“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Is There Anybody Out There

“The overall lack of coverage about the specifics of Trump’s replacement plan represents a fundamental problem in media’s treatment of health care policy and must quickly change now that Trump is the president-elect. A recent study from the Urban Institute showed that 24 million people will lose health care coverage by 2021 if Congress repeals the ACA. Trump’s nominee for secretary of health and human services, Tom Price, is a known foe of the law’s birth control mandate, a regulation that has dramatically reduced out-of-pocket health care costs for women and massively expanded contraceptive coverage. Repeal could also roll back the gains made in reducing the budget deficit, extending the life of Medicare, and lowering health care costs that resulted from the implementation of the ACA.

“While no concrete plan for a replacement currently exists -- due to Republican infighting -- repealing Obamacare remains a top priority for the incoming Trump administration. Journalists must start asking questions about what a replacement plan will look like, how it will affect millions of Americans who gained coverage under the ACA, and what its true goals are. Every interview or panel segment about health care must begin with the question, “What is Trump’s replacement plan?” and include aggressive follow-ups about how it would function in order to hold the Trump administration accountable and educate the American public on the future of health care in the United States.”---Media Matters for America


D. E.M. said...

All I can say is that you have allies up here in Canada. We're trying to figure out how to proceed....

John T. Maher said...

With a nod to the caption, the ACA might well have been written by late stage Syd Barrett. Now the denouement of the AC is more like the band mates scrapping over royalties.

Scrapping parts of the ACA are a great idea as the "Landmark" compromise, Hilary's 90's plan and 2 parts rum, has created a gilt edged system riddled with gaps and waste that only a time lord might comprehend.

Rationing is needed. A single payer is need. Elimination of all the true beneficiaries of the ACA ie Big Pharma and medicaid mills are needed. Wellness standards, however they rankle, must be enforced.

Would only a more decisive visionary Stalinist Hilary been elected. Then ACA could be scrapped in favor of the German national health plan and care would be 4x as good at less than half the cost.

Unknown said...

Great post, Tim! Thanks, Toby

Unknown said...

Sorry, the Don is IN.
You better learn to live
with him and pray for him.
homo'BOMBa and his filthy tranny
have gone and we didnt say ONE WORD;
now, with a Republican prez,
a HUGE outpourin' outcry has catalyzed.
You want evil, son?
Take a left... to Hell;
You want righteousness and Truth?
Take a RITE... tp Seventh-Heaven
where I'll be basking in the Son.
Make Your Choice -SAW
Chop, chop, pal.
Ya dont have long.
Time's running out
B4 our demise...
then, it's a whole length of timelessness to ponder what WE SINFULL MORTALS have done on planet earth.
Think, know, grow-up...
to the Great Beyond.
Cya Upstairs someday, bud...