In the surface, the new “healthcare bill” unveiled by Senate Republicans seems like another legislation aimed to tackle the US crumbling health care system. But hidden within the bill, they included several hidden provisions that once enacted into law, it would result in the biggest heist perpetrated on the American people.
In a blistering op-ed published by PennLive Saturday, Veteran journalist Eugene Robinson exposed the GOP cruel plan:
“The ‘health care bill’ that Republicans are trying to pass in the Senate, like the one approved by the GOP majority in the House, isn’t really about healthcare at all. It’s the first step in a massive redistribution of wealth from struggling wage-earners to the rich — a theft of historic proportions,” he wrote.
“What Republicans in both chambers want to do is cut nearly $1 trillion over the next decade from the Medicaid program, which presently serves almost 70 million people,” Robinson writes.
The reporter laid out the key facts Republicans have been keeping from taxpayers:
“Medicaid provides health care not just for the indigent and disabled but also for the working poor — low-wage employees who cannot afford health insurance, even the plans offered through their jobs.
Additionally, about 20 percent of Medicaid spending goes to provide nursing home care, including for middle-class seniors whose savings have been exhausted — a situation almost any of us might confront. Roughly two-thirds of those in nursing homes have their care paid by Medicaid.
Why would Republicans want to slash this vital program so severely? You will hear a lot of self-righteous huffing and puffing about the need for entitlement reform, but the GOP’s intention is not to use the savings to pay down the national debt.
Instead, slashing Medicaid spending creates fiscal headroom for what is euphemistically being called “tax reform” — a soon-to-come package of huge tax cuts favoring the wealthy.
The ACA is far from perfect, but remember that it was designed with input from the insurance industry. The main reason so many insurers are pulling out of the program is that Congress and GOP-dominated state governments refuse to live up to their end of the bargain.
Congress will not commit to funding promised subsidies to cover treatment for the poor and those with expensive ailments, or to keeping in place the mandate forcing individuals to buy insurance or pay a penalty.
Republican governors and state legislatures refused to set up exchanges that would make insurance more affordable and declined the opportunity to expand Medicaid coverage.”
In a nutshell, Obamacare has been sabotaged by Republicans. It’s actually a wonder that the ACA works as well as it does, given the GOP’s determination to make it fail.
This pig’s lipstick is being applied with a trowel.
Ultimately, however, the impact is the same: sacrificing Medicaid for tax cuts. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had the bill drafted in strict secrecy and hopes to ram it through as early as next week. The ACA, by contrast, was drafted over the course of a year, with more than 100 public hearings.