Health care update: let’s kill this bill, drive a stake through its heart, encase it in cement and bury it at the bottom of the ocean

(Just in case there was any doubt where I stand.)

The bill that the Congressional Budget Office has already estimated would uninsure 24 million Americans over the next ten years got even worse today, when the Fake President agreed to allow insurance companies to sell fake insurance.

This was one of the key demands of the House “Freedom Caucus,” for whom uninsuring 24 million Americans in order to give a tax break to individuals earning more than $200,000 a year is not enough. They also want to give insurance companies the freedom to sell insurance that covers, basically, nothing. This morning, ace negotiator Donald Trump acceded to that demand.

For cancer survivors like me – and for anyone else with significant medical needs, or a significant likelihood of developing significant medical needs – this is a disaster.

Eliminating the requirement that all insurance policies cover essential health benefits would allow insurance companies to drop such frivolous benefits as maternity care or chemotherapy. The stated rationale: individuals shouldn’t be forced to pay for coverage they don’t want.

Let’s pause here for a second to let that sink in.

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No surprise

Is anyone honestly surprised that the steaming pile of poo being offered as a “replacement” for the Affordable Care Act would result in 24 million more uninsured Americans over the next ten years?

Let’s be clear: despite the Fake President’s huckster promises of “beautiful” coverage for everyone, repeal is not now and never has been about making health care more accessible and affordable.

It’s about deregulating the business community (congratulations! your employer can now drop your coverage with impunity! enjoy that Health Savings Account, sucker!), enriching insurance company executives (no more caps on compensation, yay! total freedom to use your premium dollars for salaries, not medical care!) and – first and foremost – cutting taxes for the very rich (wait, do you think this means you?  hahahahahahahahahahaha, that’s so cute that I ran out of “ha’s”). Continue reading