Friday, May 5, 2017

A counterargument to McMorris Rodgers' defense of Thursday's Trumpcare vote

Posted By on Fri, May 5, 2017 at 11:28 AM

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers penned a defense of Trumpcare in the Washington Post.
  • Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers penned a defense of Trumpcare in the Washington Post.

Today the Spokesman-Review ran a Cathy McMorris Rodgers editorial originally published in the Washington Post, in which she defends and discusses her support of the health care bill the GOP pushed through the House of Representatives on Thursday.

The Inlander received a counterargument from a California man who, noting that he's not a Washingtonian, said that given that health care is a national issue, he wanted to respond. He also sent this letter to the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, as well as the Washington Post:

Representative Rodgers,

I am glad that your son has the care that he requires. Truly. Nothing could be more traumatic then having your newborn suffering from a deadly disease. That it could financially ruin your life as well would generally not even cross your mind at that moment of first realization. However, you never had to suffer the agony of that second problem, did you? Given your economic status at that time, you already had insurance that covered your child’s condition. Therefore, I must take issue with your characterization of the AHCA that the Republican-led house passed this week.

At the time your 3rd child was born, the ACA was in effect, and members of Congress were on that system. Further, your salary as a member of Congress allowed you to afford virtually any insurance plan offered in the state of Washington at that time. And, on the off chance you had had another child born with a congenital disease, none of them could deny coverage to your newborn because of the guarantees of the ACA. You did not put that in your op-ed. Too embarrassed to admit you benefited from “Obamacare”? Also, about your son, Cole, born in roughly 2007 (by my estimate), you, as a member of Congress, were given many options to purchase very good health care under group plans that could not refuse coverage of pre-existing conditions. I’m sure you did, as you could afford it.

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Sasquatch! switch: LCD Soundsystem replaces Frank Ocean as Day 1 headliner

Posted By on Fri, May 5, 2017 at 11:05 AM

LCD Soundsystem performing at Sasquatch! in 2010.
  • LCD Soundsystem performing at Sasquatch! in 2010.

Here's a nice last-minute festival shakeup: LCD Soundsystem has been added to the Day 1 lineup at the upcoming Sasquatch! Music Festival. The high-energy electronic collective fronted by producer and songwriter James Murphy previously played the fest behind Pavement and Massive Attack in 2010; they've now been upgraded to headliner status.

The bad news about all this: The band is replacing Frank Ocean, the opening day's previous headliner. The acclaimed R&B crooner cited "production delays" as his reason for canceling his Sasquatch! set, and his exclusion from the lineup will no doubt disappoint some ticket buyers.

But the silver lining is that we're getting an LCD Soundsystem performance out of Ocean's cancellation. The band recently reformed after a brief hiatus, and they dropped two new singles ("Call the Police" and "American Dream") yesterday. And if you don't know what all the fuss is about, check them out when they perform on "Saturday Night Live" tomorrow.

You can still purchase Sasquatch! tickets here.

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Brown for Congress? House passes GOP health care plan, and morning headlines

Posted By on Fri, May 5, 2017 at 9:28 AM

The Masonic Temple faces the Cathedral of our Lady of Lourdes on Riverside Avenue on a cloudy Friday morning. - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO
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  • The Masonic Temple faces the Cathedral of our Lady of Lourdes on Riverside Avenue on a cloudy Friday morning.


Intraparty conflict

Former state Sen. Lisa Brown to step down as WSU Spokane chancellor; may run against Ben Stuckart and Cathy-McMorris Rodgers for her seat in Congress.

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First, do no harm

Cathy McMorris Rodgers writes an op-ed for the Washington Post in support of the Republicans' health care bill that just passed in the House, making, shall we say, "suspect" claims about the bill's precondition protections.

Who pays for the hospital bill?
Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho argues that the sick should pay more for their health insurance than the healthy. (Spokesman-Review)

The monster on the bus
A former local bus driver has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for filming his sexual abuse of three boys. (Spokesman-Review )

Unified diagnosis

The medical industry is united in its criticism of the Republicans' health care legislation. (New York Times)

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