Friday, June 23, 2017
Everyone who thinks the new healthcare bill the senate came up with will be benign....or a wash...or better than Obamacare should really take the time to watch this video by the Young Turks. They take it apart...piece by piece. Yes, they are progressives...but they give you a look see into how disastrous this bill really is.
It decreases required coverage, they can charge older people up to five times as much as younger people....it cuts Medicaid, not only to the people accused of playing the system but also to low income seniors (like my mom who, in spite of working hard her entire life, needed Medicaid to supplement her Medicare coverage) The most potentially devastating part of the bill is the reintroduction of lifetime or annual caps. Meaning they can just stop paying for your care after you reach a certain limit....either annually or lifetime.
Healthy, young people will be okay...at least until they are diagnosed with a serious or chronic illness.
As this video points out, the bill does not allow exclusion for pre-existing conditions, however the workaround...the assurance that the insurance companies will never have to dig too deep into their profits is the lifetime/annual limits thing.
It is disgusting. It is immoral. It is just one of the reasons that the US...the greatest nation in the world...was recently classified number 18, a second tier country, on the social progress index. You can read about it here and here.
This bill also gives a big tax cut to the wealthiest Americans. Oh...but don't worry. I'm sure it will trickle down to the rest of us......
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Take twelve minutes of your time....far right, far left and everyone in between those two polar opposites to listen to Bernie lambast the Republican healthcare bill that has been put together in total secrecy. This bill will hurt members of every flavor and degree of political leaning. And it has been comprised in secret with a fraction...less than a fraction.... of the scrutiny of Obamacare.
The sheer hypocrisy of the Republicans who were so vocal about the "secrecy" surrounding Obamacare but are totally okay with what is going on now is disgusting.
“It's simply wrong for legislation that'll affect 100% of the American people to be negotiated behind closed doors,” Mike Pence - January 13, 2010.