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May
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The Time Is Now To Make Your Voices Heard

The House vote is apparently scheduled for Thursday May 4th at 1PM EST

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151 Responses to “The Time Is Now To Make Your Voices Heard”


  1. 1 misspat
    May 3, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Hi there. How is everybody doing?

  2. 3 desertflower
    May 3, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Can we call them if they aren’t ours?

  3. 4 mtmarilyn
    May 3, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    This is so hard to watch. At this time the state of Montana does not have any representation in DC. We have no one to call. I have called those in charge, Paul, etc. But most have said they hear me but I’m not from their district.

  4. 5 Judith Fardig
    May 3, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Pull out all the stops. They have broken every norm of decency.

  5. 6 Nerdy Wonka
    May 3, 2017 at 10:31 pm

  6. 7 desertflower
    May 3, 2017 at 10:32 pm

  7. 8 desertflower
    May 3, 2017 at 10:33 pm

  8. 9 desertflower
    May 3, 2017 at 10:35 pm

  9. 10 desertflower
    May 3, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    FUCKERS. This is what they ALWAYS do! I got mine, fuck you!

  10. 11 desertflower
    May 3, 2017 at 10:38 pm

  11. 12 desertflower
    May 3, 2017 at 10:40 pm

  12. 14 globalcitizenlinda
    May 3, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    i couldn’t resist putting my two cents against this punk who advised us to forgo iPhones and buy healthcare while using the excuse of a pre-existing condition to run away from oversight of Russian scandal;

    oh and I have not forgotten his role in FBI HRC investigation letter, all his frivolous prior investigations, and general hatefulness;

    many people are really taking their time cussing out this punk;

  13. 16 desertflower
    May 3, 2017 at 11:11 pm

  14. 17 desertflower
    May 3, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Rise up, people! Scream from the rooftops! THIS CAN NOT PASS!!!

  15. 20 desertflower
    May 3, 2017 at 11:16 pm

  16. 21 desertflower
    May 3, 2017 at 11:17 pm

  17. 22 Jey
    May 3, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Evening all.

    I wish there was a blitz of ads about Congress exempting their health care plans from being gutted … especially in red states.
    People need this right in their faces. Over and over.
    Effing cowards … congress critters are.

  18. 23 Jey
    May 3, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Chaffetz – i wish his mother had gone to Planned Parenthood for some family planning, instead of bringing him into this world. Seriously … he is a sorry piece of human.

  19. 24 desertflower
    May 3, 2017 at 11:27 pm

  20. May 3, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    OMG, I can’t even fathom the evil that wrote this into the bill:

  21. 26 globalcitizenlinda
    May 3, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    I have called multiple offices & will call again tomorrow. Yes, as a person with many pre-existing conditions, this vote is deeply personal & a source of tremendous fear. As a person who was in the process of quiting my job & dedicating my life on the independently formulated socioeconomic justice projects, this vote puts an huge obstacle in my path. As a person who has spent a significant amount of time in hospitals, i know how many people are so vulnerable & yet can barely afford huge medical bills
    But most importantly, as a person who believes very deeply in healthcare as a basic right, I am furious with the people who choose to play politics with people’s lives.

    • 27 jacquelineoboomer
      May 4, 2017 at 1:11 am

      Sending a major hug your way, Linda. I’m praying the GOP fails at this, big time.

      • 28 globalcitizenlinda
        May 4, 2017 at 2:02 am

        Thanks a lot for the hug . As you can see from the time stamp, it is hard getting to sleep tonight. I am usually not awake at this time

        • 29 jacquelineoboomer
          May 4, 2017 at 7:29 pm

          I have to stop thinking about politics several times during each day, now, just to get through each day!

  22. May 3, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Goodnight TOD ….

  23. 32 globalcitizenlinda
    May 4, 2017 at 12:09 am

    and when the day comes for this punk and card-carrying member of Team Treason, Jason chaffetz, I will be among those doing the celebratory dance as he gets his due karma;

  24. May 4, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Oh yes, please, Pete.

  25. May 4, 2017 at 12:16 am

  26. May 4, 2017 at 12:21 am

    This is happening to our country. Right now.

    • 36 globalcitizenlinda
      May 4, 2017 at 2:18 am

      Evil is here, resident among us & it holds a lot of power since it took over all branches of government. We are in extreme crisis

  27. 37 sherijr
    May 4, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Because I have become very cynical over these past months… the question that goes through my head frequently: What makes any of us believe that we’ll still have elections in 2018?

    I’m going to say this word: nazi- isn’t it true that they also killed non-jews who were sick, elderly, disabled? How is taking away healthcare (in essence that is exactly what Trumpcare is) any different than literally killing off millions of people. Doesn’t it equate that if there are less of us- the masses, the people- that there is more goods/stuff for them- the wealthy, the haves? First the deportations that are ongoing… yet when do we see them? When does our “media” report/show us these deportations? Deportations removing hundreds/thousands of people… next the removal of healthcare, particularly pre-existing conditions, including special needs children. How long until disability & social security go? No one has stopped trump and republicans,, and frankly all this “investigating” appears to be moving at the pace of a snail. Who will stop them from taking away our voting rights? At what point does trump & co. choose to ignore these laws too? Who has stopped him from literally breaking all the others? Seriously – his children are in positions of power in our govt. That is unthinkable in American democracy.. yet here we are.

    • 38 sherijr
      May 4, 2017 at 7:52 am

      Oh and then theres the “religious liberty” EO being signed today… allowing discrimination against gays- how many will lose their homes/ jobs… another form of killing off the people.

    • 39 Betsy
      May 4, 2017 at 10:40 am

      My husband has the same concern; that we won’t even have elections by 2018.

      • 40 arapaho415
        May 4, 2017 at 11:23 am

        GM Betsy and Sheri.

        OMG.

        I refuse to believe this can happen.

        Despite Comey caving to FBI NY field office (aka Rudy Giuliani) and that despicable scum Chaffetz last year, unless he’s part of #Kremlingate, he has come to his senses.

        And as for that scum Chaffetz:

      • 41 sherijr
        May 4, 2017 at 1:51 pm

        I fluctuate Betsy, between my cynical view and my hope that we will beat this. I worry about the deportations & how on earth do we undo that and put people’s lives back together.

    • 44 vcprezofan2
      May 4, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Sheri, these are among some of the questions I have been asking myself – in particular ‘Who will stop Trump?’ And the reason I’ve been mostly quiet in the village is because I see very little progress or no clear answer. I am flabbergasted by the freedom that goon has had to date to place idiots and family wherever in senior positions, and to do whatever the heck he dreams up!

  28. 46 desertflower
    May 4, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Morning people. If there’s anything to KILL…let’s kill this BILL…not people, as the Republicans are planning to do with this AHCA vote! WE CAN DO THIS!!

  29. 47 desertflower
    May 4, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Liars.

    • 48 desertflower
      May 4, 2017 at 8:57 am

      From Page 35 of the Republicans “Pledge to America”. Just called my rep, read it to the recorder, and told him that he is not only a liar, but if he votes for this healthcare bill, he will also be a killer. I’m livid.

  30. May 4, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    Here’s a bright spot:

  31. 54 desertflower
    May 4, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Reminder…the cherry on top

  32. 55 GGAIL
    May 4, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Good West Coast morning NW and TOD family.
    The GOP just won’t let the Obamacare bone alone. That speaks volumes about who they are. SMDH

  33. 58 desertflower
    May 4, 2017 at 9:17 am

    I needed this chuckle:)

  34. 59 JER
    May 4, 2017 at 9:20 am

    12:09 a.m. March 22, 2010. Treaty Room in the private residence. 80 minutes after Congress had passed the Affordable Care Act. The President was reading text messages on his Blackberry while waiting to make thank you calls. Someone had sent a message that ended with “your mother would be so proud.” (His mother had died from ovarian cancer. She had spent her last days worrying whether insurance was going to cover some of the medical expenses because they might consider her cancer a pre-existing condition.)
    petesouza

  35. 62 desertflower
    May 4, 2017 at 9:26 am

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/05/trumpcare-an-abdication-of-responsibility-a-moral-disgrace.html?mid=twitter-share-di

    The implications of these changes are vast. The Brookings Institution notes that if a single state eliminated the cap on lifetime benefits for a single employee, then employers in every state could actually follow suit, thus bringing back a horrid feature of the pre-Obamacare system, in which people who get hit with expensive treatment suddenly discover that their insurer will no longer pay for their care. This would affect not only those getting insurance through Medicaid or the state exchanges, but also through their job.

    snip/

    They are rushing through a chamber of Congress a bill reorganizing one-fifth of the economy, without even cursory attempts to gauge its impact. Its budgetary impact is as yet unknown. The same is true of its social impact, though the broad strokes are clear enough: Millions of Americans will lose access to medical care, and tens of thousands of them will die, and Congress is eager to hasten these results without knowing them more precisely. Their haste and secrecy are a way of distancing the House Republicans from the immorality of their actions.

  36. 63 desertflower
    May 4, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Reminder! House Republicans love Obamacare. We know they do because they voted to keep it for themselves,(they exempted themselves from their toxic bill) while they fuck YOU over!

  37. 64 desertflower
    May 4, 2017 at 9:41 am

    https://thinkprogress.org/ileana-ros-lehtinen-trumpcare-severe-harm-acha-68fc2bd029ea

    “Despite amendments and charges, the AHCA still fails to provide for the needs of my constituents,” she adds. “I will not support a bill that has the potential to severely harm the health and lives of people in South Florida and therefore I remain steadfast in my commitment to vote NO on the AHCA. The recent addition of further funds to high risk pools continues to be inadequate and fails to cover those who need it most.”
    “If enacted, the older and poorer South Floridians will be worse off and will find it more difficult to obtain quality healthcare. My constituents should not have to take a step backward in their ability to obtain treatment for any illness and thus, I will vote NO.”

    It’s not just South Florida…

  38. 65 desertflower
    May 4, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Even if you have employer provided healthcare…like most people, you will be effected

    The Wall Street Journal reports today, however, on a provision of the Republican legislation that could affect those who thought they were safe from the GOP’s bill.
    Many people who obtain health insurance through their employers — about half of the country — could be at risk of losing protections that limit out-of-pocket costs for catastrophic illnesses, due to a little-noticed provision of the House Republican health-care bill to be considered Thursday, health-policy experts say.

    The provision, part of a last-minute amendment, lets states obtain waivers from certain Affordable Care Act insurance regulations. Insurers in states that obtain the waivers could be freed from a regulation mandating that they cover 10 particular types of health services, among them maternity care, prescription drugs, mental health treatment and hospitalization.

    That could also affect plans offered by large employers, health analysts said.
    When implementing the ACA, the Obama administration said employers could choose any state’s requirements for health benefits, because it didn’t make a practical difference: the law mandated certain benefits for the nation, establishing a floor that no state could fall below.

    The Wall Street Journal’s report, however, notes that the Republican plan would empower states to establish new and lower benefits benchmarks — which would open the door to employers everywhere choosing to follow the standards of the state with the worst standards.

    “By choosing a waiver state, employers looking to lower their costs could impose lifetime limits and eliminate the out-of-pocket cost cap from their plans under the GOP legislation,” the article explained.
    read more

  39. 67 57andfemale
    May 4, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I loathe anyone with the name of Trump:

  40. 68 57andfemale
    May 4, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I loathe anyone with the name of Trump:

  41. May 4, 2017 at 10:18 am

    I have been calling all week but the response that I get is… Thanks for calling but I am not from their district.
    So, I don’t think they are logging calls from anyone calling from outside the specific districts. So frustrating.
    Any suggestions?

    I have taken care of my Rep. with several calls and he responded with a two page letter confirming he is a NO.But he is a Dem
    so that’s expected.

  42. May 4, 2017 at 10:27 am

    GOPKOCH Not-Health Care bill reported to provide tax cuts for the richest Americans of $7 million each. (See Business Insider.)
    The trumptraitors in Congress probably have Pre-Existing Conditions so they’re hanging on to the ACA.
    By all the gods! – the Revenge of the Children’s Party WILL get theirs.

  43. 71 Don
    May 4, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Just so voters in red states think this health care vote is for “those other” people, it is not. This bill is designed to fuck you good, enjoy.

  44. May 4, 2017 at 10:30 am

  45. 73 desertflower
    May 4, 2017 at 10:35 am

    They mean to kill everyone BUT THEMSELVES!

  46. 74 desertflower
    May 4, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Who the hell is John Faso? He just decided to fuck his constituents

  47. May 4, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Never been a more visionary leader in our nation.

  48. 77 desertflower
    May 4, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Joe and Mika are engaged! Where have I been????? 🙂 🙂

    • May 4, 2017 at 10:46 am

      The video clips I see of them on twitter reveals he is a completely abusive and condescending jerk to her and she always looks like a battered woman. I can’t ever imagine believing that is what passes for love. UGH.

    • 79 arapaho415
      May 4, 2017 at 11:17 am

      GM DF.

      This is gross (IMHO, of course).

      Back when I watched cable, I admit I did watch portions of Morning Joe (before 6am Pacific time, so didn’t watch a lot of it).

      Both Mika and Joe gushed about their spouses.

      Complete hypocrites, gives me the creeps. (IMHO)

    • 80 donna dem 4 obama
      May 4, 2017 at 11:28 am

      Good Morning DF

      He divorced his wife a couple of years ago and she divorced her husband last year. Trump threatened to tell all about their affair last year during the campaign and they never really responded to his threat. It knew something was going on between those two.

      Trump posted this last year:

  49. May 4, 2017 at 10:44 am

    For all the comfortable people with Employer Based Insurance, sitting back, and thinking that Trumpcare has nothing to do with you..

    YOU.ARE.WRONG.

    They snuck into it where YOUR coverage can be gutted TOO.

  50. May 4, 2017 at 10:46 am

    FYI

    I used the AARP line and got through. The regular lines never seemed to work right.

    FYI for anyone who needs it: the AARP line to call is: 844-259-9352. Call that and they connect you through to your Congressperson when you enter your zip code. People are reporting they are picking up AARP calls. Maybe it comes through as an AARP call and they can see that?

    • 85 carolyn
      May 4, 2017 at 11:16 am

      I just called and got through to the AARP line fine. Then I was transferred to my congressman’s line, and “We’re sorry. We are unable to connect your call at this time.” I have a feeling he is getting many calls.

  51. 86 JER
    May 4, 2017 at 10:52 am

  52. May 4, 2017 at 11:11 am

    David Frum‏Verified account @ davidfrum 4h4 hours ago
    David Frum Retweeted Wendy Long
    Dinesh D’Souza went to prison for the woman who wrote this tweet

    Wendy LongVerified account @ WendyLongNY
    The best hope for civilization as the West has known it is for a Trump-Le Pen era equivalent to Reagan-Thatcher x 10.

  53. 88 Dudette
    May 4, 2017 at 11:39 am

  54. 89 Dudette
    May 4, 2017 at 11:43 am

  55. 90 whenpamelawandered
    May 4, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Amazing cave system where daughter unit was climbing week 😲🙌🏼

  56. May 4, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Every day it’s another nauseating turn.

  57. May 4, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Saw this at BJ, and I realize that I hadn’t thought of that angle:

    One thing I saw some reporter whose name I forget post on twitter is that should the House bill become law, health care will then become the leading issue in every governor’s race in 2018, too, because of the waiver provision.

  58. 98 Dudette
    May 4, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Damn these GOP bastards! Damn them all to HELL!

  59. 99 Dudette
    May 4, 2017 at 11:59 am

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  61. 101 Dudette
    May 4, 2017 at 12:11 pm

  62. May 4, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    It wasn’t the 8 billion for high risk pools that got GOP in board (which is very low),
    It was the elimination of Medicaid expansion.. cuts 880 billion from that program

    See?

    .https://mobile.twitter.com/samswey/status/860151852561727489

    Just thought you all should know this ☝️️

  63. May 4, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Misogny, writ large

  64. 105 Dudette
    May 4, 2017 at 12:21 pm

  65. May 4, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Millions denied care so millionaires can get a tax cut. Revolting.And if Democrats can’t prosecute that case in 2018, we deserve to lose. https://t.co/1DUJpZwNHa— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) May 4, 2017

  66. 107 Dudette
    May 4, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    • 108 donna dem 4 obama
      May 4, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Not just Berners but also Hillary haters who vowed to do everything in their power to keep her from winning but confessed complete support for PBO. Now how crazy is that! 😦 😦 😦

  67. May 4, 2017 at 12:28 pm

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  69. 111 Dudette
    May 4, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    This is why voters need to pay attention. They’re hoping people have short memories.

  70. 112 Dudette
    May 4, 2017 at 12:39 pm

  71. 113 Dudette
    May 4, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Sick Motherfuckers!

  72. 114 Dudette
    May 4, 2017 at 12:43 pm

  73. May 4, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    I am so distraught today. I can’t function at work. I can’t stop crying, because this just makes me so angry.

    • May 4, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      i can barely pay attention at work either. 😦

    • 117 Nena20409
      May 4, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      Please, do NOT let these wicked lawmakers get you down.
      It hurts, yes. I will NOT shed a tear for them.
      My heart bleeds, but Go on, we must for there are many folks who need protection more than me.
      So, Africa……..Our Time will come. Your Empathy speaks Volume. Let Us, Roll/March./Move #FORWARD!

  74. 118 Dudette
    May 4, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    To Pete Souza …

  75. 119 Dudette
    May 4, 2017 at 12:59 pm

  76. 120 Dudette
    May 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm

  77. 121 JER
    May 4, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Former President Barack Obama Just Endorsed French Presidential Candidate Emmanuel Macron.

  78. 122 JER
    May 4, 2017 at 1:29 pm

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  80. 125 57andfemale
    May 4, 2017 at 2:07 pm

  81. May 4, 2017 at 2:28 pm

  82. May 4, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    • 129 whenpamelawandered
      May 4, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      Pretty good bet the answer is, of course! Good one, JK Rowling ✍🏼👊🏼🖖🏼🙌🏼🍊

  83. 130 Don
    May 4, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    I’m sitting here at work disbelieving my eyes, did I just see the house vote to fuck every American? Please excuse my vile language but if you voted for Trump you are an asshole, a fucking asshole. And now your fuckery effects me and my family and every other voted that begged you not to fuck us over. And not only have you voted to fuck us over, you’ve voted to fuck yourself over. Good job, dumbass.

    • 131 MadameSoph
      May 4, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      Know what you mean, Don! I am having a hard time staying on speaking terms with a long time friend who prob voted DT or didn’t vote, that’s how deep her HRC hate was. She supposedly loved PBO, is a black woman whose two sons are also half jewish. She was spouting all kinds of anti immigrant bs during the election. When I begged her, saying “But they will take away my health insurance!” SHe replied, “Well, it took them awhile to pass it, so it will probably take awhile for them to take it away.” 😾

      I don’t know how I can sit and have lunch with her, like nothing has changed.

      (Not) funny thing is, she wants to leave her corporate job and go into business for herself. Good luck with that and finding insurance now!

  84. 132 Don
    May 4, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Don’t tell me again that I’ve got to understand working class people that voted for Trump, if you are the working class and you voted for Trump, fuck you.

  85. 134 Don
    May 4, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    I think I might have to leave work early today because I just know one of these fuckers that I work with that voted for Trump is going to come in my office and say something fucked up. And me being me I’m going to respond in a fucked up way and then I’m going to end up in H.R. trying to explain why I said what I said.

  86. 136 donna dem 4 obama
    May 4, 2017 at 2:47 pm

  87. May 4, 2017 at 2:48 pm

  88. 139 Nena20409
    May 4, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Since Nixon, GOP knows One Thing ONLY; In what way can #GOP bring Hurt, Harm, Destruction to Citizens of America?

  89. 140 Nena20409
    May 4, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    There’s One Report that Justice Kennedy is about to Retire.
    This will solidify a 5-4 permanent Rightwing Vote for Many yrs to come.
    I am not posting the Tweet until I have seen other reports on this.

  90. May 4, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    And after the vote…THE PARTY OF HATING AND KILLING CHILDREN swaggered for the cameras.
    GOPPUTIN and their increasing crimes against humanity: Denying Other people’s children healthcare will cost these scumbags.

  91. May 4, 2017 at 3:23 pm

  92. 143 Nena20409
    May 4, 2017 at 3:27 pm

  93. 144 donna dem 4 obama
    May 4, 2017 at 3:35 pm

  94. 145 Nena20409
    May 4, 2017 at 3:39 pm

  95. May 4, 2017 at 3:40 pm

  96. 147 CEB
    May 4, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    The takeaway from today’s shit show: every vote matters and elections have consequences. Vote like your life and the lives of everyone you love depends upon it because it does. Because too many failed to learn this lesson, we are reduced to begging, crying, shaking our fists in vain, screaming until our throats are hoarse and praying for God to do what we would not do ourselves. The merciless ones laugh at us and drink beer in self-congratulations.

  97. 148 Nena20409
    May 4, 2017 at 3:42 pm

  98. May 4, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    You know what?

    I despise those ‘ I voted for Trump, but I didn’t think he would do THAT’ articles.

    But, it’s time.

    It’s time to revisit those muthaphuckas – ON CAMERA – and pound it into them that their dear Dolt45 has signed some of their death warrants.

  99. 151 arapaho415
    May 5, 2017 at 12:50 am

    GE/GM TODville.

    On the previous thread, sherijr and Betsy’s husband are concerned 2018 elections won’t happen — and Tally made a similar comment upthread.

    What am I missing? How would this be possible?

    Despite that horror Gorsuch, we still have the federal judicial court system:

    And despite the racist flailer Sessions, we still have the intel community, the FBI (no fan of Comey at all, but…) and the NY AG:


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