September 21st, 2017

Americans love vampires and zombies, in their fiction. Republicans in Congress and the White House, however, think that the solution to America’s rejection of their undead is making the monster even more horrible, more scary, more deadly because of… Jobs. Not mine, not yours, theirs.

Alan Fram, writing in Worries of backlash help revive GOP health care drive for The Associate Press, explains:

It’s divisive and difficult, but the Republican drive to erase the Obama health care overhaul has gotten a huge boost from one of Washington’s perennial incentives: Political necessity.

In the two months since Senate Republicans lost their initial attempt to scuttle President Barack Obama’s statute, there’s fresh evidence GOP voters are adamant that the party achieve its long-promised goal of dismantling that law. This includes conservative firebrand Roy Moore forcing a GOP primary runoff against Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., who’s backed by President Donald Trump and lots of money, plus credible primary challenges facing Republican Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Nevada’s Dean Heller.

“Republicans campaigned on this so often that we have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign. And that’s as pretty much as much of a reason as the substance of the bill” to support it, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, told Iowa reporters in a conference call Wednesday.

“That base is so insistent. You made this promise, stick to it, and you’ll be penalized if you don’t,” said Bill Hoagland, a former top Senate GOP aide and health policy expert.

GOP Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham have spent weeks concocting and selling the party’s new approach to scrapping Obama’s law. They say their proposal, shifting money and decision-making from Washington to the states, nearly has the votes it would need in a showdown expected next week, a deadline that’s focused the party on making a final run at the issue.

Final run? Don’t bet the farm. How many times did congress vote to repeal The Affordable Care Act? Try 61, maybe more depending upon what your definition of repeal is.

I’ve written more emails, made more political phone calls in the past eight months than forever. Here’s what I said to Senator Robert Jones Portman this morning:

Good morning, my name is Jeff Hess and I live in North Royalton, Ohio.

I’m contacting Senator Portman this morning to strongly urge him, a man recently characterized as Midwest nice, a little old-fashioned, and in possession of deep wells of knowledge about taxes, trade, and health care to vote no on Graham—Cassidy.

Simply put, this cash grab by the insurance companies is bad for Ohioans because millions will lose coverage and those who retain coverage will lose protections for pre-existing conditions.

Instead I ask that Senator Portman give his support to Senate 1804, Senator Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All Act. The tiny few must not be allowed to ruin the lives of Ohio’s families simply so that they may add a zero or two to their profits.

Thank you.

Make those calls, write those emails.

Zombie aren’t real. Insurance company greed is.

Demand that Senator William Morgan Cassidy invoke his own Jimmy Kimmele Rule, because clearly, the senator simply does not understand because he is not a serious person.

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