The News Few Days are Critical: Senate Trumpcare Could be the Law Next Week
Don’t count on the process to slow this down. If-and this is far from assured-Mitch McConnell passes this, don’t count on the normal conference process to slow it down for weeks or months.
I have heard the House is planning to stay in DC next weekend to pass Trumpcare if it gets through Senate.
Could be law next week.
— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) June 25, 2017
Yes, don't count on the conference process to slow it down if McConnell gets it through the Senate
— mike sax (@mikesaxny2) June 26, 2017
Ben Wikkler makes the same point:
Keep this in mind. If the Senate passes Trumpcare, it'll sail through the House. Don't cling to false hope. We make our stand this week. https://t.co/MpwgkQCLh2
— Ben Wikler (@benwikler) June 25, 2017
How do we beat Trumpcare? If you’re from one of these 10 states with a Senate GOPer on the fence call them, clog up their switchboards.
If like me, you’re not-I’m happy to say I have no Republican Senators in my home state at all-then urge everyone you know who are from one of these 10 states to call.
It is now Monday, June 26.
This is the week when the GOP will try to rip health care from 10s of millions.
Your job is to stop them.
— Ben Wikler (@benwikler) June 26, 2017
In addition to calling your GOP Senators:
There will be a massive human chain at the U.S. Capitol on WEDNESDAY AT 5PM. Mark your calendar and please RT. Details coming soon.
— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) June 25, 2017
As for the underlying bill, as I argued yesterday, this is the worst bill since the Poor Laws.
Considering the Poor Laws weren’t even an American bill-it was an early 19th century British law-that might sound like hyperbole. But if you look at history you will see that we’ve never eliminated a major federal entitlement before.
“There has never been a rollback of basic services to Americans like this ever in U.S. history,” said Bruce Siegel, president of America’s Essential Hospitals, a coalition of about 300 hospitals that treat a large share of low-income patients. “Let’s not mince words. This bill will close hospitals. It will hammer rural hospitals, it will close nursing homes. It will lead to disabled children not getting services. . . . People will die.”
It is unprecedented. It takes us back not to the pre 2009 status quo, but the pre 1965-Medicaid-status quo. This is why I use the Poor Laws analogy-that was another example of social policy being turned back 50 years.
GOP Senator Bill Cassidy falsely claims Senate Trumpcare passes the Jimmy Kimmel test. Kimmel puts him straight:
Reminder for Sen @BillCassidy: Kimmel test is "No family should be denied medical care, emerg or otherwise, because they can’t afford it"
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) June 25, 2017
Senate Trumpcare will ‘land like an atom bomb in West Virginia’
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) June 26, 2017
Well, it hits Kentucky even harder and we know how Mitch McConnell will vote.
Paul Krugman on who actually benefits from Senate Trumpcare:
“This bill does nothing to reduce health care costs. It does nothing to improve the functioning of health insurance markets – in fact, it will send them into death spirals by reducing subsidies and eliminating the individual mandate. There is nothing at all in the bill that will make health care more affordable for those currently having trouble paying for it. And it will gradually squeeze Medicaid, eventually destroying any possibility of insurance for millions.”
“Who benefits? It’s all about the tax cuts, almost half of which will go to people with incomes over $1 million, the great bulk to people with incomes over 200K.”
“So, is this bill good for you? Yes, if you meet the following criteria:
1.Your income is more than $200,000 a year
2.You have a job that comes with good health insurance
3.You can’t imagine any circumstances under which you lose that job or income
4.You don’t have any family members or friends who don’t meet those criteria
5.You have zero empathy for anyone else
Regarding, Mitch McConnell we have check, check, and check.
As Krugman says what stands out is the pure arrogance of this move by the GOP-they don’t even pretend to have any good reasons for this-we’re doing this because we can.
As Krugman says it may not backfire-at least with the tribal Trumpster base:
“The set of people who can check all these boxes is not a winning political coalition. But Republican leaders believe that their voters are tribal enough, sufficiently walled off from information, that they’ll ignore the attack on their lives and keep voting R – indeed, that as they lose health care, get hit with crushing out-of-pocket bills, see their friends and neighbors face ruin, they’ll blame it on Democrats.”
“I wish I were sure that this belief was false.”
Again, folks, this is our week.
This is really happening. I hear some Dem Senators may join too. Spread the word!
— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) June 26, 2017
P.S. So the Gravis poll against Peter King NY2 and it has good news-almost too good to believe.
In my March poll I trailed King by 11 and thought that was very good news. Now Gravis has me up by 10? Still, the moment of truth is next week when Gravis writes up the press release.
I can use any help I can get at this point-volunteers or supporters who live in NY 2. Donations whatever your zip code. These days we can’t just support a local Dem we need a Dem Congress. Which is why I’ve donated few hundred to Jon Ossoff.
Please donate to help me in my part of the effort to fight for a Dem House-$5 or $10 can do so much.
If you feel that you can’t I, of course, understand-who is rich these days? But please do me one favor: ask yourself privately, mentally, if you really can’t spare $5 dollars. If you can honestly say you can’t, no worries.
We can have a Dem Congress, we must have a Dem Cogress, and we will.
Thank you. We must have a Dem House. And so, we will.