Ungoverning Healthcare Is Out of Our* Control

* “Our” in this case excludes those people who will not take responsibility for all of us, just themselves and their families.  It also represent the overwhelming majority of Humboldt voters

Our federal representative Jared Huffman gets this, so do both of our Senators as does the candidate Humboldt elected for President.  There is nothing we nor they can do but watch as Republicans gut Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.

And let’s be very clear, the Republican’s American Health Care Act is step one of three to return the free market to be the ultimate overseer of our nation’s health care, which will include the most vulnerable and needy among us, who, btw, generally have the highest health care costs.

Here is Paul Ryan speaking with Rich Lowry of National Review:

“So Medicaid, sending it back to the states, capping its growth rate, we’ve been dreaming of this since I’ve been around — since you and I were drinking at a keg. … I’ve been thinking about this stuff for a long time,” Ryan said. “We’re on the cusp of doing something we’ve long believed in.”

The Affordable Health Care Act is up for a vote today.  It’s completely out of Humboldt’s hands, but it will affect our county and it’s residents greatly.  What is wrong with this picture and how do we change this?

And now for something completely *clears throat* unrelated:

This image grab from the NYT which you can find here.  I recommend this page highly for the info-graphic fans out there.

Defense Budget

one more thing:

In this e-mail blast from yesterday, Alex Lawson pleads for support based on just one aspect of the Medicaid dismantling, Medicaid’s funding of baseline long term care.

Even though they can’t say this out loud, only hint at it like Paul Ryan did above, Republicans are about dismantling the modern governing system Democratic Presidents like FDR and LBJ (not to mention Republican Abraham Lincoln) helped create.  Today’s vote will continue 50 years of progress towards the goal of ungoverning our attempts at a modern state that is responsive, and ultimately responsible, to the needs of all it’s citizens.


Tomorrow, Paul Ryan and Republicans in the House of Representatives will vote on Trumpcare―an $880 billion cut to Medicaid. They are using the seven year anniversary of President Obama’s signing of the Affordable Care Act to try and kick 24 million people off of their healthcare.

We must fight back!

Trumpcare is much more than an attack on the poor, working families, children, seniors and people with disabilities. It is an attack on the American people. It is an attack on families, and our shared belief that we have a duty to care for one another.

Medicaid provides vital health insurance protections to seniors in nursing homes and low-income Americans of all ages. Although the majority of Medicaid beneficiaries are children and working-age adults, Medicaid spends more money on long term care for seniors and people with disabilities than anything else.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimate that at least 70 percent of Americans ages 65 and older will one day need long-term care services and supports, which include nursing facilities, home health aides, personal care, and family caregiving.

The average cost for home health help is $45,000 per year, for a nursing home the average cost is $92,000 per year. Seniors with chronic conditions who require assistance with daily living often exhaust their resources paying for long-term care services. For these seniors, Medicaid is often the insurer of last resort.

Long-term care is one of Medicaid’s most critical, and invaluable, protections for our nation’s seniors. Indeed, one-fifth of Medicaid’s overall budget is spent on long term care.

Alex Lawson
Social Security Works


5 thoughts on “Ungoverning Healthcare Is Out of Our* Control

  1. Shak says:

    Isn’t it funny how congress cut a deal with big pharmafia to never lower the costs for medicaid (seniors & disabled), then pushes medicaid as national healthcare right that forces all to be on it.
    Create a crisis, offer a solution.

  2. Henchman Of Justice says:

    Who can look Jared Huffman in the eye and know for sure that he is a liar?

    Answer: House Intelligence Committee Chairman (D-CA)Devin Nunes … lol, oh the progressiveness…..

  3. Henchman Of Justice says:

    Listened to an interview of some former Aetna insurance bigwig who said it’s the moral obligation of everyone in America to provide insurance for all.

    HOJ figures that in a country such as America where communism and socialism is so abhorable, that the malcontents and cretins who believe in communism and socialism seem to fester and foster themselves in the insurance industry as attorneys and lawyers as politicians……… as a means to continue the attempt to convert America over to a system of government control, the government that collects everybody’s personal assets, belongings, wealth, IOU’s, information etc… to the point that there is no individual decision-making…… that the individual must wait for an answer as to what to do…….the whole who what where when why how…… Those in society who benefit the most are the treasonists who turn their back on the principles that this country was founded on which the majority of people still believe in today and that which are not violating minorities or considered a minority rights violation………. This is why you get so many people who collude for government contracts because the politics is Big Money, the risk is near zero to nothing but the payoff is huge. Locally, think of DANCO as a business, or formerly Phillip Crandal who used public service to create a moral structured DHHS……..

    Individuals have no moral obligation to pay into services that benefit someone else, period.

    Individuals who do have morals understand that there exists many options to help others without stealing from Saint Peter to pay off that bastard Saint Paul.

    Donations of many types, sorts

    SSI , although is it fair to equalize and normalize that a drug junkie piece of crud should get the same monthly check amount as an employed disabled person trying to get by in life productively…..hell no, screw the junkie, double up the payment to the disabled.

    Medicare, Medicaid – yes, funding issues exist because of many reasons not the fault of the individual, except of course individuals who defraud the system……including illegals and 2 party system politicians……guess that is why the joke going around now is State sponsored “Mexicaid, Mexicare”.

    JT had a great post from 1955??? It discussed that a Mexican governor first proposed a travel ban between Mexico and USA……it was eye opening and suggested political commonality regarding border issues.

  4. Henchman Of Justice says:

    Years ago as a very young early 20 something man boy, went to Bill O’Brien Insurance in McKinleyville which is State Farm.

    As part of BOB’s sales pitch, HOJ was subjected to a personal manifestation regarding the benefits of the insurance industry and how it acts as a socialist function and that communism may actually not be a bad thing. HOJ left politely once the speel was completed, and decided never to do business with State Farm…….. Totally remembered this after seeing the recent commercial a few days ago……..my oh my have times stayed the same and getting worse concurrently……corporate scum trying to indoctrinize, brainwash people into submissive policy behaviors…..

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