Many Congressional Republicans were shocked—SHOCKED!—this week at Donald Trump’s humiliation in Helsinki. Like the rest of the world, they watched in real time as an American president kowtowed on foreign soil to a dangerous adversary of the United States. Siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the repeated conclusions of the unified American intelligence community…

Confronting Senator Mitch McConnell.

I have at least two problems with those in this article bemoaning the confrontations of Senator Mitch McConnell in public.  First up, is WHAS radio show host Terry Meiners: WHAS radio show host Terry Meiners expressed that concern on Twitter in the aftermath of McConnell's first encounter with protesters. He said people have the right to…

Kentucky Republican Governor Bevin's Attacks on Medicaid Part II.

Now kids who are on Medicaid in KY are being turned away from dentists’ offices because of Bevin’s decision to eliminate vision and dental coverage for Medicaid recipients. The state's decision to abruptly cut Medicaid dental and vision benefits for about a half-million adults has created chaos and, in some cases, forced dentists to turn away children…