American Health Care Act of 2017

Today I was getting ready to rant on Facebook, but rather than firing off a bit out outrage, I remembered, That’s why I have a blog again. So rather than a few dozen hastily written words, this is what you get.

GOP Health Bill Kept Secret From Senators Assigned to Write It <--- Read this.

The only reason the GOP is so fixated on repealing Obamacare is they don’t want to allow the Democrats to have a win. That’s it. There’s no other reason. It’s 100% purely spite.

They know their own bill is a shit bill that’s going to hurt a lot of people or they would let people read it. Members of their own party haven’t read it. They haven’t submitted it to the Congressional Budget Office for a CBO score. I would suggest the GOP are ashamed of what they are doing behind closed doors, but I am not sure they are capable of knowing shame.

Arizona Republican John McCain, asked whether he’s seen the bill, said, “No, nor have I met any American that has. I’m sure the Russians have been able to hack in and gotten most of it.”

I get it. They are in a lose/lose situation. If they show people how badly they are going to get screwed, people will yell. If they keep how badly they are going to screw people secret, well, people don’t like secrets either. Either way people are going to be screwed. President Trump has supposedly called one of the first drafts ”mean.” (I’m not sure if he sees this as a good thing or a bad thing.)

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters, “The president clearly wants a bill that has heart in it.” He added, “Any ideas are welcome to strengthen it.”

Sounds a lot like what the last guy was saying. Seriously, there’s no real upside to repealing the ACA other than this is what Trump promised to do, and the Republicans have been banging that drum for nearly a decade now. “Repeal and replace!” The only thing they ever go back and forth on is whether they will have a replacement before repeal or not.

If the GOP actually cared about their constituents they would fix the parts of the ACA that aren’t working. Most rational people believe it could be improved. Most rational people are in favor of the majority of provisions in the ACA. No lifetime caps? Yay! Coverage for preexisting conditions? Yay! Being able to be covered under your parents’ policy until you complete college and become a productive member of society with your own access to healthcare? Yay! Treating mental health the same as other physical conditions? Yay! On and on. In fact, it’s hard to find anything in the ACA to actually hate. The fact that people are forced to buy it? Sure, I guess. Save me from the tyranny of affordable healthcare! People are stupid, yet we have a commitment to keeping people alive, so they get care whether or not they have insurance or the means to pay. Often this is much more expensive care, since it becomes emergent care instead of preventative care. Our emergency rooms become outpatient care centers for the poor, and these extra costs get passed on to those who do have insurance. But you know this already. We’re not going to let people without insurance die. We’ll just let them get real close before we treat them.

Jim Wright has an essay on whether or not healthcare is a right, and why this is important to consider. You should read it: The Right Question.

Personally, I think he inflates the importance of whether or not it’s a right, since in my mind I don’t much care wether it is or not, but I honestly don’t see the point of forming a society if we’re not going to attempt to take care and protect each other. Gather around my fire and let’s keep the darkness at bay. That’s the moral stance. I don’t question whether or not you have a right to the fire. My own selfish self-interest wants you to share in the warmth of my flames, because someday I might need to take a seat next to yours.

And here’s the thing about shit bills: They don’t tend to pass. Even in an entirely Republican controlled government it’s difficult to get something like this through, because as fun as it is to run against Obamacare, it’s no where near as fun going back to your constituents and explaining why their preexisting conditions are no longer covered, or why their kid can no longer see a doctor, or why grandma is paying more for Medicaid. So this will be another tilting at the windmill doomed to fail. Shine on you crazy diamonds! When your voters are too dumb to realize the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Obamacare are the same, and you know half of them just don’t get this, well, if you need their votes, it’s best not to take away their Obamacare (even if they call it “The Affordable Care Act.”)

For the love of all that is holy, stop trying to reinvent the wheel. Just fix the one we already have. You can even call it “Trumpcare” when you are done. Just make sure you are making things better.

Please.

Who knows, maybe the American Health Care Act of 2017 is better than the ACA, but since no one has read it, I don’t see how anyone can be in favor of it.

Watch this.

Unfortunately this bill will probably be rushed through without review and if it passes it will be only because no one had time to tell people what fuckery is in it. I almost kinda sorta hope it does pass, because then what would the GOP have to run against? I guess they still have Obama. But it’s easy for me to suggest I would like to see this pass, since I’m probably not one of those who will be hurt. I’ll be fine. Fuck you, I’ve got mine! doesn’t make for the best policy though, and there but for the grace of God, and all that.

It would be wonderful for once if our politicians crafted a bill, brought it to the people, and took out the shit people didn’t like, took suggestions, put the good ones in, and eventually hammered out something most people could get behind. But that’s not how this is going to happen. The House version of this bill had like a 15% approval rating. Yet it still passed. Not because people liked it, but because their representatives know people are fickle and have short memories. The Senate version won’t be any more palatable, but they don’t care. If they did, they would just fix Obamacare. Or at a minimum they’d have a bill that people didn’t hate. They had years to write it. Everyone should know what in this thing by now. You should be bored and tired of hearing about it.

But we’ll see how many tax breaks for the rich end up in the final version and how many millions of dollars go to Trump companies. Hey, then we can all act surprised.

Again, I’ll be surprised if they pass this, but then, I was surprised Trump won. Surprised every damn day.

That’s all I’ve got.

• Christopher

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I can see Russia from my house!