A Group Of Doctors Explain The Terrifying Effect Of Republicans Gutting Obamacare

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Donald Trump is going to hit Obamacare on day one. The Republicans are giggling and nearly wetting their pants with excitement over repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That means 20 million people will lose their healthcare. People will die.

The near-vice president Mike Pence told House Republicans that Trump’s people are drawing up executive orders to help transition from Obamacare to…something. They want to show forward movement with the repeal but be able to blame Democrats.

Republicans insisted on inserting the insurance companies into Obamacare. Now that those companies are raising prices, people are complaining. If the GOP had allowed Obamacare to become a single-payer healthcare system, there would be no problem with increases.

This is traditional Republican strategy: screw up the funding, come to the rescue, and then privatize governmental program after program. This strategy is how they reward their corporate buddies.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Republicans have to repair Obamacare, because otherwise, the result will be chaos. Trump tweeted Wednesday:

‘Don’t let the schumer clowns out of this mess.’

POLITICO reported that a Republican lawmaker in the meeting with Pence said:

‘He said the effort to reform health care starts today. President Trump will do what he can through executive action to make sure there is an orderly transition for the American people…and it will also require legislation and we will work together. And we will coordinate that. ‘

President Barack Obama met with Democrats early Wednesday to plan their own strategy about Obamacare, the president’s signature legislative achievement.

Trump tweeted:

‘Republicans must be careful in that the Dems own the failed ObamaCare disaster, with its poor coverage and massive premium increases……like the 116% hike in Arizona. Also, deductibles are so high that it is practically useless. Don’t let the Schumer clowns out of this web…massive increases of ObamaCare will take place this year and Dems are to blame for the mess. It will fall of its own weight – be careful!’

New York’s Republican Representative Chris Collins said:

‘We will repeal Obamacare, there’s no two ways about it.’

Democrats will do everything they can to stop the repeal, and they have already said they do not have to help Republicans out of this big mess.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told POLITICO:

‘If they think we’re going to come in and save their butts when they screw it up? No.’

Republicans want to immediately repeal Obamacare, but they are trying to figure out how to keep popular elements of the plan. Possibly, they will ask for the repeal right away, but implement the change after the 2018 elections.

The Republicans plan to try to work among bipartisan lawmakers, but any bicameral help is unlikely. Collins said:

‘I think as this becomes a collaborative, interactive discussion, I think what comes forward will be almost unanimous, because we’re going to thrash it out, kind of behind closed doors, in committee hearings.’

Not all, but most Republicans are choosing greed over untold suffering.

Featured Image: ellyn. via FlickrCreative Commons, minor modification.

H/T: POLITICO.