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#ResistTrump today by calling your senators about ethics-challenged ACA foe Tom Price

Time to get a second opinion

And the confirmation hearings continue. The biggest priority? Urging senators to block the nomination of Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The two biggest issues:

First, he’s a fervent opponent of the Affordable Care Act who wants to privatize and thus undermine Medicare. His plan for an ACA “replacement” is a joke. (For more, see here.)

Second, he has also engaged in what looks and awful lot like insider trading. Price reportedly invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in stocks of health-related firms … while promoting legislation that would help these firms. This is the sort of thing that people go to jail for (Martha Stewart, anyone?), and it’s outrageous that Republicans are trying to push his confirmation through before these charges are investigated. (For more on his ethics issues see here.)

For broader overviews of these and other issues with Price, see here and here.

So get calling! Or emailing!

You can find contact info for your senators here.

You can find out if they’re on the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee (the committee he’s testifying before) here.

See my posts here and here for information and advice on how to make your calls and emails effective. If making these sorts of calls is tough for you, here’s some advice on calling politicians if you have social anxiety.

And while you’re at it, tell your senators — and congresspeople — to urge them to oppose the GOP’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. (See my post here.)

Also. encourage them to boycott Trump’s inauguration. (See my post here.)

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Aleator
Aleator
3 years ago

Trump isn’t even trying to hide his corrupt agenda. Price is quite literally a corporate crony.

It’s interesting to note that every single one of his appointments engaged in the most transparently obvious question-dodging we’ve seen to this date. Carson was the worst.

Weird (resist trump today) Eddie
Weird (resist trump today) Eddie
3 years ago

from CNN

With their party set to turn over the White House, and already nearly powerless in Congress, Democrats sitting on Capitol Hill could soon take a backseat to progressives and allied groups planning to stand up to Trump with mass protests and direct actions.

Resist!!

Price says he doesn’t know what stocks he has… well, bunky, as a legislator dealing daily with possible conflicts of interest, dontcha think you should’a CHECKED???

LindsayIrene
3 years ago
Laugher at Bigots, Mincing Betaboy

What happened to Steve Bannon?

LindsayIrene
3 years ago

Bannon appears to still be one of Trump’s minions. There’s always room for more kaka in the kakacracy!

Fishy Goat
Fishy Goat
3 years ago

Steve’s not nasty enough? 😉

@Lindsay I find it amazing/maddening that ‘kakacracy’ is so similar to a real word ‘kakocracy’, which means pretty much the same thing. 🙂 Thanks, ancient Greeks! 🙂 (Maddening because this shit has been happening for millenia!)

Fishy Goat
Fishy Goat
3 years ago

I should have said ‘existing word’.

Dalillama, Shepherd of Demonic Crocodiles
Dalillama, Shepherd of Demonic Crocodiles
3 years ago

@Fishy Goat
Kakistocracy is how I’ve usually seen it written.
EDIT: NM, just saw your comment on the DeVos thread.

Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
3 years ago

My Senator’s on the committee. Talked to a very bored staffer about Price’s bullshit and Obamacare

Re: Bannon
Does this mean he’s been demoted?

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
3 years ago

He’s a surgeon. Oh, boy.

Old hospital joke: What’s the difference between God and a surgeon? God doesn’t think He’s a surgeon.

leftwingfox
leftwingfox
3 years ago

It doesn’t look like Bannon’s going anywhere, The president has multiple advisor positions that can be filled with ambulatory trash bags.

Troubelle: Moonbeam Malcontent + Bard of the New Movement
Troubelle: Moonbeam Malcontent + Bard of the New Movement
3 years ago

Not everyone has a dollar to their name
And voices have been elevated to fame
By saying the penniless deserve shame
For not engaging in a corporate game.

There are those out there owning more than all the small combined
And for some mysterious reason they want more, more, more
It couldn’t have been long before their interests intertwined
And money started being stored offshore

When one has so much, and many others have so little,
Wouldn’t it make sense to let those above give to the below?
But according to the election, that idea’s got little affection
So those without may as well have been lined up in a row

cheesynougats
cheesynougats
3 years ago

@Lindsay,

I remember the whole thing about Power and Light a few years ago. The crowd there is an island of white in a sea of multiculturalism.

dreemr
dreemr
3 years ago

Off topic, but @Fishy Goat – are you, by chance, a Capricorn?

Jenora Feuer
Jenora Feuer
3 years ago

@LindsayIrene:
Sounds like he should get along just fine with Trump, whose father after all spent a lot of time trying to make sure black people would never be shown or sold any of his ‘good’ places.

Moggie
Moggie
3 years ago

FBI, 5 other agencies probe possible covert Kremlin aid to Trump

Investigators are examining how money may have moved from the Kremlin to covertly help Trump win, the two sources said. One of the allegations involves whether a system for routinely paying thousands of Russian-American pensioners may have been used to pay some email hackers in the United States or to supply money to intermediaries who would then pay the hackers, the two sources said.

One possible problem with this:

Steele’s reports also alleged that Russian consulates in New York, Washington and Miami were used to deliver “tens of thousands of dollars” to Kremlin-hired operatives using fictitious names as if they were legitimate Russian-American pensioners. That “ruse” was designed to give Russia “plausible deniability,” Steele’s reports suggested. However, Russia does not operate a consulate in Miami.

Everyone sings Steele’s praises, but he seems a bit lax on the fact-checking.

Fishy Goat
Fishy Goat
3 years ago

@ dreemr Yup. 🙂

Fishy Goat
Fishy Goat
3 years ago

@Dalillama Oh shoot, did I remember it wrong? *headdesk*

dreemr
dreemr
3 years ago

Thanks for indulging me, @Fishy Goat

*Capricorn hoof-bump

Christina Nordlander, Emperor's White Knight
Christina Nordlander, Emperor's White Knight
3 years ago

Greek grammar nerdery: “Kakocracy” means “rule of the bad”, “kakistocracy” means “rule of the worst” (and thus the opposite of the rather optimistic meaning of “aristocracy”, “rule of the best”).

Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
3 years ago

@Fishy Goat & Dali

Both are correct, kakistocracy is the superlative for kakocracy. So in this case, it definitely applies.