Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Monday, March 27, 2017

AHCA


House Republicans were unable to gain enough votes in their own caucus to pass the American Health Care Act.  House Speaker Paul Ryan didn’t bring their carefully disguised corporate welfare bill to the House floor for a vote.
The AHCA was just another scheme to reward the people who spent millions of dollars lobbying Congress and bankrolling their political ambitions.

People are struggling to meet the costs of rising premiums, deductibles and prescription drugs.  We have an opportunity to explain why a non-profit, single-payer, government-run system is the best way to fix our health care problems.
Obama and Pelosi wanted a single payer health care plan, but there wasn’t any evidence that Congress would pass such a bill.

Allegedly, the reason the cost of medical care has increased so dramatically compared to inflation is due to medical technology progressing by leaps and bounds.  However, other countries in the industrialized world have been able to provide national health care for all their citizens.  Our patchwork system of private insurance has resulted in more than 30 percent of every health care dollar being spent on administration costs.  By eliminating private insurance, a single-payer system would reduce administrative spending by over $400 billion annually.  Those savings would provide every American with comprehensive health insurance, without increasing total spending.

Trump was pushed to change his promise to force all health insurers to cover crucial services like maternity care, mental health and prescription drugs.  Nevertheless, the extremist Freedom Caucus stood firm, by insisting the Trump-Ryan plan was Obamacare lite, because it simply swapped the subsidies of the Affordable Care Act for tax credits.  The White House even offered to repeal the insurance mandate, but the Freedom Caucus insisted that the entire insurance regulation infrastructure of Obamacare to be repealed.

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