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  1. Those are traits often found in psychotics..........
  2. SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 Paul Krugman Graham-Cassidy, the health bill the Senate may vote on next week, is stunningly cruel. It’s also incompetently drafted: The bill’s sponsors clearly had no idea what they were doing when they put it together. Furthermore, their efforts to sell the bill involve obvious, blatant lies. Nonetheless, the bill could pass. And that says a lot about today’s Republican Party, none of it good. The Affordable Care Act, which has reduced the percentage of Americans without health insurance to a record low, created a three-legged stool: regulations that prevent insurers from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions, a requirement that individuals have adequate insurance (and thus pay into the system while healthy) and subsidies to make that insurance affordable. For the lowest-income families, insurance is provided directly by Medicaid. Graham-Cassidy saws off all three legs of that stool. Like other Republican plans, it eliminates the individual mandate. It replaces direct aid to individuals with block grants to states, under a formula that sharply reduces funding relative to current law, and especially penalizes states that have done a good job of reducing the number of uninsured. And it effectively eliminates protection for Americans with pre-existing conditions. Did Graham-Cassidy’s sponsors know what they were doing when putting this bill together? Almost surely not, or they wouldn’t have produced something that everyone, and I mean everyone, who knows anything about health care warns would cause chaos. It’s not just progressives: The American Medical Association, the insurance industry and Blue Cross/Blue Shield have all warned that markets would be destabilized and millions would lose coverage. How many people would lose insurance? Republicans are trying to ram the bill through before the Congressional Budget Office has time to analyze it — an attempt that is in itself a violation of all previous norms, and amounts to an admission that the bill can’t bear scrutiny. But C.B.O. has analyzed other bills containing some of Graham-Cassidy’s provisions, and these previous analyses suggest that it would add more than 30 million people to the ranks of the uninsured. Lindsey Graham, Bill Cassidy, and the bill’s other sponsors have responded to these critiques the old-fashioned way — with lies. Both Cassidy and Graham insist that their bill would continue to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions — a claim that will come as news to the A.M.A., Blue Cross and everyone else who has read the bill’s text. Cassidy has also circulated a spreadsheet that purports to show most states actually getting increased funding under his bill. But the spreadsheet doesn’t compare funding with current law, which is the relevant question. Instead, it shows changes over time in dollar amounts. That’s actually a well-known dodge, one that Republicans have been using since Newt Gingrich tried to gut Medicare in the 1990s. As everyone in Congress — even Cassidy — surely knows, such comparisons drastically understate the real size of cuts, since under current law spending is expected to rise with inflation and population growth. Independent analyses find that most states would, in fact, experience serious cuts in federal aid — and everyone would face huge cuts after 2027. So we’re looking at an incompetently drafted bill that would hurt millions of people, whose sponsors are trying to sell it with transparently false claims. How is it that this bill might nonetheless pass the Senate? One answer is that Republicans are desperate to destroy President Barack Obama’s legacy in any way possible, no matter how many American lives they ruin in the process. Another answer is that most Republican legislators neither know nor care about policy substance. This is especially true on health care, where they never tried to understand why Obamacare looks the way it does, or how to devise a nonvicious alternative. Vox asked a number of G.O.P. senators to explain what Graham-Cassidy does; the answers ranged from incoherence to belligerence to belligerent incoherence. I’d add that the evasions and lies we’re seeing on this bill have been standard G.O.P. operating procedure for years. The trick of converting federal programs into block grants, then pretending that this wouldn’t mean savage cuts, was central to every one of Paul Ryan’s much-hyped budgets. The trick of comparing dollar numbers over time to conceal huge benefit cuts has, as I already noted, been around since the 1990s. In other words, Graham-Cassidy isn’t an aberration; it’s more like the distilled essence of everything wrong with modern Republicans.ill this awful bill become law? I have no idea. But even if the handful of Republican senators who retain some conscience block it — we’re looking at you, John McCain — the underlying sickness of the G.O.P. will remain. It’s sort of a pre-existing condition, and it’s poisoning America. Read my blog, The Conscience of a Liberal, and follow me on Twitter, @PaulKrugman. Follow The New York Times Opinion section on Facebook and Twitter (@NYTopinion), and sign up for the Opinion Today newsletter.
  3. This!!! ^^^^^^^
  4. Can you copy and paste? Cannot view without paying for access....
  5. How does lightning fertilize your soil, Austin??
  6. I remember when Dirty Ernie invited me for the delivery of Windward Passage back from Nassau after SORC in '81 or '82, I think it was? After her recent refit, she had the first ever 4 spreader rig, with Stearns hydraulics everywhere! When they cranked on the backstay, the keel to hull joint would leak a little bit. I started my sailing life on wooden gaff rigged schooners, but Passage was the coolest wood boat ever...
  7. Flexible Flyer, much??
  8. Is it true that Kobe get regular massages that make their meat more tender and tasty?
  9. Work computers block most streaming content, but not Comcast!!! So, on a slow Saturday or second shift, I can log in and watch live TV, or any of the programs I have saved at home.
  10. I'm waiting for our Resident Beef Farmer, Austin1972 to weigh in on this.........
  11. Must have had some powerful evidence, for a judge to sign off on that? He was home, it was not an unoccupied place. And I have to agree with the poster who said it was likely he destroyed any incriminating evidence over a year ago, when the magazine articles came out detailing the evidence found an abandoned office in Russia, linking him to payoffs from crooked Oligarchs, and money laundering. This was public knowledge a long time ago.
  12. Wife appears to be on uppers, the son on downers,and the daughter wanting to crawl under her chair....
  13. That surprised me also? Never heard of a raid where the picked the locks, instead of banging on the door in the middle of the night. Lucky no one was shot by a Homeowner standing his ground!!
  14. Sleazy guy, mobbed up with Russkies, that bailed out Trump after his BK's ended his easy access to financing his development.This has all been hashed over for a couple years in magazine articles.
  15. That was my first thought as well....