The Turtlecare bill (aka BCRA)

Yes, it is a dreadful bill; it hurts those with preexisting conditions and savages Medicaid, especially if the economy goes south. And all if it for a tax cut for the wealthiest among us.

What chance does it have? I COULD pass the Senate, though that is uncertain. I can recommend Nate Silver’s analysis. And there is a CHANCE that the Senate bill might fail in the House.

Yes, the bill is deeply unpopular. But will they get away with it?

My guess: “maybe”. And this is one huge issue in our country. Any bill that helps the poor more than anyone else is going to cause division since there is a perception that “the poor” consists mostly of people “not like us”; lazy, entitled, …ok, I’ll say it…people of a different race.

We need to realize that we are all in this together, and yes, while some of the poor ARE stupid, entitled and lazy, most who get help use it in a reasonably responsible manner. And that includes people who do not look “like us”.

And, well, think of it this way: if you own a business, wouldn’t it be nice if more people had money so they could patronize your business? Yes, a good health care plan will end up putting money in the pockets of the less well-to-do, and that will benefit businesses.


June 23, 2017 - Posted by | health care, politics/social, social/political | ,

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