Tuesday, June 27, 2017

G.O.P. Senators Might Not Realize It, but Not One State Supports the Republican Health Bill

"New estimates show that Republicans have stumbled upon the rare thing that unites red and blue states: opposition to the health care bill."

The nation’s largest medical group opposes Trumpcare

"On Monday, the American Medical Association (AMA), a nonprofit organization made up of doctors and medical students, released a letter to Congress detailing the organization’s concerns with the bill. “Medicine has long operated under the precept of Primum non nocere, or ‘first, do no harm.’ The draft legislation violates that standard on many levels,” reads the letter in part."

Republicans reduced to lying about GOP health plan’s Medicaid cuts

"Donald Trump promised Americans, over and over again, in writing and in public remarks, that he would never cut Medicaid. And yet, the president is now an enthusiastic proponent for a Republican health care plan that makes brutal cuts to Medicaid."

The GOP bill isn't just 22 million Americans losing health insurance—it's 28,600 murders

"In what may be the year’s most timely study, the Annals of Internal Medicine published a study on Monday showing something that should be obvious, but needs to be stated: Insurance saves lives. The evidence strengthens confidence in the Institute of Medicine's conclusion that health insurance saves lives: The odds of dying among the insured relative to the uninsured is 0.71 to 0.97. What does that mean? It means that for every 1 million people who lose health insurance, 1,300 will die early. Combine that with the CBO score of the latest Senate healthcare bill and the cost for Republicans meeting their “repeal and replace” talking point isn’t just measured in the huge increases in cost to individuals. It’s 28,600 dead Americans who would be alive if Obamacare stays in place. It’s murder to score political points with their base. Where do those deaths come from? Uninsured people are less likely to engage in preventative care. They’re more likely to wait until conditions are more serious before seeking treatment. They’re less likely to get the best quality care or necessary follow-up care. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the ranks of the uninsured have been cut by 20 million. That’s 26,000 lives saved. But Trump and the Republicans are ready to throw those lives and more down the drain … because that’s the real price of getting revenge on Barack Obama."

Paul Ryan Desperately Wants To Give Your Tax Money To His Wealthy Donors

'It's Not Hyperbole': Study Finds Thousands Could Die If Trumpcare Passes

"On the heels of the Congressional Budget Office report projecting 22 million people could lose health insurance if the Senate's version of Trumpcare becomes law, a new analysis published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (AIM) suggests the legislation could cause the deaths of thousands of people per year."

An Open Letter to the GOP: You Are Sentencing Me to Death

"People with disabilities deserve to live."

All Of President Donald Trump's Lies

Jason Chaffetz: Congress Would Be Happier With $2500/Month Housing Allowance | Crooks and Liars

Jason Chaffetz: Congress Would Be Happier With $2500/Month Housing Allowance | Crooks and Liars

"While average Americans wait to see if they will have health insurance next month, "retiring" member of Congress and "I can't investigate Hillary Clinton so bye" Republican Jason Chaffetz has a helpful suggestion as the door hits his buttocks. The taxpayers should give each member of Congress $2500 a MONTH for housing in Washington DC! Chaffetz doesn't think there's an environment for a congressional pay raise, but this is the equivalent of a $30,000 a year raise. $30,000 is nearly double what is considered "the poverty line," you know, what people who will LOSE THEIR OBAMACARE make in a year."

Catholic bishops condemn Senate’s ‘simply unacceptable’ Trumpcare bill

"Within hours of news that the Senate bill will likely leave 22 million people uninsured over ten years, Bishop Frank Dewane, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Domestic Justice and Humane Development Committee, issued a scathing critique of the Republican-led effort."

22 million reasons we need to fight back

Nation’s Largest Doctors’ Group Slams Republican Health Care Bill

"The largest association of doctors in the country released a blistering statement Monday blasting Senate Republicans’ bill to repeal Obamacare. “Medicine has long operated under the precept of Primum non nocere, or ‘first, do no harm,'” reads the letter sent by American Medical Association to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). “The draft legislation violates that standard on many levels"."

Rural hospital association representative: 'This bill will close hospitals. ... People will die'

"All the while Republicans were screaming about death panels in Obamacare, they were actually plotting out the most cruel way to create them."

Trump Supporter Gets Emotional On CNN, Says His Family Will Lose Healthcare Under Republican Plan

AMA opposes Trumpcare because it violates their standard 'First, do no harm on many levels'

"No major healthcare organization—whether hospital association, provider group, patient advocacy group—none supports this legislation. In fact, all of them are ringing alarm bells about how it's actually going to close hospitals and kill people. What the bill does first is harm, it harms millions of people. Except, of course, for the one percent. They make out like bandits with its tax cuts."

Opposition To Trumpcare Surges As American Medical Association Say GOP Bill Harms People

"Forty economists, including six Nobel Prize winners, also came out in opposition to the bill on Monday. All told, it is virtually impossible to find a non-partisan group within the medical community that supports this legislation. From all corners, the warning has been consistent. The Better Care Act is a bad bill that will harm millions of Americans."

Senate GOP Healthcare Bill Estimated to Kill 28,600 More in U.S. Each Year & Drop 22M from Insurance

40 Economists Just Destroyed Every Big Republican Lie About The Healthcare Bill

"The forty economists who signed the letter included six Nobel Prize winners. The message from the economists has nothing to do with partisan politics. What they are discussing the true economic impact of the health care bill. Every single one of the major lies that Republicans are telling about this legislation was debunked by the experts. People will lose their health insurance, and those who still have insurance will see their coverage narrowed. The Republican bill is going to increase costs and deductibles while reducing financial assistance for millions of people, and states will be allowed to strip protections from patients. The Trump White House and Congressional Republicans have decided to go with a strategy of lying about what’s in the bill. The economists aren’t letting it happen."

Republican Health Bill Would Leave 22 Million More People Without Insurance, CBO Projects

"Senate Republicans kept the bill secret until last Thursday, but they are nonetheless rushing forward with a plan to vote on it by the end of this week so they can wrap things up before they head home for the Fourth of July. In a nearly unprecedented move, the entire drafting of the bill happened behind closed doors, with zero public hearings. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hopes that the accelerated schedule will help his members pass the controversial legislation before they are confronted by angry voters in their home states over the holiday recess."

Steve Schmidt: Republicans Like Lemmings Jumping Off Cliffs

Are you 64 and making $56,800 a year? Welcome to a $20,500 Trumpcare insurance premium

"In some areas of the country—particularly sparsely populated ones (are you listening Lisa Murkowski)—the CBO foresees a market collapse, the classic death spiral. “Some sparsely populated areas might have no nongroup insurance offered because the reductions in subsidies would lead fewer people to decide to purchase insurance—and markets with few purchasers are less profitable for insurers.” Yes, this bill is mean, mean, mean. But hey, it’s got lots of tax cuts for the very rich, so expect most Republicans to overlook the other parts."

The CBO Score Proves It: This Healthcare Bill Is a Con

"So, instead of the 23 million Americans that would lose their insurance under the House bill, Mitch McConnell and his merry band of male caucasians have gone into their secret clubhouse and produced a bill that will deprive of insurance only 22 million Americans. I am really tired of all this winning."

Former GOP Congressman David Jolly: Why I Changed My Mind On Obamacare

The Real Human Impact of the Senate GOP's Trumpcare Disaster

"Yep, all those "pro life" Republican senators are perfectly amenable to cutting off healthcare access for a significant percentage of poor children, disabled children and, well, all children in general. Once again, they're proving Barney Frank's theory: "For Republicans, life begins at conception and ends at birth"."

Jimmy Kimmel discusses health care with kids

"The big story of the week was the health care bill the Senate unveiled Thursday, so Jimmy Kimmel celebrated the occasion by talking to children, who will undoubtedly be affected by the “mean” legislation."

CBO: Trumpcare Would Kick 22 MILLION Off Healthcare

Republicans: Defenders of the Rich, Pushers of Hate, Bigotry, & Fake Christianity

"This is a party that does nothing but support policies that benefit the rich. Nearly every single policy they support is nothing more than a massive handout for the wealthiest among us wrapped in some sort of manipulative propaganda aimed at blinding people from realizing how disastrous the legislation’s going to be for them, personally. Look at their “health care bill.” It shouldn’t even be called that because it’s not a bill to improve health care in any way. These are nothing more than massive tax cuts for the rich that will not make health care better, cheaper, or provide coverage for more Americans. They’re masking their anti-Obamacare propaganda in a “health care bill” that has nothing to do with health care, and almost everything to do with screwing over the majority of Americans while giving the wealthiest among us bigger breaks. Why else do conservative voters think Senate Republicans wrote this plan in secret and are now trying to push it through Congress as quickly as possible? A political party doesn’t do that unless it’s ashamed of what it’s trying to do. When Democrats passed Obamacare, Congress debated on that law for a year — Republicans are trying to force theirs through in a couple of weeks. Then just look at how Trump built his campaign. Sure, there were many aspects to it, but his main core principles were vilifying immigrants, pushing Islamophobia against Muslims, pushing hate against Hillary Clinton, and pandering to racism. It’s not a coincidence that Trump inspired a resurgence in public displays of white nationalism, as well as garnering enthusiastic support from the KKK and neo-Nazis. Oh, and when Republicans embraced Donald Trump, possibly the least Christian candidate to ever run for president, they lost any right to call themselves Christians — because there’s absolutely nothing Christian about him. He’s a vile, greedy, corrupt, conspiracy-pushing adulterer on his third marriage who has five children from three different women."

Paul Ryan's Challenger Randy Bryce: Ryan Not Listening, Trump Untrustworthy

Message to Sen. Portman: 220,000 Ohioans with substance abuse coverage will lose it if ACA repealed

"Meanwhile, behind closed doors in the Senate, a small group of Republicans worked with industry lobbyists to eliminate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that currently covers 2.8 million people with substance abuse disorders, including 220,000 Ohioans. The Senate bill was released Thursday and it too will make the heroin crisis worse."

Trump Confirms He Called House Repeal Bill ‘Mean,’ Claims Obama Copied Him

"President Donald Trump confirmed in an interview aired Sunday that he called House Republicans’ bill to repeal and replace Obamacare “mean” in a private meeting, and claimed former President Barack Obama copied his one-word phrasing. “He actually used my term, mean. That was my term. Because I want to see, and I speak from the heart, that’s what I want to see. I want to see a bill with heart,” Trump said in an interview on “Fox and Friends” with Pete Hegseth. Obama on Thursday said the newly revealed Senate repeal bill is built on “fundamental meanness"."

Senator Warren on the Senate GOP's health care bill

Medicaid, Obamacare more popular than ever now they Republicans want to kill them

"No wonder Majority Leader Mitch McConnell feels compelled to rush it through."

Trumpcare Truth: A Gift to the 1% and a Kick to the Sick and Poor

"If this shameful bill is enacted, McConnell and Trump – as well as every Republican senator who signs on – will bear the burden of hundreds of thousands of deaths that could have been avoided, were they not so determined to make rich Americans even richer."

The Faces of Medicaid: Jenny & Sean

Republicans settle on public strategy to sell their healthcare repeal bill: Lie, lie, and lie.

"So after producing a tax cut bill that guts the Medicaid program as we know it, tosses tens of millions off of insurance, and tells the individual states that they're on their own with that, the official Republican platform is to simply deny that any of that is happening. The cuts don't exist. The Medicaid expansion isn't being defunded. Millions won't lose the ability to buy affordable insurance. These are lies. The lies are being peddled in order to block the public from knowing the effects of the Republican legislation before that legislation is voted on. If the bill becomes law, we can expect that the individuals losing coverage will be treated as imaginary and that the results of the massive Medicaid cuts will be simply denied, on-camera, again. This isn't a functional democracy, at this point. It's not. There may be an argument to be had in how much government ought to do to ensure health coverage for citizens; we aren't having it. There may be a number of deaths that may be considered acceptable in order to give an "economy-boosting" tax cut; no such number has been presented. There has been no debate on what happens to poor Americans with diabetes or cancer. There has been no debate on how Americans almost but not yet at Medicare age are supposed to cope with rate increases that could top $10,000 per year. There is no argument being made, period. The public is told that there are no cuts, there will be no loss of services, there will be no price increases, there will be no harm to those with preexisting conditions, or those that lose their jobs and cannot afford continued coverage, and none of the rest of it will happen. And you cannot blame that on Trump, or on the public, or even on the media. The Republican Party as a whole has adopted intentional misinformation—that is, propaganda—as their prime vehicle for selling policies that directly damage the public. It was their choice."

STUFF IT, Mitch. Same To The Turtle You Rode In On. | Crooks and Liars

STUFF IT, Mitch. Same To The Turtle You Rode In On. | Crooks and Liars

"The stark fact of the matter is that Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan and virtually every member of the Republican congress are trying to pass a bill that will literally result in the deaths of tens of thousands of people, bankruptcy for many more and suffering for millions. And why are they doing this? They want to get their hands on 800 billion dollars that funds Obamacare so that for the first time since 1986 they can give permanent tax cuts to the likes of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. Because when you get down to it, that’s what all this is about."

The Faces of Medicaid: Marika & Josh

These pictures are worth a thousand words (and an untold number of lives)

"Who stands to gain the most from this Republican bill? It’s a winner winner chicken dinner jackpot for the 400 wealthiest families in America."

Disabled Activists Put Their Bodies on the Line to Defend Health Care

"Given how cruel the GOP bill is, it is no surprise that its negotiations took place in secret."

Paul Ryan Says Cutting Taxes On The Wealthy Will Grow Economy. Seattle Just Proved Him Wrong

Trumpcare's national numbers are horrifying. The state numbers bring the horror home.

"The numbers of people who would be harmed by Trumpcare at the national level are horrifying—so horrifying that it can be hard to wrap your mind around them. But the state numbers can be a little more manageable, and feel closer to home, literally, and that’s where local news can have a major impact. The New York Times has rounded up local reporting on Trumpcare, and while it’s powerful to hear the director of Delaware’s Division of Public health saying that “The bills under consideration by Congress are simply inhumane … people will die,” the by-the-numbers reporting may bring it home the most directly: This could affect you, too."

Donald Trump Confirms He Called House GOP Health Care Bill ‘Mean’

"President Donald Trump confirmed that he privately called the House Republicans’ health care bill “mean,” the same legislation he publicly celebrated with a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden."

Bloodthirsty Koch Brothers Warn – Cut Our Taxes Or No More Campaign Money

The Word "Women" Literally Never Appears in the US Senate’s 142-Page Healthcare Bill

"Since the ACA passed, the number of women of child-bearing age without health insurance has dropped significantly. It is a full bill more than 900 pages long, not a draft working document like the Senate’s bill. But there’s little indication from that first draft that the men who wrote it are thinking about women’s health at all."

White House threatens to sabotage insurance of low-income people if Trumpcare isn’t passed

"During an off-camera briefing on Monday, Press Secretary Sean Spicer signaled that the Trump administration is willing to use low-income Americans’ health insurance as a bargaining chip to persuade Congress to pass Trumpcare, which will result in tens of millions of Americans losing their health insurance."

Kochfest 2017 Billionaires: Time To Get What We Paid For!

Monday, June 26, 2017

AHCA Is About A Mean Ideology. Tax Cuts Are A Bonus. | Crooks and Liars

AHCA Is About A Mean Ideology. Tax Cuts Are A Bonus. | Crooks and Liars

"The thing to remember about these Republicans is that they are, with rare exception, only in it for themselves. What elected leaders like Trump, Ryan, McConnell, Cruz etc. want more than anything is power. They want to be a Koch, a DeVos, an Adelson, but they will never be. They are and always will be a tool for these uber rich families. An easily replicated and replaceable tool. I would even venture that this is why we are seeing these notoriously private super wealthy people come out and hold public office. Republicans have not moved fast or harsh enough for them and must be whipped into shape. Financing of campaigns is not the only control these wealthy families have over elected leaders though. Perhaps an even bigger control mechanism is to threaten NOT to fund them. If Mitch McConnell or Ted Cruz suddenly did not do the bidding of their uber rich supporters, they would be immediately cast out into that barren desert of campaign no-man's land. The Kochs and such would simply fund a contender; something that Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) is facing. The threat of NOT being supported is often times more influential to a politician than being supported. With Kris Kobach’s Crosscheck kicking minorities off of voter rolls and Republicans’ decades worth of extreme gerrymandering, these politicians need not worry. This is not to mention the real possibility that our voting systems are still compromised by the Russian hacking. So far, only Illinois has admitted that hacking led to voters being kicked off their system. In North Carolina’s heavily minority and blue districts, hacking is thought to have caused the computer database of registered voters to shut down during the 2016 election. This led to poll workers having to check registration by hand, and in turn caused such a delay that many left without casting their votes. Now a report has come out that 1 in 4 African Americans were not allowed to vote in Florida during the election. So, you see, they are not too concerned about being voted out of office."

Saturday, June 24, 2017

GOP Threat To Medicaid Threatens Liberty Of Millions Of Americans

In a strong statement, AARP vows to 'hold all 100 Senators accountable' for health care bill

"Why are Republicans so hellbent on harming so many Americans in exchange for private insurance and Big Pharma profits and a tax cut to 400 of the wealthiest families in America?"

Ruthless, Soulless, Vicious: Three Reasons the Senate GOP's ACA Replacement Is a Disgrace

"the Better Care Reconciliation Act is a genuinely cruel piece of work that will deliver millions of people to the gutter or the grave."

The window of opportunity to stop the GOP health plan is closing

"We’re looking at a landscape in which the Senate will vote next week, and if it passes, House Republicans will almost certainly act quickly to rubber-stamp that legislation – at which point, it’s game over. At the risk of sounding overdramatic, the next six days will dictate the health security for tens of millions of Americans."

Bernie Sanders On Health Care Bill: Thousands Will Die

Once again, 13 men wrote a bill that’s bad for women’s health

"Senate Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act, would make it harder for women to access crucial health benefits — from birth control to maternity coverage. This may come as no surprise, given the bill was written by 13 men."

Bernie Sanders Absolutely Unloads on Senate Republicans' 'Barbaric' Health Care Bill @alternet

Bernie Sanders Absolutely Unloads on Senate Republicans' 'Barbaric' Health Care Bill @alternet: 'This is what oligarchy is all about.' Senate Republicans have finally unveiled their Better Care Reconciliation Act, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) can't hide his disdain for the newest version of Trumpcare.The bill Republicans announced today is even worse than expected and by far the most harmful piece of legislation I've seen in my lifetime.

Republican Healthcare Plan Includes Huge Bonuses For Insurance CEOs

Add higher deductibles to the ways Trumpcare will hurt you

"there’s plenty of pain to go around, all to pay for a tax cut for the wealthy."

GOP 'Health' Bill: Death, Disaster, and Gilded Age Greed

"The Republican Senate’s draft health bill differs from the House version, but its basic purpose is the same: give millionaires and billionaires a massive new tax cut by slashing health benefits for millions of Americans, and take care away altogether from millions more."

Bernie Responds to Republicans' Health Care Bill

Republicans’ main argument for Obamacare repeal is a lie

"Republicans have long predicted an Obamacare death spiral. So far, it hasn’t happened. But their plan would near certainly move the individual market much more in that direction."

McConnell's "health care" bill fails the moral test

"the moral test posed by the late Hubert H. Humphrey, who said It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped It will fail this moral test on all three counts"

President Donald Trump’s Bait And Switch On Health Care

Does Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito have a heart?

"In this clip she’s meeting a mother who talks about her adult daughter who has lived with cancer for four years, imploring the senator to understand how Trumpcare could ruin everything for her daughter. She's 41 years old. She's been fighting this cancer for four years, very diligently. [She] has maintained her job, has gotten promotions, has led teams. As sick as she has been, she would not be alive today if it wasn't for the ACA (Affordable Care Act). […] With the cap, if she ever lost her insurance—in seven months she went over $1,200,000, and this has been going on for four years. Pre-existing condition, and we're not sure how long she's gonna be able to work. Maybe forever, that's what our goal is. But these are real people. My daughter. And so I just want you to have that in your brain when you look at this [healthcare bill]. So, Sen. Capito. Will it be in your head when you vote on this next week? Or will you stay true to form and capitulate to McConnell?"

Obama's Blistering Post on Republican Health Care Bill Must Be Read by Every American

"Yesterday, President Obama weighed in on the bill proposed by Republicans in the Senate, and he was very clear about what this means for Americans -- less healthcare for more money, and an enormous transfer of wealth to the richest Americans. "This bill will do you harm," wrote Obama. It will, and every American absolutely needs to read this, regardless of what side of the political aisle they are on. Because this about the health of you and your family and the consequences of stripping away rights every other industrialized country on earth guarantees for their citizens."

Trumpcare: Billionaire Tax Cut Disguised As Healthcare Plan

Jimmy Kimmel discusses health care with kids

"The big story of the week was the health care bill the Senate unveiled Thursday, so Jimmy Kimmel celebrated the occasion by talking to children, who will undoubtedly be affected by the “mean” legislation."

Here's the simplest takedown of the Republican scheme to take away health care from millions

"How bad is this Republican wealthcare bill? It is nothing short of vicious. This is a longer thread, but if you are one of the 130 million Americans with a pre-existing condition, if you’ve ever been pregnant or plan to have a family, if you or a loved one survives on Medicaid, or if you are age 46 or older, this is an absolute must-read. Senator Bob Casey breaks down this AHCA wealthcare bill, starting by noting the essential health benefits requirement of the Affordable Care Act would be revoked. This scheme sells out the middle class, seniors and individuals with disabilities to pay for a tax cut for the wealthy. That's obscene. Page 41. They revoke the essential health benefits requirement. Why is that a big deal? Because that means insurance companies would no longer be required to cover critical preventatives services like mammograms, colon cancer screenings, vaccinations, check-ups. No longer required to cover prescription drugs, pregnancy and childbirth, emergency room visits and more."

No Wonder Republicans Were Hiding Trumpcare...

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Big Pharma Gets $28 Billion Tax Break in GOP Trumpcare Plan

"There will be a lot of losers if the House GOP’s disastrous plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act ever becomes law: people with preexisting medical conditions, working families, older folks, kids. One of the few winners would be the nation’s pharmaceutical industry: $28 billion richer thanks to a big tax cut. The Senate is likely to keep this tax break in its version of the legislation. Do America’s drug makers deserve a $28 billion tax cut over 10 years, when the profits of the top 10 companies topped $83 billion last year alone, with the top 5 pocketing nearly $58 billion? Hardly. In fact, they need to start paying their fair share. The Republican plan passed by the House and endorsed by President Trump this spring would cost 23 million Americans their health care while handing out $660 billion in tax cuts, mostly to wealthy individuals and big health-care companies."