In the not so grand game of politics, you can say you’re not for a particular bill because you have reservations about it. What you really are saying is that for your yes vote you want something in return, some concession. That something is probably something you have promised your constituents that you will try to deliver on.
In this case, Mitch, “the turtle”, McConnell will write in an amendment to the bill in order to satisfy the recalcitrant’s wishes. And so it goes. This Senate health care bill will probably be ready for voting on this Thursday. I doubt there will be any Democrats voting yes on this bill. There is a fifty-fifty chance it will pass. I won’t be surprised if it does—even with five Republicans saying they have reservations.
Trump has stayed out of the wrangling and spinning. He can then disavow it if he wants. He most likely won’t even though he pledged he wouldn’t touch Medicaid or the other two that are close to the hearts of working class people—Medicare and Social Security. Trump can just make up some excuse to justify signing the bill into law and to hell, with all the people it will hurt that he doesn’t care about. If there is no pre-existing condition waiver then there will be a lot a wailing and gnashing of teeth. Many of those will be people that voted for Trump because he said he wouldn’t touch the things that people liked in Obamacare.
What do you expect from someone who lies all of the time?
It isn’t only Trump that lies about most things. Steve Chapman in an editorial in yesterday’s Chicago Tribune wrote:
“Republicans say the changes would be positive because Medicaid coverage is often useless. House Speaker Paul Ryan claims that ‘more and more doctors just won’t take Medicaid.’
In fact, 69 percent of physicians currently accept new Medicaid patients and the percentage has been stable for decades. It’s lower than for privately insured patients, because Medicaid provides doctors with lower reimbursements, but budget cuts would probably exacerbate that malady.”
Lying Ryan. A little further on in his editorial he writes:
“Cutting back Medicaid coverage would save taxpayers some cash but only by taking it from others. The reduction would raise costs for low-income people and most likely degrade their health.”
He goes on to say it would also be detrimental to hospitals. This bill is nothing but Republicans trying, through health care, to give big tax cuts to the rich. The working class if they get any benefit of a tax cut would get less than $300.00. The top would realize thousands of dollars. The more you earn the more your tax cut will be.
Medicaid is a safety net for the working class. One in three seniors in nursing homes are on Medicaid without it, they would be living with some relative or homeless. People with disabilities, the poor, veterans, and the elderly benefit from it. Let’s hear some Christian voices loud in protest and outrage against the money-grubbing nature of this health care bill. What silence?
Lastly a loud Ooh-rah to Chicago’s LGBTQ community on their successful Pride Parade here in Chicago. About a million people watched and about 8,000 participated in the parade. With the Trump-Pence duo I am fearful there will be a few steps backward in the progress for the LGBTQ community. Let’s hope not but even with the recent Supreme Court ruling about same-sex parents being allowed on birth certificates, it doesn’t look good.