Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Coming Healthcare REVOLT.

It's COMING , and I'm sure of it . We don't yet know how the AHCA will be changed as it makes its way through the Senate, or even if the narrow (1)>>Republican majority in the upper house of Congress will manage to pass it in any form. There is going to be a "revolt" . It's going to shake up the American Congress . It's over healthcare.Government can't FIX it .   The "healthcare disaster is coming that the GOP had yammered for 7 years that they were going to repeal n' replace, and never bothered to actually sit down and figure out how.  Rather than accepting the fact of expanded medical care for millions of Americans and fixing the problems of such a large and complex program with bipartisan efforts, Republicans used their hatred of Obama to attack his key legislative legacy, trying to destroy it, knowing that he would veto it if they passed a repeal bill. That relieved them of the necessity of coming up with their own plan.   (1.2)>>SEVEN YEARS LATER  -- and they have nothing now BUT CHAOS now . Thank you Mr. Trump!  The delay put the future of a longtime top Republican priority in doubt amid concerns about the Senate bill
from both moderate and conservative Republicans. With Democrats united in their opposition, Republicans can afford to lose only two votes among their own ranks in the Senate.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had been pushing for a vote ahead of the July 4 recess that starts at the end of the week. The legislation would repeal major elements of Obamacare and shrink the Medicaid government healthcare program for the poor. Stupidly, the GOP leadership felt empowered to deliver on their draconian healthcare reform bill because they believed that’s what their constituents would swallow.But their constituents, unfortunately for them, only want a health care system that works for their families, and the GOP fails at that. While the tax breaks their plan offers the super-rich show where their loyalties lie, but won’t play with their electoral base.That’s why the bill was hidden even from the GOP rank-and-file senators, who feel compelled to be responsive to their popular base. “Just vote for it,” they’re being told by the (1.3)>>cynical GOP leadership, and that’s why they wanted the votes before these senators head home to face first-hand public reaction. An avalanche of public polling data dropped Wednesday, showing support for the legislation is under 20 percent.That’s bad enough, but it’s not just the topline numbers that are near rock-bottom. Few voters think the bill will make the health care system or their own care better. And many of the policy changes in the various versions of GOP health legislation — like decreasing federal funding for Medicaid — are profoundly unpopular. The fact that they couldn't get a bill passed is a "health-care disaster"?? I think the actual disaster that was  Obamacare is being made worse . Insurance markets have thrived under Obamacare . The the insurance companies since Obamacare was signed caused rates to rise every year This is not politics, it is fact.  Both PARTIES bicker on what should be on the healthcare rewrite . (2)>>But never do I hear about Congress bringing in the insurance companies who gouge us .to the TABLE ? Yes, more people are technically "insured" but only because the government is giving them subsidies (aka handouts) to pay for personal insurance or the government enrolled millions more in Medicaid. But lets be honest, it's not as if millions of people are now buying health insurance under Obamacare all on their own who weren't before. Recently, Paul Ryan and the House came up with a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. He is calling it the American Health Care Act. Democrats are calling it Trumpcare or Republicare and are hammering the Republicans as bad guys who are planning to totally wipe out medical coverage for millions. The Congressional Budget Office came out with its estimate that 24 million Americans would be without medical care by 2026 if the AHCA is passed.
In California, single-payer advocates are currently pushing a plan that analysts say would cost taxpayers a whopping $400 billion a year –which would likely require significant tax increases. Even California’s Governor, who previously ran on single-payer, isn’t on board and fears the plan would be bad for the state.Many in California fear that the quality of health care will diminish significantly with a single-payer system. In single-payer Canada and Great Britain . Here in the U.S., we have already witnessed the destructive efforts of a "government " system through Veterans Administration scandals that have subjected thousands of veterans to shocking mistreatment, mismanaged care, and even death. Single-payer might sound great, but Americans just can’t afford it. States like California that are considering imposing a government-run, one-size-fits-all single-payer health care system should understand that the best way to lower costs and create access to quality care is to reduce the government’s role in health care in order to allow for more doctors, hospitals, and other treatments that will generate more competition, more choices, and lower costs for patients. People’s lives and financial well-being hang in the balance, but right now the most important consideration for Republicans is fulfilling a longstanding campaign promise —replace President Obama’s signature health-care law with the goal of (3)>>“insurance for everybody,” while also vowing to force drug companies to negotiate directly with the government on prices in Medicare and Medicaid. The Republican plan to destroy health insurance coverage for millions of Americans is not only cruel, it's also economically brain damaged. Increasing the number of sick, bankrupt, and hopeless people in our country is uncivilized, barbaric, AND it ends up costing taxpayers more than if we just made access to healthcare a universal right. So what's the problem? 

(1)>>Republican majority. Republicans failed to repeal and replace ObamaCare for four reasons.  First, there was never agreement about what the party was for and what it was against – even after 7 years and 60 repeal votes in Congress. Second, the Republican leadership did nothing to help forge a consensus by means of hearings, meetings, etc. Third, the Paul Ryan replacement bill was completely different from what had been promised the voters by Donald Trump and Republican candidates during the election. Finally, and most importantly, the bill did almost nothing in a visible way to solve the problems of ordinary people. The House Republicans were giddy with their self-proclaimed “victory” in passing their health-care fiasco, which, again, demonstrated Republicans’ fervor to take care of the rich and treat everyone else like expendable trash. The Republicans hold a 40-plus advantage of seats in the House, and this bill passed by a measly four votes. And it has no chance, none whatsoever, to pass in the Senate in its present form. (With all of President Trump’s exultation after the bill was passed, perhaps someone might explain to him that a bill must pass both chambers before he can sign it into law.)To falsely claim a victory where none exists merely shows how paltry the Republican efforts at governing have been during the first 100-plus days of Mr. Trump’s incoherent, incompetent administration.    
(1.2)>>SEVEN YEARS LATER  -- and they have nothing now BUT CHAOS now. "Repeal & Replace" has been the motto of the entire Republican Party . It stalled Congress , caused several Government shutdowns between 2009-2015 .  While Republican set out to destroy President Obama's agenda , the signature health plan was hastily passed , and UPHELD by the Supreme COURT of the United States. President Barack Obama made the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) one of his key legacies as a new president in 2009. It passed on a straight party vote. Republicans in Congress hated it and have been trying to repeal it for the past seven years. They have had nothing but BAD LUCK. As much of it consumed the entire agenda of the Congress that Congress can't even pass a budget . Congress has become so insignificant, unproductive . (1.3)>>cynical GOP leadership. Its hard to overstate how wildly reckless this all is. President Donald Trump and the House Republican leadership are trying to ram through massive changes to the health care system without having given serious consideration to what their legislation will actually do. It’s quite literally a matter of life and death, and the overriding concern among Republican lawmakers is just to get something passed quickly.   Remember in 2009 the Democrats did the same thing when they shoved Obama-care through without reading the drafted law.   (2)>>But never do I hear about Congress bringing in the insurance companies who gouge us .to the TABLE ?  Quite simply, the health insurance industry stands in the way. And as the Real News Network reports, they’ve been lobbying hard to make sure that a for profit system of care remains the law of the land. But labor, single payer advocates, and Americans who want basic healthcare are pushing back. America's healthcare industry has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to block the introduction of public medical insurance and stall other reforms .  The industry and interest groups have spent $380m (£238m) in recent months influencing healthcare legislation through lobbying, advertising and in direct political contributions to members of Congress. The largest contribution, totalling close to $1.5m, has gone to the chairman of the senate committee drafting the new law.    (3)>>“insurance for everybody,”   What the opponents said was the WORST thing about 'Obamacare' is the Mandate to Buy Insurance. If Donald Trump wants 'Insurance for Everybody' and the Congress insists that we don't make people BUY this Insurance - then the ONLY alternative would be for the government to Provide this Insurance. That would be most easily accomplished by using the system we already had before 'Obamacare' and just extend Medicare to all at Birth and call it the 'Trump Plan'

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