Tue Apr 3, 2012, 08:27 PM
McCamy Taylor (14,578 posts)
To sum up the GOP health care plan for the country….Just Die.
"To our seniors, I have a message for you: you're going to die sooner," if the health care bill passes, Sen. Tom Coburn (R- Okla.) said on the floor of the Senate in December.
Looks like the nation's seniors are not dying fast enough to suit the GOP. That is why Republicans are taking matters into their own hands. Here is what the party has planned for us. Call it the Just Die! prescription for America.
Medicare will be phased out. No, this is not because the President has decided to “chainsaw massacre” Medicare. The GOP House has voted twice to kill the program that has served America's disabled and elderly for over half a century. Your mother will be given a small sum with which to purchase health care “in the free market.” For those of you with mothers less than 65, you know how successful she has been at finding an insurer willing to write her an individual policy. (Yeah, yeah. I am being sarcastic). She will have even less luck once she is over 65.
Poor elderly should still be able to qualify for Medicaid. However, as we have learned today, Medicaid nursing home payments will be phased out. Once your mother has sold her house and run through her savings, the nursing home will come after YOU for payment. If you do not have $80,000 a year lying around, you will be more than welcome to take her home with you. One of the breadwinners can quit work to stay with her round the clock. If you are not married, you are shit out of luck, because there will be no paycheck coming in to pay for rent, utilities etc. Soon, you and your elderly mom will be living at the nearest homeless shelter along with your (now homeless) children. I wonder if the Union Gospel Mission supplies Depends and tube feedings.
Meanwhile, your mom can say “Hello again!” to that pesky donut hole that requires her to spend thousands out of pocket for overpriced prescription medications. This will cause her chronic health conditions to worsen, putting her one step closer to that nursing home that she (and her family) will not be able to afford.
How many of you have already exceeded your “lifetime” dollar limit for healthcare without even noticing it? You will find out just as soon as the SCOTUS strikes down the health care law and your insurer tells you that you have already had your fair share of dialysis/chemotherapy/congestive heart failure treatment so please go somewhere and die.
If you haven’t used up your lifetime allowance, you may still find that your health insurer drops you, simply because you have gotten sick. That is another part of “Obama Care” that the GOP cannot stand. How dare Americans expect health insurers to keep their part of the bargain! Aetna writes insurance policies to make money, not to feed your need for frivolous life saving medication. Oh, and more good news for Aetna. It can now spend all of the money it collects in premiums on CEO bonuses and stock dividends and NONE of it on actual health care. Thank you, GOP!
Your children aged 18-26 will no longer be able to get insurance through your employer . Those who are supporting themselves with fast food industry McJobs while waiting for the economy to turn around will have no medical care. This will be a problem for young women more than young men, since women 18-25 are at the peak of their fertility and need good, affordable birth control.
Your daughter aged 18-26 who can no longer get health insurance through your job will no longer be able to get birth control through Planned Parenthood if she lives in one of the “red” states like Texas which are slashing women’s access to health care in the name of ending abortion. You and your mom will no longer be able to get breast cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes screenings at subsidized clinics, because the “red” states like Texas as slashing ALL women’s access to health care---in the name of ending abortion.
Your daughter age 18-26 will no longer be able to get an abortion when the condom breaks, because the GOP plans to outlaw the morning after pill---and all birth control pills, because they can be used as morning after pills and IUDs because they prevent implantation not fertilization and your mom’s rheumatoid arthritis medication because it can also be used to terminate a pregnancy. And, when they get one more Scalia on the Supreme Court, they will overturn Roe v. Wade, opening the door for states to declare that life begins at conception and any women who travels to a “blue” state for the morning after pill is a first degree murderer.
Your daughter age 18-26 who develops severe eclampsia during that unplanned pregnancy will no longer have the option of delivering early to save her life. That means two tombstones, one for her and one for the fetus that will not survive long once its mother is dead from a brain hemorrhage.
Those of you with chronic health problems like high blood pressure who were (briefly) able to get insurance in high risk pools, despite your pre-existing conditions will now be uninsured (and uninsurable) again. So be sure to get as much done in the next few months as possible, because it may be years before you can afford to see a doctor---in this country. I hear that health care is pretty decent and a whole lot cheaper in Mexico.
Your special needs child? She will now be uninsurable again, unless one of her parents quits their jobs so that the family is poor enough to qualify for SCHIP or Medicaid. This means you will have a choice. Become Bob Crachitt and hope that some kind hearted Scrooge takes pity on your little Tiny Tim. Or, read your daughter the part of Little Women in which Beth dies so that she will know how beautiful her own death can be.
And all you folks who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid who have been holding your breath until 2014 when you will finally be able to get affordable health insurance for your pre-existing high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, lupus, multiple sclerosis, heart disease---continue holding your breath until you turn blue and die. That is Republican health care.
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Tue Apr 3, 2012, 09:26 PM
salin (46,093 posts)
5. agreed. Social Darwinsism at it's ugliest.
Completely Orwellian per how they sell this stuff to the public. But completely about "forget govt. - do you best on your own" per 1870.
You get sick, you die. "what ever." But at least the govt. didn't force insurance companies and health care providers to find a way to provide services for citizens.
It is indeed ironic, imo, that there is a push from the reactionary right for survival for the fittest policies while there is also a push to curb contraceptives (get people into the great competition of the survival of the fittest - and the demise of those not as fit).