"Nobody knew health care could be so complicated” was an incredible understatement not long ago from President Trump – a fact that for years everybody but him seemed to have recognized to be true. Why else would it have taken his Republican Party legislators, after seven or so years of legislative dawdling, an inability to create a plan to replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) , aka Obama Care? But what did they create by throwing together a last minute plan when they suddenly had to fulfill their President’s campaign promise?
This blues tune was written by and is identified with jazz singer Lady Day -- Billie Holiday. The unique vocalist Eva Cassidy, with a style all her own, performs this arrangement. She died much too young due to melanoma. "God Bless The Child"
from Eva's album "American Tune" (2003).
"Them that's got shall get
Them that's not shall lose
So the Bible said and it still is news"
The lyrics seem most applicable to the Trump/Ryan Health Care Act, formally known as the American Health Care Act. The details, kept hidden so long from the public, were finally revealed at the last minute, rushing the Budget Office to assess the particulars. We finally learned the real beneficiaries of this health care bill are for "them that's got" from this administration. "Them that's not shall lose" evidences in the fact that those who can least afford the costs -- and even more millions who will lose health insurance -- will be the people most heavily hurt. Where are the compassionate Republicans? But – when selecting legislators -- will 2018 voters remember?
Gradually, I would think eyes are being opened to the fact that those with the least, also seniors, middle class, are all going to have even less, maybe nothing at all, or more expense -- not what the minority of citizens whose votes enabled this administration to acquire extreme power were led to believe would occur. But – when selecting legislators -- will 2018 voters remember?
We "ain't seen nuthin' yet" -- cuz when we get to tax reduction, other plans in the works, we can only wish we could reap such benefits like the wealthy 2% will – nothing more than token reductions, if at all, will be thrown to the vast majority of citizens. Who was it once said “let them eat cake”? But – when selecting legislators -- will 2018 voters remember?
Meanwhile plans are being worked up to reduce consumer protections, eliminate financial safeguards under the guise of needing to eliminate regulations to free up the business and financial world to --- rip us off. But – when selecting legislators – will 2018 voters remember?
There’s so much more, but I’ll save it for another time when there are sure to be even new matters to address. Meanwhile, I maintain my sanity by finding the humor in the ridiculousness of much that is happening, some of which is predictably unpredictable. I recognize the seriousness of the situation. I continue to be committed to preserving our democratic republic. I persist in resisting the inequities.
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Behind the scenes information about those who bankroll, influence, our political candidates, even “call the shots”, or all three, can be interesting. Here’s a link to one such article just published introducing a family some may find to be of interest written by Vicky Ward: “The Blow-It-All-Up Billionaires”.