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Monday, June 24, 2024

The American Health Care lie


In the latest Congressional example of governing without reason or understanding and actions driven by hate, not consideration, Republicans in the House of Representatives Thursday approved a questionable bill aimed at reforming the nation’s health care system.

What emerged from the House had nothing to do with reform and has little to do with how our government is supposed to perform.

The House considered the bill without an analysis of its cost or impact on actual insurance coverage by the Congressional Budget Office.  Many Republicans admit they hadn’t actually read the legislation they voted to approve.

The American Health Care Act, as this latest version of “reform” is called, barely passed the House by a 217 to 213 vote, less than the GOP majority in that body and the GOP is calling it a “major victory” that, in its current form, stands little chance of passing the Senate, which is more closely divided.

Approval came not as a chance to improve health care insurance for Americans but as a propaganda victory for embattled Speaker of the House and failed President Donald Trump — both miscreants in jobs they can’t do in roles they should never have in a government that has spiraled out of control.

But while Republicans trumpet a victory that isn’t, it fails to do what they promised: An outright repeal of the Affordable Care Act — better known as “Obamacare.”

What ended up passing, at best, is a fragmented law that dents the current law but does not actually repeal it.

When the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office comes out with its analysis, the conclusions are expected to show the legislation, if it ever becomes law, will cost Americans much more for less insurance and will strip insurance from many who have pre-existing conditions.

“We’re still comfortable we’re saving billions and billions of dollars,” said Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.).  He would not confirm, however, if he had even read the 2,000-page bill.

The Senate will not even begin consideration on the bill until the CBO issues its analysis, which is expected to take several weeks and would keep the Senate to start official debate until late June or early July.

“This has really brought the Republican Party together,” Trump proclaimed.

As usual, Trump lied. The narrow, bitter victory, deepened the divisions in the increasingly fractious GOP.   Every Democrat in the House voted against the bill.  More importantly, so did 20 Republicans.

Senate Republicans look at the bill with skepticism.

“A bill — finalized yesterday, has not been scored, amendments not allowed, and 3 hours final debate — should be viewed with caution,” Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) tweeted Thursday before the House vote.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, second ranking Republican in the Senate, would not say when the Senate will actually begin consideration.

“There is no timeline,” he told reporters.  “When we get 51 senators we’ll vote.”

The House has sent bills repealing or attempting to drastically change Obamacare to the Senate many times over the past few years.

Every time, the bill was rejected outright,

If that historical trend continues, millions of Americans who couldn’t get or afford health insurance until Obamacare came along will get a reprieve.


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3 thoughts on “The American Health Care lie”

  1. Being poor and alive is now a pre-existing condition. This is what passes for politics today in Amerikkka.

  2. In my youth, lo those many years ago, the Republican party was staffed with Ike-like grey old men. Pleasant enuf sorts, for the most part (Strom Thurmond, excepted) and pillars of the community. That was then…

    This is now. Yesterday we were treated to the obscene spectacle of a party that has had all traces of human kindness stripped from it move heaven and earth to codify their penurious meanness. Then they all got into shiny buses with “Police” painted on the side and caravanned to the Rose Garden, where they drank beer from kegs and celebrated with Trump. What they were celebrating, with unbridled glee, was sentencing tens of millions of their friends, neighbors, and fellow countrymen to an early death and a miserable life of financial ruin before they die. That is what passes for an inspiration for a kegger in the modern Republican party. What the fuck has this country come to??

    Mo Brooks(R-AL) explained it thusly: “If you live a good life you won’t ever get sick”. Therefore there is no reason to cover pre-existing conditions and if you get sick, you simply deserve to die, as you are a bad person. This is the governing philosophy in this country, now. The quintessential douchebaggery of the Republican party is really hard to overstate. Dancing on graves used to be considered gauche, but is now celebrated loudly and proudly. Jesus!! There are only two principles left in the Republican party: Fuck the poor and lower taxes for the very rich. But you can’t say they don’t have standards, and will stick to them without regard for the consequences to their fellow citizens. Steely resolve to adhere to principles put forth by the great prophet Grover Norquist trumps human kindness every time, quite clearly. What kind of prions have infected the Republican Party?? Are they all just unfeeling robots with a mean streak and a big bank account, now?

    Hosea (in 8:7) pointed out that “For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.”. We are about to see that in action. The AHCA was supported, in its original incarnation, by 17% of the US citizens. The mutation of that bill, as passed yesterday, is even crueler. The Republican party, in accordance with their fetish for fiscal “responsibility”, rammed it thru without reading it, holding any hearings, getting any expert opinions, or knowing what it will cost, both in dollars and human suffering. That is some grown-up party, there. The Ryan’s single-minded focus on reducing the taxes of the Walton family will have real consequences for the house majority, come 2018. Will R-teamers hate impoverishment because of no health insurance and early death due to lack of healthcare more than they hate blacks and Mexicans? Those will be the issues the next election will settle.

    The R-team has lit the fire. We are going to find out how hard they get singed

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