Every so often I forget how bad American politics can be, how often, it seems, that the republican party seems more interested in punishing people than serving them, and how ineffectual the Democratic party is. And then the former does something petty and cruel and I’m reminded all over again.
So, McConnell dropped the Senates new healthcare bill the Better Care Reconciliation Act and it somehow strives to be even worse than the AHCA. I don’t know if it will be yet, I’ve yet to see serious projections regarding it, but what I’ve seen does not bode well for anybody who at some point may, as former President Barack Obama said, get sick, have a pre-existing condition or plan to start a family.
In his words: ‘This bill will hurt you’.
The plan, boiled down, does it’s level best to cut medicaid, remove the expansion, provide smaller subsidies for worse insurance plans, allows states to opt out of the Obamacare marketplaces, de-funds Planned Parenthood for a year (see how long that can work I guess) and, of course, cuts taxes for the top earners.
I’m not gonna pretend this cannot pass, nor that it will succeed absolutely. This is not a good bill, but it’s also all the republicans have. That may be enough to pass it, it may be enough to kill it. What I do know is that as this stands, this will likely end in the deaths thousands of people. Pre-existing conditions, dangerous births, serious illness and disease, all of these and more will kill. And if anyone in Middle America thinks they won’t be affected they better start looking at their wallet.
Cause they are not the rich, and this bill hits them first.
(edit: minor edits, didn’t read well on reflection)