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Friday, May 05, 2017

Trump/Republican health care bill

It passed in the House. One can only hope it doesn't pass in the Senate.

Trump is on a mission to win — even if Americans die in the process

There are currently 23 Republicans who are in districts that Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Of those, 14 of them very possibly signed their political death certificate yesterday, as they voted for the horrific abomination that is the Republican healthcare bill — or TrumpCare — which they and the president now fully own.

It is one thing to take a tough but principled vote on something you truly believe will help more people, like many Democrats did in 2010 as they all voted unanimously for the Affordable Care Act, but then went on to lose their seats. It is another thing entirely, to put politics ahead of sound policy and vote for a bill that will actually endanger people’s lives, simply because you want to “check” off your list that you voted to repeal ObamaCare. This is what the Republican Party did Thursday. And they should be hanging their heads in shame.

Republicans will spin like tops spewing talking points that unconvincingly try to insist that their bill will be better for American families. But if that were true, the bill would not be so "controversial" at least with Republicans, and you would have had every single Republican legislator vote for it. But when you have a bill that is adamantly opposed by AARP, every major patient advocacy group, the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and nurses, you should see a huge red flag .......


And: Deep Medicaid Cuts Drive Backlash to House Health Care Bill

[...] President Donald Trump said in his speech announcing his 2016 campaign that he would not cut Medicaid and bragged on Twitter that he was the first candidate to do so. He didn't keep that promise: The bill's Medicaid cuts, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates at $839 billion over 10 years, are arguably its most sweeping change. They're also critical to financing the bill's tax cuts for high-income Americans and medical industries, which require the savings to offset the loss in revenue.

Leading patient advocacy groups are warning the combination of less spending and a restructuring of the program will threaten coverage for millions of vulnerable Americans, including seniors, people with disabilities, and children. The top medical industry groups representing doctors, hospitals, and insurers are raising similar concerns, along with key Republican senators whose support will be needed to pass a bill ...


And: The Republican Party is sociopathic: If you didn’t know that already, the health care bill should make it clear

On Thursday, Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act in order to give the richest Americans and corporations billions of dollars. To accomplish this, Republicans will deny tens of millions of Americans who have chronic and preexisting health problems access to affordable medical care. The Republican Party’s plan to punish the sick and to kill the “useless eaters” has expanded its targets to include women who have been victims of sexual assault or domestic violence or suffered from post-partum depression. The Republican plan will also hurt disabled people, senior citizens, new mothers, pregnant women, children in special education programs and babies. It is estimated that at least 43,000 Americans a year will die if the Affordable Care Act is repealed ....

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