Trumpcare is headed for a Thursday vote in the House. I’m pretty sure the eminent Burkeans who oppose it on principled grounds will fold like napkins in the shadow of Donald’s Twitter account. The specter of him calling them LOSERS at 3 a.m. will turn their bowels to oatmeal. And the cursed thing will pass.
And we will so be fucked. The American Health Care Act will be a devastating blow to the health and welfare of millions of Americans. No one, least of all the people who are about to make it law, denies this.
Rep. Mike Burgess (R-Texas), a doctor who sits on a House health subcommittee, told the conservative crowd that a reduction in the number of people with health insurance coverage shouldn’t be viewed as a negative. “If the numbers drop, I would say that’s a good thing,” Burgess said, “because we’ve restored personal liberty in this country, and I’m always for that.”
Ah, yes. The Freedom of Nothing. I’m surprised more Republicans aren’t shot into deep space for the “personal liberty” of it all. [Pro Tip: Don’t ever choke a Republican. You will not be pleased with what happens ‘down there’…] Speaking of which, it’s once again time to fight for the ‘little guy’.
Burgess seemed to imply that there are people who hate the idea of having health insurance but were forced to buy it because otherwise IRS agents would be “chasing [them] down” under the current law.
Burgess put ’em up for a put-upon American so small he doesn’t even exist. If the fightin’ Texan would only take on the scourge of, say, diabetes instead. ‘If your pancreas is so damn lazy, maybe y’all shouldn’t keep eating?’ [I assume this is Burgess argument.] Try cutting back a couple days a week, takers.
Like the used
death car salesmen they are, Republicans keep coming up with new ways to fuck you over. No one else can keep a straight face while telling you a hearse is really a Cadillac.
“You said that part of that is that this is what freedom looks like,” Wallace recalled. “But is the major decrease in the number of people — according to the CBO — who will have health insurance, is it freedom or is it that some people will no longer be able to afford health insurance under your plan?”
Wallace noted a CBO estimate which said that a 64 year old making less than $27,000 a year will pay $14,600 a year for health insurance instead of the $1,700 they pay now under President Barack Obama’s law.
You would expect a normal human to spit out their New Coke at the revelation. Paul Ryan is gouging the elderly out of healthcare! My God can you believe it?! But then Paul is not exactly normal. Or human.
“We’re not going to make people buy something that’s so expensive that they can’t afford, that the market is not going to offer,” the Speaker insisted.
Paul is actually proud of himself. He’s not going to force anyone to buy insurance that “they can’t afford” […?]. Furthermore, nobody will ever have to worry about the healthcare plans “the market is not going to offer” [¯\_(ツ)_/¯]. Okay, thanks pal. Behind Ryan’s sophisticated sophistry the facts of the matter remain. Obamacare gives Americans money to buy insurance. Trumpcare gives people no-money, allowing them to not-buy it. What a guy Paul is! And what a bargain! What more could you want from a healthcare bill?
“What they’re saying is that this isn’t freedom, this isn’t people voluntarily deciding not to have health insurance,” Wallace remarked. “It’s that your plan makes it unaffordable for people.”
Ryan cocked his head at Wallace, momentarily. Then he began scratching his ears for fleas. Again, the plan’s clear failures to insure millions of Americans are by design. Features not bugs, etc.
White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Sunday there is only one way to have universal healthcare in the country.
“The only way to get truly universal care is to throw people in jail if they don’t have it,” he said on CBS’s “Face The Nation.” “And we are not going to do that.”
You can’t buy a Cadillac! Nobody can – they don’t even exist! See?
List of Countries with Universal Healthcare
Thirty-two of the thirty-three developed nations have universal health care, with the United States being the lone exception. The following list, compiled from WHO sources where possible, shows the start date and type of system used to implement universal health care in each developed country.
Before I end this post, with the imaginary list, I’ll pause briefly to comment. You know when a salesman is desperate? When he’s doing his best to shame you. When he’s trying to cut you down, or bully you, he’s surely peddling a bogus product. He knows better than anyone else: it’s a sham…
- Norway 1912 Single Payer
- New Zealand 1938 Two Tier
- Japan 1938 Single Payer
- Germany 1941 Insurance Mandate
- Belgium 1945 Insurance Mandate
- United Kingdom 1948 Single Payer
- Kuwait 1950 Single Payer
- Sweden 1955 Single Payer
- Bahrain 1957 Single Payer
- Brunei 1958 Single Payer
- Canada 1966 Single Payer
- Netherlands 1966 Two-Tier
- Austria 1967 Insurance Mandate
- U.A.E. 1971 Single Payer
- Finland 1972 Single Payer
- Slovenia 1972 Single Payer
- Denmark 1973 Two-Tier
- Luxembourg 1973 Insurance Mandate
- France 1974 Two-Tier
- Australia 1975 Two Tier
- Ireland 1977 Two-Tier
- Italy 1978 Single Payer
- Portugal 1979 Single Payer
- Cyprus 1980 Single Payer
- Greece 1983 Insurance Mandate
- Spain 1986 Single Payer
- South Korea 1988 Insurance Mandate
- Iceland 1990 Single Payer
- Hong Kong 1993 Two-Tier
- Singapore 1993 Two-Tier
- Switzerland 1994 Insurance Mandate
- Israel 1995 Two-Tier
- United States 2014? Insurance Mandate
ADD: These people.
Speaker Paul Ryan announced Sunday he would be willing to make major changes to the Republican health care bill this week, but not push back the scheduled vote Thursday. He’s considering those changes in response to division among party members over the bill in its current form…
But Ryan wants members of Congress to vote on the updated bill before they know what its impact on constituents will be. The House will still vote on Thursday, before the CBO has a chance to make another assessment.
He’s going to change the bill, then force a vote before the CBO can warn anybody about the consequences…for millions of Americans. Paul Ryan is a sociopath.