The ‘Greatest’ Healthcare??? HaHaHaHaHa …

Well, well, well … it would appear that Trump & Co. have finally come up with what he earlier said would be “the greatest” healthcare, that it would “provide insurance for everybody … much less expensive and much better … “.  And this …  “I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.”

Yesterday, it was announced that after nearly two months in office, the “plan” is finally unveiled in all its splendor.  Only one slight problem … if I may be a tad crude for just a moment … it sucks.  It sucks and nobody likes it.  It will cost all of us, except, of course, that infamous 1% at the top of the food chain, more, and many more of us will be without insurance … read, without healthcare.  Period.

caduceusA group of influential hospitals and doctors groups sent a letter to all members of Congress stating their objections to the ‘replacement plan’ that will “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Their claim is that it is likely to result in a substantial reduction in the number of Americans able to buy affordable health insurance or maintain coverage under the Medicaid program. “Furthermore, we are deeply concerned that the proposed Medicaid program restructuring will result in both the loss of coverage for current enrollees as well as cuts to a program that provides health care services for our most vulnerable populations, including children, the elderly and disabled.”  The signatories included the American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Catholic Health Association of the United States and the Children’s Hospital Association, along with others.

Though not signatories on the aforementioned letter, the American Nurses Association and AARP also rejected the bill, for similar reasons.

The Republican bill would eliminate the mandate for most Americans in favor of a new system of tax credits to induce people to buy insurance on the open market. It would also eventually roll back the expansion of Medicaid that has provided coverage to more than 10 million people in 31 states. One thing to remember:  tax credits are useless for those who make so little that they do not need to pay income taxes to begin with.  Tax credits reduce the amount of income tax owed, but if you owe none, of what use is a tax credit?  None.

Despite opposition from Republicans and Democrats, the medical community, and others, Trump remains optimistic, saying, “We’re going to do something that’s great, and I am proud to support the replacement plan released by the House of Representatives. This will be a plan where you can choose your doctor, and this will be a plan where you can choose your plan. And you know what the plan is. This is the plan. It’s a complicated process, but actually it’s very simple, it’s called good health care.” Sigh … just shut up, please, for once, Mr. Trump.

Interestingly (and disgustingly) some conservative Republicans also do not like the plan, but only because they say it does not go far enough in reversing ACA!!! Some conservatives have labeled the House plan “Obamacare lite,” saying it is nearly as intrusive in the insurance market as the law it would replace. They dislike the Medicaid expansion, dislike the tax credits, and they dislike the term “essential benefits”, meaning certain things that all insurers must offer. They are disturbed at the continued prohibition on denying policies for pre-existing conditions!!!

Allow me to make a brief, personal digression here. While I rarely share much personal information on my blog, I think this is for a good cause.  For most of my 65 years, I have had Type I, insulin-dependent diabetes, the cost of which, under the best of circumstances, is some $15,000, or 86% of my Social Security income per year in testing supplies, 2 forms of injectable insulin, and other medications alone.  This is a pre-existing condition.  This is also a condition that has led to any number of other, related conditions, such as heart problems, dental problems, loss of eyesight, and others.  If those conservatives have their way, I, and millions in similar circumstances, will be unable to obtain insurance at any cost.

In short, those conservatives who object that the plan does not go far enough to the right of ACA, want to provide absolutely ZERO assistance to anybody for any reason. Thank you for your compassion, your humanitarianism, Senator Mike Lee of Utah, and other like-minded assholes people!

Enter Representative Jason Chaffetz, also from Utah:

“Well we’re getting rid of the individual mandate. We’re getting rid of those things that people said they don’t want. And you know what? Americans have choices. And they’ve got to make a choice. And so, maybe rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest it in their own health care. They’ve got to make those decisions for themselves.”

His remarks reflect a generally held attitude among far-right Republicans that if only people made better choices — if they worked harder, stayed in school, got married, didn’t have children they couldn’t afford, spent what money they had more wisely and saved more — then they wouldn’t be poor. No further comment is needed, I think.

While congressional Republicans are trying to push this bill through at warp speed, Democrats and even some Republicans are urging caution.  Senator Tom Cotton, a conservative Republican from Arkansas, said, “What matters in the long run is better, more affordable [healthcare] for Americans, NOT House leaders’ arbitrary legislative calendar.”  Typically, any discussion of a bill of this magnitude would include a cost analysis issued by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), but since this bill is being pushed through at lightning speed, that analysis is not yet completed, nor will it likely be for some time yet.  In the words of one analyst, moving forward without the cost analysis is the legislative equivalent of flying into a storm without instruments. In the words of Democratic Representative Lloyd Doggett: “Health care is too important, it impacts too many lives, to have a health-care bill jammed though in the same manner as President Trump’s immigration order. What this bill needs is some extreme vetting.”

I’m sure I will have much more to say in coming days about this, but for now, suffice it to say that I hope the saner heads in Congress are able to delay this bill at least until a cost analysis can be completed and opinions heard, issues discussed.  My real hope is that enough in Congress will stop and consider what is best for We The People, rather than what will keep them in Trump’s good graces.  Perhaps that is a pie-in-the-sky hope.

46 thoughts on “The ‘Greatest’ Healthcare??? HaHaHaHaHa …

  1. As someone who has worked on the business side of healthcare for 33 years, I believe this very thin piece of legislation is truly a rearranging of the ACA. What makes it ridiculous is that it has the things that were designed to control rates ripped out of the ACA. It’s a very bad bill. For instance, the Trumpeteers are touting that it is no longer mandatory for everyone to be covered. Well, this was one of the things that kept costs from spiraling out of control even more than they have. The young people in the pool that were mandated to be covered, helped keep premiums down. Further, the tax credits are ass-backwards. A senior citizen on a fixed income will garner the least relief from the tax credits and will have the highest premiums. It’s bad legislation. On the bright side, the messier it is, the more job security I will have helping hospitals and doctors with wading through the mess.

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    • I was hoping you would weigh in on this one, as I know it is your forte. Sigh … you confirm what I was reading from it … it helps least those who need it most, including yours truly. Sigh. Thanks … and congrats on your lifetime job security 😀

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  3. Trust me, coming from England, where state healthcare provision is falling apart at the seams, I can tell you that affordable healthcare is a myth. s medical science advances, the population increases, and the average person is just older, we could easily spend 100% of tax revenue on health. I don’t believe the sums will ever add up. 😉

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    • Ahhhh, Jack … the eternal pessimist! 🙂 But there is some truth in what you say, and mostly because of the greed of some doctors, the big insurance companies, and … biggest one yet … the pharmaceutical industry! But … I thought you guys had a pretty good universal healthcare plan over there??? If you have time, I would like your perspective, as I have actually never heard criticism of it before, and now I’m curious. Hugs, Jack!

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  4. As far as I’m concerned it’s a reincarnation of the eugenics purges of the 20th Century. Remove access to the mitigating forces of civilized life and people die. It’s called lethal selection or lethal neglect. Lethal selection was
    first proposed as a means of execution in Applied Eugenics by Paul Popenoe, 1918.

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  5. I was horrified to see no real provision fr mental illness in this new sooper dooper TrumPlan. I think there will be vast numbers without cover. The cheek of these people to defame Obamacare and then use a very watered down version.
    I’m so grateful I live in a country where my diabetes and other conditions, nor the medicines to cure them, cost me anything thanks to the State.
    xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx

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    • I just may have to move to your side of the planet, my friend! Yes, this ‘plan’, if one can even call it that, is a disaster! ACA had problems that needed to be worked through, but this is an abomination that will help nobody who needs help. I am so impressed by the systems in Canada, the UK, and Australia and I wonder why they are not looked at closer by U.S. lawmakers, but no, they would rather destroy us than do something positive for us. Sigh. Hugs ‘n more hugs, dear friend!

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  6. Representative Jason Chaffetz has an email, but it’s only for his district, so I can only publically comment from WY to say he is crazy. I don’t have any of the things he says are unneeded items, and I don’t usually whine about my circumstances. I am seventy, disabled and I have to have a cell phone, a cheap one, btw with me at all times. If I fall or injure myself I have to have help. This guy needs to roll in another person’s shoes for a while! Angry? YES!

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        • I’ll be okay … what is suffering most right now is my mood … I am turning into a regular grumpus, and my family as well as my S.O. are NOT very happy with me. 😀 Some days it is hard to come up out of the rabbit hole, y’know? Hugs!

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            • Exactly! It is getting harder and harder to drag myself out of bed in the morning, knowing that as soon as I boot up the computer I will lose any good zen that a sparse night’s sleep may have provided! But alas … the kitties must be fed! 🙂 Many hugs, my friend!

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              • GM!! You have kitties!? Another thing we have in common!
                Remember the feeling you had on Xmas morning, your bday or a special day? You knew there was something happening & then it hit you! Presents under the tree! Etc … we’ll, since election night, I wake up like that then it hits me, like a ton of bricks … he’s Prez!! Argh … and he’s always there: on TV, newspaper, Facebook, blogging … I recently found a graphic … battered citizen … didn’t know that existed!
                Explains a lot!!
                Wishing you a great day! 😄

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                • Yes! We have 7 kitties … we had 10 at one time, but sadly 3 have died in the last few years. All are rescue kitties that were abandoned or abused … we just cannot stand to see an animal suffering, so … our family now numbers 10. They aren’t pets … they are family members and, despite the extra work, expense, and stress, I love them all! The personality conflicts sometimes drive me NUTS, though! 🙂 And yes, I I can relate to the term ‘battered citizen’ … I often feel as if I’ve been wrung through the wringer, even though I’ve only been sitting at my computer. Sigh. Great day to you also! ❤

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    • Hugs are ALWAYS appreciated! But feel free to opine … you guys have, from what I understand, a great universal healthcare system and it would have been nice if our current administration had taken a closer look at it. Sigh. But no, they have their own ideas which truly have nothing to do with the health of the citizenry.

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  7. Jill, I just completed a post along the same lines and said making a decision like this without knowing the cost is malfeasance. Plain and simple. Oh, but it is great says the President also without knowing the cost. Thanks for sharing your personal story. Keith

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    • Ah, as I frequently tell Hugh, great minds think alike! 🙂 I am looking forward to reading your post. This and the latest news from the EPA have made this a week to remember in the circus train! What next?!?!? No wait … forget I asked … I do not even want to know …

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  8. Dear Jill,

    All of this hoopla from republicans is because they never wanted anything remotely resembling universal healthcare and of course, they hated President Obama and his signature legislation. “We the people” are the last consideration.

    Hugs, Gronda

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  9. Nothing disgusts me more than a bunch of rich, entitled politicians, all of whom HAVE health care, taking it away from others in the guise of “giving the people more options”. Yes. You now have a choice: do you buy healthcare so you can live (unless you have a “pre-existing condition”), put a roof over your children’s heads, or put food on the table? What a bunch of condescending, cruel, uncompassionate people who I sincerely hope are remembered by the people they take healthcare away from come 2018. Hope I’m not being too subtle…

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    • You hit the nail spot on the head! Buy health insurance, buy food, or pay the rent? But see … none of these idiots in Congress, let alone Trump, have ever been faced with having to make those choices. NEVER! I have … you have … but the people in charge of making decisions that affect OUR lives have not. And yes, you WERE just a tad suble, but I was able to pick up on what your true feelings were, somehow. 😀

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  10. It is sad to see people preference money over the lives of other people. I’m lucky to live in a country that has universal healthcare. It is the right thing to do.

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    • Yes, and if we had wisdom in the legislature here, they would have looked at your system, the one in the UK, and in Canada, and tried to put something together that worked for the people here. But sadly, GREED is the keyword in the current administration. Sigh.

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