The Congressional Budget Office scores Trumpcare: immoral

Obamacare gave 23 million people medical insurance; Trumpcare will strip it away from 24 million.

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According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Trumpcare will cost 24 million people their health insurance, with 14 million of those losses coming next year (assuming Trumpcare passes this year).

As the end of 2016, Obamacare lowered the uninsured rate from right before Obamacare took effect to 10.9%. That’s about 23 million more people with health insurance.

Medicaid (the medical insurance program for the poor) would be cut by $880 billion over the next 10 years. That reverses the tax increase levied on the wealthy to pay for the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, and the CBO estimates that Trumpcare will result in 14 million poor people losing Medicaid over the next 10 years. 14 million people.

I’ve been happily paying higher taxes without complaint for years so that my income could subsidize health insurance for people who couldn’t afford it – like friends and former coworkers who had been out of work and either had to self-insure for an insane amount of money or go without insurance and pray they didn’t get sick. It was the moral thing to do in 2013, and it still is.

Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live (image credit: Boston Globe)

But morality doesn’t seem to matter to Trumpcare’s supporters. Mick Mulvaney, Donald’s Office of Management and Budget head (who bought the anti-Planned Parenthood fetal tissue bullshit hook, line, and toxic lead sinker), said that “sometimes we ask [the CBO] to do stuff they’re not capable of doing….” Melissa McCarthy Sean Spicer tried to poison the well over the weekend, saying that “If you’re looking at the CBO for accuracy, you’re looking in the wrong place.” And apparently Tom Price, the new Health and Human Services Secretary, thinks that the CBO is “unbelievable” because the 14 million people who are projected to lose their insurance next year is more than are enrolled in Obamacare. It’s called “cuts to Medicaid,” you corrupt weasel.

All these people attacking the CBO both before and after the report was published tells you something very important: Donald and the Republicans are terrified that their base will figure out that the Republicans have been lying to them for the last seven years.

If Trumpcare passes, and if you voted for Trump because you didn’t realize how good you had it under Obamacare, prepare yourself to become an object lesson for why you shouldn’t trust the Republican party, the Tea Party, or their billionaire backers. Because reality is about to smack you upside your naive head with a clue-by-four. That’s studded with railroad spikes. Which were dipped in lemon juice.

On the other hand, if you voted for Trump because this is what you wanted – lower taxes on high-income earners and lower taxes on investment income, even though it means more people dying prematurely because they can’t afford medical care, more bankruptcies caused by inability to pay medical bills, and rural hospitals going out of business – you are a horrible fucking excuse for a human being. You are an oxygen thief. Jesus himself couldn’t help you reach the moral high ground from where you’re standing. And I hope that all the folks who are going to get hit by the aforementioned clue-by-four will throw your sorry ass out of office or put you out of business so you have to go on Trumpcare.

That would be what I call poetic justice.

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  1. Drum is floating a theory that the WH report, along with a Breitbart release of a d*mning Ryan statement about Trump, is all about sticking it to Ryan in the worst way possible over this. Maybe Trump really wants better healthcare, but thinks Ryan’s is not the way to do it, so stomping him utterly is the way to get there. With a real TrumpCare – not Ryan’s RandCare.

    • Other things aside for a second, upon what would you base the assertion that Trump wants better healthcare? And please, don’t give me his words – actions only. If his lips are moving he’s lying – that much has to be clear to even his most fervent supporters with IQs over 60 by now.