Nobody is trying to legislate away their right to marry.Nobody is trying to make them buy insurance…

Nobody is trying to legislate away their right to marry.Nobody is trying to make them buy insurance to pay for ‘male health care.’The law never:Enslaved their great-grandparentsRobbed their grandparentsImprisoned their parentsShot them when…

Some shit that went down today, August 9th, 2017: Day 202

Look, It’s Time to Collectively and Officially Give Up on Ivanka Trump

Look, It’s Time to Collectively and Officially Give Up on Ivanka Trump:

Which begs the question: what political capital? Ivanka Trump has displayed none in her father’s White House—and it’s time to accept that there’s a good chance she never will. To invoke the old cliché, if insanity is repeating the same actions over and over and expecting a different result, it’s time to stop expecting Ivanka will do anything meaningful with her proximity to power. It would be pointless to continue to note her silent opposition to her father’s agenda or paint her as a bastion of virtue amid Steve Bannon’s alt-right swamp. She is not going to save us, or anyone else. And she is not going to stand in Trump’s way as he scandalizes Boy Scouts, or sanctions potentially unconstitutional discrimination from the Oval Office.

We now know how the Trump presidency will end. Let’s hope we survive: Burman | Toronto Star

We now know how the Trump presidency will end. Let’s hope we survive: Burman | Toronto Star:

Here is a Canadian writer’s take on how the Trump presidency will come to an inglorious end. This view from  The Toronto Star paints a dark portrait of what could lie ahead:

“More than anyone, Trump knows what Mueller will discover. He knows the legal peril that he and his family are in. He also knows that his presidency is certain to end — in some way — if that story ever becomes public.”

“We should remember this when we see how Trump acts in the weeks to come. Like a cornered rat, he will fight to protect his interests. In every conceivable way, he will work to stop Mueller’s probe, to challenge Congress if it intervenes, to undermine the press and judiciary if they get in the way and — yes — even to engage in reckless military adventures if he thought that would strengthen his position.”

Tell the Senate to Protect Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments and Americans’ Access to Affordable Care!

The “skinny” bill got a big fat NO thanks to the trail blazed by two moderate Republican senators, but it’s not over yet. White House aides have made it clear that Trump is prepared to eliminate cost-sharing reduction payments in order to bully senators into passing a health care bill. Kellyanne Conway says that the President will decide this week whether or not to continue Obamacare payments to insurers. Your senators need to be reminded that they work for you, not for POTUS. Tell them to join Senator Susan Collins as she once again stands up and speaks out against the administration’s attempt to play politics with hardworking Americans’ access to care.

Before You Call: Look up the name of your senator’s health care staffer here and take a moment to learn more about what cost-sharing reduction payments are and why they’re important. CSRs help low-income Americans afford insurance premiums. The government pays a portion of their costs directly to insurers. If these payments stop, insurers won’t get financial assistance for the costs they’re incurring, which is likely to result in a) insurers pulling out of the market or b) raising premiums to recoup costs.

Script: Hi, I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP] calling about health care. I’d like to share some of my opinions on health care policy, which is my highest priority issue as a voter. I would like to speak to a legislative assistant who works on health care, can you connect me [to NAME, if you have one. PAUSE for the assistant to come on the line].

If You’re Speaking to a Republican: Hello, I’m calling to urge Senator [NAME] to let go of the repeal and replace agenda and instead focus on bipartisan health care reform in regular legislative order. I realize President Trump is pressuring Republicans to pass a bill and threatening to withhold cost-sharing reduction payments if they don’t. I’m appalled by that and I hope Senator [NAME] is, too. I think any and all health care reform needs to be done through the democratic process, so please urge Senator [NAME] to immediately speak out against the President’s threats and work to pass legislation to stabilize the insurance market and make sure that the cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers are fully funded. We can’t afford to let the President play politics with millions of Americans’ access to affordable health care. This issue is my top priority as a voter because [SHARE YOUR STORY], and I urge Senator [NAME] to address it immediately. Thanks so much for taking my call.

If You’re Speaking to a Democrat: Hello, I’m calling to thank Senator [NAME] for voting NO on the repeal and replace bill; I am so relieved to have a senator who supports affordable access to health care. I’m very concerned about the President’s threats to end cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers in order to sabotage the ACA. Trump’s ultimatums underscore the need for Congress to pass legislation that ensures funding for these payments. I’m counting on Senator [NAME] to do whatever it takes legislatively and publicly to get this done as well as publicly commit to bipartisan reform efforts! Thanks so much for taking my call. 


Opinion | Carl Reiner: Justice Kennedy, Don’t Retire

Opinion | Carl Reiner: Justice Kennedy, Don’t Retire:

The country needs justices like you who decide each case with fairness and humanity, and whose allegiance is to the Constitution of the United States of America, not to a party line. You have always voted your conscience, and defended the rights and liberties of all our citizens.