Son of a B#$%&!!!

caduceusThe healthcare bill, known in the House of Representatives as the American Health Care Act, but more commonly called Trumpetcare, or Trumpcare, stood very little chance of passing the House, and even if it did, stood zero chance of passing the Senate.  According to estimates by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), some 24 million people are likely to lose their healthcare coverage once the bill is passed.  That in itself was reason enough for the bill to fail, and it needed some serious alterations before it would become palatable to We The People.  A number of representatives were committed to voting “nay” for that reason alone.  There was another group of uber-right-wing-conservatives, however, who felt the bill did not go far enough in stripping healthcare from the poor and middle-income citizens.

Trump, realizing that his bill was doomed to fail in today’s vote, understood (or, more likely, somebody explained to him) that changes would need to be made in order for the bill to stand a chance at surviving the initial vote.  So, he made a change.  No, he did not restore any of the benefits we previously had under ACA (Obamacare).  Instead he caved to the demands of the far-right, further stripping away any semblance of a universal healthcare bill.  He opted to remove federal requirements that health insurance plans provide a basic set of benefits like maternity care, emergency services, mental health and wellness visits.  So, in the simplest of terms, if your child is running a fever of 104° in the middle of the night and you need to take him to the emergency room, expect to pay, out of pocket, upwards of $500 just for a doctor to look at him, maybe do a strep test, give him some antibiotics and ibuprofen, then send him home.  Your insurance, unless you opt for the high-premium plan, will not cover it.  And God forbid that you get pregnant and expect your insurance to cover your monthly/weekly doctor’s visits, ultrasound, and other tests.

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Notice that there are only wealthy, white males making the decisions here …

Even with the change, legislators were not convinced they would have enough votes for the bill to pass this afternoon, so they delayed the vote until Friday morning, although some doubt that a vote will be held before Monday. As of this writing (7:00 p.m, Thursday 23 March) there are some 47 Republican representatives either undecided or planning to vote against the bill.  This is encouraging in that it says some have managed to remember who their employers truly are.

There are some level-headed people in the House.  Representative Jim McGovern of Massachusetts urged House Republicans to ‘slow down’, saying, “This health care repeal affects millions upon millions upon millions of Americans. Don’t jam a disastrous bill through the House with patched-up fixes.”  And Representative Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania said, “I believe this bill, in its current form, will lead to the loss of coverage and make insurance unaffordable for too many Americans, particularly for low- to moderate-income and older individuals.”  And Representative Andy Harris of Maryland said, “This legislation simply won’t lower premiums as much as the American people need, and lowering the cost of coverage is my primary goal.”

The delay in putting the bill to a vote is intended by boot-licking Republicans to give Paul Ryan a chance to talk the bill through … to convince holdouts to vote ‘yea’ instead of ‘nay’.  But, as noted by the New York Times Thursday evening, “as Mr. Trump and House leaders focus on the Republican Party’s conservatives, they are losing House moderates.”

Back on the campaign trail, as I have previously noted, Trump made certain, specific promises regarding universal healthcare:

“We’re going to have insurance for everybody. here was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.”

“I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid.”

“I am going to take care of everybody … Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.”

It appears that with the bill currently under consideration in the House of Representatives, each of the above promises is an alternative truth.  ‘Everybody’ will not have insurance, many of us will not be able to afford any health insurance, Medicaid will be cut out within the next two years, and Trump is taking care of nobody other than himself and his wealthy backers.

As of March 1, there are 237 Republicans in the House, and 193 Democrats.  What this means is that for a simple majority, it only requires that 23 Republican representatives remember to whom they answer and say ‘NAY’ when the vote comes up.

What happened to his promises?

Note to Trump supporters:  this bill will affect you just as much as anyone.  This is what you wanted?  Whether or not it is, your representatives apparently believe it is, and they are acting ‘on your behalf’, to shove this piece of crap legislation through the House with a speed that they have not seen during the entire past eight years!  I sincerely hope that you will be happy with the choices you made back in November, as this, my friends, is the result.  Enjoy the rest of your short lives.

52 thoughts on “Son of a B#$%&!!!

  1. In MY Opinion
    Hi Jill,
    If any form of this healthcare bill passes the the House and the Senate, I foresee even more Americans crossing the border into Canada than there have been since Trump took power, and that number isn’t small.. You only have to live here about three straight months, and more than 6 months of the year, to get free, nothing directly out of your pocket, health care, unless you want to be a line-jumper, and then you have to go back to the States to get instant-fix health care at rates I can’t even imagine. I happen to be a person who has over 40 medical issues, and there were a few years I was at the doctor’s office or the ER 5 days a week, and twice on the weekend. They would give me a drug for one problem, and it would exacerbate 3 or 4 other ones. Not counting homeopathic medicines or vitamin and mineral pills, I was taking close to 25 medications a day, by every route possible for a person to take a medication. Fortunately I found a legal (even in Canada) source for medical marijuana that has less than 10 parts per million of THC, and a large number of cannabinoids (CBDs) that help with pain, and all 8 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) that help with other medical issues I have, so now I am selling those products so others can have a better life too. I can even ship these non-prescription medications over the border to the States, but only in small amounts (two or three months worth) at a time, if any of your readership is in need of something new to try. Drop me a line on my blog, and I can send you information brochures and fee schedules. I just found out it is legal to ship across the line, so I have no idea what the shipping charges would be, or how long they would take to reach their destinations, but it might be something to think about for people with fibromyalgia or arthritis. It generally takes about a month to feel the whole benefits of taking gelcaps or oils, but all the products I can get are strictly tested by government labs to ensure they can do what they are advertised to do, and then given a number which must be on a product label for it to be legal.. Unfortunately, just like the real thing, they don’t work for everyone, but if you got high on marijuana as a young adult, these medications should work on you. But don’t expect to get any high at all from our products, there isn’t enough THC in them to buzz a fly, We also have products for cats, dogs, horses, and cows, and probably other mammalian animals.
    I apologize, Jill, for more or less advertising on your blog, but healthcare was the major topic, and getting moderately cheap homeopathic meds might become very necessary very soon, if Trump gets his way. Fortunately the bill has already failed in the House, but the Donald will keep on trying till he finds a way to make enough Representatives happy and some form of this bill will be passed.
    And just as a comment, I took an oath with myself 50 years ago I would never sell a product I didn’t believe in, and this is the first one I have found that I can believe in. It doesn’t cure very many things, but it certainly alleviates the symptoms of a wide variety of ailments, and gives you more energy to boot. or at least it gives me more energy than I have had in almost ten years. But enough salesmanship, like I said, if Trumpcare passes, you’re more than welcome in Canada. Winters are a bit colder up here than most states except Alaska, but summers are generally hotter if not as long.

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    • Yes, I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of this bill, but I truly think it will have a long, hard road to passing, especially if it reaches the Senate, where the Republican majority is much smaller and it only takes 3 naysayers from the GOP side of the aisle to kill a bill. Trump might have done well to have thought about this before he started flinging about random promises. His promise, it turns out, was a pipe dream and one that he cannot keep. I rather hope this is his Achilles Heel and leads to a lack of confidence, but we shall see. I expect he will be in fine form to rant and tweet this week, and rumour has it that he is plotting his revenge! Thanks for saying I would be welcome in Canada! It’s still a possibility! For now, however, I shall stay here and keep on trying to make people think. Sigh.


  2. I love how Trump blamed it all on the Democrats when he didn’t have complete support from his own party. Delusional! It astounds me that he could seriously think they could slap something together in two months to replace a law that took a considerable amount of time to put together. The way it all went down, a part of me wonders if there is some ulterior motive that served and that was the plan all along, but idk what that motive would be.

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    • Yes, well … you didn’t think HIMSELF would accept the blame for coming up with a really crappy ‘replacement’ for ADA, did you? Remember, he is great, he is wonderful, and ONLY HE can solve the problems confronting the U.S! Actually, the timing was intended to coincide with the date, back in 2010, that President Obama signed ACA into law, after the bill passed both House and Senate. Oh well … too bad, Donnie … you’re 0 for 3 now!

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  3. So the congress that tried to repeal the ACA unsuccessfully for so long finally had the power to do so and choked. Instead of Trump care, it should be called “Oh crap, what do we do now, I know, let’s throw something together care”.

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  4. There are no justification. It seems to me this is being forced through by a combination of the usual corporate creed and a rather petulant brattish act to undo the previous president’s health care package, just because….
    On a cool clear day I can almost, just about get a faint whisper of an idea about why ‘The Gun’ thing.
    Healthcare? Nope defeats this old National Health Service view (mind you some are doing their best to dismantle that in the UK)

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    • Healthcare in the U.S. is elitist, at best, and this would have made it even more so. Fortunately, they pulled it off the floor without a vote this afternoon, but we’ll have to wait and see what comes next. I’m sure we haven’t heard the end of it. A comment from Jack, who lives in England, said that the healthcare system in the UK is a disaster, which I have heard others say, but some seem happy with it. Your take?

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      • It’s hanging on by the skin of its teeth despite the efforts of successive governments to either under-fund it, micro-manage it with systems designed for supermarkets, invite in parasitic management consultancy firms who know nothing about health care or blame their inadequacies on front line staff. It only works because of the efforts of those very staff politicians and the media huff n’ puff about
        The NHS has been around since 1940s and is something most brits agree on.
        If our Labour Party stopped its perpetual navel gazing and concentrated on some ‘old style preaching’ on this; they win an election.

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        • I’m thinking to do a post about other nations that already have good, or at least viable systems in place, so don’t be surprised if I have a few more questions for you sometime next week! 🙂 And I love your term “navel gazing” … you made me laugh! 😀 Your expressions are always so colourful and so ‘spot on’!

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          • Ready to answer questions of the NHS with commentaries of course.
            The history of the British Labour Party in my adult lifetime:
            Tactic 1: Fight amongst ourselves and forget we are supposed to be a credible opposition.
            Tactic 2: Swing to the day-dreamy version of far left and be rude or downright vicious to anyone who disagrees (as being undemocratic).
            Tactic 3: Get a large wing of the party hopelessly mired in causes which have nothing to do with our national politics and the public couldn’t care two straw about.
            Tactic 4: In desperation for winning an election adopt a servile ‘We’ll do anything for anyone with enough cash’ approach.
            Tactic 5: Blame everyone else for our mistakes; especially the BBC.
            Tactic 6: Indulge a vociferous wing of the party to indulge in loud, long self-serving, fashionably faux-passionate stuff.
            Tactic 7: Go Game of Thrones of the Leadership.
            Tactic 8: Hope the Conservatives (aka Tories) do something really stupid.
            Tactic 9: Write a long letter to Santa Claus saying we’ve been good this year and can we be in government next time.

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  5. If we lose more health care provisions, the number of Americans who go bankrupt due to medical costs will grow astronomically. Let’s put ethics, morality, and human compassion aside for one moment. From a purely fiscal view… if patients are forced into financial ruin, how do doctors and hospitals get paid?

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    • Yes, some will go bankrupt, while others like myself, will just go without. I think this bill was proof that a number in Congress, as well as the president, do not care at all about the average citizen. But wait until November 2018 rolls around … all of a sudden they will act concerned. Fortunately, the bill was pulled at the last minute, but I’m sure we have not heard the last of it. And you make a good point … how does anybody in the healthcare industry get paid if we are all destitute? Sigh.

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          • Yes, it was already rising in the white middle-aged demographic, which caught the attention of researchers. Not caused by Trump (who’s a symptom of our dystopian-trending world), but by advancing inequality.

            During the Great Depression, people had a lot of company in their suffering, and the President acted on their behalf. In our modern depression (called recession), Wall St is not crashing–it’s doing great, and our leaders (particularly Republicans) imply that people who are falling through the cracks are just lazy. (Like they, themselves, contribute nothing to the dynamic!)

            I imagine some number of suicides kill themselves to avoid burdening their families or society. Probably after a long, emotionally and physically exhausting period of trying to “make it.”

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            • Yes, I would be inclined to agree with your synopsis, though admittedly I am lacking in knowledge on the subject. But I also wonder how much drugs contribute to suicide? But yes, the income gap, what I think of as ‘job stagnation’, and a variety of social issues, including racism, no doubt contribute to our unacceptably high suicide rate. Just another reason I am thankful Trumpetcare was removed from the floor this afternoon, as it would have taken away the mandate for insurance companies to cover mental healthcare. I always learn from your comments … thank you!

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        • You are right! Yes, I read that interview yesterday and … I don’t know how anybody can make up so many lies off-the-cuff! I could not have invented a character like him! But yes, I am thankful for today’s outcome. Now he will go to his Florida estate on our tax dollar, and stew, pout, and figure out how to pay us all back for not liking his bill! 😀


                • Only tonight did I read your profile. I hope your inability to sleep is only due to having too much on your mind, and nothing more serious? It’s funny … when I worked, I rigidly made myself go to bed at 11:00 sharp. I retired in 2008 and since then, my ‘bedtime’ has gotten later and later … now it seems to be around 4:30 a.m.! And I’m still up most mornings around 7:30! Since Trump, I spend 10-12 hours a day writing, so … who has time for sleep??? Take care, my new friend! Hugs!

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                  • Yes, it’s the mind. Won’t turn off, and noises around in the apartment building. I don’t sleep until it seems everyone has left for work around four to seven. Then I can sleep until about right when sales calls start the phone. Like your informative blogs.😉

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                    • Ah! I am the same!!! My mind will not shut down, but once the sun comes up and I hear my daughter in the shower, suddenly I can sleep so deeply! 🙂 And I’m sorry if my blogs wake you … I shall try to speak more quietly … 🙂 You do know that your phone has a mute button? 🙂

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                    • Yes it does, but having a big family close, you need to be available for anything. And my oldest grandson is a firefighter, you know, stuff like that… Actually the complex is full of military and first responders, so schedules vary quite a bit. Maybe it’s being dark? I have no idea.😱

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                    • Ah yes … I completely understand! When either of my girls are not home tucked safely into their beds, I actually sleep with my phone in my hand, as I’m afraid I won’t hear it if it’s on the nightstand. I don’t know either … but I do find it easier to sleep once daylight begins to peek through the blinds. 🙂

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                    • It is … but we just learn to adjust, yes? I am lucky that I have a YMCA park with a 0.8 mile track right behind my complex, so on decent-weather days I can go for a 4 lap walk and it really helps restore my sense of well being. Otherwise, my strange sleep patterns might leave me in a funk! 🙂

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  6. Dear Jill,

    Several media sources are reporting that according to a recent Quinnipiac Poll, only 17% approve of the republicans’ AHCA bill. It is the executives of the healthcare industry,big businesses and the wealthy who get huge tax breaks who approve this bill. And the heck on those rural hard working folks who made the mistake of buying the president’s pile of manure when he told them it was the best fertilizer in the world.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Agreed. I was dancing a jig today when they announced they had pulled the bill from consideration. However, look out next week, as I’m sure Trump is steaming! This is two MAJOR losses for him in 2 months! 😀

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  7. This is one of the things that I cannot understand about the US. How is it possible that in a highly civilised, rich society something like this can happen? Here (meaning Netherlands, Germany, Austria – the countries I deem myself fit to talk about) you just have health insurance. Period. There are different packages, and some things are covered only in the “premium” ones, but basic health care is there. And if you turn up at a hospital at night with a sick child they would not send you away. There is actually a law in Germany and Austria that a doctor must not deny help if there is an emergency, no matter if the person has insurance and/or money or not (I am not sure if the same law exists in the Netherlands).

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    • If I could answer your question, I would. I guess my best answer is greed. Greed in the medical profession, and greed in the insurance industry. How is it that my monthly supply of insulin, if I bought it in the U.S., would cost me upwards of $1,000, but when I order it from Canada (which I do), it costs me just over $300? Greed. There used to be a similar law here … I believe it was called the Hill-Burton Act … but I do not know if it is still in effect or not. It said that hospitals and other emergency facilities could not turn a patient away. I will have to check and see if it is still in effect. Sigh. I will likely be asking you some questions … I’m thinking about doing a post, or more likely a series, about universal healthcare coverage in other countries and how it works.


    • Yes, I think most of our friends on the other side of the globe feel that way! It is hard to believe, but the bottom line is that nobody in government, or at least very few, seem to remember who they work for, who put them in their jobs, and whose money they are spending! Most importantly, in whose hands their jobs will be come November 2018! 🙂

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