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The Rude Pundit: The One Question for Republicans: What's Your Plan for When the ACA Is Gone?

The Rude Pundit
Proudly lowering the level of political discourse
The One Question for Republicans: What's Your Plan for When the ACA Is Gone?

I may just be a filthy writer with a fondness for sodomy references and scatological humor and not some fancy, overpaid media consultant, but if I were making ads for the Biden campaign or for any of the Democrats in Senate races, they'd be total tearjerkers dealing with how shit-covered Republicans want to fuck us in the ass over health insurance.

I'll give you bones for three spots. You want more? Fuckin' hire me.

1. Find someone who is 27 years-old who successfully beat cancer in their 20s. Get them to talk about how the only way they did that is because the Affordable Care Act kept them on their parent's health insurance until age 26. They can talk about how they would probably be dead if Trump and the GOP had their way, but, instead, they are happy, healthy, and have a job/family. They can also talk about how their cancer is a pre-existing condition now. And, of course, vote for Biden or the Democrat running for Senate.

2. Find a couple in a red state that expanded its Medicaid program under the ACA. Maybe in Montana or, for extra oomph, Kentucky. Get them to talk about all the medical conditions they got taken care of. Again, talk about how they might have been dead if Republicans had repealed the ACA. Instead, they're working and/or enjoying their kids/grandkids. Let them talk about how, if the Supreme Court gets rid of the ACA, shit will fall apart for them.

3. Find a family with a kid or two who had COVID-19, now suffering with the long-term impact, which we're only learning about, really. Have them talk about the struggle, how their insurance thankfully covers it, but how, if the ACA is overturned, the lung and other issues COVID leaves behind will now be pre-existing conditions that will affect those kids when they try to get insurance for the rest of their lives.

Tag line for all of them? "What's your plan for me, (insert Republican shitheel here)?"

Few things fucking freak people out more than the idea that they're gonna lose their health insurance. Republicans need to be made to own the fact that if the Supreme Court overturns the entire Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional, millions of Americans will lose their health insurance in an instant. Everyone on the Medicaid expansion, all 12-14 million, will no longer be on it. The millions of 20somethings covered by their parents up to 26? On their own. Everyone with an Obamacare policy? Nope, that's shitcanned. You got a pre-existing condition? Fuck you. You need expensive treatments for years? Fuck you, too. Caps are back, motherfuckers.


Posted by babylonsister | Tue Sep 22, 2020, 01:14 PM (13 replies)

What it's like fighting for the right to vote as an ex-felon

What it’s like fighting for the right to vote as an ex-felon
A conversation with the two Black women at the center of one of America’s most important felony disenfranchisement cases.
By Fabiola Cineas Sep 22, 2020, 8:30am EDT

After Florida voted overwhelmingly to let 1.5 million formerly incarcerated people regain the right to vote, Rosemary McCoy and Sheila Singleton, two Black women who had completed their sentences and probation for felony convictions, cast their ballots in 2019 for the first time in years.

Just months later, they lost that newfound power: In May 2019, the Republican-controlled Florida legislature, backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, enacted Senate Bill 7066. It required that formerly incarcerated people pay any restitution, fines, or court fees before they could register to vote and have their rights restored.

More than 85,000 released felons had already registered to vote. Now they faced a new roadblock. Backlash to the new ordinance was swift, with critics likening it to a modern-day Reconstruction-era poll tax. And in a state where election outcomes are often close, Floridians with prior felony convictions could be a key voting bloc.

The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a felony disenfranchisement suit on behalf of McCoy and Singleton, arguing that the law is particularly harmful to these women because of their race, gender, and economic status. According to the SPLC, “nearly a quarter of all Black women in Florida live below the poverty line, and the unemployment rate for Black women with a felony conviction is more than 43 percent.” After the bill was passed, McCoy learned that she owed about $7,500 in restitution; Singleton owed $12,000. Interest has been accruing.


Posted by babylonsister | Tue Sep 22, 2020, 12:42 PM (0 replies)

The Race Is More Stable Than We Thought


The Race Is More Stable Than We Thought
September 22, 2020 at 10:30 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

Nate Cohn says an anomaly in the USC-Dornsife tracking poll falsely suggested the presidential race showed signs of tightening.

“The poll now shows a fundamentally stable race, with Mr. Biden maintaining something like a 10-point lead, rather than a volatile race that has swung from Biden plus-13 to Biden plus-7 and back. With U.S.C. showing less change, an important point in the case for substantial tightening can be crossed off the list.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Sep 22, 2020, 11:22 AM (2 replies)

Bloomberg raises millions to help Florida felons vote

Bravo!! Take that, deSantis!


Bloomberg raises millions to help Florida felons vote
Billionaire Mike Bloomberg is helping Florida felons pay their debts so they can vote in the presidential election
September 22, 2020, 9:17 AM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Just days after after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won a court victory to keep felons from voting until they've paid off fines, restitution and court fees, billionaire Mike Bloomberg has stepped in to help them pay off the debts.

The former Democratic presidential candidate has helped raise more than $20 million so that felons who completed their prison sentences can vote in the presidential election. Bloomberg also has pledged $100 million to help Joe Biden win Florida.

A federal appellate court ruled on Sept. 11 that in addition to serving their sentences, Florida felons must pay all fines, restitution and legal fees before they can regain their right to vote. The case could have broad implications for the November elections. Florida has 29 electoral college votes that are crucial to President Donald Trump’s hopes of staying in the White House.


Organizers for the group say they aren't targeting people registered with a particular political party.

“To hell with politics, to hell with any other implications or inuations, at the end of the day it's about real people, real lives, American citizens who want to be a part of this,” said Desmond Meade, the group's executive director. “People with felony convictions have had their voices silenced for so long.”

The Florida Rights Restitution Council said other donors include John Legend, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, Ben & Jerry’s, Levi Strauss & Co., the Miami Dolphins, the Orlando Magic, the Miami Heat and Stephen Spielberg.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Sep 22, 2020, 09:34 AM (7 replies)

Signs of an 'October vaccine surprise' alarm scientists

Signs of an 'October vaccine surprise' alarm scientists
Such a move could further erode public trust in a vaccine and foist an unsafe shot on Americans.
Sept. 21, 2020, 1:53 PM EDT / Updated Sept. 21, 2020, 3:35 PM EDT
By Liz Szabo and JoNel Aleccia | Kaiser Health News

President Donald Trump, who seems intent on announcing a Covid-19 vaccine before Election Day, could legally authorize a vaccine over the objections of experts, officials at the Food and Drug Administration and even vaccine manufacturers, who have pledged not to release any vaccine unless it’s proved safe and effective.

In podcasts, public forums, social media and medical journals, a growing number of prominent health leaders say they fear that Trump — who has repeatedly signaled his desire for the swift approval of a vaccine and his displeasure with perceived delays at the FDA — will take matters into his own hands, running roughshod over the usual regulatory process.

The worries intensified over the weekend, after Alex Azar, the administration’s secretary of Health and Human Services, asserted his agency’s rule-making authority over the FDA. The fear is that Trump's pressure on the HHS could influence the speed of an authorization. HHS spokesperson Caitlin Oakley said Azar’s decision had no bearing on the vaccine approval process.

An intervention in the process would signal another injection of politics into a sensitive public health decision by the norm-breaking Trump administration. Trump has repeatedly contradicted the advice of senior scientists on Covid-19 while pushing controversial treatments for the disease.


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Sep 21, 2020, 11:34 PM (20 replies)

McCarthy's Dem challenger to launch first TV ad highlighting Air Force service as single mother


McCarthy's Democratic challenger to launch first TV ad highlighting Air Force service as single mother
By Rebecca Klar - 09/21/20 09:37 PM EDT

The Democrat challenging House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is going live with her first TV ad in the race for California’s 23rd Congressional District, the campaign shared with The Hill on Monday.

The 30-second TV ad for Kim Mangone is backed by a $500,000 ad buy and is set to air starting Tuesday. It highlights Mangone’s service in the Air Force while she took college classes and raised her daughter as a single mother.

“I followed my father's footsteps into the Air Force. Early on, I was the only female mechanic in the shop. While going to college at night, I worked on the B-2 bomber program during the day, all while raising my daughter as a single, working mom,” Mangone says in the ad.

“Today, too many people are struggling to get by while billionaires get handouts in Congress. I’ll stop it so families finally get the tax breaks they deserve,” she adds.


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Sep 21, 2020, 09:56 PM (1 replies)

Mark Kelly Campaign Has To Add More Phone Bank Shifts Because Democrats Are Fired Up Over SCOTUS


Posted on Mon, Sep 21st, 2020 by Jason Easley
Mark Kelly Campaign Has To Add More Phone Bank Shifts Because Democrats Are Fired Up Over SCOTUS

The Senate campaign of Mark Kelly in Arizona has had to add more phone bank shifts because Democrats are so fired up over the Supreme Court.

Time reported:

In Arizona, where former astronaut Mark Kelly is running as the Democratic nominee against Republican Senator Martha McSally, local organizers were having to add more phone banking shifts because of the added energy, says Leah Greenberg, co-executive director of the Indivisible Project, a progressive organizing group.

“The energy is unbelievable. It’s people who are grieving, it’s people who Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a hero of theirs, it’s people who can’t bear the idea of her replacement being somebody who wouldn’t uphold in values,” says Greenberg. “That will manifest in pressure on these Senators, and it will manifest in electoral outcomes as well.”

The conventional wisdom that the Supreme Court vacancy created by the passing of Justice Ginsburg will motivate Republicans more than Democrats is being to proven wrong every hour of every day. Democrats aren’t sitting around and waiting to vote. They are volunteering for Senate and donating record sums of money.

Mark Kelly is running to fill the rest of John McCain’s term. If he wins, he could take office as soon as November 30, and wreck McConnell and Trump’s plan to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominee during the post-election lame-duck Senate session.

The death of RBG has adding fuel to a raging political fire. Democrats are determined to vote Trump out and take back the Senate, and the idea that the Supreme Court doesn’t matter to them is out of step with what is happening all over the country.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Sep 21, 2020, 05:56 PM (5 replies)

Cory Booker wrote this in June 2018; would

it not still apply?


Cory Booker

President Trump is the subject of a criminal investigation that could eventually come before the Supreme Court—he has a clear conflict of interest as it relates to picking a new #SCOTUS justice. The investigation must conclude before considering any nominations.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Sep 21, 2020, 05:29 PM (3 replies)

Justice Dept. deems New York City, Portland and Seattle 'anarchist jurisdictions'


Justice Dept. deems New York City, Portland and Seattle 'anarchist jurisdictions'
Democratic mayors and governors earlier this month bashed the effort to withhold funds from their areas as illegal and a distraction from Covid deaths.
Sept. 21, 2020, 10:40 AM EDT
By Allan Smith

The Department of Justice on Monday released a list of cities it has deemed "anarchist jurisdictions" under President Donald Trump's instructions earlier this month to review federal funding to state and local governments where violence or vandalism has taken place during protests.

That memo directed Attorney General William Barr, in consultation with Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, to identify jurisdictions "that have permitted violence and the destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract these criminal activities (anarchist jurisdictions)."

On Monday, the Justice Department labeled New York City, Portland and Seattle such areas, though the department said it was still working to identify other jurisdictions that meet criteria outlined in Trump's memo.

"We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance," Barr said. "It is my hope that the cities identified by the Department of Justice today will reverse course and become serious about performing the basic function of government and start protecting their own citizens."


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Sep 21, 2020, 12:10 PM (2 replies)

Eric Boehlert: Trump, Obama and the media's wild Supreme Court double standard


Trump, Obama and the media's wild Supreme Court double standard
Normalizing radical behavior
Eric Boehlert


Over and over in 2016, we heard that Obama was "picking a fight" with Republicans by nominating a Supreme Court Justice eight months before an election. That type of media acquiescence served as the hallmark of the Obama era. Republicans routinely obliterated Beltway norms and journalists portrayed the obstruction as routine, and often blamed Obama for not being able to avoid the showdowns.

Today, Trump wants to ram through a nomination in six weeks but he isn't "picking a fight"? Much of the Ginsburg coverage starts with the premise that of course Trump will try to confirm a Supreme Court Justice days before the election, or during a lame duck session after the election, which would be unheard of in the history of the Court for a contested nomination. It would be an especially jaw-dropping move if Republicans lose the White House and the Senate on Election Day.

With its Ginsburg fallout coverage, Politico often didn't even bother to consider the issue of GOP hypocrisy — it was a non-entity. Starting from a premise that mirrored Republican talking points, Politico assumed without question that Trump would nominate a new Justice, even though the GOP spent 2016 arguing how dishonest that exact move would be during an election year:

President Donald Trump and his team are weighing a key decision this weekend: whether to nominate a Supreme Court candidate who already has been carefully vetted and interviewed, or take extra time to select someone newer to his process who could yield a bigger election-year payoff.

Incredibly, the long Politico piece on Republican strategy made no mention of Merrick Garland or the fact that Republicans blocked his election year nomination in 2016. Politico flushed all that down the memory hole.


This Times piece over the weekend buried Sen. Lindsey Graham's stunning flip-flop quotes at the bottom of the article. At National Public Radio, it wasn't duplicitous Republican behavior that was the most newsworthy, it was that Trump's "flair for the dramatic" and how his "sense of showmanship" was sure to make his upcoming Justice nomination pick entertaining.

What Republicans are trying to pull off with the post-Ginsburg power grab has no precedence in American history and represents a corrupt power maneuver by an unpopular president. That’s how the press should cover the unfolding story.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Sep 21, 2020, 10:13 AM (0 replies)
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