* “Our” in this case excludes those people who will not take responsibility for all of us, just themselves and their families. It also represent the overwhelming majority of Humboldt voters
Our federal representative Jared Huffman gets this, so do both of our Senators as does the candidate Humboldt elected for President. There is nothing we nor they can do but watch as Republicans gut Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.
And let’s be very clear, the Republican’s American Health Care Act is step one of three to return the free market to be the ultimate overseer of our nation’s health care, which will include the most vulnerable and needy among us, who, btw, generally have the highest health care costs.
Here is Paul Ryan speaking with Rich Lowry of National Review:
“So Medicaid, sending it back to the states, capping its growth rate, we’ve been dreaming of this since I’ve been around — since you and I were drinking at a keg. … I’ve been thinking about this stuff for a long time,” Ryan said. “We’re on the cusp of doing something we’ve long believed in.”
The Affordable Health Care Act is up for a vote today. It’s completely out of Humboldt’s hands, but it will affect our county and it’s residents greatly. What is wrong with this picture and how do we change this?
And now for something completely *clears throat* unrelated:
This image grab from the NYT which you can find here. I recommend this page highly for the info-graphic fans out there.
one more thing:
In this e-mail blast from yesterday, Alex Lawson pleads for support based on just one aspect of the Medicaid dismantling, Medicaid’s funding of baseline long term care.
Even though they can’t say this out loud, only hint at it like Paul Ryan did above, Republicans are about dismantling the modern governing system Democratic Presidents like FDR and LBJ (not to mention Republican Abraham Lincoln) helped create. Today’s vote will continue 50 years of progress towards the goal of ungoverning our attempts at a modern state that is responsive, and ultimately responsible, to the needs of all it’s citizens.
Tomorrow, Paul Ryan and Republicans in the House of Representatives will vote on Trumpcare―an $880 billion cut to Medicaid. They are using the seven year anniversary of President Obama’s signing of the Affordable Care Act to try and kick 24 million people off of their healthcare.
We must fight back!
Trumpcare is much more than an attack on the poor, working families, children, seniors and people with disabilities. It is an attack on the American people. It is an attack on families, and our shared belief that we have a duty to care for one another.
Medicaid provides vital health insurance protections to seniors in nursing homes and low-income Americans of all ages. Although the majority of Medicaid beneficiaries are children and working-age adults, Medicaid spends more money on long term care for seniors and people with disabilities than anything else.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimate that at least 70 percent of Americans ages 65 and older will one day need long-term care services and supports, which include nursing facilities, home health aides, personal care, and family caregiving.
The average cost for home health help is $45,000 per year, for a nursing home the average cost is $92,000 per year. Seniors with chronic conditions who require assistance with daily living often exhaust their resources paying for long-term care services. For these seniors, Medicaid is often the insurer of last resort.
Long-term care is one of Medicaid’s most critical, and invaluable, protections for our nation’s seniors. Indeed, one-fifth of Medicaid’s overall budget is spent on long term care.