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GOP Healthcare WTF?!

Matt Gaetz Says Diabetics Don’t Need Insulin, They Just Need To Lose Weight

Last week the House of Representatives passed legislation that would cap the price of insulin at $35 a month for most American diabetics who need it to survive.

The legislation was necessary because drug companies have hiked the cost of insulin to as much as $1,000 a month in order to pad their bottom lines, a 500% increase that endangers the lives of millions of diabetics, even those with health insurance.

 

Despite the importance of such life-saving measures, only 12 Republicans in the House voted to support the legislation.

One member of the GOP who voted against the bill was Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who tried to blame the high cost of insulin on the overweight instead of greedy Big Pharma companies, according to Mother Jones, telling his constituents:

While Democrat posturing of H.R. 6833 victimizes insulin payees as people with an uncontrollable disease that are being taken advantage of and need Big Brother to throw them a raft, lifestyle changes en masse would expeditiously lower demand and the subsequent prices of insulin. 90-95% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes, which “can be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, eating healthy food, and being active.” Arbitrary price controls are no substitute for individual weight control. Since 2000, the number of diabetes cases in the U.S. has nearly doubled. The demand for insulin has increased and the requisite price increase has followed suit. In other words, the price of insulin increases as waistlines increase. 

Keep in mind that 10% of Florida residents are diabetics. And Gaetz was far from done when it came to blaming diabetics for their condition, suggesting that his reasoning was simple: He was trying to stave off socialism in the United States:

 “I will not see a reemergence of FDR price controls and join the Democrats in their attempt to pave the Road to Serfdom.”

This isn’t the first time Gaetz has fat shamed people.

Last August, the Florida congressman said he didn’t “fit in” with most members of Congress because so many of them are old and obese.

Looking young and fit is very important to Matt Gaetz, and there’s good reason for his rejection of anyone who is old or obese: When you allegedly get off on dating and sleeping with underage girls, you have to pretend to be youthful and ripped so you don’t look quite as pervy as you stand outside the nearest high school and wave a fistful of twenties around.

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Healthcare The Trump Adminstration

WATCH Chris Cuomo SHUT DOWN A Trump Official For His Healthcare Double-Talk

Ever since the failure of the Senate to pass their cruel repeal and replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), President Trump has been saying he’ll let the health insurance marketplace collapse and then Democrats will be forced to negotiate a solution.

But on CNN Wednesday morning, it quickly became clear that the White House may be attempting to hasten the failure of the current system so they can claim they were “right” all along.

Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, was being interviewed by host Chris Cuomo when Mulvaney said the administration would continue to pay insurance companies their reimbursements on a month-by-month basis. This is thought to be causing great instability in the insurance marketplace, which led Cuomo to ask:

“But aren’t you, then, holding those payments hostage and encouraging the insurers to do exactly what they’re doing, which is to say that they have to raise premiums because of the uncertainty? The exact same thing you say is the problem?”

Mulvaney commented that it seemed to him the media only wanted to have the same conversation over and over again, which led Cuomo to remind him:

“Yeah, because you’re dancing around the reality. They need those payments so they can stabilize the markets and you’re holding them hostage essentially putting people at risk.”

Attempting to pivot, Mulvaney then said the payments had been in place for years and the market had yet to stabilize. To that, Cuomo laid some cold hard facts on the budget director:

“Not all markets are unstable.”

Next, Mulvaney attempted to suggest that the only real way to stabilize the health insurance market would be to repeal and replace the existing system. Once more, Cuomo used facts to shut down that line:

“The CBO said that every one of your suggestions made it worse. Every single one, the CBO said. And your reaction to that was to try and dismantle the CBO.”

All Mulvaney could say in response was the usual trashing of the CBO and the scoring process for legislation the CBO uses. In other words, shoot the messenger if you don’t like the message.

This White House has no solution to any problem. To hear them tell it, they have to destroy Obamacare in order to save it. Sounds like more of the same old BS.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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Healthcare Right Wing Morons The Karma Is Gonna Get Ya

Tomi Lahren Tries To Criticize Obamacare, Winds Up Proving Her Own Hypocrisy (TWEETS)

According to many conservatives, the Affordable Care Act–aka Obamacare–is the worst thing to ever happen to this country. They love to rail against a program which has allowed tens of millions of people to purchase health insurance and helped guarantee that getting decent healthcare doesn’t cost a fortune.

And yet, when confronted with facts, those same people are often forced to admit that Obamacare is actually a good thing.

Such was the case Saturday evening when former talk show host Chelsea Handler debated right-wing loudmouth Tomi Lahren. Handler asked Lahren about her own situation when it came to health insurance, and Lahren replied:

“Well, I’m on my parents health insurance…I’m 24.”

Of course, the only reason Lahren is allowed to remain in her parents insurance is because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act which says children can do so until age 26.

No sooner had those words left Lahren’s big mouth than the internet lit up with plenty of criticism for her:

https://twitter.com/amandacarpenter/status/891460908232437763

https://twitter.com/ParkerMolloy/status/891450255241342976

Yeah, Tomi, those leeches who are getting health insurance without paying for it are a real problem, aren’t they. That damn Obamacare is such a mess! Then why don’t you refuse to participate in protest? Oh, I know why: Because you’re far too busy being a hypocrite. Also, you might want to see a doctor about that foot that’s stuck in your mouth.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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Fox News Lies Healthcare

WATCH The Whiny ‘Fox & Friends’ Hosts Gripe About The Failure To Repeal Obamacare

The airheads at the Fox News show Fox & Friends were in a deep funk Friday morning as they reported on the failure of the GOP-controlled Senate to pass a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. But as soon as they started talking, it became painfully clear that they didn’t understand a damn thing about insurance.

Co-host Steve Doocy, a somber look on his face, declared:

“You heard Chuck Schumer say we are not celebrating, yet you see some of the images out of Capitol Hill last night, in the middle of the night, people were taking selfies — a lot of happy faces. Elizabeth Warren outside taking selfies with supporters.”

Was that anything at all like the big photo-op President Trump had in the Rose Garden when the House finally managed to pass the Trumpcare bill back in May, Steve?

Next, Brian Kilmeade decided to take a cheap shot at younger Americans:

“I laugh, too, that these young people are out there celebrating. Congratulations, you now will pay a fine or you have to have insurance. Congratulations, the healthy people are paying for the sick people.”

And finally, co-host Ainsley Earhardt chimed in:

“Congratulations, because now people who need healthcare can’t afford it because these premiums are astronomical.”

Earhardt’s point is moot because she doesn’t give a damn about people having to pay more for insurance. But with his comments, Kilmeade proved he doesn’t even understand the basics of insurance. Twitter gave him hell for his lack of comprehension, and it was well deserved. First, however, here’s the sullen Fox News boneheads:

https://twitter.com/justinhendrix/status/890923992177152001

Oh, and as for the idea that one should never take selfies when happy, the Foxers need look no further than themselves:

I often wonder: Is it the least bit painful to be as brainwashed and ignorant as the Fox News hosts and the people who watch them?

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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Healthcare WTF?!

Whoa! Trump Just Said Health Insurance Costs $12 A Year! (TWEETS)

During the crafting of the Republican healthcare bill, more than a few GOP senators remarked that President Trump didn’t seem to have a complete grasp of the subject. Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana had this to say on Thursday:

“I don’t think it’s important for him to understand the policy intricacies of this bill. What’s important for him is to understand the principle. His principle is there should be a replace associated with repeal.”

The matter of whether or not Trump does indeed understand even the basics of health insurance are proven with something he told the New York Times just this week:

“So pre-existing conditions are a tough deal. Because you are basically saying from the moment the insurance, you’re 21 years old, you start working and you’re paying $12 a year for insurance, and by the time you’re 70, you get a nice plan.”

Is that supposed to be a joke? Insurance costs $12 a year? For who?

And this isn’t the first time Trump has proven his complete lack of comprehension regarding how much a health insurance policy costs. Earlier this year he told the Economist:

“Insurance is, you’re 20 years old, you just graduated from college, and you start paying $15 a month for the rest of your life and by the time you’re 70, and you really need it, you’re still paying the same amount and that’s really insurance.”

Is Trump thinking of life insurance? Perhaps. But who doesn’t know the difference?

Some facts for the president:

  • The average premium for a single person who gets health benefits from an employer last year was $536 a month. The employee pays an average of 18 percent of that total cost.
  • For an individual policy, such as one from the health insurance exchange, a mid-level “Silver” plan ranges from $364.91 a month for a 30-year-old to $872.01 per month for a 60-year-old.

There was lots of scorn for the insurance-challenged POTUS on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/mollyfleck/status/887912454310608896

Here’s a thought: Let’s just go ahead and admit that the guy in the Oval Office is unfit to serve in any capacity, have a do-over, and get us a real president. Who’s with me?

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org