Update: This bill passed with only Republican support. Washington Post: Betrayal, carelessness, hypocrisy: The GOP health-care bill has it all." Regardless of what happens next in its likely protracted and dubious journey through the Senate and back to the House, damage has already been done. As the Post notes: "Tragically, the repeal-and-replace effort is causing so much uncertainty that, even if this bill dies in the Senate, it may unravel the existing health-care system." Tragedy for real people, all to serve the greed of the few. More on the politics if you're interested, as I am not.
The Republican leadership in the House announced to reporters that they will call a vote today on their latest Obamacare replacement plan, which contains provisions that will in effect create death panels to decide whether Americans with preexisting conditions will live or die.
At the same time, Republicans insist that Americans with preexisting conditions will be covered. In comparison to the actual coverage guaranteed in Obamacare, this is perniciously false.
What the Republican's latest bill provides, according to reporting, is a complicated system that will allow for states to place people with preexisting conditions in a separate category, with much higher insurance premiums. Those who are unable to pay these higher premiums may be eligible for federally paid relief, but there is an amount stipulated that will be available for these costs--an amount that analysts say is far too little.
Therefore, there will be what amounts to rationing of these funds. Some bureaucracy will need to be empowered to make the decisions of who gets the money for insurance and who does not. If these panels decide you don't get it, or you don't get enough to afford the insurance, you may well have been handed a death sentence.
Today Obamacare is working for millions of Americans, especially those with preexisting conditions. It isn't perfect, but in every possible way it has worked remarkably well, while the federal deficit and debt have gone down. It has helped in ways that were unpredicted--for example, by helping a 50% drop in personal bankruptcies, which are often caused by healthcare costs.
There is no reason for this bill--especially for rushing this bill for a vote without the Congressional Budget Office estimate of its impact--except to give the regime a notch on their gun.
And there are so many reasons this unusually cruel bill should never even be seriously considered, in particular for what it says about Americans telling other Americans that their lives don't trump political games.
This vote could come as early as 10 a.m. eastern time.
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