America’s Horrendous “Care” Act (aka AHCA)
Since healthcare is in the news again, we might need a refresher . It’s been years, since we heard about the dangers of Obamacare. Remember when some people (including folks who are now orchestrating TrumpRepubliTeaCare), spoke with their alternative facts about death panels and a multitude of lies? So, now they want to be trusted with making healthcare for all better. Remember how people thought Obamacare was horrible, but loved the ACA? Sad they had been politically duped into thinking that nothing President Obama did was good — especially for them. Sad that they didn’t realize Obamacare and the ACA are the same thing. That’s how lies & political deception works, though. Maybe you’ll recall how folks dismissed & demonized healthcare for all as the next step towards “socialism” (I use quotation marks as quoted text — sarcasm is what it is).
Well, the lies continue to be part of the plan, given what Paul Ryan is “sharing” during his deception tour, where he proudly laments on how some people help fund the healthcare of others — which is what healthcare has always done and needs to do. He’s basically taking Reagan’s “welfare queen” playbook and using it to curry favor with people who hate to see “others” asking for a hand out (even if they are getting one). Funny that Ryan is another of the Republiteas who have been quoted as opponents to #thispresident, but is now a partner in crimes against humanity.
Kaiser Family Foundation has produced a telling report about the real costs of ACA vs AHCA.
The lies continue, but they are being exposed. Here are some fact-checking of elected officials on the Affordable Care Act Repeal courtesy of ProPublica.
And before the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) could release their report on the AHCA, the administration and his allies trashed something they hadn’t seen yet, because they feared the truth. The CBO report is our now. And, it tells the real story on the impact of their proposed replacement to the ACA. The administration is painting the rosy picture of the savings, but, 14 million people will lose coverage next year — 24 million over the next 10 years. Poor & elderly/fixed income people will lose access to healthcare.
Thee CBO report uses facts to tell the story. Yet, the GOP is rejecting the Report, even if the head of the HHS was a strong advocate for him.
And Medicare will hurt, even if this president promised insurance for “everybody”.
It’s clear that the president and the GOP are only advocating for the strongest to survive — caring less about the vulnerable in their states. They have boasted about the individual mandate being eliminated, giving “freedom of choice”, but ignore the consequences of Medicaid recipients & poor who cannot afford any healthcare. Utah Senator Jason Chaffitz even suggested thst people should chose between their cell phones or healthcare — although we pay for his healthcare and a PAC pays for his cell. And pharma/healthcare companies contribute to his elections.
Republicans in Congress and many Republitea governors fought against expansion of Medicaid, and scored a SCOTUS victory, when it ruled that they could opt out. If not us, people we know were impacted by that ruling, see where your state falls, here.
With the pathological lies that are endorsed (through silence or deflection) by one party, it’s hard to get to truths, but truths continue to emerge. In spite of incessant attempts to discredit the media, truths leak or get reported in all cap.
Those who know world history see eerie comparisons with the past and our present. Many are reminded of how Hitler imagined creating a master race. He cared nothing about “somebody else’s babies”, the horrible phrase that Iowa Congressman Steve King uttered about immigrants, recently. When given a chance to “clarify” his latest racist-tinged statement, he went deeper, and said, “I’d like to see an America that’s just so homogenous that we look a lot the same.”
Who says this without being condemned? Is that what “Making America Great Again” looks like?
I can hear the shrill responses from someone who gets asked if the AHCA might be compared to Hitler’s regime by seeking to erase those who aren’t fit or who don’t look like his vision for a “master race”. The US Holocaust Memorial Museum explains how the sick were dealt with in Hitler’s nation. AHCA might sound better, but the end result is that about 24million people will lose healthcare — and many will die quickly or slowly.
Lest we forget, “Many Germans did not want to be reminded of individuals who did not measure up to their concept of a “master race.” The physically and mentally handicapped were viewed as “useless” to society, a threat to Aryan genetic purity, and, ultimately, unworthy of life.”
Those who would reject the comparison with Nazi Germany, only do so because they can’t see the impact. People slowly dying from losing coverage or becoming permanently disabled won’t happen in a massacre. It won’t be a Sandy Hook or VT style slaughter. Only those horrendous calamities earn headlines in our nation. And they even get knocked down by those who want to ignore any challenges to gun legislation. Single kills only get headlines if they are especially “newsworthy”.
These deaths will occur in a trickle. Elderly die. People die. The lack of access to healthcare isn’t a criminal offense — people have the “freedom to choose”, Right Senators Ryan & Chaffitz? Individual stories of deaths that will occur in the households of the voiceless. Media may be distracted by tweets and a robust stock market and maybe a war (which will also have casualties, lest we forget). Companies will thrive. The the wealthy business owners will continue to hire at lower wages and be able to benefit from rolled back laws, like those related to our environmental healthy & safety. The businesses can select minimal health. Are and fire at-will. Unions are optional — and so is equity. America the great.
But, I digress — although it’s all connected. The dramatic uptick in threats against Jewish & Muslim institutions cannot be ignored. The murmurings of some who still question the very occurrence of the holocaust, the re-writing of the African Slave Trade to an immigrants tale, and the rejection of people who come from other lands — ”somebody else’s babies — cannot be ignored in these times. That an American politician advocates for any of this is unconscionable. It’s all horribly connected and dangerous for all Americans — and the world.
Black, Brown, elderly, poor and others greatly benefited from Obamacare. And people are slowly realizing that it wasn’t as bad as their elected officials (supported by pharma lobbyists) tricked you into believing. And, now they want you to think that their thinner proposition is better. Do you believe this — and the other lies as well?
Now, is a critical time for our nation on so many levels. Our healthcare is up for grabs by the wealthy and the lobbyists who pay good money to keep the elected voting in their favor. Do you care about the least of us or nah? Will you fall for the latest shenanigans?
WE cannot afford to allow deception and disinformation to influence votes that aren’t in our best interest. If you want affordable healthcare for all, call Congress and demand they get it right for all, not just some — 202–224–3121. Reject the bigots like Rep. Steve King, Sen. Paul Ryan, #ThisPresident and the rest who are trying to systematically eradicate people who don’t look like them or those who are the least healthy of us. Their view for a “Great America” might not include you or people you know and/or love. Affordable, healthcare #PolicyMatters #RaceMatters #HealthMatters
And facts don’t lie — people do.