Trumpcare 2.0 is Even More Deadly than the Last
Momentum is building for House Republicans working to repeal and replace Obamacare, as leaders Wednesday furiously lobby undecided or skeptical lawmakers on the plan that has been teetering on the brink of collapse. House leaders have made clear that if everything goes their way, their preference is to have a vote Thursday. But they won’t call a vote unless they believe it will pass.
The change in mood comes after GOP Reps. Fred Upton and Billy Long met with President Donald Trump at the White House and flipped their votes from “no” to “yes.” The new “yes” votes mark an incremental but symbolically important victory for the White House and Republican leaders, who have been trying without success for weeks to revive a health care bill that was pulled from the House floor in March.
As originally introduced, the bill would leave 24 million fewer people insured by 2026 than under Obamacare, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said.But the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservatives who helped scuttle the previous bill in March, now supports the legislation.
The #AHCA in its current form fails to sufficiently protect Americans with pre-existing conditions. Trumpcare 2.0 is even more deadly than the last.Snuck between pages, is the MacArthur Amendment which would allow states to opt-out of covering Americans with pre-existing conditions. That means hundreds of thousands of LGBT Americans living with HIV/AIDS, certain kinds of cancers, or who are transgender could all be denied coverage under Trump’s health care plan.
Republican Blurts Out That Sick People Don’t Deserve Affordable Care
In a CNN interview, Representative Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, makes the case for Trumpcare in much starker terms: It will free healthy people from having to pay the cost of the sick. “It will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher health care costs to contribute more to the insurance pool that helps offset all these costs, thereby reducing the cost to those people who lead good lives, they’re healthy, they’ve done the things to keep their bodies healthy,” explained Brooks. “And right now, those are the people who have done things the right way that are seeing their costs skyrocketing.”
Gavin Newsom The Lieutenant Governor of California Explains:
Under the GOP’s health plan, sexual assault would be considered a preexisting condition.
Think about this: Sexual assault, postpartum depression, even getting a C-section could be enough to get you kicked off or priced out of your health plan if the Republicans in Washington get their way. The threat to economic and social freedom that this bill carries CANNOT be overstated.