Category: GOP Politics
Posted: 01/12/17 19:58, Edited: 01/12/17 20:06
by Dave Mindeman
Alright, I am going to explain something. This is about facts not partisan foolishness.
You are going to hear from Democrats (in fund raising letters) that the GOP Senate in Washington took away the ACA coverage on pre-existing conditions.
Actually, this is not true.
An amendment failed that would guarantee pre-existing coverage but it failed because of procedure....not any wish to actually kill this coverage.
The process that the Congressional Senate is using to repeal the ACA has to meet certain criteria to avoid the use of filibuster to block it. If that amendment had passed, then the bill would be changed enough to warrant a filibuster attack.
The bill (this is a procedural bill, not actual repeal) passed with 51 votes (Rand Paul voted against because, so far, it does not include replacement language).
So fundraising on this vote is a little dishonest. Yeah, stuff like this goes on all the time, and Democrats will get attacked in the future because they may need the same tactic.
But I want readers of this blog to know what is true.
I have decided that this will be the true purpose of this blog...that to the best of my ability, the writing here is going to give you the facts as I know them. Sometimes my understanding may be wrong, but it will not be without effort of finding the reality of a situation. And if I find what is wrong, I will correct it.
I know I have a liberal slant. I freely admit to that and won't change that. But one thing I hate most is hypocrisy. I call Republicans out on it a lot, because they do it a lot. Democrats do as well and when it is the wrong thing, I will call that out as well and give a fair representation.
The process for repeal of the ACA is going to be an ongoing process and you need to know the realities of it, not the spin.
Personally, I believe that a lot of people are going to be hurt by this repeal. And most of them will be the rural voters who were so sure that Trump was the answer to all their problems.
Trust me on this one....he is not.
The Congressional Senate will soon move to the next phase and their is no actual guarantee that pre-existing condition protection will be included, but it is not dead yet. Trump has indicated he still wants that, but the irony of that is, that any replacement plan with these popular ACA protections but without the payment provisions will NOT give more access - will NOT guarantee you get to keep the same coverage - and will absolutely NOT be costing less for anyone....absolutely.
So feel free to contribute to the Democrats...that is still a necessary thing because they are at a clear disadvantage in this fight - but don't do it because of scary language that is not true....just yet.
I will give it to you straight on this blog and on my Twitter account. I'd appreciate your readership and your following.
We have a lot of very serious work to do.