It isn’t a surprise, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell kept his health care bill a secret because it is even worse than the House passed Trumpcare bill.
The Washington Post reported:
Subsidies are currently available to Americans earning up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level. Starting in 2020, that threshold would be lowered to 350 percent under the Senate bill — but anyone below that line could get the subsidies if they’re not eligible for Medicaid.
Yet the Senate bill would go farther than the House version in its approach to cutting Medicaid spending. In 2025, the measure would tie federal spending on the program to an even slower growth index than the one used in the House bill. That move could prompt states to reduce the size of their Medicaid programs.
Children and persons with disabilities are going lose their healthcare under the Senate bill. People will pay more out of pocket for their health care, and it is unclear at this time if preexisting conditions will be covered. The Senate bill does gut Medicaid, which also pays for 60% of nursing home care in the United States, and it will drive the cost of health insurance up for every American.
And, by the way, kids, Money has a list of the 12 white guys who, along with Yertle McConnell, were supposed to write the new AHCA. They are Senators Orrin Hatch, Lamar Alexander, Mike Enzi, John Thune, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton, Cory Gardner, John Barrasso, John Cornyn, Rob Portman and Pat Toomey. Other than being white, Christian and devoid of ovaries, let’s see what else they might have in common. Yertle McConnell, Hatch, Alexander, Enzi, Thune, Barrasso and Cornyn all list among their top 5 campaign contributor health insurance or health care services companies. One of the largest contributors to Lee, Cruz and Cotton is the good old Club for Growth. What are they all about? Cutting taxes! Hmm, just a coincidence that the new bill is rumored to be nothing more than a tax cut in disguise. The rich must have their tax cuts, and if some poor or middle-class people die, oh well! As for Gardner and Toomey, both those rascals are funded by health insurance companies and health care service companies, respectively, and the Club for Growth. Double whammy for those guys. The only one who doesn’t list either insurance companies or health services companies in his Top 5 Contributor Hit Parade is Rob Portman. We all know that Portman’s son publicly stated that he is gay, and Portman announced that he still loved his kid, so nobody in the Rethuglican party is going to listen to him anyway.
So now that we’ve been told who is writing the bill, do we really know who is writing the bill? From MEDIAITE:
Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah was part of the 13-person working group that was slated to draft the Senate’s health care legislation. But not only has he not been involved in the writing process, Lee hasn’t even seen the bill.
“I’m told that it exists,” Lee said in a Facebook live video.
“It has become increasingly apparent in the last few days that even though we thought we were going to be in charge of writing the bill within this working group, it’s not being written by us,” Lee said. “It’s apparently being written by a small handful of staffers for members of the Republican leadership in the Senate. So if you’re frustrated by the lack of transparency in this process, I share your frustration.”
14 responses to “Turtle Hacks”
Sorry I haven’t been around the last few days, kids. My sister is in the hospital with a bout of diverticulitis, so I’ve been going up there every day.
Did anyone else think of the M&Ms commercial with Santa Claus when they read Mike Lee’s quote?
Hope your sister is feeling better, soon.
When they are secret, they are lying.
She might get sprung from the hospital tonight.
Yertle is usually lying whether he is keeping a secret or not.
Hope your sister is doing better. Poo problems suck, as I can attest from my much overused bottom.
But of course this will be the last time she doesn’t have to mortgage her soul to be abused in a US hospital. Because the Turtle will get this muck through.
Fuck Mitch and the fucking white men.
My sister got sprung today, and she is at home feeling much better. Thanks for the well wishes. She appreciates them very much (as do I).
I got home, turned on the TV and saw people being hauled from their wheelchairs, because they were blocking Yertle’s office in protest of this piece of shit legislation. The next thing I knew, there were tears flowing down my face. That picture punched me right in the gut.
Fuck that fucking fuck and anyone who votes in favor or that bill (as well as those who vote against it, only because they know it will pass anyway–looking at you Suzy Collins, you hypocritical asshole), indeed. 😡
I’m actually in Maine, and I have made several calls to the wobbly voiced one. She is such a hypocrite hat she bothers me all the more than assholes who show their stripes..
I am also without tv, so I am hoping that those images I saw are prominently displayed on the news.
She sounds like the love child of Megan Mullaly and Tommy Pickles, but she has the heart of Cruella DeVille. The media (and others) clap their little hands and declare her a moderate and one of the “reasonable” ones. Instead, she’s learned how to do bad things without getting blamed for them. We would not have Betsy DeVos shitting on kids and teachers and schools if Suzy had voted no in committee. Instead, she let her go for a confirmation vote, knowing that there would be enough votes. She’s a passive-aggressive piece of shit with a cartoon voice.
P.S. I didn’t know you were in Maine. Did LePage outlaw TV sets up there? 😉
I’m on vacation– and we need a break from news. So I only get it on my phone and iPad!
Gotcha! Have a wonderful time, and if you happen to see LePage or Collins, trip them and make it look accidental.
My nephew was up there a couple of weeks ago, and he said it’s beautiful up there, but he was freezing. Such a Floriduhhh baby!
Happily. I’ll make it look humorous, too. 😏
Have someone at the ready with the cellphone to record it.
We of the lesser beings of the US are royally screwed, well except the upper crust. I hope all the wonderful folks that vote/voted republican are very satisfied. They screwed their selves. I sure hope that all enjoy the screwing without getting kissed.
People need to post pictures of dying people next to pictures of millionaires and billionaires on yachts and ask if they are enjoying their blood money.
That’s what it is, blood money. I hope all the bustards get their due.