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After a long week of Republicans doing a premature celebration over the unreleased Mueller Report Barr four-page summary letter, it seems they are eager to move on to a winning topic: Healthcare. So we begin this week's Sunday show rundown with White House ACTING Chief of Staff, ACTING head of the Consumer Financial Bureau, Director of Office of Management & Budget and Harry Potter if adopted by Lord Voldemort, Mick Mulvaney. Appearing on CNN's "State of The Union" with Jake Tapper, Mulvaney said a lot of idiotic shit.


From WHY they've decided on Healthcare (again):

MULVANEY: No, take the president at his word that it is -- it is time to sort of work on policy. Yes, we need to figure out what went wrong with the Mueller report, why -- in all fairness to your network, why the media got it so wrong for so long. But it is time to talk about healthcare.

To HOW they've decided they will tackle healthcare:

TAPPER: Right, but where's the plan?

MULVANEY: Well, we're -- we're doing the same thing on this that we did with taxes.

That ... isn't that reassuring.

But it was when Tapper tried to get clarification about protections for people with pre-existing conditions that Mulvaney's talking point quickly fell apart:

MULVANEY: As to pre-existing conditions, I know a lot of folks have raised that. Keep in mind, every single plan that this administration has ever come out with has covered pre-existing conditions.

TAPPER: Well, let -- let me stop you there for one second, sir.

MULVANEY: Well, let me just finish, because every single plan out of the House Republicans, every single plan out Senate Republicans has covered pre-existing conditions. The debate about pre-existing conditions is over. Everybody supports it. Anybody telling you something different is just not being accurate.

TAPPER: No, but here's the thing. Here -- yes, the Republican bills talk about protecting people with pre-existing conditions. The difference between that and Obamacare is Obamacare says, we're protecting people with pre-existing conditions. Just like the Republican plan, you cannot deny somebody health insurance because they have a pre-existing condition. The difference with the Obamacare plan is they say, 'and you can't charge those people more in insurance premiums.' The Republican plans do not do that.

The difference between having "access" to a plan and making sure that said plan does not charge more for the pre-existing conditions is where Republicans fall apart. Before Mulvaney left to make ANOTHER appearance on ABC's "This Week," Tapper asked him about the bright idea to stop financial aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Or as "Fox & Friends Weekend" put it:

They really are the C-Team of Fox News Propaganda

MULVANEY: Honduras could do more. Nicaragua could do more. El Salvador could do more. And if we're going to give these countries hundreds of millions of dollars, we would like them to do more. That, Jake, I would respectfully submit to you, is not an unreasonable position. We could prevent a lot of what's happening on the southern border by preventing people from moving into Mexico in the first place. And that's what...

TAPPER: Right, but that's what the USAID money does, is it makes those countries more stable. This is not according to me. This is according to experts in your administration.

So the Trump assclowns are making the situation WORSE in those three countries, thus making their reasons for fleeing for asylum bigger and making future "caravans" (2020 election?) more grande so they can (continue to) claim a "national emergency" on the border. Same as with healthcare, it's Republicans throwing wrenches into the machines, then complaining that they're broken.

Let's move on to one of Trump's architects of healthcare, Sen. John Barrasso on NBC's "Meet The Press," to see his brilliant strategy for healthcare:
CHUCK TODD: Let me ask this. Should the American people expect an actual healthcare plan alternative from the Republican Party this year?

BARRASSO: The American people should expect to not have to be burdened with the incredible costs that are affecting them now, as a result of the healthcare law.

TODD:A plan, will we see a new plan from the Republican Party about what their alternative is?

BARRASSO: I've been working on a plan since the day I got to the Senate. And it is association health plans --

TODD: Twelve years now.

So the answer, Barrasso, is NO. No, you guys don't have a plan ready if you win the lawsuit and destroy ALL of Obamacare. Watch below as he basically gives a three-and-a half-minute song and dance to basically say they don't have anything.

We started with "evil Harry Potter" Mick Mulvaney, so let's end with Lord Voldemort himself, Sen. Rick Scott. Appearing on CBS's "Face The Nation," he gave his thoughts on healthcare:
SCOTT: But we do know that Medicare for All, which Senator Sanders is all in on, is going to just ruin our healthcare system. […] And it's also going to ruin private insurance.

Host Margaret Brennan, after Scott finished throwing the same old talking points on healthcare, then tried to get him to answer a very simple question:

BRENNAN: Clearly, the White House is going to have to weigh in, and the White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney was on other television programs this morning saying he can promise no one will be left without healthcare if Obamacare is struck down. But as you've just said there is no plan yet. So how can you promise that-- like a state like yours where it has the most people reliant on Obamacare of any state--how can you promise them they won't be left hanging?

And Rick Scott's answer? Well...

SCOTT: But -- but this idea of taking -- the government taking over healthcare and running all of healthcare has never worked. It's not going to work. We're going -- we're going to ruin the entire system.
Yep! It's "never worked" anywhere ... except every other industrialized nation with better life expectancy, child mortality rates and better overall health or the VA/Tricare medical system. Yes, but other than THOSE successes there are none to speak of.

But what can you expect from the former CEO of a company responsible for the biggest Medicare fraud in history? Honesty is not Rick Scott's strength.

Have a great week. In honor of Nipsey Hussle, here's this 2016 song to get your week started. A message we should never forget.

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.


Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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