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April 5, 2017
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Trumpcare: Dead Men Walking

They’re baa-ck! In spite of their recent failure to pass their hideous bill, the GOP Congress and Trump are not giving up on slashing our healthcare. They simply will not leave it be, no matter how strongly We, the People, support Obamacare, Medicare and Medicaid. They withdrew Trumpcare from a House vote recently because it wasn’t devastating enough to satisfy the Freedom Caucus, so now they’re in a race to the bottom. That means they’re going to remove even more consumer protections than before. If the GOP Congress doesn’t stop attacking our health care, they may find that politically, they are “the walking dead!” What will they slash this time? According to Matt Fuller, writing for the Huffington Post (4/3/17), the GOP is talking about cutting the 10 essential health benefits, which was key to Obamacare’s insurance policy standardization and a critical consumer protection. They are also talking about bringing back […]
March 24, 2017
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Trump FAILS, Loses Healthcare Battle

Trumpcare is DOA! Speaker Ryan, at the request of President Trump, has withdrawn his legislation to repeal Obamacare and replace it with the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA). The battle has been a spectacle both terrifying and disgusting. It’s been terrifying because 24 million Americans were on the brink of losing their only access to affordable healthcare. It’s been disgusting because the only reason Trump lost was because the AHCA wasn’t bad enough for the House Freedom Caucus, the most conservative Republicans in the US House of Representatives. Trump’s Race to the Bottom To win enough votes to pass the AHCA (and protect his reputation as a dealmaker), Trump was willing to remove virtually all consumer protections from the bill, even after the Congressional Budget Office had analyzed the bill and concluded: By causing 24 million people to lose their health insurance, more Americans would die and wouldn’t […]
March 15, 2017

Trumpcare v the Gay Community

Trump: A Proven Liar Trump’s campaign promises are once again proven to be lies. On a “60 Minutes” interview (CBS News 9/27/15) Candidate Trump told interviewer Scott Pelley, “Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.” What a line of bull. With the rollout of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by the GOP and the Trump Administration, we clearly see their callous disregard for the welfare of the American people. AHCA: A travesty Here’s an excellent summary of the AHCA put together by Kaiser Family Foundation. Read it and weep. It represents an abandonment of all of us, with its huge tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy and drastic cuts for everyone else. To be sure, certain communities have a lot more to lose, especially the LGBT community. That’s because the reforms brought by Obamacare made a real, substantive difference to LGBT […]
February 27, 2017
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Trump Dumps on Our Most Vulnerable

It’s no big surprise that repealing Obamacare will have a hugely negative impact on people who suffer from mental or behavioral illness. But you may be surprised at the scope of the problem. Who’s Affected? According to Mental Health America, 1 in 5 American adults have a mental health condition. That’s about 40 million people. Add to that 20 million more people who suffer from substance use disorders and you’re got a whole lot of people who need access to mental and behavioral health services! For more details, check out these additional facts and numbers about mental illness from the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) – California. Every American family, neighborhood and workplace With so many millions of Americans suffering from mental or behavioral illness, virtually every American family, neighborhood and workplace has been touched. The estimated cost to our economy is nearly $200 billion, but cost cannot just […]
February 25, 2017
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Smoking Guns, Corporate Cons

Wendell Potter, author, journalist and former corporate public relations executive, spent more than two decades in the health insurance industry, leaving in 2008 after a crisis of conscience.  Keeping insurance companies honest. That was one of the main reasons President Obama said he supported a public option. Here’s what he told members of the American Medical Association at their annual gathering in 2009: “A public option will give people a broader range of choices and inject competition into the health care market…force waste out of the system and keep the insurance companies honest.” They’re not to be trusted Obama—and the rest of us—had good reason not to trust insurance companies. Take it from me, a former insider, they’re not trustworthy. This is how I began my testimony at a Senate hearing in June 2009: “My name is Wendell Potter, and for twenty years I worked as a senior executive at health insurance companies. […]
February 8, 2017
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Trump’s War on Women

Today we’re facing a war on women’s health like we’ve never seen before. Instead of “health care” being a “health issue,” it’s become a “political issue,” with destructive, and even deadly consequences. And it’s not just the repeal of Obamacare that’s threatening women’s health. There’s the all-out attack on Planned Parenthood that carries serious consequences for over 2.8 million Americans who depend on them for low-cost or no-cost health care each year. The irony is that Planned Parenthood saves healthcare dollars both for individual patients and for the government. Their family planning services help keep babies healthy by reducing closely spaced births, prematurity and low birth weights. They help parents avoid sexually transmitted diseases, cervical cancer and more – all of which prevents suffering and abortions while saving us all money on health care. Women’s health, deadly politics   More attacks on women’s health care and reproductive rights are in […]
January 28, 2017
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“Beautiful” Coverage?

Wendell Potter, author, journalist and former corporate public relations executive, spent more than two decades in the health insurance industry, leaving in 2008 after a crisis of conscience.  “Beautiful coverage.” We can all breathe a sigh of relief. Yes, Obamacare will be repealed, president-elect Trump assures us, but not to worry, everybody—yes everybody—will soon be insured. What an improvement that will be, folks. Under Obamacare, more than 20 million people who were previously uninsured now have coverage, but 30 million others still don’t. That’s nowhere close to the universal coverage our president-elect is promising. Here’s what Trump told The Washington Post recently: “We’re going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.” That’s fantastic news, but it gets even better. Trump said that health care provided on his watch would […]
January 24, 2017
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Obamaclypse? What now?

Trump: Thumbs Down for Obamacare Obamacare certainly gets people going. Some say it’s tremendous, a real lifesaver. Others agree, but think it doesn’t go far enough. Still others say it’s a complete disaster, and needs to be repealed. Well, we had an election and the party that won has already tried to repeal it over 60 times. Now the GOP at last has their chance to dump it once and for all and that’s what they plan to do. Why does the GOP hate it so? Robin Marty, freelance writer, author, speaker and activist, explains Why Republicans Hate Obamacare So Much (Cosmopolitan, 1/10/17). In this outstanding article, she focuses on the issues the GOP has with entitlement programs, insurance industry regulation, reproductive health and the individual mandate – all dominant features of Obamacare. Her analysis jives with that of conservative writer Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor of the National Review who […]
January 20, 2017
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Repeal is batsh*t crazy

Ask us how we really feel When it comes to the problems faced by people with pre-existing conditions, there is no solution in the four GOP “replacement” plans that holds a candle to Obamacare. Repealing Obamacare is the absolute worst thing the GOP Congress can do! How will repeal hurt people? Here are just a few of the ways repealing Obamacare will hurt everybody, but especially people with pre-existing conditions. Health insurance companies will refuse to insure you if you’re sick, because you are a money-pit. They will go back to charging you more because you are a woman, a pre-existing condition if there ever was one.  They will cancel your insurance policy when you get sick, right when you need it most. They will go back to selling policies that leave out essential benefits and/or crappy fixed indemnity plans. (Hope you’re good at reading fine print.) They will go back to […]
January 17, 2017
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RIP, MRMIP

Zip, Nada, Gone! Just when we were getting our notes together to tell you all about California’s high-risk pool, the Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (or MRMIP), Governor Brown issued the 2017 budget. And guess what? He abolished it! Really? Because as inadequate as MRMIP was, we will surely need it when Obamacare is repealed. No Plan B California is facing repeal without a Plan B. A major option for accessing health care that the California pre-existing condition community might have had is now zip, nada, gone! While it’s true that like most high-risk pools, MRMIP had serious deficiencies, but it was still a lifesaver for some of us! Background Before Obamacare made medical underwriting illegal, health insurance companies sought to avoid insuring people who needed care. If a person with a pre-existing condition applied for coverage, the insurer would either completely decline to insure the person, or decline to […]