by Countable | 3.30.17
Coming off last week’s embarrassing failure to pass a Republican replacement of Obamacare, GOP leaders are vowing to continue to plow ahead with their ambitious legislative agenda. First on the list: Their continued focus on deregulation. The House voted to unwind an Obama-era internet privacy rule on Tuesday and the last two days have featured reforms to the Environmental Protection Agency, but that seems like low-hanging fruit for Republicans and more difficult issues are coming up.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) told reporters the early setback on healthcare reform hasn’t derailed their other top agenda items, like increasing the size of the military, building President Trump’s massive border wall, passing an expansive infrastructure bill and – the big daddy of them all – tax reform. “We want this to be the last tax season Americans have to put up with this broken tax code,” Ryan told reporters at the Capitol.
After a closed-door meeting with the entire House Republican Conference, Ryan vowed that the GOP isn’t giving up on their seven-year old campaign promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.
Still, Ryan recognizes he has a hard job ahead to unify the conservative wing of the GOP with its more moderate members. “I don’t want us to become a factionalized majority. I want us to become a unified majority,” Ryan added. “And that means we’re going to sit down and talk things out until we get there.”
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Do not repeal Obamacare, revise it to include Insurance Companies commitment to take ownership of their contributions to the outrageous increasing cost we are helpless to fight. They profit bigly on the backs of those seeking insurance coverage. Why is this not at the top of the list of ways to take control of this spiraling cost of healthcare coverage?!
All the Republicans care about is money. When the planet is ruined by their greed, they won't be able to eat, breathe or drink their money. When they take away our healthcare (if they're successful in their next attempt) and the rest of us die, who will buy their products and services? Who will mow their laws, clean their houses and wipe their asses? When we are all ultimately dead and gone, their wealth won't buy them a spot in Heaven. They'll be roasting marshmallows in Hell with the Devil.
It's time to stop creating and passing bills to spite past Presidents and totally take away what has been put in place for the greater good. Stop the greed and singleminded actions! This is a diverse country and we should take pride in it and not act like this country only belongs to the privileged white people. If you don't want to represent all the people get out of the political scene and do something different! We should all have certain rights and these are rapidly being stripped away in one way or another - Democrats and Republicans start working together and for the American people and not yourselves!
Given another 7 years, the GOP still won't have a truly better healthcare plan for ALL Americans because that's not truly their agenda. Their agenda to strip benefits from the poor, older, & disabled, while enriching the insurance companies and the already wealthy 2% was unveiled in the proposed AHCA. That's why the bill failed.
The Republicans will not give up on healthcare or on the lies they feed us about it. Remember what their motivation is, MONEY. Healthcare to republicans means only saving money for tax breaks for the wealthy. Thats why I can not believe that the voters in Wisconsin have sent Paul Ryan back to congress again. His intentions and honesty about them leave much to be desired.Do not forget he also led the charge to destroy medicare, to save money. He along with most other republicans are against the government helping out its citizens ,afraid of another social security or medicare . Or another entitlement program .The best things this government ever did with or for the people and republicans fought those programs as well, and to this day still try to cut them from time to time. when will people ever learn?
I can not believe anyone would stand behind a leader that only cares about the bottom line. This is very short sighted not considering the long game. Throwing the baby out with the bath water approach will fiscally cost double or triple the deficit. Remember the BP spill? What was the cost of that disaster? The money lost by business? The health consequences. All these same questions can be applied to New Orleans, vast fires, floods. Not protecting nature costs lives and livelihoods. And no matter how one feels personally about abortion doesn't matter. It is a health issue. Bottom line. Do you really think people will just Stop having them because of Congress' opinion? Or making it illegal. For all the "good" Christians, how many lives will be lost by Back Alley procedures? Or desperate teens self inducing a miscarriage?
We will succeed in replacing all of you republicans at the next election cycle. We, the smart citizens, are working hard on it!!!
Please check out the Medicare For All -House Bill H.R. 676 . It is the health care Bernie Sanders tried to get through. Also known as Single Payer and would benefit all Americans. Search on house Bill H.R. 676 and tell Congress to pass it.
Take away the federal healthcare to the house and Senate see how the buggers get their shit together and fix the ACA . If course it's not perfect but there are ways to fix it DO YOUR JOB CONGRESS your repeal and replace disaster is over
What's next? We wait for Obamacare to "explode," right? Isn't that what our dictator wants us to believe?
I'd like my lawmakers, republican and democrat, to work together on any health care reform issues. Partisanship never helps the end result. ALL of you represent ALL of us.
Please do not let them dismantle ACA. As a registered nurse, I've seen first hand the impact of lack of healthcare coverage. Emergency rooms become primary care and minor illnesses can become serious and life threatening due to delays in seeking care. Without health, you have nothing. Thank you!
Adopt Senator Sanders' single payer option. It will benefit everyone and usher in a future where healthcare is no longer a wasteful debate topic. You and your colleagues can focus on solving (or creating) new, exciting problems.
Americans deserve single payer health care. If the next proposal is another tax benefit for big pharma it too will be defeated.
I am tired of republicans, who say they don't want government wasting money. it is the republicans who are wasting money on litigation of try to take medical care away from millions of Americans who need it instead of trying to fix healthcare so everyone will have. I wish the republicans would just stop trying to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.
Speaker Ryan, the basis for the ACA is then-Governor Mitt Romney's healthcare package for Massachusetts. Why not simply restore it and make it affordable for everyone?
Work with the democrats to get a single payer plan
Please do not repeal Obama's Title X. It is extremely important for the health of women and families everywhere.
Be brave. Turn over the apple cart. Single-payer. I myself am a provider. I also have several chronic conditions. My life and, therefore, my ability to contribute to our society would be greatly enhanced. I just went through a period of almost losing my house and scraping for things to eat in my kitchen. Why? Privatization of Medicaid. Paperwork got caught in a snag, and. Y the time it went through the Medicaid system AND THEN through the subcontractor, I was in deep trouble. Every other developed country has some form of single-payer. I'm tired of being sick and not having access. I'm tired of seeing friends die. I'm tired of patients not getting what they need due to ridiculous bureaucracies. And, when dealing with all these companies and their subcontractors and theirs....nightmare for patients and providers.