Today the Republicans in the House voted to pass their version of a health care plan. We’re certain the President doesn’t know what’s in it as the things he says about it aren’t true. The Republicans in Congress amended their original plan so that they could pretend like they were maintaining coverage for pre-existing conditions. It requires one to believe the Republican Governors that refused to expand Medicaid in their states. Will somehow refuse to opt out of the requirement to cover pre-existing conditions and to provide “essential health benefits.” These Governors have already shown you who they are… believe them.
There are only a few things you need to know about why Republicans did what they did today.
- Follow the money – The most important item included in the bill is the repeal of the Affordable Care Act taxes on the rich which now means a tax cut to the same people. Talk about conflict of interest. Every Republican who voted for the new bill will see a tax cut on their personal taxes. To compound matters, they exempted themselves from the elimination of coverage of pre-existing conditions and will keep coverage for essential health benefits.” Basically they gave themselves a raise and maintained the coverage they took from the rest of us.
- It was all about Obama – Republicans could have worked with Democrats to fix weaknesses in the Affordable Care Act at any time. It was far more important to destroy Obama’s legacy and erase as much of President Obama’s legislation from the books. It would be too simple to say it’s all about race. It’s all about race and money.
- The Republicans made much of the elimination of the Individual Mandate requiring people to get coverage. They hated the concept of the Government telling anyone what to do. It was essential to the funding of the program. The Republican alternative is to charge a 30% surcharge for anyone without coverage that has had a lapse. This provision is highly punitive to someone struggling to get by that chose food or rent one month instead of insurance.
- The bill still has to get through the Senate. If they make any changes (which they will) it will go through reconciliation between the two chambers. The only certainty is that Trump will sign anything placed before him as it provides a tax cut to himself and everyone he knows while simultaneously screwing Barack Obama.
There is nothing in this bill to alleviate the concerns of the citizens that filled town halls and confronted their representatives about the Republican health care plan. The one that was so important to pass that it hasn’t even been scored yet. It’s more important than ever to let your Representatives in Congress and the Senate what you think and that this is unacceptable. Save your breath on the President. He never ever gave a damn about anyone but himself, his family and his rich friends.