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I mean, who wants to live on this sucky world anyhow when we can have JEEEEEzus take us home, glory hallelujah, AMEN!

At least, that’s what this Fox news bimbo appears to be saying. We’re all going to die someday, dying sooner just gets us to Jesus faster, hallelujah!

And allows tax breaks for the rich.

Anywho, the CBO, as I mentioned before, says 22 million Americans will become uninsured if the Senate bill were passed as-is. So the question is, how many people would end up dying because of that?

We actually have numbers about the death rates of insured versus uninsured people. So: they estimate that in 2005 Census, 44,789 deaths occurred due to lack of health insurance. That was when there was a population of 46.6 million Americans uninsured. Thus that’s 995 additional deaths per million uninsured.

Thus the Senate bill kills 21,8990 people by depriving them of healthcare.

But hey, tax cuts for the rich are more important than human lives, right?

– Badtux the Disgusted Penguin

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We should be grateful, I suppose. They could kill more, after all. It’s what cold-blooded lizard people from planet Sociopath do — come up with new and better ways to kill human beings, who they view as prey, not as fellow travelers in life.

So, the Congressional Budget Office has now scored the new Republican health care plan. Here’s what they conclude:

  1. Massive tax cuts for billionaires
  2. Massive tax hikes for non-billionaires (the “healthcare tax”, which may not be taken out of your paycheck by government, but it’s taken out of your paycheck nevertheless).
  3. 1/6th of the population uninsured as the individual health insurance marketplace goes into a *literal* death spiral and
    those on Medicaid lose their coverage.

    But hey, I’m sure all that money that the billionaires get as tax cuts will trickle down to the rest of us, just like it has during the past 30 years of stagnant or declining real salaries for white males… i.e., just like a two-story outhouse.

    Alrighty, then!

    – Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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Healthcare? I don’t think so!

Basically:

1) It guts Medicaid
2) It reduces the subsidies to middle class
3) It eliminates all the mandates *except* the mandate that insurers must insure all takers.
4) It gives people like Donald Trump gazillions of dollars in tax cuts.

The Republican plan basically kills all rural hospitals. Every single one of them. By cutting off the Medicaid funding that keeps them operating. So rural voters, who voted overwhelmingly for Trump, will have their healthcare killed altogether by Trump.

So basically, here’s what happens:
1) Lots of rural poor people die.
2) Nobody buys insurance until they get sick
3) Insurance companies go into a death spiral, and collapse or pull out of the individual marketplaces
4) Profit! (If you’re rich).

Ah yes, America. Where the feeling seems to be that rich people don’t have enough money, and poor people have too much health care.
Ah yes, America, where the voters vote for the Alligators Eating People Party, then get surprised when alligators show up at their doorstep to eat them.

Alrighty, then!

– Badtux the Disgusted Penguin

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How bad is it? It’s so bad that in Montana, a Republican candidate for the House of Representatives attacked and body-slammed a reporter who kept asking him about the GOP health care plan in the wake of the CBO rating that it was a terrible, no good, aweful health care plan. It’s so bad that a Representative who’d voted for it broke down in tears when it was explained to him by a reporter just how bad the plan really was. Because he’d had no idea. He’d been told by his party leaders that the bill would be better than Obamacare, and he believed them. Either that, or he is a sociopath who is good at faking tears.

So, that’s the Representatives who voted for the bill — they’re either brutal thugs with no compunctions about hurting people, or they’re idiots who just voted it on blind faith in their party leadership. So, let’s look at what’s so bad about it, according to the CBO report:

  • It’d cut the already-too-scarce Medicaid funding by over $800 billion and put per-capita caps on how much money went to Medicaid. So if you were a state with a lot of old people — old people are the biggest users of Medicaid, btw, the majority of Medicaid funding goes to old people — you’d see a huge cut in your overall Medicaid funding, while if you were a state with a lot of insured young people, you might actually see a gain in the amount of Medicaid funds that you get. Guess which states have a lot of old people? Yep, that’s right, the Trump-voting red states. Gosh, go figure.
  • Rich people would see tax cuts of almost a trillion dollars over the next ten years. Gosh, why does that not surprise me?
  • 23 million currently-insured people become uninsured. So basically 25,000 people per year die who would have otherwise lived, because an emergency room is not health care, an emergency room is a bandage and a splint.
  • In about 1/6th of the country, individual health insurance will basically become unavailable. And yep, again we’re talking about red states, mostly.
  • Health insurance for older people would increase drastically. Premiums for 60- to 64-year-olds would increase to average unsubsidized premiums of almost $18,000 per year, well beyond what the majority of people in that age group can afford.

In short, Trumpcare reduces the federal deficit by a tiny amount, but increases the number of dead people by a large amount. As such, it’s even worse than Obamacare — something that Trump promised wouldn’t happen, but I guess he’s too busy playing President to actually care.

– Badtux the “It’s terrible, no good, and evil” Penguin

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Sean Spicer gave a press conference about the firing of James Comey while hiding in the bushes.

No, I’m not joking.

A press conference.

While hiding in the dark in the bushes.

Then Donald Trump said that what happened yesterday was nothing like the 1970’s. While holding a meeting in the Oval Office. With Henry Kissinger.

I don’t recall whether that was before, or after, he met with the Russian Foreign Minister. That was the meeting where Trump banned American — but not Russian — journalists from the meeting.

But the firing of Comey had nothing, nothing I say, to do with the Russia investigation. All coincidental, yessiree! And getting advice from that old war criminal Henry Kissinger about how to shut down that pesky investigation? Priceless!

Oh, why do I say “Monty Python as if written by George R.R. Martin”? Well, it’s because in Game of Thrones, pretty much everybody dies.

Trump’s getting a good start on that one, kicking 24 million people off their health insurance, which is going to result in thousands of dead people. But hey, Valar Morghulis. All he’s doing is speeding up how quickly those people get to heaven. Right? Right?!

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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Remember this asshole?

Thumbs up, y’all!


What an asshole. Hundreds of thousands died because of this asshole and his posturing. Now, let’s look at another group of assholes:

House Republican sociopaths on parade


They were high-fiving each other and shouting “Mission Accomplished!” because they, too, have condemned hundreds of thousands to die by depriving them of healthcare. More particularly: By removing the requirement that insurers offer insurance to people with pre-existing conditions.

Who has a pre-existing condition? Pretty damn well all of us who are past age 40, people. It’s called “living life”. Everybody gets there eventually. I know I’m personally uninsurable if insurers are allowed to deny coverage. Too much wear and tear over the years, plus chronic allergies, genetic in nature, not because I lived wrong. Thing is, anybody who is of a certain age has this wear and tear. It’s just how human bodies age. And there’s millions of people in my boat, any of whom will die if they have a heart attack or get cancer and they don’t have health insurance.

Sociopaths. We are ruled by sociopaths. By cold-blooded lizard people who view human beings as prey, not as fellow travellers in the human race. And people will die if this bill makes it through the Senate, guaranteed.

– Badtux the Healthcare Penguin

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It got up to 94 degrees today. Pretty darn hot for no air conditioning. The good news is that it’s supposed to cool down tomorrow. Phew!

So, I got an alert that one of my drives in my RAID array failed, and when I got in I found that three of the drive bays in my 12-bay NAS unit had died, degrading my ZPOOL too. Well, three drives don’t die at one time, so I rebooted the server, went into the LSI BIOS, and swapped three known good drives into those bays. Still nada, they wouldn’t even blink red. So I did what everybody would do in that situation — I grabbed a backplane off the pile of backplanes behind me that I’d scored off of eBay, and swapped it into the system. The “bad” drives then came back online, added themselves back into the appropriate arrays (with a bit of prompting from me), voila. Hoarders for the win!

So, what’s happening in the world today?

Well, yesterday in 1945 the Red Army hoisted the Soviet flag over the Reichstag, which many historians consider the symbolic end of the Third Reich or, as Steve Bannon calls it, “a temporary setback.”

Jeff Sessions doesn’t like being laughed at. So he prosecuted a woman who laughed when someone said “Jeff Sessions has a well-documented record of treating all people equally under the law” (his actual record is that he’s a raging bigot), and successfully convicted her of disrupting Congress, a crime which carries up to 1 year in Club Fed. Just by comparison: Brock Turner spent 3 months in county jail for raping an unconscious girl. But laughing at a white racist is a more serious crime than raping an unconscious girl, right? Right?!

Talking about rape, Donald Trump just hired yet another person accused of sexual assault by multiple women, Steven Munoz. Because birds of a feather and all that, I guess.

Finally, the Dutch have a good precedent for what to do with a failed leader. Unfortunately applying their lesson to a certain orange racist pussy grabber would result in a lot of heart attacks from eating so much fat…

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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