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?”










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Trump’s Speech: I Hesitate to Believe

Some called trump’s speech great

But I think I will wait

Do you believe what you hear

The democrats worst fear

A trump that sounds sane

your trust he hopes to gain

Talk of the promises he kept

The site of the a war widow who wept

Talk of bringing parties together

Like they are birds of a feather

But when it was their turn

Ideas of unity they did burn

The dismantling of America before our eyes

Justice and liberty replaced by corruption and lies


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At the CENTER of Controversy, Instead of Democracy

I haven’t picked up my (metaphorical) political pen in some time.  Writing about the misgivings, misconduct and misinformation of the president of the US can be tiring.  I wish I could write an article about something positive that was accomplished by this administration.  Unfortunately, that would truly be “fake news” or “alternative facts!”  I cannot state enough, how it pains me to see the ways trump is trying to make America “great again.”  From bans to walls and everything in between, it will take an extraordinary amount of time and effort just to make America sane again.

To date, trump has signed twelve executive orders and as listed in a Washington Post article dated 21 Feb 17, 199 tweets since his inauguration.  He has tweeted about things like the “unfairness” towards Ivanka, the size of his crowds, fake news and the latest the DNC Chair selection.  Most of the words that has either come from his lips or his finger tips have been USELESS to the people of the US.

You might ask, which people?   Let us discuss the millions of people that will lose health coverages.  Again there is the façade of giving the people something better.  The proposal takes away coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.  This list is not a small list, nor is it an inexpensive list.  In the end, who does this proposal help?  Not the average American, but rather the insurance companies.  I have viewed the town hall meeting where people are afraid to die because they cannot survive once Obama-Care is eliminated.  The republicans have no answers, not on ANY level!  Maybe it would help if a tweet came out of the “Orange Office” or the “Red Room” (take your pic) telling people that need not worry about dying from the repeal of Obama-Care, and here is why.  While this article may incur the wrath of trump supporters, this applies to them/you as well.  I hear citizens say that under Obama-Care, their premiums are going up.  I am guessing they don’t realize just how much MORE expensive it will become once insurance companies can reject them based on existing conditions.

When it comes to trump being silent, there are not many things that can do it.  I have noticed at least one item that can…  How about the shooting in Kansas last week, which I have yet to see become officially labeled as a hate crime?  Which to me is puzzling!   The shooter yelled “get out of my country” as he open fire on two Indian men, killing one and injuring the other.  I will venture a guess that if this had been a Muslim man or an immigrant from one of his seven listed countries from the failed travel ban…  There would be endless tweets and rants on how this is the 9th Circuit Court’s fault, why we need to ban immigrants, etc…  But this is NOT the case!  The shooter (“alleged” if it pleases) was a Caucasian man.  There seems to be a blurred lines and labels between crimes, especially shootings that are committed by Caucasians and people of colour.  For many of us there is no blur, or bias.  Racism, terror and terrorists comes in many forms, shapes and colours.  Which includes the shade of white…

There can and will be arguments made that the president is a busy man and has other more important things to attend to.  I guess those same people do not mean; his tweets about crowd sizes, fake news or his daughter.  Or about his weekends golfing back at Mar A Lago, which is costing taxpayers “HUGE” money.  I guess trump is too busy to make a push for the poison-waters of Flint to be taken care for the people who have been waiting for “that promise” to be fulfilled.  Instead there is a call to increase the military budget, one that is already HIGHER than some countries combined.

Finally, I will close with what trump and his administration are doing in regards to the media.  Or as he calls them “the enemy of the people.”  Funny how some of these same media outlets went from friends to foes so quickly.  The media gave trump so much more coverage than Clinton and Sanders…  COMBINED!  I guess maybe trump is correct?  Seriously though, freedom of the press is a right of the people.  The road is being paved to quiet the voice of the free press.  When media such as CNN, NY Times, BBC and others are intentionally kept out of White House briefings because of alleged “fake news?”  A dangerous precedent is being set.

So who knows what type of tweet or rants lie ahead in the next coming days, weeks, months and dreadfully years to come.  While some hope for impeachment, others just hope to survive.

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