Thursday, July 07, 2016

Yesterday House Republicans + 10 Corrupt Blue Dogs And New Dems Voted For The 64th Time To Kill The Affordable Care Act


And he meant it

Yesterday the House passed H.R. 1270, which the Republicans had cutely called the Restoring Access to Medication Act 243-164. Although unheralded, it was the 64th GOP attempt to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act. Every single Republican voted YES-- even the ones who try to pass themselves off as vaguely mainstream-- and 164 Democrats voted NO. Obama said he would veto it if it got through the Senate, which isn't likely.

It's really another GOP tax cut for the wealthy, which forces working families to pay more and would result, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation in something like 130,000 Americans losing health coverage. Pelosi's office pointed out that Ryan wanted to expand Health Savings Accounts since they tend to benefit the wealthy and shift costs to consumers through high deductible plans, are are a centerpiece of his ACA Replacement Plan. She said that "the legislation seems designed to benefit higher-income families, who can afford both contributions to HSAs and the higher out-of-pocket costs to access care that come with this proposal [and] is typical of Republican legislation over the last few years-- passing provisions that would have the result of dramatically expanding health tax shelters for high-income people, PAID FOR by increasing taxes on working families in the ACA Marketplaces-- working families with incomes starting at 250 percent of poverty... In order to pay for its high-income tax breaks, the bill raises taxes on working families in the Marketplaces by substantially increasing the amount that these families could owe at the end of the year in connection with the premium tax credits they receive under the ACA.

Below are 10 anti-healthcare Democrats who ignored the White House and Pelosi and crossed the aisle to vote with the Republicans. The amount next to each name is how much the DCCC and Pelosi's Democratic Majority PAC wasted to get them elected in 2014:
Brad Ashford (Blue Dog-NE)- $1,522,408
Ami Bera (New Dem-CA)- $5,857,853
John Carney (New Dem-DE)
Jim Costa (Blue Dog-CA)
Henry Cuellar (Blue Dog-TX)
Ron Kind (New Dem-WI)
Dan Lipinski (Blue Dog-IL)
Scott Peters (New Dem-CA)- $3,399,795
Collin Peterson (Blue Dog-MN)- $3,943,723
Kyrsten Sinema (Blue Dog-AZ)- $696,408
Although his constituents have been enjoying the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, Republican Wasserman Schultz crony Mario Diaz-Balart has voted with the Republicans to repeal and curtail Obamacare every time it's been brought up; kind of mindlessly. His opponent this year is a medical doctor, Alina Valdes, who sees right through what the Republicans and their conservaDem allies are up to. "Voting to repeal a portion of Obamacare in order to weaken the law," she told us this morning, "is just another example of the definition of insanity or expecting a different result after 60+ such attempts with the same results. The Republicans all voted for this as they have the countless other times, knowing full well that even if the bill passes the Senate, the President will veto it. This is just a further waste of taxpayer money and time that could be used by this do-nothing Congress to discuss and attempt meaningful legislation to help the people hurting in their districts. In Florida's CD-25, which contains Hialeah and the highest enrollment in the ACA last year, Republican career politician Mario Diaz-Balart followed along with the plan to reward the wealthy while penalizing those who benefit the most from having healthcare for the first time in their lives. He knows what his constituents want and need but continues to vote against the people just to maintain his favorability with his contributors and wealthy supporters. The way to finalize this debate is to support and pass a one-payer health care system that works for all from birth until death and thereby removes the special interests groups out to cut a profit from the misery of others. This will never happen with the elected officials in office now because they have too much to lose in kickbacks to make any meaningful legislation happen. It is time for a major change since it should be all about the people and not the profits."

This year Pelosi and the DCCC expect to spend in the neighborhood of $17 million protecting these worthless fake Democrats. If you contribute to the DCCC, you are contributing not to real Democrats who share your values, but to these Blue Dogs and New Dems who want to abolish healthcare and who hold other conservative Republican values and vote that way again and again. Never contribute to the DCCC, the DSCC or the DNC, or to any of their front groups, like End Citizens United, no matter what line of bullshit they feed you. Instead contribute directly to worthy, proven candidates like Alina Valdes and the others on this list:
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At 12:11 AM, Blogger tamtam said...

These GOP assholes really have nothing better to do with themselves except try and repeal Obamacare, don't they?

At 1:04 PM, Blogger carlos pereira said...

Blue Dog, New Democrat. What's the difference? They are both Republican lite!


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