The battle over the latest version of Trumpcare promises all the drama, tragedy, and irony political theater can muster.
After more than a month of hurry up and wait the Senate Republicans released their version of Trumpcare. It’s called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). On the fast track for a full Senate vote within a week, it’s name foreshadows all the drama, tragedy, and irony that political theater can muster. And every American, who chooses to to pay attention, has a front row seat.
What happens now?
Act 1, in which everyone rushes to judgement.
A flurry of action takes place across the media landscape.
The news media is screaming out headlines like these.
Winners and losers from the Senate repeal bill
Republican Senators pretend people who get kicked off of Medicaid will just start buying insurance
Poll: Trump’s approval at 40%, only 16% support House’s health care bill
Senators are tweeting and posting to Facebook and broadcasting on Facebook Live their readings of the bill.
Various health organizations have launched campaigns urging people to tell their Senators to vote “no” on the bill.
Continue reading “The political theater of Trumpcare”
Will the healthcare bill ever see the light of day?
How can you vote on a bill that will affect health insurance coverage for 24 million people without reading it first?
It’s been just over a month since Trumpcare (formally known as the American Health Care Act of 2017 or AHCA) passed out of the House and landed in the Senate.
During this time there hasn’t been much to write about because no one has seen the Senate Republicans’ bill. They have a select group of Senators writing the bill, in private, with no discernible input from anyone.
This isn’t how these things normally go.
Continue reading “If Senate Republicans write the healthcare bill in the dark…”
“We don’t measure the work of being a patient. …We just assume it’s not a big deal.”
Life, an unalienable Right
Today’s Diabetes Blog Week prompt:
Share an interest, hobby, passion, something that is YOU. If you want to explore how it relates to or helps with diabetes you can. Or let it be a part of you that is completely separate from diabetes, because there is more to life than just diabetes!
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I feel like I’ve been writing outside the lines all week. So, I guess I won’t stop now.
What is my passion?
I’m a policy wonk.
I believe that politics matter because government can do good for the people—or it can do bad.
My voice and my vote is how I influence my government to do good.
Politics and government are difficult subjects to bring up in polite company. Especially these days when the country if so polarized and seems to be experiencing collective PTSD over the legitimacy of those in power.
Why is policy so important to me?
Continue reading “#dBlogWeek: More Than Diabetes”
Can we talk about single payer now?
A week ago my head was swirling with the news that Trumpcare had passed out of the House by the slimmest of margins. Not only had the Republicans revived the AHCA, but they got the votes needed by adding the draconian MacArthur amendment.
And then Congress went on recess, returned to their home districts, and faced their constituents. Things didn’t go smoothly for everyone.
Rep. Labrador’s (R-ID) town hall went viral when he was filmed claiming that “Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.”
Rep. MacArthur (R-NJ) had a five-hour town hall meeting where the crowd was hostile and the news media well represented.
Continue reading “What now, that Trumpcare is on its way to the Senate?”