What’s all this about healthcare?

This past week, I’ve actually written letters… well, emails, actually… to some congressmen and women (2 of each, actually) about the healthcare fiasco. Personally, I am utterly horrified that ANY leadership organization would even CONTEMPLATE getting rid of something without having, in the wings, ready and waiting, a well-thought out replacement. I mean to say, would you cancel your mortgage agreement and THEN start calling other lending institutes to see what kind of deals you could get? Would you cancel your life insurance policy and THEN look into alternatives? No-one in their right mind would do such a thing! But people IN the Right seem to have no problem doing exactly that when it doesn’t affect them personally.

I’m willing to bet that the health insurance package available to Congress members is pretty darn good. I’m willing to bet that if the ACA goes, THEIR health package would stay. I wonder how many republicans would be so hell-bent on voting down the ACA if they knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that this would mean their personal healthcare would disappear?

Ok, so before you start muttering about the ACA, let me say something else. I do think the ACA needs to be adjusted and modified. My argument is not that there are no problems with the ACA and we should just keep it for ever. Nor is my argument against the actual idea of repealing the Act (although I personally wouldn’t want to see that happen). No, my argument is that it shouldn’t be repealed in order to leave us all in some kind of healthcare void. I think it’s thoroughly irresponsible. Criminal, actually. People WILL DIE as a result.

So why is there this attitude on the right (excepting the senators from Maine and Alaska, who I admire more than I can say for standing up for the “common folk” and bearing the brunt of sexist comments from congress members and bullying via the Trump)? I really don’t know. Maybe it’s because they are still angry about having a Black president? Maybe they receive nice fat donations from lobby groups opposed to the ACA? Maybe the idea of looking after those who cannot look after themselves is just SO repugnant to them that at ALL COSTS this Act must go? It would be quite interesting to talk to one of the rabid would-be repealers. I am particularly intrigued with Mitch McConnell. What is his agenda? His state has arguably gained the most from the ACA, yet he is HELL-BENT on getting rid of it at any cost. Why?

Do these people not care about the people in nursing homes who will be kicked out? The people with special needs or with high-cost prescription drugs (and who presently get those via Medicaid) which actually keep them alive? How about those taking anti-psychotic drugs? Do they really want all those people to suddenly stop being able to take their medications?

I wish I understood.

Republicans. If you want to repeal ACA, that is your right. But please, do it RESPONSIBLY! Before you do, though, why don’t you have a good look at the legislation and see if your party can improve it? Wouldn’t it be awesome to go down in history as the party that developed and strengthened and widened healthcare coverage in the US?

Or would you really rather be the party that destroyed it?

 

Debate? You call that a debate?

I made the decision to watch the September 17 Republican Debates last night, and I think I killed a very large number of brain cells in doing so. I wish I’d have company because it was so hard to believe that I was actually hearing some of the things coming out of the mouths of those 15 people. What is so mind-boggling to me is that they all think they’d make a good president, AND that they are delivering the thoughts and ideas they think people want to hear.

So, judging by their responses, they believe the American people do NOT want to hear anything about education, and almost nothing about health. They think the American people are perfectly ok with state and federal employees acting on their own prejudices and discriminating against people, and that it is perfectly acceptable to break laws if your religion “tells” you to. Every one of the 11 people in the 8pm debate would defund Planned Parenthood. Why? Because they watched (or more likely heard about) tapes that were heavily edited and very disingenuous which purportedly showed newborn babies being cut up and sold for body parts. So, even though abortion is probably about 3% of what PP does, because of these inaccurate tapes, we need to defund them completely. Oh, and the American people know that George W. Bush kept us safe from terrorists (not counting 9/11 or the possibly hundred thousand plus Iraqis slaughtered in the bogus Iraq war) and was not responsible for ANY of the bad decisions made during 2001-2008. Naturally, Obama made all those decisions (which makes him pretty darn talented!).

No other nation has a law to say a baby born in their country becomes a citizen thereof (so you had just better forget the 32 other countries that do have such a law!), and several of the wannabes will¬†change that (which should be very interesting considering that right is enshrined in the constitution). Oh, and the Supreme Court is “out-of-control” – meaning, I think, that the Republican candidates for the nomination want to find a way TO “control” it. Blast that silly checks and balances thing! We have to get back to voting on wars; that is to say, Congress should vote on them. It’s bad that the President can unilaterally decide on a war (personally, I think they should have SAID SOMETHING when George W. Bush made it that way… but then, the average American will not be expected to remember that). One candidate told us he’d managed to balance the budget in 2000, a fact that is rather interesting because in 2000, Clinton was still president!

I could go on, but what I really want to say is that I think the debate was a big fat bust. It was NOT a debate; there was mud-slinging, platitudes a-plenty, misinformation, and outright err… ¬†untruths, but no debate. The sole female candidate told us she wouldn’t even speak to Putin, so I guess her foreign policies will be built with baby-Lego in a pre-school. “Na-nana-nah-naah, I’m not talking to you!” I came away with no real understanding of their philosophies and policies, only that government was more concerned with building walls, speaking English, and making sure Planned Parenthood did not get any federal funds. Yet, and this would be funny if it weren’t so terribly sad, they also kept moaning about how the government is way too big. Sorry people, I have news for you. If you want to get intimately involved with law-breaking clerks of court, language debates, wall-building, enlarging the military, overseeing public service entities, Supreme Court controlling, vaccines, wars and marijuana use, then you’re going to HAVE to have a huge government. Although, apparently, they will get rid of the Departments of Education and Environment because they’re just not worth mentioning.