House Republicans celebrate their newest horrible health care bill What the hell is wrong with these people?

Jesus. In a bill reorganizing one-fifth of the U.S. economy, House Republicans have passed a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. There was no time to read this bill. Because of the rush, no one can know the exact impact, but it was celebrated as a political “win” for President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Of course, the broad themes are clear:

  • millions of Americans will lose access to medical care
  • as a result, tens of thousands will die prematurely
  • the wealthy will get a big tax cut

That’s the broad outline.

Reckless governance, deep immorality, class warfare.

Behold the House Republicans and the President at happy hour.

 


The dog that didn’t bark, part the umpteenth repeal, replace, and retreat

Well, it seems the Wisconsin State Journal will never weigh in, editorially, on the recent attempt get rid of Obamacare. It was quite a calamity in the making — engineered and promoted by their most favoritest Congressman, Paul Ryan.  24 million Americans came close to losing health insurance.  It just seems amazing that this whole thing could play out — over years really, and especially over the last several months — and the State Journal never said a word.




Blithering dishonesty from Trump’s budget guy… No followup at Face the Nation Frustrating

Watch.

What nonsense! It’s easy to have universal health care insurance. Apart from the USA, all of our peer industrialized democracies have it. It’s actually less expensive than what we’re doing. And it surely doesn’t involve throwing people in jail in order to achieve it.

Trump’s Budget Director must know this. He’s just throwing dust so we can’t have a sensible discussion.


So much wrong in Washington No problem, local media to the rescue

Republicans are digging the grave of Obamacare. Should they whistle as they work? Nate Silver of 538.com tweets

We estimate the GOP bill has plurality support from voters in only ~80 of 435 districts, and a majority in only about 3 (!) of 435.

Huh. Weird…

The GOP bill is widely unpopular??? Isn’t this supposed to matter in our system of government? Isn’t it supposed to matter a LOT? Isn’t it sort of a fundamental, bedrock principle of democracy/self-government?  Surely our local editorial page will grab a-hold of this and, you know, weigh-in soon!

 



CBO estimate: 24 million to lose insurance under new GOP health plan But -- on the bright side -- tax cuts for the rich!

Ezra Klein at Vox.com explains:

Here, in short, is what the AHCA does. The bill guts Medicaid, halves the value of Obamacare’s insurance subsidies, and allows insurers to charge older Americans 500 percent more than they charge young Americans.

Then it takes the subsidies that are left and reworks them to be worth less to the poor and the old, takes the insurers that are left and lets them change their plans to cover fewer medical expenses for the sick, and rewrites the tax code to offer hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts to the rich. As Dylan Matthews writes, it is an act of class warfare by the rich against the poor.

Why, this seems bigly significant. You can be sure our local newspaper will want to weigh in on this pretty darn soon.