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In the wake of the diabolical attack on tweens and teens attending last night’s Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, we are likely to see an outpouring of sympathy from all sides. Here is what Donald Trump said.

Many Republicans will probably echo his message.

Before they go superimposing the Union Jack on their avatars and offering their “thoughts and prayers,” Republicans should make an examination of conscience. Those who voted for Trump and this GOP Congress also voted for the budget that plans to make $616 billion (with a “b”) cuts to children’s healthcare and Medicaid, according to The New York Times.

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program: $616 billion

Changes to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program would save the federal government money, but would reduce the number of people with insurance. Medicaid savings are estimated at $610 billion over 10 years. The administration would shift some costs to the states, by setting annual limits on federal payments to each state, starting in 2020.

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Chemical attacks in Syria, where children are among a plurality of the victims, and terrorist attacks like the one in Manchester are, of course, outrageous. Children should be protected and safe.

But Republicans are waging a war of life or death here at home against children and low income families. Nothing can be more hypocritical than Donald Trump’s remarks about the children of Syria and Manchester when the health of American children is at risk.

Donald Trump campaigned on an “America First” platform. Crocodile tears for children who are attacked en masse and visibly are meaningless when our own children are put in peril by heartless legislation.

Hillary Clinton, as First Lady, fought hard to get health care insurance for children (Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). From Politifact.

The late-Sen. Kennedy received much of the credit for CHIP because the Massachusetts Democrat shepherded the legislation through a Republican-controlled Congress. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch was the lead Republican co-sponsor.

Yet, in 2007, Kennedy told the Associated Press that Hillary Clinton played a critical role.

“The children’s health program wouldn’t be in existence today if we didn’t have Hillary pushing for it from the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue,” Kennedy said.

Nick Littlefield, a senior health adviser to Kennedy at the time, agreed.

“She wasn’t a legislator, she didn’t write the law, and she wasn’t the president, so she didn’t make the decisions,” Littlefield told the Associated Press. “But we relied on her, worked with her and she was pivotal in encouraging the White House to do it.”

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During the 2016 campaign Hillary said, “When it’s your kid it’s a big deal. It should be a big deal for your president, too.”

Apparently it is a big deal for Trump and for the GOP – a big deal budget cut!  This budget is a form of terrorism. When you leave families and kids in fear and destitution in the face of disease and disability, you are a terrorist.

So until these cuts to CHIP, Medicaid, and other social programs (e.g. SNAP and disability) are removed from this budget, let’s reject the hypocritical sentiments and hand-wringing from Republicans of every stripe – including our friends on social media who voted for this bunch. No teary emoticons 😥 . No Union Jack avatars. No candles. No b**s**t!

Protect our own kids before you go crying about others. What happened to America First?

Resist, insist, persist, enlist.  Call your Reps! Call your Senators.

 

 

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Pharmaceutical companies have Americans by the balls (Viagra – is manufactured bt Pfizer) as well as by a number of other organs.  Hillary Clinton, clearly on the side of the consumers, has slammed jacked up prescription costs.

Some of you may have read about an egregious example of this that was in the news yesterday. A drug that’s been around for decades—it wasn’t just invented with new research and new dollars backing that up, it’s been around for decades—that went from costing $13.50 a pill to $750 a pill literally overnight.

That’s price gouging, pure and simple. And pharmaceutical companies that acquire an existing, affordable drug that people rely on it, and then turn around and charge a fortune for it just bet on the fact that desperate people will find some way to pay for it.

At the same time this is happening, top pharmaceutical companies are receiving billions of dollars in tax relief every single year and earning billions of dollar in profits every year. And many of them spend more money on marketing and advertising than they do on research. – HRC  09/22/15

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For the uninsured the costs are prohibitive.  Insured consumers’ costs transfer to insurance companies, may or may not be covered, and when they are they can hijack billions from the pool.  The pharmaceutical companies profit. The insurance companies try to stay afloat in the muck, and consumers are in a crap shoot with the dice loaded against them.

Under this scenario, the only way the taxpayer wins is via taxes collected by the government from pharmaceutical giants, so the Pfizer-Allergan merger that dominated financial news over the past several days is of special concern to Americans.  Profit-shifting  to a tax-safe haven takes the game up another notch.  It’s as old as the shell game.  Hillary took a strong stand against this move on Sunday.

Hillary Clinton slams Pfizer-Allergan merger  

Tuesday, 24 November 2015
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton slammed the Pfizer-Allergan deal on Monday.
Source: CNBC.com

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to the crowd at the Jenkins Orphanage in North Charleston, S.C., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, during the Blue Jamboree event. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to the crowd at the Jenkins Orphanage in North Charleston, S.C., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, during the Blue Jamboree event. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Hillary is fighting for us.  That’s why I’m with her!

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