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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Shameful Day in Washington

“We are all breathing a sigh of relief,” Representative Chris Collins, Republican of New York, said. “We’re living up to a campaign promise we made, the Senate made, the president made.”

This statement was made after the House today passed legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

The Urban Institute (funded by the venerable Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) in 2016 estimated the costs to individual Americans should a repeal of ACA pass -- and these are just a few things to consider:
  • Number of uninsured people would RISE by 24 million by 2021
  • 81% of those losing coverage will be working families
  • There would be 14.5 million fewer people with Medicaid coverage in 2021
 It means people will be sicker and people will die. I hope the Republicans breathing a sigh of relief are having breathing issues that are no longer covered under their replacement -- if they ever come up with one. It's a mean wish, but my meanness pales in comparison to the idea of passing a law that will end up killing children.
Not to mention the loss of an estimated 200,000 jobs in healthcare from this new law.

Way to commit political suicide, Republicans. Last time I checked, those affected were all voters (except the children).

As Jimmy Kimmel pointed out recently on his show, it's shameful to take health care away from sick children. And that's exactly what these legislators are trying to do.

But it's not too late! Call or write your legislators today. We can still reach those who can make a difference before it's too late for millions of Americans. The Senate still has to vote on this shameful legislation -- you can contact Congress and quite simply save lives. Do it today.

“I have never seen political suicide in my life like I’m seeing today,” Representative Louise M. Slaughter, Democrat of New York, said. Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader, warned moderate Republicans who supported the measure: “You have every provision of this bill tattooed on your forehead. You will glow in the dark.”