Time to call the Senate again

Orange Alert

Graham-Cassidy would shift money from states that have successfully implemented the ACA to non-expansion states and then ratchet down the block grants.

Time to call the Senate again.

We need to run out the clock to 12:01 October 1, 2017 at which point the healthcare reconciliation instructions expire. Encourage Senate Democrats to submit bills to the CBO for scoring so that they are back-logged and can not rapidly score anything that needs to be scored for reconciliation. Call and encourage the Sanders budget team to go to town with the Parliamentarian. 24 days need to be burned.

50 replies
  1. 1
    O. Felix Culpa says:

    Emits a demure primal scream. Then reaches for the phone.

  2. 2
    jl says:

    Thanks for the post.I was going to ask about this new effort to mess up health care, and steal more dough from responsible, mostly blue and purple, states to bail out the red state deadbeats.

    And as long as you are calling, need to ask what they are gong to do about the DACA disaster, if your congresscritter may be inclined to be helpful.

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    jl says:

    Just was yelling in threads below that time has come to refuse to work with Trump on anything.
    But, what do I know? Maybe Dems can roll Trump?

    Pols like Schumer, S*****s, Harris, Gillibrand, DiFi, Warren might have their disagreements, but they can hash out a plan, walk into a room and stick with it long enough to roll Trump. The idiot and loser GOPers won’t. They will throw toddler tantrums if they don’t get their candy right away, or it looks like the guy next to them got an extra piece of taffy.

    If we can promise Trump some ‘winning’ and ‘Great Deelz’ he’ll bite on anything. He has no clue what it is all about anyway. Maybe ask Dem Congresscritters what their plans are to roll Trump on health care and other issues, are they hanging together with other Dems in Congress on plans to roll Trump on various issues

    Did Dems Just Roll Trump? POTUS Agrees To Short-Term Debt Limit Hike
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/d.....it-funding

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    efgoldman says:

    OT, but my kid and all her business colleagues are on their way to AT&T Park to see Giants/Anaheim. Tix were only nine bux, and even then they had trouble giving them away.
    They were supposed to have business meetings all day, but none of them can organize a one-car funeral, so they’re going to the ballgame instead.

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    jl says:

    @efgoldman:

    ” none of them can organize a one-car funeral ”

    Perfect fans for a Giants game. They’ll have a great time. Glad even they could figure out how to snag some tix.

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    TenguPhule says:

    There’s one Obamacare repeal bill left standing. Here’s what’s in it.

    Fuck, I thought this was still stillborn.

    The proposal, crafted by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.), essentially turns control of the health-care markets over to the states. Rather than funding Medicaid and subsidies directly, that money would be put into a block grant that a state could use to develop any health-care system it wants. It also allows states to opt out of many ACA regulations.

    The Medicaid expansion and subsidy funding would be cut sharply compared to current spending, going to zero in a decade.

    “You can’t actually keep the same program if your federal funding is being cut by a third in 2026,” said Aviva Aron-Dine, a senior fellow at the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. And even putting aside the cuts, she said, the block grant structure would fundamentally change the health-care landscape. “[Funding] is capped, so it wouldn’t go up and down with the economy,” when fewer or more people become eligible for subsidies.

    Stay dead, you Republican monsters. STAY FUCKING DEAD.

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    p.a. says:

    What does the future hold if Menendez goes down and Christie appoints a replacement?

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    @jl: Trump is for the what the last person he talked to him told him not to mention Trump runs for cover when it goes bad. It’s not worth the effect even conning Trump beyond as a way to troll the right.

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    efgoldman says:

    @p.a.:

    What does the future hold if Menendez goes down and Christie appoints a replacement?

    And/or Grandpa Walnuts shuffles off this mortal coil and the AZ governor appoints a RWNJ replacement?
    Maybe Flake loses to the Dem, so AZ is a wash. But I’m not super confident of that.

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    raven says:

    NEW YORK
    Fifteen states and the District of Columbia sued Wednesday to block President Donald Trump’s plan to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation — an act Washington state’s attorney general called “a dark time for our country.”

    The lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of New York. The plaintiffs were New York, Massachusetts, Washington, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia.

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    germy says:

    An excerpt of Clinton’s new book, What Happened, which characterized Sanders as a disruptive, counterproductive force, has been widely shared this week.

    In it, Clinton claimed Sanders’s attempts to paint her as too closely linked to Wall Street “did lasting damage, making it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for Trump’s ‘Crooked Hillary’ campaign.”

    “[Sanders] didn’t get into the race to make sure a Democrat won the White House, he got in to disrupt the Democratic Party,” Clinton added.

    Sanders told The Hill: “My response is that right now it’s appropriate to look forward and not backward.”

    “Our job is to go forward,” he added.

  12. 12
    TenguPhule says:

    24 days need to be burned.

    I mean, its not like we have anything urgent like a fucking DEBT CEILING and must pass funding to keep the government running and a Hurricane bearing down on the country.

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    jl says:

    @TenguPhule: you need to have some faith in international financial markets ability to deal with a little touch o’ chaos. They got options for that. Maybe a US default will give the Yuan the boost it needs to become an international reserve currency. See how the Chinese like them apples.

    Someone email TP some smelling salts.

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    jl says:

    @germy: Screw this HRC/Sanders crap. They are done. Both should make themselves useful for better politicians working their way up. I don’t see either doing much along that line. I don’t think either are capable of that.I am sick of both of them.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @germy:

    Sanders told The Hill: “My response is that right now it’s appropriate to look forward and not backward.”

    I wish somebody would tell the Sandersnistas that.

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    Yutsano says:

    @TenguPhule:

    a Hurricane bearing down on the country

    Or two. Possibly three.

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    efgoldman says:

    @jl:

    I don’t think either are capable of that.I am sick of both of them.

    So don’t buy her book. She certainly doesn’t need the money. But it’s inevitable that she would have written one, the same as anyone else.
    Oh, and let us know when Wilmer stops slagging Democrats, will you?

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    Yutsano says:

    @jl:

    I am sick of both of them.

    I’m hoping the book is her swan song from public life and all she does from here on out is be a grandma.

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    japa21 says:

    @jl: Actually Clinton is working on just that.

  20. 20
    Mnemosyne says:

    @germy:

    Bored today, are we? 😂

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    efgoldman says:

    @Yutsano:

    and all she does from here on out is be a grandma.

    She (and Obama) are demon fund raisers for the party and other candidates. I certainly hope they don’t stop.

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    jl says:

    @efgoldman: I disagree. She comes off as utterly and so consumed with her lose she doesn’t have any contribution to make to helping with the situation the country is in.. Even if she ‘had to now’ why not focus more on continuing threat to US election integrity?

    @Yutsano: Swan song could have waited.

    If those two noble losers are thinking about trying to shove their way into another run they will move from noble losers who should be pitching in to save the situation into dipshit territory as far as I am concerned. Politics is tough. Neither could do what it took to win, and they are both losers. That is the brutal bottom line of politics. Time for new people. Mr. Self-righteous from VT better throw some love to Harris and Gillibrand for throwing his health care ides some lifelines.

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    Yutsano says:

    @efgoldman: That and she is working on grooming younger folks for Democratic positions. Watch Barack start going along those lines here soon as well. I think DACA was the push he needed to get back in the fray. But we’ll see. I’d just as soon he keep enjoying being retired.

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    jl says:

    Fine, let them raise money and get out of the way other than that.

  25. 25
    Laura says:

    @efgoldman: let us know what they think of the beautiful telephone company park! It is gorgeous and the views are mind blowing.
    Is everyone planning on spending the night at Major×4’s house too?

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    TenguPhule says:

    @jl:

    Politics is tough. Neither could do what it took to win, and they are both losers. That is the brutal bottom line of politics. Time for new people.

    That still leaves us with a voter suppression, Russian hacking and GOP gerrymandering problem.

    Its not politics when only one side plays by the rules.

  27. 27
    Yutsano says:

    @Laura:

    Is everyone planning on spending the night at Major×4’s house too?

    Last time I checked he was still in NYC…

  28. 28
    TenguPhule says:

    @Yutsano:

    Or two. Possibly three.

    Definitely not more then four. Probably.

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    efgoldman says:

    @jl:

    If those two noble losers are thinking about trying to shove their way into another run they will move from noble losers who should be pitching in to save the situation into dipshit territory as far as I am concerned.

    Fund raising, candidate grooming, and party building =/= as running for office. Neither of them is running for national office again. You are so blind in your HRC hate that you want her to, what, stay home and bake cookies? Why not say out loud that the old nasty broad should shut the fuck up?
    Also what @Yutsano: said just above.

  30. 30
    efgoldman says:

    @Yutsano:

    Last time I checked he was still in NYC…

    All the more reason to go to his house.

  31. 31
    Oatler. says:

    McCain’s got wood! would, anyway…

  32. 32
    artem1s says:

    so Walnut’s vote was nothing more than grandstanding and attention grabbing after all. color me not surprised.

  33. 33
    efgoldman says:

    @jl:

    ” none of them can organize a one-car funeral ”
    Perfect fans for a Giants game. They’ll have a great time. Glad even they could figure out how to snag some tix.

    Well, they’re living up to their reputation. Giants are away (at Denver tonite).
    Home game this afternoon is Angels at As, in Oakland.

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    Tilda Swintons Bald Cap says:

    @jl: Has anyone actually read the whole book? Because I’m betting the Bernie bashing takes up very little space. It is getting hyped though, in fact Fox is all over it.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Tilda Swintons Bald Cap:

    FWIW, G says he’s going to buy the book because of the Sanders bashing. 😂 He was afraid it was going to be abject and apologetic, and he’s relieved to see that Hillary is coming out swinging.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @Roger Moore: that’s awfully rich coming from someone whose response to being mathematically eliminated was to run a campaign based on how he was cheated. Just fuck that guy.

  38. 38
    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @Roger Moore:

    I wish somebody would tell the Sandersnistas that.

    Amen. I know we have relitigated the primaries on behalf of HRC plenteous times here. However, IRL, I only experience Bernistas doing that in public forums. Not all Bernie supporters, mind you, but he does seem to have a cult-like following among some who just can’t. let. it. go.

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    NR says:

    @O. Felix Culpa: And yet it wasn’t the Bernistas who started this latest round of primary wars. It was Hillary, with her book, and her supporters who shared it all over the internet.

    Looks to me like you guys are the ones who can’t. let.it. go.

  40. 40
    Aimai says:

    @jl: not true of hrc. She has always worked for women, children, and as a party builder doung fundraising and outreach for younger politicians. Sanders inability to work with his own party or the dems in vermont is legendary–but its not hillarys fault. Not even close. I wish people would stop telling this historic political figure to shut up. I want to hear what she has to say.

  41. 41
    efgoldman says:

    @NR: I thought I pied you.
    Well now i have. G’bye.

  42. 42
    CaseyL says:

    The GOP has to repeal O’Care, or at least its subsidies, more than ever – because they kind of have to fund storm recovery, and the only way to do that AND cut taxes for their paymasters is eliminate O’Care (plus a bunch of science and social service programs).

    Culturally the GOP is all about unreconstructed bigotry.

    Financially the GOP is all about the tax cuts.

  43. 43
    Ohio Mom says:

    @O. Felix Culpa: Ditto. Except I would describe my primal scream as raw, not demure.

  44. 44
    Mnemosyne says:

    @schrodingers_cat:

    It’s tonight. Super excited. My boss is letting me leave at 5:30 so she doesn’t have to feel like a mean kindergarten teacher. 😂

  45. 45
    MomSense says:

    David can you give us 5 talking points?

    Also you can text “resist” to 504-09 and send free faxes to your Senators. I just sent one yesterday to Collins and King about DACA.

  46. 46
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @NR: Looks to me like you guys are the ones who can’t. let.it. go.

    haven’t you been trolling here since Hillary was a Goldwater Girl and the other hippies in the commune were voting to boot Do-Nothing Bernie? Seems like it. Maybe it’s time for you to let go of us

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @germy: In it, Clinton claimed Sanders’s attempts to paint her as too closely linked to Wall Street “did lasting damage, making it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for Trump’s ‘Crooked Hillary’ campaign.”

    “[Sanders] didn’t get into the race to make sure a Democrat won the White House, he got in to disrupt the Democratic Party,” Clinton added.

    Yup, true then, true now

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @germy: I have a feeling this bit is what’s going to cause a big stir:

    “[Sanders] didn’t get into the race to make sure a Democrat won the White House, he got in to disrupt the Democratic Party,” Clinton added.

    It’s true, though. Sanders said multiple times that he entered in order to force a change. It’s pretty obvious he didn’t think he had a chance of winning for a long early section of the race. Sanders is also making the correct response here: He can’t really admit this out loud, but his primary goal was to shift the Democratic Party, which he did. He also destabilized it in such a way that made it much more vulnerable to losing the election. The response of “I’m not going to look backwards, I’m going to look forward to help people” is probably the most correct thing he can do at this point. Admitting to it will just cause him AND Hillary problems.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @MisterForkbeard:

    Even if he admitted that he did it to disrupt the Democrats, his true believers wouldn’t listen. The Sanders they’ve built in their heads bears only the smallest resemblance to the actual politician.

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    TenguPhule says:

    ‘Who is next?’: Killing of Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh sparks protests

    NEW DELHI — The killing of a prominent journalist and government critic outside her home in Bangalore prompted protests in major Indian cities Wednesday and a national uproar about the shrinking space for free speech in the world’s most populous democracy.

    Gauri Lankesh, 55, was shot in the head and chest Tuesday on her doorstep by motorcycle-riding gunmen.

    Although police have not yet identified suspects or possible motives, Lankesh’s death is widely being attributed to her work as a journalist and activist.

    “They want us to be intimidated,” said Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, former editor of the academic journal Economic and Political Weekly, speaking at the Press Club here. “I hope that a thousand Gauri Lankeshes will be born and will rise among us.”

    Lankesh was a vocal critic of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the rising far-right Hindu nationalism associated with his party. Her death follows a string of recent killings that targeted leftist academics and scholars, activists said.

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