There really is a reason for everything. Everything people do has a purpose and a motivation. My, what big brains we have.
When Trump was campaigning, and trying to keep his rural voting block enthused, he promised that under the new health care plan that he would “make them write”, everyone would be covered, including those with pre-existing conditions, and that premiums and deductibles would be lower. (Naturally people voted for that)
A few months after the inauguration, the nation is learning how Trump thinks and works. He doesn’t read much, but he watches TV. When something new comes to his attention, he tweets his response without delay.
On July 14th, shortly after Mitch McConnell released the new revisions to the Republican’s plan to replace the ACA (Obamacare), President Trump tweeted out the following: “Republicans Senators are working hard to get their failed ObamaCare replacement approved. I will be at my desk, pen in hand.” That was 3:57AM on July 14, 2017, and Trump was in France at the time.
Trump didn’t mention any of the particulars of the bill, because how could he know them? The bill has been kept quieter that the secrets Snowdan exposed. It was released Thursday afternoon and the tweet above surfaced at 3:57a.m., in France. (It would have been 9:57PM in Washington, DC, at that time) Still, my attention fell on the way Trump’s tweet pledges to quickly sign whatever “they” put on his desk. It sounds like he has no intention of reading it to determine if it might be something he should veto, as president of a nation.
Trump is pressing legislators to put this bill on his desk so he can sign it and be done with ObamaCare, even though, anyone who’s ever seen the School House Rock video, “I’m Just a Bill” knows that after the Senate gets around to passing something, it still has to go back to the House, for revisions and funding, before finding it’s way to the president’s desk.
McConnell may have asked Trump to help him get (republican) people on board to vote for the bill, because repealing the ACA is the most important thing in their world right now, (and like ever since it became the law of the land). After 60 failed attempts to repeal, the Republicans now have the majority but still can’t get the votes to pull off a repeal because their plans are “mean” to the base, according to Trump and rewarding to the rich, according to the CBO.
The House pushed their bill through, chomping at the bit like the clock was running out. They flew through the process, begging the Senate to pass it before the CBO report was out. I guess they didn’t realize that kind of behavior would make that rural base ask, “What’s the all-fired rush?” Then the Senate decided not to allow any of the democrats to sit in on the discussion and development of their version of the House bill and now the base wants to know, “ What are ya’ll trying to take away from my health care, and whose pockets are you filling with the tax savings?”
The lack of support for the Senate’s first draft sent them back to work on it some more, so Senate leadership doled out concessions here and there to garner support. Even the notoriously “most unpopular senator”, Ted Cruz was granted an amendment to the bill. (Remember in 2013, Ted Cruz took credit for shutting down the government to ‘unsuccessfully’ leverage repealing the ACA)
The Ted Cruz amendment would allow insurance providers to sell packages without pre-natal care to men, which would effectively force women to pay more for insurance simply because of the possibility of pregnancy. Would these scaled down plans be sold to women? (Makes it look like Ted is working for Catholic men who want to make sure they don’t have to pay for any woman’s birth control or delivery expenses. I thought the word “catholic” meant for everyone.)
- Of broad or liberal scope; (comprehensive)
2. Including or concerning all humankind; (universal)
I am concerned about what the final bill might look like. I am further concerned that our president probably won’t even read it before he signs it. Isn’t that exactly what the American people said when the ACA was being debated? Everyone was so angry with Nancy Pelosi when she said, “We’ll have to pass it to find out what’s in it.” But that anger was justified. We have found out what’s in it, higher premiums and deductibles. After 7 years and 60+ attempts to repeal, where is the plan written by the cleverest minds? Who has the solution for the health care question?
Why does a health care plan have to be something that is happening to us? Why don’t our legislators listen to the needs of the many? Is it because of the affluence of the few?