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Paul Duginski is a political cartoonist and veteran newspaper staff artist. He enjoys reading history, literature and going bodyboarding whenever he has time.


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Trumpcare Nightmare

Mar. 14, 2017 12:00 am
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When House Speaker Paul D. Ryan hauled out his Powerpoint presentation last week and began to hawk Trumpcare as a Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act, he was trying to appear with the mantle of the policy wonk. After all, Mitt Romney had declared Ryan the “intellectual leader of the GOP” back in 2012. But to me Ryan came off more as a late-night television pitch man — hurry! offer ends soon! The TV pitchman urges you to pick up the phone now! Don’t delay! Hurry! Have your credit card ready!

Or he could have been a grifter.

The grifter keeps the pressure on, pushing you to take the action he wants before you can think. For example, in the pigeon drop scam depicted in the beginning of the 1973 movie “The Sting,” Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) and Luther Coleman (Robert Earl Jones) keep the pressure on a courier for mobster Doyle Lonnegan’s organization so he doesn’t have time to think of alternatives. He doesn’t realize he’s been had until he is blocks away in a cab, thinking he just scored some easy money.

That’s what Ryan and Trump want. They want the Trumpcare plan safely enacted into law before Americans realize they’ve been had. After all, Trump has told us he would repeal and replace Obamacare with something cheaper and more effective.

But now we know the extent to which all this has been a classic Republican hustle. Today, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said that the Trumpcare plan being pushed by Paul Ryan would raise the number of people without health insurance by 24 million within a decade. Some 14 million people would lose health insurance next year alone. Meanwhile, the wealthiest Americans would get a massive tax cut.

Yup, sounds like a Republican plan, right?

Ironically, many of those who would get thumped by this cruel Trump plan are the very people who voted for The Donald. Some of the biggest losers under Trumpcare — the ones likely to get hammered — are older, lower-income voters in the counties across America who supported him in 2016.

Pity the poor Trump voter. If I were a Trump voter, I might be having some second thoughts about my vote right about now. Unfortunately, however, Trump voters tend to be gullible, “low information” voters, so they may never realize what hit them. If they get their “news” and conspiracy theories from hate-talk radio or fraudulent right-wing websites, the only criticism of Trumpcare they’re likely to hear is that it’s too much like Obamacare and isn’t “conservative” enough.

Mike Sutton
March 14, 2017 at 3:49 am
Trump the Ripper
...a de facto serial killer with a ball peen hammer?
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Paul A Duginski
March 14, 2017 at 1:36 pm

It’s tempting to laugh about the slapstick notion of Trump voters clanging themselves on the head, Three Stooges-style, with a ball peen hammer of their own design and creation — facilitated by a psychopath who they trusted to repeal the hated Obamacare and replace it with something better. In reality, this psychopathic reality TV show host never had their backs and probably viewed them as expendable all along. At the same time, these are real people — real human beings — in their millions, in fact, according to the CBO, who will be losing their healthcare under Trumpcare. Without their healthcare, some will surely die. Of course, they were monumentally foolish to vote as they did for Donald Trump:

But as unsavory as Trump supporters can be — the basket of deplorables, as Hillary called them — they’re still Americans. Real patriotic Americans don’t write off whole swaths of society, whole races, religions or ethnic groups. Nor do they hate and encourage violence. (Sounds like I’m describing some Trump rallies during the campaign, right?) No, true Americans want what’s best for their fellow Americans, no matter how misguided. So I won’t wallow in schadenfreude, dismissing Trump supporters as stupid for voting this clown into office; instead, I’m hoping they manage to keep their health insurance. Moreover, I’m hoping for the common good — what’s best for the commonweal — which is probably a very foreign idea to the Trump base. to Shut Down Permanently on December 31, 2017

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