The Big Lie That Republicans Call Healthcare Reform

❝ The Senate health-care bill is a blatantly cynical and political plan to reward the rich, squeeze the poor and give Republicans the chance to claim they protected the middle class — or at least those in the middle class who aren’t too sick.

❝ The Republican campaign to repeal Obamacare was always based on a false promise (okay, a lie): that it was possible for all Americans to have better, cheaper medical care without raising taxes or reducing the incomes of doctors and the profits of hospitals and drug companies.

The reality, as the Senate’s Republican caucus came to understand, is something quite different: You can’t lower health-care costs or extend coverage for some people without raising the taxes or premiums of everyone else. It’s a zero-sum game.

❝ Actually, that statement is not exactly true. In a country that spends roughly twice as much as other advanced countries for mediocre results, it would be possible to restructure the system to give most people more for less. But, alas, the Senate bill does almost nothing to restructure the way medical care is delivered, how much is consumed and how it is priced, because to do so would have meant taking on the business interests that the Republicans are counting on to finance their reelection.

Instead, what we get is a financial shell game.

RTFA. Lots of detail about the finances and financial requirements of managing a reasonable healthcare system for all. Even a suggestion on how Democrats might fight for this as a right – not a privilege as Republicans would have it.

Yes, there are beaucoup Dems who remember where they came from. They’re just not in charge. I have as little confidence in the Democrat Establishment nationally as I have contempt for the Republicans. I think they’ve been dining on the same gravy train for too many years.

Nope. It’s up the Progressive grassroots types who supported Bernie to figure out how to join with honest Liberals still stuck into the Democratic Party – to register voters, register the disaffected who’ve given up after decades of being ignored – and fightback against the Republican Party, the greediest bastards in our narrow political system and the fools who support them.

5 thoughts on “The Big Lie That Republicans Call Healthcare Reform

  1. Honestly says:

    ☐ “Trumpcare isn’t about health. It’s a tax cut for the 1%” By Robert Reich. “If enacted, the bill would be the largest single transfer of wealth to the rich from the middle class and poor in American history” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/26/trumpcare-health-tax-cut-1-percent
    ☐ “Senate Health Bill Would Leave 22 Million More Uninsured, C.B.O. Says” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/us/politics/senate-health-care-bill-republican.html
    ☐ The American Medical Association and 46 economists – including 6 Nobel laureates – sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) today expressing their opposition to the Senate bill. ( http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/339484-american-medical-association-obamacare-repeal-violates-do-no-harm-rule and https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/26/15873980/economist-nobel-prize-oppose-senate-repeal )
    ☐ At 6:54 AM this morning President Trump Tweeted: “Republican Senators are working very hard to get there, with no help from the Democrats. Not easy! Perhaps just let OCare crash & burn!” https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/879326984794517507
    ☐ A look at some of the major Trump health care promises, and how they line up with the Republican legislation that could come to a Senate vote this week: https://apnews.com/53ad490fd3cc4311beb9e3d0c05227af

  2. Just Numb3rs says:

    22 million more uninsured Americans would be equal to the combined populations of Alaska, West Virginia, Maine, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and Iowa.

  3. Reality ✓ says:

    “A GOP stunt backfires, and accidentally reveals a truth Republicans want hidden” https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/07/05/a-gop-stunt-backfires-and-accidentally-reveals-a-truth-republicans-want-hidden/
    “The Phony Healthcare ‘Compromise’ Is Coming” http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a56111/republicans-healthcare-cbo-ted-cruz/
    “State-by-State Coverage and Government Spending Implications of the Better Care Reconciliation Act” (AKA: ‘Trumpcare’) http://www.urban.org/research/publication/state-state-coverage-and-government-spending-implications-better-care-reconciliation-act#2 (interactive)

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