Health Care Debate: Republican Senator Flees in Terror from Peaceful Protestor Asking Him About GOP Bill

This post was originally published on this site Tasos Katopodis / Getty Crowds at the D.C. airport gave GOP lawmakers quite the send-off. Imagine that you’re a Republican senator. (Sorry. I know it isn’t pleasant. This will only take a moment.) On Thursday, after spending weeks locked in a room crafting a health care reform bill that would overhaul one-sixth of this country’s economy, your colleagues finally unveiled a proposal that, incredibly, managed to be even worse than the one that your president has dismissed as too “mean.” While your office has been inundated with angry calls asking why you want to take insurance from millions of Americans, you’re still trying to find time to read the thing. You’re tired, you’re frazzled, and as you trudge wearily into Reagan airport to head home for the weekend, you breathe a silent prayer of thanks that, at last, you get enjoy a … Read more

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Justin Trudeau Is Owning Donald Trump By Simply Ignoring Him

This post was originally published on this site FREDERICK FLORIN/Getty A good lesson for all of us, to be honest. Canada, as most of the people who currently work in Donald Trump’s administration know, is located immediately to the north of the United States. The two countries share a language, a longstanding friendship, and a border that is nearly 6,000 miles long. This blend of familiarity and proximity has resulted in their economies growing deeply intertwined over time, which means that having an irritable, scattered, unpredictable jingoist take up residence in the White House is the sort of thing that makes Canada very nervous. Fortunately, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and company have devised a workaround of sorts, and their solution strongly resembles an international diplomacy-themed version of the way that Jim Halpert wearily managed Michael Scott every time he had to get some actual paper-selling done: Find a shiny bauble … Read more

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Is Ted Cruz Capable of Normal Displays of Human Affection? An Investigation

This post was originally published on this site Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images The evidence is…well, it’s really weird. After news trickled out on Tuesday that the startlingly cruel Karen Handel had defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in the hard-fought special election in Georgia’s sixth congressional district, actress Alyssa Milano, who had stumped hard for Ossoff in the weeks leading up to the contest, tweeted out a message of solidarity to his crestfallen supporters. Two days later, for reasons known only to him, his God, and the computer whiz who programmed the part of his mainframe that controls his occasional efforts to present himself to the world as something other than an emotionless, amoral robot, Ted Cruz did this: This may shock you, but when Milano had pressed SEND on her original message, it does not appear that she contemplated including in her invitation the man so unpopular that he managed … Read more

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Wheelchair-Bound Americans Are Being Dragged Away from Health Care Protests Outside Mitch McConnell's Office

This post was originally published on this site Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images This is a disgrace. This may come as a shock to you, but it turns out that Senate Republicans’ master plan to spend weeks drafting a health care reform bill in secret—mysteriously keeping it hidden even from fellow Republican legislators!—did not result in, as President Trump put it, a bill that was any less “mean” than the House’s proposal. In some ways, in fact, this bill is even crueler than the House’s version, which is already prompting furious crowds to peacefully assemble outside Mitch McConnell’s office in Washington today. The sight of Americans being physically removed from their wheelchairs and removed from the scene is profoundly hard to watch. Most of those assembled said that they received health care coverage through Medicaid, which provides government-subsidized health insurance to disabled Americans. The Affordable Care Act expanded the program’s … Read more

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