Friday, January 13, 2017

Math is Hard and Republicans Don't Care if You Die

As was to be entirely expected, the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act is putting yet more light upon the fact that Republicans literally do not care if us poors die. They don't care if we lose our health insurance even though it will result in some of us dying. You can point that out to them all you want and they will continue to not give a fuck. They'll barely even put any effort into trying to seem like they care.

For example, Steve King.

While acknowledging that immediate repeal of the Affordable Care Act would mean that roughly 20 million people would lose their health insurance, King wrote it off as collateral damage, stating that approximately 10.8 million of those people would still qualify for Medicaid. Although when it came to the remaining 9.2 million, Rep. King just shrugged. 
“Under Obamacare, they always envisioned that 4 percent of the population would be uninsured even if it were fully implemented. So I wouldn’t want to be bogged down on that, but I would want to do the best thing we can for the maximum number of American people,” King said.

Seriously, Steve, you're not even trying. We poors may be dizzy from hunger and exhausted from cancer treatments we can barely afford even with the ACA, but we still know that "nearly half" is not equal to "4 percent." At least stick with "oh we'll come up with something better, at some point, some time, yeah, totally, totally on that, lol."

Oh and about that replacement, apparently there is none, they're just going to let us go back to how it was before the ACA passed, which was terrible. This news came from Paul Ryan right after a former Republican confronted him with the story about how the ACA saved his life from cancer.

"Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I'm standing here today alive," Jeans said. "Being both a small-business person and someone with preexisting conditions, I rely on the Affordable Care Act to be able to purchase my own insurance. Why would you repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement?"
As Ryan began his answer, saying the GOP planned to replace the law when repealing it, Jeans interrupted to add a message onto his question. 
"Can I say one thing?" Jeans said. "I want to thank President Obama from the bottom of my heart because I would be dead if it weren't for him." 
Ryan said Republicans planned to replace Obamacare with high-risk pools, which had been used by states before the ACA was passed, so that Jeans and others could continue to get coverage. Health-policy experts have been wary of this plan because of the low enrollment and prohibitively high costs in previous state-level pools.

So this man is like "I would have died if not for Obamacare because the way health insurance worked before that passed would have made it impossible for me to get coverage for the treatment I needed to live" and Paul Ryan is like "don't worry, we're going to replace Obamacare with the system that was used before Obamacare was passed." You know, the one that would have left the guy to die of cancer.

I really hope this does wake a lot of conservatives up, but it's going to be too little, too late for a lot of people who are relying on expensive treatments right now to live. And maybe for the entire country.

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