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Stride: you know it don’t matter anyway.

The Republicans are planning to have a vote to straight out repeal Obamacare without a replacement any minute now. Update: forget that. Outright repeal failed. Now they're going to try to vote on a "skinny repeal". That will eliminate the individual AND employer mandate. That's right, if you work for a company that provides health insurance and the company is bigger than 50 people, you could theoretically end up without insurance after the skinny repeal is passed.

The trick of the skinny repeal is that it is just enough to get the senate bill into the reconciliation process with the House bill. Then the real sausage making begins and things will get ugly fast.

It's hard to understand how such a heartlessly cruel bill could pass. But we seem to have a surplus of people who lack empathy. Including voters who never have to worry about going without.

Must be nice.

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Following up on a conversation I'm having with Lady V today about Ivanka and her influence during the campaign:

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Paul Waldman writes about Eric Cantor's stunning admission that Republicans were counting on their voters to be stupid:

As Republicans struggle to figure out which spectacularly unpopular, viciously cruel and perfunctorily considered version of their health-care bill they want to become law, one former member of the House leadership has come out with an extraordinary admission about what a scam the whole project is. In an interview with Elaina Plott of Washingtonian magazine, former House majority leader Eric Cantor, who was defeated in a primary in 2014 by a tea party extremist, explains that Republicans knew they were lying to their base about their ability to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but they just couldn’t help themselves:

“To give the impression that if Republicans were in control of the House and Senate, that we could do that when Obama was still in office . . . .” His voice trails off and he shakes his head. “I never believed it.”

He says he wasn’t the only one aware of the charade: “We sort of all got what was going on, that there was this disconnect in terms of communication, because no one wanted to take the time out in the general public to even think about ‘Wait a minute—that can’t happen.’ ” But, he adds, “if you’ve got that anger working for you, you’re gonna let it be.”

It’s a stunning admission from a former member of the party leadership—that the linchpin of GOP electoral strategy for the better part of a decade was a fantasy, a flame continually fanned solely because, when it came to midterm elections, it worked. (Barring, of course, his own)

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  1. Whoo-hoo! Just got my “Nasty Woman” T-shirt for supporting Sam B’s planned parenthood fundraiser. Now I need to find someone to take a picture of me wearing it. Contemplating whether additional clothing is necessary…

    • Lolololol!!! Priceless.
      Yeah, if I were the Girl Scouts, that is exactly what I would do.

  2. Trump crazies will drag and eat any sensible GOP that is left. Maybe the sensible ones can join the Democrats and leave the lunatic 20% behind. I have to commend Lisa Markowski. She is surprising me in her steadfastness. But I have toured around in Alaska. People seem poor and life is rough; they, even republicans perhaps know the value of government programs.

  3. Dear anti-vaxxers: You lot suck like the surface gravity of a neutron star.

    Study: USA is slipping towards measles becoming endemic again. 😡

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/07/study-us-is-slipping-toward-measles-being-endemic-once-again/

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