Friday, May 5, 2017

CD2 Rep. Marth McSally on the Trumpcare bill: "Let's get this f*****g thing done."

I suspect we all learn bad language somewhere along the line. I learned some of my vocabulary of 4-letter words related to reproductive acts and inappropriate exhortations to God when in junior high school in a training program run by the NRA. The rest of it, a few years later, I learned in the US Army. Ah! I get it. Colonel McSally learned hers in the Air Force. Either that or it is genetic. Take your pick.

Now don’t get me wrong. Our elected officials are but a sample of the rest of us. Here’s an example. On the occasion of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka ACA, Obamacare), VP Joe Biden was caught on open mic hugging Obama and saying “This is a big fucking deal.” (Check out the YouTube recording.) There is a world of difference between Biden’s celebrative and McSally’s pejorative. The ACA provided protections via health insurance to millions of Americans who previously did not have them. The AHCA that McSally wanted to get done takes such benefits away from millions of Americans. One of these is moral, the other is not.

Regardless of her linguistic embarrassment, McSally has voted 100% with Donald Trump and her vote on repeal-and-replace health care travesty is just a continuation of that trend. Here is what she voted for.

Erica Werner, AP reporter, quotes CD2 Rep. Martha McSallly, as speaking a group of Republican Reps about the Trumpcare bill (that the house eventually passed). Jim Nintzel covers that story in AP: McSally Urges Colleagues To Vote for This ‘Fucking Thing,’ aka Zombie Trumpcareweekly.

Here’s New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait’s take on “this fucking thing”:

The heart of the bill is the same one that was polling at under 20 percent and failed two months ago: a near-trillion dollar tax cut for wealthy investors, financed by cuts to insurance subsidies for the poor and middle class. They have added a series of hazily defined changes: waivers for states to allow insurers to charge higher rates to people with preexisting conditions and to avoid covering essential health benefits, and a pitifully small amount of money to finance high-risk pools for sick patients.

The implications of these changes are vast. The Brookings Institution notes that if a single state eliminated the cap on lifetime benefits for a single employee, then employers in every state could actually follow suit, thus bringing back a horrid feature of the pre-Obamacare system, in which people who get hit with expensive treatment suddenly discover that their insurer will no longer pay for their care. This would affect not only those getting insurance through Medicaid or the state exchanges, but also through their job.

The ambiguity of the details is the strategy. Republican leaders have been “assuring centrists that the Senate would make changes to allay their concerns and insisting that few states would actually use the waivers allowing higher premiums for pre-existing conditions,” reports The Wall Street Journal. Sean Spicer says it would be “literally impossible … to do an analysis of any level of factual basis.” Representative Fred Upton told reporters that if the Congressional Budget Office says the bill is underfunded he will push for more money — after it passes his chamber.

They are rushing through a chamber of Congress a bill reorganizing one-fifth of the economy, without even cursory attempts to gauge its impact. Its budgetary impact is as yet unknown. The same is true of its social impact, though the broad strokes are clear enough: Millions of Americans will lose access to medical care, and tens of thousands of them will die, and Congress is eager to hasten these results without knowing them more precisely. Their haste and secrecy are a way of distancing the House Republicans from the immorality of their actions.

Note to Southern Arizona, especially CD2, and particularly communities like Green Valley and South Tucson: McSally does not represent you and will do you harm. Your health care is a “big fucking deal”, and not just some “fucking thing” that makes health care rare and unaffordable. So get your act together and vote her out of office. You are stronger together.

Damn it! Blogging from Tokyo: I leave town for a few days and look at WTF happens.

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