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Galindez writes: "Lowering taxes on the wealthy should not be the focus of Congressional reform of healthcare. But that is the focus of this legislation."

President Trump with Speaker Paul Ryan. (photo: Getty)
President Trump with Speaker Paul Ryan. (photo: Getty)


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By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

04 May 17

 

o for five years the federal government will pay insurance companies 1.6 billion dollars a year to cover patients with pre-existing conditions. While that sounds nice, it is a drop in the bucket and will do nothing to control health care costs.

So what happens in 5 years? Oh, are they punting to the next president? Has the Donald already decided that this job is too hard for him to consider running for re-election? I have many other questions about this bill. They are questions you should be asking your members of Congress, who might just pass the dumbest health care legislation ever proposed. The House may have already voted on this disastrous bill before you read this article. We must stop it in the Senate or people will die.

The Affordable Care Act is flawed and needs repair. Something has to be done to control the rising cost of health care. That is what we should be trying to address. Lowering taxes on the wealthy should not be the focus of Congressional reform of healthcare. But that is the focus of this legislation. They want to lower taxes and lower the standards that health insurance companies must meet.

Republicans think the way to reduce healthcare costs is to allow insurance companies to cover less. Obamacare succeeded in improving the level of coverage insurance companies would have to provide. That is one of the things we should not change. We have to find another way to lower premiums and other costs.

The American people deserve the best treatments available. We have to figure out how to make that affordable. There are models around the world that point us in the right direction. Countries that have single payer health care have succeeded in controlling healthcare costs.

We must eliminate the middlemen. Insurance companies are death panels that decide if someone can have a procedure or not. Obamacare forced them to cover more. The current GOP bill would reverse that. The Freedom Caucus opposed the GOP plan because it provided too much. To win them over, Trump and the Republicans will allow states to get waivers and not adhere to the guarantees we won under Obamacare.

So to get the votes they needed, they made it easier for insurance companies to cover less. Just like junk bonds were a business dream, insurance companies would be allowed to provide junk policies again.

Instead of scrapping the progress we have made under Obamacare, the smart thing to do would be to try to fix the flaws in Obamacare. The solution could be a public option where the government would negotiate plans directly with providers, eliminating the cost of the middlemen who have to build in profit into their plans.

Why do some doctors choose to refuse Medicaid payments? Medicaid pays less. Doctors who do accept Medicaid don't lose money; they just don't make as much for the procedure. The free market is a nice concept, but when it comes to healthcare there is an unfair advantage for health providers. The value of life. We need a tough negotiator at the table who will say this is how much that operation cost you, and we will pay this. That is what Medicaid does. The problem is Blue Cross comes in and agrees to a higher price, then Aetna even more. Get rid of the private insurance companies, and doctors and hospitals will have to accept what our representatives will pay.

Why are they rushing to break the healthcare system even more? They are not even waiting for the Congressional Budget Office to estimate the impact of their latest plan. If this dumb bill passes the House, we must stop it in the Senate.

Ask your senators, Why the rush and why not address the problems with Obamacare instead of making it worse by lowering standards?



Scott Galindez attended Syracuse University, where he first became politically active. The writings of El Salvador's slain archbishop Oscar Romero and the on-campus South Africa divestment movement converted him from a Reagan supporter to an activist for Peace and Justice. Over the years he has been influenced by the likes of Philip Berrigan, William Thomas, Mitch Snyder, Don White, Lisa Fithian, and Paul Wellstone. Scott met Marc Ash while organizing counterinaugural events after George W. Bush's first stolen election. Scott moved to Des Moines in 2015 to cover the Iowa Caucus.

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+42 # Wise woman 2017-05-04 13:29
It's dumb because it has dumb framers. People with a modicum of common sense would understand that we are the laughing stock of the world when it comes to health care. These guys in congress are the real deplorables. Will some doctor please inoculate them with an antistupid/evil vaccine at their own expense.
 
 
+8 # PeacefulGarden 2017-05-04 16:19
Given the fact that most doctors I encounter want to profit from someone's illness, I would say that doctors stupid too. I would basically say that the doctors have injected Congress with stupid juice, all so they can get rich off of sick people.

The last time I saw I doctor was for my young children, both had bad colds, I took them in to get their throats looked at, to make sure it wasn't strep, it cost me 250 dollars for a 30 second look down 2 children's throat. The front desk wanted to know why I was so upset. That was well over 10 years ago, no ACA. My wife and I are two working musicians. So, we pay hard for insurance, even now with the ACA.

Well, good bye health insurance. The Christian Militia has taken over.
 
 
+4 # Caliban 2017-05-05 10:30
"Christian Militia" -- for abortion services, yes.

But GOPCARE is gets its full range impetus from medical profiteers in the medical community and (particularly) from Big Pharma and Big Private For Profit Hospital Companies.

And then, of course, there are the many Republicans who don't want to pay taxes for anything but the most devastating armaments the world has ever known.

How did these animals get elected? We must not let it happen again!
 
 
+11 # reiverpacific 2017-05-04 17:56
Quoting Wise woman:
It's dumb because it has dumb framers. People with a modicum of common sense would understand that we are the laughing stock of the world when it comes to health care. These guys in congress are the real deplorables. Will some doctor please inoculate them with an antistupid/evil vaccine at their own expense.


Sadly, any doctor would have to get insurance approval to inject such a vaccine.
 
 
+8 # librarian1984 2017-05-04 16:13
Question: While the TrumpCare vote was ongoing the count showed that two Democrats had voted aye, but as the GOP count reached 216 those two votes moved to nay.

Does anyone know if this was a mistake, or did two Dems want it to pass but backed off when their votes weren't needed?
 
 
-1 # Robbee 2017-05-05 15:59
Quoting librarian1984:
Question: While the TrumpCare vote was ongoing the count showed that two Democrats had voted aye, but as the GOP count reached 216 those two votes moved to nay.

Does anyone know if this was a mistake, or did two Dems want it to pass but backed off when their votes weren't needed?

- we don't care about dem votes turning "nay!" - we only care about them turning "aye!"
 
 
+13 # oakes721 2017-05-04 19:55
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To Health with Care!
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A Fraudable Health Care is neither healthy nor caring. It is capitalism at its ugliest (next to wars which no longer claim to be for Peace). Michael Moore's "SICKO" documentary showed how perfectly happy that we human beings can be with Single Payer health care. The "Wealth Care" proposed and re-proposed poses additional threats...yes, THREATS ~ when we most need comforted ~ to the afflicted or victims of accidents or neglect ~ or when what we like to call Humanity is most needed, another fight is always before our well-being.
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It's Billionaires' Bingo Night ~ COLD as the melting icebergs, your unneeded knee operation pays a month's docking fees at Mar-a-Lego for the Ghoul Ship Lollipop yacht club member.
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+16 # DongiC 2017-05-04 20:47
The republicans are showing their true colors by the House passing the new health care bill. It really helps the rich and discriminates against the poor. How insensitive can the Republicans be? Their bank accounts are more important than the health and well being of their fellow citizens.
 
 
+2 # economagic 2017-05-04 21:16
Get a clue, people: These "republicans" have no interest in republican government, or in government of any kind, only in autocratic rule ("dictatorship" ) with themselves as rulers. Unfortunately some of them seem to be so ignorant of the principles of governance (as opposed to politics) that they fail even to understand that is where they are headed.
 
 
0 # librarian1984 2017-05-06 16:44
Hey, Merriam Webster is going to add 'sheeple' to the dictionary.
 
 
+9 # librarian1984 2017-05-05 00:23
This bill is worse than dumb.

With no debate, no CBO score, no testimony from experts or those who would be affected by it, and with many legislators not having even read the thing -- they take a few weeks to remake a sixth of the US budget, getting not one vote from Democrats and unable to convince everyone from their own party -- it is repugnant to any moral human being, and an abomination from hypocrites who proclaim themselves Christian and wrap themselves in the flag, donning lapel pins while they sell Americans down the river -- sacrificing children and the sick to give even more money to those who already have almost everything.
 
 
+6 # mh1224jst 2017-05-05 09:24
Yes indeed. They DO have almost everything already. The pathology of wealth is breathtakingly over the top. It's premeditated, extreme homicide, yet they don't have to leave their posh offices or their computers.
 
 
-2 # Robbee 2017-05-05 09:29
Quoting librarian1984 2017-05-05 00:23:
sacrificing children and the sick to give even more money to those who already have almost everything.

- is it time yet? to, as you say, hold rump's "feet to the fire"? - when it's time, please let us know, okay?

and who are these dems? not one of whom voted for this majestic law? is there something to be said for dems, after all?

robbee gave this wise comment a thumbs up! but still, last election it seems that 24 million poor humans counted on us voters for their very lives? who let them down? - were those of us who let them down, wise to do so? from hindsight? what have some of us done? - should some of us have listened to scott instead?
 
 
+5 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-05-05 04:03
I agree with everything Scott says except for this statement --

"The American people deserve the best treatments available."

Why. What did Americans do to deserve anything? Why are Americans special. Most people in the world get better healthcare than Americans and it has been that way for a long time. The US is verging on 3rd world nation status.
 
 
+8 # kath 2017-05-05 07:09
The greatest victory the insurance industry has won is the wide-spread conflation of health care with health insurance. It is true that in this country you mostly need one to get the other, but this is not a divinely-ordain ed, immutable state of affairs.
In my opinion insurance companies add nothing to healing...they simply take 30 percent or more of the so-called "health care dollar" and use it to pay obscene salaries to their officers and employ armies of lawyers to look for ways to refuse to pay doctor bills.
At least Obamacare, flawed as it is, insisted they must spend a certain amount of their intake on actual care of the sick.
We should have universal, single-payer health care that covers basic care of the sick, including dental care and mental health care. Insurance companies could still sell policies for boutique care such as face lifts and the like. But I would not shed a tear if they completely vanished from the American scene.
 
 
+4 # Wise woman 2017-05-05 09:24
Rodion - I could world go to any number of third world countries and get better health care than I've gotten in this country and (drum roll here) it would be FREE. We didn't earn the title of numero tres siete (37) according to the World Health Association for nothing. We worked very hard for that disgraceful rating.
 
 
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-05-05 22:14
Wise -- yes, you are right. For many nations, healthcare for all is a top measure of the success of the government.

In the US since Lyndon Johnson who sponsored Medicare, we've elected one president after another who has opposed expanding healthcare coverage to everyone. Reagan was the worst and he is championed by many Americans as a great president. If Americans are going to continue to elect people like Trump, Ryan, Reagan, Clinton and all the rest who refuse healthcare for all, then they deserve what they are getting.

Obama's efforts in the ACA were good as a start. He compromised by backing away from the public option in order to attract some republicans. In the end, he attracted none of them.

When Americans stop sending people like Paul Ryan to congress, they will deserve a change. Who votes for creeps like Ryan anyway. He looks like that kid of the Adams Family sit com of the 1970s, with that point of hair on his forehead and that goofy look on this face.
 
 
+6 # 74andstillaGadfly 2017-05-05 11:11
The time is ripe for Single payer Medicare For All legislation. The market based private plans are pure hooohee. Straight Medicare works plain and simple for elderly. NOT MEDICARE ADVANTAGE... that is a market based hacking of funds in Medicare budget. Get rid of Medicare Advantage and add Medicare for All for those who opt in and willing to pay into that program. Get Wall Street's hands off the Medicare invested funds.
 
 
+4 # LionMousePudding 2017-05-05 11:28
I just want to correct the record,

"Some" doctors don't refuse Medicaid patients.

At least 95% of doctors refuse Medicaid patients. We go to the hospital. We are given the residents; the first year doctors and therapists.

Other than that Medicaid is awesome. It covers almost everything, even dental. What we need is Medicaid for all-- all we need is for doctors to have to accept it.
 
 
0 # Robbee 2017-05-05 15:46
Quoting LionMousePudding:
I just want to correct the record,

"Some" doctors don't refuse Medicaid patients.

At least 95% of doctors refuse Medicaid patients. We go to the hospital. We are given the residents; the first year doctors and therapists.

Other than that Medicaid is awesome. It covers almost everything, even dental. What we need is Medicaid for all-- all we need is for doctors to have to accept it.

wow! this news is profound! robbe was totally unaware! for this comment, special thanks!
 

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