This was originally published on Liberal America on March 20, 2017.
This week, Donald Trump brought a budget proposal to Congress. It is bad, y’all! Here are just some of the over 80 programs that this budget will kill.
1. Independent Agencies
These are some of thecuts proposed for other groups and funding that don’t belong to a specific department:
National Endowment for the Arts
This agency supports many artistic endeavors that are important for our culture.
Institute of Museum and Library Services
This is an agency dedicated to learning. They help advocate for public access to knowledge.
US Trade And Development Agency
Their mission is:
“The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies.”
Corporation for Public Broadcasting – This will eliminate many public cable channels such as PBS. The National Public Radio (NPR) and many local radio channels will also be eliminated.
2. Department Of AgricultureLoans and grants for Water and Wastewater programs.
The McGovern-Dole International Food for Education, which aims to provide safe food.
3. Department of Education
21st Century Community Learning Centers – This program helps fund after-school and summer programs.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant – This helps provide need-based student aid.
Striving Readers – This program provides literacy programs for students. It includes students with disabilities and those with limited English.
4. Environmental Protection Agency
Clean Power Plan – This sets standards for carbon pollution from power plants.
Climate change research will also be cut.
Energy Star – This certifies buildings and products that are energy-efficient.
The missions to land on Europa and missions to redirect asteroids will be cut.
NASA’ s Office of Education to fund the dissemination of their findings.
Also, NASA’s studies on our oceans would be cut.
6. Department of Transportation
Amtrak’s long-distance services and many flights to regional airports would be cut.
7. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Community Development block grants – these help low-income people with housing issues and partial funding for the Meals on Wheels program.
Self-Help Home Ownership Opportunity Program – this helps fund non-profits that build housing for people with low incomes.
Overall, the proposed cuts affect programs that are primarily geared toward social safety nets and programs that benefit people of lower income brackets. The programs NOT affected by the proposed cuts benefit people that are already well-off.
This despicable president is going to destroy the country.
This was written by Zoe Grey for Mean Left Hook on March 16, 2017.
Last week, the long dreaded Republican alternative to Obamacare was released. It is just as bad as we thought it would be. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that it will kick over 24 million people off of their health insurance by 2024.This bill is so bad that Republicans in the Senate are proposing alternative bills. Congressional Democrats are against the repeal of Obamacare, and the Senate GOP members are opposed to this particular replacement bill.
The Republicans in the Senate think that this particular bill is a “repackaging of Obamacare.”
Utah Senator Mike Lee said:
“Let’s fulfill our Obamacare repeal promise immediately and then take our time and do reform right. Let’s pass the 2015 repeal bill that Republicans in both houses of Congress voted for and sent to the White House just 15 months ago.”
They are pushing these Health Savings Accounts that just don’t work. It is only useful if you have extra money. They allow you to take some money and put it in an account before the taxes are taken out. It’s basically an expensive piggy bank.
The Senate GOP plan is a bipartisan compromise that keeps a lot of the measures that were in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It would give the states the option of continuing under Obamacare or taking the alternative. The Obamacare is not perfect, but it is better than the plan that President Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan have come up with.
This was written by Zoe Grey.
It was originally published on Mean Left Hook on March 9, 2017.
This week, the GOP unveiled their long-awaited replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare. It is called the American Health Care Act (AHCA), and it is just as horrible as we all imagined.
The American Medical Association, a big lobbying group for doctors, has come out against the bill saying it would, “would result in millions of Americans losing coverage and benefits.”
The American Hospital Association said:
“We are very concerned that the draft legislative proposal being considered by the House committees could lead to tremendous instability for those seeking affordable coverage.”
Even some insurers, such as AARP are opposing it.
Are these Republicans ever going to learn that no one likes this plan? It replaces the income-based subsidies for premiums with a flat tax based on age. Someone making $24,000 and someone making $74,000 would get the SAME tax cut!
As far as pre-existing conditions are concerned, you can be penalized for that if you go two months without coverage. It is ridiculous irresponsible, and millions of people may not be able to afford coverage.
Dr. James L Madara, chief executive of the American Medical Association, said:
“As you consider this legislation over the coming days and weeks, we hope that you will keep upmost in your mind the potentially life-altering impact your decisions will have on millions of Americans who may see their public, individual or even employer-provided health care coverage changed or eliminated.”
These GOP morons need to get their heads out of their fucking asses! They just want to stick it to former President Barack Obama by undoing everything he did. People are going to die because of their plans. They need to think about that when they go to sleep at night.
This was originally published on Liberal America on March 7, 2017.
The Republican Party has tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Barack Obama’s healthcare bill. Last night, the GOP-run Congress introduced their plan to “replace” the ACA, the American Health Care Act (AHCA). It is just as horrible as we thought it would be.
Under this act, Planned Parenthood would be defunded. The States can no longer expand Medicaid. The subsidies will be based on age instead of income, which is hugely discriminatory. They are also expanding Health Savings Accounts, which only work if you have extra money.
There are four Republican Senators who are heroically rebelling against this plan. Republican Sens. Rob Portman (Ohio), Shelley Moore Capito (W. Vir), Cory Gardner (Col.), and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) sent a letter to the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell. It read in part:
“While we support efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and make structural reforms to the Medicaid program. We are concerned that the February 10th draft proposal from the House of Representatives does not provide stability and certainty for individuals and families in Medicaid expansion programs or the necessary flexibility for states.”
Since there are 52 Republican Senators, the party likely won’t be able to pass the bill without these four.
The proposed bill does keep protections for people with pre-existing conditions. However, people with conditions can be charged higher premiums if they let coverage lapse.
The spineless Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said this about the bill:
“The American Health Care Act is a plan to drive down costs, encourage competition, and give every American access to quality, affordable health insurance. It protects young adults, patients with pre-existing conditions, and provides a stable transition so that no one has the rug pulled out from under them.”
Let’s hope that this BS doesn’t get passed, and they can actually come up with something that could help people.
This was written by Zoe Grey.
It was originally published on Mean Left Hook Politics on February 27, 2017.
President Donald Trump was talking about his supposedly “great” plan to replace Obamacare. He has shown that he really doesn’t know what he’s doing here. He actually said:
“It’s an unbelievably complex subject. Nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated."
Seriously?! For those of us who struggle with chronic illnesses, we know how complicated the healthcare system is. Insurance companies change rules all the time. I’m sure Trump has never had to wonder how to pay for a healthcare bill. He doesn’t have to worry about it.
One proposal said:
“Obamacare simply does not work. It cannot be amended or fixed through incremental changes. Obamacare must be repealed so that Congress can move forward with the kinds of reforms that will give Americans the care they deserve.”
They have proposed using Health Savings Accounts, which will not work. Health Savings Accounts are pre-tax funds out of your paycheck. If you can’t afford insurance, then taking money away will not help you.
They also want to allow insurance companies to charge by age, which is discriminatory. They would also like to use “high-risk pools,” which would give the states a finite block of money for healthcare.
They have yet to come up with a viable plan, and Trump barely knows anything about the law he’s been spouting about for the last two years.
This was written by Zoe Grey.
It was originally published on Mean Left Hook Politics on March 2, 2017.
Welp, our First Lady Melania Trump is starting to get involved and do things at the White House.
She visited the Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. She said:
“I am a passionate believer in integrating and interpreting nature’s elements into our daily lives to create a warm, nurturing and positive environment. I believe that these same natural benefits can be instrumental to enhancing the health and well-being of all children.”
Her husband is tearing apart our health care system, so let’s just use “nature.” Over 13 million children could lose their insurance.
Are you going to make your own insulin? Are we going to use tree sap instead of chemotherapy? Let’s use some exotic plants instead of medicine for children suffering with mental illnesses.
He is ready to dismantle our entire health care system with no viable alternative. She may have meant well with her comment, but it is horrible timing. Just like her husband, I guess she doesn’t realize how “complicated” health care is.
Trump made some lofty claims about how he was going to reform health care. In his speech on Tuesday, he said that lawmakers should:
“… repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better health care.”
This was written by Zoe Grey.
It was originally published on Mean Left Hook politics on January 6, 2017.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan doesn’t care about sick people. If you have a chronic illness, you will be screwed under his plan.
“Less than 10 percent of people under 65 are what we call people with pre-existing conditions, who are really kind of uninsurable. Let’s fund risk pools at the state level to subsidize their coverage, so that they can get affordable coverage. You dramatically lower the price for everybody else.”
I’m sure he is loving the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare. Many people would have to choose between rent and medicine if the GOP gets their way. I wonder if he knows how many lives could be lost because people can’t afford their treatment.
Now, Paul Ryan is wanting to defund Planned Parenthood along with getting rid of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Planned Parenthood gets 40 percent of its funding from the government. Many women would lose a major source of healthcare if the GOP gets its way. The organization doesn’t use any federal money for abortions. That money goes to routine care for women.
This was originally published on Liberal America on March 4, 2017.
Representative Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) is obviously way out of touch with his constituents. He talked about the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and he actually said:
“Just like Jesus said, ‘The poor will always be with us.’ There is a group of people that just don’t want health care and aren’t going to take care of themselves.
So there’s a group of people that even with unlimited access to health care are only going to use the emergency room when their arm is chopped off or when their pneumonia is so bad they get brought [into] the ER.”
They don’t get healthcare because they can’t afford it. Expanding Medicaid helps them be able to go to the doctor. These people DO want and should be able to get the care they need.
Marshall is basing these remarks on his experience as a doctor in Kansas. However, Kansas still hasn’t expanded Medicaid, so he has not worked under the same expansions that other states had. Yes, people in Kansas may still be putting off getting healthcare because of this.
The state did not introduce a bill to expand Medicaid until January 2017. The bill will allow all adults under the age of 65 with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, or $26,720, to get Medicaid. Currently, childless adults under 65 cannot be covered.
Studies show that people with health insurance are generally healthier because they can get the preventative care they need. A Harvard study found that the uninsured rate has dropped drastically in the states that have expanded Medicaid. The lead author, Benjamin Sommers, said:
“What this means is that it doesn’t matter so much how states expand coverage. What matters is whether they expand at all.”
Let’s hope that the poor people of Kansas can get help with this bill.
I love celebrities who use their fame for good things. Demi Lovato is a great example of that. She has bipolar disorder, and often speaks out on stigma and living with a mood disorder.
We've all heard it before. People who say things like, "This weather is so bipolar." "I can't decide what movie to see; I'm so bipolar."
"There's a stigma surrounding mental health issues because nobody talks about it. When you spread awareness and create conversation, that's when you realize mental health conditions aren't anything out of the norm. They're very common. They shouldn't be judged. They should be accepted."
She's looking to spread the awareness with her new documentary and the #BeVocalSpeakUp movement. Here is one of her songs, "Warrior."
This was written by Zoe Grey.
It was originally published on Mean Left Hook Politics on January 21, 2017.
The United States has sworn in a new President. President Donald Trump is taking money out of our healthcare system as his first act. He is fucking set on getting rid of everything Obama has done, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
I have a serious, chronic mental illness, and I’m in danger of losing my health care if Trump repeals the ACA. I rely on medicine and therapy to keep myself in a stable condition.
If I can’t afford my medicine, my quality of life will plummet quickly. I will suffer from constant paranoia. Imagine spending every moment of everyday thinking that everyone is out to get you. I will forget even basic, habitual things such as showering and fixing myself food.
I would be thrown back into the ginormous black pit that is depression. I will cry over anything and everything. I will be too freaked out to drive a car. I will lose the ability to function.
I’m not the only one. There are others out there who deal with hallucinations. There are people out there who need full-time help. What will happen to them? Do you care if they end up on the streets? Do you care if suicide rates go up? Did you think about ANY of us before dismantling this law?
How do you sleep at night, Drumpf? I hope you enjoyed sticking it to Obama because you are about to end 20 million lives.