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The Tea-GOP politicians have spent eight years making impossible health care promises. They said they would repeal the ACA, and challenged it in the courts (wanting us to forget that it originated as a right-wing proposal from the Heritage Foundation). Senator Orrin Hatch condemned the individual for-profit private insurance mandate as unconstitutional, ignoring the fact that he once wholeheartedly supported this exact same policy. Then they said they would replace the ACA with something better, except everybody knows that single-payer Medicare For All (supported by a majority of Americans) is the better system– and the Tea-GOP is adamantly opposed to it!
Of course Donald Trump’s characteristic style of campaigning meant that his pie in the sky was the highest and the best.
“Obamacare has to go. We can’t afford it. It’s no good. You’re going to end up with great healthcare for a fraction of the price. And that’s going to take place immediately after we go in. Okay? Immediately. Fast Quick.” (CSPAN 2/19/16, Timestamp 34:23)
Of course progressives understand that everything the Tea-GOP says about healthcare is, as they say in political science, bullshit. They have no interest in using government to provide health care or even health insurance to average Americans. Speaker Paul Ryan is looking for one thing: Big tax cuts for the rich, and benefit cuts for the rest of us — especially the most vulnerable who rely on Medicaid.
What has inevitably been dubbed “Trumpcare” is now being railroaded through the House of Representatives. But it might be designed to fail. The bill as it is presently constituted cannot pass the Senate without a 60-vote super-majority, and a number of Tea-GOP senators have come out against it.
I suspect that the Tea-GOP deliberately produced an extremely unpopular wealthcare bill because they don’t actually want it enacted. Why take ownership of the health care issue and have to spend years defending “Trumpcare,” which Paul Krugman describes as a bill “so bad it’s awesome”?
Instead, they want it to fail and they plan to blame the Democrats. Trump is already saying this.
The American Health Care Act Is A Wealth Grab, Not A Health Plan
Trump Prepares To Blame Democrats For His Health-Care Fiasco
Teflon Don? On The Right, If The Repeal Effort Fails, Trump May Emerge Unscathed
Trump administration teams up with Big Pharma to block drug pricing transparency
Trump supporters have to go to bed face-down because of all the knives sticking in their backs, and that’s an alt-fact!
The original title given to this petition is “Tell Obama: ACA’s A Scam, We Need Medicare For All.” However, I strongly suspect President Obama knows it’s a scam. [Note: the article excerpted below was written by Dr. Margaret Flowers, not by me – the whole thing is worth reading (emphasis added)]:
I am currently uninsured, so I have to make a choice. I don’t qualify for Medicaid and I’m too young for Medicare. By law, I am required to buy private insurance or pay a penalty. But I find myself in the position of not being able to do either. I can’t in good conscience give money to the health insurance industry that I am fighting to eliminate. And I can’t in good conscience pay a tax penalty that will be given to that industry. So, I am going to be a Conscientious Objector to the ACA.
…The mass media and politicians are constantly talking about the health care marketplace. We are being indoctrinated with market rhetoric. Patients are called consumers and health insurance plans are called products. The problem with this is that health care doesn’t belong in the marketplace whose logic dictates that care should be denied if a profit cannot be made. Health care is a public good and something that everyone needs throughout their lifetime.
…The industry spent tremendous amounts of money and time to get a law that would force people to buy insurance in order to protect and enhance their assets. They want everyone to buy their products and to make people feel reckless or irresponsible if they don’t. This is a massive campaign to distract people from asking the questions that really matter, such as whether people with insurance will be able to afford health care, whether bankruptcies from medical debt will continue and whether overall health outcomes will improve.
In the United States, having health insurance does not guarantee access to necessary health care. In fact, rather than creating health security, the ACA is degrading health care coverage in the U.S. It is also creating the largest transfer of public dollars to a private industry ever, as UNITE HERE reports “most of the ACA’s $965 billion in subsidies will go directly to commercial insurance companies.”
…It is essential to remember that nothing about the basic business model of insurance companies has changed. They exist to make a profit and they are very good at it. While they complain about the ACA, because its regulations require more work on their end to find ways around them, it has been very lucrative for them. Health insurance stock values have doubled since the law passed in 2010.
…The solution to the ongoing health care crisis is obvious. We need to reverse direction completely and move to a national publicly-funded health insurance for everyone. Some call this a single payer or ‘Medicare for all’ plan. We are already spending enough on health care in the U.S. to provide high quality care to everyone.
Sign the petition if you are opting out of the ACA private for-profit insurance mandate.
With shutdown fever gripping the Republican party and the commentariat, it’s easy to argue the Republicans have clearly gone insane. Their tactics – from repeatedly holding votes to repeal the ACA to threatening to shutdown the government to threatening to crash the world economy by refusing to raise the debt limit – are self destructive behaviors of a party gone crazy. I disagree. Republicans have not gone crazy. From the conservative perspective, America is careening wildly toward destruction – worse it’s self-destruction in the form of “creeping socialism” symbolized by the Affordable Care Act. Republicans are pursuing tactics that can be understood simply as “Desperate times require desperate measures.”
Conservative critiques of the ACA portray it as a government takeover of health care that will lead to catastrophic outcomes – brutal rationing of care and prescription medications, senior citizens denied health care, a nameless faceless board in DC dictating to doctors what treatment their patients can receive (one scenario actually included doctors being issued government controlled iPads that would transmit treatment instructions from DC to the doctors – my boss made company management attend a speech by the ill informed MD claiming this outcome). If you live in Teabagistan, you’ve heard these stories and you’ve never heard them debunked. You and your friends have linked and shared atrocity tales about the outcomes of socialized medicine in other countries (a favorite meme is that Canadians are all frantic to come the US for health care because they’re being denied life saving treatment in Canada – usually some experimental treatment). Again, those stories have been debunked but you’ve never heard it because in Teabagistan, nobody hears the debunking and if they do, they dismiss it as a liberal conspiracy. For the teabaggers, the ACA is not just a bad policy, it is an existential threat to America. If it is allowed to go into full effect, the ACA will destroy America.
Believing we face such dire circumstances, the teaparty contingent in Congress (driven by their base which believes we face such circumstances), is fully prepared to do anything to “save” America. They were sure the Supreme Court would strike down the ACA. They were certain they could recapture the Senate and White House in 2012. Those things didn’t happen. Legitimate, normal avenues of preventing the ACA from taking effect, normal avenues for repealing it were closed. Repeated House votes to repeal it haven’t worked (despite the obvious problem with those repeated votes, conservative voters read articles saying “House votes to Repeal Obamacare” and then read that it’s still going into effect and conclude some devious force must be at work to frustrate an outcome they believe should be happening). So conservatives are left with drastic measures. If you genuinely believe the ACA is an America destroying bill, a government shutdown and all the attendant disruption is a small price to pay to “save” America. It doesn’t hurt that many teabaggers genuinely believe the government is irrelevant on a daily basis anyway.
Better to suffer through what conservatives believe will be short term discomfort than allow the ACA catastrophe to occur.