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Trump Faces Harsh News Over Health Care Bill–Tax Cuts For Rich Vs. Help For Average Americans

June 24, 2017

There are now five Senate Republicans who oppose the GOP health care bill. Sens. Dean Heller (Nev.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mike Lee (Utah), Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rand Paul (Ky.) have all come out against the package. It matters not at all at this point who else is against the bill because the math here is very simple. With Democrats uniformly opposed to the legislation, Senate Majority Leader McConnell can only lose two votes. While Trump has started personally lobbying GOP senators, his ability to turn votes in the chamber is uncertain and untested.

Even Johnson, who is not seen as a bright light knows enough to slam on the brakes.  The Wisconsin Republican says Senate leaders are rushing the vote before he and the public can analyze it and are not doing enough to actually bring down premiums.

While it is true that McConnell is–as I have noted before– a grand tactician the nature of the factions within the GOP caucus are such that miracles are all that remain for victory of this measure.   And I am most certain God is not about to pile on more hurt for poor people with medical needs in this nation.

Lets be honest about what was unveiled this week by Republicans in the guise of a health care bill.

It is essentially an enormous tax cut for the wealthy and drug insurers made possible by cutting healthcare for everyone else.  The first examinations of this travesty shows the bill would increase premiums for those with private insurers and threaten those who may become pregnant, struggling with mental illness or have a pre-existing condition.

Let us not forget what the Republicans did in the House version of health care.  They would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured in exchange for a $119 billion reduction in the deficit over ten years and nearly $800 billion in tax cuts that would overwhelmingly benefit the rich.

The Tax Policy Center estimates a $37,000 average annual tax cut would go to the highest 1% of earners, and the top 0.1% would get a $200,000 tax cut. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities forecasts the tax cuts for the 400 highest-income households entailed in the legislation would exceed the cost of maintaining Medicaid expansion in most states.

Politics for Republicans is about helping the top members of society.  Democrats are more concerned about average working men and women,   Once again that has been clearly shown to all who wish to see.

The stalemate on health care is a GOP issue.  They now own health care as a political issue.  And the ugly sting has only started!  As Hillary Clinton says, “Forget death panels. If Republicans pass this bill, they’re the death party.”

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