A few tweets from yesterday:
Representative Nancy Pelosi:
“#Trumpcare has never been about health care. It serves only as an excuse for a massive tax cut for the rich.”
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) repeals the taxes that were associated with the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). It does this for everyone, not just the rich.
(Remember who pays most of the taxes in this country? The rich. Review the percentages.)
Senator Bernie Sanders:
“Donald Trump and Republicans just celebrated voting to let thousands of Americans die so that billionaires get tax breaks. Think about that.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren:
“The @HouseGOP just voted to strip health care away from millions….” and later, “This isn’t football. It’s not about scoring points. #AHCA will devastate Americans’ healthcare. Families will go bankrupt. People will die.”
People will die! Based on these tweets, the Democrats expect you to believe the GOP prepared a fraudulent bill for two purposes: to kill people and make themselves rich.
Sounds extreme, does it not?
The “24 million will lose health coverage” comment is a scare tactic that originated with the CBO score of the first AHCA bill that was pulled from consideration weeks ago. Even that CBO score admitted that the number calculated as “lost coverage” included many who would voluntarily give up their Obamacare coverage because of the repeal of the Obamacare penalties for being uninsured.
The CBO report states: “Most of that increase would stem from repealing the penalties associated with the individual mandate. Some of those people would choose not to have insurance because they chose to be covered by insurance under current law only to avoid paying the penalties…”
So, the number itself is inaccurate, and it is certainly not true that the GOP voted to “strip away” healthcare coverage. As I shared yesterday, the Republican health care plan is a three phase process with the goal of lowering costs and increasing coverage. The AHCA is only step one. Even if the plan is not the best, as critics on both sides have alleged, let’s evaluate it on its merits instead of spewing misleading rhetoric.
Representative Nancy Pelosi again:
“Dems will speak in a few short minutes on the GOP’s vote to kick 24 million off health coverage.”
“A shameful failure of policy & morality by GOP today.”
Yes, the immoral Republicans hate people and desire to “kick” them off their health insurance coverage. As explained above, the number isn’t real.
“#Trumpcare is a fraud & an insult to the millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions.”
And again, Speaker Pelosi:
“House Republicans claim #Trumpcare protects people with pre-existing conditions. It. Does. Not.”
I explained about pre-existing conditions and the AHCA here.
This is childish behavior. Are we not at a level where we can have mature conversations based on fact?