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#AHCA: The Only Thing On Our Radar 

The Republicans are going to try to ram through a vote on their horrific “health care” bill by the end of next week. I was no fan of the ACA. The Medicaid Gap was ridiculous and likely the reason why the working poor hated Obamacare. Then there were the unaffordable deductibles and the self-defeating way that Democrats separated workers into two distinct classes: those who were blessed to have employer sponsored health insurance and the growing contractor class who has to fork over a huge chunk of their unstable income to it. Add in the fact that the subsidies would have had to be paid back if the contractor underestimated his income by a little bit and you have the makings of a very short sighted policy. But hey, the Obama “liberals” were all for it because of the pre-existing conditions and who could argue with that??  

Who indeed. 

It almost seems like it was designed to have a lot of bad policy wrapped up in one or two good ones. We can thank the Republicans for adding amendments to the ACA that made it into the unappetizing melange it turned out to be. 

But the AHCA is turning out to be no policy at all. It’s just a transfer of health care dollars away from the people who need it, especially children who will lose Medicaid and CHIP insurance, to the pockets of the very well off through tax breaks. Jamelle’s Bouie at Slate’s Political Gabfest breaks it down for us in chilling detail. The biggest campaign donors want this roll back of health insurance no matter what. They want what they want and they want it now. That’s what they hired their Senators and Representatives to do. What happens after that is not their problem. It’s everyone else’s problem but what do the Republicans’ biggest donors care about that?  They don’t have to look at the people who will get royaly screwed by this. Did I mention that up to 50% of children will lose their health insurance?  And what about the mentally ill?

It’s sickening. Literally. 

Senator Al Franken has more: 

You don’t have to be a liberal to hate what Senate Republicans are doing behind closed doors. We’re just ahead of the rest of the class right now. 

Just wait. 

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Lady V adds this from the comments: 

ACA/ACHA repeal/replace vote is planned for the end of next week.

McConnell is “allowing” Dems (and the public) only 10 hours to read the bill and vote on it. Now is the time to take action on this. It’s a horror: http://www.UpholdTheseRights.com/Healthcare.html

The ACHA removes pre-existing coverage protections for depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, addiction, and a host of other mental conditions, as well as classing obesity, hepatitis, HIV, diabetes, hospitalization, pregnancy or being the partner of a pregnant person, etc.–basically, almost everything–as a pre-existing condition and therefore subject to high-risk pool (premiums $10K-$25K/yr and up).

A pre-existing condition is something one had or was ever treated for prior to obtaining insurance coverage from a specific carrier.

GOP will make out like bandits and people will actually die.

Everyone is tired, and people are in “June/summer denial.” I hope the resistance is still out there and active.

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7 Responses

  1. New job, old clothes. Linen camel colored sheath, very Jackie O. Brown sandals with chunky heel. I’m 6’0″ in them. Chandelier earrings. Hair up. Feel a little conspicuous.
    Everyone else is wearing jeans.
    Wah-wah-wahhhhhhhh…

  2. Didn’t recognize my cubby. It’s too fricking neat.

  3. Once again, Tsar Vladimir would like to thank the Stupid White Folks of the USA for spending the past nearly fifty years unwittingly weakening their country for him. 😡

  4. I remember a woman about 20 years ago who had to pay for a D&C and a hysterectomy out of pocket because she had an exclusion for all things gyn. This was because she had a yeast infection in the past two years. I’m sure the insurance companies would love to go back to those days.
    Since the ACA, hospitals are doing well because people have insurance and they don’t have to do so much charity care. Look in every part of this country; hospitals are expanding like crazy. When 23 million people lose coverage, hospital systems are going to go under.

    • Totally true. In my town, the hospitals have been overburdened by a large population of impoverished people, and held afloat by a larger population of rich, insured people. Docs are going to start fleeing. I, too, remember those “insured” 80s days… insurance covered catastrophe; everything else, check-ups, everything, was self-pay or trying to meet the $10K deductible…

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