Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Senate GOP "Search and Destroy" Repeal Bill Dead. Why does "Trimming health care spending" make sense to Republicans?

Medicaid, Medicare and veteran health care covers 36 percent of the U.S. population. 32 percent in Wisconsin. That's a huge percentage of government health care. Why not go all the way with a national health care plan? And yet, Republicans continue to attack any government involvement. 

But there's a reason these major safety net programs were created; the marketplace did not provide or did not adequately cover any of these health care services. 

In order to destroy these public services, Republicans continue to push the fantasy that Democrats came up these safety net programs because they love big government, that "government is the answer to everything," and because Democrats love to spend, spend spend. 

Monumental Distraction: Consider the real reason, as explained by James Madison in the book "The Debate on the Constitution" ... "forgetting that the public good, the real welfare of the great body of the people is the supreme object to be pursued; and that no other form of government whatever, has any other value, than as it may be fitted for the attainment of this object."

Senate "Search and Destroy" Health Care Bill Dead: Only a few Republicans realized how bad their own legislation was, and backed away. But it never should have gotten that far.

The report from NPR below highlights the doctors side of the debate, just one of many professions never consulted by our all-knowing anti-government/but big government Republicans. Is "it's time to trim health care spending" a sane argument to begin with? Here's the audio:

"Where in this bill is the protection for children," asks Dr. Jonathan Davis, the chief of newborn medicine at Tufts Medical Center, as he stands in the hospital's NICU among babies who weigh as little as 1 pound. Roughly 60 percent of babies in the Tufts NICU are covered by Medicaid. it's unclear whether Tufts could provide this care for free if the baby or her mom didn't qualify for Medicaid. Davis says they also need good insurance after they leave the hospital.
"Because if those children don't go home to get great primary care, follow-up, early intervention and support, all those gains that could potentially have been made are going to be lost."

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