Say what you will about Donald Trump and his new health plan, there are a few things that are just so true that if you are going to argue with them, you seriously should consider putting down that crack pipe. What are these two truths?
- The “American Health Care Act” has about as much of a chance of passing as the “Make Squirrel Montana Queen of the Country Act,” which does not exist.
- The only people who will really be helped by this legislation don’t really need any help.
Let’s start with 2. The Kaiser Family Foundation has a great tool. It shows how the tax credits put forth by the GOP will impact people based on their income. If you are 40 years old and you make $20,000 each year, this is what kind of help you will get:
If you are 40 years old and you make $100,000, this is what you can expect:
Seriously. Wow. The bottom line is that the more you make, the better off you will be under Trumpcare.
Next, you can probably skip worrying too much about this bill because everyone hates this bill. Democrats hate the fact that it will be sure to drive costs up, rather than down, that it relies on tax credits, which do nothing to help people living near or at or under the poverty line and it offers less in the way of services provided. The conservatives hate it because they think it is “Obamacare lite.” Because it is a bill that cannot be dealt with in the Senate via the reconciliation process, it will need more than 60 votes and that just is not going to happen.
Donald Trump may be a lot of things and he may be a good deal maker (I doubt it but let’s just pretend he made money by being good at that and not on the backs of working people all over American) but he sucks at dealing with Congress.
Ok, I published this a few years ago but with the pundits hopping all over themselves to write President Obama’s most recent obituary, I thought we could use a laugh. Oh, how the 1990s were just an era of wonderful bipartisanship and hope…
There’s been a lot of talk about how President Obama is in trouble with his base. The narrative goes something like this: liberals are disappointed with Barack Obama’s performance. Maybe he has been too timid, too hands-off, too much of a law professor when what we neehttp://www.alysonchadwick.com/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php?post_id=688&action=grunion_form_builder&TB_iframe=true&width=768&id=add_formded was a scrappy street fighter, willing to go toe-to-toe with an obstructionist Congress and the wiley John Boehner and Eric “Dr. No” Cantor. Neither Bill or Hillary Clinton would have put up with this malarky. No, sir.
My friend, Chris Rugaber (you know the AP business writer, if you don’t read his stuff, you should start), sent me this piece: When did liberals become so unreasonable? The idea being, that liberals are never happy with anything. I dug through my personal papers and the following represent excerpts from my journal.
My mom and I were talking about what Democrats will run for president next year. Seems pointless to me. George Bush is just so dang popular, what with that stupid Iraq war and all. I like Paul Tsongas a lot but, seriously, another liberal, Greek from Mass? That’s never gonna happen. I said Bill Clinton is the only viable candidate. She thinks his performance at the 1988 Democratic Convention will do him in, they did lower him off the stage and all, but I think he’s got a certain “je ne sais quoi.” I cannot wait to move to France. If Bush gets reelected, I am going to move there.
Well, I don’t have to move to France. Bill Clinton is our new president! We have the White House, the Senate and House of Representatives! I hear that means a lot! There’s nothing stopping us now! We are going to make health care available to everyone! It’s a good time to be alive! Diary, you had better not stop thinking about tomorrow! I know I won’t!1
This has been a sad time for Democrats. We have a Dem in the White House and control both sides of Capitol Hill but President Clinton’s stimulus package went down in flames in the Senate, damn you filibuster! ( http://www.nytimes.com/1993/04/22/us/gop-senators-prevail-sinking-clinton-s-economic-stimulus-bill.html) Weren’t they paying attention to the It’s the economy, stupid! message? Hello! I remain hopeful that we can get healthcare reform through, Hillary Rodham, I mean Hillary Rodham Clinton (I keep forgetting she is using his name now!) is heading up the committee for that so I am sure it will go through. She tried to soften her image with that cookie recipe and my mom swears by her turkey tips (hint: avoid basting by putting bacon on top — saves time and is delicious!) but she’s tough as nails. President Clinton’s lack of foreign policy experience is pretty clear, I sure wish we’d stop the genocide in Bosnia. Slobodan Molosovic sounds like a dick.
I just cannot shake the feeling that we are fucking up big time here. If we cannot capitalize on the promise of Bill Clinton, we are totally screwed. Does he know the damage he is doing to our party and system? Bosnia remains a mess. When are we going to help these people? I hear there’s going to be a new Holocaust museum in Washington, DC, I sure hope they look into Bosnia. This crap is unacceptable. None of my friends will even talk to me about it. And now the crazy “liberal” media seems obsessed with some innocent investments the Clintons made a thousand years ago, I think they’re calling it white-water? I don’t know why they are so anti-rafting. Seems like a good hobby to me.
Am so depressed. Hillary Clinton’s health reform looks to be headed towards disaster! They say she didn’t consult Congress enough, as if! What has happened to our party? I thought we had some guts but I guess not. Man, Bill Clinton sucks.
Well, the end of the world is here. Officially. The Republicans just took the House back — after about a million years. The Speaker was the first to lose his seat since we had a speaker. Healthcare reform died a painful death. Damn senators act like they should be consulted on policy issues, how rude! Don’t they know Bill Clinton is a D? Stupid “liberal” media is still into that rafting crap. Have they no lives?
Have been too depressed to write. Bill Clinton has failed us all. First no action on Bosnia, then health care reform failure and then he was all about welfare reform. Says that will be his big thing should he win reelection, good luck, jerk. Thank god for Newt Gingrich. He was so mean/whiny that he made us look good. Shut down the government because he was pissed about his seat on AF1. I sure wish Democrats would grow a pair.
Wow. It’s been a painful few years. When did Democrats stop being Democrats? Sure we had a few victories but that’s all because Newt Gingrich is so stupid. And whiny. Bill Clinton totally caved to the GOP on the last two budgets and welfare reform. Thank goodness he won reelection, though he seems more like a Republican. That rafting thing ended up being more of a big deal than I had thought. And now, it looks like he may have had an affair with an intern. Question: If you know the world is watching you, can you keep your pants on for five minutes? No? Work on it.
Just got a job in the record industry (publicist for RCA Victor). All my friends were surprised that I would pick music over politics but it has been hard to be a Dem. Fr weeks, every day, reading the paper has been a challenge. But then I was walking down the street and had a thought — why am I upset with Bill Clinton? He has been a good president. We have had a near unprecedented period of peace and prosperity. That has been a good thing. I am tired of being unhappy with him for stupid crap that doesn’t matter.
Ok, those aren’t really from my journals, though I am sure I wrote similar things back then. I remember worrying that Bill Clinton was going to squander the opportunity to do some truly spectacular things with his presidency. I could not understand why Congress resisted working with him, did they not understand that he and they were in the same party?
It is easy to criticize President Obama for being too hands off when dealing with Congress, his absence from the conversations about the debt ceiling or the super committee’s failure only reinforces the narrative and it is easy to forget that he accomplished more in his first year in office than Bill Clinton. He also managed to get health care reform, as imperfect as it is, passed. I would like him to be more of a fighter, to het his hands dirty a little — politics is a dirty business — but that’s not who he is. That’s also not the person many people voted for. I am going to try to remind myself of how I felt during the Clinton administration whenever I am tempted to buy into the narrative that says I am supposed to be disappointed in President Obama.
Here’s the real story behind the GOP’s interest in Benghazi.
Hey everyone, you are not going to believe what I think about this. Ok, you will but please check it out anyway.