Thursday, June 29, 2017

Just How Little Are Republicans Even Trying Anymore?

Two fantastic headlines today:

Fox News host argues stripping coverage from millions is no biggie since ‘we’re all going to die’




What kind of nihilistic capitalism shit is this? "Ah we're all doomed to oblivion anyway, might as well funnel all the money to a few people. What does it matter if they die sooner and in unnecessary and maybe horrific pain? It's all the same in the end."

As hilariously absurd as this is, it's also, of course, enraging. The Fox News pundit who spouted this bullshit was doing so among sarcasm and an attitude so callous I think they might want to try throwing some holy water on her, just to see what happens.

“You know what, at least they are not employing any hyperbole at all. No exaggeration, no hysteria,” she said. “You know what the crazy thing is? We’re all going to die. And they can’t predict — there’s no way unless they are absolutely psychic and have a party line to heaven, they don’t know who’s going to die or when or how many people.”

No, you can't predict exactly how many people will be murdered by Trumpcare, but you can make an estimate based on scientific studies into medicaid, and you can also repeat those exact numbers, which is actually not hyperbole at all. No sarcasm.

This latest Fox News bullshit is in response to tweets like these:


And it's true, it's absolutely not overly dramatic. It's fact. We don't know exactly how many thousands will die. Only time will tell! But it will be thousands, and that is a huge body count. I personally have one friend who could die without health coverage. But those thousands don't matter to rich people like the ones creating the bill or this Lisa Kennedy Montgomery. They'll be fine up in their ivory towers while the rest of us either die or live in fear of dying or drown in medical debt or live in fear of that. Like the Think Progress article says, a study of Medicaid found that one life is saved by Medicaid coverage for every 239 to 316 adults enrolled. 65 million people are on Medicaid right now. If 23 million people lose coverage due to Trumpcare, then, well, you do the math.

Or just read the CBO report, which found this:

  • Assuming that 15 million fewer people would have coverage in 2026, we estimate that the coverage losses from the Senate bill would result in 18,100 additional deaths in 2026.
  • Assuming that 19 million fewer people would have coverage, we estimate that the coverage losses from the Senate bill would result in 22,900 additional deaths in 2026.
  • Assuming that 23 million fewer people would have coverage, we estimate that the coverage losses from the Senate bill would result in 27,700 additional deaths in 2026. If coverage losses from the Senate bill matched those from the House bill, it would result in 217,000 additional deaths over the next decade.

Can we pile those bodies onto the front lawns of every Congressperson and Senator who supports Trumpcare? Asking for a friend.

The fuckery going on with Trumpcare makes this next headline all the better:





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