After the Coup – A Critique of the Democrats

I have spent many hours watching the Republicans stage their “coup” against the Democrats and try (and mostly succeed) to control every part of the Executive branch, the Legislative branch and the Judicial branch in order to implement the Conservative agenda which they obviously, in their hubris, believe is their “gift” to America. This, of course, suggests that Conservatives feel that they are superior and that they want to and will hold sway over America for as long as we all shall live. I have written a book about this. I have gone on and on for the past six years, ad tedium, in my blog about each and every step the GOP took to get them where they are now. No one ever seemed to accept that anything so seditious could actually be happening. Would they have won the three branches without Trump? I don’t know, but they certainly did their homework. I think they got “Trumped” and have now made a bad bargain, but they still have control and they seem thrilled with it. Will they have regrets down the road? They don’t think so. Did you see how McConnell gave Elizabeth Warren the “little woman” treatment with that really disturbing smile on his face.

Not only did the Republicans drift to the edges of what could be considered Constitutional behavior in using extreme gerrymandering, voter suppression, a war on women, shutting down government, forcing massive spending cuts as in the sequester, making corporations people and money speech. (Do you really think our forefathers would find this acceptable – all that private money in government?) But they also set out to turn Ronald Reagan into a right wing saint and Bill and Hillary Clinton into left wing monsters. Bill and Hillary actually sort of helped turn themselves into the spitting images of powerful people who didn’t mind abusing power. And the Republicans acted horribly shocked, as if there is no one on the right who fits this description.

Democrats never went to bat for Hillary the way they should have. They totally gave the impression that they also believed Hillary was tainted and unelectable. Did the Dems know they were handing power, as they used to say in royal times, “willy-nilly,” to the Republicans? Bernie arose out of real progressive desires in the party (of which he was not a member) and it seemed possible to fight extreme right wing change with extreme left wing change. Given the enormous push by the GOP during the Obama years to make government smaller I’m not sure that that was ever an equal tug of war.  Bernie was not tainted but he probably would have been right quick. Should Hillary have been expected to sacrifice her chance to be President, probably her last chance, because the other party saw her coming and set about destroying her? I’m thinking that she thought the Democrats would give her all their avid support considering what might (and did) happen if the Democrats didn’t win.

If Bernie had not decided to run and if all of the Democratic Party had thrown its resources into fact-checking and overturning the sometimes quite diabolically fake charges used to demonize Hillary, would it have made a difference? Perhaps not and we will never know. But how much of the hate against Hillary can be laid at the feet of the Republicans in their quest to win control over the entire government of America? Well, although she may have been incomprehensibly complicit in the process of demonization I would say that the Republicans own the hate. All my suspicions aside, Hillary was vastly outmaneuvered and I don’t know if she would have been quite Machiavellian enough to lead America in these treacherous times.

The question remains as to why the Democrats were not up in arms and enlisting their loyal troops to demonstrate well before the election took place. The divisions in their ranks (either organic or engineered) prevented them from following their instincts, if not in relation to what the Republicans were up to, at least in relation to what they already perceived about Donald Trump. He came in on the GOP coattails, but the Democrats bear quite a bit of the responsibility for where our nation finds itself 20 days or so into the “reign” of 45. Have the Dems been wiped out or can they make a comeback? IDK

What I suggest is that the party not try to organize the resistance. Let the people do that. What the party should be doing is getting down there in those weeds at the local level, finding strong candidates wherever we can find them, raising bigger money from big donors than you can raise from grassroots donations and spending money to get those candidates trained, rehearsed in public speaking and public politicking, and ready for the 2018 election. Find out what constituents in the various local districts want that fits in with the Democratic agenda and make realistic campaign promises to work hard on those things in Congress. If we want to continue to exist as a party we have a lot to do, unless the GOP self-destructs, which it is “devoutly to be wished,” it will. I just don’t want them to take our nation down with them.

Who’s Right, Who’s Wrong – The Resistance

Yes we are divided into two ideological tribes or camps. Yes this point has been made a million times by everyone including me. However the fact that the message is repetitive does not make it wrong. Each side believes that the policies espoused by their party will keep America stronger, healthier and more influential on the world stage than will the policies of the other party.

Moving From Obstruction to Demolition

But I think we have to look at this from another perspective because one of the two major parties (one set of ideologically-based beliefs) requires Americans to scrap all of the laws they have made since the Constitution was written and to start over. This party wants to obliterate the other party, annihilate it and get rid of any traces that it ever existed. This party says we should throw out everything we have done, especially on human rights, humanitarian concerns, environmental concerns, and regulation of business and the banks, on foreign relations and trade.

They believe the true test of a nation is economic, not humanitarian. They believe that celebrating diversity will change the hue of America beyond recognition and it will just not be America anymore. Behind this is an argument that our democracy/republic was designed for white people who are Christians and that is all.

They blame our changed position in the world (no longer first in production or universally feared and respected by all the world’s nations) as arising from the failed policies of the other party rather than any other forces like greater connectedness through air travel, tourism, the internet and cell phones. They want to hold the world still just like they tried to hold our government still for the past six years. They want things to be like they used to be.

(Smack your forehead here at the naivety of this extreme nostalgia.) Even these folks know in their hearts that nothing stays the same forever.)

This is exactly why the left says that the right wants to take us backwards. The party on the left seems to at least try to address current needs of our society as they arise.

It’s Personal

Despite the chaos of the past two week the Trumpers who were once my friends and family are starting to creep back on to my Facebook page crowing triumphantly because the man who is not my president is doing just exactly what he promised his “peeps” he would do. It is quite distressing that my feelings are so different from the friends I grew up with and from my family. Where I see creeping fascism and racism and warmongering they have visions of influence and world domination dancing in their heads. Who’s right, who’s wrong?

I have been as aware as anyone that our government is far from perfect. I think that there is too much money in politics. I deplore the Citizen’s United decision and the McCutcheon v FEC decision and even the original ruling that made corporations people because that just led to the laws that define money as speech. Why does this statement that money is speech sound like linguistic nonsense to me and like common sense to others? Who’s right, who’s wrong?

Now there is to be an executive action that allows religious not-for-profits to contribute money to campaigns. My brain is ready to explode already, but then we are told that laws are being passed that challenge the right to religious freedom – because they require religious people to do things that threaten either their soul, their bottom line, or both such as bake a cake for a gay wedding or offer insurance to their employees that pays for contraception. (Smack your forehead again.)

There is an obvious clash of values here. Does our country legislate to please those who follow the Bible, or does it legislate to offer treatment to all that is as fair as possible. Since we are not a theocracy I come down on the side of the latter, but I also despair that this conflict is almost impossible to resolve without untangling how to respect the separation of church and state and still respect the desires of citizens to honor their religious beliefs. Perhaps only time will smooth out this one but in the meantime it is tearing America apart. So I see the logic of Christians, although it blows the idea of tolerance out of the water and that can’t be right.

These estranged friends and family members do not even agree that the GOP has skirted and subverted the US Constitution to serve their own purposes, or that there was ever obstruction, or voter suppression, or extreme gerrymandering. If they get even a glimmer of a thought that some of this may be true then it was justified, they say.

So none of these folks will ever buy that resistance is required; they will not see anything amiss with Trump’s cabinet appointments, including the horrific-for-our-schools Betsy DeVos. They do not think that a Supreme Court seat that was Obama’s to fill has been stolen on purpose and handed to DT to fill. In fact they applaud this maneuver although it sort of annihilates our US Constitution.

 

 

Talking to Democrats

This leads me to the “speech” I want to make to Democrats in Congress. I do not care what you believe that sets you at odds with other Dems. This is a time for unity. (No pledges, I don’t like pledges. Look what Norquist did to Republicans who signed his pledge.) This is a time to put our differences aside and decide about what we agree on. I bet we can all agree to resist every executive action or bill that tries to overturn laws that were passed to address the problems of the 20th and 21st centuries, or any action that is unconstitutional.

I bet we can all agree to keep an eye on the whole Trump entourage and try to soften the blows that he seems likely to dish out to America and the world. And if you do not – every one of you – vote no on Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, I hope that any wealthy backers we have will see that you get the “primaried” treatment that the GOP used so successfully to keep elected reps in line and I hope we the people surround your offices and demonstrate peacefully in your face until you get the message.

Here is link to a list of all of the Democrats in the 115th Congress. We are watching you. This is not a threat, but it is a promise.

http://thearmchairobserver.com/115th-congress-democrats/

 

Stick together. Go down fighting or win through resistance. Obstruction is their word: let’s use the word resistance.

A Few Parting Thoughts

So far I see little of the buyer’s remorse I hoped to see by now. Trumpers don’t think DT is personally hurting them in any way; but they seem delighted that his is sticking it to the left. Oh my giddy aunt! (OK, I stole that from A Knight’s Tale, but in my defense I love that line and it is difficult to find many opportunities to use it.) How much longer will it take for disaffection to appear?

(And Facebook – these folks and I still strongly disagree and I am not ready to let them back onto my page yet, so please continue to block them. I guess Facebook thinks all is well and it is time to reconvene. This is one time that we cannot agree to disagree.)

This is a view from the cheap seats.

 

The 115th Congress – Democrats

Democrats in the 115th Congress

Senate

The numbers refer to their Senate classes. All of the class 3 seats were contested in the November 2016 elections.

Alabama

No Dems

Alaska

No Dems

Arizona

No Dems

Arkansas

No Dems

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

No Dems

Idaho

No Dems

Illinois

Indiana

 

Iowa

No Dems

Kansas

No Dems

Kentucky

No Dems

Louisiana

No Dems

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

No Dems

Missouri

Claire McCaskill  

Montana

Montana  

Nebraska

No Dems

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

No Dems

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

No Dems

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

No Dems

House of Representatives

All 435 seats were filled by election on November 8, 2016.

Alabama

Alaska

No Dems

Arizona

Arkansas

No Dems

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

No Dems

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

No Dems

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Missouri

Montana

No Dems

Nebraska

No Dems

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

No Dems

Ohio

Oklahoma

No Dems

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

No Dems

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

No Dems

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

No Dems

Wisconsin

Wyoming

No Dems

 

 

Adapted from:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/115th_United_States_Congress (Thank you Wikipedia. I will send you some bucks because I use your resource a lot.)

 

 

 

 

Take a Breather

Even as “he who must not be named” deconstructs the America I know and love I accept that I occasionally need to find some lighter moments. A steady diet of jaw-dropping incredulity does not stop any of the barrage of depressing information emanating from the White House Sharpie pen wielder or offer any magical solutions to our current orangy dilemma. So what does one do to take a breather as the world wobbles around us?

I usually read a lot, in fact I am a member of Goodreads.com where I often review about 40 books a year, but I am having trouble settling down to read a book. TV is a great wasteland for the most part. Even if I hadn’t watched every episode of NCIS about 15 times they have replaced the reruns most evenings with Law and Order Special Victims Unit which I cannot watch or the WWF which is also not my cup of tea. I have been reduced, on some evenings to watching Chopped on the Food Channel.

I used to watch news all day, every day, but I can no longer tolerate watching any of the media news people who helped demonize Hillary and left us with DT. So I watch Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, and Joy Reid and that is all. It is well worth it and not just for the politics.

Rachel offered me a new tidbit to add to one of my favorite news topics, science. She mentioned that two guys may have managed to make metallic hydrogen which is extremely difficult to make, and they made it without cooling hydrogen. They made it by applying pressure in a device they invented, using industrial diamonds. What will we manage to use metallic hydrogen for? As with most discoveries it will probably turn out to be both a blessing and a curse. But it may turn out to be the key to a very efficient space fuel. So I find such speculations come under the category of fun.

There are some great movies out right now but it is cold and I have no one to play with since everyone is at work and wants to spend the weekends wrapped up in blankets at home watching sports, which do not entertain me (except ice skating). Eating out is good for taking the mind off the apocalypse, as is shopping, within reason. Music also is quite helpful.

I hope you are finding ways to stay sane with madness all around. Acting like all is normal for brief periods of time refreshes me enough that I can tune in once again to the parade of poor judgment and the possible demise of our democracy, and to my finances which I am worried will soon take a hit.

Perhaps I should use some of my time to come up with a survival plan, or to learn to fire a gun. It is nice to have more options for future adventures.  What are you doing to decompress?

Women’s March, January 21, 2017

Women have some idea of the challenges that men have historically faced, one of the toughest challenges being to go off to fight in wars. Men are expected to be kind and wise and to be incredibly responsible as citizens, workers, husbands and bread-winners. Women have some empathy for these male roles which many men obviously struggle against sometimes.

But not all men seem as understanding of the imperfect lives of women and the challenges they have faced and the challenges they still face. Almost every culture has traditions or laws or customs that circumscribe the lives of women; that hem them in to their own traditional roles as wives, housewives, child-bearers, child-raisers, household managers.

Often religion has been used to keep women close to home and uneducated. Many churches did not allow women to worship with men, and even primitive cultures that predate religion often had separate rituals for men and women. In modern novels there may be women ostensibly living in early cultures running around hunting with spears or fighting in wars, but in real life, I’m thinking, it was quite rare for a women to get a chance to learn or use these skills.

Women have been bought and sold, used as hostages, kidnapped to be sexual objects, been forced to suffer through clitoral mutilations so that they would find no pleasure from the sexual act, had their feet bound for the sexual pleasure of wealthy men, have been killed in honor killings for breaking any number of cultural rules or taboos and have suffered atrocities too numerous to mention.

Obviously life on earth has not always been, nor is it now, easy, regardless of someone’s sexuality. Since we have access to books and histories that allow us to view the lives of humans over hundreds of centuries we might be expected to learn from the histories and stories that we read. You would think that we would try to take some of the burdens off both men and women, and that we would ease each others’ journey through lives so full of the paradoxes like wealth and poverty, good and evil, health and illness, war and peace, joy and grief, pleasure and pain and more.

So why are some men still trying to control the lives of women and take away hard won rights and set back the fight to offer greater freedom to women around the globe to lead lives that are as full of opportunities to succeed or fail as are the lives of men? Just watch a TV offering like Dateline and you will see that men (mostly men) kill women for all kinds of reasons, like jealousy, or because they see murder as the only route to freedom, or there is some primitive impulse still in them that makes trying to murder a woman and get away with it attractive.

Men often have complicated feelings about women and women are often victims of emotions that men cover over for long periods of time with manners and a fog of romance perhaps. We see over and over that we may never actually know someone we have lived with for many years. Of course this can also be true of women, although they may not choose murder as a way out.

It is not difficult to see that the wiring in our brains may still resemble the wiring we had as Neanderthals. With 9 billion people due on the planet real soon we may have to give up our primitive imperatives and we may have to “fake it until we make it” to a more evolved wiring system in human brains.

Women in America came to believe that the ideals expressed by our forefathers, when they said all men are created equal, used the term men to stand for mankind and that this freedom did include women. America has offered women opportunities to fight for rights, many of them having to do with matters which have traditionally concerned women but some which have broadened the freedoms women could exercise in our world.

When I look back and see that women in America did not win the right to vote until 1920 it seems impossible that it could have taken so long to gain such a right. We have only had the right to control our own pregnancies since 1973 when Roe v Wade passed the Supreme Court and there has never been a day that someone has not wanted to chastise women for ever wanting to stop a child from being born, even though men have killed women for becoming pregnant inconveniently.

So I went to the Women’s March, January 21, 2017 (although I went locally and not to Washington) because the battle to take these hard won rights away from women has grown more fierce in the past 8 years, so much so that some stern male purists even want to take away our modern methods of contraception.

It makes perfect sense that I would want to go to a demonstration of our resistance to this attempt on the part of some men to take away rights women have won. It makes perfect sense that I would be happy at a rally where someone has a sign which reads “1958 is calling…we’re not answering” or where there is a sign that says “If you don’t have a uterus, then be quiet.”

I appreciate that so many men and boys attended the demonstrations. I appreciate their support of women and I am glad to see that there are men with healthy egos who are not threatened by women who express their skills, talents, and personalities. The presence of men also told the world that this resistance is a movement of the many American people who feel that the authoritarianism we have always tried to expose and overturn around the world is now a real threat to America that must be resisted.

Charles Blow said it really well in his article in the NYT this morning

“And the marches, which included quite a few men and boys as well, also represented more than that. They were a rebuke of bigotry and a call for equality and inclusion. They demonstrated the awesome power of individual outrage joined to collective action. And it was a message to America that the majority did not support this president or his plans and will not simply tuck tail and cower in the face of the threat. This was an uprising; this was a fighting back. This was a resistance.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/23/opinion/we-are-dissidents-we-are-legion.html?

 

Fake News and the Federal Budget

The Tea Party folks have been most shocking for their insistence that citizens should have a sort of line-item veto over the Federal budget. We have usually sent letters, etc. to our representatives in Congress to register our unwillingness to spend tax dollars on certain Federal programs or activities that displeased us. However, the Tea Party went much further. They were so angry, so demanding, so intimidating that the entire party backed them and moved far to the right. Then the party, in order to keep their scary Tea Party constituents at bay did things like shut down the government and vote to repeal the ACA about 60 times, and get the party to threaten to “primary” elected representatives to Congress (including Senators of course) who did not fall in line. The party got the “enforcer”, Grover Norquist to back up these primary attacks.

In particular the Tea Party wanted more control over their taxes – how much they had to pay and how it was spent. They had come to believe that their tax dollars were being handed out to deadbeats, to illegal immigrants, to way too many people in the form of food stamps, and to refugees. They were convinced, in spite of fact checks which disagreed with their analysis, that everyone was getting something for nothing but them. According to urban legend, the government was even handing out cars, free housing, and free “Obama phones” (a program begun in the Bush administration). And there was some truth to what the Tea Partiers believed but the abuses were hardly rampant, or budget-busting. The government does keep numbers on this stuff. Do we still trust numbers or does it now depend on who crunches them?

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Talk radio has kept the Tea Party angry for the last decade at least and they expanded their reach to even more Americans as the economy lost steam. The anger fed the people’s fears. Then Fox News piled on because this was a ratings bonanza too good to miss. People like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin and Bill O’Reilly and now Sean Hannity have been broadcasting fake news for years. There has always been fake news. It is called propaganda. Fake news did not begin with the 2016 election. But radio and TV outlets that broadcast fake news all the time, any time of the day or night have made fake news a trending phenomenon, allowed to masquerade as main stream media. The popularity of using social media on the internet added a new dimension to the dissemination of news and fake news. And I don’t know that we have previously had to deal with fake news injected into politics in a Presidential election year by a foreign power like Russia who is not generally considered to have American interests at heart.

As a result of the feelings that gave birth to their movement and the overwhelming amount of propaganda that nurtured the hate and anger, the Tea Party is adamant about many things and it is especially adamant about what budget items it will pay taxes for, and which ones it will not. In order to be sure they do not give one dollar to someone who doesn’t deserve it they want to stop giving any tax dollars to anyone. Privatize everything – no food stamps, no welfare, no Medicaid, no Medicare, no Social Security or SS Disability and no public schools. Many Tea Partiers are Evangelical Christians and they do not want their tax dollars to go towards paying for health care in any program that offers abortion, even though the Federal government no longer subsidizes abortions. Some even want to stop helping women get contraception. Send the “illegals” home say these folks and cut off immigration. Don’t take in refugees. But they do want us all to use our tax dollars to build a wall.

Well, if the right has a line item veto over the US budget then the left should also be allowed to say what they don’t want their tax dollars used for. I’m pretty sure that very few people on the left want to pay for a wall along the Mexican border. I’m pretty sure most of us want to see public education remain as a key budget item. Of course, we could put up a web site with various budget items and actually pick what to fund by voting line by line on the budget (recipe for chaos). But there is the matter of laws that were passed or voted down to determine what programs we would fund. Clearly though, some American’s feelings have been exploited by people in the media who know how to use their words to brainwash, to turn their listeners into “pod” people who seem to be convinced that they want to, 1) continue to pay taxes that pay for nothing, and 2) bypass the Congressional system and make decisions according to who does the best bullying. And perhaps the only cure for this is to just decide every single issue in our nation with a popular vote to try to lessen the effectiveness of a media without a soul.

People speak of trends towards fascism, and fake news and nationalism, and racism as if they just popped up in the 2016 election but we have been fed a steady diet of invective over at least the last decade, and it was easy because people had lost so much they were happy that someone was speaking their language of spite and jealousy, fear and despair, and that they were doing it so authoritatively and emotionally too.

I do not want to pay for a wall. I do not want to pay for a deportation force. There are many things the Tea Partiers don’t want to pay for that I feel a society should pay for. Where is my radio talk show to whisper revolution in my ear through the long night? I can’t even stand to watch news at all these days.

The right wing has won and our President elect who could be a unifier obviously is more an easily wounded defender of only himself. If he would show us that he could govern fairly and do that consistently I might not feel so bereft. His cabinet appointments give me little hope. I am thinking that I and other liberals will be left to wander in the wilderness. Any bets about how likely it is that DT can get it together and turn into a real President? Any bets on whether the soulless Republican Party can worry about anything besides owning what was once the government of the people, by the people, and for the people?

Save ACA Now! No Replacement Plan in Place

This is to those Americans who are in favor of repealing Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act. Are you sure? Speak now or forever hold your peace. It took a long time to bring the insurance companies, the doctors, the hospitals, and everyone who might be affected by a new health care plan to the table to hammer out a deal. It took a lot of negotiation to get insurance companies to cover citizens with preexisting conditions. It took much discussion to address the serious problem of the costs that taxpayers had to endure because people with no primary care providers had turned to the emergency rooms in our hospitals to provide care, care they could not afford to pay for. It meant that people most at risk for health problems were unable to seek preventative care and finally came for treatment only when they were seriously ill and needed expensive meds or procedures. We need to save ACA now!

I’m sure you remember that health coverage once came with jobs, and only with jobs that had a fair number of employees? People who did not have a job or who were self-employed, hourly employees, employees who worked at a small business often had limited or no health care coverage. As employers jumped ship and left our shores for nations with cheaper labor and no unions and no environmental standards the employees they left behind lost their health insurance, at least until they found another job.

I know there are flaws in the Affordable Care Act. Some people are dealing with rates that are too high and copays that are too high. But Republicans deliberately set out to undermine this plan. They knew that the rates would rise if healthy people didn’t buy insurance to offset those who had preexisting conditions. The designers knew that unless there was a mandate that required healthy people to join or pay a fine the numbers would not be favorable enough to the insurance industry and they would want to walk away from the agreement. Yet many red states refused to give their poorest citizens access to expanded Medicaid funds so they could be insured and they got the Supremes to nix the mandate aspect of the plan. In other words, they sabotaged the plan and then insisted that it was broken.

Right now in Congress Democrats are holding a Vote-a-Rama to try to save the Affordable Care Act from repeal. And we should all be hoping that they succeed because we have no inkling of what the Republicans plan to offer us for our health care. Isn’t the enemy you know (if the ACA can be considered an enemy) preferable to the enemy you don’t know (whatever privatized, non-inclusive plan the Conservatives whip up). I am proud of the Democrats for trying, but their odds of succeeding are long. There have been 60 votes in Congress to repeal Obamacare (the ACA) but now the Republicans most likely have the votes to pass a repeal.

If this plan is repealed there is no plan right now to replace it. We have not seen even an outline of what we might expect instead of the current plan. Don’t let repeal happen; at least not right now, not until we know the alternative and it is ready to be put into action. Call or write or email your people in Congress and take some pressure off of them by letting them know that you don’t mind if they come up with a plan before they fulfill your most adamantly expressed wish that Obamacare be repealed. Tell them to do their due diligence and come up with a workable plan. Otherwise expect chaos to reign in medical matters.

Good luck out there. I am happy to stick with Obamacare and have our reps try to fix it, but obviously many of you are not. I hope you are not just being stubborn. I hope you can still respond to logic. Google what is happening to health care in England since the Brexit. I hope that you will save the ACA now.