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.
-First, Republicans in the House failed to pass an Obamacare repeal because their bill couldn’t thread the needle between the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus (who struggle to admit that they want a government to exist at all) and moderate Republican representatives who want to be able to sleep at night without having totally condemned millions of Americans to preventable bankruptcies and/or deaths.
-Then they tried again and passed such a terrible compromise between the Freedom Caucus and the moderates that the Senate did not even consider working with the House’s repeal bill, and started over from scratch for their own bill.
-The Senate bill is having a similar problem, with moderate Republicans from swing states recognizing that their political careers are over if they vote to take away healthcare from their constituents, and libertarian bullshitters like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul thinking that taking away healthcare from 23 million Americans isn’t repealing Obamacare ENOUGH. The Senate wanted to ram through the bill before their July 4th recess, but didn’t have the votes, and now Mitch McConnell is attempting to bribe holdout Republican senators with billions of dollars in pork spending for their districts.
-Virtually everyone who isn’t a Republican Congressperson thinks this bill should absolutely not be passed, and literally no organizations representing doctors, nurses, and hospital think that the Senate bill will help at all. Instead, it will put rural hospitals out of business because the rural people they service will lose their insurance, it will bring back lifetime caps for children who are born unlucky with health issues, and it will raise premiums for your grandparents many times over. Meanwhile, everyone’s insurance will get worse, even if it becomes marginally cheaper, because insurance companies will no longer be required to cover the things Obamacare forced them to, things like pregnancy & birth, mental health services, prescription drug coverage, and even hospital care.
-Oh, and Medicare will be critically slashed ruining the standard of living for tens of millions of people so that already rich people’s tax rate goes down a couple percentage points.
-If the Senate somehow passes this bill, the House will have to vote on it. To avoid the messy work of actually doing their jobs, Paul Ryan will maneuver a simple up or down vote so that the House won’t debate the bill or offer any amendments at all, and if House Republicans vote it into law, the entire process will have excluded Democrats’ participation as well as the vast majority of this nation’s opposition to it. Simply to make Obama look bad.
-If the Senate doesn’t pass the bill, President Trump recommended the Senate simply repeal Obamacare without ANY alternative at all.
THE REPUBLICAN PARTY DOES NOT DESERVE TO GOVERN WHATSOEVER.
“It’s childish to break up a friendship or family relationship because of politics.” Hey, if I’m a person in Alabama right now and you defend and will vote for Ron Moore, you’re getting cut the fuck out. No, I literally would not trust you around my kids.
I mean, I get the whole “I want smaller government, lower taxes and bootstraps” thing the McCain and Romney voters had going on.
I don’t agree at all, of course, but I understand.
Donald Trump’s grotesquely homophobic choice for chief scientist at the United States Department of Agriculture holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s in business and a PhD in public administration. In other words, he has no qualifications to serve in a scientific capacity at the USDA. He also is a climate change denier, and he helped stoke the racist birther lie about President Obama. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer yesterday called on Trump to immediately withdraw the nomination, calling Clovis “wildly unqualified.”
As reported this week by CNN’s KFile, Clovis peddles junk science about LGBTQ people: Specifically that homosexuality is a “choice” and that legalizing same-sex marriage would lead to pedophilia. His views are not just an insult to queer Americans: They are a direct threat to those who benefit from USDA efforts aimed at aiding LGBTQ farmers and others in the industry who’ve struggled with discrimination for many years, and who will likely be harmed if Clovis is put in such a prominent position.