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We know we need Joe Manchin. But what does Joe Manchin need?

Is there anything the Democratic Party can offer to Joe Manchin to persuade him to vote for the voting rights bill? An ambassadorship? A cabinet position? A pony?!

Yes, I know we're not supposed to be the "Quid pro quo" party, but should we just stand here wringing our hands and let this one man single-handedly destroy democracy?

I guess Republicans don't realize that with all of their baseless, brazen voter suppression laws

they're trying to pass and have actually passed, that they are only fueling Democratic outrage and making it more likely that we will, once again, show up in droves to vote in 2022. Thanks, GQP, for ginning up our base!

An observation about the "great unmasked masses"!

Since getting my 2nd dose of Moderna, I've been a bit more comfortable making forays out into our Covid-ridden world. I'm still wearing a mask, still maintaining distance, still going to stores when they first open to avoid their busy times, and still not eating indoors at restaurants. But nevertheless, I feel more at ease, thanks to being fully vaxxed and still taking all of these precautions.

But what I've noticed is how easy it is to tell the Democratic folks from the Trump humpers now that our state has started (foolishly) doing away with mask restrictions.

The Democrats are the ones still wearing masks and they are noticeably cheerful, probably because they are also fully vaxxed and feeling safer and more optimistic, like me!

The Trump humpers are maskless (of course) and have this sullen expression of grim resentment and anger, as evidenced by the stink eye they often throw toward us "maskies."

And I think (and hope!) that those of us who are masked and vaxxed are starting to outnumber the maskless and unvaxxed crowd, because I used to sense more of an attitude of condescension and derision coming from them. Now they just seem to be quietly seething to themselves.

I'm overgeneralizing for sure, but just something I picked up on during my last couple of excursions.

Just watched a very informative webinar on Covid19; includes myth-busters you might find handy

when dealing with anti-vaxxers.

It's a webinar for people wondering whether they should get the Covid vaccine if they have a traumatic brain injury, but most of the information applies to everybody. And it's long, and more of an audio with slides than a captivating video, but it's very informative. If nothing else, the doctor's calm, soothing voice might lull you into a nice nap!

Just google: Butch Alterman Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccination for Individuals with TBI

Or here is the link:


The people who won't get vaxxed are like Jonestown in reverse.

Instead of drinking the Koolaid that will kill them, they are refusing the Koolaid that will save their lives and the lives of others.

They've been so brainwashed into hating the government, especially one with Democratic leadership, that they are completely mired in distrust of the vaccines and their proud refusal to wear a mask. Evidence of the vaccine's effectiveness or the effectiveness of wearing a mask be damned.

Of course, there are a lot of differences, too. At Jonestown, there were people who were forced at gunpoint to take the poison, and some who fled into the jungle to escape. And Jim Jones committed suicide along with his followers, whereas Trump and family were at the front of the line to get the life-saving vaccine. Plus, Jonestown was isolated, and their "sickness" was not something that could spread to others.

I think at this point, the only thing that might convince them they should get vaccinated is to have a loved one die from Covid. But even then, there will be those who refuse to believe it was Covid that killed them, or will choose to see their loved one's death as God's will.

If you're on Obamacare like me, call Healthcare.gov to see if you can lower your monthly premium

The number is 1-800-318-2596, or go to the Healthcare.gov website for more information.

I called yesterday and was able to lower the monthly premium for myself and my husband. Every little bit helps.

From the Kaiser Family Foundation website:

The March 2021 COVID-19 relief legislation, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), extends eligibility for ACA health insurance subsidies to people buying their own health coverage on the Marketplace who have incomes over 400% of poverty. The law also increases the amount of financial assistance for people at lower incomes who were already eligible under the ACA. Both provisions are temporary, lasting for two years, retroactive to January 1, 2021. A more detailed explanation of these enhanced and expanded subsidies and other coverage provisions of the ARPA can be found here, and an earlier analysis and interactive comparison of ARPA and ACA subsidies can be found here.


If the filibuster is not done away with, but reformed so that senators have to stand there for hours

and hours and talk throughout the whole thing, nonstop, ŕ la Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, then I hope that they also make it a crime for anyone to give that senator food or water! Also make it illegal to bring their own food and water.

Maybe then they might, just might, understand how remarkably cruel, punitive, and inhumane it was for Georgia to pass a law making it a crime to give food or water to people waiting hours on end just to vote.

If Covid and variants are here to stay, I hope to see private, members-only establishments

created just for "The Covid Careful." These would be private restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters, grocery stores, beaches, hair salons, and the like that would require membership to enter. To become a member, you would need to show proof of vaccination and agree to wear a mask and observe social distancing ANYWAY, just in case of new variants.

Security would be required at the door, of course, to keep the nonmember anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers at bay.

I would be more than willing to pay a membership fee just for the reassurance that other members are being as cautious as I am.

Thank you, California Nurses Association, for not giving up on single-payer health insurance!

Another post on DU today explains how the Affordable Care Act is "quietly" undergoing major changes under the Biden administration to expand the availability of health insurance, which is wonderful news. More wonderful news is that nurses in California have not given up on their mission since 1994 to promote the single-payer health insurance model.

From a February 19, 2021, CNA website article:

Renewing its commitment to the larger fight for health care justice, the California Nurses Association (CNA) is pleased to sponsor Assembly Bill 1400 (Kalra), the California Guaranteed Health Care for All Act (CalCare), which would guarantee comprehensive, high-quality health care to all California residents as a human right. The establishment of the CalCare program is an improved Medicare for All-type health care system.

Despite the gains made under the Affordable Care Act, nearly 3 million Californians have no health insurance, while millions more have insurance that they can’t afford to use because their copays and deductibles are too high. Meanwhile, for-profit insurance companies are reporting record-breaking profits, even while the Covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage California and medical bankruptcies are at an all time high.

Sponsored by CNA and authored by Assemblymember Ash Kalra, AB 1400 will ensure that all Californians, regardless of employment, income, immigration status, race, gender, or any other considerations, can get the health care they need, free at the point of service.

“From our experiences caring for patients, we nurses have known the need for and fought for decades for everyone to have guaranteed health care through a system like CalCare,” said Bonnie Castillo, RN and executive director of California Nurses Association and the national nursing organization with which it is affiliated, National Nurses United. “The Covid pandemic has just underscored the desperate societal need for this program NOW. CalCare will ensure that public health is the priority of our health care system, not making a buck for insurance corporations.”

CNA nurses have been at the forefront of the fight to guarantee health care as a right for all Californians since 1994, when they led the charge for Prop. 186, a ballot measure that would have implemented a single-payer system in California. Since then, nurses have continued to advocate for guaranteed health care for all, knowing all too well the failings that come with a health care system that places profits ahead of patients.


This is what happens when caring people tackle problems involving basic human rights.

Has anyone else noticed that there are more DU posts on non-political topics? Woo-hoo!

Now that Mango Mussolini has been kicked out of office, we are now able to think about music and art and film and other enriching cultural stuff.


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