Trumpcare – Two Sides of the Same Coin

Trump Two sides of the same coinFinal2It’s all bad for us.

Hi all. For those of you who have followed me, I have been out of circulation recently because, you know, life happens.

Well, the Senate finally revealed their ultra-secret health care plan, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act. And it is as we all expected. There is very little difference between the Senate bill and the House bill. They both take health care from the poor and infirmed just to give their money to the wealthiest individuals and corporations in the form of tax cuts. What is their reasoning for this? They give a bunch of politico-speak which the Trump faithful believe. I know people who are willing to believe because of their racist beliefs about Obama. In fact, when people were polled, one third of the people were in favor of the Affordable Care Act but not in Obamacare. That one third did not know that the ACA and Obamacare were the same. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/07/upshot/one-third-dont-know-obamacare-and-affordable-care-act-are-the-same.html

The truth is the ACA fought to provide health insurance to millions of the poor, not a priority of the wealthy and GOP politicians. Now that they have control of our government, they are working hard to repeal the ACA and implement their own plan of cutting back Medicaid and eliminate millions of Americans from any federal assistance. The republican Congress is too spineless to make their cuts directly leaving it to the states. Both the Senate and House plans will put states back in charge of providing for the poor, which of course the states won’t do. And it will come at a time when federal assistance to states is reduced. The states will use the excuse that they cannot afford to pay for the poor. And they will price millions out of healthcare again.

The ACA raised taxes on the wealthiest people and the health care industry in order to provide federal support for healthcare. The GOP calls that income redistribution. But they fail to mention all those nice tax cuts and loopholes for the rich that were not always part of our taxation system, as they like to claim. Those cuts and loopholes were put in during the Bush Jr, the Bush Sr. and the Regan administrations. That was when the real income redistribution occurred. The wealthy have already won the income redistribution war. When I was growing up, multi-millionaires were a big deal. Now we have multi-billionaires. More information on taxes: http://www.salon.com/2016/03/24/robert_reich_the_gop_is_plotting_partner/

Medicaid will take the first big hit. Medicaid now provides health insurance to “74 million disabled or poor Americans, including nearly 40 percent of all children.” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/07/upshot/one-third-dont-know-obamacare-and-affordable-care-act-are-the-same.html. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the legislation would make health insurance more affordable, strengthen Medicaid and stabilize the insurance market. The Senate bill will keep the ACA ban on insurers charging more for pre-existing conditions for now. “But a wide array of critics slam the bill, saying it would send premiums and deductibles skyrocketing for many, eviscerate Medicaid and leave millions uninsured.” http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/23/news/economy/senate-health-care-hurt-helped/index.html.

According to a study for the AARP, people aged from 20 to 29 would save. Policyholders age 20 to 29 would save between $700 and $4,000 a year, on average, according to a study by the Milliman actuarial firm on behalf of the AARP Public Policy Institute. The healthy would benefit by being provided a less expensive health care plan, but I am not sure what happens to those healthy people who might have a sudden need for expensive and not covered health care.

Younger people will pay lower premiums, while those who are older will pay more in both plans. Health savings accounts only work for those who are wealthy and can afford to put money away for health insurance. Those of us who live from paycheck to paycheck can never afford to pay more to healthcare savings plans.

The health industry would receive more funds, and in order to stabilize the individual market in the near future the Senate bill would provide more for cost sharing subsidies. The health industry is pushing the Trump administration and the GOP to guarantee subsidies. “The uncertainty surrounding the subsidies is prompting some carriers to hike rates for 2018 or drop out of the exchanges.” http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/23/news/economy/senate-health-care-hurt-helped/index.html. Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan recently almost doubled the premiums for many people. That’s a budget killer for many people. Co-pays and deductibles will probably go up for most people in the Senate bill. 

The report by the Congressional Budget Office on the Senate bill, which is non-partisan, should be revealed next week.

We must all call our senators and representatives and let them know their chances of being reelected in 2018 if they vote to support the ACA repeal.

Don’t believe what other people are saying about the senate bill. Here is a link to the actual text: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/22/politics/republican-health-care-bill-text/index.html

Peaceful Resistance!

Here is the House vote.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/04/us/politics/house-vote-republican-health-care-bill.html

 

Republicans Yes No
Total 217 20
AZ-5 Andy Biggs   N
CO-6 Mike Coffman   N
FL-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen   N
KY-4 Thomas Massie   N
NC-3 Walter B. Jones   N
NJ-2 Frank A. LoBiondo   N
NJ-4 Christopher H. Smith   N
NJ-7 Leonard Lance   N
NY-11 Dan Donovan   N
NY-24 John Katko   N
OH-10 Michael R. Turner   N
OH-14 David Joyce   N
PA-6 Ryan A. Costello   N
PA-7 Patrick Meehan   N
PA-8 Brian Fitzpatrick   N
PA-15 Charlie Dent   N
TX-23 Will Hurd   N
VA-10 Barbara Comstock   N
WA-3 Jaime Herrera Beutler   N
WA-8 Dave Reichert   N
AK-1 Don Young Y  
AL-1 Bradley Byrne Y  
AL-2 Martha Roby Y  
AL-3 Mike D. Rogers Y  
AL-4 Robert B. Aderholt Y  
AL-5 Mo Brooks Y  
AL-6 Gary Palmer Y  
AR-1 Rick Crawford Y  
AR-2 French Hill Y  
AR-3 Steve Womack Y  
AR-4 Bruce Westerman Y  
AZ-2 Martha E. McSally Y  
AZ-4 Paul Gosar Y  
AZ-6 David Schweikert Y  
AZ-8 Trent Franks Y  
CA-1 Doug LaMalfa Y  
CA-4 Tom McClintock Y  
CA-8 Paul Cook Y  
CA-10 Jeff Denham Y  
CA-21 David Valadao Y  
CA-22 Devin Nunes Y  
CA-23 Kevin McCarthy Y  
CA-25 Steve Knight Y  
CA-39 Ed Royce Y  
CA-42 Ken Calvert Y  
CA-45 Mimi Walters Y  
CA-48 Dana Rohrabacher Y  
CA-49 Darrell Issa Y  
CA-50 Duncan Hunter Y  
CO-3 Scott Tipton Y  
CO-4 Ken Buck Y  
CO-5 Doug Lamborn Y  
FL-1 Matt Gaetz Y  
FL-2 Neal Dunn Y  
FL-3 Ted Yoho Y  
FL-4 John Rutherford Y  
FL-6 Ron DeSantis Y  
FL-8 Bill Posey Y  
FL-11 Daniel Webster Y  
FL-12 Gus Bilirakis Y  
FL-15 Dennis A. Ross Y  
FL-16 Vern Buchanan Y  
FL-17 Tom Rooney Y  
FL-18 Brian Mast Y  
FL-19 Francis Rooney Y  
FL-25 Mario Diaz-Balart Y  
FL-26 Carlos Curbelo Y  
GA-1 Earl L. “Buddy” Carter Y  
GA-3 Drew Ferguson Y  
GA-7 Rob Woodall Y  
GA-8 Austin Scott Y  
GA-9 Doug Collins Y  
GA-10 Jody B. Hice Y  
GA-11 Barry Loudermilk Y  
GA-12 Rick W. Allen Y  
GA-14 Tom Graves Y  
IA-1 Rod Blum Y  
IA-3 David Young Y  
IA-4 Steve King Y  
ID-1 Raúl R. Labrador Y  
ID-2 Mike Simpson Y  
IL-6 Peter Roskam Y  
IL-12 Mike Bost Y  
IL-13 Rodney Davis Y  
IL-14 Randy Hultgren Y  
IL-15 John Shimkus Y  
IL-16 Adam Kinzinger Y  
IL-18 Darin M. LaHood Y  
IN-2 Jackie Walorski Y  
IN-3 Jim Banks Y  
IN-4 Todd Rokita Y  
IN-5 Susan W. Brooks Y  
IN-6 Luke Messer Y  
IN-8 Larry Bucshon Y  
IN-9 Trey Hollingsworth Y  
KS-1 Roger Marshall Y  
KS-2 Lynn Jenkins Y  
KS-3 Kevin Yoder Y  
KS-4 Ron Estes Y  
KY-1 James Comer Y  
KY-2 Brett Guthrie Y  
KY-5 Harold Rogers Y  
KY-6 Andy Barr Y  
LA-1 Steve Scalise Y  
LA-3 Clay Higgins Y  
LA-4 Mike Johnson Y  
LA-5 Ralph Abraham Y  
LA-6 Garret Graves Y  
MD-1 Andy Harris Y  
ME-2 Bruce Poliquin Y  
MI-1 Jack Bergman Y  
MI-2 Bill Huizenga Y  
MI-3 Justin Amash Y  
MI-4 John Moolenaar Y  
MI-6 Fred Upton Y  
MI-7 Tim Walberg Y  
MI-8 Mike Bishop Y  
MI-10 Paul Mitchell Y  
MI-11 Dave Trott Y  
MN-2 Jason Lewis Y  
MN-3 Erik Paulsen Y  
MN-6 Tom Emmer Y  
MO-2 Ann Wagner Y  
MO-3 Blaine Luetkemeyer Y  
MO-4 Vicky Hartzler Y  
MO-6 Sam Graves Y  
MO-7 Billy Long Y  
MO-8 Jason Smith Y  
MS-1 Trent Kelly Y  
MS-3 Gregg Harper Y  
MS-4 Steven M. Palazzo Y  
NC-2 George Holding Y  
NC-5 Virginia Foxx Y  
NC-6 Mark Walker Y  
NC-7 David Rouzer Y  
NC-8 Richard Hudson Y  
NC-9 Robert Pittenger Y  
NC-10 Patrick T. McHenry Y  
NC-11 Mark Meadows Y  
NC-13 Ted Budd Y  
ND-1 Kevin Cramer Y  
NE-1 Jeff Fortenberry Y  
NE-2 Don Bacon Y  
NE-3 Adrian Smith Y  
NJ-3 Tom MacArthur Y  
NJ-11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Y  
NM-2 Steve Pearce Y  
NV-2 Mark Amodei Y  
NY-1 Lee Zeldin Y  
NY-2 Peter T. King Y  
NY-19 John J. Faso Y  
NY-21 Elise Stefanik Y  
NY-22 Claudia Tenney Y  
NY-23 Tom Reed Y  
NY-27 Chris Collins Y  
OH-1 Steve Chabot Y  
OH-2 Brad Wenstrup Y  
OH-4 Jim Jordan Y  
OH-5 Bob Latta Y  
OH-6 Bill Johnson Y  
OH-7 Bob Gibbs Y  
OH-8 Warren Davidson Y  
OH-12 Pat Tiberi Y  
OH-15 Steve Stivers Y  
OH-16 James B. Renacci Y  
OK-1 Jim Bridenstine Y  
OK-2 Markwayne Mullin Y  
OK-3 Frank D. Lucas Y  
OK-4 Tom Cole Y  
OK-5 Steve Russell Y  
OR-2 Greg Walden Y  
PA-3 Mike Kelly Y  
PA-4 Scott Perry Y  
PA-5 Glenn Thompson Y  
PA-9 Bill Shuster Y  
PA-10 Tom Marino Y  
PA-11 Lou Barletta Y  
PA-12 Keith Rothfus Y  
PA-16 Lloyd K. Smucker Y  
PA-18 Tim Murphy Y  
SC-1 Mark Sanford Y  
SC-2 Joe Wilson Y  
SC-3 Jeff Duncan Y  
SC-4 Trey Gowdy Y  
SC-7 Tom Rice Y  
SD-1 Kristi Noem Y  
TN-1 Phil Roe Y  
TN-2 John J. Duncan Jr. Y  
TN-3 Chuck Fleischmann Y  
TN-4 Scott DesJarlais Y  
TN-6 Diane Black Y  
TN-7 Marsha Blackburn Y  
TN-8 David Kustoff Y  
TX-1 Louie Gohmert Y  
TX-2 Ted Poe Y  
TX-3 Sam Johnson Y  
TX-4 John Ratcliffe Y  
TX-5 Jeb Hensarling Y  
TX-6 Joe L. Barton Y  
TX-7 John Culberson Y  
TX-8 Kevin Brady Y  
TX-10 Michael McCaul Y  
TX-11 K. Michael Conaway Y  
TX-12 Kay Granger Y  
TX-13 Mac Thornberry Y  
TX-14 Randy Weber Y  
TX-17 Bill Flores Y  
TX-19 Jodey Arrington Y  
TX-21 Lamar Smith Y  
TX-22 Pete Olson Y  
TX-24 Kenny Marchant Y  
TX-25 Roger Williams Y  
TX-26 Michael C. Burgess Y  
TX-27 Blake Farenthold Y  
TX-31 John Carter Y  
TX-32 Pete Sessions Y  
TX-36 Brian Babin Y  
UT-1 Rob Bishop Y  
UT-2 Chris Stewart Y  
UT-3 Jason Chaffetz Y  
UT-4 Mia Love Y  
VA-1 Rob Wittman Y  
VA-2 Scott Taylor Y  
VA-5 Tom Garrett Y  
VA-6 Robert W. Goodlatte Y  
VA-7 Dave Brat Y  
VA-9 Morgan Griffith Y  
WA-5 Cathy McMorris Rodgers Y  
WI-1 Paul D. Ryan Y  
WI-5 Jim Sensenbrenner Y  
WI-6 Glenn Grothman Y  
WI-7 Sean P. Duffy Y  
WI-8 Mike Gallagher Y  
WV-1 David B. McKinley Y  
WV-2 Alex X. Mooney Y  
WV-3 Evan H. Jenkins Y  
WY-1 Liz Cheney Y  
WA-4 Dan Newhouse    

 

Democrats Yes No
Total 0 193
AL-7 Terri A. Sewell   N
AZ-1 Tom O’Halleran   N
AZ-3 Raúl M. Grijalva   N
AZ-7 Ruben Gallego   N
AZ-9 Kyrsten Sinema   N
CA-2 Jared Huffman   N
CA-3 John Garamendi   N
CA-5 Mike Thompson   N
CA-6 Doris Matsui   N
CA-7 Ami Bera   N
CA-9 Jerry McNerney   N
CA-11 Mark DeSaulnier   N
CA-12 Nancy Pelosi   N
CA-13 Barbara Lee   N
CA-14 Jackie Speier   N
CA-15 Eric Swalwell   N
CA-16 Jim Costa   N
CA-17 Ro Khanna   N
CA-18 Anna G. Eshoo   N
CA-19 Zoe Lofgren   N
CA-20 Jimmy Panetta   N
CA-24 Salud Carbajal   N
CA-26 Julia Brownley   N
CA-27 Judy Chu   N
CA-28 Adam B. Schiff   N
CA-29 Tony Cárdenas   N
CA-30 Brad Sherman   N
CA-31 Pete Aguilar   N
CA-32 Grace F. Napolitano   N
CA-33 Ted Lieu   N
CA-35 Norma J. Torres   N
CA-36 Raul Ruiz   N
CA-37 Karen Bass   N
CA-38 Linda T. Sánchez   N
CA-40 Lucille Roybal-Allard   N
CA-41 Mark Takano   N
CA-43 Maxine Waters   N
CA-44 Nanette Barragán   N
CA-46 J. Luis Correa   N
CA-47 Alan Lowenthal   N
CA-51 Juan C. Vargas   N
CA-52 Scott Peters   N
CA-53 Susan A. Davis   N
CO-1 Diana DeGette   N
CO-2 Jared Polis   N
CO-7 Ed Perlmutter   N
CT-1 John B. Larson   N
CT-2 Joe Courtney   N
CT-3 Rosa DeLauro   N
CT-4 Jim Himes   N
CT-5 Elizabeth Esty   N
DE-1 Lisa Blunt Rochester   N
FL-5 Al Lawson   N
FL-7 Stephanie Murphy   N
FL-9 Darren Soto   N
FL-10 Val Demings   N
FL-13 Charlie Crist   N
FL-14 Kathy Castor   N
FL-20 Alcee L. Hastings   N
FL-21 Lois Frankel   N
FL-22 Ted Deutch   N
FL-23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz   N
FL-24 Frederica S. Wilson   N
GA-2 Sanford D. Bishop Jr.   N
GA-4 Hank Johnson   N
GA-5 John Lewis   N
GA-13 David Scott   N
HI-1 Colleen Hanabusa   N
HI-2 Tulsi Gabbard   N
IA-2 Dave Loebsack   N
IL-1 Bobby L. Rush   N
IL-2 Robin Kelly   N
IL-3 Daniel Lipinski   N
IL-4 Luis V. Gutiérrez   N
IL-5 Mike Quigley   N
IL-7 Danny K. Davis   N
IL-8 Raja Krishnamoorthi   N
IL-9 Jan Schakowsky   N
IL-10 Brad Schneider   N
IL-11 Bill Foster   N
IL-17 Cheri Bustos   N
IN-1 Peter J. Visclosky   N
IN-7 André Carson   N
KY-3 John Yarmuth   N
LA-2 Cedric L. Richmond   N
MA-1 Richard E. Neal   N
MA-2 Jim McGovern   N
MA-3 Niki Tsongas   N
MA-4 Joseph P. Kennedy III   N
MA-5 Katherine M. Clark   N
MA-6 Seth Moulton   N
MA-7 Michael E. Capuano   N
MA-8 Stephen F. Lynch   N
MA-9 William Keating   N
MD-2 C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger   N
MD-3 John Sarbanes   N
MD-4 Anthony Brown   N
MD-5 Steny H. Hoyer   N
MD-6 John Delaney   N
MD-7 Elijah E. Cummings   N
MD-8 Jamie Raskin   N
ME-1 Chellie Pingree   N
MI-5 Dan Kildee   N
MI-9 Sander M. Levin   N
MI-12 Debbie Dingell   N
MI-13 John Conyers Jr.   N
MI-14 Brenda Lawrence   N
MN-1 Tim Walz   N
MN-4 Betty McCollum   N
MN-5 Keith Ellison   N
MN-7 Collin C. Peterson   N
MN-8 Rick Nolan   N
MO-1 William Lacy Clay   N
MO-5 Emanuel Cleaver II   N
MS-2 Bennie Thompson   N
NC-1 G. K. Butterfield   N
NC-4 David E. Price   N
NC-12 Alma Adams   N
NH-1 Carol Shea-Porter   N
NH-2 Ann McLane Kuster   N
NJ-1 Donald Norcross   N
NJ-5 Josh Gottheimer   N
NJ-6 Frank Pallone Jr.   N
NJ-8 Albio Sires   N
NJ-9 Bill Pascrell Jr.   N
NJ-10 Donald M. Payne Jr.   N
NJ-12 Bonnie Watson Coleman   N
NM-1 Michelle Lujan Grisham   N
NM-3 Ben Ray Luján   N
NV-1 Dina Titus   N
NV-3 Jacky Rosen   N
NV-4 Ruben Kihuen   N
NY-3 Tom Suozzi   N
NY-4 Kathleen Rice   N
NY-5 Gregory W. Meeks   N
NY-6 Grace Meng   N
NY-7 Nydia M. Velázquez   N
NY-8 Hakeem Jeffries   N
NY-9 Yvette D. Clarke   N
NY-10 Jerrold Nadler   N
NY-12 Carolyn B. Maloney   N
NY-13 Adriano Espaillat   N
NY-14 Joseph Crowley   N
NY-15 José E. Serrano   N
NY-16 Eliot L. Engel   N
NY-17 Nita M. Lowey   N
NY-18 Sean Patrick Maloney   N
NY-20 Paul Tonko   N
NY-25 Louise M. Slaughter   N
NY-26 Brian Higgins   N
OH-3 Joyce Beatty   N
OH-9 Marcy Kaptur   N
OH-11 Marcia L. Fudge   N
OH-13 Tim Ryan   N
OR-1 Suzanne Bonamici   N
OR-3 Earl Blumenauer   N
OR-4 Peter A. DeFazio   N
OR-5 Kurt Schrader   N
PA-1 Robert A. Brady   N
PA-2 Dwight Evans   N
PA-13 Brendan F. Boyle   N
PA-14 Mike Doyle   N
PA-17 Matt Cartwright   N
RI-1 David Cicilline   N
RI-2 Jim Langevin   N
SC-6 James E. Clyburn   N
TN-5 Jim Cooper   N
TN-9 Steve Cohen   N
TX-9 Al Green   N
TX-15 Vicente Gonzalez   N
TX-16 Beto O’Rourke   N
TX-18 Sheila Jackson Lee   N
TX-20 Joaquin Castro   N
TX-28 Henry Cuellar   N
TX-29 Gene Green   N
TX-30 Eddie Bernice Johnson   N
TX-33 Marc Veasey   N
TX-34 Filemon Vela   N
TX-35 Lloyd Doggett   N
VA-3 Robert C. Scott   N
VA-4 A. Donald McEachin   N
VA-8 Don Beyer   N
VA-11 Gerald E. Connolly   N
VT-1 Peter Welch   N
WA-1 Suzan DelBene   N
WA-2 Rick Larsen   N
WA-6 Derek Kilmer   N
WA-7 Pramila Jayapal   N
WA-9 Adam Smith   N
WA-10 Denny Heck   N
WI-2 Mark Pocan   N
WI-3 Ron Kind   N
WI-4 Gwen Moore   N

 

 

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