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GOP Gives Giant Middle Finger to America with Healthcare Vote

Here’s what you need to know about the American Health Care Act, passed today by House Republicans:

If you have a vagina, you’re screwed. If you’ve struggled with a life-threatening condition, you’re screwed. If you’ve got a disabled child, you’re screwed. Basically, we’re all screwed.

Trumpcare, which just needs approval from the Senate to become the law of the land, does away with the affordability of essential health benefits. That means insurance companies could hike coverage prices for the following conditions (and if they don’t have to maintain reasonable rates, why the hell would they?):

  • Cancer
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Genetic conditions
  • Epilepsy
  • Mental health disorders


CNN noted that while Obamacare guaranteed that victims of rape and domestic abuse could get affordable insurance coverage, Trumpcare does away with that. Apparently surviving these terrible crimes makes you high-risk to insurance companies and to the GOP, instead of, say, a human being.

There’s really only one way to react to this news:


If you really believe that this bill is justified, that it’s in the best interest of anyone other than insurance companies, then I have some really bad news for you. You also have a pre-existing condition, which is that you’re out of your goddamn mind. And since mental health services won’t have to be covered affordably if this piece of shit bill becomes law, you’re just as screwed as the rest of us.

According to the New York Times, the bill eliminates government-subsidized Obamacare plans and replaces them with tax credits. A family could apparently receive up to $14,000 in tax breaks. I guess if you know nothing about middle and low-income families and what it’s like to struggle in America, that sounds like a lot.

But it’s nothing.

That’s just about how much I paid out-of-pocket to have a baby in 2015, and that was with employer-provided insurance. I suppose if delivering my second little pre-existing condition in September bankrupts my family, I’ll just have to “pull myself up by the bootstraps” or some other bullshit platitude the GOP likes to spout that just means it’s my own fault for being born with ovaries.

Because lawmakers rushed to vote on it (without even reading it, in many cases), we have pretty much no sense of how much this monstrosity would cost and how many people would be affected. Considering an earlier version of the bill, which couldn’t muster up enough votes from the cartoon villains who call themselves Republicans, would have meant 24 million fewer people insured by 2026, I can only imagine that this one is even worse.

To add insult to injury, this is apparently how some in DC celebrated the bill that could literally kill women and children:

Let’s hope the Republicans over in the Senate grow some balls actually read the bill before their vote and reject this horrifying legislation.

In the meantime, don’t forget to call your representatives and kindly let them know that you don’t deserve to go broke and/or die because you can’t afford private health insurance.