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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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The Definition of Shameful

Sep. 26, 2017 2:05 am
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With Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) now saying she will join two other Republican Senators in voting no on the latest shameful attempt by the GOP to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, the latest roll-back bid appears dead.

But, as we’ve seen, this is like a vampire. It won’t be dead until someone drives a wooden stake through its heart.

Previously, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said they were voting no.

This most recent revival of the previously-assumed-dead effort to kill Obamacare is called the Graham-Cassidy Bill, written by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) It’s probably the worst, most callous Republican healthcare plan yet, and we saw the spectacle on television of protesting sick and disabled people being hauled by cops out of the U.S. Capitol today.

Sen. Cassidy is a physician. One wonders how he squares this bill with the Hippocratic Oath.

Cassidy is also the one who boasted publicly that he would pass no healthcare bill that didn’t pass the Jimmy Kimmel Test — then he co-authored this abomination. When Kimmel denounced the bill and Cassidy’s failure to keep his promise, Cassidy patronized Kimmel, saying he just didn’t understand the nuances of the bill.

Bull-pucky. Kimmel knew a bald-faced lie when he heard one.

Frankly, this sick, twisted excuse for healthcare legislation isn’t even a healthcare bill at all. It’s a tax cut bill, plain and simple. It’s a feeble, transparent attempt to ladle out more goodies to the rich friends of the GOP.

No amount of lying and pretending will change that fact. I think if you look in the dictionary under “shameful,” you’ll find this bill.

This bill richly deserves to die an ignominious death.

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