Why your Healthcare is at risk under GOP Leadership
Why is pre-existing condition protection at risk ?
The Affordable Care Act is currently the law of the land. Passed by President Obama in 2010, the main purpose of the legislation is to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable health insurance. The law also protects patients from being charged more or having their coverage refused by insurance companies if they have a pre-existing medical condition.
On May 4, 2017, our Congressman John Faso and the GOP created and voted on a bill that would have once again allowed insurance companies to charge dramatically higher rates for pre-existing conditions and resulted in loss of coverage for 35,000 of his constituents. The bill passed the House but failed in the Senate thanks to a “no” vote by (now deceased) Senator John McCain of Arizona.
Right now, as you read this, the GOP are gearing up for a court fight in Texas at the State level to try, once again, to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.
In the meantime GOP candidates running into the Midterms are feigning support for the pre-existing conditions clause of the ACA.
It sounds crazy, but the GOP must assume people haven’t been paying attention to their actions the last 8 years. Based on their long track record of attempted repeal of the ACA (about seventy repeal attempts) and the court case lined up for after the midterms, this looks like a case of boldfaced lying.
John Faso has in fact turned his stance around 360 degrees and is pretending he never cast his vote to repeal the pre-existing condition clause of the ACA. You can listen to or read a transcript of his spin on NPR, but be aware that his rhetoric contradicts his record.
Why would they lie?
The GOP discovered after years of trying to repeal the ACA, that once it went into effect, the ACA was incredibly popular. Lots of people have pre-existing conditions.
Below at the bottom of this page is a list of conditions that would no longer be covered if the GOP had passed their bill last year.
In the meantime, they are running a co-ordinated campaign strategy to pretend that none of this ever happened.
Why would they do something to hurt so many people?
The GOP are a party that does not represents the will of the majority. Their main “contituents” are special interest groups like insurance companies, big pharmaceutical companies and mega donors whose agendas are to further enrich themselves. Unfortunately the huge sums of money spent in American politics have an incredibly toxic impact, putting donors demands above constituent’s needs.
In order to win elections this November the GOP have been running misleading campaigns. This includes this particular pretense about the pre-existing condition part of the healthcare debate.
In fact the most likely outcome of a majority GOP Congress this fall would be major cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, along with a possible repeal of the ACA. None of this is popular politically, so GOP politicians have resorted to these deceptive tactics to get themselves elected.
Didn't Donald Trump promise to fix healthcare ?
Although Donald Trump did campaign for President on a populist message, he is not following through on his promises. He has, on the whole, allowed the GOP to push forward legislation that only benefits the ultra wealthy. Additionally, he has filled his cabinet with the exact type of people he promised to get rid of in Washington. (Reminder this is what the drain the swamp reference was supposed to be all about)
Unfortunately, partisanship is very entrenched at present in the United Sates.The GOP are counting on these allegiances, rather than the healthcare policy most Americans want to get them through this election.
As ordinary citizens start to raise their voices about what they are seeing happening in Washington, GOP politicians just pretend to their base that the opposition are nothing but an unruly “mob” .
The truth is that people expressing alarm are just ordinary citizens, oftentimes the most vulnerable Americans, who are simply afraid of getting hurt.
In the case of healthcare, for millions of Americans losing coverage could mean a literal death sentence.