Thursday, May 4, 2017

Repeal and Replace Panic

Are any of you as worried as I am about this repeal and replace business? I was so relieved when the bill was pulled last time and Trump was pitching a fit, saying we are stuck with what we have for the foreseeable future. But here we are, several weeks later, and the house is getting ready to vote. I guess he can't see more than a week or two into the future at any given time.

Then I see something like this and my worry turns to a feeling of panic.

This man is a lawmakers!?!?!?!

The stakes are high and I'm troubled that none of the discussion are about what will bring down costs and provide better coverage. Instead all we hear is about the politics of it. How important it is to repeal and replace because that's what they were elected to do. How important it is to keep some popular parts of the ACA because constituents demand it.

Nobody has read the current bill, we have not had an opportunity to review and discuss it, we don't know what it will cost and what the effects will be. But it's in the republicans best political interest to say they repealed and replaced Obamacare even if millions of people lose coverage, costs go up and people with preexisting conditions get priced out. They don't care at all.

As far as I'm concerned both parties are guilty of not being honest about what it will take to provide affordable health care to everyone because the special interest have unfairly branded the notion of a single payer system in a way that makes it seem dangerous and anti-American.

The instability and the constant effort to take away what little bit of progress we have made in the healthcare arena is hard to cope with. The USA stands alone in making health care a privilege instead of a right. We spend more and are sicker than any other industrialized country. What will it take to turn the tide?

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