Health Care category archive
Robert Reich excoriates Paul Ryans “they call it a health care” bill. A snippet:
America has the only health care system in the world designed to avoid sick people. Private for-profit health insurers spend millions of dollars to market themselves to healthy people because that’s where the profits are. They also make every effort to avoid sick people, because that’s where the costs are.
In The Charlotte Observer, a North Carolina physician unloads on the AHCA (that is, Trumpcare). A snippet:
As a retired pediatrician, I am frankly frustrated, angry and ashamed to be an American because of what we are about to do. As long as other developed countries enjoy adequate and successful health insurance for all of their citizens, we are not the most successful nation on the planet. We are, in reality, guilty of economic racism, and the utter failure of states’ rights when it comes to equality in health care.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Mark B. Baer explains why Trumpcare is in no way health “insurance.”
Thom suggests that Trumpcare is motivated by tax cuts for the rich and nothing more, then reviews the potential costs to ordinary citizens.
The reason Republicans are so determined to repeal the ACA, which they chose to dub “Obamacare,” is quite simple.
They cannot stand that the Black Guy did it.
Via Job’s Anger.
Addendum, Later That Same Day:
Josh Marshall comments on ACA repeal passing the House (emphasis added):
. . . this should remind us of what I’ve previously called the Iron Law of Republican Politics. That is, the ‘GOP moderates’ will always cave. I learned this law back in 1998-99 during the impeachment drama. Lots of Republicans thought impeachment was insanity. They warned against it. Said it shouldn’t happen. Said it would be a disaster. Every Republican in the House but four ended up voting for it.
That’s the Iron Law: the ‘GOP moderates’ will always cave.
More at the link.
In order to have a “crisis of conscience,” you must first have a conscience.
At the San Francisco Chronicle, Kristin Luker skewers some of the “free market” fantasies with which Republican dress up their attempts to deny health care to the citizenry.
Here’s the list; follow the link for the discussion (emphasis in the original):
- Fantasy No. 1is the idea that people shop for health insurance just as they shop for peas.
- Fantasy No. 2 is the idea that the patient is the consumer. No. The physician is the consumer . . . .
- Fantasy No. 3 is that health care is an individual matter. This is nonsense — all health is public health.
Dick Polman takes a look at Trump Care v. 2.0. A snippet (italics in the original):
Under Obamacare, insurance companies can’t slap higher premiums on people who have pre-existing health conditions. This has long been one of the law’s most popular features. But when Trump was asked yesterday the simplest of questions – does the new Republican bill protect these people or not? – he was incapable of clarity. Either he was purposefully duplicitous (naw, him?) or simply ignorant about what the bill actually says (naw, him?).
“Pre-existing conditions are in the bill. And I just watched another network than yours, and they were saying ‘Pre-existing is not covered.’ Pre-existing conditions are in the bill. And I mandate it. I said, ‘Has to be.’….They say we don’t cover pre-existing conditions. We cover it beautifully.”
I know this might shock you, but the truth is precisely the opposite of what Trump said.