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Trumpcare – What The Experts Are Saying

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Healthcare experts chime-in on the latest republican attempt at repeal and replace.

Paul Krugman: Cruelty Incompetence and Lies – Removing all three Legs of healthcare

Graham-Cassidy, the health bill the Senate may vote on next week, is stunningly cruel. It’s also incompetently drafted: The bill’s sponsors clearly had no idea what they were doing when they put it together. Furthermore, their efforts to sell the bill involve obvious, blatant lies.

The Affordable Care Act, which has reduced the percentage of Americans without health insurance to a record low, created a three-legged stool … Graham-Cassidy saws off all three legs of that stool.

David Leonhardt: a quick rundown this morning of what the experts are saying about the bill:

It “violates the precept of ‘first do no harm’” and “would result in millions of Americans losing their health insurance coverage.” American Medical Association, which represents doctors.

It is “the worst healthcare bill yet.” American Nurses Association.

It “would erode key protections for patients and consumers.” American Hospital Association.

The “process [in the Senate] is just as bad as the substance. … Most Americans wouldn’t buy a used car with this little info.” AARP.

The bill will “weaken access to the care Americans need and deserve.” – American Heart Association, jointly with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Diabetes and Lung associations, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the March of Dimes and others.

See the full story for what additional knowledgeable organizations are saying about the pending bill

 

What Was Obamacare Rage About?

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More Krugman stuff. Sorry but it is too good to pass up. Below are selected paragraphs:

So once again: What was Obamacare rage about?

Much of it was orchestrated by pressure groups like Freedom Works, and it’s a good guess that some of the “ordinary citizens” who appeared at town halls were actually right-wing activists. Still, there was plenty of genuine popular rage, stoked by misinformation and outright lies from the usual suspects: Fox News, talk radio and so on. For example, around 40 percent of the public believed that Obamacare would create “death panels” depriving senior citizens of care.

The question then becomes why so many people believed these lies. The answer, I believe, comes down to a combination of identity politics and affinity fraud.

Whenever I see someone castigating liberals for engaging in identity politics, I wonder what such people imagine the right has been doing all these years. For generations, conservatives have conditioned many Americans to believe that safety-net programs are all about taking things away from white people and giving stuff to minorities.

And those who stoked Obamacare rage were believed because they seemed to some Americans like their kind of people — that is, white people defending them against you-know-who.

So what’s the moral of this story? There’s bad news and good news.

It’s certainly not encouraging to realize how easily many Americans were duped by right-wing lies, pushed into screaming rage against a reform that would actually improve their lives.

On the other hand, the truth did eventually prevail, and Republicans’ inability to handle that truth is turning into a real political liability. And in the meantime, Obamacare has made America a better place.

 

Healthcare and Coal Mining Employment

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I don’t know why I try to write posts. All I have to do is read Krugman and add links to his posts. Here are are two of the latest (coal mining employment has been on my to-do list. Krugman beat me to it – he is the man):

The Republican Replacement for the Affordable Care Act

Let’s Fix The Coal Mining Employment Problem

 

 

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