Jimmy Kimmel is pissed

Republicans are in a tight race against the clock to pass a repeal and replace Obamacare bill before Sept. 30. Republicans won’t be able to use the reconciliation process once the fiscal year ends. After that, they would have to work with Democrats. After seven long years and hundreds of attempts, they’ve come up with yet another last chance Hail Mary.

The Graham-Cassidy Bill gives authority to individual states spend a block grant any way they choose, with only a few caveats from Washington. States that have not participated in the grant program under Obamacare will now get the money they had previously rejected – redistributing funds from states that did take the grants under Obamacare – because now it will come with no strings attached. The bill lets states eliminate benefits mandated by Obamacare, such as prescription drugs, hospitalization, and maternity care. It also would let states “Get a waiver allowing insurers to charge people more if they or a dependent have a pre-existing condition, or if they get sick and want to keep their insurance.”

In April, Jimmy Kimmel’s’ son Billy was born with a rare congenital heart defect. No one can imagine how a parent feels getting such news on what’s one of the happiest days in someone’s life. So Jimmy became an outspoken advocate for universal healthcare. Louisiana senator Bill Cassidy said earlier on Kimmel’s ABC show that any health bill should pass a “Jimmy Kimmel test.” The pre-existing condition waiver fails the test. And makes Cassidy a liar.

Now, every Republican in the country has gone apoplectic that a late show TV host would even have an opinion about what goes on in Washington. I’d like to remind them that it wasn’t that long ago that the President of the United States of America was a reality TV host.

“Think you’re escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.” – James Joyce, Ulysses


If we were living in a vacuum

You hear Republicans making the same ridiculous argument every time we talk about Medicare for All: We can’t afford it.

Technically, they’re right. The way the budget is currently set up, the idea that we can pay for universal healthcare is a pipe dream. The way the budget is currently set up. That’s the key.

Congress is going to have to raise the debt limit this year. Republicans hate to do it, but they have no choice. We owe more money than we’re taking in. Republicans have this crazy idea that if we cut spending and also cut taxes, everything will eventually work itself out.

Trickle-down Reaganomics sounds wonderful; if we were living in a vacuum. Where A+B=C, and that’s the end of it. But in the real world, things aren’t that simple. Far from it.

How much taxes do you pay a year? Too much, right? Would you like to know how much taxes Exxon Mobil pays a year? Read this. Or this. And if you still don’t believe me, read this one too.

Corporate tax rates are meaningless. If companies that make billions and billions of dollars in profits year after year actually forked-over what they should, Republicans sure as hell couldn’t use the excuse that we couldn’t afford Medicare for All.

“And the rich get fatter, licking their greasy lips as the price of gas goes up again…” – Kurt Poleet