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Daily Countable: Healthcare & Chewbacca Socks

by Countable | 9.21.17

Good Thursday everyone, from all of Team Countable, and from me, Managing Editor Andrea Seabrook.

Spinach & Chocolate

So, since I was a cub reporter at NPR, I've always heard that to build a great show (or site or newspaper or magazine), you gotta give the listeners (or users or readers or subscribers) both spinach and chocolate. The "spinach" being the stories that people need to be strong and knowledgeable and aware -- necessary nutrition. The "chocolate," then, is the stuff that delights and rounds out our view of the human experience.

Of course, at Countable, our main mission is spinach. That's what we do. We bring you your civic nutrition — as much of it, and the most important parts that we can.

But we all need chocolate too. And so, I present you with this,

Chocolate

The Prime Minister of Cananda, Justin Trudeau, and the socks he wore to this week's inaugural Bloomberg Global Business Forum:

H/t to Gary He for this very important chocolate break. Now, back to your regularly scheduled program.

Spinach

The GOP is again attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, now via the Graham-Cassidy bill — and they are in a hurry. I won’t bore you with arcane senate procedure; suffice to say that, if they have any chance of repealing Obamacare, they've gotta do it by 11:59pm on Sept. 30.

That means now is the time to make your voice heard. Here's the bill; we'll make sure your votes are counted for your senators before they vote.

An Extra Helping:

At a Glance 👀, What Your Gov is Doing Today

The White House: Trump @ UN in NYC, Bedminster, NJ
  • President Trump continues meetings peripheral to the United Nations events
  • Meets with leaders of Afghanistan, Ukraine, South Korea, Japan & Turkey
  • Departs NYC for the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ
The House of Representatives: OUT OF SESSION
  • Zilch, zip, nada. Returns to Washington next week
The Senate: OUT OF SESSION
  • (See House schedule above)

And so, Countable friends, to stretch this metaphor waaay beyond recognition, I invite you to dine with me. Bring your casseroles, your omelets, your spinach souffles. But for goodness sake, don't forget the chocolate. See you tomorrow.

— Andrea Seabrook, Managing Editor

Talk to Andrea directly on Twitter, @RadioBabe. Hit the Take Action button to tell your Reps what you think.

(Photo Credit: StarWarsBlog&RobotChicken via Flickr)

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  • Dylan
    09/21/2017
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    My representatives and I have yet to agree. There chance of getting my vote are slim to none. That said I don't know how to convince them to do the right thing dealing with the Graham-Cassidy bill. All I can do is plead to their humanity, which is why I'm against this bill. I ask that they find it in their hearts to protect the most vulnerable of the people they represent. Don't close your heart on the many people that this horrible bill will adversely effect.

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  • RadicalModerate
    09/21/2017
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    Universal free healthcare now!

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  • Joyce
    09/21/2017
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    It's time for a bi-partisan, well vetted healthcare plan. Pushing bills ahead for a vote without understanding what's in them and without the CBO score is reckless and irresponsible.

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  • Tim
    09/21/2017
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    I urge you to vote no and reject this bill. It is a mess, admit it and start over.

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  • Melissa
    09/21/2017
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    The right was so scared of the ACA leading to death panels but has no problem rallying behind a bill that will literally decide who lives and who does based entirely on financial circumstance. Yeah sure is says the price increases are connected to specific illnesses. At some point we need to accept that ALL of us will be sick at some point. Given that, whether or not you survive the illness that you are DEFINITELY GOING TO HAVE is based on your ability to pay exorbitant premiums or cover all your health expenses out of pocket. A death panel for the poor.

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  • Sandra
    09/21/2017
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    Keep AcA and fix the problems. Do the right thing!

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  • John
    09/21/2017
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    Please do not support this farce call Cassidy bill

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  • Leanna
    09/21/2017
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    I don't know how the country can make it any clearer: we want the protections of the ACA. Really, we want universal healthcare. But at minimum, we refuse to go backwards. Resist this push to negatively impact the health of millions, to hurt and kill people with disabilities and health conditions, to impoverish people whose bodies need care.

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  • Renee
    09/21/2017
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    Beyond just voting against this joke of a plan, please please use your time to persuade fence-sitters that this will be the cause of many deaths. Not only for lack of access to healthcare, but financially putting more ppl into debt and bankruptcy, which in turn forces them to make choices between rent, food, and health. Which will suffer? We know the answer.

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  • Henry
    09/21/2017
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    Vote no on Graham-Cassidy health bill. It is a wolf in wolf's clothing. Government needs to protect the people, especially the most vulnerable.

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  • Dorothy
    09/21/2017
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    Please vote no to this nonsense

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  • Deborah
    09/21/2017
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    How dare the Republicans add a special item to bribe the Alaska rep to vote yes!!! They will do ANYTHING to get this through, no balance for all states....you are all slime in my book, will never vote Republican again!

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  • NQuiterio
    09/21/2017
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    The ACA is struggling to maintain its promises, but this bill won't help. All it will do is cause a Democrat-controlled Congress to work to repeal it and make another bill that will struggle and cause Republicans to repeal. It's an endless cycle. If you want to help the American people, secure your position in Congress, and make history, then create a bipartisan bill to create the best health care in the world, not something "good enough."

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  • Paula
    09/21/2017
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    Senator McCain. Your reasoning that Obamacare "does not protect the fundamental value of freedom" that Americans deserve in their healthcare is an insult to the intelligence of every American. If you vote yes in this bill, you will cement your place in history as a monster.

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  • Tracy
    09/21/2017
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    Thank you in advance, Senators Feinstein and Harris, for supporting fair and compassionate healthcare policies, and voting no on the atrocious Graham-Cassidy bill.

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  • Frank
    09/21/2017
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    Another Dumb GOP plan. Each State will be forced to come up with their own plan, meaning they will be all different. Patients in some states will have better options than in other states. Patients maybe forced to shop for states with the best health coverage. Like all GOP plans however the reality is that most people will not receive adequate insurance medical coverage and ultimately die from lack needed medical treatments. Graham-Cassidy is conceived to punish the Democrats but will also injure GOP voters. Fix AHC problems and forget inventing GOP branded square wheels. How many must die on the altar of GOP unity of radicals. Is there no one on the side of the aisle with courage and integrity enough to stand up for the country?

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  • Chris
    09/21/2017
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    NO NO NO on GOP health bill!

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  • Paula
    09/21/2017
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    To quote prior poster JOYCE, "It's time for a bi-partisan, well vetted healthcare plan. Pushing bills ahead for a vote without understanding what's in them and without the CBO score is reckless and irresponsible." With all the successful plans already proving themselves around the globe, you'd think we could "borrow" some good ideas...instead of continually trying to reinvent the wheel! Get it done, but do it right this time!

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  • Timothy
    09/21/2017
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    The citizens of South Carolina need healthcare legislation that provides basic care for an affordable price and access for all. The only answer for this essential care is universal care which can work once the rules limit the greed of the multiple groups now reaping huge profits from a system that Congress will not restrain due to lobbying and money from the vested interests. Follow the money!!

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  • Mcrae
    09/21/2017
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    This Graham/Cassidy bill is just the republicans ramming through legislation for a political win...having your healthcare left up to the state will eventually completely hose those who need it most

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