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    • Tom McMasters-Stone

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    • March 9, 2017 in Columnists

    TrumpCare… just the beginning

    So, the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act begins.

    Maybe…

    There is dissension, even amongst conservatives, who, in many cases have been ravaged at town halls, or from afar, for those who have been too chickenshit to hold town hall meetings — too cowardly to face their constituents in person.

    Amerika.

    Thirty million people now have healthcare who once did not. The horror stories about the ACA are either overblown, or are outright lies.

    As I type this, I am listening to a group of people on Morning Joe talk about what Jesus would say about healthcare for the American people. WWJD? Yes, Reverend Al, Jesus was a refugee. And the first case of spousely nagging was in the Bible, when Mary rode Joseph’s ass all the way to Bethlehem. Hehe.

    Well, applying Christian principles — as practiced by most, anyway — would result in us having healthcare on Sundays, and screw you the rest of the week.

    Humpty Trumpty said he was going to “cover everyone, and I don’t care if it costs me votes.” That’s what he said. “We won’t leave anybody behind.”

    After years of Republicans saying they had a comprehensive plan, we now know it was a lie, that there is no comprehensive plan, nor agreement on a plan or funding. The plan that was kept secret for awhile in a House committee, and reaction has been muted and mixed. The reaction to the reaction, as we also now know, is that this is the first phase of a three-phase plan.

    Trust us. We will take care of you. The best is yet to come.

    Yeah, right.

    Under the ACA, rates have certainly risen, but they have not risen at the rate they were rising before it was implemented.

    We keep hearing about Health Savings plans. They are nothing in the grand scheme of things. They are simply a way of using your income tax-free to pay for healthcare costs — and with a whopping 1-2 percent, at the very most, of accruing interest, at today’s rates.

    POTUS wants to throw another $54 billion at the most expensive military force the world has ever known, and leave millions of people to struggle with their healthcare costs on a day-to-day basis.

    Amerika.

    We are the only first-world country that does not have comprehensive medical coverage for its people, but our arrogance and smugness keeps us taking care of the world and ignoring our own.

    Amerika.

    Even the term “American” is arrogant, albeit known commonly throughout the world.

    There are more than two dozen other countries that are “American” — at best. We are North Americans, but we have convinced ourselves — evidence to the contrary — that we are the best, the brightest, the most righteous, the nucleus of the free world.

    The only changes in military funding should come in the form of healthcare for our veterans. Shift money — military aid from Japan, aid from Egypt, maybe even from aid to Israel.

    The most expensive, technologically-advanced aircraft carrier ever built, the Gerald R. Ford, is rolling off the docks… against what? Against whom? At a cost of $13 billion? Really?

    On the other hand, that’s less than the estimated cost of the “Wall,” with apologies to Pink Floyd, of course.

    Amerika.

    And yesterday, on International Women’s Day, the GOP was trying to revoke healthcare from the millions of women who use Planned Parenthood for their basic health needs. Federal law already prohibits federal funding of abortions, so the actual target is women’s general health. Period.

    Amerika.

    There has already been a backlash, amongst liberals, but also amongst Republican governors and GOP lawmakers under fire. There’s no way the proposals will get through the Senate, so we are headed to reconciliation. In response to the backlash, and as I stated earlier, we are now hearing that this is simply Phase I of III, that the other phases will solve all the objections.

    Yeah, right.



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