3 Things We Know About The Senate’s Obamacare Repeal Bill – Consumerist
With the shenanigans going on in Congress over the repeal of Obamacare, it is with great pride that Harvey’s Blog nominates Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Orrin Hatch for this year’s Moby’s Dick Award for excellence in ethics.
It’s no secret that the Senate is mulling over the House of Representatives’ disastrously evil and highly toxic Obamacare replacement bill and GOP senators under the leadership of McConnell & Hatch have been handling it like it was an unexploded nuclear bomb.
What is the big secret is what they plan to do about it. Hearings and public debate are so gauche. In the light beams of the new dawn of our post-truth world, only the Big Lie will be necessary. All will be revealed to Joe Public when the propaganda posters proclaiming the GOP Senate’s success have been printed after they vote.
I can see the slogans now:
Affordable Health Care For All (the 1% that is)
Don’t Worry! Death is not a Pre-existing Condition
or how about:
We Never Promised You A Rose Garden (For Your Funeral)
When asked if a version of the draft bill would be made available to the public, a senior Republican aide rebuffed the idea, telling Axios, “We aren’t stupid.”
And who can blame them? This is probably the most intelligent comment out of the GOP in ages because there’s no denial embedded in it. Finally, the honest truth emerges! Ethics at its best!
The Senate proposal is believed to permit states to opt out of requiring insurers within their borders to cover ten areas of essential health benefits with every plan.
Those benefits are very clearly defined under current law and include:
- ambulatory patient services
- emergency services
- maternity and newborn care
- mental health and substance use disorder services including behavioral health treatment
- prescription drugs
- rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices
- laboratory services
- preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
- pediatric services, including oral and vision care
…those ten areas, among them, cover the vast majority of uses for health care. And if you suddenly find yourself needing services that your plan doesn’t cover, you’re up a metaphorical creek.
You may pay significantly less for a plan that doesn’t cover emergency services, but then owe a six-figure bill after your car is hit by a drunk driver.
You may pay significantly less for a plan that doesn’t cover prenatal services, but then end up unexpectedly pregnant.
Or you may pay significantly less for a bill that doesn’t cover hospitalization or chronic disease management, only to find yourself with a surprise diagnosis of a genetic disorder, cancer, or some other disease one day.
Got childhood cancer? Surprise! You can’t afford any more health care after age 14.
Details, details, details! Oh, how tiresome!
The BigCorp health insurers have bought & paid for their GOP politicians & they’re going to get their money’s worth. I’m sure we can trust the senators will do the right thing, right? I mean when you have a profit-driven health care system, what’s wrong with making a little profit,eh? Can I have a ka-ching with my amen, brother?
Yes sir-ee. Senator Hatch has his marching orders from Senator McConnell and woe be to anyone who gets in front of this steamroller. There’s no healthcare system in the world that would be able to unflatten you after that!
Do Senators McConnell & Hatch have a lock on this year’s Moby’s Dick Award? You’ll have to follow Harvey’s Blog to find out.