Monday, June 26, 2017
FYI GOP: First, Do No Harm
McConnell Does Health Care, by Jonathan Schmock
The GOP, being the GOP, has kept up the dystopian, mendacious, Granny-killing rush to ram through their behind-closed-doors "Let's Just Help People We Don't Care About Die Quickly To Get More Tax Cuts Bill" - stubbornly insisting $880 billion of cuts in Medicaid aren't really cuts and only slightly tweaking other parts to make it even more repugnant - as opposition and evidence against it mounts from more humane and thoughtful quarters. On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office confirmed what everyone except the GOP has said - that the bill would have a "devastating" impact and leave at least 22 million people without insurance.
The same day, widespread resistance by health care providers and advocates, along with a handful of Republicans, was joined by two huge groups. Arguing "there has never been a rollback of basic services to Americans like this ever in U.S. history, the head of America's Essential Hospitals, a coalition of about 300 hospitals treating many low-income patients, was blunt. "Let's not mince words," he said. "This bill will close hospitals. It will hammer rural hospitals. It will close nursing homes. It will lead to disabled children not getting services...People will die."
After the CBO's numbers were released Monday, more critics blasted the bill as "a moral abomination." Said a furious Chris Murphy, Association, the nation's largest and leading healthcare organization, likewise savaged the bill. Citing in particular cuts to Medicaid and Planned Parenthood, they wrote a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, "Medicine has long operated under the precept of Primum non nocere, or ‘first, do no harm.’ The draft legislation violates that standard on many levels."
They wrote, take note, to the soulless, amoral McConnell. When the history of this period in history is written, writes one analyst, McConnell will star as "the one willing to wreck anything for short-term gain. He has revealed that there is little in political decorum that can't be ditched in the name of victory, no process that can't be overturned if one is cynical enough to try." It's McConnell's house that will see a glitter-and-biodegradable-confetti-adorned dance protest Monday nightby Queer activists WERK for Peace - as they did at "Daddy Pence's and Ivanka the Complicit's" houses - to tell McConnell "we will not give him and his cronies a pass to...target the most vulnerable members of our communities." It's McConnell who over decades has achieved "a rare pinnacle of dickery." And it's McConnell, with his bloody hands, who must ultimately be held to account for this "death care."