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Side effect: House health care bill causes opponents to foam at the mouth

Side effect: House health care bill causes opponents to foam at the mouth

Them: The worst, most heartless and cruel thing on Earth, causing untold suffering and death

Is the American Health Care Act (AHCA) the most dreadful program ever? You would think so, from the coverage of it in the press.

You would also think, from the vehemence with which they’re carrying on, that the AHCA was a statute that had been passed by both houses, and not a first effort subject to change in the Senate.

The headlines on the subject are replete with words like “shameful”, “horrific”, and “abomination.”

Typical and not at all unusual was the following from Senator Elizabeth Warren:

It bears repeating that this is not even a law yet. But the idea is to ramp up the fear to as high a level as possible.

Here’s an article that discusses the viciousness of the Democrat reaction. Take a particular look at this response appearing in the WaPo:

The health-care bill that the House of Representatives passed this afternoon … is an abomination. If there has been a piece of legislation in our lifetimes that boiled over with as much malice and indifference to human suffering, I can’t recall what it might have been.… It is no exaggeration to say that if it were to become law, this bill would kill significant numbers of Americans.

All this for a bill that is more liberal than the health insurance laws were just a few short years ago, when things were not all that bad for most people; a bill that would restore some health insurance choices that were taken away by Obamacare, as well as perhaps even cost less. Perhaps. And did we repeal EMTALA, and leave poor people with no health care whatsover? If we did, I must have missed it.

Amidst so much purposeful propaganda, how to find the truth about the bill? In the past I’ve found that Avik Roy is one of the most trustworthy analysts on these matters. His review of the AHCA is that it’s a mixed bag—some excellent things are in the bill, as well as some things that are problematic and need fixing, but nothing that would justify the sturm and drang of the left’s propaganda. Here are Roy’s detailed suggestions for a fix in the Senate for the provisions that are unlikely to work.

Roy knows his stuff, unlike the great majority of the people who seem to be writing about this topic. His prose isn’t as purple as theirs—it’s rather dry in style. But that’s what we need, although it’s vanishingly rare.

My hope is that the Senate will be paying attention.

[Neo-neocon is a writer with degrees in law and family therapy, who blogs at neo-neocon.]


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They were going to say what they are saying regardless of what the House passed. The House had nothing to lose in simply repealing ObamaCare lock, stock and barrel. Now the Republicans own whatever comes out of this and what the House approved was even bigger government than ObamaCare. We can just try to imagine what is going to come out of the Senate.

Pelosi Schmelosi | May 8, 2017 at 3:00 pm

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People who foam at the mouth can’t be trusted with power at any level.

We had 8 years of obama/jarrett with a corrupt media wiping these two’s chins before they could be photographed foaming at the mouth.

(Speaking of foaming at the mouth, we dodged the HOWITZER-sized bullet of hillary clinton. Just IMAGINE where we would be with that corrupt, drunk psycho in power, following the eight frightening years of obama/jarrett.)

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | May 8, 2017 at 4:31 pm

Well it can’t be all bad then!

Side effect: House health care bill causes opponents to foam at the mouth

tarheelkate | May 8, 2017 at 5:55 pm

These people are completely crazy. It isn’t even a repeal, alas. It’s a partial repair of the lousy law the Democrats passed.

VaGentleman | May 8, 2017 at 6:21 pm

Roy’s statement: “The preexisting conditions problem is totally overrated as a policy problem,” said Roy. “Yes, it is a significant problem for those with a preexisting condition. But that problem affects a couple hundred thousand people at most. That’s a significant problem for those individuals, and we should try to help them. But you didn’t need to upend the whole system to solve that problem.”
Is mind boggling. He’s off by several orders of magnitude. The CDC shows 29 Million with diabetes alone. Add to that the numbers with crohn’s disease, MS and a host of other chronic, debilitating disorders, and the number with preexisting conditions is probably closer to 40 million than the couple hundred thousand he claims.

Pre-existing condition usually refers to something life threatening, like cancer. Diabetes and Crohn are usually manageable through well-established protocols.

I have psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, certainly a pre-existing condition, yet I have never had a problem with any insurance refusing me coverage.

We’ll never know the multiple thousands obamacare killed off. Some estimates are upward of 80,000 so far.
And the vets that obama did nothing for aren’t included in those numbers.

Close The Fed | May 9, 2017 at 12:08 am

When you have insurance premiums of $1,100 a month and $6,000 deductible, that’s not insurance, that’s income redistribution.