The Republican party ran on a platform of repealing the Affordable Care Act, a health care plan that, while far from perfect, was certainly a step in the right direction expanding Medicaid for millions of Americans and covering 90 percent of the American populace. Many Republicans would like to blame the Affordable Care Act for rises in premiums during the Obama administration and take for granted the inability of their base to use Google to fact check their heinous accusations and egregious lies. Senator Warren is having none of it.
But before we dig into Warren’s reaction, let’s take a look at the claim that healthcare premiums went up because of the Affordable Care Act.
The Kaiser Family Foundation began tracking the cost of healthcare insurance premiums in 1999 and not once have they reported a decrease. People may attribute that to many different aspects but one thing is for certain: a publicly traded company must show a continual increase in profits in order to appease stockholders and show a valid reason for that company’s CEO making such an absurd salary.
The GOP health care plan will kill people. Some studies are showing a conservative estimate of 27,000 people dying every year that would have otherwise lived if a wholesale repeal of the Affordable Care Act were to take place and over 24 million people will lose coverage should Republicans pass their bill.
And they were the ones accusing the Obama administration of starting death panels.
Here’s what Elizabeth Warren has to say:
President Trump and Speaker Ryan want to nearly double the number of uninsured people in the country by ripping health insurance away from a whopping 24 million people – rolling back years of progress in Massachusetts toward making sure people have health care. They’re willing to burn down our health care system by taking away coverage and making more than $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid in order to hand over tax cuts to millionaires. This CBO score makes clear that the Republican plan does not improve health care in America, and it should be withdrawn immediately.
If you ever needed evidence that Republicans view the working class as a gaggle of economic slaves that should die as soon as they are no longer able to work, this is it. As Chuck Schumer stated today this is “a war on seniors”. He might have added that it is only a war on seniors that can’t afford to buy their votes with millions in campaign contributions.