Newsflash:
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 21:41

Health Care Hypocrisy

Written by  Jim Hightower
Monumental Government, an OtherWords cartoon Monumental Government, an OtherWords cartoon Khalil Bendib

And now, Dr. Hightower offers this advice for improving your mental health: Don’t fume about the GOP’s lunatic effort to kill health care reform — just laugh at their farcical show.

Take Sen. Ted Cruz’s 21-hour blabathon, in which he said he would stop the Affordable Care Act in its tracks. Not only did the Texas Republican fail spectacularly, but senators voted 100 to zero against his crazy ploy. Yes, that means even he voted against it. What a hoot he is.

And he’s a shameful hypocrite too. While going to extremes to keep millions of Americans from getting vitally needed health coverage, Cruz repeatedly refused to answer whether taxpayers covered his health care. Finally, he piously responded that he was eligible for taxpayer coverage, but had nobly declined.

Such slapstick! It turns out that Ted was fibbing, for he’s covered by his wife’s policy. As a millionaire top executive at Goldman Sachs, she and her family are given gold-plated Cadillac coverage by the Wall Street giant. Goldman pays some $40,000 a year for her and Ted’s policy — a benefit-cost that the firm passes on to us taxpayers by deducting it from its corporate tax bill. Hilarious, huh?

Then there’s the comic twist that’s included in the government shutdown. While more than a million regular government workers are going without a paycheck, the Congress critters who forced the furlough continue to collect their $174,000 in annual pay. Some lawmakers are donating their checks to charity, but four out of five are happily pocketing theirs.

“Dang straight,” barked Rep. Lee Terry. “I’ve got a nice house and a kid in college,” the Nebraska Republican said. “Giving our paycheck away when you still worked and earned it? That’s just not going to fly,” Terry told his constituents.

And that’s your Congress at work. Laugh ’til it hurts.

Link to original article from Other Words

Read 6866 times

ERA Legislation in your State

Unratified states Gold - Ratified States Purple

Latest News from the Conyers Campaign

  • Conyers Introduces Legislation to Cancel Disastrous Sequestration
    Conyers Introduces Legislation to Cancel Disastrous Sequestration

    (DETROIT) – Today, Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) introduced the “Cancel the Sequester Act of 2013.”  This one sentence legislation would repeal the across the board cuts that are scheduled to go into effect on March 1, 2013.  Rep. Conyers issued this statement following introduction of the bill:

    Written on Thursday, 28 February 2013 23:02 Read more...
  • Conyers Reintroduces National Single-Payer Health Care Bill
    Conyers Reintroduces National Single-Payer Health Care Bill

    (WASHINGTON) – Today, Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) reintroduced H.R. 676, “The Expanded And Improved Medicare For All Act.”  This bill would establish a privately-delivered, publicly-financed universal health care system, where physicians and non-profit health care providers would be in charge of medical decisions -- not insurance companies.

    Written on Thursday, 14 February 2013 18:18 Read more...
  • Victory in Detroit
    Victory in Detroit

    We're thrilled to report that PDA Board Member and friend Congressman John Conyers won his primary election. PDA members pitched in--volunteering, making phone calls, rallying support in the district. We're happy to share in this hard-won victory.

    Written on Thursday, 09 August 2012 16:40 Read more...
  • Obama endorses John Conyers
    Obama endorses John Conyers

    U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ re-election bid got a boost today when President Barack Obama endorsed him, according to a news release from Conyers’ campaign.

    Written on Wednesday, 15 February 2012 01:53 Read more...
  • Biography Rep. John Conyers, Jr.
    Biography Rep. John Conyers, Jr.

    Representative John Conyers, Jr., a Detroit Democrat, was re-elected to represent the 14th Congressional District in November of 2010, to his 24th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. The district covers all of Highland Park and Hamtramck, as well as large portions of Detroit, Dearborn and the Downriver communities of Melvindale, Allen Park, Southgate, Riverview, Trenton, Gibraltar and Grosse Ile.

    Written on Tuesday, 03 January 2012 12:53 Read more...
  • Hundreds rally against possible Detroit takeover
    Hundreds rally against possible Detroit takeover Hundreds of people gathered at a Detroit church to voice their opposition to the possibility that the state could take over the city's government.
    Written on Tuesday, 03 January 2012 12:43 Read more...
  • Conyers Opposes House GOP Effort to Derail Relief for Workers, Seniors, and the Unemployed
    Conyers Opposes House GOP Effort to Derail Relief for Workers, Seniors, and the Unemployed Today, Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released the following statement in response to House Republican opposition to H.R. 3630 – the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011.
    Written on Monday, 02 January 2012 23:14 Read more...

Sign the ERA Petition

ERADemandButton

On Friday, September 12th more than 150 activists will go to DC and Demand that their Senators and Representatives support removing the ratification deadline from the ERA (SJ Res 15 and HJ Res 113)

Button-SignERAPetition

Lori Wallach on the TPP from PDA Progressive Roundtable

Progressive Roundtable with Reps. Ellison and Pocan and Lori Wallach on TPP

TPP: The Biggest Threat to the Internet You've Probably Never Heard Of