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GOP Tries Again to Ax Health Care Law


GOP Tries Again to Ax Health Care Law
November 10, 2020 at 7:28 am EST By Taegan Goddard

“A week after the 2020 election, Republican elected officials and the Trump administration are advancing their latest arguments to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, a long-held GOP goal that has repeatedly failed in Congress and the courts,” the AP reports.

“In arguments scheduled for Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear its third major fight over the 10-year-old law, popularly known as ‘Obamacare.’ Republican attorneys general in 18 states and the administration want the whole law to be struck down, which would threaten coverage for more than 23 million people.”
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Nov 10, 2020, 08:49 AM (2 replies)

Four Seasons Total Landscaping has t-shirts for sale...


Small print...all profits go to voting rights organizations! The fine print is fun but I cannot cut/paste.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Nov 9, 2020, 07:46 PM (14 replies)

Trump Gets Help Again From Appointee Holding Up Biden Transition

Trump Gets Help Again From Appointee Holding Up Biden Transition
By Jennifer A Dlouhy and Ari Natter
November 9, 2020, 4:56 PM EST

A little-known agency head who has delayed triggering a formal government transition to the Biden administration has been a top official at the organization when it sided with President Donald Trump in disputes.

Emily W. Murphy, the Trump-appointed administrator of the General Services Administration, has not yet declared Joe Biden as the apparent winner of the presidential election, a decision that would unlock millions of dollars in transition funding but contradict Trump’s unfounded assertion that he won.

Murphy, who declined through a spokesperson to comment, was at the GSA when it decided to keep housing the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington’s Old Post Office Pavilion and when it abruptly reversed plans to relocate the nearby FBI headquarters that could free up real estate for a competitor.

That record is raising scrutiny of Murphy’s role under federal law ascertaining the winner of the presidential contest. Democrats and the Biden transition team have called on Murphy to confirm the projections made by independent media organizations on Saturday based on state vote totals and projections.

“She has a history of being subservient to President Trump,” said Representative Gerald E. Connolly, a Democrat from Virginia who heads a House oversight subcommittee on government operations. Connolly called on Murphy to “do the right thing” and “begin the Biden transition without delay.”


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Nov 9, 2020, 07:12 PM (5 replies)

The dreaded 65 is fast approaching and I have

a few questions. First off, I don't require any medications at this time, so that's a plus.

I'm getting so much mail regarding supplemental insurance I don't really know what to do with it all.
I've read on here Advantage is not a good way to go, so am steering clear.

I am wondering what an average monthly payment might be. My neighbor claims she pays $350 for hers. That's way too steep for my blood and pocketbook as I 'make' less than $1K monthly for SS. So I'm on a semi-fixed income.

I am soliciting advice only. Is anyone in love with the provider they chose?

And what's the deal with glasses/hearing aids/dentists? Has anyone signed up for these, are they on Advantage plans, and are they worth it? Might be for me as I need all those things.

Disjointed this is, I know, but thanks for any feedback!
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Nov 9, 2020, 04:31 PM (43 replies)

Trump's Children Can't Believe Their Dad Is This Despised


Trump’s Children Can’t Believe Their Dad Is This Despised
You’re up next, Tiffany.
By Kenzie Bryant
November 6, 2020

But who will think of the children? That’s what I want to know. Who will think of them, the poor little ones who will have to find a way through all this chaos. Who is checking on them now that daddy is, well, busy getting fired? Who is peeking through the door to ask Eric Trump if he’s okay? Anyone? Let’s check now. Eric?

Oh, dear. It’s worse than I thought. Everyone knows that Lindsey Graham is simply a loose skin pouch filled with grape Jell-O. Seems like a real breach from reality there.

And what about Donald Jr., the president’s most long-suffering son? What’s he up to? As my colleague Bess Levin elegantly put it, Don took to publicly “shitting a brick.” In a series of tweets, he hollered voter fraud into the abyss. He’s saying things like “statistical impossibilities” as if he knows what statistics are, and repeatedly self-owning by asking if anyone believes that Joe Biden got this many votes. It’s not looking good.

Even Ivanka eked out a synergistic message for dear leader dad in the eleventh hour: Count “legal” votes, she qualifies. What will this woman do after? Please don’t put us through a run for president, lady. We won’t bat an eye if you sell shoes at Nordstrom again if you walk slowly backward away from politics.

And what of Trump’s favorite and best children, that is, the boats? Yes, boats and boat people? The ones he invested his hopes and dreams into? Well, the boat people did not come through, not in the way he wanted. Of the five states with the highest boat ownership, Florida, California, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, he lost four of them. That one must hurt.

The Trump offspring, save maybe the boats, cling to this hope that what’s happening right now is a major fraud, like papa told them it would be for some time, instead of accepting that their family is unwanted here. Even members of the Republican guard—those that greased this guy’s wheels and offered themselves up to be unceremoniously fired, from Fox News pundits to shaky Republican allies to constituents in states he thought were his—are seemingly trying not to make eye contact with Trump. Is it so shocking that people are turning their backs on the man whose only real skill is turning his back on people? To Trump’s children, I suppose yes. The kids are not alright.

One of the only ones who has remained quiet and not perpetuated dad’s panic messaging is only child by his second marriage and recent pro-Trump speech-giver: Tiffany Ariana Trump. What is she thinking?
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Nov 9, 2020, 02:18 PM (20 replies)

GOP Leaders Endorse Election Fraud Lie

WTF is wrong with them?


GOP Leaders Endorse Election Fraud Lie
November 9, 2020 at 1:30 pm EST By Taegan Goddard

Jonathan Chait: “President Trump’s claims that he actually won the 2020 election and will somehow prevail upon the courts to overturn the results stand zero chance of proving true. Not unlikely. Not remote. Zero.”

“Yet watching the Republican Party absorb Trump’s ludicrous accusations has been depressingly instructive. It replicates the process by which Republicans accepted Trump in the first place. It also reflects, in miniature, the process by which the party has surrendered to kookery over several generations.”
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Nov 9, 2020, 02:05 PM (13 replies)

Private Prison Stocks Drop as the Reality of Biden's Win Sinks In

1 hour ago
Private Prison Stocks Drop as the Reality of Biden’s Win Sinks In
But quitting for-profit detention won’t be so easy.
Madison Pauley

Private prison companies have taken a financial hit in the past week as President-elect Joe Biden’s win became apparent. Stock prices for the country’s two largest prison companies, the GEO Group and CoreCivic, have fallen 14 percent and 19 percent respectively since Election Day.

Biden’s campaign platform, like Hillary Clinton’s in 2016, promised that he would end the federal government’s use of private prisons. That’s a serious threat to both GEO and CoreCivic, which depend on federal contracts with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the US Marshals Service for more than 50 percent of their revenue, according to their most recent annual reports.

Private prison investors are adept at reading the political winds, and their consensus is that a Democratic president is bad news. In the summer of 2016, the Obama administration’s decision to end BOP contracts sent prison stocks plummeting, and they sagged for months as Clinton appeared to be the likely election winner. Donald Trump’s victory that November caused their share prices to soar. The industry benefited as the new administration detained tens of thousands of immigrants and imposed hardline immigration policies such as family separation that caused Democrats to turn against both ICE and the prison industry. (Private prisons did not hold children taken from their families, but they did hold their parents, as well as families detained together.)


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Nov 9, 2020, 01:45 PM (8 replies)

Ossoff challenges Perdue to three debates ahead of January Senate runoff

Ossoff challenges Perdue to three debates ahead of January Senate runoff
By Max Greenwood - 11/09/20 09:11 AM EST

Democrat Jon Ossoff on Monday challenged Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) to three televised debates ahead of the January Senate runoff elections in Georgia.

“Our country continues to face great challenges – acute public health and economic crises, persistent economic hardship for working families, unequal justice under the law, deep political divisions, and widespread corruption in our political system,” Ossoff wrote in a letter to Perdue.

“Georgians deserve to hear their candidates for U.S. Senate debate these issues publicly,” he added. “I am asking you to join me in committing to three live, in-person debates sponsored by media organizations throughout our great state. Georgians deserve nothing less.”

Ossoff and Perdue advanced to a runoff election last week after neither candidate managed to pass the 50 percent vote threshold required to win the Senate contest outright. Perdue leads Ossoff in the initial vote 49.7 percent to 47.9 percent.


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Nov 9, 2020, 10:04 AM (2 replies)

The Post-Trump Era Begins

Music to my ears...the fat lady singing?!


The Post-Trump Era Begins
November 9, 2020 at 6:30 am EST By Taegan Goddard

Playbook: “Today marks the beginning of the post-Trump era in American politics. To the extent that he still has political currency, it dwindles every day as Jan. 20, 2021 draws closer. Members of his own party are already suggesting his time is up. His staff is looking for new jobs. Markets are looking up, and analysts say it’s because of the expected calm in U.S. politics. In the U.K., government officials are now saying the Trump era was not good for them, and they vow to forge a good relationship with Joe Biden.”

“Around the world and at home, Trump has been written off.”
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Nov 9, 2020, 08:37 AM (2 replies)

Biden will call governors, mayors about mask mandate

Something's gotta give.

Biden will call governors, mayors about mask mandate
By John Bowden - 11/08/20 09:26 PM EST

President-elect Joe Biden will personally call on governors around the country to enact mask mandates in their states once taking office next year, NBC News first reported on Sunday.

A Biden campaign official told the network that governors who resist the incoming president's requests will see Biden pressure mayors of cities in their respective states to enact mandates at the local level, potentially setting him up for confrontations with Republican governors around the U.S.

“If a governor declines, he’ll go to the mayors in the state and ask them to lead,” said the official, according to NBC. “In many states there is the capacity of mayors to institute mandates.”


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Nov 9, 2020, 06:34 AM (5 replies)
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