Don’t shed a tear for Senator John McCain. As he spends his dying days enjoying the best health care the government can buy, he is in favor of gutting health insurance for 11.8 million Americans who get health insurance via the Affordable Care Act.
Sen. John McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer on July 19, 2017. For him, healthcare is free.
McCain became a quasi-hero last year when he voted against the “skinny repeal” of Obamacare, but don’t be fooled. He votes with Trump 83% of the time and he’s solidly in the “repeal and replace” camp.
The GOP Congress has worked to sabotage the health care law by killing the individual mandate to have insurance, cutting the sign-up period in half, slashing the ad budget and stopping billions in subsidies to insurers.
Despite that, 43,499 people in Arizona enrolled in coverage for 2018 on Healthcare.gov. McCain, who is dying of brain cancer, gets free healthcare as a US Senator and Navy veteran — but he would take away the guarantees and protections that the health care law provides for everyone else.
McCain’s appalling reply
Recently I wrote McCain, calling on him to support the Affordable Care Act. His letter back was appalling:
Since the enactment of Obamacare more than seven years ago, American’s across the country continue to see the consequences of this disastrous law. In Arizona alone, the cost of midlevel health insurance plans on Obamacare’s marketplace increased by 116 percent on average last year. Worse still, before Obamacare, Arizona had 24 insurance companies selling plans on the individual market. Today, there are just two companies and 14 of Arizona’s 15 counties have just one insurer. That is not what President Obama promised when this bill was signed into law, and why the status quo is simply unacceptable.
Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin called herself a “Mama Grizzly” because she said she would fight like a Mama Grizzly to protect her children.
Although “Mama Grizzly” was a catchy marketing slogan for the folksy rural mayor from Alaska, the Republican Party has never embraced the idea of protecting children after birth or helping families. Unfortunately, this week Congressional Republicans took their disregard for middle class families one step further by voting for billions of dollars in tax cuts for big corporations and for the richest Americans– while saddling our children and grandchildren with massive debt to pay the bills in the future.
Hmmm… let’s see… what to do… pass legislation that would actually help millions of Americans– like equitably funding public education across the country or fixing the Affordable Care Act (to make it affordable) — OR cut taxes for your rich donors? Cut taxes, of course! With party-line votes to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Congressional Republicans have shown that they are far more interested in enriching the billionaire class than in improving the lives of everyday Americans. Universal healthcare? Food Security? World-class public education? Safe roads and bridges? Financial stability for the middle class? Meh. Congressional Republicans don’t care about pursuing the People’s To-Do List.
Although the majority of Americans see the tax cut bill as unfair, Republicans are on course to deliver the biggest Christmas present… ever… to the 0.01%.
In my opinion, the passage of this massive wealth transfer bill underscores the need for a few new progressive action items…
Posted in Arizona Congressional Delegation, Arizona State Legislature, Budgets, Campaigns, Congress, Economics, GOP War On..., IOKIYAR, Justice, Pamela Powers Hannley
Tagged Jeff Flake, John McCain, Martha McSally
Cross-posted from RestoreReason.com.
Dear Senators Flake and McCain,
First of all, let me thank you for your service to our state and our country. I realize your job is not an easy one, but hope you understand this is also not an easy time to be an engaged patriot. Millions of us are incredibly anxious about the future of our country and our world. At this time, more than almost anytime in my adult life, we need real leadership.
As a school board member, I am really worried about President Trump’s and his SecED nominee’s intentions with K–12 education. He thinks our nation’s current education system is “flush with cash” and that our children are “deprived of all knowledge.” For Arizona at least, both of these statements are ridiculous. Our per pupil funding is 48th in the nation and our teachers the 47th lowest paid. Even so, our student’s National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores continue to rise and we led the nation in growth on the science test from 2009 to 2015. Continue reading
Posted in Education
Tagged accountability, betsy devos, charters, commercialization, district schools, Jeff Flake, John McCain, public schools, transparency, trump, vouchers
“The Explorer News is the Voice of Marana, Oro Valley and Northwest Tucson” (aka The Explorer)
Tucson local media, home of Explorer, Marana News, Foothills News, Desert Times and Inside Tucson Business has announced the Explorer’s General Election endorsements today :
U.S. Senate – John McCain (R), incumbent
Congressional District 1 – Tom O’ Halleran (D)
Pima County Board of Supervisors:
-District 1 – Brian Bickel (D)
-District 3: Sharon Bronson (D), incumbent
Pima County Sheriff:
Mark Napier (R)
Vote wisely on or before Nov. 8, 2016. Early voting started October 12.
Posted in Carolyn Classen, Community, Elections, Tucson
Tagged Brian Bickel, Desert Times, Explorer News, Foothills News, Inside Tucson Business, John McCain, Marana News, Mark Napier, Sharon Bronson, The Explorer, Tom O'Halleran, Tucson local media
I watched the whole GOP debate Wednesday night, twice, and truly wasn’t impressed by anyone on the stage, including the moderators, but the general consensus was that Marco Rubio won, for some reason. Robby Van Winkle, AKA Vanilla Ice, thinks so.
(Warning: Linked videos autoplay.)
What I heard was Rubio whining about the media, whining how difficult it has been for him to recover from a poor childhood and student loans and manage his current finances despite an income of nearly $200K a year and a $1 million book deal, whining about how expensive it is to send his children to religious private schools, and whining that Jeb! and the Sun Sentinel were unfairly criticizing him for missing many Senate votes while openly stating that he hates being a Senator and you should just elect him President now, please, because John McCain missed votes too eight years ago.
It was a truly Presidential-level performance, for the caliber of GOP candidates on offer for the 2016 election, I guess. Eyeroll.
A view of Oak Flat from the video below. Educate yourself. Watch the videos below.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a man revered in my household when I was a child, made a promise to the San Carolos Apache back in the 1955 that there would be no mining at Oak Flat. He made this promise when he opened up other Northern Arizona acreage to copper mining, and you can see the consequences of these promises decades later.
In 2014, Arizona Senator John McCain (AKA Despicable Me) attached an Oak Flat rider to an unrelated defense bill — thus clearing the way for mining on sacred Apache land by Resolution Copper, a foreign company– the land that Eisenhower promised would be saved from mining. The Tucson Weekly’s headline is 100% accurate, it was a “new low” for McCain.
Until this week, I had blamed McCain and fellow Arizona Senator Jeff Flake for this travesty, but then I stumbled upon a link revealing that Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick stood with the entire Arizona Republican delegation on Oak Flat— and against the Apache. (You’ll remember that Kirkpatrick has had long-time support from Native Americans.)
This story is from Kirkpatrick’s own website: AZ Republic: Gosar, Kirkpatrick join forces for Ariz. copper mine. This is really disappointing news about Kirkpatrick because I was ready to back her against McCain for the US Senate, but this Oak Flat slight of hand by the Congress is morally wrong.
Copper mining has devastated large swaths of Arizona. Why does this industry also need the ~700 acres at Oak Flat?
Posted in Activism, Arizona Congressional Delegation, Civil Rights, Congress, Corruption, Ethics, GOP War On..., IOKIYAR, Justice, Legislation, McCain, Pamela Powers Hannley
Tagged Ann Kirkpatrick, Apache, David Schweikert, Jeff Flake, John McCain, Matt Salmon, Oak Flat, Paul Gosar, trent franks