@TonyStark @MJ To me the other key factor here is that the 1% - which is the Rs only true constituency - can pay for platinum healthcare out of pocket. They have no interest in affordable healthcare for all except in keeping it from denting their outsized wallets.

@TheRealBozoTClown @TonyStark No question. They only want good things for the top top and nobody else. Yet the people they take things from who vote for them mistakenly think they’re one tax cut from being in the 1%. The Republican Party has a real investment in never letting those people get there.

Donald Trump presided over not 1, not 2, but THREE Chinese spy balloons, none of which he shot down and all of which he hid from the public.

The 3 #ChineseSpyBalloons exposes the emptiness of #Trump’s tough talk.

Thank you President #Biden for walking the walk.

@RitchieTorres

Republican’s first response to pretty much everything: “Shoot at it.”

The irony is that if it was shot down sooner, they’d have been on Faux News criticizing him for allowing the military to shoot it down over land. Biden handled it properly.

@TonyStark I live close to the WI/MN border and folow MN politics as I grew up in there. As good as the situation is in Minnesota, the situation in Wisconsin is dire. We need everyone to vote in the Wisconsin primary for Supreme Court Justice. Milwaukee County Judge Janet Protasiewicz was the first liberal to announce their candidacy in the race and is my choice. Wisconsin, don't sit this one out. The future of our Democratic voices are at stake
PLEASE BOOST FAR AND WIDE!!! And VOTE Wisconsin!

@TonyStark and it has always been thus. Republicans railed against social security as socialism, Medicare as socialism, basically any advance for workers and the middle class-all of it was labeled socialism. Republicans brainwashed middle class Americans into thinking they were on their side when in reality they couldn’t give a damn about them…except as servants to support their lifestyle.

@KentNelson @TonyStark
This is similar to my experience. Was faced with not being able to afford ins. when the ACA came into effect. It gave me great ins. in WA till I was eligible for Medicare

@TonyStark

“In 2022, Democrats did not lose control of a single state legislative chamber, a huge feat in a midterm election year for the party occupying the White House. In addition, Democrats flipped legislative chambers in Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Early signs indicate that Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party is particularly energized and ready to use its new trifecta control to improve voting access in the North Star State.”

Very important.

@TonyStark @Tengrain
That wasn't a Chinese spy balloon. It was part of a reboot of 'Around the World in 80 Days' starring Anthony Devolder and Kitara Ravachi.

The Republicans use culture war propaganda as a distraction.

Without health insurance, most people would be bankrupt with a single hospitalization.

But that’s what Republicans want. One party is out to help most people. The other is dead set against them.

Opinion When Republicans rant about ‘socialism,’ remember the Affordable Care Act-
wapo.st/3l9cXuD

@TonyStark Of course that’s what Republicans want. Poor people will work for less money that way. Hope the Republican voters who apparently are relying on the ACA are paying attention.

@TonyStark

It's sad to say, but two of my siblings residing in Texas due to their age, and employment status - not being eligible for company health plans that require full time employment - have both had to live without any insurance at all. They're in that "in-between" age where they're beyond their prime working years, but not old enough for Medicare - and just can't afford it.

It's a bad situation, especially because this is when they likely need coverage the most.

My daughter on the other hand was able to qualify immediately for great coverage from WA state's expanded Medicaid program when she was working part time at minimum wages and barely able to make ends meet.

This is a good illustration of what Democrats can do when they're in charge. Republicans spend all their time talking down the very things that can help average people the most.

@KentNelson

I don't have any personal friends who are Republicans, but over the years I've had colleagues who obviously do not share my political views and I end up networking with people from other parts of the country.

I'll never forget the people advising each other not to buy real insurance and instead to buy into some Christian scheme in Texas that was indeed a type of insurance (pool their money, pay for each other's care), just not one that had any oversight but its own or would have met government criteria for what coverage is.

No thanks, I'll go with the one where the feds or state tell them they have to cover my care, even if sometimes we have to fight them to actually get it covered. I'm guessing the Christian insurance isn't paying for full spectrum reproductive care.

@Meeche @TonyStark

@TonyStark Here's one. This isn't an ACA plan. There's an early paragraph that's a bit misleading. It says that 1 in 7 claims are denied and then gives the figure of ACA plan denials that aren't appealed.

We need more socialized health care, not less.

The United States government funds the development of drugs, then the drug companies turn around and make huge profits on them. If they decide your treatment is too expensive, they can deny it and try to make you pay out of pocket like they did with Christopher McNaughton. He was facing nearly a million dollars of denied claims for his ulcerative colitis and a lapse in his care could have left him with no treatment that would have worked. UnitedHealthcare kept denying his claims and decided to pay for a drug that was four times the cost of the original one his doctors wanted because it matched their arcane rules.

Medicare for All won't solve everything but it would be an improvement.

propublica.org/article/unitedh

@MariaHill @Meeche @TonyStark

There's also the plan I call the Mexico Insurance Plan in Texas.

You got it, it's the plan where Texans flock to Mexico for healthcare, where it's more affordable.

I kid you not, this happens in my own family. Especially for dental care and a variety of medicines such as antibiotics that you can get over the counter there. This is insane, in my opinion. Why should we have to do that?

And yet, they act like it's perfectly normal.

They've been sold a really bad bill of goods on healthcare by the Republicans.

Sorry, but Koch & cronies are going in to fund whoever is willing to cut corporate taxes, cut entitlement programs, cut green energy programs, increase big oil and gas corporate profits, and cut useful regulations.

Koch Network Vow to Wage a 2024 Fight Against Trump:
time.com/6253038/koch-brothers

Why Republicans are no longer credible on balanced budgets

We’re stuck in a ridiculous conversation in which we’re all supposed to pretend that Republicans genuinely care about balanced budgets. We know better.

msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/m

This is not ok.

Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro addressed right-wing activists at Trump resort in Miami amid calls for him to be ejected from the country

Charles R. Davis Feb 3, 2023, 5:40 PM

businessinsider.com/jair-bolso
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Does this man, as a Brazilian care that the group he spoke for is led by a neo-nazi?

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