Okay, Everybody! Sing with me. “Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah. Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah. Hey! Hey! Hey! Good-Bye!” That song was sung to the Republicans last week by the Democrats when they passed Trump's healthcare bill, reminiscent of the day when Bill Clinton's tax increase bill passed the Democratic House. Now the shoe was on the other foot.
HEARING THAT refrain sung on the floor of the House of Representatives to 217 members after the devastating healthcare vote was the only time I smiled last week. The rest of the time I could only think of the Culhane's song from the old Hee-Haw show-- “Gloom, despair, and agony on me. Deep dark depression, excessive misery.”
YOU SEE, I have held on to the idea that 217 congressmen would not be so morally bankrupt they would vote for a Bill that could possibly kill millions of Americans all for the sake of politics. Lest you think it wasn't for politics, 20 Republicans with vulnerable seats in 2018, were given a pass. These MEN caved to a President simply because he wanted a win because winning is everything to him. Additionally, healthcare spending had to be cut to the bone to pay for Trump's wall and the big tax cut for the mega-rich and corporations. These MEN threw the plan together with no regard for the impact on American lives. We expect our elected officials to do their due diligence. They did not. Most admitted they did not read the bill. They do not care for anyone or anything but their careers, their Party, and making Trump happy.
THEN CAME the most despicable act—celebrating in the Rose Garden while people suffering from cancer, parents with babies suffering from congenital defects, and anyone with a preexisting condition, wept.
AS TRUMP stood in the Rose Garden, beaming with joy, saying, “I'm the President, right? Can you believe it?” This made me more than “mildly nauseous,” as Jim Comey said of his decision to throw the election in favor of Trump. Standing behind Trump were all his “bobble heads;” those white men bobbing their heads from side-to-side and smiling in agreement with every utterance. They have no shame.
THE HEALTHCARE bill, passed by Paul Ryan and the band of “bobble heads” clearly targets the less fortunate. For example, the Bill cuts Medicaid by $880 billion. That's poor families and children. That's children born with congenital defects. That's elderly people who need nursing home care. It is the people you look at and say, “There, but by the grace of God, go I.”
THESE MEN have lost their moral compass. They have forgotten who their bosses are. These “bobble heads” have to go!
THE BIG question now is, will the Senate do any better? After last week, I will not swear by it. My faith in our entire system of “checks and balances” is shaken. That's why if you care about making sure we don't have a third world healthcare system, you have to speak up. We know that our Senators Isakson and Perdue will walk lock-step with Trump. Don't make it easy on them.
WE Georgia have great reason to cry. The bill allows the states to opt-out of covering preexisting conditions. If Governor Deal opted out of Medicaid Expansion which was free money, there's not a snowball's chance in hell he and the Republican legislators will allow us to have effective and affordable healthcare coverage.
GOVERNOR DEAL'S “bobble heads” in the Georgia legislature have to go! Passing the Campus Carry law is proof enough they have lost their way. If this Bill is seen to fruition, instead of going bankrupt paying for inferior healthcare, you'd be wise to pay that money to Spanky for a burial plan.
IF IT'S EVER going to happen, now is the time. Single payer or Medicare for all is the only thing that will be fair and equitable to all citizens of our country. The thing we don't hear discussed is the role insurance companies are playing in our disastrous healthcare mess. They are salivating over the Bill's increase in premiums. Single Payer is the last thing they want. We need elected officials with the gumption to stand against these powerful companies. We have been arguing about healthcare for nine years. Single payer insurance is the only way to stop this insanity.
OH, BY THE way. If you are a “bobble head” and think Trump is the cat's meow, you aren't paying attention. Bless your heart!
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