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Re: “Danehy

Death has been a common occurrence in my life, since age barely 6 years old, when my dad died. Two years later when my uncle died, I knew what that meant; that person wasn't coming back. During my 30+ career as an RN/ANP, I sat at the bedside, held the hand, grieved with the family of many patients of mine who died. Deployed for 2 years to LRMC when the battles were raging & the incoming averaged 750/month, and the outbound to the US averaged 680/month. I saw many, many who were never going to live the same physical life that they'd had, and even more who will always bear the mental scars of war. That was like a death. Recently, one of the people in my life who I've loved & has been my friend for over 30 years has died. He was one of those people who has been a touchstone in my life; always there somewhere, always able to reach out & say hey, if I needed a lift or a bit of ass-kicking counseling. Now he's gone. The void is there, something that can't be filled, but will eventually scar over to join other scars. Death is, indeed, a total bitch.

Posted by tiredofpc on 07/20/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Dr. Word Says: Trump Tries His Hand at Poetry

"A man has got to know his limitations."-Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry

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Posted by The Russians Hacked My Email Again on 07/20/2017 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Dr. Word Says: Trump Tries His Hand at Poetry

...because there certainly aren't any serious policy issues about which the American public needs to receive valid facts and analysis. Most citizens have little leisure time available to consume commentary, and what time they do have available, they should be asked to fill with scoffing at Trump's various high-profile idiocies and analyzing the meter and literary devices in his Tweets.

Still waiting, David, for your "compare and contrast" of higher ed financing in various developed economies and for your explanation of why our efforts to create universal health care in the U.S. did not produce a single payer system. But perhaps competently addressing those policy topics would undermine your goal of promoting Democratic policy compromises that produce better yields for the banks, the insurers, and the pharmaceuticals than they do for the citizens who are asked to vote for "Democratic" politicians.

(If I thought it was worth my time, I would calculate the % of NYTimes and Washington Post news alerts I receive that begin with the word, "Trump." But it is NOT worth my time. Neither reading the articles, nor calculating the degree to which our media "watchdogs'" time is spent avoiding reporting on wages, entitlements, worker safety protections, regulation of the banking system and other paltry matters that reporters seem to think are of such negligible importance to the citizenry. It'll be interesting to see what's left of the country three years down the road after so much of the citizenry's attention has been wasted on Trump, as though we could afford to waste time available for advocacy in a country this troubled and on a trajectory this disturbing.)

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Posted by What's missed while the media indulges in Trumpomania? on 07/20/2017 at 11:31 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Where this this week's Skinny?

Posted by SonoranWinds on 07/20/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Trumpcare Is Dead

RIP GOP.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 07/20/2017 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Trumpcare Is Dead

Well said by the above, but we still need about 5 people from each party to negotiate the solution. What a tragic chapter in over reach by the federal government. Once again.

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Posted by Bravo Sierra Us on 07/20/2017 at 9:58 AM

Re: “New Lease on Life

District 2 Supervisor Ramn Valadez insisted the deal is a boon for the county, not just his district where the hospital is located.

"It's not just for the immediate community," he said. "It's for all of Pima County. This is the only hospital south of Speedway down to the border."

When did Mr valdez annex Santa Cruz County and close Holy Cross in Nogales?

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Posted by Pigs At The Trough on 07/20/2017 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

What Jeff Flake wants most is some Koch money. Every organization he has listed on his web page leads back to Koch and then there is DeVos who "had him at charter schools." She has one mission, to privatize education and more specifically to turn it over to religious schools, while a company she owns hounds college students to pay the outrageous interest rates on their student loans that have disaster in the fine print. Two TUSD schools nearby have been turned into subdivisions with houses so close together you can hear your neighbor cough as charter and private schools continue to drain education funds out of the state budget for education. California has outlawed it. Something we can learn from them along with encouraging people to use solar power instead of punishing them for it.

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Posted by soundcloud on 07/20/2017 at 8:56 AM

Re: “New Lease on Life

Oh, and to Pima County and everyone else who has gotten on the bandwagon asking for another "half cent" sales tax, by my calculations, including the COT, we're up to a two percent increase. Taxpayers are not piggy banks. No, the City Council does not deserve a $65,000 raise unless I get one too, and my response to this new way of raising money off the banks of the poor and middle class while handing out big paydays to corporate Arizona is no, no, no and no.

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Posted by soundcloud on 07/20/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “New Lease on Life

Really, saved over $135 million. I would have sworn that every year we have been "expense free" over the deal with Kino, the supevisors have come back to the taxpayers for another $20 million or $30 million. Rumor has it Kino doesn't even bother to try and collect, but just sends the unpaid bills to the county. Tell me I'm wrong.

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Posted by soundcloud on 07/20/2017 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Dr. Word Says: Trump Tries His Hand at Poetry

Colbert did a bit of satire on that tweet last night! ;)

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Posted by Gary McCormick on 07/20/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Police Dispatch

It is ridiculous that a person feels it is unecessary to clean up after the dog. That is just good manners

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Posted by Cathy Branscum on 07/20/2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Trumpcare Is Dead

The Republicans have been foolish and divided. With seven years to craft a replacement, they did nothing. However, at the end of the day, this may turn out to be a good thing.

The ACA was designed to fail under it's own weight. Of course, the Democrats thought that they would still be in charge when that happened, and could shove single payer down our throats.

What should happen now is to let the ACA fail, as it was designed to, and then craft a minimal set of changes to the law designed to force the healthcare industry to right itself. There will be weeping and wailing and knashing of teeth by the industry, but they will adjust. We can not continue to feed the beast.

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Posted by lc69hunter on 07/20/2017 at 6:13 AM

Re: “Police Dispatch

This story is crap.

Posted by Terminator on 07/20/2017 at 6:04 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

Obamacare collapses but yet he spent $9B giving phones to people that could not or would buy health insurance and then had rate payers pick up the medical tab for the phone users. This is what happens when government picks winners and losers.

Didn't want to believe it until I read it.

http://www.freegovernmentcellphones.net/faq/obama-phone

Clinton Bush Obama take your pick. The next program will be PCs for all and then ISP for the indigent. Now you can see why Medicare is about to be bankrupt when they are buying transportation vehicles with medical expense money.

Social Security recently announced that they will be sending out more in monthly benefits that they collect. Neither party has found a dimes worth of cuts, so you can expect for things to get much worse before they get better. This economy need some 3-4% growth years and increase employment and wages.

You can't run a home or a country with this type of budgeting and spending. Meanwhile the infrastructure crumbles.

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Posted by Larry McNeil on 07/19/2017 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

Seems like it would be necessary to influence what happens in the primaries enough to get someone worth voting for on the ballot, something Independents cannot do w/o an organization and a ground game. As long as the two parties are the only organizations able to put viable candidates on the ballot in the general they may continue to nominate people who will be, from the point of view of the ECONOMIC best interests of those who work for a living, Ms. Bad VS. Mr. Worse, candidates like Trump and Clinton who make Teresa May's parliamentary seat opponent Lord Buckethead look like an improvement over the options offered us.

Don't see an alternative to reforming the Democrats (good luck with that) or vigorously supporting the growth of a third party like the Greens, the menacing growth of which is about the only thing that could effectively force the Dems to start flushing out the Augean stables their party has become.

(Perhaps they are capable of looking at what went on in 2016 and drawing the right conclusions, but, if so, few signs of it are appearing in the mainstream media outlets they control, including this one.)

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Posted by Lay the blame where it belongs. on 07/19/2017 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

LTBWIB,

I agree with you on nearly every point you make. But, the public IS "increasingly savvy enough not to be diverted from that purpose by the ongoing bottom-feeding soap opera of non-stop partisan BS the media feeds us."

Why do I say this? Because the public is increasingly fleeing the "two party system" in favor of independence and non-alignment. The sorry spectacle of Clinton vs Trump in '16 has accelerated this trend with, today, more voters registering independent than either Democrat or Republican. In 2018, I expect to see this trend continue with independents becoming a majority, not a plurality. The duopoly is becoming irrelevant to the needs and desires of the voting public.

There ARE some Democrats I would vote for in the primaries but alas, I cannot vote in the Democratic primaries because I am not a registered Democrat and will not join the party in order to vote.

The two most popular candidates in '16 (Trump and Sanders) frequently claimed the system was rigged. The more that message resonates, the lower the turnout will be and the more likely Republicans will continue to dominate elections at every level. Because, if nothing else, they are very good at beating Democrats in elections.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 07/19/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

Elizabeth Warren? At least she frequently seems to be able to keep her eye on the ball of who benefits and at whose expense -- and, even rarer among politicians -- she not only tracks that ball, but speaks honestly with the public about its progress down the field.

I agree, Rick, an imperfect universal healthcare system is better than no universal healthcare system or a universal healthcare system the current administration refuses to fund. Better still would be a public that was well-informed enough and well-organized enough to be effective in requiring their elected representatives to give them a clean, single-payer health care system, a public savvy enough not to be diverted from that purpose by the ongoing bottom-feeding soap opera of non-stop partisan BS the media feeds us.

Why do we not have a public that is prepared to do that? Whose fault is it?

The Republicans have not betrayed their natural role in the American dialogue, as I understand it. If we have a capitalist system, someone has to represent the interests of capital. Who has betrayed their role as an effective communicator with and organizer of labor, taking on a portfolio of business interest donors, lying to the public and concealing their real (donors') motives on almost every major policy issue? Who has allowed and / or facilitated their opponents' plutocratic descent into unbridled contempt for the common man, as they themselves have left the common man's interests defenseless, though they pay these interests lip service and pretend to defend them?

The Democrats. As a member of the middle class that works for a living, not a business owner, not a capitalist, I've never expected the Republicans to defend my best interests, but I did, for many years, expect the Democrats to do so. And it's their failure to do so effectively and their 2016 betrayal of two candidates that both had more to offer labor than Clinton did (Lessig and Sanders) that caused portions of the working class and middle class electorate to defect to Trump. Trump courted their votes while Hillary chummed it up with Wall Street hedge fund managers and bankers and schemed with th DNC to cut worthier candidates out of the running in the Democratic primary contests.

We need to stop chastising the Republicans for playing their natural role. It's a waste of time and changes nothing. Instead, ask the DEMOCRATS to WAKE UP from the Clinton-corrupted dream they have been dreaming for a few decades now and reform themselves.

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Posted by Lay the blame where it belongs. on 07/19/2017 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

As of this writing, Republicare is dead. And Nero is content to fiddle while the only US backed healthcare program burns. In fact, Orange Caligula is not only fiddling, he is actively advocating for the ACA to die a slow death for which he, as POTUS, feels no responsibility. Yeah, that's the ticket.

Republicans have blown their own cover. They have demonstrated a level of incompetence never before equaled in legislative history. A level of disdain toward the poor, sick and dying unparalleled in any modern democratic nation. An ability to huff and puff and nothing more. This crowd of bomb-throwers- hasn't a decent bone in their collective skeletons.

And then we have the Democrats huddled in their caves, planning for an electoral juggernaut in '18 that is little more than a pipe dream. We are deep in the weeds hoping it all goes away. Desperately seeking a hero or heroine. Any nominations?

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 07/19/2017 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

The top seven hospitals combined revenue went up by $4.5 billion per year after the ACAs coverage expansions kicked in, a 15 percent jump in two years. Meanwhile, their charity care already less than 2 percent of revenue fell by almost $150 million per year, a 35 percent plunge over the same period.-Politico July 18

So how did hospitals become so flush with cash? The ACA forced rate payers to fund charity cases, and yet the hospitals maintained their tax exempt status. I thought the Democrats were all about taxing the wealthy, yet these wealthy pay no taxes at the hands of the Democrats. One might think it had something to do with campaign contributions.

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Posted by Gov't Healthcare Is Not Right on 07/19/2017 at 10:52 AM

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