Experts said the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, as it’s called, would result in more Medicaid beneficiaries losing health insurance than even the House version of the bill, which passed in May. Read more (6/23/17)
Senate Democrats are working to stall what they described as the “heartless” health care reform bill released by Senate Republicans on Thursday morning.
“This bill will result in higher costs, less care and millions of Americans will lose their health insurance, particularly through Medicaid,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said. “The way this bill cuts health care is heartless."
Democrats immediately began working to slow down the proceedings to keep the bill from getting the quick vote Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants on it. Read more (6/23/17)
President Obama blasts the Senate healthcare bill. We should remember that when ACA was being worked on, PBO took a stand that jeopardized his popularity and his political goodwill. He did this because he understood that healthcare is a human right and from first hand experience (his mother had cancer) he knew we do not take care of our sick, elderly, kids and the poor - the most vulnerable amongst us. That was the whole point of ACA, provide more coverage to people. All that will be destroyed if the Senate bill passes. We must speak up. Call 202-224-3121
JUST IN: Pres. Obama releases statement on new Senate health care bill:
“Our politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it difficult to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that’s what we need to do today.
I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party. Still, I hope that our Senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did.
We didn’t fight for the Affordable Care Act for more than a year in the public square for any personal or political gain – we fought for it because we knew it would save lives, prevent financial misery, and ultimately set this country we love on a better, healthier course.
Nor did we fight for it alone. Thousands upon thousands of Americans, including Republicans, threw themselves into that collective effort, not for political reasons, but for intensely personal ones – a sick child, a parent lost to cancer, the memory of medical bills that threatened to derail their dreams.
And you made a difference. For the first time, more than ninety percent of Americans know the security of health insurance. Health care costs, while still rising, have been rising at the slowest pace in fifty years. Women can’t be charged more for their insurance, young adults can stay on their parents’ plan until they turn 26, contraceptive care and preventive care are now free. Paying more, or being denied insurance altogether due to a preexisting condition – we made that a thing of the past.
We did these things together. So many of you made that change possible.
At the same time, I was careful to say again and again that while the Affordable Care Act represented a significant step forward for America, it was not perfect, nor could it be the end of our efforts – and that if Republicans could put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I would gladly and publicly support it.
That remains true. So I still hope that there are enough Republicans in Congress who remember that public service is not about sport or notching a political win, that there’s a reason we all chose to serve in the first place, and that hopefully, it’s to make people’s lives better, not worse.
But right now, after eight years, the legislation rushed through the House and the Senate without public hearings or debate would do the opposite. It would raise costs, reduce coverage, roll back protections, and ruin Medicaid as we know it. That’s not my opinion, but rather the conclusion of all objective analyses, from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which found that 23 million Americans would lose insurance, to America’s doctors, nurses, and hospitals on the front lines of our health care system.
The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely.
Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.
I hope our Senators ask themselves – what will happen to the Americans grappling with opioid addiction who suddenly lose their coverage? What will happen to pregnant mothers, children with disabilities, poor adults and seniors who need long-term care once they can no longer count on Medicaid? What will happen if you have a medical emergency when insurance companies are once again allowed to exclude the benefits you need, send you unlimited bills, or set unaffordable deductibles? What impossible choices will working parents be forced to make if their child’s cancer treatment costs them more than their life savings?
To put the American people through that pain – while giving billionaires and corporations a massive tax cut in return – that’s tough to fathom. But it’s what’s at stake right now. So it remains my fervent hope that we step back and try to deliver on what the American people need.
That might take some time and compromise between Democrats and Republicans. But I believe that’s what people want to see. I believe it would demonstrate the kind of leadership that appeals to Americans across party lines. And I believe that it’s possible – if you are willing to make a difference again. If you’re willing to call your members of Congress. If you are willing to visit their offices. If you are willing to speak out, let them and the country know, in very real terms, what this means for you and your family.
After all, this debate has always been about something bigger than politics. It’s about the character of our country – who we are, and who we aspire to be. And that’s always worth fighting for.”
Wanted to only be posting my comics for the next 10 days but please share this? Thank you! ^_^
Honestly I don’t like to think about what I would have done without the ACA (aka “Obamacare”) I’m lucky in that the state I live in looks(?) to be close to maybe(?) providing single payer health plan? but this just isn’t so with many other states.
PLEASE share especially if you’re like me and are broke as hell - or have friends or loved ones that need healthcare on the regular.
“You had President Obama, who after I believe it was the beheading of Daniel Pearl, spoke to how upset he was about that, then rushed off to a golf game,” she said. “I think when we’re in a state of war, when we’re in a state of mourning, you should take time off from golfing.” Read more. (3/28/17, 9:26 AM)
So, a POTUS Who Is Almost Certainly Illegitimate Will See His Supreme Court Nominee Confirmed to a Lifetime Position: The Fiery Hellscape Gets Doused in Kerosene
As I write this, DJT’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch hasn’t yet been confirmed.
I’m glad the Democrats are filibustering–might as well go down fighting–but whether or not Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does or doesn’t use the “nuclear option”, the GOP has the votes.
Barring, say, an asteroid hitting the Senate chambers, Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed as the next Supreme Court Justice of the United States this week.
Meanwhile, evidence mounts that DJT isn’t the legitimate POTUS. Though he did go nutso again on Twitter today, railing about Hillary and the debates, i.e. events of six months ago and wholly irrelevant to whether or not he was legitimately elected.
Which is exactly what a person would do to deflect attention from the current Senate and House investigations into whether or not he colluded with Russia in order to get elected.
By any legal, ethical, practical, or moral yardstick, President Obama’s SCOTUS nominee Merrick Garland should’ve filled Scalia’s seat after the latter died.
If we impeach DJT–which I believe we will–are we stuck with Gorsuch on the bench? To the best of my understanding, there would be no Constitutional mechanism to remove him from his seat after he is confirmed.
We’ve long known all this would get worse before it gets better.
And I do believe eventually it will get better. DJT’s approval ratings are at 36% and each day he alienates more of the nation.
But in the meantime, the hellscape gets more hellish.
Confirming Gorsuch to Garland’s slot adds kerosene to the fire.