How did we get to the point where the discussion on health care has come down to how much less coverage can be provided and how much tax relief can be granted to already rich people? Ideology has trumped and exposed that concern for the American people is only imagined. The less political clout a constituency has, the less they get.
For those that imagined that the new President was your champion when he promised to provide a “great plan.” To paraphrase Kanye West, “Donald Trump doesn’t give a damn about sick people.” To illuminate how distorted things have become. President Trump has been willing to drop Mental Health Coverage from the list of present guaranteed services. This a few days after Republicans voted to ensure access to guns for the mentally ill. To the women who ignored all the misogyny Trump demonstrated not just during the campaign but during his lifetime. He’s also willing to negotiate away maternal care. Did you forget he was a scorpion?
Although Republicans are at the forefront of the current campaign to kill The Affordable Care Act. Democrats share responsibility for where we find ourselves after running away from supporting “Obamacare” for political reasons for the last 7 years. I blame them that many Americans are just finding out that their existing coverage whether it be by Medicaid expansion or participation in exchanges with names that sound nothing like Obamacare, is now at risk.
The Republican Party is imploding right in front of us in a race to serve their masters as opposed to the people. Their priorities are in order:
- Provide Tax Relief to the already wealthy
- Position themselves best for re-election
- Reduce the public cost (and benefits) of Medicare, Medicaid, and healthcare overall
- Ship off responsibility to the states while simultaneously capping expenditures
- Providing the appearance of caring for any but the wealthy
There are two things Congress could do to be taken seriously on anything they say about health care:
- They could vote to change their own government based health care plans to be the exact coverage they offer to all other Americans
- Include in the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the answer to a single question. How many more people will die?
That’s the entire question in a nutshell. How many people are we willing to let die to reduce taxes? Don’t distract by claiming greater access as opposed to coverage. No more talk about percentage of Counties with limited providers. I just want to know how many more people will die?
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