The following is an article I had published in my local paper, The Monroe Times, on July 13, 2017 in their “Letters to the Editor” column on page A4 titled “The Battle for Healthcare” and I quote:
“THE BATTLE FOR HEALTHCARE”
The two political parties–Democrats and Republicans–are really at war. The biggest issue is who is going to give the public a good healthcare bill that’s supposed to cover all people. We had Democrat Barack Obama in office for eight years and he created a healthcare bill that covered most all the people along with Medicare and Medicaid. In fact down to eleven percent uninsured. This was a lot better than what the Republicans had under GW Bush when a lot of people in their 40s and 50s couldn’t get insurance because of pre-existing conditions.
If the Republicans get their way, you are going to put another 23 million people back in the uninsured category, according to the CBO [Congressional Budget Office]. You are hearing all about this in testimonies given at the GOP meetings, if you can get the politicians to show up and have Town Hall meetings in their districts.
Republican President Donald Trump, when he ran for president, said how easy this would be to pass his new healthcare bill known as Trumpcare. He said he was going to have it ready on the same day he was going to repeal Obamacare so no one would lose coverage and also have a lower cost. Trump’s meeting a terrible, terrible resistance because they are making comparisons and some Republicans are even realizing some people won’t have coverage. Since the Republicans have tried to push this through as fast as they can, with virtually no public hearings or amendments from the Democrats, it just isn’t going to happen because of the voters who will remind the politicians in 2018 what they want.
The DNC and RNC got new leaders. Tom Perez [Democrat] and Ronna McDonald [Republican] had a debate with Chuck Todd of NBC’s Meet the Press. Both said we must have healthcare for all the people but they disagreed on the method. DNC Chair Perez said Trumpcare just made Obamacare worse and he quoted the CBO numbers.
Republican President Donald Trump said if we can’t come to an agreement–just repeal Obamacare entirely. This will instantly leave millions without coverage rather than at a slower rate of loss of coverage which would create a civil war and some Republicans are declining to repeal Obamacare.”
(TRUMPCARE FAILED ON ITS FIRST TRY SO THEY ARE GOING TO COME RIGHT BACK WITH ANOTHER BILL, INCLUDING AN AMENDMENT FROM SENATOR TED CRUZ [REPUBLICAN FROM TEXAS]. THE NEW PLAN HAS ONLY 19 MILLION WITH NO HEALTHCARE RATHER THAN 23 MILLION SO IT IS A LITTLE BIT BETTER THAN THE OLD ONE. SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN [DEMOCRAT FROM WISCONSIN] WHO WAS ON WISCONSIN PUBLIC TELEVISION’S HERE & NOW PROGRAM ON JULY 14, 2014, CALLED SENATOR CRUZ’s BILL “JUNK LEGISLATION” BECAUSE LEAVING THAT MANY UNINSURED IS JUST RIDICULOUS AND I AGREE. IT’S BETTER TO HAVE PEOPLE ON AN INSURANCE PLAN RATHER THAN BE ON WELFARE AND GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM EVERY TIME THEY GET SICK. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF REPUBLICANS WHO AGREE WITH THE DEMOCRATS ON THIS. SO LET’S HOPE IT FAILS AGAIN. THEN MAYBE THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED CONGRESS WILL GET TOGETHER WITH THE DEMOCRATS AND WORK OUT SOMETHING GOOD FOR EVERYONE.
LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran