Paul Ryan made the Sunday morning talk show rounds to claim that Trumpcare kicking millions off health insurance, block granting Medicaid and pooling sick people in underfunded risk pools is really “a rescue operation.”
Ryan, a man who stood in front of the nation and gave the most lie-riddled speech in American history, and who credits the musings of a textbook sociopath, Ayn Rand, for his pursuing a career in politics, supports the greed of health insurance racketeers against the duty to protect Americans from their rapacious pursuit of profits over the basic human right to a healthy life.
Unless one is a clump of cells, Ryan and the Republicans reject that health is a basic human right. Forget the “GENERAL WELFARE,” or the right to liberty and pursuit of happiness asserted in our Declaration of Independence, in the kiss up/kick down Republican corporatocracy, pursuit of profit is the only American value.
As members of an anti-democratic, greed-centered cult, Republicans don’t care that the lives of the Americans they pretend to represent are healthier, less stressful and more manageable thanks to Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion.
Thanks to incessant and deliberate campaigns to undermine the law both legislatively and in the court of public opinion, many Americans remain ill-informed about how the ACA makes health insurance more “patient centered.” Despite this Republican sabotage and misinformation, the ACA barring insurance racketeers from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions is one protection Americans universally agree on. No matter. Republicans don’t work for the “majority of Americans.” Having nothing to offer constituents who weren’t born with a trust fund, Republicans simply lie. Like the spider assuring the fly a relaxing day in the parlor, Republicans assure the easily-led dupes that Trumpcare includes preexisting condition protections. It doesn’t.
Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a Harvard professor, staff writer at “The New Yorker” and an author of 40 “New York Times” best-sellers told George Stephanopoulos,
“I read the bill and there are three big concerns. One is the weakening for protections of people are pre-existing conditions. Another is the major cuts in the number of people who are on Medicaid coverage. And then the third is the increased cost for people who buy insurance on their own, especially if they’re over 50.
… it’s hard for me to watch that Jimmy Kimmel clip, because my own son, who is 20s, and he has almost the same heart condition. When he turns 27, he goes out on the market. And most of the jobs he has had are freelance jobs with no benefits. He’s like 1 in 4 Americans that are, with histories of cancers, to diabetes, to heart conditions. And my worry as father, as a cancer surgeon, is that when we say we’re going to put people into high-risk pools, we have seen what that is. High-risk pools are separate insurance plans for people with preexisting conditions. And they’ve historically had very low coverage, waiting lists, poorer coverage, and high costs.
It’s — it’s chilling to imagine my telling my son those are where he would end up going or my own patients.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And then the Medicaid savings, about $880 billion in savings according to the Congressional Budget Office.
GAWANDE: Right, it cuts the 70 million people on Medicaid by about a quarter. And for the rest of the people, there’s a cap, whether it’s the elderly in nursing homes, people who are working poor, the cap would mean that the coverage becomes limited.”
As Katharine W. Rylaarsdam wrote for the Baltimore Sun, “According to economist Dean Baker, the $8 billion proposed compensation for lost premium protections amounts to less than 2 percent of what will be needed to provide care for people with pre-existing conditions, and the cuts in Medicaid include long established components of the program, not just the expansion under the ACA. From previous public health studies, we know that lack of care translates into preventable deaths — not ‘just’ old people losing a few weeks or months but people in the prime of life, infants and children losing years of life that they would have had if there had been medical care when they needed it.
So when the Republicans cheered the passage of that bill, they were cheering the deaths of thousands of Americans a year.”
Every other major nation on earth figured this out long ago. Meanwhile, the United States sick-care system continues to rank as the worst in the developed world. But it makes a few people rich, so Republicans must protect it “the best.” Don’t worry, though. While Republicans gut your protections and benefits, they made sure to solidify them for themselves.
From Business Insider: “House Republicans quietly inserted a provision in the latest version of their health care overhaul plan that exempts members and their staffs from the GOP effort to repeal or shred most of the Obamacare regulations and protections, including those guaranteeing Americans a broad array of medical services and restrictions on premium hikes for older and sicker people.”
Universal access to healthcare benefits society as a whole, as it reduces disease, improves quality of life and is less expensive in the long run.
Clearly, Republicans and their Putin-puppet so-called president believe that a healthy society is… basically… bad business.
Trumpcare’s real “winner” is Insurance Companies, while they ruthlessly throw “expensive” baggage – the sick, aging, and vulnerable – under the bus. The PBS News Hours give a good rundown of how Insurances Companies benefit from Ryan’s morally sick legislation:
Insurers in states that apply for waivers to the new rules will be allowed to charge substantially higher premiums to patients with preexisting conditions, either recouping some of their losses on expensive patients or discouraging high-cost patients from even purchasing insurance.
The repeal of the individual mandate — requiring everyone to purchase insurance — is also advantageous to insurers, counterintuitively. Instead of paying a tax penalty to the federal government for non-coverage, consumers would effectively pay a premium penalty to the insurer when they next purchase insurance. The bill’s “continuous coverage” provision allows insurers to hike premiums by 30 percent for people who had a gap in insurance coverage of 63 days or greater.
Each time the get their greed-centered, morally-bankrupt fingers around the neck of power, Republican reveal just how fundamentally unfit and unworthy they are to hold leadership positions in a modern nation. Take, for example, the GOP (of course) Senator from Idaho, Raul Labrador, who stated in a Townhall forum that
‘Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.’
This underwhelming specimen, like several other immoral GOP Senators, believe that people only get sick because they don’t take care of themselves. This is the type of degenerate demonizing allows the Republican monsters to turn their backs on the most vulnerable among us while still wielding their fake love of Jesus like a cudgel.
In the end, if this monstrous, immoral, Trumpcare passes, every American will be negatively affected. Sickness, old age and death are inevitable factors of life… That is, if we’re lucky enough to live long enough to experience the first two. It’s far past the time we excise this Republican greed mentality from our body politic before it sickens us and kill us all, both literally and figuratively.
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