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Diary    H4'ed 5/22/17

Healthcare insurance coverage analogy to Ship Life Preservers

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Below is a letter to an Editor for possible use to stimulate local conservatives to agitate their Senators to bury the House AHCA. I haven't seen my analogy elsewhere. I freely give anything in this to anyone who uses the commons of letters to editors of local papers.

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Do supporters of Trump or the 217 House "Repealers" of Obamacare admit that some policies they ran on would actually harm some people? I'd like to hear straight answers about their policy to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something significantly less expensive. Yes or No? The House -- passed bill kills payments to expand Medicaid, and subsidies to the poor to buy coverage. It lets states allow insurance companies to drop some required coverages and charge older or previously afflicted people more. It is estimated that under it, 24 million insured will lose coverage and $880 billion would be cut from Medicaid.
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The Senate may offer some "rube bait," a few $ billion more inserted into high risk pools claimed to soften the severity. But a solid Harvard study concluded that among two groups of citizens matched for health conditions, there are about 45,000 excess deaths per year among citizens who lacked Healthcare insurance as opposed to covered ones. Such coverage is like a ship's life preservers, from enclosed self inflatables down to water wings. You first class passengers get the inflatables, you steerage get "thoughts and prayers" and water wings. So these 217 solons of budgeting (S.O.B's) propose to trade months of relative freedom from pain and disability and life itself of poor, afflicted Americans, for cash tax savings. How is the SOB's proposal not morally perverse, not depraved?

Do you supporters of Trump or the House 217 admit that this consequence is spiteful and mean spirited? Are you spiteful, mean-spirited people content that lives other Americans be shortened?

If not, since you elected Trump and these 217 Republicans, what are you going to do about it?

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