Murder on the health care express - Commentary

Murder on the health care express

Nancy K. Kaufman | Special to the Jewish News | Posted: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 7:28 am

The demise of health care is going to look something like “Murder on the Orient Express” — everyone in the GOP takes a stab at it in the middle of the night and in the end no one knows who did it. The first wave of protest in response to the outrageous House bill has ebbed completely, and this time after a U.S. Senate vote there will be no second chance. The time to fight back is now.

With complete control of the White House and Congress, the House GOP leadership proposed a truly terrible bill that had voters and major players everywhere (doctors, hospitals, insurers, etc.) up in arms. At first, the bill failed for lack of votes and then it was revived with a few inconsequential changes that left the number of people uncovered more or less the same. Lo and behold, it passed the House despite the prediction by the Congressional Budget Office that under the measure, 23 million Americans would ultimately lose coverage and those with pre-existing conditions would be worse off. President Donald Trump proudly held a Rose Garden ceremony just to celebrate that the House (not yet the Senate) had passed a bill.

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