UC Berkeley professor and former labor secretary Robert Reich is as steamed as the rest of us about how President Donald Trump and his Republican accomplices in Congress have fired a powerful volley in the class war against their own struggling supporters.
The House bill severely guts protections afforded to vulnerable Americans through Obamacare and Medicaid, and Reich did not hold back in his scathing assessment of the cowardly Republicans who allowed it to happen.
Wrote Reich in an extended piece on his personal blog, “Shame on every one of the 217 Republicans who voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, and substitute basically nothing. Trumpcare isn’t a replacement of the Affordable Care Act. It’s a transfer from the sick and poor to the rich and healthy. The losers are up to 24 million Americans who under the Affordable Care Act get subsidies to afford health insurance coverage, including millions of people with pre-existing conditions and poor people who had access to Medicaid who may not be able to afford insurance in the future. The winners are wealthy Americans who will now get a tax cut because they won’t have to pay to fund the Affordable Care Act, and healthy people who won’t have to buy health insurance to subsidize the sick.”
He added, “House Republicans say they have protected people with pre-existing health problems. Baloney. Sick people could be charged premiums so high as to make insurance unaffordable. House Republicans say they have protected people with pre-existing health problems. Baloney. Sick people could be charged premiums so high as to make insurance unaffordable. Trumpcare would even let states waive the Obamacare ban on charging higher premiums for women who have been raped – which actually occurred before the Affordable Care Act.” Reich later opined, “Trump and House Republicans aren’t patriots. They don’t believe in sacrificing for the common good. They don’t think we’re citizens with obligations to one another. To them, we’re just individual consumers who deserve the best deal we can get for ourselves. It’s all about the art of the deal. So what do we do now? We fight.” Do you support Robert Reich?