So there you have it.
Paul Ryan and House Republicans jammed through a repeal of Obamacare today and replaced it with a bill that will cause tens of millions of American to lose their health insurance; a bill that will jack up premiums for those most in need in order to finance tax cuts for the rich, the powerful and freeloaders who game the system.
It’s also a bill that would let states eliminate essential health services so insurance companies can offer deceptive policies that take your money without covering much of anything; and a bill that will price many American with preexisting conditions out of the market with or without high risk pools and tax sudsidies.
This is serious, people. People will die because of this bill and not just a few. There will be a lot of people who die, including kids (as David Horsey of the Los Angeles Times captures so well in that cartoon above).
If you want to know how your congress critter voted, you can check here. But basically it was a vote along party lines; Democrats opposing and Republicans supporting the GOP bill. Yeah, sure, technically there were twenty Republicans who opposed the proposal.
Most only did so because they’re from competitive districts and were concerned about the political consequences of supporting the GOP proposal. Hypocrites like Barbara Comstock of Virginia; she voted no, but never seriously spoke out against the bill or lifted a finger to prevent it from passing.
The truth is Obamacare wasn’t broken in any important way that couldn’t be fixed if Republicans genuinely cared about improving our healthcare system.
They only cared about winning and they did.
But will you end up the loser?
House Republicans think they can have their cake and eat it to. That they can go back home and tell their conservative supporters they voted to repeal and replace Obamacare with a bill many of them believe the Senate will save them from; a bill they’re hoping will never become law.
A bill the consequences of which will take time to become fully apparent if it does become law. They’re hoping you won’t connect what happened today with what might take place in a few years.
This is the cynicism into which the Republican Party has degenerated.
Republicans like to say votes have consequences. Let’s hope so. It’s the Republicans who now own the broken healthcare system they’re moving to create. If you have a father or mother, sister or brother, or some other relative or friend who ends up worse off if anything like this bill becomes law, you have a chance to weigh in.
The 2018 elections aren’t too far away. If you don’t like what happened, you should vote against every Republican.
Collectively, they need to be held to account for what they did today. They screwed the American people.