Democrats Savage GOP’s Obamacare Replacement

From Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer:

Trumpcare doesn’t replace the Affordable Care Act, it forces millions of Americans to pay more for less care. This plan would cut and cap Medicaid, defund Planned Parenthood, and force Americans, particularly older Americans, to pay more out of pocket for their medical care all so insurance companies can pad their bottom line. It cuts taxes on the rich to make middle class families pay more.

To make matters worse, this sham of a replacement would rip treatment away from hundreds of thousands of Americans dealing with opioid addiction, breaking the President’s word that he would expand treatment, not cut it. This bill is a giveaway to the wealthy and insurance companies at the expense of American families, and Senate Democrats will work hard to see that it is defeated.

From House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:

Tonight, Republicans revealed a Make America Sick Again bill that hands billionaires a massive new tax break while shifting huge costs and burdens onto working families across America. Republicans will force tens of millions of families to pay more for worse coverage — and push millions of Americans off of health coverage entirely.

Under the Republican bill, older Americans will be exposed to soaring new costs, and millions of families will lose their health coverage. The GOP bill shortens the life of the Medicare Trust Fund and pushes millions of seniors and disabled Americans who depend on Medicaid coverage into the cold. Republicans even enable insurers to once again charge more or deny coverage to millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions, abandoning those families who lapse in coverage for any reason at all.

This Republican bill will do massive damage to millions of families across the nation. Republicans have decided that affordable health care should be the privilege of the wealthy, not the right of every family in America. Without a CBO score to reveal the catastrophic consequences of their Make America Sick Again bill, Republicans must not move forward with a committee vote. The American people deserve to see what Republicans are trying to do to their health care.

  • Moebym the Persistent Returner

    Damn. “Savage” is right.

  • Boreal
    • Stogiebear

      I’m disappointed that the cartoonist doesn’t seem to know how to draw a steaming pile of shit to sit on that empty platter.

      • M Jackson

        Any good cartoonist should be able to draw trump at this point.

        • Ray Taylor

          Looks a lot like Ryan and Mitch.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Sort of on the topic of health care, the co-founder of Waffle House just died at 97. The other co-founder is still alive at 99.

    Their customers, on the other hand….

    • Gene

      he was kind of a right wing nut.
      the first Waffle House…now, “the Waffle House Museum” (seriously…is a museum dedicated to all things Waffle Housey…and, it gets a good bit of foot traffic) is less than half a mile from my house.

      Its like living between the Met and the Guggenheim.

      Spend time traveling on an interstate in the south though….from college students to the VERY old, the places are always packed. open 24 7..and as I heard on Wait Wait Dont tell me on NPR, the head of FEMA has a “Waffle house test”…if the WAffle House restaurant is closed in an area, the area will get special attention…’cause then they know its BAD there.

      and..they have good coffee

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Oh, I’ve been in and passed many a Waffle House in the South and Midwest. Especially on projects when we were required to work night shift.

        • Gene

          I am gonna catch HELL for the political incorrectness here…and, one of the FEW things I DO admire about Waffle House is their willingness to hire people with “pasts”….America has a national bad habit of saying “pay your debt to society…oh…and we will NEVER hire you again once you are out”. Waffle House will hire someone who has been a non violent offender. I give them that.

          anyway..here goes “What has 7 breasts, 79 teeth, 5 testacles, and 6 parole officers? The night shift at a Waffle House”.

          In my defense…I was TOLD that….by a night waitress at a Waffle House who took care of me when I was REALLY sick on a road trip, and who I have, over the years, gone to great length to help her and her son out. she is a remarkable person, actually…works like a dog to provide for her son and herself, and, has given me some pretty good advice and insight about people over the years.

    • Hue-Man
  • Bluto

    With thunderous applause we’re about to be screwed. murica, fuck yeah.

  • Do Something Nice

    And this is shocking….to nobody.

  • Boreal
    • Snownova

      Oh please, you wish you could afford such a nice coffin under trumpcare, its a cardboard box for you peasant!

      • Earl

        Fun fact, if you get cremated the best option is to get the cardboard box for the service. 🙂 You’re required to buy something to move the body in, and the minimum option is a cardboard box.

        Both of my parents went up in smoke, after being stuffed into a cardboard box.

        • Ray Taylor

          I have been known to say “Just stuff my asshes in a paper bag and toss it in the trash can”. Back when I was drinking. Still I don’t really care.

          • Earl

            My grandmother said that she’d like to be cremated and have the ashes scattered to the four winds.

      • Rambie

        Reused CostCo cardboard boxes you mean.

        • OdieDenCO

          you rich people and your fancy cardboard. we just wrap them in used newspaper like dead fish and chuck them in a hole.

          • David Walker

            Hell, we just respectfully hack up the body, put the pieces in the big black trash bags, and let the trash guys cart them away. (Big black trash bags…tend not to show blood and we use several so the trash guys don’t get suspicious and the bag doesn’t tear open.)

          • Goggles

            You people are hanging onto the old world. By law the dead will be reconstituted to feed the poor. That’s a Republican jobs program and a SNAP replacement, all in one.

      • Scott MB

        No, they just throw you out in the woods and let the animals take care of you.

    • bambinoitaliano

      They have never let go of their ‘death panel’ ideology they projected on the Democrats back in 2009. Their stupid supporters do not realize their lives is as valuable as the third world country. Very much disposable. But hey being angry at Benghazi and emails keeps them alive, who needs health care, am i right?

    • canoebum

      As if the people bankrupted by medical bills could afford a casket and burial.

      • Ray Taylor

        No way will TrumpCare provide a plot with a cement casket. They will provide a black trash bag for an exorbant fee.

        • Just be glad they can’t make you dig your own hole.

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  • Gene

    But….her emails…
    But….she talked to…(gasp) banks
    But….she was not the first on board for marriage equality
    But….the parties are the same…. (where the hell has that shitgibbon been since all this crap started hitting the fan?…no surprise)

    we have fucked ourselves…bought the conservative lying points….made the perfect (perceived) the enemy of the good….and have a monster as POTUS and greedy fools running the congress.

    But…her…emails….
    (just…fuck)

    • Acronym Jim

      The shitgibbon was finally banned. He and Ish were spotted whining at each other on Twitter.

      • Ian

        It’s like he WANTED Dampnut to win…

  • Michael R
  • olandp

    I wish I could say that I am surprised.

  • Earl

    I find it funny that anyone would have expected Donald to ‘keep his word.’ How many bankruptcies does it take before your word’s no good anymore?

    If I went banko once, that would be it for mine.

    Of course their plan is to ask you to die faster, and give their donors more money. What would anyone expect?

    • ok, i have to stand up for people who have to do BK. there’s a difference bw personal BK and drumpf’s habit of “borrowing” other people’s money and then using byzantine laws governing corporate finances to never have to pay it back.

      personal BK isn’t about dishonesty, it’s about reaching a certain point financially where it is the only choice. most people driven to BK do so after trying really, really hard to pay their bills.

      • Earl

        Bankruptcy is a bugaboo with me. I broke my back after university, and you can guess what happened, I can’t mention it or the thing will live again to pester me.

        I know too many boomers who declared bankruptcy on their student loans, only to vote in a government that banned that option for everyone else. Now, I get to listen to some of those boomer assholes criticize me for not being as successful as they were.

        They got rid of their millstone. Me?

        https://youtu.be/8-r-V0uK4u0

    • Hue-Man

      Since we’re talking about health care:

      A 2009 study by Himmelstein et al, published in The American Journal of Medicine, revealed that 62.1% of all bankruptcies had a medical cause.

      http://amjmed.org/under-aca-medical-bankruptcy-continues/

  • Tawreos

    They should have taken the easy way out and passed a bill that repealed Obamacare and affirmed that the ACA would be in charge of healthcare. Their base would be happy to see Obamacare gone and kept their insurance.

    • Talisman

      ??

      The ACA *IS* ObamaCare.

      • Tawreos

        Most of their base didn’t know that though. They could have repealed the name and made a lot of stupid people happy.

        • Gene

          you are SO right…I have friends…whom I only realized after the fact are idiots, who HATE Obamacare, but really really like the ACA….

          amazing…how ignorant so much of the population is.

          • Steverino

            Hmm… makes me wonder if that naming psychology would work both ways: maybe if Nancy Pelosi changed her name to Nancy Reagan, the GOP would warm to her.
            /s

    • Ray Taylor

      Ryanmitch would to eliminate all health care programs! Doesn’t anybody listen?

  • T-Batwoman

    Well you can always count on a toothless hillbilly to vote against his best interest. This is great, burn it all down!

  • well, this should be fun.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    The Republicans can only afford two defections in the Senate, and they’ve already got 4, and that’s not even counting Collins or Flake. So Ryan’s bill is going nowhere.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/obamacare-medicaid-repeal-republicans-235736

    And ironically for Ryan, the teabaggers in the House are mad because they think it didn’t kick enough people off insurance.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/obamacare-repeal-conservatives-235753

    • John Ruff

      It ain’t goin’ nowhere, baby.

    • Rambie

      Not going to count on those defections until it happens.

    • M Jackson

      The baggers explicitly state that their number one priority is to drive down government’s costs.
      It is never a priority to provide affordable health care.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        The rank and file teac*nts may think their aim is to drive down govt spending but their puppet masters know that its a ruse to shovel more money and power to the plutocrats

        • Steverino

          And surprise, surprise- never drive down “defense” (i.e., military / industrial / congressional complex) spending.

  • geoffalnutt

    Every country (around the world) has its own crime syndicate. America has Trump and The Republicans (currently). This time they got help from the Russian mob.

    • CanuckDon

      After watching Rachel Maddow last night, I’d say that’s a factual assessment.

      • it is, absolutely. if you are an american, your real ruler is putin.

        • TuuxKabin

          PUTIN
          OWNS
          THE
          UNITED
          STATES

          • Earl

            Nah, he don’t own you. He just wants to launder his money in your nation. 🙂

            Don’t worry about what that would do to your economy, Trump isn’t.

          • Ray Taylor

            I think you missed the POTUS joke there.

  • John Ruff

    It’ll NEVER make it through the Senate. They’re not fond of political suicide.

    • clay

      I’m not sure it will even make it through the House. The TeaPeople are opposed, the Libertarians are opposed, they might not even get it through the GOP controlled committee at this rate.

  • SoCalGal20
    • BearEyes

      love the national review response

      • KnownDonorDad

        Even though NRO is the one site that banned me, I still appreciate the zinger.

      • Nic Peterson

        As far as Carol is concerned TNR and the online version aren’t nearly conservative enough.

    • olandp

      That is great!

    • Earl

      Oh, fucking hell. It’s 6 in the morning here. I’ve woken my neighbours by laughing at that. Fucker.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Oh noes!!! The National Review is considered “not conservative” now. It’s Breitbart, Infowars and Stormfront or nothing now.

      I wonder if the National Review have properly pondered their own roll over the last 30 years in bringing about the birth of Trumpistan.

      • popebuck1

        Welcome to the liberal fringe, NRO.

    • Cuberly

      Open up your reading habits? WTF! What does she want him to do exactly?

      Embrace the delusion?

      • JCF

        Derp!

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Notice tweeter carol is a “catholic mom”

  • GayOldLady
    • clay

      . . . by the law, not by insurance.

  • it’s just so hateful. and frankly, i don’t understand why the corporations who benefit from the ACA are standing by and letting the thugs take their money away from them. i know rethugs don’t listen to ordinary people, but you would think that the hospital corporations and Big Pharma would be lobbying really hard right now to get them not do this.

    • NancyP

      And the hospitals ARE lobbying! No hospital outside of an internationally recognized specialty care hospital that doesn’t possess an emergency room (think Mayo and Cleveland Clinics, Memorial Cancer Hospital in NYC) will be doing better under a situation that reduces or eliminates government payments.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Make America Victim Again..The deplorables rather give up physical and practical help than letting go of their addiction to play “poor me’ I am the victim” charade.

  • clay

    Uh, so where’s the cost containment? Where’s Trump’s “negotiate lower drug prices” repeal of non-negotiation? This does nothing to make medical insurance and care affordable, only optional (if you can even afford the options).

    • canoebum

      Trump doesn’t do governance or bother himself with whatever the Congress is doing. He has another party (read:fund-raiser) this weekend at Mar-a-lago and several rounds of golf to get in between angry tweets.

  • Butch

    Has anyone else heard this? Apparently this bill devotes 60 pages to addressing health care for Lotto winners.

    • yeah, i saw that. bc Lotto winners are such a drain on the economy. not.

      • -M-

        So according to the Rethuglicans, people who buy a lottery ticket and win are less entitled to a tax subsidy that’s useless to anyone who’s not rich than people who just happened to be born to a rich family?

        They’re actively working to make extra sure that lottery winners go broke.

  • JT

    It’s time to take the kid gloves off with these monsters, Schumer.

    • don’t hold your breath. i think this is a dead bill and schumer won’t have to do much, which is the way he likes it. he’s not a progressive and he’s way too invested in “comity between peers” in the senate. it’s a Gentleman’s Club, after all.

  • KnownDonorDad

    A little music for the health plan…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf0qEXeGCJM

  • andrew

    Maybe those working and middle class Americans, who voted for Republicans to represent them in Congress, will realize that they have been had and move to rectify that in 2018. Maybe.

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    That’s nice, and other than verbally “savage it” what else do you plan to do, Democrats?

    When hear crap like that I think of some Eurotrash ambassador saying Syria’s gassing of civilians (or pick your outrage) is “totally unacceptable.” But no concrete action ever takes place to correct the situation.

    • McSwagg

      If the Rethugs are going to take it down with internal squabbling, the Dems should just sit back and keep their powder dry for the moment.

  • ETownCanuck

    I’m having a very hard time mustering any sympathy. I have it for the people who didn’t vote for this fucker….but the rest of them deserve the exact amount of care they’re likely to receive and they have no one but themselves to blame for it.

    • canoebum

      Yeah, just the bow of the ship will sink. The rest of us will have no worries.

      • ETownCanuck

        It sucks for everyone else, but until “JimBob and Luanne” actually notice they are the ones most negatively affected by it it’s not gonna force a change.

  • Joe in PA

    But but…death panels! Keep my doctor!

    • Ray Taylor

      No death panels on TrumpCare just graves.

  • BlindBill

    this is just the first “fuck America GOPcare plan” – they know it will not pass …it is meant to shock …. and to make their next offering look reasonable in comparison.
    But Trump did promise, over and over, a cheaper health plan with better coverage – he needs to be held to that

  • Joe in PA

    So, will trump tweet something “shocking” now so all the news orgs will refocus?

  • Chris Davis

    The Republican Health Care Plan is kinda like what you’d get if a bunch of atheists were forced to design a Bible Studies course.

    • madknits

      I’m an atheist. BA, Religious Studies, MDiv as well. Considered doing my Ph. D. in Near Eastern Languages, but the job market sucks. I could design a Bible Studies course that would knock your socks off.

      • Hue-Man

        Headline from April 2016

        Can a minister in a Christian church be an atheist?

        “I do not believe in a theistic, supernatural being called God,” says Gretta Vosper, the United Church of Canada minister who has led West Hill since 1997. “I don’t believe in what I think 99.99% of the world thinks you mean when you use that word.” Tor her, God is instead a metaphor for goodness and a life lived with compassion and justice.

        https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/24/atheist-pastor-canada-gretta-vosper-united-church-canada

        • madknits

          Oh, I flirted with theism, but my theology was called atheism by theists and insanity by atheists. So I abandoned it all and became a garden variety atheist, though one well versed in religion.

        • JCF

          There are quite a few ministers like this. Personally, as far as her (a)theology didn’t interfere w/ the (common) liturgy, I’d be happy to have her as my pastor.

      • JCF

        Tell me about it (job market for religious doctorates sucking). Happy to be a theist though. It definitely helps me cope w/ the Non-Stop Cray of 2017…

    • Earl

      I’m an atheist because I was able to understand what I was reading in the Bible.

      No, their plan is what you’d get if you asked a bunch of religious studies majors to design a nuclear power plant.

      • Dean

        I spent two weeks in the hospital once and read the four gospels start to finish. The most common words were “I” and “Me.” What a bunch of egotistical horseshit!

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Actually, atheists tested as knowing more about religion than Christians. It’s more like Ken Ham trying to design a biology course.

  • Myk

    It’s name is Republicare because it needs to be tied to ALL of them not just Trump.

  • David Walker

    “…breaking the President’s word that he would expand treatment…” That’s a shocker and a half, innit?

  • swimboy

    The dems are missing a big opportunity here by calling it “Trumpcare.” They should be calling it “GOPcare” and paint ’em all with the same fake-tan orange brush.

  • joe ho

    Green Partiers and Bernie or Busters, well played!

    Well played!

  • greenmanTN

    We’ll, we finally found that Death Panel the GOP was going on and on about. It’s the Republican Party.

  • JustDucky

    Along with their new healthcare plan, yesterday Republicans rolled out their new plan to combat hunger. It’s a modest proposal, but House Republicans are sure it will be a great success.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9552608fc68e8d8e17482060767c7ab63887b8dcfe6b512c7973829744740c0f.jpg

  • Conservative thoughts: “Sure, I might lose my healthcare, or have to pay more for it… and some people might kind of die a little… but at least the GOP is whipping them libtards and keeping more brown people from coming into the country to do rape-y murder-y stuff! MAGA!”

    • The_Wretched

      I like grandma but I really love sticking it to those libtards more!

  • Hank

    Is there a SINGLE RETHUGLICAN, with an ounce of MORALITY??? They do not even care for their own supporters!!!

    • Clive Johnson

      As far as I can tell, what they most care about is conservative ideology–tax cuts for wealthy people, deregulation, and smaller government. Belief before evidence, doctrine above human life and well-being, dogma that trumps reason–conservatism isn’t so much of a political philosophy right now as it is a belief that knowingly causing harm to others doesn’t matter, as long as you’re ‘conservatively correct’.

    • JCF

      Nope.

  • JWC

    When are the GOP pigs going learn thar”Social” is not a dirty word

  • Homo Erectus

    Mama said “The rich get richer and the poor have babies.”

  • Vista-Cruiser

    The time to “savage” Republicans was election day last November. Any attempt to do so now is too little too late.

  • Hue-Man

    Harken back to the good old days when 36,000 (iirc) Americans died every year because they didn’t have access to health care.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/01/23/repealing-the-affordable-care-act-will-kill-more-than-43000-people-annually/?utm_term=.6d89db0cf344

  • Paige Turner™

    Perhaps this may snap some of the Trump voters into reality. Having their health insurance taken away or watching their own families suffer or worse, die may actually be the only thing that makes them realise the consequences of the Trump Presidency.