Thursday, May 4, 2017

The New GOP Plan to Repeal Obamacare Would Actually Create Real 'Death Panels'

Now it’s the House Republicans who are correctly being accused of creating so-called death panels.

Sarah Palin went on a famous tirade in 2009 after she and John McCain lost the presidential election, saying the bill that would become known as Obamacare would lead to medical rationing and life-and-death decisions by faceless bureaucrats about who got coverage and who would not.

Seniors and the disabled “will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care,” Palin said, lying at that time in a manner that anticipated the rise of Donald Trump.

As of Wednesday, House Republicans are blinking when it comes to amassing enough votes to pass their latest Obamacare repeal bill because what they are hearing loud and clear is turning crazy Sarah’s macabre vision into reality. Americans struggling with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses are expressing their concrete fears that the House’s latest handiwork will accelerate their demise, because it repeals Obamacare’s ban on insurers rejecting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and allows insurers to segregate these people into pricier high-risk pools. Both are disasters.

“I don’t think people really understand how serious this is,” Cannon Slayton, 50, a children’s book author with brain cancer from Charlottesville, Virginia, told the New York Times in a front-page story Wednesday. Her bottom line, like others in the report, was that she could lose her coverage under the latest Republican revisions to the Affordable Care Act and that could be fateful. And Slayton's predicament is by no means unique.  Read full post here 

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