White House analysis suggests GOP health care bill may see even more insurance losses

  • A new document on the effects of the GOP’s proposed health care bill has emerged from the White House, forecasting even deeper cuts in coverage than Monday’s Congressional Budget Office report.
  • Whereas the CBO report predicts 24 million people would lose their insurance by 2026 under the legislation, the White House analysis predicts 26 million, bringing the total of uninsured people in the United States up to 54 million by 2026. Read more (3/14/17 6:32 AM)

Bernie Sanders slams Trumpcare as a “disgusting and immoral proposal”

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders, was at the front of the line to criticize the Republican plan to repeal and replace the ACA Monday.
  • “Throwing 24 million Americans off of health insurance, raising premiums for older low-income Americans, defunding Planned Parenthood and giving $275 billion in tax breaks to the top 2% is a disgusting and immoral proposal,” Sanders said in a statement. Read more (3/13/17 10 PM)

Trumpcare would cause 24 million people to lose health insurance, according to CBO report

  • The Congressional Budget Office has predicted that the House Republican health care plan will cause 14 million people to lose their health care coverage by 2018. 
  • That number skyrockets to 24 million more uninsured by 2026.
  • Ultimately, by 2026, the number of uninsured Americans would nearly double, rising to 52 million up from 28 million who currently lack insurance under the ACA — breaking Trump’s pledge to provide coverage to all Americans. Read more (3/13/17 4:39 PM)

I am sick.
so are most of my friends.

maybe it’s a matter of like-attracts-like, or maybe it’s the fact that at least 40% of Americans have a chronic physical or mental illness.

Republicans like Paul Ryan and Tom Price complain with faux-sympathy about the care provided to disabled and chronically ill patients.

But instead of creating improvements, or covering more people, the Republican plan- the American Health Care Act (AHCA)- is destroying Medicaid, and estimated to make 14 million people uninsured NEXT YEAR alone. (and another 10 million, 24 total, by 2026.)

But the real horror isn’t in the sheer numbers, but the vulnerable people we’ll find there.

Those losing coverage aren’t going to be healthy young folks choosing to opt out, as Paul Ryan has implied.

Let’s be clear–

there are three groups that are by far the most likely to lose insurance, lose access to care, and lose their lives:

- seniors
- low income people (including children on CHIP)
- the disabled

these groups are the most at-risk in the healthcare system to begin with, and the AHCA seem to have a particular vendetta against them.

It is not a matter of if people will die under the GOP plan.

it’s a matter of how many.

all I know is I am scared for the people I love, and the disability community at-large.

I hope we make it out alive.

Fargo FX Starters
  • __ cleans his/her gun with bubble bath. 
  • I got mangos in goddamn January.
  • I’ve taken shits I want to live with more than ___.
  • Did you know the human eye can see more shades of green than any other color?
  • Have you been a bad boy?
  • You’re not right in the world.
  • I never wanted to be the type to think big thoughts about the nature of things.
  • She has soft hands.
  • Highly irregular is the time I found a human foot in a toaster oven. This is just odd.
  • Saint Lawrence. Patron saint of hard asses. Burned alive by the Romans. You know what he said? “Turn me over. I’m done on this side.” That’s a goddamn saint.
  • I know a little something about greasy palms.
  • There are no saints in the animal kingdom. Only breakfast and dinner.
  • I’m going inside, and I’m calling the cops.
  • You’re the ___ I always wanted but was afraid to buy online.
  • Of course no one hangs the sad pictures.
  • I watched a bear once. His leg was in a steel trap. It chewed through bloody bone to get free. It was in Alaska. Died about an hour later facedown in a stream. But it was on his own terms, you know?
  • The worst does happen.
  • Aces!
  • Your problem is you spent your whole life thinking there are rules. There aren’t.
  • Well, heck.
  • We could do it that way.
  • I’m the victim here!
  • It’s a red tide, this life of ours. The shit they make us eat day after day, the boss, the wife, et cetera, wearing us down. If you don’t stand up to it, let ‘em know you’re still an ape deep down where it counts, you’re just gonna get washed away.
  • Hey, you ever heard of a spider laying eggs in a person’s neck?
  • We’re only as good as the promises we keep.
  • I’m not looking at you!
  • Is this what you want?
  • All I ever wanted was a stack of pancakes and a V8.
“This Is My Child”: A Religious Perspective on Health Care for All

In my faith tradition, we have a story about Jesus’ baptism. At this point in his life, Jesus has not started his ministry – no sick people have been healed, no one has walked on water, five thousand people have yet to be fed with loaves and fishes. Before any of his work challenging the brutal economic and military oppression of his people by the Roman Empire, Jesus goes to his cousin, John, and is baptized in the Jordan River. The heavens open up and the voice of God says: “This is my child, with whom I am well pleased.”

As a child, I thought that the voice of God was warning everybody: “Yo – this is my kid, don’t mess with him. This kid is gonna do some impressive stuff. Watch out.” Now my understanding of God is different, my understanding of oppression is different, and my own hope in the redemptive message of this story is greater. Today, my faith guides me to hear God calling each human a beautiful, valuable creation. Before a career is chosen, an income earned, an insurance status achieved, each person has worth.

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It’s so funny how I’m nostalgic

for the worst nights of my life,

when my tears were blue,

and my soul was white.

Before I learned to love the fire,

that licked along the lines,

that separated us,





Before we crashed,

two car smash,

uninsured, with no licence,

and so intense,

before you pulled me from the wreckage,

and ran me down, again and again.

I bask in my bad dreams,

of broken you and me,

and I love it,

and I love you,

and I love us.

The Man Who Has Never Gone a Day in His Life without Health Insurance Wants to Take Ours: Trumpcare is Murder

Hours ago, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office concluded that if Trumpcare passes, 14 million American will lose their health insurance by 2018 and 24 million Americans will lose their health insurance by 2026.

Brought to us by a man born incredibly wealthy and who has never gone a day in his life uninsured. 

Women will be charged more, anyone 50 and up will be charged more, and persons with preexisting conditions will be charged more, if they’re covered at all. 

Citizens, healthcare advocates, and Democrats are unambiguously stating if Trumpcare passes, Americans will die. 

I’ve had Myalgic Encephalomyelitis for 26 years. It’s degenerative, disabling, incurable, and potentially fatal. So, I know the American healthcare system inside out.

Trumpcare is murder; Trumpcare is eugenics. 

I know most of us are on the phone with our elected representatives several times a week now, but it’s time to pick up the phone again: a vote for Trumpcare is a vote to kill. 

Today is Day #53 of DJT’s administration. The longer he is in office, the less recognizable America becomes. 

24 million added to the ranks of the uninsured

yay trump! 

it’s lovely - everyone loves it - everybody is insured and it’s cheaper and better coverage, JUST LIKE HE SAID*

[*WARNING: trumpworld statement does not necessarily reflect reality, and trumpworld is not responsible for any loss of life due to lack of health care coverage as a result of an individual’s belief in trumpworld’s statements]

Health Bill Would Raise Uninsured by 24 Million but Save $337 Billion, Report Says
The Congressional Budget Office on Monday projected that the House leadership’s American Health Care Act would result in 24 million Americans losing their health insurance while raising premiums for those covered on the individual market. Their bill would lower federal deficits by $337 billion over 10 years, largely as a result of cuts to Medicaid that would reduce its enrollment by 14 million, according to the estimate. Average premiums would rise by as much as 20 percent in 2018 and 2019 before falling in later years.
By Thomas Kaplan

The Republicans are likely going to try and spin this as “only projections,” but the Congressional Budget Office only confirms what has long been obvious with virtually any of the GOP “replace” proposals - the American Health Care Act will reduce coverage and likely for some of the most vulnerable Americans. As far as I’m concerned, healthcare should be a fundamental right, and while it may be a costly one to maintain, I’m (as a generally healthy, insured, tax-paying person) more than happy to pay into that. I will be calling my representatives tomorrow morning about this, I hope you’ll join me.

How does one go about setting up a YouCaring?

My sister is still uninsured (after daily and weekly updates and being told her insurance will go through any day and apply to her bills retroactively), still swollen to 3x her size, and still fighting off pneumonia. My mom has bled herself dry taking care of everything. She couldn’t afford to feed herself and my siblings tonight. I just ordered their dinner.

I don’t have the tens of thousands of dollars my sister owes the hospital and I can help my mom out a little, but not to the extent she needs long term, and we have no idea how much longer this will go on. It’s already been 5 weeks since her first ER visit and she hasn’t gotten any better on 3 different antibiotics.

I want to help where I can, covering bills, but how do you ask other people to help and expect them to be able to do it?

The perverse reality of the Republican health care bill
The Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the GOP’s American Health Care Act is one of the most singularly devastating documents I’ve seen in American politics. The AHCA would increase the uninsured population by about 24 million people — which is more people than live in New York state. Here, in short, is what the AHCA does. Read more
The new Republican health care bill doesn't fix the old bill's problems
The Congressional Budget Office estimates the AHCA will lead 24 million more Americans to go uninsured, push millions more into the kind of super-high-deductible care Republicans criticized in the Affordable Care Act, and all that will happen while the richest Americans get hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts. Voters — including the downscale rural whites who propelled Donald Trump into the presidency — aren’t going to like any of that. Virtually every health policy analyst from every side of the aisle thinks the AHCA is poorly constructed and will lead to consequences even its drafters didn’t intend. Read more