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Three Strategies to Defend GOP Health Bill: Euphemisms, False Statements and Deleted Comments

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan conducting a presentation in early March of the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

  • Since the passage of the American Health Care Act, Republican members of Congress have tried to swing public opinion to their side. ProPublica has been tracking what they’re saying.
  • Related: Special Report | GOP Health Care Reform: Week Ending June 24, 2017

Charles Ornstein, ProPublica

http://www.kfai.org/files/images/health%20care%20symbol%20screw.jpg May 25, 2017 | Earlier this month, a day after the House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act, Ashleigh Morley visited her congressman’s Facebook page to voice her dismay.

“Your vote yesterday was unthinkably irresponsible and does not begin to account for the thousands of constituents in your district who rely upon many of the services and provisions provided for them by the ACA,” Morley wrote on the page affiliated with the campaign of Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. “You never had my vote and this confirms why.”

https://www.propublica.org/images/member_photos/photo_2092.jpg Charles Ornstein is a senior reporter for ProPublica <>covering health care and the pharmaceutical industry.

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Special Report | GOP Health Care Reform: Week Ending June 24, 2017, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.

  • We have time to fight back, and it doesn’t matter if you have a Republican or Democratic Senator—you are needed in this fight. Here’s how to fight back.
  • 8 New Items including:
  • It's Time to Stop TrumpCare and We've Got a Plan.
  • Health Care Has Been Cut Before. Here’s What Happened.
  • Cerebral Palsy Didn’t Stop This College Junior. Obamacare Repeal Might
  • The face of Republican evil: It’s not Donald Trump.
  • Money in Politics: Here’s how much health insurance companies paid Republicans to flip their vote on Trumpcare.
  • GOP senators have concerns with Senate-drafted Health Care Bill

 

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Henry A. Giroux | War Culture, Militarism and Racist Violence Under Trump

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Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a campaign rally in Prescott Valley, Arizona, on October 4, 2016. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

 

We must disrupt the "common sense" that is produced in mainstream cultural apparatuses and that serves as glue for the rise of right-wing populism. This is not merely a call for a third political party. Any vision for this movement must reject the false notion that capitalism and democracy are synonymous. Democratic socialism is once again moving a generation of young people. We need to accelerate this movement for a radical democracy before it is too late.

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Graphic%20%7C%20Arms%20at%20the%20Statue%20of%20Liberty.jpg Wednesday, December 14, 2016 | When history repeats itself with a vengeance, it generally signals a crisis of memory, historical consciousness and civic literacy. The ghosts of the past disappear in a comforting somnolence and a deadening market-driven culture of consumption, privatization and individualization. As a mode of moral witnessing, memory withers, lost in forms of historical and social amnesia that usher in the dark clouds of authoritarianism, albeit in updated forms.

Albert Camus understood this as well as anyone, and viewed fascism as a deadly virus that could reappear in new forms. For Camus, the disease of fascism could only be fought with the antibody of consciousness -- embracing the past as a way of protecting the present and the future against the damage now forgotten. The words that appear in the concluding paragraph of The Plague are as relevant today as they were when they were written. Camus writes:

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department and the Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar in Critical Pedagogy. His most recent books are America's Addiction to Terrorism (Monthly Review Press, 2016) and America at War with Itself (City Lights, 2017). He is also a contributing editor to a number of journals, including Tikkun, the Journal of Wild Culture and Ragazine. Giroux is also a member of Truthout's Board of Directors.

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Special Report | GOP Health Care Reform: Week Ending June 24, 2017

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We have time to fight back, and it doesn’t matter if you have a Republican or Democratic Senator—you are needed in this fight. Here’s how to fight back.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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It's Time to Stop TrumpCare and We've Got a Plan, Indivisible

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  • After weeks of total secrecy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a draft of the Senate TrumpCare bill. Senate Republicans don’t have the votes...not yet. We have time to fight back, and it doesn’t matter if you have a Republican or Democratic Senator—you are needed in this fight. Here’s how to fight back.
  • Stop TrumpCare in the Senate Call Script

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  • Yes, we’ve cut health care before. But the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and cuts to Medicaid would make history.
  • The current changes proposed by congressional Republicans are tremendously more consequential than anything we have previously experienced.

 

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http://www.kfai.org/files/images/health%20care%20symbol%20screw.jpg Cerebral Palsy Didn’t Stop This College Junior. Obamacare Repeal Might, Jonathan Cohn, HuffPost

Here’s what cutting Medicaid could mean for people with disabilities.

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The face of Republican evil: It’s not Donald Trump, Amanda Marcotte, Salon

Mitch McConnell's gruesome health care scam reveals the corrupt, antidemocratic character of the entire GOP.

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Money in Politics: Here’s how much health insurance companies paid Republicans to flip their vote on Trumpcare, Tom Cahill, Resistance Report

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/files/2014/03/Congress.Money_.pngIf the list of the 12 (or 13, depending on the source) members of the Senate working group writing a new Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill is any indicator, the new healthcare bill is very likely to be just as punishing, if not more, than the bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

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GOP senators have concerns with Senate-drafted Health Care Bill, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Senate Republicans' Healthcare Bill: What's Changed & What's the Same?
  • We broke down what senators have changed from House-passed version of the American Health Care Act, and what they’ve kept (for now).
  • Part 2: Which GOP senators have concerns with the health-care bill
  • Senate leaders can afford to lose only two Republicans.
  • Related: No country for people with disabilities

 

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Special Report | Days of Revolt: How to Resist Trump's Shock Doctrine (Video)

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  • Here’s one thing I’ve learned over two decades of reporting from dozens of crises around the world: these tactics can be resisted. And for your convenience, I’ve tried to boil it down to a 5-step plan.Adapted from Naomi Klein’s new book, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need, published by Haymarket Books. 
  • Related: Naomi Klein on Winning the World We Need

Naomi Klein, The Intercept

https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/simgad/5585284140253900075 June 13 2017 | Shock. It’s a word that has come up a lot since November— for obvious reasons.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about shock. Ten years ago, I published “The Shock Doctrine,” an investigation that spanned four decades from Pinochet’s U.S.-backed coup in 1970s Chile to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

I noticed a brutal and recurring tactic by right wing governments. After a shocking event – a war, coup, terrorist attack, market crash or natural disaster – exploit the public’s disorientation. Suspend democracy.  Push through radical “free market” policies that enrich the 1 percent at the expense of the poor and middle class.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, and author of the international bestsellers No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, and most recently This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. In 2017 she joined The Intercept as Senior Correspondent.

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Naomi Klein on Winning the World We Need, Naomi Klein and Brit Marling, The Nation and Haymarket Books

The acclaimed journalist and author joins Brit Marling to explain why just resisting Trump is not enough.

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Ossoff defeat proves Dems would rather piss away money than shift to the left

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Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel (Photo by ajc.com)

 

  • The Democratic Party will continue to lose, even in the age of Trump, if it continues to offer voters centrist, uninspiring, do-nothing candidates like Ossoff.
  • Related: Don’t let the Democrats censor the real resistance

Yvonne C. Claes, Medium

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Jun 21, 2017 | As a Progressive, I am pleased that Democrat Jon Ossoff lost to Republican Karen Handel in Tuesday’s special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

I’m glad because Ossoff’s defeat proves to the Democratic Party what Progressives have been saying all along: It’s about the issues, assholes, and you won’t win when you offer candidates who oppose single-payer healthcare and a $15/hour national minimum wage.

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Don’t let the Democrats censor the real resistance, Gloria La Riva, Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) 

  • https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/psl/pages/713/attachments/original/1491013353/17499584_10154643405722515_5895804635282924565_n.jpg?1491013353 Left side: The censored version of the PSL poster from the Democratic Party's tweet 
  • Building the Anti-Trump Resistence
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Naomi Klein on Winning the World We Need

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  • The acclaimed journalist and author joins Brit Marling to explain why just resisting Trump is not enough.
  • Related: Special Report | Days of Revolt: How to Resist Trump's Shock Doctrine (Video)

The Nation and Haymarket Books

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https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/simgad/5585284140253900075  June 19, 2017 | Donald Trump’s takeover of the White House is a dangerous escalation in a world of cascading crises. His reckless agenda—including a corporate coup in government, aggressive scapegoating and warmongering, and sweeping aside climate science to set off a fossil fuel frenzy—will generate waves of disasters and shocks to the economy, national security, and the environment.

Acclaimed journalist, activist, and bestselling author Naomi Klein has spent two decades studying political shocks, climate change, and brand bullies. From this unique perspective, she argues that Trump is not an aberration but a logical extension of the worst, most dangerous trends of the past half-centurythe very conditions that have unleashed a rising tide of white nationalism the world over. It is not enough, she tells us, to merely resist, to say no. Our historical moment demands more: a credible and inspiring yes, a roadmap to reclaiming the populist ground from those who would divide usone that sets a bold course for winning the fair and caring world we want and need.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, and author of the international bestsellers No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, and most recently This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. In 2017 she joined The Intercept as Senior Correspondent.

Brit Marling is the creator and executive producer of The OA. Her film and TV roles include The OA, Another Earth, I Origins, Arbitrage, and The East.

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Special Report | Days of Revolt: How to Resist Trump's Shock Doctrine (Video), Naomi Klein, The Intercept 

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  • Here’s one thing I’ve learned over two decades of reporting from dozens of crises around the world: these tactics can be resisted. And for your convenience, I’ve tried to boil it down to a 5-step plan.Adapted from Naomi Klein’s new book, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need, published by Haymarket Books. 
  • Related: Naomi Klein on Winning the World We Need

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