If the GOP passes Trumpcare, they will be out of power for a decade. Their lust for power in supporting Trump will hopefully destroy the GOP, but may very well destroy us all.
The GOP sellouts who are now likely to pass an Obamacare replacement are so afraid that they’ve put us all in a bad position, says Jake Novak.
Congress just voted.
The House GOP has just rammed through a healthcare bill that never had a public hearing, doesn’t have a CBO estimate, nobody knows how many millions of Americans will lose coverage, and few if any of the members ever read it.
The most irresponsible move I can think of.
But we do know that it will make coverage vastly more expensive or impossible for millions of people, particularly older Americans, children and anybody with a preexisting condition.
As the Republicans’ health care crusade continues, we’ve grown accustomed to hearing GOP lawmakers present their regressive ideas in the most politically palatable ways they can think of. Occasionally, however, a GOP official will slip and say what he’s actually thinking.
TPM highlighted just such an instance late yesterday.
A Republican congressman said Monday that an amendment to the GOP’s American Health Care Act would require sicker people to pay more in insurance costs than people “who lead good lives.”
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper Monday, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) was asked about an amendment he supports to Republicans’ health care effort that would allow states to opt out of health- and age-based pricing protections required by Obamacare, if they established high-risk pools or other equivalent measures in their place.
Health care proponents routinely argue that the Republican approach would effectively punish those who most need care. Brooks not only conceded the point, he suggested that those who most need care are less deserving of protection.
“My understanding is that it will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher health care costs to contribute more to the insurance pool that helps offset all these costs, thereby reducing the cost to those people who lead good lives, they’re healthy, you know, they are doing the things to keep their bodies healthy,” the Alabama Republican argued. “And right now, those are the people who have done things the right way that are seeing their costs skyrocketing.”
Note the specificity of Brooks’ language. If, for example, a child is born with a heart condition, Brooks envisions a system in which that child and her family is forced to pay exorbitant costs in order to help those who “lead good lives” and behave “the right way.”
As New York’s Jon Chait put it, “The Republican plan expresses one of the core beliefs shared by movement conservatives, and utterly alien to people across the globe, right and left: that people who can’t afford the cost of their own medical care have nobody to blame but themselves.”
It’s important to note that in the same CNN interview, Brooks went on to say some Americans have pre-existing conditions “through no fault of their own.” It’s a welcome concession, to be sure. But the Republican congressman added that it’s a “challenge” to determine how the system should try to help those people, and that’ll be something policymakers may have to work on “over the years … as we go forward.”
In other words, the key is to uproot the system now, leave millions of families without access to affordable care, and put many struggling people at a dangerous disadvantage – and then eventually, Republicans might consider ideas to help those in need.
Brooks’ candor is elucidating, and to a very real extent, his comments should help shape the debate on Capitol Hill. To support the Republicans’ American Health Care Act is to effectively endorse Brooks’ approach to protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions.
An Alabama Republican congressman admitted that he believes those with pre-existing conditions are less deserving of protection.
The GOP is hell bent on destroying everything that makes our country good.
They want to privatize all public service in order to extract maximum profit from us.
They do not care about the environment at all, seeing it as theirs to take and destroy.
They do not respect human life or life in general as evidence by their genocidal policies on the environment and climate change.
They have absolutely zero empathy for the poor or working class.
They think he average citizen should have no rights, including the right to vote, free speech, freedom of expression, or freedom to dissent.
If it were up to them, only wealthy white men would be allowed any say in the affairs of our country. Everyone else would be barred from participating in the day to day operation of America, besides doing all the rom for them.
Apparently this is just a service he does out of the kindness of his heart. We are in an era where the Republican party isn’t even pretending to represent their constituents. So who does he actually represent? Top donors:
Oil and Gas companies
What a man of the people
“You say you pay for me to do this? That’s bullcrap.”
The colossal failure of Donald Trump and Republicans to agree on a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is already having wide-ranging effects.
Single payer will save money and lives!
“Well, the Republican plan, which was defeated, was just a meaner version of the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, both of those acts have left the private insurance industry in the center of the healthcare system. And we actually need to get the private health insurance industry out. Their overhead and profits and the overhead that they impose on doctors and hospitals are costing us $500 billion annually that we do not need to be spending, $500 billion annually that we could save through a single-payer program, use that money to cover the 26 million Americans who now have no coverage, and then to improve the coverage of insured Americans, who often have insurance they can’t afford to use because of the high copayments, the high deductibles.”
On Friday, House Republicans failed to muster enough support to pass the GOP healthcare plan, which some call Trumpcare. In response, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has announced he will soon introduce a bill to create a single-payer healthcare system. Several progressive groups are backing a single…
The GOP has no where to go on healthcare – Obamacare was THE Republican healthcare bill.
They don’t want to make it better, yet they have nothing to replace it with. The market has spoken, the GOP is more bankrupted than Trump airlines.