HealthCare Notes

4/7/17

Why Are Republicans So Relentlessly Cruel to the Poor? @alternet

Why Are Republicans So Relentlessly Cruel to the Poor? @alternet:

"Unfortunately, the Republican war on the poor is but one sign of the deep moral rot at the heart of American society. This crisis extends well beyond the election of Donald Trump and the cruelty both promised and so far enacted by his cadre and the Republican Party. If a society is judged by how it treats the most vulnerable and weak, America is a country in decline, a country whose citizens should be ashamed of their leaders — and, in some cases, ashamed of themselves."

3/25/17

Bernie Sanders: President Donald Trump Broke Working People Promise

Over 350,000 Back Call for Lawmakers To Give Up Their Subsidized Healthcare

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/03/15/over-350000-back-call-lawmakers-give-their-subsidized-healthcare
"Highlighting the hypocrisy of members of Congress who benefit from large healthcare subsidies at the same time that they work to kick millions of Americans off of their health coverage, a man who lost his father to cancer because he was uninsured has created a petition demanding an end to those subsidies for lawmakers."

HHS Secretary Tom Price Lied To A Cancer Survivor's Face | Crooks and Liars

HHS Secretary Tom Price Lied To A Cancer Survivor's Face | Crooks and Liars

"Price's answer was just stunningly evil. After explaining that he was a doctor and had treated many, many cancer patients, he launched his litany of lies."

3/18/17

Pat Waller | Health Care

Trump’s budget screws over his voters

https://thinkprogress.org/trumps-budget-will-drive-up-on-his-own-voters-power-bills-3a6ea89ed93e#.qwnx4g7w8
"Two key programs that help the elderly and rural poor reduce their energy bills will be cut."

Patricia Byrd | Retiree Health Care

The CBO's other bombshell: the Affordable Care Act isn't imploding

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/3/14/14921594/obamacare-implosion-ahca
"Beyond its eye-popping findings on higher premiums and large-scale coverage loss, the Congressional Budget Office’s official score of the American Health Care Act also quietly demolishes the central publicly stated rationale for repealing the Affordable Care Act."

Patricia’s Story | Health Care

‘America First’ Budget Is Unworthy of Our Nation

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/03/17/america-first-budget-unworthy-our-nation
"Congressional Republicans will also demand cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Trump promised to defend those programs, but stay tuned: after ritual displays of ‘reluctance,’ followed by ‘negotiations,’ Trump will probably break that promise too. Trump pretends to be a different kind of Republican, but his budget blueprint is ideologically consistent with the modern GOP’s hard-right extremism. It values death over life, and fear over hope. It tramples on the bonds that hold us together as one people. It sells off the environment, our shared inheritance. It rejects the fundamental American idea that a nation should be a community, a group of people who protect and look out for one another."

White House says Meals on Wheels is “not showing any results.” Research says otherwise.

http://www.vox.com/2017/3/17/14951656/meals-on-wheels-research
"a further benefit of these programs is that by allowing seniors to continue living independently in their own homes, they tend to reduce the need for nursing home care, which is very expensive."

Trump Voters Suddenly Love Their Obamacare (Think It's TrumpCare)

Seth Meyers Dismantles Trump's Barbaric Budget Proposal @alternet

Seth Meyers Dismantles Trump's Barbaric Budget Proposal @alternet:

"There's only one thing "Late Night" host Seth Meyers wants to know after Donald Trump's 10th week in office: "Are you sick of winning yet? Because if you are, you better get to the doctor before Trump takes away your health care."  Republicans' Obamacare replacement would hit much of Trump's base the hardest, a reality even Trump admitted to Fox News' Tucker Carlson.  “For any other president it would be a smoking gun, but for Trump it’s a guy smoking," Meyers joked. "‘Yeah I know. I know. F*ck ’em.'”  Trump's budget proposal spells bad news for rural America as well.  Along with cuts to foreign aid, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Environmental Protection Agency, the proposal would also slash the Meals on Wheels program."

Trumpcare: Paul Ryan's gambit to destroy Medicaid and Medicare

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/3/16/1644214/-Trumpcare-Paul-Ryan-s-gambit-to-destroy-Medicaid-and-Medicare
"It's never been a secret that Paul Ryan's fondest dream has been to blow up the social safety net, every single part of it, but particularly the big three: Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. In no small part that's because they are a direct refutation of his dystopian, Ayn Rand-inspired philosophy of government as a force for evil. Ironic, yes, given he got to where he is today with the Social Security survivor benefits his family received after his father died when he was still a teen. But a pretty typical Republican response: I got mine, the hell with you. So here we arrive at Trumpcare and his big opportunity to take down both Medicare and Medicaid."

ALEC & For-Profit Health Industry Embrace GOP Bill Despite Opposition from Doctors & Nurses

Paul Ryan says he fantasized about cutting health care for the poor at his college keggers

https://thinkprogress.org/paul-ryan-says-he-fantasized-about-cutting-health-care-for-the-poor-at-his-college-keggers-7aa0accc928b#.3mtsbhroh
"Ryan is 47 years old, which means that, if he started “drinking at a keg” early in his college career, he’s fantasized about all the poor people who could be stripped of health care for nearly three decades."

Why Appalachia (and the Whole Nation) Needs a Single Payer Healthcare System

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/03/10/why-appalachia-and-whole-nation-needs-single-payer-healthcare-system
"The United States remains the only developed country with a system based on for-profit insurance companies. We are spending the largest amount per capita ($8,000+) on healthcare expenditures of any nation in the world, but without the best outcomes. The leading cause of bankruptcy in the United States is medical bills, and an estimated 45,000 deaths annually can be attributed to lack of health insurance. Over 100 million Americans forgo professionally recommended medical care due to cost each year. Clearly, we have work to do. A single payer system by way of a Medicare for All structure would allow coverage for all Americans and would actually reduce spending."

American Health Care Act: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Republicans to Disabled: Go to Hell

http://progressive.org/dispatches/republicans-to-disabled-go-to-hell/
"The AHCA also contains tax breaks that benefit the wealthiest people to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars. Disabled people who rely on Medicaid will have to pay for these windfalls for the very rich. That’s the way it works with this batch that’s in charge right now."

Tom Price Lies Through His Teeth About People Losing Coverage

Nearly everyone who knows anything about health care hates Trumpcare

https://thinkprogress.org/congress-special-interests-obamacare-ef802a4dac1b#.6m19yedvc
"Pretty much everyone with a stake in America’s health care system hates Trumpcare. The biggest doctors’ group in the country, the American Medical Association (AMA) came out against House Republicans’ health care bill on Wednesday, warning that it “would result in millions of Americans losing coverage and benefits.” The organization is joined in its opposition by the American Hospital Association and the AARP. America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the leading industry group representing health insurers, stopped shy of denouncing the entire bill, but still objected to provisions that could destabilize insurance markets, cut financial assistance to help people afford coverage, and “weaken Medicaid coverage of mental health and opioid addiction.” All of these groups are taking a position stemming from self-interest. Doctors stand to lose patents if millions of Americans lose coverage or wind up on inferior plans. Many hospitals restructured their business models to account for the Affordable Care Act, and would need to make more costly changes if the law were significantly altered. AARP is a membership organization representing older Americans, who are likely to face the greatest financial burdens if the House bill becomes law. AHIP obviously doesn’t want to see its own markets destabilized."

GOP’s health care tax swindle: Tax cuts for the rich financed by taking coverage from everyone else

http://www.salon.com/2017/03/09/gops-health-care-tax-swindle-tax-cuts-for-the-rich-financed-by-taking-coverage-from-everyone-else/
"The first major legislative push by Republicans after taking control of the government is, at its core, a tax cut for millionaires financed by slashing health care benefits for poor and elderly people. The bill would almost certainly leave millions of Americans uninsured or with higher out-of-pocket medical costs, all in the pursuit of reducing the tax burden for people like Donald Trump."

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Calls GOP Bill 'Punch In The Gut'

Gutting Health Care Will Kill Americans | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ

Paul Ryan Is Living His Misogynist Ayn Randian Dream | Crooks and Liars

Paul Ryan Is Living His Misogynist Ayn Randian Dream | Crooks and Liars

"Just watch him in the video above, celebrating the prospect of stripping poor women of health care and depriving millions of health insurance."

CBO Report Shows 24 Million To Lose Health Insurance Under Republican Plan

The House G.O.P. Health-Care Plan Is Harmful, Regressive, and Wrong

http://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/the-house-g-o-p-health-care-plan-is-harmful-regressive-and-wrong
"If enacted, millions more Americans would end up without any health care. For many people who purchase individual policies, especially older people, it promises fewer services for more money. And it also proposes a big tax cut for the rich, which would be financed by slashing Medicaid, the federal program that provides health care to low-income people."

Republicans Block Vote To Protect Seniors’ Health Care From TrumpCare Devastation

http://www.politicususa.com/2017/03/08/republicans-block-vote-protect-seniors-health-care-trumpcare-devastation.html
"Republican House Ways and Means Committee Chair Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) blocked a vote that would have protected seniors' health care from the price increases that are built into TrumpCare."