Say you hate everyone but the super rich and wish to redistribute hundreds of billions of dollars from working class people to the Koch brothers, the Trump clan and the founders of Facebook and Google. Say you have no problem with literally killing thousands of people to do so, as long as they are poor. If you are a Republican who loves this idea your dream just came true.
The “American Health Care Act” (AHCA)—does just that: squanders lives to fund the Trump clan’s tax breaks to themselves and to their rich cronies. And the irony is that evangelicals who say they follow Jesus, made it all possible.
I use the word irony because white “pro-life” evangelicals were the people who got Trump elected. They did this because he said he’d be save the babies. Turns out he is literally pro-death (for babies too) and so are the GOP ideologues who rammed this “bill” through the House. For a start they just stripped poor women of prenatal care for their unborn babies.
On Thursday the House passed, the American Health Care Act. This despite President Trump’s pledge not to cut Medicaid.
It cuts Medicaid by more than $800 billion. This “savings” will be used to offset hundreds of billions in tax cuts for the wealthy. Trump/Ryan cut special ed, prenatal care for the impoverished, coverage for the disabled and substance-abuse treatments for the working class, among other worthy purposes that countries that boast a sense of moral self “usually believe is a moral imperative to fund.
The historic destruction of Medicaid that rescinds Trump’s promise to leave it intact was just the start.
The bill guts caps on annual and lifetime out-of-pocket spending, not just for plans on the Affordable Care Act exchanges, but also for employer-sponsored plans, which would likely send more Americans with high medical bills into bankruptcy.
The Republicans told cancer survivors, parents of sick infants, and people desperately in need of mental-health care to quite literally get lost.
Trump and his party possess a deep disdain for sick people, the poor and other vulnerable members of American society and wish to do them harm. For example, several days ago Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said this during an interview on CNN:
My understanding is that [the new proposal] will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher health care costs to contribute more to the insurance pool. That helps offset all these costs, thereby reducing the cost to those people who lead good lives, they’re healthy, they’ve done the things to keep their bodies healthy. And right now, those are the people — who’ve done things the right way — that are seeing their costs skyrocketing.
Brooks believes that babies and children with serious illnesses deserve their fate, or that those who have “done the things to keep their bodies healthy” and still develop chronic diseases like cancer have done things the “wrong way”. The Republican Party’s war on the American people and the common good should be condemned by all decent human beings, even by white evangelicals. Any Republicans who voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act should be publicly shamed and voted out of office.
The negative impact on ordinary Americans will be incalculable…
The GOP didn’t even bother to wait for the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score this new bill before voting. They wanted to rush it out to avoid just that possibility. The bill risks the integrity of even employer-based health-care plans in every state, apparently by accident!
Modern medicine saves lives. It is thus authentically pro-life.
Stripping healthcare coverage from millions to fund tax breaks for millionaires kills.
So much for the pro-life evangelical vote.
So much for love your neighbor.
Ayn Rand wins. Jesus loses.
As for the idiot in chief himself he’s mired so deep in the contradictions of the shadow land of his broken brain it beggars belief.
Having just trashed the closest we ever got to compassionate universal health care the day after claiming victory Trump did an about face, by praising a country with government-run, universal health care.
Sitting next to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at an event in New York, Trump “reflected” on what the House had just done. He took the occasion to bash Obamacare — again — as being just so, so terrible, and then he turned to Turnbull and said, “We have a failing health care — I shouldn’t say this to our great gentleman and my friend from Australia,” Trump said, as The Post’s Abby Phillip reports, “because you have better health care than we do.”
Australia’s health-care system is run by the government. It’s a single-payer, Medicare-for-all system that is available to everyone, with private insurance also available. They even call it “Medicare.”
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Trump and the "Pro-Life" Republican Healthcare Vote that Turns Out To Be Pro-Death
Posted by Frank Schaeffer on Friday, May 5, 2017