They Shoot, We Score

Posted: November 16, 2012 in Fuck You Friday

I kind of love this.
Now we all know that there is no love lost between me and Wisconsin Republicans, and I suspect they don’t care much for me either.  But this is an issue that concerns me mightily, as my brother has been kicked off BadgerCare and is not yet eligible for MediCare; having been unemployed for some time, everything will be a pre-existing condition when he lands another job.

So Tea-Turdwaffle is playing to the morong base again (still) and saying that Wisconsin will take no steps to enact a state healthcare exchange per the ACA.  Claiming Badgercare already does the job (which it obviously doesn’t, see the detail about my brother above; besides, even under the biased internal analysis, it misses 10% of Wisconsinites.  For those that actually believe in math, that’s about 600,000 people).

In fact, some of the more vicious Republicans in the State lege want to arrest any Federal officials who try to set up an exchange in the state.  Claiming it is unconstitutional.  Even John Roberts is saying “dudes, you need to chill.”
I mean, it’s nice to know that so many of our Wisconsin Politicians are so eager to kill off our fellow citizens.  Because that will be the demonstrable result of refusing to enact healthcare requirements that have been PROVEN to have beneficial effects on citizens health (helloooo,  RomneyCare!)

But here’s the thing.  When a state refuses to enact an exchange, the ACA allows the Administration to use a federal exchange to serve the purpose.

Which, as far as I can tell, is pretty much a limited rollout of a Public Option.

Not only is the Federal Exchange more likely to be run competently, but the buying power is accentuated by having a larger pool.

And when the Feds run that one relatively well, like they do with the one that serves Congresspeople, Veterans, or the elderly, more people will want to join on.  Plus, your fucking employer doesn’t get to hold the well-being of your family over your head. Although there admittedly may be some more hurdles put in place by non-local administration, I am of the opinion that is the kind of thing that can be ironed out relatively quickly.  I also believe that those hurdles are a feature, not a bug, to the turdwipes who oppose trying to increase access to health care in America.

So, you know, well played Turdwaffle!  You guys are pushing the nation closer to universal healthcare.  Ooops, amirite?
Fuck you, you Republican assholes.  My brother, a hardworking guy who is way less liberal than I am, is one of those people you would like to relegate to sickness and death.  Go fuck yourselves, you amoral grease stains.

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Comments
  1. I figure the opposition to a public health care system is to maintain corporate control over the proles- a lot of people would go into business for themselves if there were a public health plan. Of course, this tea-tantrum is about showing up the black man in the White House, but the long game involves maintaining control.

  2. I see Artois thinks it’s better just to have the Feds run them, too.

    http://www.eschatonblog.com/2012/11/fine-by-me.html

    I’m still not seeing an actual public option, though, as Susie Madrak said.

    I hope your brother gets one, though. Then we’ll know!
    ~

    • Yeah, how about hoping my brother gets ANY form of health care. At this point, if you come up here with a trunk full of leeches and a slobbery dog, it’s better than what Turdwaffle is supplying.

      I understand the argument that local administration might be better, but until the Teabaggers are dead dead dead DEAD, I feel like this is not the worst workaround.

      My brother, with his gout and cataracts, does not disagree.

      Call it what you will. I suspected you would define “Public Option” out of the argument, but what the hell. It’s the beginning of an option, like Social Security began with the widows and was subsequently expanded to everybody.

      I respect you and Madrak, but I see advances as…advances. Like when you are driving to West Virginia. You don’t get there right away, but you are still making progress. And if on the way, you get some Clamato and some treats for Theda, it’s a good thing.

      I don’t know what your experience in negotiation is, THNDR. I know from my experience that I have worked with clients to come to an agreement (not only on my fees, but on the quality of the construction we provide to end users) and that as time has gone by and everybody has developed a greater understanding and trust in each other, all those things have increased. Nobody gets everything they want, especially in the first go-round.

  3. mikey says:

    You can’t overthink this, BBBB. It really IS as simple as it looks. It is the occams razor of class warfare. The resistance to public support for healthcare is two sides of the same coin. One, it requires that people that don’t NEED the help pay taxes to provide the help to people (usually assumed to be a different skin color) who do (because they are lazy drug addicts). The other side is insurance and medical industry profits. We talk a lot about how much more Americans spend on health care than other industrialized nations, but we don’t pay enough attention to the reason for that – our doctors, insurance industry and private health care corporations are richer than their counterparts in the rest of the world…

    • I think the middle part of mikeys construction is the most important:

      THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY.

      It’s all overhead being added to the cost of healthcare. Eliminate them, and most of the American health care costs start to fall in line.

      And the ACA takes some first steps: it requires insurance companies to spend at least 80% of their proceeds on actual health care. It makes it painfully obvious that the Insurance Leeches are not actually in the business of delivering healthcare, but denying it….

  4. mikey says:

    The more you think about it, the more it borders on the obscene. They are making profits with a gun to your head – we’ll consider curing your disease, but you better not miss a payment or you’ll die. And if our profits require it, we’ll prevent the hospital from using the most appropriate procedure to cure you because THEY’LL charge us more than we’re willing to pay.

    There is simply no way that health care should be left to a for-profit industry. The resulting system of incentives is bizarre, and borders on criminal…

  5. Breaking down the Insurance Industry is crucial.

    Breaking down Night Ranger is optional, but I have no problem with it.

    Tagg Romney is a Nickelback fan.

  6. mikey says:

    Night Ranger/.38 Special 2016!

  7. M. Bouffant says:

    I wasn’t really paying attention, but this commie & Fat Ed were discussing exchanges yesterday. It may be of some interest. And may well piss you off some more.

    • Nah, John Nichols never pisses me off.

      He’s wrong when he says the Fed exchange is going to be worse, though; he is stipulating a Fed Exchange compared to a State one; but in reality, if the State is going to refuse, the actual comparison is a Fed Exchange to nothing.

      As when the ACA was passed, it’s not a question of whether there is a better way to implement it; it’s a question of how many uncovered people will now have health coverage available.

      The whole kerfuffle is nearly an exact duplication of the shit-fit the Oligarchs threw when Medicare and SS were enacted. Although those were weak and left a lot to be desired at the time, the assholes were fully aware that once these things were in place, they would be wildly popular and eventually expanded.

  8. mikey says:

    Sheesh, we’re rockin on the Facebook thingie and nobody seems to have an opinion over here. That kinda sucks…

  9. seen at Media Matters:

    Oliver North: “Incompetence, Malevolence, And Misfeasance Have Been Boundless” In Obama Administration

    well, he would know.

    Why is he still relevant? They’re right, the revolving doors in prisons have got to STOP.

  10. mikey says:

    Lemme guess. He didn’t offer any specific examples of Incompetence, Malevolence and Misfeasance (isn’t it MALfeasance?), did he.

    They keep being allowed to play this word game, where they say the administration is socialist, criminal, anti-american, that they are increasing the size of government, that they are increasing spending, that they are anti-gun and destroying liberty, and nobody ever just says “oh? That’s interesting – in what way are they doing these things”. That would end the argument, because there ARE no examples – in many cases we’d be much happier if there were…

  11. mikey says:

    Wow – Detroit is giving the Packers all they can handle. They seem to need some kind of double check…

  12. I should really do you a new GO FUCK YOURSELF. I wonder what it should involve.

  13. mikey says:

    The question is whether an entirely new GO FUCK YOURSELF is necessary or if the current GO FUCK YOURSELF can be modified and upgraded to be a better GO FUCK YOURSELF while still retaining some of its original GO FUCK YOURSELFishness. Because there is an essential GO FUCK YOURSELFness with the original that risks being lost in some newer, post-modern GO FUCK YOURSELF…

  14. mikey says:

    I’m all in with Aaron Rogers’ gunfighter mustache.

    Mustaches have gotten a bad rap, some kind of 70s child molester mark of the beast or some kinda shit like that.

    I have NEVER not had one, and I think there should be some kind of Allah havin’ Mohamed’s Radio Qura’an readin’ motherfucker that says if you don’t have one you’re some kind of infidel.

    You infidel motherfucker….

  15. mikey says:

    Besides, let’s be brutally honest here, who the fuck wants to try and shave that ridiculous little patch of real estate below your nostrils.

    One of the reasons we know HItler was a dick is he made some kind of design effort in the no-man’s-land between his lip and his nose. Think about how fucked up THAT is…

  16. mikey says:

    NBC’s football broadcast using Gavin’s guitar lead-in to Machine Head for their post-commercial music bed. Hope remains even now for the 90s alternative metal bands….

  17. Well. Now we need a few teams to step up and smack San Francisco down, and things will be looking good…

    Oh, we also need a place kicker. When the coach comes out and says publicly that your job is secure, you better be starting to box your stuff…

  18. mikey says:

    It certainly appeared to this dispassionate observer that San Francisco tends strongly to the Smacker end of the smackulation scale rather than the Smackee, which you can find pictured in Webster’s Dick-shunary next to the entry for “Vaunted Bears Defense with all those defensive touchdowns and angry black men named peanut”…

  19. mikey says:

    Benadryl makes it really hard to piss.

    And the holidaze require the consumption of vast lakes of beverages. Thanksgiving dinner alone includes scotch, wine, brandy, coffee and tequila. And that’s before we get up from the table.

    I want a fully functional bladder at all times…

  20. mikey says:

    There are identifiable differences in the various modes of difficulty.

    I know THAT because I AM getting old…

Go ahead, tell me how I fucked up this time.

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