Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, spearheading the current health care legislation that’s estimated to take away insurance from an estimated 22 million Americans, once ran a political advertisement in 1990 on an “Affordable Healthcare for all” message.
What happened, Mitch?
In addition to that, Senate Republicans issued a revised version of their healthcare bill Monday afternoon – and it made the disastrous legislation even worse, further ensuring more Americans will be unable to get coverage.
Now – under the new package – people will face a six-month delay before being able to buy health insurance if they are unable to afford the payments or if they let their insurance lapse during the year.
Basically, people who don’t have insurance will have to wait six months.
Republicans decided to finally implement the penalty after serious pressure from the health insurance industry. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just took awhile to budge. Apparently, McConnell had talks with insurance companies on Friday, promising them the provision would be added.
The Congressional Budget Office says the Senate version of the bill isn’t much better than the House one. McConnell is happy with 22 million people not being able to afford insurance.
But, money aside, waiting six months for health insurance could be the difference between life and death. It’s immoral at its core. And, that’s the bottom line.
Currently, Republicans only need a simple majority vote in the Senate to get the bill passed, requiring only 51 votes rather than the usual 60.
The American Medical Association blasted the bill earlier, saying the legislation would “expose low and middle-income patients to higher costs and greater difficulty in affording care.”
McConnell is trying to get the bill passed as early as this week.
If you ask us, it’s hypocrisy like this that doesn’t sit well with the American people. Neither does it with all Republicans, either.
President Trump even acknowledged that fact by saying Trumpcare was on a “very, very narrow path” to victory. That’s being optimistic, to say the least.
He made a desperate call to Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Friday trying to change their minds but so far his attempts have come up empty. In one of his calls, he spoke with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and spent the rest of his time trying to speak individually with other senators.
Republican leadership claims it’s supposed to lower healthcare costs, but even four Republican senators (Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin) sent out a joint statement saying they would oppose it without any changes. Without their votes, it won’t pass in the Senate.
“It does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs,” they said.
Republican Senator Dean Heller became the fifth Republican to denounce the bill.
“This bill that’s currently in front of the United States Senate is not the answer,” said Heller.
Hillary Clinton released a statement earlier in the day saying “if Republicans pass this bill, they’re the death party.”
The Center for American Progress, who Clinton cited in her remark, estimates this is going to result in thousands upon thousands of more deaths. That’s not hyperbole.
- Assuming that 15 million fewer people would have coverage in 2026, we estimate that the coverage losses from the Senate bill would result in 18,100 additional deaths in 2026.
- Assuming that 19 million fewer people would have coverage, we estimate that the coverage losses from the Senate bill would result in 22,900 additional deaths in 2026.
- Assuming that 23 million fewer people would have coverage, we estimate that the coverage losses from the Senate bill would result in 27,700 additional deaths in 2026. If coverage losses from the Senate bill matched those from the House bill, it would result in 217,000 additional deaths over the next decade.