Thousands of Medicare cancer patients lose chemo because of sequester

Thousands of Medicare patients are being turned away from cancer clinics, that were previously conducting their chemotherapy, because of the sequester’s cuts to Medicare.

Enough.  People are now going to start dying because of the Republicans.  And make no mistake, it is the Republicans’ fault.  The sequester was designed to force both sides to compromise. President Obama has made a compromise offer that cuts spending, but also closes tax loopholes for billionaires. The Republicans are refusing to compromise at all – they say they won’t close even one tax loophole for billionaires, and they’ll only turn off the sequester if Democrats agree to gut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, an approached favored by a grand total of 0% of Americans.

And the biggest irony is that the Republicans’ solution to the sequester forcing elderly cancer patients out on the street is to replace the sequester Medicare cuts with Republican Medicare cuts that will – what? – force elderly cancer patients on the street.  Then again, the GOP is the party famous for declaring that they were going to let Medicare “wither on the vine.”

There’s another reason the Republicans are to blame.  For decades now, going back at least to the time of Ronald Reagan, Republicans have had no respect for the American government.  They’ve wanted America to believe that federal employees are all one big “welfare queen,” sucking at the teet of the taxpayer.  And thus, if we decimate the federal budget, it won’t harm a thing, because it’s “all waste and inefficiency.”

Elderly Patient via Shutterstock

Elderly Patient via Shutterstock

Tell that to the over-5,000 Medicare cancer patients being turned away from one oncology practice alone in the New York area because of the sequester cuts that went into effect April 1 for Medicare.  Imagine what’s happening nationwide.

Republicans don’t believe in our government, they never have.  It’s why they have such disdain for federal workers, especially judges, and its why they’re so close to the NRA and other gun-lovers who continually put out the message that Americans must arm themselves against the government.  How pro-America is that?  Not very.

John Stanton at Buzzfeed had a horrific story on Monday about Jeff Maryak, a 39-year-old Army reservist and combat vet, who now is thinking of going back to war in order to pay his debts.  You see, Maryak’s DOD salary was just cut by 27% because of the sequester.  Imagine your salary being cut by 27%, when you owe a mortgage.  When you have kids.  It’s disgusting that the Republicans are doing this to a combat vet because they care more about their billionaires, and they hate our government so much that if US service members are collateral damage, so be it.

And what a screwed up country we live in that cancer patients could be turned away at the door.  It’s beyond shameful. Then again, you can also blame the Republicans (and their conservative Democrat bought-out-by-Big-Pharma friends like Joe Lieberman and Max Baucus) for our insane health care system too. President Obama wanted to change it, but the Republicans and conservative Dems said “no.”  And now cancer patients are dying.  Heckuva job, GOP.


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  • http://antemedius.com/ Antemedius

    Although Aravosis wants to blame this on republicans in the article, the fact that he ignores remains that a White House Official Admits Budget Sequester Was Obama’s Idea

  • http://poodyheads.wordpress.com/ Papa Bear

    Why worry about the spectators when you own the game…

  • JustMe

    Hey John, CMS set the reduction of 2% for Medicare Part B medication & administration (ASP + 6%). If it was sooooo important this situation not to occur, then why have the cuts set in place in the first place? So the Republican party can be vilified once again in the media and by simpletons like yourself. The sequester is a manifestation of the President and the Congress being unable to agree on budget cuts. Why don’t you call up the President and Congress to reconvene and fix this mess? Take some accountability quit blaming everyone else. We are all in this together and quite frankly, I am sick and tired of hearing blow-hards like you blame everything on Republicans.

  • Naja pallida

    With our current spate of Republican solutions we’re on our way to becoming part of that third world, and because of such, we’re having to worry less about immigration.

  • Naja pallida

    They might have a political death wish, if they didn’t have the confidence of voter suppression, complete control of several key state legislatures (and thus the entire electoral process in those states), and rampant gerrymandering, powering their hubris. They are so bat-shit crazy that they are happy to not just ignore numerous things that have a huge percentage of public support, but actually do the exact opposite of what the people want.

  • FLL

    This is what Republicans are pushing for leading into next year’s races for the House of Representatives? Do John Boehner and his crew in the House have a political death wish? The mainstream media will be all over this story about dying elderly cancer patients. Historically, the party of a second-term president almost always loses House seats in the midterm elections, but the Republicans seem intent on bucking that historical trend. The GOP House leadership must be bat-shit crazy, even to the point of being self-destructive. A second-term president whose party actually gains House seats in the midterms? Who ever heard of such a thing?

  • FunMe

    It doesn’t stop when the sequester stops. President Obama in conjunction with the GOP, wants to reduce payments to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324685104578388584251460570.html

    “The White House is strongly considering including limits on entitlement benefits in its fiscal 2014 budget—a proposal it first offered Republicans in December. The move would be aimed in part at keeping alive bipartisan talks on a major budget deal.Such a proposal could include steps that make many Democrats queasy, such as reductions in future Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security payments, but also items resisted by Republicans, such as higher taxes through limits on tax breaks, people close to the White House said.”

    President and the GOP need to be stopped!

  • ComradeRutherford

    But the International Guild of Marketing Departments decreed that the Only Demographic That Matters (18-24) won’t read any text without an image attached, therefore images are mandatory, even if they make no sense to the text. That is just the way it is and no one can change it.

  • ComradeRutherford

    Excellent! Conservatives are beside themselves with joy that they are finally killing Americans with their fiscal policies. This has been the Holy Grail the Conservatives have been after since they lost that ability when FDR became President, and they’ve been hard after this since 1980. Finally, finally, Conservative policies are outright killing Americans.

  • lynchie

    I can tell a right wing bigot

  • ezpz

    I agree. It’s dishonest and manipulative.

  • emjayay

    Please stop using pointless Shutterstock photos. Are they free or something? A stock photo says nothing and adds nothing. A pet photo would be much better.

  • ezpz

    (o:

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    In process ezpz, the world is changing for me. Thanks for the thought.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Your race to the bottom is evident.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Could have fooled me. I just stepped in your wits and am scraping it off my shoe. I’d swear it was a fecal-bomb.

  • Mighty

    So basically republicans get what they want right? Less government. That people are dieing is just collateral damage to them.

  • RogerW

    You can tell what race I am through your computer screen? Wow. Apple has really outdone themselves…

  • RogerW

    My point exactly, Intelligent people can respond with intelligent remarks. Instead, libs toss the race card and the f-bomb. You’re amusing. I’m in a battle of wits with an unarmed man…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500671579 Virginia Nancarvis

    The cuts are split evenly (by dollar amounts) between the defense and non-defense categories. Some major programs like Social Security, Medicaid, federal pay (including military pay and pensions) and veterans’ benefits are exempt. Medicare spending will be reduced by 2% per year versus the planned levels. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the sequester would reduce 2013 economic growth by about 0.6 percentage points (from 2.0% to 1.4%) and affect the creation or retention of about 750,000 jobs by year-end.

  • slavdude

    My father stopped taking new Medicare patients 30 years ago, so this is nothing new. Of course, his income has been declining since the advent of “managed care” in the early 1980s, and the decline has accelerated in the past 10-12 years.

  • emjayay

    The Post article explains that the reason for clinics turning away chemo patients and sending them to hospitals is because they are only paid a small per centage over the cost of the drugs they are administering and that per centage is where any cuts will happen, because the can’t change the cost of drugs. Some nonprofit hospitals apparently pay a lot less because of federal controls. They probably pay about what European countries and Canada and everyone else pay. The problem once again is drug prices here being multiples of what everyone else pays.

  • ezpz

    Hope you’re okay now.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    When it hits number 2 in approval ratings it will be official!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “mentally challenged” You would know dip stick. I tip my hat to John also, but for entirely different reason, even when disagreeing. I can’t imagine you creating and running an outfit like this and contributing on a daily basis….so f**k off troll.

  • ezpz

    lol…that’s what it is!

  • Bill_Perdue

    It it wasn’t a sewer we wouldn’t call it Congress.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “50,000 Americans/year die” because of a lack of health care, until some of the (mysterious) provisions of Obama Care kick in. When that stat came out prior to Obama Care being passed I thought to myself, “incredible, doesn’t anyone thing that is grotesque? Since then we have seen thousands of innocent villagers murdered by drones and it doesn’t seem to bother Obot Americans the least bit.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Not buying Hills for the life of me and hope she goes down in flames.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Old Ben Nelson, who helped create Obama Care, is now retired from Congress and guess what—-working for the insurance lobby.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Same experience here. The cardiology Doctor, who treated me at the hospital and made follow up visits, told me when arriving at his office, that he doesn’t take Medicare. That little slight of hand put me off my schedule and I found my self in A-fib that might have been avoided.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    LIKE+

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Same here ezpz, I caught hell here by Obots spewing the ‘Lesser Evil’ nonsense and look at them now—still in denial and pointing fingers at the GOP, with whom they collaborated.

  • lynchie

    the ACA is not even in force yet it doesn’t become effective until next year/

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I will always think of the Democrat Sequester ‘DS’ as dog shit now.

  • lynchie

    No you weren’t duped., Hillary offered 4 more years of NAFTA, free trade, welfare reform and DOMA. Bush was a lunatic so Obama we all figured could be a transitional guy. We did not look close enough. Course that is hard to do when he flat out lied to us., I guess one tell we missed was his close association with Lieberman. Gaius has been consistent reported the facts but like you there were many of us who were duped and frankly will never be back to the Dems. Hillary-4 more years of social cuts, 4 more years of keeping Wall Street and the banks rolling in cash and 4 more years of war mongering. Yeah that is Change I can believe in—–NOT

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    It is a disgrace and a clear and present danger to American citizens. The screed against the GOP is spot on, however, one sentence stands out like a bloody scream: “President Obama has made a compromise offer that cuts spending, but also closes tax loopholes for billionaires.” OBAMA!

  • lynchie

    But that is the only way we can deal with you of the master race,

  • NM156

    Liberal here-what we need is additional 80,000,000 Third World immigrants to fix this.

  • Richard Veil

    This is terrible. I suggest that everyone to here:

    April 1, 2013: CMS Implements Sequestration Cut to Cancer Drugs and Services

    Created on: Monday, April 01, 2013

    Effective today, CMS will reduce all payment claims with dates of service today and after by 2%. Among other things to fight this unjust and devastating cut to cancer care, COA has launched a petition on the official White House site.

    http://www.communityoncology.org/site/blog/detail/2013/04/01/april-1-2013-cms-implements-sequestration-cut-to-cancer-drugs-and-services.html

  • emjayay

    When a doctor’s schedule gets full, unless they are just good guys they will stop taking Medicare patients. I had Aetna High Option (not medicare) and most dentists wouldn’t take the dental plan part because while it paid for biannual teeth cleaning and checkup, it limited fees charged for everything even if it didn’t pay anything for those services. Most NYC dentists won’t take it. Most of the few that do got bad reviews on Yelp. (I found a good one). It’s only to their advantage if they need new patients. Similar deal with Medicare, and if as I assume Medicare reimbursements have gotten relatively lower over the years, and the number of GPs had relatively gone down as they all go for dermatology or some other specialty where they can clean up, that’s what’s gonna happen.
    How many doctors take MedicAid? Only clinics I’m guessing.
    In single payer or other health care systems in other countries, there is generally some kind of Medicare type payment limit for all providers, so this situation would not happen so much. And free medical school and so on.

  • Hue-Man

    50,000 Americans/year – and growing – die because they don’t have access to health care but you have freedom from death panels. Here in Canuckistan we live under the oppressive tyranny of socialism and single payer health care. USA USA USA

  • ezpz

    Haha…good snark there. I had to read it a couple of times to get it.

  • emjayay

    The Buzzfeed story about Jeff Mayek isn’t a particularly good example of the effects of sequestration. I agree with what about 90% of the commenters there are saying.

    The guy had a BMW (well, has a BMW he’s paying $500 a month for in one paragraph and traded it for an Impala in the next). The Imapla gets “terrible gas mileage”. Did he get one with the 5.3 liter LS4 V8 engine? Most Impalas don’t get that bad gas mileage, and if that was a concern there are a lot of other used cars around. He couldn’t find a Malibu? Or did he get a new one?
    He’s paying $250 a month for his kids’ cell phones? Maybe they don’t need 4G iphones. Maybe they could make do with 3G from Virgin Mobile, like I do. Or non-smart phones. He’s paying $1900 a month for a “small apartment” in Maryland. Really? How “small” is that? Does it come with a gym and a pool? Maybe he could save a bit if he quit smoking ($6.50 a pack in Maryland).

    And he was making 80K a year for the defense department and no mention of a college degree. That’s a GS 12 step 3 in the DC area. Most government workers never get near that grade. And a 27% pay cut? Really? No explanation of how that was calculated. How did that happen? Obama is taking a 5% pay cut, not a 27% pay cut. Did Obama miscalculate what is happening to federal workers? Did this guy go from GS 12 to GS 9? (That doesn’t actually happen, unless his position ended and he immediately got a different one). Were his hours cut? He left low cost of living North Carolina where he had a GS 11 federal job, which is 63K in North Carolina. Maybe he should have stayed. Anyway, as pointed out in Buzzfeed comments, this guy was living beyond his means and had a history of bad decisions before the unsubstantiated pay cut.

    Again, not a credible report and not a good example of anything.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diane-Jakopovic/689262663 Diane Jakopovic

    What a lie… the sequester was Obama’s idea and he signed it.

  • Naja pallida

    I’ve seen it all over the place here too. The number of doctors’ offices taking new Medicare patients has steadily declined over the last 10 or so years.

  • ezpz

    The cognitive dissonance is stunning. There was no way I could have voted for him this time around. Sorry to say that I was duped the first time, but it didn’t take long for me to see him for the snake oil salesman that he is.

    What gets me is how the same so called ‘liberal’ pundits who voted for him BOTH times, and told others that they absolutely HAD to because y’know, Romney was so much worse, and the Supreme Court, and Social Security and Medicare, bla bla… – those same pundits are whipping out column after hand wringing column about how bad Obama is.

    Except for Gaius Publius, who did NOT vote for Obama, those pundits don’t publish their criticisms of Obama here. As I said earlier, some things just don’t change…

  • Naja pallida

    Exactly, the GOP demanded huge cuts, and what was proposed by the President and Democrats in Congress, in an attempt to stop the huge Republican cuts, was huge cuts. What are the Republicans going to do, but shrug and walk away laughing?

    Dealing with Republicans is like trying to train a puppy, and what Obama and the Democrats have done is shit in the yard, as a way of showing the “puppies” what they’re supposed to do.

  • RogerW

    I tip my hat to John Aravosis. Even though he’s obviously mentally challenged, he’s still out there, making a living as a ‘writer’ by catering to his fanbase – other mentally challenged people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1126831724 Jonathan Dogey

    The sequester is not CUTTING anything. With the sequester in place we are still spending billions more than last year. If you people seriously believe this sequester is causing this than I feel sorry for this country

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1126831724 Jonathan Dogey

    Obamacare cuts 700 billion dollars from Medicare. It is obamacare that is causing this pain. The sequester was created by Obama to be used at this time to make sure republicans are blamed for what obamacare has cut from Medicare.

  • ezpz

    “… I am always amazed how these government scum have acquired the gift of authorship and who the hells buys this crap.”

    I know.

    The book must be a prerequisite for running for office. It guarantees exposure via the book tour. I would be surprised if most of these are not written by ghostwriters.

    As for who buys them? I would say the political machine that wants the ‘author’ in power probably buys them in bulk. And of course, there’s family and friends…

  • Bill_Perdue

    I’m glad you liked it. Yesterday I pointed out that people who voted for Obama (or what’s his name) consciously voted for war, union busting and bigotry. That is a fact but it got the Dems very angry . Unless they were off planet they had to know what he was going to do.

  • lynchie

    Yeah the sequester. $68 billion which is less that 5% of the total spend. By the way you may want to check your facts, it was your buddy Barry who suggested sequester and he did sign the bill. Your Hopey Changey guy gave me more than I can afford

  • lynchie

    It’s part of the Hope and Change. You hope like hell someone cares only to find out the only one who has to change is you.. The drum beats of Hillary are sounding loud and clear. Good source of disposable income from her book coming out next year. I am always amazed how these government scum have acquired the gift of authorship and who the hells buys this crap.

  • Bill_Perdue

    “…there would have been a second fiscal crisis at least as bad as the one caused by Bush.”

    Bush certainly helped create the crisis but it originated with Bill Clinton. Your understanding of history is based purely on blatantly false partisan talking points and has no relation to the facts of the last decade.

    It was primarily caused by Clinton’s signature and support for NAFTA, the deregulation bill of 1999 (Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999 or the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act) which repealed the regulations instituted during the previous depression and deregulation bill of 2000 (the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000) which unleashed predatory lenders on the economy. They created the housing bubble which burst, causing the current or Clinton Depression.

    There is no recovery for the millions of unemployed and homeless and there is no recovery for people who work for a living and have seen catastrophic cuts in their standard of living. The recovery is only for the rich and the political prostitutes from both parties who service them.

  • nicho

    People aren’t dying in the streets in huge numbers — yet. When they are, the billionaires’ coup will be complete. Then, the billionaires will turn on the kapos and useful idiots in the congress, the White House, the corporatocracy, the media, and the churches who helped them hijack the country. There are going to be a lot of very surprised motherfuckers who thought they were part of the elite only to find out they were hired help and are disposable. Barry and Boehner could wake up one day and realize that no one is returning their calls.

  • nicho

    No, Obama is onboard with the “austerity.” It wasn’t a mistake on his part. He’s a tool of the corporatocracy. Obama and the GOP are on the same page here. Let’s stop with the “he made a mistake” nonsense.

  • figaro

    Seriously, John, you tribalism is showing. Your analysis is not based on reality.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Obama’s fake health care reform was really an insurance reform that gifted insurance companies and Big Pharma with trillions over the next few years. Working people on Medicare are facing cuts, expanded costs and are being driven into HMOs whose MO is to let people die rather than fund medical benefits because what they lose in lawsuits is less that what they’d pay to cure people.

    We need socialized medicine.

  • ezpz

    Bingo.

    But hey, we can’t let facts interfere with the talking points now, cane we?

  • ezpz

    Truth! Love it when you talk like that.

  • ezpz

    I’m not a republican. I’m also not a democrat, and I don’t spew either of their talking points, unlike your comment, which in addition to being inaccurate, is right out of the Ds playbook.

  • MyrddinWilt

    Everyone knew that the GOP was going to do this. But the other options were much much worse. If the GOP had pulled the trigger and forced the US to default on its debt there would have been a second fiscal crisis at least as bad as the one caused by Bush.

    If Obama had considered the GOP to be trustworthy, honest or rational then there would have been no reason to accept the sequester at all because he would know that they were not stupid enough to do it. The only reason to accept the sequester was if the President knew that the GOP House members are lunatics negotiating in total bad faith.

    There is an unfortunate parallel with North Korea. We all hope that the regime there is merely trying to get themselves some more food aid from China by making it look like they are insane enough to start a war otherwise. But there is a real possibility that they might just be every bit as delusional as their rhetoric, after all that is exactly what Bush/Cheney turned out to be.

  • MyrddinWilt

    That is GOP bullshit.

    The GOP held a gun to the country’s head and the sequester was the scheme that was proposed to stop them firing the trigger. The GOP demanded huge cuts to the federal budget and that is what they got.

    Obama did get them to agree to make half the cuts in the military budget but he also offered to pass the debt limit extension WITH NO CUTS AT ALL.

    The GOP can repeat that lie as often as they like but they own 100% of the sequester consequences. If the GOP had agreed to do what every other congress has always done there would have been no sequester at all.

  • perljammer

    Hmm. I seem to recall something about part of the cost of the Affordable Health Care Act being paid for by substantial cuts in Medicare payments to providers. I remember thinking at the time, how odd it was that people were saying that these cuts were not to benefits, but only to provider payment rates. I thought it was odd because cutting payments to providers has to result in reduced benefits because otherwise, the provider goes out of business. And here we are.

  • lynchie

    And the Democrats commit murder by drones, endless war and the need to satisfy their masters on Wall Stret

  • Bill_Perdue

    The counterfeit debt crisis is used by politicians and the rich as an excuse to bust unions, artificially maintain massive, long term unemployment, drive down wages and impose austerity. Obama and his party are as guilty as Boehner and his party.

    Their partisan posturing and mutual finger pointing are the monstrous backdrop for a huge and totally unnecessary increase in the level of suffering of the elderly, the unemployed and the homeless. especially children. 14.5% of U.S. households – 49 million Americans, including 16.2 million children – suffer the daily, grinding violence of poverty.

    For the left, and that does not include the right centrist Democrats – who are very much like the Tories and not all like Labour – the fight has to be based on rejecting the twin parties of the rich and simultaneously mounting massive, militant campaigns to educate and organize working people whether employed and unemployed. Our goal has to be to reject both parties and understand that real change, fundamental change will will only come when workers parties create a workers state.

    The key thing to remember is that the United States is owned by the rich. They control the commanding heights of the economy. They own and fund the political prostitutes who administer it. They own and control virtually all the media. They are more powerful than at any time since the era of the Robber Barons over a century ago.

    The left has to fight for real changes like taxing the rich for any income over $250,000.00 from any source. And for an expanded Bill or Rights that empowers and protects working people, people of color, women and children and retired workers. We need guaranteed rights to socialized medicine, quality housing with interest free loans, nutrition and trade union levels of pay and benefits for workers, students, retirees, job trainees and the unemployed.

  • ezpz

    “…What do you call it when you keep trying to mollify people who want to destroy the country to make a political point?”

    You call it what it is: Collusion. That’s what you call it.

    Obama was NOT negotiating in good faith at all. He was the one who first put SS/Medicare on the chopping block. And we can thank the intransigence of the republicans that we did not get obama’s much coveted ‘Grand Bargain’ at least not yet, anyway.

    Stay tuned, though….

  • keirmeister

    I think one of the reasons Washington doesn’t work for the regular American citizen is because politicians don’t have to really see the effect of their choices.

    It’s time to start showing up at some congress critters houses.

  • keirmeister

    Sorry to say, I have to agree with some of this. I blame Obama for one critical reason: He trusted the Republicans to behave in a logical, good faith way. He SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER.

    And Harry Reid is doing the same thing. We always hear how we “don’t negotiate with terrorists.” What do you call it when you keep trying to mollify people who want to destroy the country to make a political point?

  • ezpz

    You’re right. There have been books written that are probably no longer available, at least in their original form, about just that. One that stands out to me was written by Ralph Moss, PhD, called: The Cancer Industry – The Great Expose’ The book has been edited so many times that it bears little, if any, resemblance to the first edition. The second part of the title was removed, and as I said, it’s nothing like the original. (That book was almost impossible to find when it came out.)

    In it (the first edition), he basically exposed the ‘cancer industry’ for what it was (and still is) – a huge money maker. He wrote that when someone is diagnosed with cancer in the USA, they basically get three treatment options, which he called: “cut, burn, poison” Things that showed promise were shut down, including many doctors who practiced complimentary medicine.

    I’m not saying that surgery, radiation, and chemo should always be avoided. Sometimes, they’re necessary and often, they help. But there are other treatments that have been used successfully, but alas, not so lucrative, so they were quickly dismissed and often banned.

  • mmm

    Chemotherapy and our ancient/damaging system of health care are killing people. There are cures used around the world, blocked by our society for greed. Change is hard but needed, no matter who is to blame.

  • ezpz

    Medicare cuts started long before the sequester – just for the record.
    Almost a year ago, I was at a doctor’s office shared by two physicians. There was a big sign in front of one of the doctor’s reception area that said they were no longer taking medicare assignments.

    Yes, obamacare DID make major cuts to medicare. Just look it up if you don’t believe me.

  • ezpz

    No, sorry, but democrats are equally to blame if not moreso. The sequester was Obama’s idea, and he signed it. He could have stopped it, but he didn’t. Republicans hold a majority only in the House. Democrats have the senate and the presidency, and you’re letting them and especially Obama off the hook?

    Some things never change…

  • Indigo

    Republicans commit murder by indirection and legislation. They burn in hell anyhow.

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