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Unbroken Promises

All news channels and sources in my newsfeed are obsessively condemning the ACA repeal. . . and I have no idea why I’m supposed to care.

It wasn’t a secret that this would happen. Trump said he’d repeal the ACA at every rally. In fact, he often led with this statement. And people voted for him. Or they didn’t care enough to organize (or organize more actively) for somebody else, which is the same thing.

And it wasn’t just Trump. Republicans started saying they wanted the ACA repealed 7 years ago. This is, arguably, a single most unifying issue for the party. They’ve been talking about the need to repeal Obamacare at every opportunity. And in the 7 years they’ve been doing it, they kept winning every election.

There was no duplicity here, no lie. The resolve to repeal the ACA was blared from every news outlet for years. Unless you are yesterday’s immigrant from the Moon, you had to know that Republicans wanted to repeal the ACA. And still, people voted for them every time they elected a Republican for Senate, Congress, or the White House. 

So here’s what we have: people voted, voted, voted and voted for a certain party, giving it majorities everywhere. And the party in question proceeded to give the people exactly what it had been promising for the better part of a decade. That’s democracy for you. 


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28 thoughts on “Unbroken Promises

  1. Dreidel on said:

    The Democrats also keep promises.

    Mainstream Democratic leaders like Chuck Shummer are now swearing to fall on their swords after promising their manical base (the Melissa McEwan types screaming “RESIST FOREVER! NO QUARTER UNTIL IMPEACHMENT!”) that they’ll fillibuster on Gorsuch, whose chances of being confirmed are exactly 100% .

    All this will accomplish is ensuring that the Republicans abolish fillibusters for Supreme Court justices, so that Trump’s future nominees to replace Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Anthony Kennedy can be put on the court with only 52 Republiccan votes.

    Many Republicans were very surprised that Trump was elected, and are still amazed at how eager the Democratic Party is to commit suicide. We never thought it would be this easy! 🙂


    • Stringer Bell on said:

      The only times these joyless fucks come alive is when they’re taking away healthcare, stopping black people from voting, fucking over the poor, or forcing women to have rape-babies.

      Dude, there are less harmless ways to achieve an erection. Ask your doctor if Viagra is right for you.


      • Dreidel on said:

        Ah, Stringer Boy, I knew I could get you to start thowing your poop off the Hill with little effort on my part.

        Did the keeper forget get to add Prozac to the bananas again?


        • Stringer Bell on said:

          Reminder: only one of us has been warned by the owner of this blog to control his racist tantrums or he’ll be banned.


          • Dreidel on said:

            Reminder: Only one of us keeps going into hysterical rages like a little fellow who needs a time out.

            Besides, there’s only one race — the human one. Sorry if you haven’t evolved enough to be a part of it.


            • Stringer Bell on said:

              “Reminder: Only one of us keeps going into hysterical rages like a little fellow who needs a time out.”

              That literally makes no sense, no matter how often you keep repeating it. If calling you an idiot = hysterical rage, then by the same standards, posting racist invective that almost got you banned would be what exactly?


              • Dreidel on said:

                Well, “dude,” writing that “Dude, there are less harmless ways to acheive an erection. Ask your doctor is right for you,” isn’t simply calling someone an idiot– it’s an insult at a much more crude level.

                If you’re going to throw out insults at middle-school level, you’d better be prepared to handle them when there’re thrown back at you.

                So iIf you don’t like being compared to a certain primate who stands atop the Hill and flings his poop mindlessly at his detractors, I ‘d recoomend that you stop acting like that particular animal in your replies.

                You and I are both intelligent enough to disagree with each others’ political beliefs like adults — I think. You want to use your intellect to debate me with adult-to-adult reasoning. I’m all ears.

                But if you want to dive into the gutter to fight , that’s fine. I’ve had years more experience than you at that combat — so if that’s your choice, bring it on.


              • Ok, I’ve had enough. Dreidel, you are banned for a month.

                Stringer Bell, I apologize for this disgraceful episode.


            • Dreidel, you are disappointing me again. I want to believe you can do better than this.


    • Dreidel, you’ve got to see that this is a very strange and meaningless argument that you are making. Why waste time on something so flimsy?


  2. Stringer Bell on said:

    “And the party in question proceeded to give the people exactly what it had been promising for the better part of a decade. That’s democracy for you. ”

    Actually, no. They promised something better. And even the dumbest-of-dumb republican voters are finding out that it’s not. Hence the vacillating from GOP congresscritters who fear that Trumpcare might cost them politically.

    That’s democracy for you.


  3. Stringer Bell on said:


  4. The bill goes beyond a “simple” repeal of the ACA in ways that no one discussed. First, there’s the 30% increase in health insurance cost if you have a lapse in coverage. Then there’s the forecast of a 15% to 20% increase in costs for the enxt three years (people who voted for drump say they thought they would get a cut in rates back to pre-ACA levels — not happening). Third, there’s the price gouging for people between the age of 50 and 64: a 40% increase in rates with a cut in subsidies. For people in this age range, the cost of health insurance may double. Finally. there’s the removal of the requirement that employers with 50 or more employees offer health insurance. At no point in the campaign did anyone define ACA repeal as including these provisions.


  5. And last night, Trump was discussing with the “Freedom Caucus” (aka freedom of the rich from taxes) about removing maternity care and drug rehab from health insurance.


  6. Anonymous on said:

    “Dreidel, you are banned for a month.”

    Ah, well. I could use a vacation, anyway. So long, Clarissa, see you around. 🙂


  7. Shakti on said:

    Yes, this woman is a ghoul.

    Even with him gone, his family is still looking at the positives.

    “You’ve just got to look at the bright side of the things,” Helen said. “Sometimes, things don’t go your way. Sometimes people make you feel like you’re a criminal, you’re doing bad things. But you’ve always got to look at the bright side.”

    Even if he ends up leaving for the 9 months until his green card comes through.

    “Yeah, it’s going to be a long vacation in Riviera Maya,” Helen said. “Never been there! I’ve never been to Mexico! Maybe I get to be! To get to beautiful places like go to Cancun or do fun things, right?”


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