Let the Record Show… The Government Has Chosen: Rich & Wealthy over Poor & Elderly.

There is an irony that the same supporters of the trump presidency (or as I call it, the trump-impotency) are the ones who may be suffering the most by the changes being made to health care.  This is not a rant against trump or republicans.  I am not in favor of the democratic party either.  In fact, there are dems that are just as at fault.  I am in favor of a government that works for, supports and stands up for people…  Regardless of political party, personal financial interests, gender, race, creed or colour.  In this day and age, it sounds like too much to ask for!

First, let us talk about the republican party working the past seven years to replace Obamacare.  SEVEN YEARS…  These are the exact words of Paul Ryan, stated in a Washington Post online article dated March 9, 2017, written by Mike DeBonis, Kelsey Snell and Sean Sullivan.  “We as Republicans have been waiting seven years to do this,” Ryan said. “This is the closest we will ever get to repealing and replacing Obamacare. The time is here. The time is now. This is the moment.” (DeBonis, Snell, Sullivan 9 Mar 17)  After seven long years of planning, you would think that the repubs could have come up with a plan that wouldn’t affect roughly 18 million people so negatively!  By negative, I mean the losing of their health care benefits.  According to an online article from NYmag.com, written by Johnathan Chait, he states; “The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that 18 million Americans would immediately lose their insurance, a number that would increase to 32 million by 2026.” (Chait, Jan 22 2017)  But is this really a concern for the same people who HAVE covered health care as part of Congress?  Of course not!

There have been comments by repubs (my term for republicans, and I refuse to capitalize the “R” for principle sake) from a repub lawmaker, Jason Chaffetz that says; “Americans have choices, and they’ve got to make a choice. So rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest in their own health care.” (Scott, 7 Mar 17).  This from a CNN online article written by Jason Scott dated March 7, 2017.  Scott’s article also states “A 2013 Pew survey found that among low-income people (those making about $30,000 or less), only 13% used an iPhone that year. And nearly 1 in 4 — 23% — of smartphone owners have had to cancel or suspend their phone service due to financial constraints, according to a 2015 Pew study.” (Scott 7 Mar 17).  Chaffetz later tried to better explain his context, but ultimately said that Americans would need to better prioritize.  I guess what he really is saying is that low income people and families may have to “prioritize” between food, rent and health care.  Chaffetz clearly does not understand the difference in priorities between those in higher-highest tax brackets and those of the lower ones!

There are many (especially on the repub) side who complain that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is raising rates too high.  Have any of these people considered the cost of health care if without it?  The reason that premiums were affordable to most is because of the contributions made by all levels of income, the lower income workers were basically subsidized.  This in addition to the taxes placed on the higher tax brackets.  Here I circle back to the irony of those who voted to “Make America Great Again” with a chart from an online article produced by The Huffington Post from Nov. 24, 2016.  One could argue that while ObamaCare was not perfect, it did allow many people to receive coverage they may not have been able to get before.  This includes pre-existing conditions, which is HIGHLY important to say…  The coal mining states?  While the repubs say that pre-existing conditions will be covered, at what cost?  Think it will be cheaper than under the ACA?  Not likely…  Furthermore, how about the people of Flint, Michigan?  How many of those currently suffering from the toxic effects of the poisonous water will be effected?

Next I want to discuss the “Winners & Losers” from the repeal of ObamaCare.  If you think that the winning side consists of low income people/families and the elderly?  You would be, as trump likes to say; “WRONG!”  But if you are young, rich or an insurance company?  You are going to just get “tired of winning!”  An online BBC article dated 10 Mar 2017  contains the following:

The Winning Side:

-Policy holders between the ages of 20 and 29 are expected to save on average anywhere from $700 to $4,000 a year

-Those earning higher salaries stand to benefit the most from the Republican bill, which lifts two taxes levied on the wealthy under Obamacare

-In urban areas, Obamacare tax credits are adjusted not only by family income, but cost of local healthcare, which varies from place to place. But the new plan removes those geographic cost offsets

The Losing Side:

-Older adults, specifically Americans in their 50s and 60s, are likely to pay more under the new system, even though they would receive larger tax credits. That’s because the Republican proposal allows older adults to be charged as much as five times more than younger policy holders

-Lower Income: The new plan would roll back much of the provisions put in place to protect low-wage earners under Obamacare. It would mean significantly higher premiums and reduced tax credits for middle and low-income earners. It would end the expansion of Medicaid, which covers low-income people… Enrolees making around $20,000 a year at any age would be hit the hardest…

-Urban Areas: Another group that would lose under AHCA is people living in rural areas, where the cost of coverage tends to be higher due to fewer hospitals and insurers. Research shows that health insurance premiums are typically more costly in rural counties and states.  There is another group that needs to be added to the losing side; those who rely on Medicare.  The CNN Money article written by Tami Luhby, dated 12 Jan 17 states; “Dismantling Obamacare would likely mean higher premiums, deductibles and cost-sharing for the 57 million senior citizens and disabled Americans enrolled in the program. It would also bring back the infamous “donut hole” in Medicare’s prescription drug coverage.” (Luhby 12 Jan 17).

If you happen to notice that the losing side would consist of “many, many” trump supporters, you’d be correct!  But here is something that these supporters should take note of provided by an online Vox article written by Dylan Matthews dated 7 Mar 2017; “Republicans is Congress, is that it also contains $600 billion in tax cuts — tax cuts that would save the wealthiest 0.1 percent of Americans nearly $200,000 each in a single year, according to a batch of analyses released by the Joint Committee on Taxation on Tuesday.” (Matthews, 7 Mar 17)

Tax cuts in the Obamacare repeal billChart provided by Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

So for those who continue to support the repubs and this administration, I ask you;

Still feeling that YOU are “tired of winning?”

SOURCES

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/obamacare-revision-clears-first-hurdle-in-house-committee-early-thursday/2017/03/09/579586b4-04c2-11e7-b9fa-ed727b644a0b_story.html?utm_term=.d6bce74ef39a

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/the-republicans-own-obamacare-now.html

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/07/politics/jason-chaffetz-health-care-iphones/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/obamacare-repeal-states_us_583331a9e4b099512f83f93f

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39233010

http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/02/news/economy/repealing-obamacare-health-insurance/

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/3/7/14844362/ahca-ryancare-trumpcare-tax-cut-rich

 

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Their voices waiting to be heard…

Their voices remain silent…  Yearning to be heard, the voices of their families cry out for action, justice, and closure.  From outright neglect of an administration passed to unfulfilled promises by one currently in power.  I am speaking to the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada.  This is not to take away from the importance to women all around the world who are victims, but today this is my focus.

I will start with some background information…  History shows that before colonialism, the land known as Canada belonged to the Indigenous people.  There was even public denial by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper as he stated “We have no history of colonialism…”  An online article by the Vancouver Sun, dated September 28, 2009 might show otherwise.  The article states; ‘…is colonialism not defined as the practice and processes of domination, control, and forced subjugation of one people to another? As most bluntly stated by Duncan Campbell Scott, Head of the Department of Indian Affairs in the 1920’s:’ “Our objective is to continue until there is not a single Indian in Canada that has not been absorbed into the body politic and there is no Indian question.” (The Vancouver Sun 2009)

That example was merely the beginning of what other atrocities were to come.  The article also states; “And was it not Harper’s government that finally issued an official apology for residential schools which separated children from their families, communities, and culture in order to ‘kill the Indian in the child’. It has been extensively documented that children suffered unimaginable abuses- including sexual violence, physical beatings, emotional and psychological torture, and death – in residential schools. The traumas of this colonial legacy continues today with Indigenous people disproportionately experiencing poverty, poor health, incarceration, youth suicides, unprecedented levels of violence against Indigenous women, child apprehension, and substandard levels of access to basic needs including water and homes.”  (The Vancouver Sun 2009)

As we have fast forward into a new government, there was hope that things would change.  Why?  Because the people who were trying to get elected said that they cared, were concerned for what has and keeps happening to Indigenous communities.  The words seemed so sincere, almost believable.  We want to believe, the Indigenous people want to believe…  One way to help everyone believe is to follow through on the promise to investigate into the cases of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.  Thanks to the Native Women’s Association of Canada, here are just a few facts you may or may not have known…

  1. “The number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada is disproportionately high. NWAC’s research indicates that, between 2000 and 2008, Aboriginal women and girls represented approximately 10% of all female homicides in Canada. However, Aboriginal women make up only 3% of the female population.”
  2. “Most of the cases involve young women and girls. Just over half of the cases (55%) involve women and girls under the age of 31, with 17% of women and girls 18 years of age or younger. Only 8% of cases involve women over 45.”
  3. “Aboriginal women are almost three times more likely to be killed by a stranger than non-Aboriginal women are. Of the murder cases in NWAC’s database where someone has been charged,

16.5% of offenders are strangers with no prior connection to the woman or girl (in contrast, Statistics Canada reports that, between 1997 and 2004, only 6% of murdered non-Aboriginal women were killed by strangers); 17% of offenders are acquaintances of the woman or girl (a friend, neighbour or someone else known to her); and 23% are a current or former partner of the woman or girl.”

You might ask yourself; “what can I do to help?”  There are simple ways to provide awareness and help support this cause.  For those with social media platforms, use them and spread awareness.  There are also opportunities to donate whether it is monetary or time.  Every little bit helps, no act is too small.  Together we can make a difference.  Their voices can be heard through not only the voices of their families and friends but through complete strangers who care to make a difference.  Help make their voices be heard!

To see more facts use the link below, also you can go to http://www.nwac.ca

https://www.nwac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Fact_Sheet_Missing_and_Murdered_Aboriginal_Women_and_Girls.pdf

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