From The Spin Of Lies, A Truth Emerges

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DDA cam is a mechanical moving part; cams open and close passages that lead to interior functions that power machines; cams are efficient at opening and closing access to energy sources, but when the idea is applied to political policy, the cam represents a device for the way Trump and his team open and close access to crucial policy issues, especially healthcare and foreign policy.

Under Trump, the cam works to close access more than it does to open access. The political cam operates to deflect attention from bad decisions–often by putting worse decisions in the public eye! What can be worse than using healthcare for political blackmail–using crisis created by politics to take the country hostage? The encroachment of Russian influence into America’s foreign policy. These bi-polar twins open and close, but conceal the worst of their actions by spinning the glimpses we receive, often by tweets!

Trump’s blaming Jeff Sessions for not investigating himself, a principle of legal ethics and law, is a typical Trump deflection–it distracted from the little noticed Trump’s ban of CIA programs that train and arm resistance to Syria’s Assad! Distraction is a countermeasure present in the timing and decisions made by Trump/his team going back to the GOP convention (when lead by a Russian lobbyist, his team changed the GOP platform, weakening its call for Russian sanctions) to the imbroglio with Gen. Flynn, his NSA director, who discussed Russian sanctions without authorization before he was in office, and then lied.

Distraction hid Erik Prince, his sister is EdSec, he a security owner whose employees were tried for killing innocent civilians in Iraq. Prince met “incidentally” in the Seychelles (an island nation in the Indian Ocean) with a Putin ally. Jared Krushner sought to arrange back channel communications to Russian officials, bypassing US official portals. Donald, Jr. “loved it” when he arranged a meeting, thinking the Russians were willing to provide information “to support” his father’s election. Trump deflected these moves with tweets about Obama and the media!

The day after Comey’s firing, Trump revealed state secrets: he reported highly classified information provided to the US by the Isrealis that put an intelligence operation at;risk; he also told the Russian foreign minister and ambassador that with Comey’s firing, “the pressure’s off.” Then he stood for a Russian photo-op.

His deflection–his spinning cam–often makes things worse, as do his appeals to authority. Putin put him on display at the G20. Trump’s submissiveness, plainly visible, distributed world leaders. Clearly, Trump is Putin’s bitch. To court his favor, Trump supplicants America’s policy to Putin’s will. The latest, deflected by healthcare and his bizarre criticism of Sessions and more make-believe about Comey, occurred when Trump ordered a CIA stand down on aid and assistance to anti-Assad rebels is Syria, a policy Putin has advocated. His own officials say was changed “to work with” Russia. Other former officials have called the program’s end, a “victory for Moscow.”

So by official account, the sudden change in Syria is tied to Russia! Oh, he can still fire Sessions. Which shows the headline of about Session’s recusal was a deflection, a cam opening a new topic to hide the absurdity and damage of another topic of crucial importance to the Middle East. Watching the spinning cam, its deflections aside, a truth is revealed within all of the movement: a Trump vote was a vote for Putin. And the destruction of healthcare.

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The Healthcare Industry Sounds The Retreat On The Senate Bill And Takes A Stand

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DDNormally, Republican politics and business walk in lock step. Linked like DNA sequences, the financial codes of contributions to campaigns and the codes to removing regulations and providing tax breaks are tightly wound and almost unbreakable. So, on an issue that polishes off 18 % of the GDP–$3.2 trillion!–common sense would expect Republicans and healthcare business leaders to move in lockstep, in complete agreement, especially with so much money at stake (not to mention so many lives!).

But, strangely, businesses are in full retreat from the Senate bill. Not only are they running away, but at the same time, they have taken a hard nose active stance against the Senate bill. That’s right. Businesses–the entire healthcare industry–doctors, nurses, hospitals, providers, and the insurers–have come out against the healthcare bill. In recent political history, this breach has never happened before. This chasm occurs because the Senate in its blind frenzy has lost sight of of business’ interests–having long ago vanquished the public’s interest. Carving fake protections by creating phony pass-thrus, underfunded to the states, their efforts to preserve their redistributive tax cuts for the rich have given the poor and working families new allies in the fight for fair coverage.

In March, early in the fight, the American Nurses Association expressed its opposition to the House bill, writing to House committee chairs:  “the bill changes Medicaid to a per capita cap funding model, eliminates the Prevention and Public Health Fund, restricts millions of women from access to critical health services, and repeals income based subsidies that millions of people rely on. These changes in no way will improve care for the American people.”

The nurses association also faulted the House on its absence of debate and transparency: ” Any legislation that would fundamentally alter health-care delivery and deeply impact patients and providers deserves thoughtful, deliberate and transparent consideration.”

Insurers Join The Ranks Of The Opposed:  The Republican Plan Is “Unworkable”

Now at the center of the fight against the Senate bill are the insurers themselves.

Two insurance trade groups issued a rare joint statement, calling the Senate bill and its Cruz provision “unworkable in any form.” Further, the groups assert the bill would make premiums “skyrocket.” This from folk who sell health insurance–bellwethers of free enterprise—they say the bill is “unworkable.” Costs would “skyrocket.” And of the Cruz provision, his duplicitous fix, they wrote: “this provision will lead to far fewer, if any, coverage options for consumers who purchase their plan in the individual market. As a result, millions of more individuals will become uninsured.”

Assume that the health insurance industry is not run by partisan Democrats or liberal CEOs; think they are after profits—know they would not oppose a bill that benefited their bottom line and balance sheets. When business rejects the bill, then Congress is legislating national suicide—charging for the privilege and funding a giant political sham.

The Republican answer refuses to acknowledge its critics—they ignore your doctor and insurer—they ignore you whose life they put at risk. Cornered, Republicans attack institutions with lies and half truths (easily explained!) rather than facts.

The politicians stand alone in their scam to deflect the gross damage to families and communities by using states to shield the tax cuts for the rich. Normally in league with lobbyists, the Senate bill breaks ranks with every sector of the healthcare business except big pharma.

Asked if the bill has any positives, the AMA president, a Missouri family physician with a rural practice, said: “does it improve coverage? No. Does it improve affordability? No. Does it stabilize the safety net, Medicaid? No.”

Businesses–insurers, doctors, nurses, hospitals, providers–are saying, “No!”  The unity of opposition is unique in our power-driven economy of wealth. Shouldn’t we believe our doctors? Our insurers? Our nurses? To the Senate’s bill, they say, “No!” Shouldn’t we join them with our voices–and our votes–too?


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