UPDATE July 14, 2017: Trumpcare 3.0 has arrived. See, “Trumpcare 3.0: From Bad to Worse”. This follows a second revision that was released on June 26, 2017; the earlier revision (Trumpcare 2.0) can be found HERE.
The Senate Republican TAX Cut bill disguised as a healthcare bill was released on June 22, 2017.
A copy is here: “Senate Healthcare Discussion Draft, H. R. 1628”, June 22, 2017 (142 pages)
This will cut hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare so the top 1% can have tax breaks. Sure, people will die, but hey – the Wal-Mart family would get a nice $58 billion tax cut.
You can’t claim to be pro-life if your legislation ends up killing children. And the elderly, and the poor, and minorities, and the disabled – all so tax cuts can go to the wealthiest people in America. However, you can claim to be a sociopathic scumbag.
The Senate Republicans want to vote on Trumpcare by July 4, 2017. Here is the number for the switchboard to call your Senators: 202-224-3121. Tell your Senators to vote No on Trumpcare.
This will be promoted by Trump devotees as providing lower premiums. What they won’t tell you is that these lower premiums are for health insurance plans that aren’t worth shit. You pay less for less coverage and you end up with a useless health insurance plan:
“As a result, insurers will offer skinny plans with less coverage that falls far short of the needs of those with serious health conditions. This is how it used to work: Before the Affordable Care Act, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Department of Health and Human Services, almost one in 10 Americans in the individual market didn’t have coverage for prescription drugs. Young and healthy people will opt for those plans, leaving those with pre-existing conditions in their own, much more costly, market. In the end, the effect is the same as if companies could just outright discriminate against those with serious health problems.” See: “Republicans’ Senate Health-Care Bill would Devastate those with Preexisting Conditions,” by Gene B. Sperling and Michael Shapiro, The Atlantic; June 24, 2017
“Read the Senate Republican health care bill (full text),” by Tara Golshan, Vox; June 22, 2017
“The Senate GOP health bill in one sentence: poor people pay more for worse insurance,” by Ezra Klein, Vox; June 22, 2017
“It’s not complicated. Just cruel.”
“Senate Obamacare repeal plan would slash federal healthcare funding for Medicaid,” by Noam N. Levey and Lisa Mascaro, LA Times; June 22, 2017
“Senate Health Care Bill Includes Deep Cuts to Medicaid,” by Robert Pear and Thomas Kaplan, New York Times; June 22, 2017
“G.O.P. Health Plan Is Really a Rollback of Medicaid,” by Margot Sanger-Katz, New York Times; June 20, 2017
“How bad is this Republican wealthcare bill? It is nothing short of vicious … if you are one of the 130 million Americans with a pre-existing condition, if you’ve ever been pregnant or plan to have a family, if you or a loved one survives on Medicaid, or if you are age 46 or older, this is an absolute must-read.” See: “Here’s the simplest takedown of the Republican scheme to take away health care from millions,” by Jen Hayden, Daily Kos; June 22, 2017; Senator Bob Casey’s full Twitter thread on Trumpcare: https://twitter.com/SenBobCasey/status/877972897859477504
“Call your senator: Phone numbers for every office of every U.S. Senator,” by David Nir, Daily Kos; February 2, 2017
Shameful. “This isn’t a healthcare bill, it’s a tax cut for billionaires bill.” Sen. Elizabeth Warren Speaks against Republican plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on June 19, 2017. “There’s only one word for what the Republicans are doing with this bill: Shameful.” There are no hearings planned, no public debate. The text of this bill is hidden from the public and even other Senators. Families (yes, even those who voted for Republicans, including Trump) will be hurt by this bill. People will actually die as a direct result of this bill. Republicans don’t seem to care about that, they are more interested in passing a bill that will give the top 1% of the wealthiest Americans huge tax breaks at the expense of the lives and welfare of every day Americans.
“This health care scheme sells out the middle class, hurts seniors and children and devastates individuals with disabilities to finance tax breaks for the very rich. Despite weeks of secretive deliberations, the Senate Republican bill is nearly identical to the House bill that raises premiums for middle class families, cuts nursing home care for seniors and will force children with disabilities to be institutionalized. The bill decimates Medicaid, which provides health care for over 722,000 Pennsylvanians with a disability and 1.1 million children. This scheme still includes an age tax on Americans between the ages of 50-64, undermines protections for those with preexisting conditions and takes away coverage for substance abuse treatment, which is vital in combatting the opioid epidemic. This legislation will cripple our efforts to battle opioid addiction in our country, deepening this public health crisis. This scheme will also devastate rural hospitals in Pennsylvania, forcing workers to lose their jobs and communities to lose their only hospitals.
The Senate Republican bill is a tax giveaway to the wealthiest Americans; the top one tenth of the one percent would receive thousands upon thousands of annual tax cuts while some individuals with disabilities lose coverage. That is obscene. Further, this legislative scheme that will take away health care for millions of Americans is being supported by a bunch of Senate Republicans whose health care coverage is guaranteed by the taxpayer. America is better than that; we can take care of vulnerable Americans and still have a growing economy for the middle class and keep our country safe.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders Speaks about Republican plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare, or ACA) on June 19, 2017. Why are Republicans afraid to talk about their legislation, about Trumpcare? Because they know it sucks. They know it would cause “incalculable harm.” They know that it’s not a healthcare bill, but a tax cut bill to give tax breaks to the top 1% of the wealthiest Americans so that hundreds of billions of dollars can be cut from Medicare. If Trumpcare passes, people will die as a direct result of this legislation. The manner in which the legislation is being crafted behind closed doors by only 13 Republicans (all men) is a threat to the democratic process itself. “Obamacare had 79 committee hearings before it passed. Trumpcare had none,” by Eric Lutz, MIC; May 5, 2017
Senator Richard Blumenthal says that Trumpcare and the way it is being crafted by Republicans are a travesty and “a mockery of the democratic process.” He points out that “the combination of secrecy and speed are toxic to our democracy.” There is an absence of a public debate, an absence of an ability to review any text, is affront to the bedrock of our democracy. Republicans “will go to any length to suppress the cruelty that lies within their alleged healthcare bill … It is cruel beyond words and costly – in lives and in dollars.” This legislation is deadly. The way it has been done is a slap in the face to Americans.
Trumpcare is happening in total secrecy behind closed doors under the leadership of Mitch McConnell in order to give huge tax breaks to America’s wealthiest citizens. Republicans had seven years to come up with a healthcare plan, but they cannot show anyone that plan – even as it approaches a vote. There is no public debate involved and only 13 (white male) Republicans are crafting the legislation behind closed doors: they refuse to discuss it and refuse to answer questions in public. However, enough information has leaked out for us to know that it strongly resembles the earlier House bill on healthcare that was a failed disaster. Trumpcare will cut hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare. “For what?” asks the Senator; “for tax savings for the 400 richest American families each year will be $7 million each year. You know … because they need it.” Healthcare is one sixth of America’s economy but details of this bill are kept secret. This bill will affect every American, but citizens don’t have any chance to submit comments based on a reading of the text before any vote takes place.
Sen. Bob Casey Speaks against Trumpcare on June 19, 2017. Sen. Casey focuses on children, most notably on children with disabilities. The Republicans plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) by July 4, 2017 without any meaningful debates. They are holding closed meetings with only a handful of Republicans having full access to the legislation but enough information has leaked out that indicate 23 million people will lose insurance and that there will be billions of dollars cut from Medicare so that the top 1% of the wealthiest Americans can receive billions of dollars in tax breaks.
Sen. Bob Casey Speaks against Trumpcare on June 19, 2017. In this second floor speech, Sen. Casey focuses on the elderly and the impact cutting Medicare will have on them (it is predicted that $800 billion will be cut from Medicare). The Republicans plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) by July 4, 2017 without any meaningful debates. They are holding closed meetings with only a handful of Republicans having full access to the legislation but enough information has leaked out that indicate 23 million people will lose insurance and that there will be billions of dollars cut from Medicare so that the top 1% of the wealthiest Americans can receive billions of dollars in tax breaks.