101 Reasons Why Mitch McConnell is Right to Secretly Overhaul Healthcare
Republicans promised to end “the disaster” that is Obamacare.
It’s no secret that Republicans hate Obamacare. They’ve hated it for the better part of a decade. Elected Republicans, having successfully rendered Obamacare the spawn of the Devil in the minds of a plurality of voters, focused their 2016 campaigns on the promise of its elimination. Its rising costs and limited choices were inexcusably “un-American,” they said. It had to go, and so the GOP won elections on the promise of its eradication.
Deep down, we’ve always known Obamacare’s days were probably numbered. All it would take is a Republican majority Congress with a President willing to make it go away, and the Grand Old Party would get to work implementing the superior plan they’ve been developing all this time. A plan based on capitalism and freedom and choices. The greatest plan in the history of plans. A plan for liberty. A plan for freedom.
A plan for America.
Except that, funny story, they have no plan. The best they could come up with is a hastily arranged bill with a scant 17% support that pillages Medicare to give tax breaks to folks who don’t need them, while simultaneously stripping coverage requirements from everyone’s insurance policies (whether they’re Obamacare plans or not.) Oh, it also leaves Obamacare exchanges mostly intact, but guts them to guarantee their failure. They’re calling it the American Health Care Act (because really, we’re all a bunch of morons and names don’t matter), and its passage means that if you need your insurance for most ailments, your insurer can tell you to “get bent”, even if you’ve dutifully paid every premium. #AHCA makes insurance just like it was before the Affordable Care Act created patient protections that require insurance to, you know, insure you — protections that have saved countless lives.
The good news is, Mitch Mcconnell’s got a bunch of really good reasons to work out secret legislation that will return us to that heyday of death panels manned by insurance actuaries and families bankrupted by illness. 101 of them in fact. These are the irrefutably excellent reasons for secretly tweaking 1/6th of the nation’s economy, creating crisis-level conditions that will prematurely kill the sick and indigent, without showing the public what’s in the bill or allowing any appreciable debate. The final bill won’t even be CBO scored (its text being swapped in at the last minute), so even Senate Republicans can’t say what the affects will be. There’s good reasons for all of that too, all conveniently listed together here, in one place.
I have scoured the internet for these reasons, interviewed countless health policy experts, and conducted an innumerable amount of scientific polling to arrive at this comprehensive list of good reasons for the Republican Party to secretly overhaul healthcare. It is a complete and thorough list, sourced from every corner of the internet and beyond, and it paints an irrefutable picture of the salient logic behind 13 partisan Republicans secretly overhauling US health insurance behind closed doors. Every single good reason has been vetted, confirmed, and is listed here, with no exceptions.
101 Good Reasons to SECRETLY Replace Obamacare with Trumpcare:
There they are. The only good reasons to secretly pass #Trumpcare.
(Yes, that list is blank. Because there are NO good reasons. NONE.)
Obamacare had MONTHS of open debate before it became law. While it’s true that no Republican voted Yes on the final bill, the GOP introduced 161 amendments into the version that Obama signed into law 7 years, 2 months, and 28 days ago. Republicans have spent that entire time vilifying the Affordable Care Act, having no plan of their own, and #AHCA proves it.
There is no defense for what Mitch McConnell is doing right now. GOP decisions harken back to dark times before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became law. People died of preventable deaths, because insurer profits and greed were given preferential treatment over saving people’s lives.
This seems to be missing from the current debate: Things were not better before Obamacare became law, and they will get much worse if careful consideration is sacrificed in exchange for craven partisan secrecy. That is why there isn’t a single good reason to be found for the process Republicans are using to get their bill passed, and it’s why every single one of us should be outraged at their efforts to undermine legislative due process to screw anyone who is currently insured. (And yes, that even includes YOU.)
What can I do?
Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224–3121. Ask to speak to your Senator, and vehemently protest the secrecy currently surrounding health care reform. Do it multiple times per day. This issue is far too important to be left to Mitch McConnell’s partisan games.