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Joe Kennedy slams GOP & Trump on AHCA: One day, you will be brought...

Earlier in the year, Congressman Joseph Kennedy III gave a viral speech in the House of Representatives that criticized and shamed House Speaker Paul Ryan for Ryan’s religious hypocrisy and for putting forth a heartless health plan. The following day,...
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Senate Democrats force vote this week to protect coverage for people with pre-existing conditions

The Senate will vote as soon as Wednesday on a discharge petition forced by Democrat Tammy Baldwin to overturn the Trump administration's new rule allowing the sale of junk insurance plans that will undermine...
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McCain interrupts taxpayer-sponsored cancer treatment to vote to take care away from millions

Dragging Sen. John McCain out of the hospital to fly 2,000 miles and cast a vote to remove healthcare from 22 million people is an amazingly apt metaphor for the whole Republican ethic. That McCain is a yes vote on Trumpcare—in whatever form it might...

Bernie’s Medicare For All — A Study In Voodoo Economics

In the 1980s, the Reagan administration reduced top marginal tax rates by a significant percentage. The theory was that some of the benefits would “trickle down” from senior executives to lower-paid individuals, thereby providing perhaps all employees with an indirect benefit. On the surface, the concept made sense-although Reagan’s economists failed to factor in one major problem: GREED. In 1978,  the CEO (Chief Executive Officer)- worker compensation  ratio was about 30 to 1. By 2018,  according to the AFL-CIO Labor Federation, it had ballooned to 287-1. Over the years, those that disparaged Reagan’s program came to refer to it as “Voodoo Economics”. Recently, Bernie Sanders released some details concerning his proposal to provide Medicare for All.  As I will show you, the various components of his plan take the concept of Voodoo Economics to a whole new level. Many of Bernie’s  numbers are presented as Trillions of dollars  of expenditures and revenues  over a ten-year period. First of all, virtually nobody really  thinks  in terms of Trillions. I would hazard a guess that most of us don’t even know how many zeros are in a Trillion. There are 12. (I looked it up.) There are approximately 330 Million people in the U.S. According to the latest data from Forbes Magazine, only 46 Americans have a net worth of greater than $10 Billion. (Nine zeros.) Beyond the issue of forcing readers of his plan to think in unfathomable numbers, Bernie makes his calculations based on ten-year projections. I submit that, today,  especially given what’s happening  out there in the real  world, ten-DAY projections are probably suspect. It would make much more sense to me  if his campaign were to  develop numbers based on costs and revenues per person. Below are my comments on the “information” contained on Bernie’s website. The stuff in italics consist of the actual wording. “According to a February 15, 2020 study by epidemiologists at Yale University, the Medicare for All bill that Bernie wrote would save over $450 billion in health care costs and prevent 68,000 unnecessary deaths – each and every year. What our current system costs over the next decade: Over the next ten years, national health expenditures are projected to total approximately $52 trillion if we keep our current dysfunctional system.  How much we will save: According to the Yale study and others, Medicare for All will save approximately $5 trillion over that same time period. $52 trillion – $5 trillion = $47 trillion total “ In 2017,  U.S. medical costs per capita were  $10,209. Let’s assume they are currently about $11,000. Based on a population of 330 Million, the total outlay is about $3.6 Trillion.  So, over ten years, $52 Trillion might be a reasonable number. However, Bernie goes on to say  that his Medicare for All will save $5 Trillion over ten years. Simple math equates that to a 10%  savings. Hardly worth the effort. Also, he makes no reference to the Federal budget annual deficit. All other components of the overall budget aside, what effect would healthcare spending  at this level have in the future? One factor that must be considered is that, if private insurance is effectively eliminated and all costs are billed to Medicare, the administrative  job losses in the insurance industry, medical offices and hospitals would potentially be catastrophic. Somehow, any Medicare for All program […]

White House source: ‘We really aren’t sure what the impact will be’ of passing...

The Republican drive to pass the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill is about a few things, and none of them are a desire to see more Americans with affordable health coverage. It’s about their seven years of promising to repeal Obamacare and the...

Kaiser Confirms Trump’s Own HHS. Finds NO Evidence Obamacare Collapsing. On Track For Its...

Just recently Donald Trump’s own Department of Health and Human Services confirmed that Obamacare is 'working as intended' and 'stabilizing’, exposing the big Trump Republican lie that the markets are collapsing. This has to be one of the biggest...
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Schumer calls Trumpcare process a ‘sham,’ says Democrats won’t be a part of it

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has declared the Trumpcare process in the Senate a "sham" and says that Democrats will not participate in it by offering any more amendments until "the majority leader shows his hand,...
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‘This Is Not a Drill’: Less Than One Week to Defeat ‘Barbaric’ Trumpcare Bill

Americans mobilize nationwide to defeat Republican's attempt to pass cruel legislation that would strip health coverage in name of tax giveaways to the wealthy
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Trumpcare tax cuts to nation’s 400 wealthiest families is Medicaid blood money

The tax cuts for the wealthy bill masquerading as an Obamacare "replacement" bill destroys Medicaid, the 52-year-old program that covers 1 in 5 Americans, providing coverage from conception to grave. Half of all births, two-thirds of nursing home...
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Republican wonks admit it: They don’t have a clue what to do about healthcare...

While the Democrats move ahead, united in their next policy vision for healthcare reform, Republicans are still struggling with Obamacare repeal—and not even their policy wonks know where to go with this last-ditch repeal effort...

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