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Bernie Responds to Republicans’ Health Care Bill | Bernie Sanders

Bernie Responds to Republicans’ Health Care Bill | Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders comments on the Health Care Bill that the Republican Senate leadership released today.


“The bill that just came out of the Republican Senate leadership is an unmitigated disaster, and in some respects is even worse than the House bill.” ~ Bernie Sanders


 

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

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  1. Keith

    JoAnn, Bernie is right on the mark. The CBO will not score this one well either. We need to call our senators and share our concern. It troubles me the secrecy behind all of this and the lack of collaboration with Democrats and women of even their own party. Women tend to be the chief health care taker in the home, so their opinion matters.

    Truth be told, the ACA is working pretty good, but needs improvements. The framework is there to fix. Yet, we are governing off rhetoric and not facts. One fact our GOP leaders fail to tell people is the role they had in making higher premiums even higher. By not funding the risk corridors, insurers were not paid for taking on adverse risk. Then, our President has decided he does not want fund for the additional risk.

    So, to win a political favor, the GOP is screwing over average Americans with higher premiums than they otherwise would have been. Just to illustrate my point, Humana left the exchanges with the federal government owing them $591 million.

    What the Senate and House bill do to Medicaid expansion is sinful. We have a poverty and near poverty problem in our country. So, the GOP solution is to make it harder for poor people to have healthcare.

    Thanks for sharing this, Keith

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    • JoAnn Chateau

      Right on, Keith.

      I’ll add as background that the big reason so many are poor is that wages have not increased with inflation (much less productivity) over the decades. This is one of the key factors that has transferred wealth from the working and middle classes to the top. Folks often refer to social and safety-net programs as “helping” the poor — but actually, the rich have helped themselves to the rightful earnings of workers in the first place. Dribbles of charity here and there is not exactly “help” if you first robbed the people you are now “helping.”

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      • Keith

        JoAnn, you are so right. I find it hard to believe that working people on hard times have been convinced not to support a higher minimum wage. While $15 is a bridge too far for too many, we should clearly move to a living wage minimum as a nation – that would be just over $10. But, we should allow cities go higher as needed. Some large employers have already moved beyond this number.

        There is a great book called “Nickeled and Dimed in America,” by Barbara Eisenreich. She advocates that minimum wage jobs perpetuate poverty. Keith

      • JoAnn Chateau

        I think we’re past the $10 point. Remember, wage increases occur over a span of several years. But I heartily agree with everything else you say, Keith.

        Oh dear, now I feel my minimum wage rant coming on…

        The minimum wage is the base of every wage scale in America. More money in paychecks means more taxes paid and an increased demand for products/services — with small businesses and retail stores being the primary beneficiaries of a population with more buying power.

        Would a higher minimum wage put some companies out of business? Studies indicate that is a myth. No more than usual go out of business.

        But, should some go out of business because of wage increases, that’s the inherent risk of a free enterprise. In fact, it’s a healthy opportunity for frail operations to be laid to rest.

        As long as there is a genuine market share to capture, another company may replace the fallen one and succeed — if they are smarter, more innovative, more agile, work harder, have a more sustainable business plan, hire better employees, etc. In short, superior operations will succeed where others have failed.

        If a company can’t make a good profit while paying workers fair wages, it needs to improve something or bow out. Expecting workers to sacrifice their well-being so weak company owners can masquerade as competent business people is asking a bit much. It’s not the end of the world if unsuccessful business owners go back to work as employees of someone else.

      • Keith

        JoAnn, I am with you on your comments. My use of the living wage for one person as the very minimum is it is an easier path forward to grasp. The other comment I offer to folks on top of your excellent rationale is companies need customers to buy things. Higher wages is accretive to a local economy. The two best things we can do to help people are a combination of minimum wages and earned income tax credits. My state did away with its EITC which hurt people. Great discussion, my friend. Keith

      • JoAnn Chateau

        Thanks, Keith. Good info that helps us see the big picture.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Me too. A few Republicans have denounced it, but I don’t know if they and the Dems have the numbers to fight it.

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