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While You Were Sleeping Senate Republicans Passed a Resolution to Let Them Pull the Plug on Obamacare

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GOP Marks for Death All the Parts of the Affordable Care Act Trump Promised to Keep

For more than seven hours Senate Democrats fought the GOP majority in an overnight battle to try to save Obamacare, or at least protect the parts most Americans say they want to keep, but it was an exercise in futility. By 1:25 AM Thursday morning, Senate Republicans defeated every single Democratic amendment, and passed a budget resolution that will allow them to pull the plug on Obamacare. The vote was 51-48. Because Republicans are claiming this is a budget resolution, only a simple majority was needed.

Above video: Democrats defy Senate rules to explain why they are voting against the resolution to kill Obamacare. Forward to final 8 minutes to watch Dems defend constituents and Obamacare.

Despite promises from leading Republicans, including President-elect Donald Trump, gone will be the ability for parents to keep their children on their health insurance until age 26, gone will be the ban on insurance companies refusing to pay for pre-existing conditions — including pregnancy, cancer, HIV, and diabetes, gone will be the mandate that insurers must pay for contraception coverage. Democrats filed amendments to save them all, all were defeated.

Here’s Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s impassioned plea to Republicans to protect women’s healthcare: “If you love your mothers and daughters and wives, please do not unwind the ACA. We need women’s health protected.”

In short, Republicans showed that under cover of darkness, literally while America slept, they wanted to massacre healthcare in America, and so they did. 

Senator Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee, cast the final deciding vote:

The overnight action was largely procedural, so Obamacare is not dead yet, just on the table headed to the operating room where its opponents will perform the necessary operations before pulling the plug, leaving 30 million people uninsured. But there are several steps lawmakers still have to take. But the roadblocks are few.

They have no legitimate replacement plan, so despite Donald Trump’s promises, tens of millions will lose coverage. Any possible substitution will not offer a “seamless” transition, as the President-elect promised on “60 Minutes” after winning the election.

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WHITE NATIONALISM IS HATE

White Nationalist Congressman Tweets White Nationalist Group’s Motto in Sex Worker Meme

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Dr. Paul Gosar, a Republican U.S. Rep. from Arizona and a white nationalist on Sunday tweeted out a meme featuring a sex worker and the motto from a white nationalist group.

“$50 WHATEVER YOU WANT BABY,” says a woman peering into a car. The driver says, “Can you TELL EVERYONE AMERICA FIRST IS INEVITABLE.”

America First is inevitable,” as HuffPost reports, “is the motto of the ‘America First’ white nationalist movement headed by the racist and anti-Semitic podcaster Nick Fuentes.”

Gosar’s original tweet is here. NCRM has inserted a screenshot in case it gets deleted.

Gosar late last month delivered the hate group’s keynote address, then on the same day headed to CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, and appeared to denounce white nationalism.

 

Image by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia and a CC license

 

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GRIFTER

RNC Reinforces Ties to Trump by Moving Major Donor Dinner to Mar-a-Lago

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The Republican Party has had multiple chances to distance itself from former President Donald Trump, including most recently when he sent the RNC a cease and desist letter warning them to not use his name or image for fundraising. But as usual the RNC just reinforced its ties to Trump, moving a major donor dinner to Mar-a-Lago.

“The weekend retreat in early April for the party’s most influential donors will be at a luxury hotel in Palm Beach, as in past years,” The Washington Post reports. “But the RNC has decided to move the Saturday evening portion of the schedule to the former president’s private club to accommodate Trump and guests who would like to visit the site.”

The move will line Trump’s pockets with cash and give him another opportunity to bask in the spotlight of the donors’ adulation.

At least 350 are expected to attend the Mar-a-Lago event.

 

Image Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr 

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LIES AND THE LYING LIARS THAT TELL THEM

Marjorie Taylor Greene Lies Pending LGBTQ Equality Bill Has ‘Completely Canceled Women’ and ‘Destroyed Women’s Rights’

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U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) on Monday used her time to address the House of Representatives by lying to her colleagues and attacking the LGBTQ Equality Act.

The legislation, which passed the House but has not been debated in the Senate or even voted on, much less signed into law, “has completely destroyed women’s rights,” and “has completely canceled women,” the QAnon Congresswoman lied.

The Equality Act, she continued, “has taken away women’s rights in sports,” which is also false.

“It has completely canceled women and I think it’s a terrible thing that’s happened to the women in America who have come so far, our grandmothers and mothers worked so hard to achieve our rights. And now with the passage of the Equality Act they have put men in our little girls bathrooms, sports, locker rooms, playing fields, and seem to care less about women’s rights whatsoever.”

Again the Equality Act has only passed the House, not the Senate, nor has it been signed into law, so it has not been enacted.

“They’ve also completely destroyed religious freedoms and and violated our freedoms and rights in every single way,” she insisted, not naming who “they” are.

“The Equality Act is atrocious and evil,” she said, repeating the false claim she has made several times. “It completely erases gender, that God created us ‘male and female in his image.’ He created us. Women deserve their rights, we deserve our sports, we deserve our privacy, and should not have the invasion of biological men in any of these areas.”

Green has been trying to remake herself from a conspiracy theorist and QAnon promoter to a far right religious extremist anti-choice activist. Her diatribe on International Women’s Day did little to advance that goal, or any other cause.

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