Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Well they went ahead and did it, didn’t they. Repealed the Affordable Care Act. Oh, I know — just passing the House doesn’t mean anything, really. The abominable AHCA (which sounds like a death rattle if you pronounce it out loud) still has to get through the Senate, then make it through conference, and finally pass both the House and the Senate again.
Maybe the odds are against everything lining up just right for it, I don’t know. Nothing surprises me anymore. I hear the Senate will probably handle the bill through the reconciliation process, which precludes the possibility of a filibuster. That means all they need is fifty-one votes, and I can imagine a number of Democrats who are shitlessly scared enough to fall in line with the GOP. Joe Manchin of W. Va. comes to mind, the typical red state DINO who never comes through when you need him. The usual band of “moderate” Republicans, like Susan Collins of Maine, can often be counted on to crumple under pressure. On the other hand, public opinion could turn against this thing hard when the gnarly details start coming out, along with the revised CBO numbers. It won’t be pretty.
Folks, we’re all going to be paying if “Trumpcare” becomes law. Partly because we’ll be hearing the word “Trumpcare” for the rest of our lives.
But as for my wife and me, since the ACA is working quite nicely for us now, it can only be downhill from here. We both have “pre-existing conditions,” and I bet you do too. Hypertension, high cholesterol, migraines, or, more chillingly, PTSD, rape, and eating disorders are said to be excludable in this bill. (See Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Twitter feed for a more comprehensive list.) Clearly, the purpose is to allow insurers to charge higher premiums to almost anyone who has been ambulatory for any length of time. We’ve all had something or other. Add the feature (not a bug) that states will be able to opt out of coverage for “essential benefits” like hospitalization and we have a genu-wine clusterf*&k on our hands.
Insurance that doesn’t cover hospitalization? Are you kidding me?
Disgust is what I’m feeling more than anything. Another tax break for the rich folk (as per Warren Buffet’s own assessment), on top of whatever they’ll get in a Trumpian tax reform package later. Ka-ching.
Our only hope is that the “system” somehow regains a conscience and some integrity and stops this disaster in its tracks. Otherwise, against my own best interests, I’m going to hope that the next five years fly by, because at least I’ll be eligible for Medicare then.
Start letting your senators know where you stand. It’s #Resistance time.