Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sing away the AHCA

For months, New Jersey activists have been staking out the local offices of New Jersey Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11), a onetime Republican moderate pulled relentlessly right in recent years. While voting for almost all of the Trump agenda, Frelinghuysen stunned the world on March 24 with a pivotal statement against the AHCA on  grounds that the bill "would place significant new costs and barriers to care on my constituents in New Jersey. In addition to the loss of Medicaid coverage for so many people in my Medicaid-dependent state, the denial of essential health benefits in the individual market raise serious coverage and cost issues."

Noble words, but now Frelinghuysen is wavering -- with Ryan reportedly threatening to strip him of his treasured chairmanship of the House Appropriations Committee -- and Jersey progressives are going all-out to provide the counter-pressure, as in this petition.  With the AHCA risen from an unquiet grave, we are reviving old (month-old) arguments. So why not a months-old songbook? Here's one that I had to serenade solo in Morristown upon one freezing day. I can't say it's "sung to the tune of Hamilton's My Shot, but it's intoned to something like the rhythm of it:

Our Shot 

We are not throwing away our...SHOT
We are not throwing away our..SHOT
Ya know, we're just like Obama,
all action, no drama,
and we're not throwing away our..SHOT.

We're gonna stand outside your windows, Frelinghuysen
chantin singin make-all-kinda-noisin
until you let us freezin girlz and boyz in
to prove to you that Ryancare is poison --

an electoral disaster,
a stinkin lump of coal,
meets no healthcare access goal,
sure t'erode your soul,
put the country in a hole...

Disinsurin' tens of millions
Cuttin taxes a cool trillion
for the people who have billions
while the poor folks you'll be killin

Our plan is to fan opposition to flame,
but damn it's gettin dark so let us spell out our name:
We are you CON. STIT. CHU. ENTS --
Hire you. Fire you. Pay your rent.
Voters every one,
loadin an electoral gun...

And we are not throwing way our...SHOT
We are not throwing away our..SHOT
Ya know, we're just like Obama,
all action, no drama,
and we're not throwing away our..SHOT.


Related:
Affordable Care Anthem


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