The Republicans seem desperate to sell their healthcare plan to the American people. They aren’t having a lot of luck. Already, four Republican U.S. Senators oppose the bill and the numerous House Republicans are standing in opposition. Just today, the American Medical Association said that they couldn’t support the new bill. But what do they know about healthcare, anyway?
There’s not a lot to like in the new bill. While it does keep some of the popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act, it does away with others. If the new bill passes and is signed into law, the individual mandate from the Affordable Care Act will no longer be law. This means that you don’t have to buy insurance. I don’t think people realize that when fewer people have insurance, premiums increase. That doesn’t bother most Republicans in the House and Senate since they don’t seem to care very much whether or not individuals are covered.
Of the many things wrong with the bill, one that sticks out to me the most is what’s being called the “age tax.” In a nutshell, individuals between the ages of 50-64 would have much higher premiums. This is estimated to cost these individuals thousands of dollars more per year. It’s as if they’re saying that aging is some sort of preexisting condition and people should be penalized for it. Oh wait. That’s exactly what they’re saying.
Republicans must be getting desperate to sell this bill. Last night, they resorted to having my representative, Buddy Carter, try to talk up the bill to Chris Hayes on MSNBC. In listening to the interview, it was evident that Carter either couldn’t answer the questions or wouldn’t do so because it would reveal the many flaws.
Hayes tried to pin Carter on whether or not millions of people would lose coverage. Hayes asked Carter if he could guarantee that millions wouldn’t lose coverage. Carter, for once, answered and said he wouldn’t guarantee anything. To me, that was an admission that Republicans in Congress know that people will lose insurance. The sad part is that they don’t care.
Carter was also on NPR this morning. The interview didn’t go much better. For someone who prides himself as being the only pharmacist in Congress, Carter seems to lack knowledge of the bill and the healthcare system in America.
On another note, isn’t it great that we’re increasing military spending by about $54 billion? Isn’t it great that we have a president who seems game for a nuclear arms race with Russia? I’m not sure why he wants this surge in military power. If citizens’ health and welfare isn’t being protected with fair healthcare laws, what do we have to protect?