the latest assault against the affordable care act has begun. previously under donald trump they eliminated the individual mandate which i know was a controversial portion of the law but its removal will in the end raise prices for people who remain on those plans, they have also allowed plans that don’t cover essential benefits to be sold so many people will be buying health insurance that will leave them vulnerable to both medical and economic emergencies later on when they actually need the health insurance they think they have, and it’s about to get a whole lot broader, entering areas we thought we didn’t have to worry about — and i’ve looked into it, this is literally the only thing jeff sessions is doing that trump approves of these days. but there was a reference to consumer protections, what does that mean? the most important thing we are talking about are the protections for people with pre-existing conditions. now, if you go back more than a decade to before the aca, if you had a pre-existing condition, which we know are huge percentage of americans do, we will break down some numbers later on, you could lose your health insurance or be denied access to it, or if something happened to you and you had health insurance they would deploy their detectives to go through your history, identify that you should have known or reported that you had this, and then your plan would be revoked at that point.i or if something happened to you and you had health insurance they would deploy their detectives to go through your history, identify that you should have known or reported that you had this, and then your plan would be revoked at that.
one of the things that the aca did that was good was supported people with pre-existing conditions, now that trump administration says it won’t protect the aca and those exemptions. the lawsuit argues that without the financial penalty for not having insurance the law is unconstitutional, which was the legal logic that john roberts, chief justice john roberts, used in his argument when he upheld the individual mandate but the gop tax bait repealed that aspect of it, so they are essentially playing the dirty games that they always do, they are using the things they have already done as a reason to screw over americans as they tend to do. and what is incredible is how brazen they are in taking away these protections but also just rejecting, you know, historically rejecting portions of the affordable care act that would offer them federal money to expand their state medicaid programs and offer coverage for the most impoverished people in the country, the most disadvantaged people in the country. this should be unsurprising for anyone who has been paying attention and has noticed that they are willing to go against the best interests of their constituents just to be greedy or make a political point, but, you know, this i think could have some severe ramifications for them politically because people are going to feel the impact of this, unless they are successful in spinning at which republicans are successful in spinning things, they could make it seem like this is the failure of obamacare, it’s now really affecting you, it has nothing to do with us, and you really need democrats to fight back, right? so i think there is a messaging thing, but if they are successful in this, and keep in mind federal judges do need to make a decision on this, but it is likely that this republican appointed judge is very likely to vote in favor of what the republicans want in this suit.
. we’ll see how it plays out but we really need fighters in congress right now, we need democrats to come forward in congress and make it abundantly clear what is going on and how they plan to strip away these protections for americans who desperately need them. and we have to call out that it’s not an economically intelligent decision, which might not also be surprising, but the reality is the math between having a mandate and having coverage over pre-existing conditions almost cancel each other out, so you can actually have both done which the affordable care act was meant to do and not miss a beat, you are dialing back the economics of how insurance company work, the whole benefit of having a larger pool of people paying into other people who are coming into the pool ultimately and republicans don’t even understand this, that’s good for insurance companies, they get to have bigger pools, so in effect they are both screwing the public and screwing the insurance companies which is a bizarre balancing act. the first time this policy was implemented was in the state of massachusetts under mitt romney, mitt romney is a republican, we all know this, so this was not some crazy socialist progressive plan, it was actually quite the opposite. and i think that there needed to be a better way to explain why the mandate took place, or was implemented, in the first place, because most people didn’t understand what it was, it was painted as government overreach but in reality it is what helped fund the program. i wish we didn’t have the affordable care act, i wish we had universal healthcare and something that made more sense than what we have, but right now we might not even have the protections under the affordable care act and that is devastating. and to piggyback what you said on this not being economically viable, it throws the markets into more disarray than when there was a legislative battle over the affordable care act because a legal case could take who knows how long so insurance companies are pretty angry at these republican states are going forward with this and that the justice department is backing those 20 states. and also to what you said, the reality is if you aren’t having enough money coming into the insurance system, which is not a good system, we should have a universal system, we should not have private insurance deciding what treatments are given to individual people, it also opens the door to reducing benefits further so what people think they have, whether they are doing it under the affordable care act or under their own private insurance policies, they will find themselves with less insurance than they are paying for, then they think they are paying for. and this is an indication that there is nothing that is not on the table in terms of being snatched away, this is the most universally popular part of this, for americans at large and republicans, if you were not around before the aca it was rough times if you were not some perfect, like, hulk, like perfect physical strength, if you had any problems you would probably have financial problems as well, and they want to bring us back there. i know some people see any strike against the aca, if like us you want universal healthcare you say what is the difference, we want to get universal healthcare, but we don’t immediately get to that and along the way a lot of people theoretically could end up bankrupt or chronically ill or dead as a result of changes like this, and some people are in a safe enough or healthy enough position that they can look on this and just say it will be fine, we will push past it in a few years, but there will be a lot of people left behind along the way. really fast before we get to that, i want to go back to that last graphic just to show you again, 59% of republicans support these protections and i want to focus, that represents millions and millions of republicans, i want to focus on one because there is one prominent republican who also supported these protections, his name is donald trump, we want to show you some of the promises he made over the past few years in relation to this specific part of the law. will you make sure that people with pre-existing conditions are still covered? yes because it happens to be one of the strongest assets. we should ensure that americans with pre-existing conditions have access to coverage. let me tell you, pre-existing conditions are in the bill and i just watched another network than yours, and they were saying pre-existing is not covered. pre-existing conditions are in the bill, and i mandated it, i said it has to be. on a discussion of pre-existing conditions, it’s of tremendous concern. we are having pre-existing conditions. is it okay to pass a house bill that might not protect pre-existing conditions? we are protecting pre-existing conditions and it will be every bit as good on pre-existing conditions as obamacare. his ideology at the best of times is a jumble of indecipherable complexity, he doesn’t even understand it, but on this he was very clear, over and over, and the reason he was that clear is because this is an incredibly popular part of the law. so now it is clear, donald trump lied to you. because it’s not like the gop in the house gave him a bill that stripped it out and he’s got to sign it, this is his approval to the justice department, this is on him specifically, so if you are trump supporter, he lied to you over and over and over and if you are one of the, let’s bring this up, one of the 27% of nonelderly adults who have pre-existing conditions representing somewhere, i’m bad at math, between 50 and 100 million americans, theoretically could have pre-existing conditions at some point, who could now be thrown off of their health insurance, he lied to you. and if you aren’t a trump supporter please share this portion of the video with them, it might get through to them that he doesn’t have their best interests at heart. and really quickly these republicans are supposed to be rule of law, they are violating the rule of law, they are trying to chip away at it one at a time, rule of law is only when they are trying to incarcerate more black people for drug offenses. or shoot more black people. but one thing that keeps coming up, let’s just point for the record and finalize this, they are disingenuous when it comes to mental health issues, mental health issues are only used as scapegoats, as a scapegoat, when there is mass violence or mass shootings and they do not want to talk about gun control. they don’t care about your mental health care, they never have, they never will, if they genuinely cared they wouldn’t fight so aggressively to gut the only protections we have that offer some coverage for those who suffer from mental health issues, and by the way the number of people who are now, you know, taking their own lives is increasing considerably, we will talk about that later on in the show, and to know that this is all going on and that they use it as a political talking point when it’s convenient for them is just disgusting.
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