Healthcare: Our leaders are failing us

Healthcare. I’m sitting here trying to write something about how everyone deserves access to quality healthcare and how as a country, the United States needs to do better.  But you and I already know that, and I just don’t know what to say anymore. Simply put: Our leaders are failing us.

If you haven’t already read the Senate bill that was drafted to “repeal and replace” the fantastic Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) – yes, the secretive bill drafted by small number of privileged, male, white people – you can find a great synopsis here.

At its core, this bill will cost the poor and elderly more money, while providing worse coverage, and – surprise! – giving tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans.

Let’s look at only 2 of the many changes this bill proposes: Medicaid and the States’ burden.

Medicaid

A major tenet of the GOP is that they are supposedly a “pro-life” party. However, the hypocrisy of this designator is fully on display when you look at what and who Medicaid covers and see how deep the proposed cuts are to this 52 year old program.

  • Medicaid covers more than a third of the nation’s children, and covers half of all births.
  • Federal law guarantees Medicaid coverage to pregnant women, children, elderly and disabled people under a certain income level.

Additionally, many poor, elderly and disabled people could lose coverage or have greatly reduced coverage. The cruelty of even this one part of the bill is breathtaking.  Source: NY Times

Passing the buck to the States

Under the proposed bill many of the decisions and costs associated with your healthcare will be in the hands of the states. Do you live in a progressive state like California or Massachusetts? Congratulations! You might be one of the lucky few whose state is looking into single payer systems and are determined to provide adequate healthcare for all. But what if you live in a less progressive state (read: most of US)? Then you are at the mercy of your state and its priorities and leaders.

I think President Obama said it best in a Facebook post on June 22nd, 2017:

“Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.”

Call your representatives in Congress, write them letters, or visit their offices. Let them know you expect them to do the right thing for all of their constituents. People before party, now and always.

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