Remember back when everyone thought the Senate was the “grown up” house of Congress and how we thought they’d moderate the House’s AHCA? Good times.
They’ve amended the bill to add in Ted Cruz’s amendment that will allow sub-par insurance policies to be sold. Paige Winfield Cunningham writes in The Health 202: Doctors make last-ditch effort to sink GOP health-care bill:
“The Cruz/Lee amendment, called the “consumer freedom amendment,” would allow insurance companies to sell cheap health plans that don’t meet the ACA’s coverage requirements as long as insurers also agree to sell a plan that does. The idea is that healthy people would be able to buy only the coverage they want. But health insurers are warning that would destabilize the insurance marketplaces, cause premiums to rise unsustainably for people with chronic health conditions and leave fewer and fewer insurers selling plans — all the hallmarks of a death spiral.”
This is exactly what they want; to destabilize the marketplaces so they can claim that the ACA is failing, when really it’s their own bill causing problems. Projection, projection, projection. For some reason this tactic always seems to work. How about we don’t let it work this time?
HERE’S YOUR DEATH PANELS
This tweet from Topher Spiro of the Center for American Progress highlights some of the things that the Cruz/Lee amendment will cut. Notice that last one: it cuts out the limit on insurer profits and admin costs. How convenient for the insurance companies who love to hand out campaign donations, and how convenient for the Senators who receive those donations.
🚨 Here are the consumer protections the Cruz amendment wipes out: pic.twitter.com/WAWt8zJY0f
— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) July 13, 2017
Oh, and don’t forget this happy little nugget:
That’s right, rescission will be back, along with preexisting conditions under the guise of allowing states to abandon essential health benefits.
MY KINGDOM FOR A SANE REPUBLICAN!
OPPORTUNITY NOW: Only 1 more GOP Senator needs to publicly announce they won’t support a Motion to Proceed vote & Trumpcare is done.
— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) July 13, 2017
AND FINALLY, THANK YOU CAPTAIN OBVIOUS
You all already know to call your Senators and tell them to nuke this sorry excuse of a health care bill. It is imperative that we keep this bill from ever seeing the well of the Senate. If you have friends and family living in any of the following states, have them call an put pressure on their Senators to put this bill on the trash heap where it belongs.
Have a wonderful and productive weekend. Stay cool! (Seriously, it’s freakin’ hot out there, so be careful!)
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NCDP Unity Dinner (Formerly Jefferson-Jackson Dinner) Saturday July 15, 2017 7:00-10:00PM at Talley Student Union on the campus of NC State in Raleigh. Guest speaker will be former US Attorney General Eric Holder.
Lunch & Learn is back! – Pete Glidewell, former candidate for NC’s 6th District, will be joining us to talk about Gerrymandering. Join us at the Asheboro Library in the downstairs meeting room at 12PM on Monday August 14th.
SAVE THE DATE: 9th Annual Defending Democracy Blue Jean Gala – Saturday September 23, 2017, 6:00PM – The Exchange 204 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC Speakers and entertainment to be announced.