Pretty Much The Whole Healthcare System Just Came Out Against Repealing Obamacare
Even the healthcare providers are tired of Republicans
The healthcare debate has come back in full swing, and unfortunately not for the better. Following the Republican Party’s last, embarrassing attempt at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, one would think that they would have learned the definition of insanity and stopped. After all, they tried to do it over 40 times during the Obama Administration, and even with a majority in both Houses of Congress, as well as the presidency, they were unable to pull it off under the Trump White House.
Part of the reason for this reigniting of the healthcare debate is that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell genuinely thinks that they will get enough votes to push this through. As a result, a new replacement bill has been assembled by Republican senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham, appropriately titled “Graham-Cassidy,” as the GOP was at least smart enough to realize the old “American Health Care Act” was never going to pass as a result of the Congressional Budget Office exposing it.
Unfortunately for them, what they have not been able to hide is the fact that their repeal attempts have achieved national scrutiny. When the ACA, or Obamacare, was passed back in 2010, social media and the Internet were not as widely utilized as they have become six years later. Information travels much faster, and with Trump establishing a strong online presence, he has forced the Republican Party’s policies to be streamed into this outlet.
Thus, not only have numerous citizens registered Republican come forward against repealing Obamacare, but also a surprising amount of health organizations that were previously reluctant to state their opinion. Here is the list of some of them and their views on the matter:
National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD):
BREAKING: The bipartisan Medicaid Directors from all 50 states just issued this negative statement about Graham-Cassidy.
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— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) September 22, 2017
“This bill may be disguised under a different name, but it contains the same dangerous policies as the legislation that failed to advance out of the Senate earlier this summer. In fact, Graham-Cassidy goes even further in its attacks on Medicaid.”
“By converting Medicaid into a capped program that limits funding to states, the bill removes the certainty states count on to be able to provide health care coverage to their most vulnerable children, including those impacted by natural disasters and public health emergencies.”
“The bill contains provisions that would allow states to waive key consumer protections, as well as undermine safeguards for those with pre-existing medical conditions. The legislation reduces funding for many states significantly and would increase uncertainty in the marketplace, making coverage more expensive and jeopardizing Americans’ choice of health plans.”
And that is just a small selection of the many healthcare-related companies that are so concerned by the Graham-Cassidy Bill, they are willing to write a public letter. If the possibility of thousands of Americans dying does not move these sociopaths, maybe actual businesses speaking up to them will.
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