Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Content Note: On Holiday

Hi folks,

I'm away on holiday at the moment, and the internet is terrible at this hotel. I hope to be back online in the next couple of days.

Cheers!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Day 155: Choked

This opening item is a big one.
Here's an interesting read on our current state of affairs, from a bird's eye view. Good luck. Otherwise, have a great weekend and we'll be back on Monday.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Day 154: A Bill of Death

Today's coverage is dominated by the heinous "health care" bill that was released by Senate Republicans after much secrecy. Here's what I've distilled:
  • This bill does away with the employer mandate and the individual mandate.
  • It begins the process of dismantling federal support for Medicare.
  • It allows states to set the level at which people are eligible for Medicare at 0% of the Federal Poverty Line (ie, Medicare doesn't exist).
  • It strips back to completely barebones what is required of an insurance "plan".
  • It eliminates the essential health benefits mandated by Obamacare, including maternity care, newborn care, mental health services, and prescription drug coverage.
  • It targets abortion providers and abortion coverage.
  • It reduces subsidies.
  • And it does all of this by giving enormous tax cuts to the rich.
  • From the mouth of Obama: "It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else."
  • No wonder it was crafted in secrecy - this thing is vile, worse than the House bill on some important measures.
 Some sources:
  • NY Times - G.O.P. Health Plan Is Really a Rollback of Medicaid
  • Washington Post - Senate Republicans’ claim of saving individual health insurance markets could prove hollow
There's plenty more out there, but these two will give you enough of an overview. The whole thing is awful, awful, awful. Apparently a CBO score is expected on Monday; we'll find out just how bad it looks then. I'm predicting terrible. Apparently a conservative block of senators objects to some provisions, while a moderate block also has objections. There currently are insufficient votes to get this passed, but the tweaking has yet to begin. However, no amount of tweaking this bill will make it palatable. Please, keep calling your senators.

In other news:

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Day 153: Mixed Bag

Today is an odd mixed-bag of headlines. Nothing particularly major, but bits and pieces from all walks.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Day 152: A Promise

So, we've been promised a health care bill on Thursday. Pigs may fly. Here's an update on what's been leaked about it so far. There appears to be troubled among Republican senators regarding how to treat opioid addiction, too.

In other news:

Day 151: Save our health care

Another day down...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Day 150: Another quiet weekend

Once again, nothing new to report this Sunday. I've decided that I won't update over weekends henceforth, unless there's something really worth reporting on. Things have quietened down a lot since since passing the first hundred days.