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Senate Tax Bill Kills Health Insurance Individual Mandate

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The Senate tax bill ends the mandate to buy health insurance. This is a bad thing? It is according to a CNN Money article:

Poor Americans would lose billions of dollars worth of federal benefits under the Senate GOP tax bill, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report.

This is largely because the legislation would eliminate the individual mandate, which requires nearly all Americans to get health insurance or pay a penalty. This would result in 13 million fewer people having coverage in 2027, the CBO found.

Many of the folks who would forgo coverage would have lower or moderate incomes and would have qualified for Medicaid or federal help paying their premiums or out-of-pocket health expenses, CBO found.

If it’s a good deal why do people need to be forced to buy it? Do they think we’re stupid?

Oh.

Senator Pocahontas

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President Trump cracked wise about Senator Pocahontas to some Native American WWII heroes on Monday. Of course he was referring to Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Warren, a blue eyed blonde, landed a job at Harvard Law School while claiming to be a Cherokee Indian, due to high cheekbones. Harvard touted her as the law school’s “first woman of color.”

Senator Pocahontas

Now she’s touchy about the subject. So she took Trump’s bait and called his comment a racial slur.

Mollie Hemingway says that makes no sense:

The only way the Pocahontas insult makes sense is as a joke about Warren’s false claim of being Native American. He’s not insulting her for being a Native American, because she’s not Native American. He’s highlighting how she gave employers and others false information about her tribal status while at Harvard and elsewhere.

 

Rand Paul’s Yard Job

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Republican Senator Rand Paul’s next door neighbor did a yard job on him. He blindsided the senator while he mowed the grass. As a result the ophthalmologist/senator spent Thanksgiving recovering from 6 broken ribs and a punctured lung.

Rand Paul’s Yard

The question everyone’s asking is, “do U.S. senators really mow their own yards?” That, and, “what’s up with Rand’s neighbor?”

Everyone, that is, except the media.  Mrs. Paul doesn’t think this is about leftover fish sticks. And in light of last summer’s shooting of Congressman Scalise she thinks there ought to be more interest.

Update: Senator Paul now says he knows why he was attacked. But he isn’t talking. Instead he’s hired a personal injury lawyer.

Al Franken Reflection

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Senator Al Franken says he won’t resign. Instead, he’s spending Thanksgiving in reflection.

Actually, I thought his staged grope gag was kind of funny. In a stupid 12 year old kind of way. True, Franken was 55 at the time. But maybe the joke is he’s not grabbing boobs. He’s grabbing a flak jacket. 

Not that that makes it ok.

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Nice flak jacket

And the snoozing Leeann Tweeden didn’t sign up to be a straight gal for a photo gag. No doubt it was humiliating.

Franken Reflection

Maybe Al is reflecting on Hot Lips Houlihan. A gag proving her natural blondeness was the big scene in Robert Altman’s iconic movie M*A*S*H. (Here’s the scene.) Now that would be humiliating.

But not so humiliating that feminist Alan Alda wouldn’t go on to star in the popular tv series based on the same movie.

As Harvey Weinstein said in his non-apology apology, you have to understand it was a different time:

I came of age in the ’60s and ’70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then.

Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving!

Life and Times of Judge Roy Moore

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Jailbait allegations persist against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore of Alabama. They say he chased teenyboppers in his thirties. He’s now 70.

A then high school senior claims she was pulled out of trigonometry class to take a phone call from him asking for a date. Another woman says she got him banned from a mall for for making “unwanted” advances. And another accuser says he tried to rape her when she was 16. He denied even knowing her. So she held up a high school year book he signed for her.

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Moore told Sean Hannity he “generally” did not date teens as an adult. The mall manager says he never banned Moore from the mall. And the judge’s lawyer implied the yearbook signature is a forgery.

By the way, Saudi women get to drive next year.