The sepia-tinged amnesia of the GOP
Healthcare and a non-existent time.
Before we begin, poor John McCain.
Not only is he recovering from $76-thousand cancer surgery for which the American taxpayer happily paid (you’re welcome, senator) but now that Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas have said they will vote NO on the Republican healthcare replacement plan — called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (oh, quit laughing) — the bill has been pulled, which means we will be spared McCain’s rise from his hospital bed in Arizona, the landing of the chopper in D.C., the motorcade, the lifting him into the wheelchair as he’s pushed onto the senate chamber to thunderous applause — Andrea Mitchell and Chris Matthews will remind us of his service to the nation, perhaps adding an amusing anecdote or two about his temper or wit — so he can bravely add his voice to gut the healthcare of at least 23-million Americans.
And how about Senator Marco Rubio’s timing on this too, huh?
What is it with Republicans?
It’s a good thing they’re just cynical and ruthless — not cynical, ruthless and bright, for that would be a problem.
Ah, 2007, though. The GOP remembers it well.
A time before Obama was president, remember, and $5 medical office visits that were always punctual. A time when insurance companies never raised premiums exponentially or denied coverage callously, and always provided customer service professionally, paid their CEOs modestly, and adjudicate disputes fairly. Great days, weren’t they, when doctors, carrying black bags and lollipops, regularly made housecalls — sometimes arriving on horseback — and took chickens and pot roasts in lieu of payment, and always spent whatever time necessary with you or your sick loved one — sometimes sitting downstairs and playing Parcheesi with the young’uns until little Timmy’s fever broke?
Remember those days?
Sure you do.
My doctor had to get rid of his mare because of his malpractice insurance.
And nurses can no longer wear the white caps because of government regulation.
Oh, and that application above, that’s the actual ACA form Americans have to fill out. Do we smoke? How dare the government intrude like that? It’s not like private insurance companies pry into your medical history.
So, now with this GOP plan dead, it should be time to celebrate, yes?
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday abandoned efforts to pass a broad Republican-only replacement of Obamacare, saying late Monday he will instead seek a vote on a simple repeal — but delayed by two years to give lawmakers time to seek a replacement
… or until after the 2018 election. Turtle meet fox.
Actually, this repeal, whenever it comes — and you have to imagine this simple repeal is as dead as the Trumps’ marriage — will only be a problem if you have previously received treatment for any of the following:
Adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
B12 and folate deficiency
Hemolytic — RH factor
Ankylosing spondylitis (HLA B27)
Infectious (GC #1)
von Willebrand disease
Brain edema and herniation
Congenital heart disease
Bronchiolitis obliterans (BOOP)
Coronary Heart Disease
Disseminated intravascular coagulation
Diverticular disease of G.I. tract
Hepatitis, acute and chronic
Immune diseases of liver
Premature ovarian failure
Paget disease of bone
Polycystic kidney disease
Potassium homeostasis disorders
Sexually transmitted diseases
Sodium homeostasis diseases
Spinal cord disease
Systemic lupus erythematosus
Systemic sclerosis (scleroderma)
Toxic shock syndrome
By organ system
Urinary tract infection
Urinary tract obstruction
Viral exanthemas of childhood
(*I may have made up that last one.)