GOP HEALTH CARE BILL OR TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH? 6/22/2017 GOP senators finally reveal their Affordable Care Act replacement, and Democrats struggle to convey their outrage over the massively unpopular bill.
Politifact: Raul Labrador's claim that no one dies from lack of health care access: Pants on Fire
Bernie Sanders on Health Care Bill: Thousands will Die Sen. Bernie Sanders told MSNBC that he intends to go on the road to stop the healthcare bill from going through. Duration: 3:16
CBS Evening News details the devastating effects of Medicaid cuts included in Senate health bill
STRASSMAN: In the last four years, four rural hospitals within an hours drive of here have shut down. Jackson Madison County Hospital, the major healthcare facility between Memphis and Nashville serves 17 counties.
What pundits call a "moderate" Senate health care bill will kill people
After the Senate bill is released, cable news fails to offer diverse voices on health care
Fox News host: Health insurance should only cover when "something catastrophic happens"Kat Timpf: "We should be paying for everyday health expenses out of pocket"
KAT TIMPF (CO-HOST): We've kind of lost sight of what insurance should even mean. It should be insurance, in case something catastrophic happens, you can't pay for that. Now you can use it for like, weight loss training or something like that. So the prices keep rising and rising higher and higher. [...] We should be paying for everyday health expenses out of pocket and the cost would be much lower. Plus the doctors would be held accountable to the patients, rather to the insurance company. Instead the idea is to use tax dollars to pay insurance companies more money and that's the conservative answer? I'm sorry but no.
Ignoring Republican sabotage, Fox & Friends uses health care insurer withdrawal to claim Obamacare failure
Fox & Friends' Jillian Mele misleadingly claimed that the decision of the nation's second largest insurer, Anthem, to pull out of Indiana and Wisconsin was "more evidence Obamacare is a prescription for failure." Mele claimed Anthem was ending its agreement because "it just can't manage the cost of sick patients signing up for Obamacare." In fact, the major reasons Anthem cited for its pullout were the "volatile" individual health insurance market and "uncertainty" about the Trump administration's stance on the Affordable Care Act. Uncertainty has also been cited as a reason for withdrawal by Aetna and Humana, two other major insurers, and there are indications that Republican obstruction to Medicaid expansion have also made insurers more inclined to exit. The misleainding claim continues Fox News' manufactured narrative that insurer withdrawals are proof of an impending "death spiral" in the law. From the June 22 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
Fox contributor praises Senate health care bill for reducing coverage "more gently"Mollie Hemingway: "If your option is that or nothing, that's actually not the worst option that you have"
MOLLIE HEMINGWAY: It's an imperfect bill that comes out of an imperfect process. But when you think about what the option really is, you have a bill that gets rid of the individual mandate, gets rid of the employer mandate, that phases out Medicaid expansion, cuts taxes and a lot depends on what happens in the future but it builds a case for getting rid of Obamacare structurally over the long term. If your option is that or nothing, that's actually not the worst option that you have. At the same time, it's a bill that does a little bit more in reaching out to the moderates than the house bill did in that it does phase these things out a little more gently, provides some money upfront. So the best way to understand Mitch McConnell I think is that he picks the most conservative, politically plausible position, and that's what this bill might be.
This is not the only option there is. One could leave the Affordable Care Act alone and premiums will go up but people who can afford it will be able to get healthcare. This bill makes things worse. Apparently, after spending two trillion dollars on wars which were not funded with anything but debt (wars still covered up in the media) you would think the GOP would feel some shame about cutting taxes for the rich while throwing the rest of the American community under the bus (as per traditional GOP policies). But they don't. They throw the people under the bus and don't even use the money to pay off the debt they created and argue so much about.
GOP Rep. Burgess, Chris Hayes spar on health care bill Hayes: If you're worried about the deficit, 'why are there $600 billion in tax cuts for people who are making lots of money' in the bill? Duration: 7:06
Donald Trump’s bait and switch on health care The Senate health care bill is a repudiation of every promise the president made to the American public about his approach to the health care system. Duration: 6:01
Sen. Brian Schatz: Senate GOP bill 'extremely cruel' 'This is Paul Ryan in college sitting around a keg imagining a bill - this is that bill.' Duration: 4:35
In reversal, Trump now supports Medicaid cuts Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't yet have the votes for the health care bill that cuts Medicaid and four GOP senators haven't committed to voting yes. Neera Tanden and Adam Jentleson join Lawrence O'Donnell. Duration: 6:58
GOP threat to Medicaid threatens liberty of millions of Americans Rachel Maddow tells the history of ADAPT and the activism of disabled Americans and points out the leadership role these activists have taken in challenging the Republican plan to take Medicaid away from millions. Duration: 21:09
Mother and son: Medicaid isn't about politics, it's about lives Mike Phillips is severely physically disabled, but thanks to Medicaid, he's able to be cared for at home by his family. In a remarkable interview with Ari Melber, Mike and his mother Karen Clay explain how Medicaid cuts would literally end life as they know it. Duration: 15:50