The Secret On TrumpCare Is Now Out


The Senate Republican healthcare bill is secret no more.

There's just one problem - it's not really a healthcare bill.

Don't let Mitch McConnell fool you.

Contrary to what you might have heard - Senate Republicans DID NOT unveil a healthcare bill yesterday.

They unveiled a tax cut for the rich DISGUISED as a healthcare bill.

Just like the so-called healthcare bill passed by House Republicans last month, the so-called healthcare bill that Senate Republicans unveiled today strips away protections for people with preexisting conditions.

It also does away with the individual mandate and would let insurance companies charge older customers 5 times more than younger customers - a practice currently held to 3 times younger people under Obamacare.

But that's all window-dressing.

The real centerpiece of the Senate Republican bill is the giant tax cut it gives to the rich - a tax cut paid for almost entirely by taking a nine hundred billion dollar chainsaw to Medicaid, as Paul Ryan brags:

"And so yes, it is important that we get this [the health plan] done so that we can do tax reform. Because this bill also takes out about $900 billion in tax increases, the Obamacare tax increases are taken out which makes it $900 billion easier to reform the tax code afterwards. That's why this is really important."

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren put it best today when she called these cuts "blood money:"

"Medicaid is the program in this country that provides health insurance to one in five Americans, to 30 million kids, to nearly two out of every three people in a nursing home. These cuts are blood money. People will die. Let's be very clear. Senate Republicans are paying for tax cuts for the wealthy with American lives"

This is class warfare by any other name, isn't it?

Why are Republicans only for wealth redistribution when it means stealing from the poor, elderly, and disabled to give to the rich?

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stecoop01's picture
stecoop01 6 years 51 weeks ago
#1

And the money they're not spending on healthcare will be used to create "Death Squads" to go around killing healthy poor people...and other "undesirables".

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Riverplunge 6 years 51 weeks ago
#2

Your last paragraph before your name sums up the heartlessness of the Republican mind. People with a lot of money also have this mental disease of endlesss greed. -- And you are right - IT'S NOT A HEATHCARE BILL... Seems like it more a throw out the Ill in the cold to die bill.. Elizabeth got the blood right. -- 900 billion, just short of 1 trillion and nobody in the White House screams out, unfair! If this is not a time for the Republicans with a conscience to stand up, when is it??

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2950-10K 6 years 51 weeks ago
#3

Regarding yesterdays posts: Diane, I'm so sorry I overwhelmed you with such a "difficult" math problem. Next time go real slow and count on both hands if you have to. I mean really, believe me, I'm not the kind of guy who would do that on purpose. Believe me, I'm also not the kind of guy who would grab your private part and then brag about it to a big league TV personality.

Your talking points are total Foxaganda, so don't give us the bull that you aren't glued to that garbage all day......or do you get paid to humiliate yourself on this blog???? I doubt that though, you're much too dull.

You're better off just focusing on Benghazi and Hillary's emails. All that Russia election interference stuff, you know that stuff that all of our intel agencies point out as fact, well that's just too much for you righties to wrap your tiny foxmerized heads around.

2950-10K's picture
2950-10K 6 years 51 weeks ago
#4

Are the Teapublicans hedging their bet on the immediate massive tax breaks for billionaires by not decreasing funding to the ACA right away? In other words, the full misery of Teapublican for-profit health insurance won't kick in for several years. Then Fox News idiots can blame whoever is in power at the time....that along with the massive increase in debt.

bollivar 6 years 51 weeks ago
#5

The Republicans are servants of Satan. It is easier to get a Camel through the eye of a needle, then to get a rich man into Heaven. Who is the rich man? One that is satified with what he has. Greed is never satisfied.

changeX's picture
changeX 6 years 51 weeks ago
#6

They are only able to pull this off with the supprot of long time fake news viewers, gun nuts, and evanglical faith healing ~evangelical~ lalalalal Christians who care less about the most important teachngs of thier, amount many others who do care, savior Jesus Chriist.

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jibaro01 6 years 51 weeks ago
#7

I just don't get how people who claim to be christians and that say they are church goers can hate the poor so much and refuse to share. Christianity is about loving your neighbors, helping the poor, it's about sharing and anyone who does not believe in those principles can't possibly be a christian.

Fact is Jesus said so when he said that a camel will go trough the eye of a needle easier than a rich man to heaven.

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ErinRose 6 years 51 weeks ago
#8

"Why are Republicans only for wealth distribution when it means stealing from the poor, elderly, and disabled to give to the rich?"

The short answer is because they are sociopaths. I'm not being facetious. The statistics are, one in twenty-five people is sociopathic in personality; which tabulates with one quarter of the population being Tea Party people/personalities. They don't see other people as anything other than a business opportunity. They are predatory and manipulative (the ends justifies the means). But the rest of us can't truly imagine such a thing because WE don't operate that way, and so we judge them on our own standards of being compassionate, or caring, and then we are left scratching our heads when they do terrible things. We need to wake up. These people who are mentally ill have managed to cajole their way to the levers of power and now they are doing what their conscienceless minds tell them to do; they have brains that basically lie to them. We don't see this because we can't imagine people like this, and because we are so mesmerized by money; thinking the more money someone has, the better a person they have to be. We need to examine our own thinking; we NEED critical thinking to be taught in the schools. This zeitgeist of money makes right is something the churches have taught us; God rewards the ones he admires the most, (Calvinism,) etc.. Thus people don't recognize when they are in the presence of a clear and present danger. There is a YT video on the "Ten Ways You Can Tell A Sociopath". Everyone born should be issued a copy of this.

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humanitys team 6 years 51 weeks ago
#9

The real reason we are not making progress is to do with the First Cultural Myth and with others that follow on from this .Until they change ,nothing else will . The problem we have is our cultural myths are at variance with our most basic instinct.

Humans believe; some Humans those currently in charge and the myth that generally drives humans behavior is that human beings are inherently evil .This myth of original sin holds that not only is our basic nature evil ,we were born that way. Its not an out to give the Republicans a justifiable reason for their health care program but it does get to the understanding of why they would propose such an idea.Their belief system.

It has been said ..." No one does anything wrong given their model of the world."

The second Cultural Myth is the real killer ,arising from the first ,is it is the fittest who survive. My truth the fit are not fit until the all are fit !

What drives humans to behave how they behave is it not beliefs .Beliefs that have never been seriously challenged that are non functional for an evolving culture .How can we have beliefs that are actuall fallacies not real have never been at the driving wheel of life on Earth.

Its time to Awaken people We are All ONE and theres enough to go around for all the people on this planet to live happy lives without despair and hope. The bounty and resources of the planet belong to all the worlds people not just those doing the exploiting . We are being played like a fiddle folks Organised Religion along with Nationalism are the problem .What humans believe about life and each other has to change . Life is god we are all part of LIFE . True change can only take place at the level of belief . Beliefs create behaviours ,behaviours create condtions or your on the ground reality.

namaste

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Ronin 6 years 51 weeks ago
#10

I still wonder why the majority of Americans don't rise up and protect the Constitution... Republican core theology is religious-based vis-a-vis Calvin's "Chosen not chosen" social construct which actually is our "civil religion" so every bill they pass is based on their religious belief that as "chosen" they are obligated to protect their "celestial" endowment of having so much. Simply, to share wealth with needy ones is blasphemy and their "God" would not be pleased. A person in need is "prima facia" evividence to them that the needy are indeed not chosen and thus should be ignored. Democrats suck too... they know that dealing with a Republican is like going to a wife swapping party and coming home alone so why "make nice" like the useless Joe Biden and now Al franken? They are in it for themselves too. We have long gone passed the day civility should rule waterd down debates over key civil issues like health care access for all and income security. America is not as advertised "for all" we know that as we read the daily box cores of the DOW and S&P 500. The average person's love affair with "tribalsim" is a farce as we "tribal memembers are asekd to scarifice so the ruling class can enjoy a great lives for thier own sake. America is based on this triumphant: "Jesus saves, Moses invests and Calvin takes. LIke an ISIS terrorist that is dedicated to killing those that don't have Mohammad, the Israeli deciated to killing those that don;t have Moses.. the Republican is dedicated to killing those that don't have Calvin... what Republicans are all about is a sort of terrroism as seeks to destory diversity, not build on it.

Kend's picture
Kend 6 years 51 weeks ago
#11

jibaro01 • 2 hours 14 min ago#9

I just don't get how people who claim to be christians and that say they are church goers can hate the poor so much and refuse to share.

Well jibaro01 maybe I can help. It is not that Christians don't want to help they believe they are. Years ago everyone who went to church donated what the could to the church. Then the church would take their collection and use it to help the less fortunate. No one went with out. Then as government grew they told us by collecting taxes they could to a better job looking after all of us then we could do ourselves and started taxing the hell out of us. So now when They see 25-50% of their income going to taxes they believe they are helping already. Most us us would agree that the trillions they receive should be enough. It is just not managed properly. Maybe it is time we put the money back in our hands , when it was we where all better off

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ChristopehrCurrie 6 years 51 weeks ago
#12

The Republicans who drafted that MASSIVELY DEADLY legislation are clearly violating their Congressional Oath of Office and should be impeached and prosecuted for perjury as well. They are doing the OPPOSITE of promoting the general welfare of We the People!

They can also be prosecuted in STATE courts , convicted, and jailed for committing MANSLAUTER of massive numbers of innocent men, women, and children, and Donald Trump would therefore not be able to pardon them!

changeX's picture
changeX 6 years 51 weeks ago
#13

TrumpCare, a complete government takeover of healthcare, larger than America has ever seen? Some say it has real death panels.

Howard Laverne Stewart's picture
Howard Laverne ... 6 years 51 weeks ago
#14

They're puppets of donors and the donors are the last people that should be running the country.

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