giandujakiss: (ginsburg)
[personal profile] giandujakiss
with how relieved I am about the healthcare vote. Not just because it was terrible policy - though there is that - but because of the horrific, undemocratic way the GOP was trying to force it through. Ezra Klein summarized it best but I felt like the American political system was disintegrating before my eyes.

It may be on its last gasps, but thank god it's not quite dead yet.

Date: 2017-07-28 02:43 pm (UTC)
grammarwoman: (Default)
From: [personal profile] grammarwoman
I wish someone, ANYONE, would plaster giant fucking ads about how much time and money have been wasted trying to gut/repeal/nuke ACA from orbit, and how that money could been used to fucking fix it already.

Instead we've been subject to almost a decade of tantrums.

But yes, a huge sigh of relief that once again we've backed away from that brink.

Date: 2017-07-28 03:17 pm (UTC)
ratcreature: hiding under my blanket (hiding under my blanket)
From: [personal profile] ratcreature
Yeah, a small bit of hope. I mean I suspect there will still be attempts to sabotage your Obamacare insurance markets further rather than fixing any problems, but it's something.

I was so bewildered watching this, because I couldn't even figure out what the Republicans wanted out of this, bringing all these mutable bills back like zombies. I mean there seem to be about three broad types of reasons why politicians vote for policies that will do horrible harm to many people: They can be captured by industry lobbying (or outright corrupt in various ways making money out of it for themselves or friends), so that explains health policies that are super great for insurances and pharma and such but suck for the rest; they may scapegoating hoping to bolster their popularity with an us vs. them thing (that way you get laws punishing undocumented or the poor or whoever else got othered); or they are scary true believers implementing some horrible policy because they actually think it would be good.

But their healthcare "plans" did not work for any of that. I mean insurances and medical lobbies weren't for it, its awful effects would not just have hurt marginalized people but across the board including their voters, and they did not argue it was good representation of whatever ideology they have either. Except I guess Trump who was always saying how "great" it would be without having any idea about anything, but that doesn't really count.

Date: 2017-07-28 05:45 pm (UTC)
ratcreature: RatCreature's toon avatar (Default)
From: [personal profile] ratcreature
But didn't they even drop the tax cut part out of the latest "skinny repeal" version? Or did I get that mixed up?

Date: 2017-07-28 07:33 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Me too. -- that article was amazing, really nailed it.

Date: 2017-07-28 10:11 pm (UTC)
cathexys: dark sphinx (default icon) (Default)
From: [personal profile] cathexys
All of that. I feel like we're on a roller coaster and not getting off!!!

Also, it was so lovely yesterday!!! <3

Date: 2017-07-29 04:12 am (UTC)
without_me: (cesar chavez from xdawnfirex-art)
From: [personal profile] without_me
I didn't realize how stressed/depressed I was about the vote until--to my astonishment--I saw that it hadn't passed. Not that we're not still all in that hell-bound handbasket being punted downhill by the Commander in Cheeto, but I think I'd gotten to the point where it seemed impossible that, in any instance, the absolute worst outcome might not transpire.

I hope this will be energizing for everyone involved in the resistance.

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