This Is Not The America I Love

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‘I don’t understand how our lawmakers…can be so lacking in empathy,’ says Xeni Jardin, breast cancer survivor and co-editor of Boing Boing, on the House passing the AHCA.

Jardin is referring to the “health care” bill passed by the House on May 4, 2017.

America is like a body, and we have to take care of the entire body, every single cell in this country, every single person in this country, deserves life. And we’ve got to get our priorities back in order. Our lawmakers, our leaders, can be so lacking in empathy, that this day happened. I didn’t survive chemo and radiation and surgery and more surgeries only to wonder if I’m going to be able to live. If access is going to be taken away entirely, not just for me, but for twenty-four million or more people just like me. I just want to live. It’s not a political outcome. It’s a human outcome. It’s not the America that I love. – Xeni Jardin | Breast Cancer Survivor

The Role of Government

The Constitution’s Preamble says the federal government was established (and the Constitution was adopted) to “form a more perfect union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

 

Pope Francis often speaks about the role of government in addressing inequality and injustice.

 

The new GOP health care bill makes a mockery of those ideals.

This Is Not the America I Love

Leaders Lacking in Empathy

In the first video, we heard from breast cancer survivor Xeni Jardin: “Our lawmakers, our leaders, can be so lacking in empathy, that this day happened.”

 

In this next video, David Emerson, a constituent of Rep. McClintock, and Andrea Mitchell, a constituent of Rep. Faso, talk with Rachel Maddow about what the Republican removal of Obamacare protections means to their lives and their regard for their congressional representation.

Leaders Not Doing Their Job

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A number of lawmakers failed to take their responsibilities seriously.

 

Prior to the vote, several of the bill’s supporters admitted they had not actually read the bill. Watch GOP Lawmakers Run Away When Asked If They Actually Read The Health Care Bill.

 

And no one bothered to wait for the new CBO score. As reported in Republicans betray those who believed their health care promises | MSNBC, “The Congressional Budget Office, scrutinizing an earlier version of the GOP legislation, projected that the ranks of the uninsured would grow by 14 million by next year, and that number would expand to 24 million by 2026. There’s no new CBO score, but by most estimates, the new total is expected to be even higher.”

Inequality and Injustice

Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman. – Dr. Martin Luther King

The Seven Key Consequences of the New GOP Health Care Bill

  1. States can get waivers so that insurance companies can charge more for preexisting conditions.
  2. States can opt out of the rules that require insurance companies to cover basic stuff. It means you cold be paying for insurance that doesn’t cover hospitalization, or emergency room care, or a ride in an ambulance, or any number of things that the insurance companies don’t want to cover.
  3. Along the same lines, expect thing like mental health coverage, and drug treatment coverage, expect those things to wither.
  4. Insurance companies will be able to charge old people five times as much as younger people for the same health insurance. 
  5. Big companies no longer have to provide health insurance to their employees.
  6. Hospitals. Do you live in an area where hospitals are struggling, or there aren’t many hospitals left? Obamacare got tens of millions of people onto health insurance, people who had not been insured before. That was good for hospitals, right? Because that meant there were millions who had insurance that could pay for their care. So that was really good for hospitals. As a trade-off for that benefit to the hospitals, what Obamacare did, was it reduced what the hospitals got paid by Medicare.It was a trade-off. You’re getting millions more insured, so we’re going to reduce what we pay you in terms of people who have Medicare for their insurance. That was the deal under Obamacare. Under the Republican bill that got past today, they’re going to keep the cuts in what hospitals get paid by Medicare, but there’s no trade-off for it. Now, instead of having new insured patients to compensate for that, tens of  millions of people kicked off their insurance, who will have no way to pay.
  7. If you don’t make much money, brace yourself, this is really going to come at you like a kick in the teeth. So Medicaid is the health care for tens of millions of Americans on the lower-end of the income spectrum, and for people with disabilities. Medicaid insures more than seventy million people in this country. Under this bill the Republicans passed today, Medicaid gets cut by almost nine-hundred billion dollars.That’s close to a trillion dollar cut to Medicaid.That will definitely result in tens of millions of Americans who have Medicaid right now getting kicked off that insurance. And, as a follow-up punch, to people who are on the lower-end of the income spectrum, in addition to the Medicaid thing, right now, if you’re just above he poverty line, you and your family get subsidies to help you pay for insurance. That’s part of Obamacare. Under the bill that just got past, those particular subsidies for those particular folks on the lower-end of the income spectrum, take the biggest cut. Those subsidies get radically cut. So millions of Americans on the lower-income part of the spectrum will just lose insurance. And people who hold on to their insurance will find themselves paying way more of their income for it.

Now, there’s one piece of shiny good news, and that’s that it will be a huge tax-cut for the wealthiest people in the country. People making over two-hundred thousand dollars a year, couple making over a quarter-million dollars a year, they’re going to get a three-hundred billion dollar tax cut. So, obviously, all the rest of it’s worth it. Right? – Rachel Maddow

GOP Uses Health Care as Means to Tax Cuts for the Wealthy

Jonathan Gruber, professor of economics at M.I.T. and an architect of the Affordable Care Act, talks with Rachel Maddow about how Republicans are using cuts in Medicaid as a stepping stone to make their upcoming tax plan easier to pass.

 

Gruber describes the “health care” bill as “One of the largest pure distributions from poor to rich in one bill.”

 

This at a time when, as reported in August of 2016, The richest 10% hold 76% of the wealth.

The Takeaway

The “health care” bill passed by the house is not representative of the America I love.

 

But thankfully it has a long way to go before it ever becomes law.

 

If this bill does not represent the America you love, now is the time to make your voice heard.

 

Here are some actions for you to consider.

Sign this Save My Care petition.

 

Urge your elected representative to kill this bill. For your reference, here is how every member voted on the house health care bill.

 

New York Times reporters who write about health care would like to hear from people who would be affected the most by the new bill. You can record your response here: Will the American Health Care Act Affect You? Share Your Story.

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