Opinion: When lies reveal the truth …

(AP)

A significant majority of Americans now view health care as a right that ought to be available to all, not as a commodity that ought to be rationed by the marketplace so that some cannot afford it. And that changes everything.

It explains, for example, why the Republican Party finds itself stuck in a pickle barrel, unable to escape. In terms of policy, they stubbornly refuse to recognize that fundamental transformation in public attitude. Every bill they draft, every policy they promote represents an effort to return to the old model in which health care is rationed by cost, given to those who can afford it and withheld from those who cannot.

That’s unpopular, and they know it. They know it comes across as mean and cruel, because it is. But rather than go through the wrenching process of updating their policies to adjust to that change, they’ve decided it’s easier to just change their marketing. Their solution has been to push the same old proposals, but to lie about their impact and intent.

So over the last few weeks, every time the TV cameras pointed in their direction, Senate Republicans would solemnly promise that their latest health-care proposal would increase, not decrease, the number of Americans with health insurance. They couldn’t explain how, but they kept insisting it was true.

Not true, said the Congressional Budget Office this week. Noting that its typical in-depth analysis was impossible because Republicans were trying to rush their bill through, CBO could say only that the “direction of the effect is clear,” with the number of insured “reduced by millions” under the Graham-Cassidy bill. (CBO estimates of previous GOP bills put the number of additional uninsured at 20 million to 30 million.)

In addition, President Trump, Sen. Bill Cassidy, Sen. Lindsey Graham and other Republicans practically swore on their mothers’ graves that their bill would not end protections for those with pre-existing conditions. Well, their mothers have every right to be upset with them, because their sons lied, point-blank.

The CBO analysis makes clear that under Graham-Cassidy, states would have the authority to end protections covering pre-existing conditions. More importantly, the CBO warns that the economics of the Graham-Cassidy bill would pretty much force states to take that step.

The alternative would be the dreaded death spiral:

“Without subsidies — and with insurers required to accept enrollees having preexisting health conditions and with premiums varying only by age, geography, and smoking status — premiums would be high, and few people would enroll. Not only would enrollment decline, but the people most likely to remain enrolled would tend to be less healthy (as they would be more willing to pay higher premiums). Thus, average health care costs among the people retaining coverage would be higher, and insurers would have to raise premiums in the nongroup market to cover those higher costs. Anticipating such an unsustainable spiral, some insurers would not participate in the nongroup market …. over time, fewer and fewer insurers would continue to offer insurance.”

That is, by any definition, a policy failure. It is also a marketing failure, because thanks to these last nine months the American people now understand how bankrupt of ideas the GOP has become. In a CBS poll released Monday, just 20 percent say they back the GOP’s bill. They recognize, even if the GOP does not, that the debate over the goal of universal health care has ended, and the debate over how best to achieve it must begin.

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Kathy
Kathy

Unfortunately, citizens are used to politicians telling half-truths and outright lies. That's one of the reasons we need stronger ethic laws, stricter monitoring of all branches of government. More outrage, investigation and prosecution of white collar crimes.

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Melinda Edwards
Melinda Edwards

I had great insurance before Obama’s. Stop the stonewalling in Congress, repeal and replace. BCBS has pulled out of GA, there are no carriers left. Obamacare is imploding. We the people need help, NOW. Congress, please help us. You are not in jeopardy of losing insurance, we the people are. We do not want socialized medicine. Get a grip and do your jobs, or you will be voted out. Term limits are a must. Be on the same insurance as We The People! Grrrr...😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡

Kayu
Kayu

I don't think you understand what "socialized medicine" means. Back in the 1990's Israel, Switzerland and Taiwan all enacted major health care reform and today these countries have very different systems with two things in common:  the citizens are happy with it and if delivers quality healthcare at a reasonable price. Which of the three is more "socialized" than the others? Obamacare is solidly a Republican idea whose time has passed. The "free market" ideas are simply icing on the cake and won't solve the problem. 

Peachs
Peachs

The problem with a guy like Price is he is like a communist in the fact he lives in a one party state, yet a monarch in the fact there is a unlimited expense account ,because America is a great country, not Russia.

Peachs
Peachs

Rick Pitino reminds me so much of Trump except better looking and more successful!

Randy05
Randy05

Rick's "success" is probably now over. Seems he has trouble hiring people that acknowledge rules and boundaries. Maybe he exudes that "the end justifies the means" persona. The cumulative effect is just too much to let pass... sadly, he has to go, a victim of his own "success".

honested
honested

Before I leave, everyone make sure to send their congratulatory notes to Ayatollah-roy-moore.....

Once he installs baptaliban-sharia, it might help you get a toilet in your cell!

Fan4500
Fan4500

SNC - "Get of my post Fan, go find your own and stop following me around begging."

.

Did anyone else get the letter from Jay Bookman that said SNC's post were exclusive?

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

SNC, I want to clear one thing up....I DO NOT want you banned.  You're a great source of comedy entertainment.

Fan4500
Fan4500

@DownInAlbany Agreed.

But apparently SNC doesn't like people responding to their posts.

Go figure.

LOL

Kamchak
Kamchak

High flying Price SHEETZ

gotalife
gotalife

Are we going to allow another gop president to pardon trump like Ford?


Was the election even legitimate?


How to stop the next gop traitor to be president?


Who is thinking about this?

Fan4500
Fan4500

@gotalife "Was obama even an American?" Was he considered an legitimate President?

Peachs
Peachs

Just imagine how great our greatest president would have been if he was this great and not an American. Maybe we review the rules and let O run a third term since we seem to not have any qualified candidates in this entire country for 2020.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

I have absolutely nothing to say to folk who calls run away slaves traitors for fighting for their freedom.  So don't say nothing to me.  Stop begging.

gotalife
gotalife

trump is just another bought off punk thug working for putin.


After Mueller indicts them then what?


Nobody is thinking about that.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Trump supporters upset because I called Trump an SOB.  Now that's funny.  I just want to know, where was the same outrage when he called those mothers beitches?

Fan4500
Fan4500

@StraightNoChaser @Fan4500 @FIGMO2 Funny, it says Jay Bookman's up above.

Are you the only person who is allowed to post and respond?

Can you show me Jay's official letter to you?


If you don't like people responding. Stop posting.

gotalife
gotalife

Colluding with russia to attack and change western values is the issue of our generation.


Focus people and ignore their ignorant tweets.

Stop jumping down their ignorant rabbit holes to deflect the issue.

Citizen-of-the-World
Citizen-of-the-World

If lies reveal the truth, then the Trump administration is nothing short of a Revelation. 

gotalife
gotalife

The NFL players met and voted on their response to trump's big mouth.
 trump is to blame for your blame game not the NFL.


Americans will not allow trump and putin to change our values. Period.

Fan4500
Fan4500

@gotalife We saw how they responded in 2016.


Watch and see how they respond now. When the NFL and the owners see ther money dry up, watch and see the NFL ban the kneeling during the National Anthem, if not sooner.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@gotalife

Dems have fallen right into the trap Putin set for them.

Brosephus
Brosephus

@FIGMO2

So, Republicans are colluding with Russia to trap Dems?


LOL!!!!  

Fan4500
Fan4500

@Brosephus @FIGMO2 Don't invert. You mean hillary and obama.

"I'll have more flexibility after the election"

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Petition to remove Ray Lewis statue from Ravens stadium passes 25,000 signatures

The petition addressed to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has received more than 25,000 signatures as of Tuesday night.

“I took two knees because I have a first amendment right just like everybody else. And when I came out of that locker room, I had choice to make,” Lewis told 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore.

“And look at my fellow players and I looked at these young guys. I’m not in the protesting business, I’m not into this, whatever (Donald) Trump wanna say. I’m not into that mess, but if these young boys doing what they doing, then I got to meet them where they are.” 

I'm surprised Ray Lewis even has a statue given his history.

Ray Lewis was arrested for two counts of first-degree murder after he was involved in a brawl that led to the stabbing and death of one of the people involved. Lewis ended up pleading guilty to obstruction of justice and the charges were dropped.

He admitted to misleading police with his statements and the suit he was wearing during the fight was never found. Lewis ended up settling for an undisclosed amount with the victim's family.

gotalife
gotalife

@FIGMO2 Now the right are attacking statues. He was on both knees praying. He is very religious. Perhaps you should listen to him before your knee jerk reaction.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@gotalife @FIGMO2

Probably praying for God's forgiveness.

Where is the statue?

I will take it upon myself to tear it down. Maybe I can get a group together.

schnirt

Infinite Hope
Infinite Hope

@gotalife @FIGMO2 Lewis knows who the murderer(s) are and he, at least, escorted from the scene and helped them cover their deeds.

Brosephus
Brosephus

@Fan4500

Many have.  From athletes to actors to cops.

Don't like it, then work to change the system.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Stop begging Down's, I am not a friend of yours so don't talk to me.  Stop with the back and forth trying to keep up a conversation.  I am done.  LOL

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@Kamchak @StraightNoChaser

You often confuse exuberant gratification for anger, Kamchak.

I'd be willing to bet DiA is smiling while he's typing.