“Health care is not a right.” — Raul Labrador. That calloused dismissiveness was on giddy display at the House Republicans’ celebration after they had ensured 24 million people would lose their insurance. Their original bill, which had a dismal 17 percent public approval, gave the wealthy an $800 billion tax break taken from Medicaid funding. Not satisfied, they made it worse by giving states the right to allow carriers to opt out of essential health services like pre-existing conditions, maternity care, emergency services and mental health care. Then they rushed the bill through without reading it or waiting for the CBO cost analysis so they could give Trump an “accomplishment.”
What does it say about the GOP who falsely demonized the Affordable Care Act for seven years while promising to repeal and replace it with a “better plan, with better benefits, easier access and lower premiums,” knowing full well they couldn’t and never intended to deliver that promise? It says they don’t care about you or your health, but they’ll say anything to get re-elected.
Tex Beauchamp, Meridian
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