Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Raw Story: Trump’s broken promise is a death sentence to thousands of his voters

Grand Old Pinocchio
Mod: The following was posted in the comments yesterday, and I was asked by a reader if I wouldn't bring it up front today. It is pretty harrowing, and a good example of what can occur when some folks are unsophisticated enough to vote against their own interests. It looks like Trump is set to break his promises on things such as Medicare. Are you surprised?

Trump’s broken promise is a death sentence to thousands of his voters (Raw Story link): Back when the president's health reform plan first passed, Republicans and their media echoes warned loudly about mythical "death panels" embedded in his legislation. Now, the voters who believed that nonsense are about to meet the real death panel -- led by Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate leader Mitch McConnell, and Rep. Tom Price, the Georgia Republican slated to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

Not long ago, Americans learned that the average life expectancy for white people in this country - those most likely to have voted for Donald Trump - actually declined for the first time in many years. The pathologies and frustrations believed to have driven that decline may have motivated the tiny handful of votes that gave Trump his Electoral College victory.

But not long after their euphoria over his inauguration fades, they are going to learn why his administration is so likely to drive those statistics in the wrong direction. Despite his promise to protect Social Security and Medicare - and his vow to replace the Affordable Care Act with "something much better" - Trump's cabinet appointees and his allies in Congress plan ruinous changes to those programs. And that will mean ruin, and in thousands of cases death, for the mostly white and working class people who depend so heavily on them.

Unless the Republicans come up with a plausible bill to replace Obamacare, which has eluded them since 2009, millions of their constituents will lose the health insurance they have only recently gained - and yes, thousands of those people will die next year.

 
Back when the president's health reform plan first passed, Republicans and their media echoes warned loudly about mythical "death panels" embedded in his legislation. Now, the voters who believed that nonsense are about to meet the real death panel - led by House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Rep. Tom Price, the Georgia Republican slated to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

This is not hyperbole: Before the advent of Obamacare, tens of thousands of uninsured Americans died every year because they didn't receive timely care. Eight years ago, one reputable study estimated that as many as 137,000 Americans had perished prematurely due to lack of health coverage - or more than twice as many as died in the Vietnam War - between 2000 and 2006 alone. The Institute of Medicine has estimated that uninsured adults are 25 percent more likely to die prematurely than those with coverage, with uninsured adults between 55 and 64 years old faring even worse. For them, being uninsured is the third most significant cause of death, behind only heart disease and cancer.

Those estimates don't include the victims of insurance company profiteering who will die if the repeal of Obamacare undoes its protection of patients suffering from "previously existing conditions." Exposed to the tender mercies of corporate actuaries, thousands of them will lose their coverage, watch their families driven to destitution, and many of them will die, too.

That isn't supposed to be what happens under President Trump, who declared in many interviews and debates his determination to provide better and cheaper health insurance "for everybody, let it be for everybody." But by appointing a far-right ideologue like Price to run health policy, Trump effectively violated that promise before even taking his oath of office. Working with Ryan and the Republican majority in both houses of Congress, Price means to destroy Obamacare, slash Medicare, and decimate Medicaid.

The truth about the current incarnation of the Republican Party, which voters ought to have learned long ago, is that its attitudes toward working Americans of all descriptions range from careless to merciless. If not every Republican shares the "let 'em die" position on health care screamed by a GOP debate audience in 2012, all too many believe that government has no role in ensuring that every American is insured - even though that would save money as well as lives.

However ridiculous most of Trump's commitments may seem, his promise to protect Americans who depend on Obamacare, Medicare, and Medicaid is a matter of life or death. Unless he changes course now, we may see a lot of red caps at funerals for people who lost their health insurance, and died much too soon.

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49 comments:

  1. Trump's people have said there is nothing to worry about. His dead supporters will still be able to vote for him in 2020.

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  2. Congratulations, GOP! Here is what you have WON!

    Four years of living in fear! You’ll shiver, you’ll quiver, you’ll shake in your boots every time your pPresident opens his mouth! With each passing day, you’ll wonder what idiotic spew will emanate from his pie-hole – maybe he’ll just piss-off your once-loyal constituents, or maybe he’ll trigger an international crisis!

    But wait – there’s MORE!!!

    You’ve also won a pResident whose blatant incompetence will be on display for the whole world to see! And guess who’ll get all the credit for putting a complete buffoon in the country’s highest office – that’s right, you will!

    But that’s not all!!!

    You’ve won four years of watching your pResident doing untold damage to the Republican “brand”! When citizens start losing their Obamacare, guess what? They’re not going to blame the black guy who gave them affordable coverage – they’re going to blame the orange guy who took it away! When people see their social security checks slashed, they’re not going to blame the Democrats – they’re going to blame your party! And when funding for food stamps is gutted, no one is going to tell their hungry kids to yell, “Thanks, Obama!” Cursing your pResident when the larder is bare will mean hours of fun for the whole family!

    In addition, you’ve also won:

    A pResident who will enter the WH with over half the voters having voted against him, which means NO mandate to do anything. Over half the country is waiting for him to fail – bigly! – and they will be pointing-and-laughing at every mis-step, every gaffe, every mis-statement, every display of stupidity. They will also be blogging, tweeting, and posting on websites and social media about every single thing the Clown-in-Chief says or does that damages the country and its citizens.

    You might want to remind Trumpelthinskin that if he’s going to blow his stack every time he sees Alec Baldwin on SNL, he’s probably headed for a massive coronary when the international press starts smackin’ him upside the head on a daily basis. Nobody – not even your own faithful adherents – likes a crybaby POTUS.

    Because you acted now, you will also receive the bonus package, which includes forever being the party who “won” by allowing the Russians to choose your candidate for you – something I’m sure you’ll eventually be able to explain to your base voters who HATE commie pinko bastards with every fiber of their being.

    What your “win” doesn’t include:

    * Respect for a pResident who doesn’t deserve any.

    * Ways to blame Obama & the Dems for the havoc your boy and your party are about to unleash.

    * Industrial-sized shovels to clean up the trail of shit your boy will be leaving behind every time he tweets yet another ludicrous tirade at 3:00 a.m.

    * A plausible excuse for having supported this idiot in the first place.

    Everyone knows Republicans don’t give a crap about the country or its populace. But one would think you’d at least be concerned about the GOP brand. The Trump pResidency will be a disaster – and even you know it. What you don’t seem to realize is that when the ship of state starts taking on water, you'll be going down with it.

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    1. Thank you 5:56, you wrote it eloquently and right on!!

      I asked a local VERY NICE Sierra Madre person why gut the ACA? and the response was "No one wants a health program run by the government."
      This is scarry and very pathetic. The underlying propaganda is "Why help anyone if I can do this."
      We already have government officials who have blatantly shown they do not want their residents healthy by not providing fresh water. Keep em sick and dum and they won't vote.
      Disgusting and uneducated. Go FOX!!!

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  3. Make America Great Again. Take away Granny's Medicare.

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  4. The left has become unhinged and John Crawford is the new David Brock. You and Glen Beck need to accept defeat. Most of the country rejects having a 1-party state like California. Mass immigration means that the Democrats will always win California by a few million votes and counting. That's why the Dems want to abolish the Electoral College. It's not hard to understand.

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    1. Social Security and Medicare are the third rail of American politics. Now, and after lying his orange head off about it all during the campaign, Trump is about to wrap his tongue around it. Get ready for fireworks.

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  5. Curious that the unhinged and triple espresso bloger writes, Republicans not Democrats are to "blame". Republican Party founded this Country, the Democrats pratice "what's in it for me". The Democratic Party in mostly Southern States fought to keep slavery and "gave us" the Electrol Vote. Now they want Government to do everything for them including wiping their behinds. Somethings never change.

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    1. Read history- the party names are the same but the players have changed. Really, this is elementary stuff. Our debates could be more meaningful if your posts had meaning.

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    2. Your history is a tad off, Pliny. The Republican Party came into existence around the time of the Civil War. Way after this country's founding. As far as the Democrats of yore go, sure. But around the time of Tricky Dick Nixon's "Southern Strategy" in the 1960s the GOP became the party of de facto segregation and intolerance. Mostly because the Democrats had become the party of racial equality and civil rights. Ever wonder why KKK members like David Duke self- identify as Republicans? Give it some thought why don't cha.

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    3. Please explain to us deplorables how the Democratic Party voted a former Grand Wizard of the KKK as the majority leader of the United States Senate - Robert Byrd? The Democratic Party with George Wallace and others has a long history with rascism including the soft bigotry of low expectations when they think all minorities need to be dependant on the government.

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    4. Right. And how does that gibe with Donald Trump and his coven of nasty bigots? The big difference is with Trump it is all happening now. I am not sure how Democrat sins from a half century ago undo those of your boys today.

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  6. Approximate annual costs:
    Social security- $888b
    Military- $598b
    Medicare- $527b

    Americans pay more to kill than cure. Not very Christian.

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    1. The GOP is looking to change that equation by killing off a few million old folks.

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  7. I don't think the Government should have a role in ensuring that everyone should have healthcare. That's too much Government control and the tentacles of reliance begin. Even now, the Obama Administration has done virtually nothing for the homeless across America let alone ensure that they have monthly healthcare. These homeless are still "walk in's for any hospital.
    The Veterans Hospital and Care are Government run, and are out of control and should be privately run.
    If I wanted the Government running my life, I would be a Russian Citizen.

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    1. Every modern industrial democracy provides health care for its citizens. Except ours. This is a terrible disadvantage for American job creators.

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    2. Which modern industrial democracies were you thinking of?

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    3. Great Britain, Canada, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Sweden. All of them give their corporations the freedom to not have to pay exhorbitant health care insurance costs. Insurance companies are vampires, and they own the GOP.

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    4. I absolutely think the government should have a direct role in providing healthcare. 'To promote the general welfare' is part of our constitution's preamble. Through our government we collectively share roads, parks, education, and all sorts of protections. Healcare should definitely be included.

      just look at that privately run hospital tat botched the Ebola outbreak. The patients had to step up for government care.

      Not saying it perfect or ever can be- I'm saying it's a crucial aspect to our countries well being

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    5. Why is it up to the government to provide health care for people?

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    6. Because big pharma and health insurance companies are murderers.

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    7. Because the majority of the population wants it and we are a self governing nation

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  8. Check American History around the Roosevelt Era. Began with good intentions; reliance on Government taking care of "you" gained more of a foothold along with shady Union connection promises to take care of the "little" guy.

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    1. When the unions were at their height so was our economy. Unions are weak now while income gap is greatest since the depression and CEO pay is exponentially greater than ever

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    2. 8:02 is desperate. He lost something he thought he owned. But did not.

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  9. Check out the Sage of South Central; a good listen. He'll help you open your mind. You'll feel better.

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  10. Republicans hate old people. They want to take away their health care and social security and give it to Wall Street.

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    1. And democrates love people that they can control by providing everything for them.

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    2. Po' bucker Trumpies are chumps.

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  11. Trump's election reminds me just how golden W's life has been. Born into wealth, W never had to lift a finger to get everything he wanted, whether admission to Yale, military deferments, a seat in a fighter jet, business funding, and even the White House, all with little effort and intellectual capability or curiosity.

    Now with no effort whatsoever by W, history will no longer consider him to be the worst U.S. President.

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  12. I'm pleasantly surprised to see that Dems have a legit voice in Sierra Madre (and that their comments here are exceedingly saner and more grammatically sound than the other guys). I also take heart knowing that we will eventually mend fences and find unanimity in our seething anger at a future UUT measure.

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    1. Don't forget the big parcel tax in 2018.

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  13. Healthcare. I'm counting on change. I hope we will have choices crossing state lines, so that I can taylor my insurance to meet my needs.

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    1. You could have had that already, except that the republican congress blocked it

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  14. Bill O'Reilly Shows His Hand with 'White Establishment' Rant
    "The left wants power taken away from the white establishment.'
    http://www.alternet.org/right-wing/bill-oreilly-shows-his-hand-white-establishment-rant?src=newsletter1069202

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  15. I never said I was a democrat. Why does every debate have to be polarized? I'm just not a corporate republican tool like trump guy.

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  16. Wotld News today: "What do they need the West for?" State dept.snubbed. What the United Nations and the United States could not do, Russia, Turkey and Iran brokered cease fire in Syeria ".
    This is the World that President Trump will inherent.

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    1. Trump probably knows less about it than even you do.

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    2. Why do we need to be involved again?

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  17. The CIA knows less about the "Russian" e-mail hacking than any of us! Disgruntled Sanders supporter the more likely source. Journals acting as stenographers for the CIA.

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    1. Yeah. Americanski no good. Much better in Moscow, right comrade?

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    2. Alt Traitors.

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  18. All right. Stirring up business as usual. President Elect Trump just completed meeting that focused on bring Milatary spending down.

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    1. Must mean military spending is going up.

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    2. Remember when the pentagon submitted a budget cutback and the republican controlled congress refused it and insisted on spending more to protect their business interests? Swamp creatures all.

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  19. If the Dems would submit "clean" bills, there would be no blow back. Dems love to pad frivolous spending packages and hide them in volumes of red tape, then they say; don't read anything we submit just pass the bill !!!

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    1. The Dems and Pugs both have constituencies they like to shovel tax money to. Saying one is better than the other is dishonest.

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  20. Could we maybe look at it another way: when everybody has health care everybody is healthier. So, even though you only care about yourself, you will be healthier if the person next to you is in good health. The best way to payfor this? Through the public will to spend public money (we all pay into to the total system) so that the public is healthy and disease free.

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    1. It's the same with education- I don't have kids but part of my taxes go to other people's children's education. It's in my interest that they prosper.

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  21. I read today that Trump officially will no longer use the phrase 'drain the swamp'.

    Y'all got played.

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