No Healthcare for You Either

Obamacare might be a thing of the past if the Senate votes for the new AHCA bill.

Under the heels of yesterday’s congressional vote to repeal and replace Obamacare the nation is asking “is this all they can come up with?” Folks, this bill is a joke! The new bill allows insurance companies to “cherry pick” customers based on pre-existing illnesses such as cesarean birth, sexual assault, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and the list goes on.  It also lifts the mandate for healthy people to enroll into the Obamacare plan. Because of the lift on the mandate, insurance companies can now put people into pools based on pre-existing illnesses making premiums more expressive and therefore healthcare less accessible to the working poor. It also reduces Medicare benefits for the elderly and over 7 million veterans who live in rural areas will lose their accessibility to health care and services.

The wealthy were the ones who benefited the most from yesterday’s vote, giving the super rich a $6 billion tax cut. This wasn’t a healthcare bill this was a tax cut bill for the  wealthy. No longer will they be taxed to support Obamacare.  But wait, not so fast. This morning the Senate announced they will not pass this bill and are now working to come up with a bill of their own. I have a new-found respect for the Senate. They seem to be doing a great job working in a bipartisan fashion on the investigation into the Trump-Russia connection. They seem to be able to come together on creating sustainable relationships that cross party lines. I’m really liking these guys. On the flip side I can’t say the same for Congress. Congress seems to be like an annoying little brother that keeps saying he wants to play, but he don’t understand the damn game!

Another issue I have with this ram-rodded healthcare bill is it didn’t have a Congressional Budget Office or CBO rating  which determines how much a bill will cost in the long run. The CBO is a bipartisan organization. Speaker Paul Ryan said that under his leadership no bill shall be passed without a CBO rating. Apparently, this isn’t the truth.

Affordable, accessible healthcare isn’t a luxury, it is a right! The only way to make this happened is to regulate health care costs and insurance companies. The only solution is universal health care. In fact, even Trump praised Australia’s universal health care system. I guess being a democratic socialist does make sense.

 

Health Care Bill on the Hill

The Donald and Paul Ryan shake hands on a bad deal.

Today marks the health care showdown on Capital Hill and it ain’t looking too good for “The Donald.” Trump/ Ryan Care, or whatever you want to call this crappy deal, is not good for the American people. Last night a new amendment was added to the bill to appease the Freedom Caucus that would reduce maternity care, drug rehabilitation care, care for the elderly and defunds Planned Parenthood. Why don’t we just shoot Santa while we’re at it?

The Trump/Ryan Care bill isn’t a complete bill. Apparently it has three parts! According to Paul Ryan’s own words “parts two and three will be introduced later on because if it was put in the bill now it wouldn’t pass.”  This is an issue for both moderate republicans and democrats because they believe parts two and three are the better parts of this bill, but fear it will never be introduced and once again the American people will become victims of bad legislation. This bill is being ramrodded towards legislation, and I don’t understand what’s the rush? The Congressional Budget office said that 24 million people will lose their healthcare, and this bill will not reduce the budget as much as Trump says it will. Don’t we owe it to ourselves to slow down, take a breath and create a bill that is a viable solution for everyone?

The solution to the health care crisis seems simple to me, it’s Universal Health Care. One of the issues of the Trump/Ryan Care bill with hard-line Conservatives is the expansion of Medicaid coverage. Because the President’s mouth cashed promises that his ass can’t back up, he said, “Everyone will have health insurance and it’s going to be terrific, you’re gonna love it.” That simply isn’t possible unless we have Universal Health Care.

Universal Health Care makes sense and it cuts government bloat by ridding Medicare, Medicaid and what ever shit program the GOP will pass today. With a Universal Health Care we fund only one program and not three.  Also, Universal Health Care forces prescription drug companies to reduce drug costs through negotiation and not the “free market.”  No more will the Martin Shkrelis of the world reign over the people who need vital medication to survive. The same applies to cost of medical care. By cutting costs and shutting down redundant programs that’s how a budget gets balanced!

My prediction is this bill will pass, unfortunately, because the Republican’s handed their balls over in a Dixie cup to Trump the day he won the presidency. What they’ve forgotten is the American people still have their’s and we ain’t handing them over.