by Countable | 5.8.17
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the House last week is complicated. What's the deal with preexisting conditions? Did reps really not read the bill? Does this mean Obamacare is dead?
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Why is the committee on healthcare all white men. Women outnumber men in the USA. No ethnicities. This is outright discrimination.
Congressman Tiberi, I know you think the concerns of people in your district who are afraid of losing their health care under the ACHA are groundless. You keep telling everyone how bad the ACA is, calling it "unsustainable." If your new repeal and replace plan was so superior, why couldn't you have waited for the CBO analysis to come out so you could prove it? By rushing it through, and refusing to have a real town hall with your constituents instead of a surprise "teleconference," you made it clear that your real priority was getting the tax cut for people making over $250K. And if you have the interests of small business owners at heart, why not work on on a single payer system that would get them off the hook for covering their employees? Instead your plan benefits the rich and leaves the poor, disabled, sick and older Americans on the individual market with reduced benefits, no guarantees, and severe cuts to Medicaid. I don't trust your motives at all, frankly.
It is disgraceful that we are one of very few developed nations (Saudi Arabia and Kuwait being the others) that do not have universal healthcare. “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” ... Martin Luther King Jr. or to quote Trump to the PM of Australia "you have better healthcare than we do"
If you voted for this bill I suggest you should be required to replace your healthcare with it. Then we will see how different the term "preexisting condition" feels.
I'd like to send feedback to the House in general. I'm appalled that anyone would pass such a bill as what you passed as healthcare. Not only does it NOT provide care for those who don't have it; it rips the healthcare from those who do. I have paid for employer offered healthcare for 37 years. Now out of pocket can be endless and my former employer need not offer insurance? And that list of pre-existing conditions is inhumane. I hope the Senate slaps it down and starts work on a real healthcare bill. You acted before you did the research and analysis. BTW, you had 8 years to come up with a better plan. Should have paid more attention to that and less on stonewalling and complaining. Shame on you. This Congress had the opportunity to excel and protect the US from the current administration by working together (even across the aisle!) to pass good legislation. You could have made history for a positive reason. I'm encouraging volunteers to campaign for those who run against any congressperson who contributed to this travesty. Voting Citizen Fort Worth Texas
I get furious when I hear people in your office say the same disingenuous statements. " It is wrong to force young health people to pay for insurance they don't need" . Well it is wrong to make me, the taxpayer, absorb the cost of these folks showing up in the ER with a raging infection or a broken neck and no insurance. " Health insurance is so expensive for young healthy people" . It would not be so expensive if EVERYONE was enrolled and we had a single payer system. Why do we need to have health insurance companies for basic healthcare. They made 600 BILLION IN PROFITS LAST YEAR. That would pay for a lot of pre-existing conditions and defray the cost of insuring young healthy folk. Our health is NOT A COMMODITY. Medicare for all is the best idea. Reign in the drug companies by allowing Medicare to negotiate drug costs. ( that is free market!) It is shameful to see Republican elected representatives having a beer party to gleefully celebrate the chance to cause the suffering and death of fellow Americans.
The AHCA is a purely political bill that does nothing but hurt the citizens Congress members pretend to represent. Their concerns are NOT for the American public except for the wealthy and corporations that sponsor their political campaigns. They care nothing for their constituents but only their own pockets.
Rep Knight. Still no response from you on why you voted for TrumpCare. The many of your constituents especially the older folks who will see their premiums soar deserve an answer! The only people who will see any benefit are the high end tax payers. Obviously we now see where your priorities lay. Your not standing up for the most vulnerable amongst us is a lack of courage on your part
Please do something about the AHCA. This is a terrible bill that will only hurt the working class. I realize in the short term, the 1% may save some cash, but who's gonna buy all the stuff the 1% is selling when the middle class is too poor to feed ourselves or too dead thanks to being born with what has been up until now, a manageable Heath condition. Do what's right. Do what the people want. Despite not having a large bankroll to contribute to your campaign, the people of the state of Florida are depending on you.
No Americans with even acne would be excluded. This is just another way for the financially privileged to have insurance coverage covered with American dollars. These preexisting will eliminate most all American that also deserve health coverage. That would also include the elderly. Seems trump is trying to perform legal geogenicide on everyone but the rich.
Have y'all lost your ever loving minds? Repeal and replace Congress.
This bill is a disaster. Shame on any senator / representative that votes to pass a bill taking healthcare options away from millions of people. We are human beings - not a potential profit margin.
Vote them out. Every person who voted for TrumpCare!
I hope that the Senate will not follow the House of Representatives example of voting without reading. Please take the time to truly understand the severe impact the AHCA will have on the majority of Americans and vote NO on the AHCA amendment that passed on Friday . It will leave tens of millions of Americans without the necessary coverage they'll need to survive due to pre-existing conditions or their age. This is NOT better fairer coverage for all!!! It is the complete opposite, with the conservative right using bait words to deflect constituents to focus on their false promises instead of the actual words in the bill. A bill that if passed will have severe economic and life consequences for many more than the 24 million Americans that is always talked about. This bill isn't just about people on Obamacare through the exchanges, this will also impact those currently covered through their employers. Once states can waive many of the essential health care benefits currently required by the ACA, employers can begin offering the least robust plans that could exclude pregnancy, lab tests, prescription drugs, birth control, pediatric preventive care, just to name a few. Not to mention, all of the people that are older or have pre-existing conditions. Don't be fooled by the $8 billion dollars they are offering to add for high risk pools, that won't make a dent if most states opt out. These people will basically be without coverage because the premiums will be prohibitive. Conservatives complain about high premium costs now, but are giddy now that they've passed the first hurdle to strip healthcare from so many due to cost. When will our congressional representatives remember that they should be fighting for the people, NOT to take away from the people!!!! Vote your conscience, vote for your country, and for once, DON'T VOTE BLINDLY FOR YOUR PARTY!!!!
Can we change the name to "Trump's I don't care, Health Care".
A friendly reminder as you clean up the mess that the House just dumped on you: You don't get to be pro-life and anti-preexisting condition.
I implore you to oppose the latest version of the health care bill. The tax cuts for the uber rich are a slap to the vast majority of individuals. I am an person with several pre-existing conditions. I wake up everyday worried if this will be the day when I will go back to a life of constant excruciating pain. I have commented in the past that the ACA was not the perfect plan, but it was a start and has helped me and many I know. Maybe I should start considering moving to Australia since our POTUS has been quoted as stating they have a much better health care system. Additionally, why are there no women on the senate committee overseeing healthcare? What a message to sent to half the pop. LETS TRY IMPROVE AND INCLUDE - at every level !!!!'
Look, the "American Healthcare Acting-out Act," is only, ah ooo, um, for folks who are totally and forevermore healthy, or immortal. Since our representatives saw fit to excuse themselves from the regular healthcare rules, let's make sure they vote for better healthcare. We don't need an insurance company or big pharmaceutical companies telling us there prices are fair or necessary. No one on this doesn't understand what's going on. The siesta is over--let's get to work.
Dear Rep. Yoder, Please completely replace Obama care not slightly hurt it! Please get government out of health insurance! Healthcare is not a right. You do not have a right to a doctors services, that is because slavery is illegal. To all those who think obama care is great I implore you to look to Iowa and Virginia.
Why can't we have universal health care?