Where is your compassion ? I’ve heard several arguments on NPR in defense of the GOP ACA replacement. I don’t agree with their logic for the following reasons.
Supporters of Trumpcare :
If I have a pre existing condition , I won’t burden the population at large , I will pay for it myself!
My argument against this premise:
If I don’t have the money to pay for my disease , I will suffer and die sooner. Or, if I’m lucky, perhaps I could join a high risk insurance pool, pay more, choose between food and insurance costs and die sooner.
This line of thinking is a lose lose for the poor, the Middle Class and especially the elderly. It would also decrease the marketplaces that service “we the People”: the Insurance market , the hospitals and the Pharmaceutical Industry. If people have no funds to purchase Healthcare everyone loses.
There’s more! Shifting the burden of Medicaid on to the States and depending on the State’s largess to grant Medicaid on a person by person basis as each person is evaluated for their ability to work. Sounds like a daunting task. Who decides? Who selects and assures that good paying jobs and retraining, if requires, are provided immediately. How would this program be phased in?
Some states and communities have pockets of economic prosperity and devastation. Who do you reward with Medicaid? How many well paying jobs are really available? Will you now have more working poor with limited access to healthcare? Will you look away when they die? Who will support your next candidacy , if you keep whittling away at the electorate? I ask you all, how can you leave your disparate despairing constituents without healthcare and decent well paying jobs?
Then, Ask yourselves? , How many of the folks remaining , who are young , will vote for this mean spirited approach to Healthcare? Then ask, how many who are earning $150,000 and above constitute the majority of the electorate?
This is a death knell, not just for “we the people”, but for those in support of this bill. The pendulum always swings away from extremes. Be careful what you wish for.
- In the meantime, please reassure the Insurance Companies that their subsidies remain for next year. The least everyone can do is safeguard our system of care while the debate continues.
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