Update: They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our people and our country.
Graham-Cassidy is the most harmful plan to date, proving GWB’s statement about harming our people and our country was a clear declaration, not a malapropism. (See bottom of post for GWB video.)
Some of the devastating numbers:
1) 32 million lose coverage after 2026
2) 15-18 million uninsured in first plan year (2019)
3) 50% of the US population lives in states that will likely eliminate or reduce protections and essential health benefits. This would include annual/lifetime limits and pre-existing conditions.
And keep in mind that the return of annual/lifetime limits would also affect the 150 million on employer-provided plans.
Looky what I found
The latest Republican proposal for curtailing the Affordable Care Act was assembled with such haste that it may get a vote before a full cost estimate is finished. But it is not a new idea.
At its core, the bill introduced by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) would implement a decades-old conservative concept, capping the amount that taxpayers spend on Medicaid and giving states full control over the program. As he’s sold the legislation to conservative governors and activists, Graham has described it as a possible triumph for federalism, and a way to end the progressive dream of universal health care managed from Washington.
“Let’s get back to the basics of being conservative,” Graham said in a Saturday interview with Breitbart News. “We take the money that we would spend on Obamacare in Washington, and we block grant it to the states.”
What’s new, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, is a discrepancy in state-by-state funding that would be flattened out by the block grants. Most states used the ACA’s funding to expand Medicaid; some Republican-run states, liberated by the Supreme Court’s decision to make the funding optional, did not. As a result, 14 of the 15 states that would stand to gain from block grants are run by Republicans; Democratic megastates including California, New York and Massachusetts would lose billions of dollars, a feature both Graham and Cassidy have talked up to conservatives.
“No longer will four blue states get 40 percent of the money,” said Graham to Breitbart. “A state like Mississippi, they get a 900 percent increase. South Carolina gets 300 percent.”
Block grants. Needless to say giving a bunch of greedy corrupt bastards a suitcases full of money with no accountability is most likely to help a select few people who already have more money than their Bahamian banker knows what to do with.
Never fear trickle down economic ensures the poorest, most desperate people most in need of help will get to go to the emergency room any time they want.
The bill comes after three failed GOP repeal attempts in the Senate, and a proposal from Sen. Bernie Sanders to extend the reach of government subsidized health care to all Americans.
But Republicans are up against a tight deadline. Their budget reconciliation bill, which allows them to overhaul Obamacare with a simple majority, expires on Sept. 30. The deadline could work to Graham’s and Cassidy’s advantage, however, by spurring hesitant Republicans to seize what may be their last opportunity to deliver on their seven-year promise to repeal Obamacare.
The R’s last ditch effort to overturn the ACA is to bribe the bribable and piss on everyone else. We can’t count on Grandpa Walnuts this time. Lindsey Graham is his BFF and he’ll do anything to keep his BFF from being embarrassed.
A call to action:
Hammer your R’s Senators and Representatives with phone calls.
- Keyword: Oppose Graham-Cassidy
- Keyword: Protect my Obamacare
- Keyword: Pay the CSR’s
- Keyword: See you at townhall.
Please, make two calls to each of your R senators and one to your R representative today, tomorrow and every day including Sunday until the 30th.