I have only one word to define the GOP senators who are in support of a health care bill that would be disastrous to ALL of us who do not have six figures in our bank accounts: BASTARDS!
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their preliminary analysis that the senate bill would only rob 22,000 citizens from having adequate medical coverage, some 1,000 fewer than the House bill that was passed last month. Republican senators are patting themselves on the back for this. 22,000 vs. 23,000 … no matter … either way it is an abomination! Even robbing 1,000 people of the right to live is an abomination.
As everybody who reads this blog is aware, I did not vote for Trump and cannot stand the ‘man’ and his sleazy, lying ways. But those poor suckers who did vote for him did so, at least in part, because he promised them …
“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. But we’re going to save so much money on the other side. But for the most it’s going to be a private plan and people are going to be able to go out and negotiate great plans with lots of different competition with lots of competitors with great companies and they can have their doctors, they can have plans, they can have everything.” 27 September 2015
“We’re going to have insurance for everybody. There 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.”
“We don’t want anyone who currently has insurance to not have insurance.” – Kellyanne Conway, speaking on behalf of Trump.
“I firmly believe that nobody will be worse off financially in the process that we’re going through.” – Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services.
NPR has put together an excellent chart that clearly summarizes the projected effects on We The People of both the House and Senate bills. The bottom line is that every single one of us stand to lose. So, you have insurance through your employer? Plan to pay more. You have a pre-existing condition? Plan to pay more and have fewer benefits. Between the ages of 55-65? You will pay up to five times more for your medical insurance. Have an elderly parent in a nursing home? Medicaid coverage is likely to be cut. Are you a woman who needs a mammogram you cannot afford? Planned Parenthood, who would do it for free, will be cut off completely from federal funds for a minimum of one year. Have a severely disabled child who receives Medicaid, as I do? Better start figuring out where to apply for that second job so that you can cover his/her expenses, for Medicaid will be cut dramatically.
And the list goes on. For full details, please do check out the chart (link above).
Last Sunday on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Kellyanne Conway said, and I paraphrase, that nobody would lose their Medicaid. If you are on Medicaid now, you will not lose it. But, for those who do lose it, there will be other options, such as getting a job. Ask me again why I refer to her as America’s #1 BIMBO!
But now comes the real kick-in-the-teeth …
Senator Mitch McConnell drafted the senate bill behind closed doors, in secrecy, with only a handful of GOP senators contributing at all. Senator Mitch McConnell, who has been in office since 1984, is determined to shove through his abomination of a so-called ‘health care’ bill this week, before Congress recesses for its unearned July 4th break. Well, guess who some of his largest campaign donors are? Louisville, Ky.-based Kindred Healthcare, a health care services company, was the third-largest contributor to McConnell’s campaign committee from 2011 to 2016, donating $104,650. Health insurer Humana was number 4, with $103,300 in donations. Financial firm Blackstone Group came in first with $217,700 in donations.
DO I NEED TO SAY MORE?????
I have something to say to two groups of people:
- GOP Members Of Congress: Get your collective heads out of your collective arses and remember that it is not Koch Brothers, not Humana, not Mitch McConnell, and for damn sure NOT Donald Trump who pay your salaries and allow you to remain in your current jobs. No, it is We The People, and you are treading on us in the worst, most horrific way possible. You are attempting to sentence us to death or destitution in order to line your own pockets and those of the already filthy rich insurance companies. I do not know nor care how you manage to sleep at night with this on your conscience, but I will tell you this: We The People will remember this in sixteen months when the mid-term elections roll around. You The Crooks will be outed. Mitch McConnell does not seek re-election until 2020, but if there is any sort of justice, he will be impeached for his criminal behaviour against the very people who have put him into office again … and again … and again … ad nauseam.
- Trump Supporters: Wake up and pull your collective heads out of your collective arses! Back in 2015-2016, Donald Trump made you a bunch of promises that I and others tried to tell you were falsehoods, promises he could not possibly keep. But so mesmerized were you by his promises that you tuned us out. You believed because you wanted to believe, and damn anyone who tried to make you see the truth! No, I do not think you are stupid, but I do think that you are ignorant, lazy and uneducated. You are ignorant for you do not see the writing on the wall, do not understand what this healthcare bill means for all of us. You are lazy because rather than do some research, you find it easier to watch Fox News, Breitbart and Alex Jones and take their word that Trump is God and liberals, Democrats and Socialists are evil incarnate. And frankly, you deserve whatever you get, but the rest of us do not! You have sentenced 98% of this nation to higher costs, fewer benefits, and in many cases …. Death. And this is only the beginning … there is even worse to come.
Yes, I am angry. I have tried very hard to keep my arguments on an intellectual plane, eschewing rants in favour of reasoned discourse. I am fairly certain I will return to that tomorrow. However today, I am angry. Today I shall rant. Not because this abomination of a bill affects me personally, though it does, but because it affects us ALL. Because the very people who we trusted enough to vote into office, the very people whose salaries we pay, are the very people who are thumbing their noses at us and they watch us lose … and lose … and lose still more until we have nothing left for which to live.
Note to Readers: I have said since May, when the House passed their ludicrous “health care” bill, that the Senate would never pass such a destructive bill. In light of the handful of Senators who are against McConnell’s bill, I would like to say that I still believe this. However, in light of the huge amounts of cash in the form of special favours, perks and campaign monies that are, even as I write, being passed among senators, I must change my stance. It is obvious to me that the greed of our elected representatives is far stronger than our best interests.