5/5/17

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I really don't think these House Republicans understand at all the struggles and needs of most Americans. Before ACA, they never introduced any effective legislation, and preferred to pretend that health care was a non-issue. Finally, there was a bill trying to deal with pre-existing conditions, find affordable solutions for millions of uninsured people, and even started working on costs. It was nowhere close to perfect of course, it had flaws.

But, make no mistake, the Republicans have only made the issue of obtaining affordable health care worse here. As Bernie Sanders described it,

The bill that Republicans passed today is an absolute disaster. It really has nothing to do with health care. It has everything to do with an enormous shift of wealth from working people to the richest Americans. This bill would throw 24 million people off of health insurance – including thousands of Vermonters – cut Medicaid by $880 billion, defund Planned Parenthood and substantially increase premiums on older Americans. Meanwhile, it would provide a $300 billion tax break to the top 2 percent and hundreds of billions more to the big drug and insurance companies that are ripping off the American people. Our job now is to rally millions of Americans against this cruel bill to make sure that it does not pass the Senate. Instead of throwing tens of millions of people off of health insurance, we must guarantee health care as a right to all.

Speaking of Sanders, the Senate Republicans are already pronouncing the House version of this bill dead on arrival. It'll have to be a much more moderate version if it is to bass in the Senate. And whatever more moderate version of the bill the Senate passes, it'll certainly be rejected in the far more partisan House. So, as major a victory as Trump (and Ryan) may be willing to think this is, perhaps they shouldn't hurry to pop the champagne just yet.

Not to mention the potential political fallout for the GOP, as millions of Americans who'll be affected by Trumpcare in very nasty ways would realize very soon - and they'll be sure to think about that, come the next election.

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