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Trumpcare, Some Questions You Might Ask: Will the "Pro-Life" Catholic Bishops Provide Access to Healthcare for Millions Who Lose Coverage?

Posted on the 07 March 2017 by William Lindsey @wdlindsy
True headline 1: the bill is basically a tax cut ($600 billion) funded by gutting Medicaid. 4— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) March 7, 2017

To borrow shamelessly from the title of a Mary Oliver poem, some questions you (and I) might ask now that the horror show of the Trumpcare "replacement" plan for the Affordable Care Act has been unveiled:

1. As millions lose healthcare coverage, will the "pro-life" U.S. Catholic bishops and "pro-life" white Catholics who have helped to set all of this into motion provide access to healthcare for those millions of poor people? 
2. Pope Francis speaks of the church as a field hospital for the wounded: will Catholic churches, chanceries, religious communities be taking in all the people in need of medical coverage now? 
3. Lying white evangelicals say they oppose state healthcare coverage because the church should provide such coverage: when and where did their churches ever provide healthcare coverage for the millions who needed it prior to the Affordable Care Act?4. Who, precisely, among "pro-life" white Christians will now step up to the plate and take care of the healthcare needs of millions about to lose their coverage so that the super-rich can have more tax cuts?

I'd like to hear some honest, real answers to these questions.
Trumpcare doesn’t replace the Affordable Care Act - it forces millions of Americans to pay more for less care.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 7, 2017

Trumpcare actually would:
1. Cause millions to lose coverage
2. Cost a lot more
3. Cover less— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 7, 2017

Excuse me: Why does GOP Health Bill give an insurance co a larger tax break to increase CEO pay than it gives a family to buy coverage?— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) March 7, 2017

Republicans haven't held public hearings, were hiding this bill from members, don't have an official CBO score... now we know why— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) March 7, 2017

Health insurance CEOs salaries
Cigna CEO David Cordani: $17.3M
Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini: $17.3M
UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley: $14.5M— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) March 7, 2017

The only way to make any coherent sense of the house GOP ACHA bill is as a bill primarily intended to cut rich people's taxes.— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) March 7, 2017

Josh Marshall, "Let's Agree Not to Lie About GOPCare": 
So long as we don't have a universal system such as exists in various permutations in virtually every other wealthy industrialized country, the only real measure of policy success or failure is the number of people who have health care coverage - not theoretical access to coverage, coverage. Health savings accounts may have some marginal utility as they exist today. They don't count as health care coverage. Democrats and everyone else who cares for the millions who are about to be tossed onto the chopping block need to force an honest setting of the terms of the debate now. The number of uninsured people has dropped dramatically over the last five years. It's about to start going up against. It will go up even higher once the mid-term elections are past since the GOP plan is designed to push much of the bloodletting past the mid-term election. The current plan also starts the phaseout of Medicaid and preps for the phaseout of Medicare - a key policy goal for Paul Ryan. 
The number of people with usable insurance is the only measure that counts. "Access" is bullshit. 

GOP repeal bill ends Medicaid as we know it by limiting feds responsibility to ensure care for the vulnerable. Voters oppose that by 64%-36%— Geoff Garin (@geoffgarin) March 7, 2017

The tax cuts r 4 wealthy, insurance cos, pharma, tanning sals, med device. Funding cuts from low income, seniors & kids. W permanent caps. 5— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) March 7, 2017

Trumpcare would bring back liftetime limits that ACA banned. This is a death sentence for people w serious illness.— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) March 7, 2017

With Trumpcare, insurers wd no longer be required to cover:
Mental Health
Prescr. Drugs— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) March 7, 2017

New GOP Obamacare repeal bill also cuts taxes on wealthy people's investment income— Paul Singer (@singernews) March 7, 2017

Now it's a race to see if GOP can pass repeal law before people realize that everyone loses their coverage.— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) March 6, 2017

If the GOP thinks #Trumpcare is good enough for the American people, they should require all members of Congress to use the plan as well.— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) March 7, 2017

4 in 5 white evangelicals, 3 in 5 white Catholics and Mormons — "pro-life" voters — brought us the Trump nightmare.
I will not forget.— Bill Lindsey (@wdlindsy) December 15, 2016

Remember these smiling faces when you hit your Lifetime Healthcare Cap.— Randy Prine (@randyprine) March 7, 2017

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