Shame on You to every one of the 217 Republicans who voted for the American Health Care Act today. House Republicans were so intent in killing “Obama Care” that this is the future that they paved the way for:
- An estimated 24,000,000 million people would lose health insurance coverage in the next few years;
- Older people would pay five times what younger people pay for the same coverage;
- Poor people would lose big-time–much more of their income would go towards health insurance;
- Almost $900 BILLION would be cut from Medicaid, resulting in more poor or disabled people losing health care;
- Small struggling hospitals would be forced to close–when fewer people have health coverage, fewer hospitals will be paid;
- This bill would allow states to “opt out” of providing essential benefits, such as maternity care, substance abuse care, mental health care;
- Maybe the biggest “hit” of all is that states would be able to charge much higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions….or deny coverage altogether.
Are there any winners in this bill? You bet….the wealthy. People who make over $200,000 individually or $250,000 for married couples, will save big. Hundreds of BILLIONS of tax cuts will go to these needy folks.
I plan to call and write to my “representative” about his vote. He did not vote to support the people of his district, he voted to support the rich with generous tax cuts. He wanted a big “win” in Congress for the Republican party, and he got it. Well, shame on him. And shame on every other one of the 216 Republicans who voted for this travesty of a bill without any concern for their constituents. I will also join other voices by writing letters to the editors of newspapers in this Congressional district.
If one good thing comes out of today’s vote, perhaps it will be that the American people will finally wake up to the reality of what this Republican Congress is doing and will vote the scoundrels out in 2018.
Now we turn our attention to the Senate, who will have to approve a healthcare bill before it could be signed into law. Is it possible that the AHCA, as passed today by the House, will become law? It’s possible. It is far more likely that the bill will be dramatically altered prior to passage in the Senate, but the outcome is uncertain.
Our work is cut out for us.