Healthcare

House Republicans Will Vote to Kill a Lot of People Today

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Death Panel has finally arrived and it is the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

House Republicans have scheduled a vote on Trumpcare 3.0 today and here's a brief list of horrible things included in it.

  • Cuts $800 billion from Medicaid
  • Defunds Planned Parenthood
  • Brings back pre-existing conditions
  • Eliminates essential health benefits like coverage for mental health and preventive care
  • Replaces premium subsidies with insufficient, age-locked tax credits
  • Brings back life-time limits, even for employer-based plans
  • Exempts members of Congress from the above features

  • And that's far from comprehensive. There are many other terrible things included in the bill.

    In March, the Congressional Budget Office scored Trumpcare 1.0 and found that it would lead to 24 million people losing their healthcare, but the bill has become significantly worse since then. Rather than remove various poison pills from the bill, Republicans added more poison.

    There is no CBO score for today's bill and Republicans are rushing to pass it now because they know a score could kill it.

    No one has actually read the full text of the revised bill even though they're voting on it today.

    The bill is not open to amendments, and very little debate on the floor is being allowed before they pull the trigger.

    • Michael B. Conway

      What’s the problem? So a bunch of coons and beaners and old geezers die off. Worthless scum anyway. We don’t need them in the GOP’s New Confederacy. Make Trump Great Again!

    • Ellen Kuhlmann

      They just passed it. Trump will count it as a win, while House GOPers pray it dies in the Senate. And that their voters have short memories (which is likely).

      • ninjaf

        Democrats can’t let them forget.

        • Christopher Foxx

          Oh, they can.

          They shouldn’t. They just been handed a gift-wrapped opportunity to win back the house. But Democrats are never so good at anything as snatching defeat from victory.

      • NPR’s Scott Horsley just called Drumpf a “genious” for getting this passed. I threw up in my mouth a little. NPR has “jumped the shark” and the Fourth Estate is officially dead IMHO.

        • Scopedog

          NPR jumped the shark during the campaign. Maybe they were scared that their funding would be cut, so they had to go suck off the GOP and play the “both sides” angle.

          • One would think they had learned their lesson because Drumpf’s budget had their funding being cut. So all that fellatio they were giving and continue to give buys them literally nothing.

        • muselet

          Attention, ladies and gentlemen. The role of Cokie Roberts will be played today by Scott Horsley.

          *sigh*

          –alopecia

        • Christopher Foxx

          NPR lost me, a very long time listener, this past year when they flat out declared they would not use the word “lie” when Trump lies.

          They declared they wouldn’t report the news accurately. That rather than do so, NPR would lie themselves.

          Dead to me.

      • Scopedog

        And that their voters have short memories (which is likely).

        Not too sure about that. Remember that many of the crowds at these town halls who have been loudly criticizing the GOP for wanting to kill the ACA were in fact Republican voters.

    • muselet

      Kevin Drum:

      This is a depraved piece of legislation. It’s a windfall for the rich and promises nothing but misery for the poor. How is it possible that 90 percent of House Republicans are happily voting in favor of this moral abomination?

      Erm, because they’re House Republicans, perhaps?

      Charlie Pierce

      Human health is not a commodity, to be bargained and sold and traded as though it were any other consumer good.

      “Isn’t it pretty to think so?” (Yeah, the context is very different. Gimme a break.)

      I think Kevin Drum uses the right word for TrumpCare 3.0 or whatever we want to call it: depraved. Anyone who votes in favor of it is a monster.

      –alopecia

    • Toolymegapoopoo

      These disgusting pigs. How in the fuck are they able to exempt themselves and still look voters in the eye? Their addiction to harming poor and middle class people is making me pull my hair out.

      • Scopedog

        Because they have no goddamned shame. They are genuinely evil people and deserve to burn in hell.

    • But Obamacare was crammed down our throats!!!!

      • gescove

        Right? Galling! The R’s wailed and wrung their hands that the ACA was “negotiated behind closed doors”, that they weren’t given enough time to read the bill, that it couldn’t advance without endless CBO scoring. Now they would be fine to vote Aye and learn what they voted for after Trump signs it.

        • Christopher Foxx

          Republicans seek out opportunities to be raging hypocrites. If a Supreme Court justice dies or retires in 2019 just watch how the Republicans will scream if any Dem even hints at not appointing a new one during an election year..

    • Aynwrong

      I would like to renew my complete and total lack of fucks to give towards anyone who loses their healthcare coverage if said person is a Trump voter. I know that that is bitter and mean spirited. I can’t help it. Just as Chez always said he had a limited reservoir of outrage, I have a limited reservoir of sympathy for people who come to be harmed because of their desperate desire to harm others.

      Hopefully this moral lunacy dies in the Senate and all it was ever really about was giving the Dear Leader a “win”.

      • Scopedog

        I know that that is bitter and mean spirited. I can’t help it.

        No, don’t apologize. I’m feeling the same way. They were so desperate to stick it to everybody else that they didn’t care if they chose to cut their own throats. And I also feel the same way about the idiots on the far Left who sat out elections or went third party or worse yet voted for Trump just in the name of purity.

        Chez was right. Fuck them all.

        I also feel that it won’t get through the Senate, especially after the CBO scores it and after the bill is actually seen. But call your Senators, and call your Reps and let them know what you think. Raise high holy hell.

      • Christopher Foxx

        I feel the same way. I find I don’t have any sympathy for forks who voted for Trump (or any other Republicans) and are now getting exactly what they voted for. It’s not being mean spirited and wanting to see them hurt. I don’t want to see them hurt, I don’t find any enjoyment in their coming pain. But I just can’t summon up any sympathy for them. Particularly because they specifically decided that, rather than use their vote to improve their own lives, they decided to use them to hurt other people.

        EVERYTHING they needed to know was shown to them. For years the evidence and actual facts of reality have been placed in front of them and they have insistently demanded to remain ignorant. I cannot summon up any empathy for someone starving to death because they refuse to eat the food that is handed to them. And the reason they chose to starve (straining my metaphor just a wee bit) is because doing so would deny food to other people.