Skinny Repeal Slaughtered for the Gods of Big Insurance (AE video)

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Fake Left Screeching to Save Fascist ObamaCare Plan (AE video)

Watch a Fake Progressive Use Republican Talking Point to Dismiss Calls for Universal Healthcare

by Scott Creighton

Diane Feinstein. She recently admitted there is no evidence of Russia colluding with anyone from the Trump campaign regarding their supposed “hack” of our election… which never happened by the way. Do you now how they tried to “influence” our election? By reporting on facts that were leaked from someone in the DNC and by others that were hacked from John Podesta and Hillary’s server by others. That’s how. They simply told the truth about Hillary Clinton’s corruption… and that is what is called “interfering” in our democratic process these days.

Anyway, here’s Sen. Feinstein talking to her constituents about single payer, universal healthcare. She says “if it means a total takeover of healthcare by the government, I’m against it”

That’s a republican, Heritage Foundation, libertarian, neoliberal talking point by the way. And there it is coming out of the mouth of a “progressive” Democrat. One that us real lefties are supposed to unite behind.

We had a chance to get universal healthcare back when the country wanted “CHANGE” and voted for it in 2008. What we got instead was a fascist mandated plan, conceived by Mitt Romney and insurance industry insiders and ultimately labeled “ObamaCare” because his name had yet to be tainted with the truth of what that corporatist fraud of a unDem he really was.

Today we seem poised for a similar opportunity but it appears the leadership from the Left House is parroting talking points from the far right. And what else would you expect from the One Party system we have?

Pres. Trump Gets Something Right: Australia Does Have a Better Healthcare System Than We Have… it’s called Medicare For All

by Scott Creighton

Those of you who haven’t (yet?) decided to go live under a rock someplace (and I certainly can’t blame those who have) already know President Trump made his first little baby-step yesterday toward a legislative victory, a HUGE one.

The House republicans voted for the “repeal and replace” bill yesterday and it passed by a total of 5 votes.

It’s not what anyone would call a compelling mandate that’s for sure… but it passed the House and now is set to go before the Senate where it will be hacked to pieces and then sent to a joint committee so it can be passed through reconciliation with a straight majority vote.

Let’s put this out there right now. The TrumpCare plan is horrible. It targets the elderly, the disabled and the poor while giving HUGE tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans.

I say that as a LONG TIME opponent of ObamaCare. I opposed it when they were crafting it and I have opposed it ever since. It is a brutal, republican-based, lobbyist-written, unconstitutionally-mandated payoff for Big Insurance and I have called it was it was, what it still is, from day one: fascism.

But as bad as ObamaCare was (is) TrumpCare is even worse and still, I do not defend one by condemning the other.

In my perfect world, TrumpCare will be defeated as ObamaCare is overturned in favor of a true universal healthcare system such as Medicare For All. I back that because healthcare is a right which we all share or should share, were we to demand it… and because the system itself is far better across every single measuring stick that exists. It provides better care for everyone, keeps people from going bankrupt due to medical costs, saves billions of dollars per year and, perhaps most importantly, denies Big Insurance all the profits they use to further enslave our congress critters.

And I am not alone in that opinion. There are many, many different healthcare unions and associations who agree with me on that one including the AMA and the nurses’ union and all sorts of other medical professionals groups who say the same thing.

You know who else says the same thing? President Donald Trump, father of the reactionary TrumpCare legislation which will only profit the wealthy and Big Insurance.

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On repeal of the affordable care act, private insurance enslavement is now victory for the left (Sane Progressive video)

Republicans push plan to gut Medicaid and slash taxes for the wealthy

by Kate Randall, WSWS

Top Trump administration officials appeared on the political talk shows Sunday morning to promote the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the House Republican bill for the repeal and replacement of Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare.

The Republican proposal builds on the core features of Obamacare, designed to boost the profits of the private insurers and slash health care costs for the government and big business.

The ACHA seeks to strengthen the grip of the for-profit health care delivery system in America while making sweeping cuts to Medicaid, the insurance program for the poor jointly funded by the federal government and the states. It also slashes financial assistance to low-income people seeking to purchase health coverage and cuts taxes for the wealthy and big business by an estimated $600 billion.

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Insurers set to sharply increase Obamacare premiums

by Kate Randall, WSWS

US health insurance companies are preparing to seek substantial increases in Obamacare premiums, the Hill reported Monday. Citing big losses on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, many insurers will ask state insurance commissioners to approve double-digit hikes in ACA premiums and some may pull out of the market if they are not approved.

The planned premium hikes are a further exposure of the pro-corporate character of Barack Obama’s signature domestic legislation. Both candidates vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, have embraced the ACA as a supposedly progressive health care reform.

In reality, the ACA is designed to funnel increased profits to the private insurance companies. Under the law’s “individual mandate,” those without insurance through a government program or employer must obtain coverage offered by private insurers or pay a penalty. The insurers are demanding a hefty profit as the condition for their participation in the ACA marketplaces.

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