ISN'T THERE SOME LAW AGAINST CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT?
Here's a (Partial) List of All the Pre-Existing Conditions the GOP Bill May Not Cover
By Nicole Chavez, CNN
Updated 11:12 AM ET, Fri. May 5, 2017
The new health care bill, the American Health Care Act, could weaken protections for those with pre-existing conditions (aka a "health problem you had before the date that new health coverage starts") That's an estimated 52 million adults under 65. But the term "pre-existing condition" is, itself, vague -- and every insurance company has its own lists of "declinable" or "uninsurable." Here are the health issues they considered 'pre-existing conditions' prior to Obamacare. (This list is not comprehensive.)
Acne, Acromegaly, AIDS or ARC, Alzheimer's Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Anemia (Aplastic, Cooley's, Hemolytic, Mediterranean or Sickle Cell), Anxiety, Aortic or Mitral Valve Stenosis, Arteriosclerosis, Arteritis, Asbestosis, Asthma, Bipolar disease, Cancer, Cardiomyopathy, Cerebral Palsy (infantile), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Cirrhosis of the Liver, Coagulation Defects, Congestive Heart Failure, Cystic Fibrosis, Demyelinating Disease, Depression, Dermatomyositis, Diabetes, Dialysis, Esophageal Varicosities, Friedreich's Ataxia, Hepatitis (Type B, C or Chronic), Menstrual
NOTE: Sure, "acne" and "anxiety" but Tuberculosis, Bi-Polar Disease, Parkinson's and MS? Really? Look, I'm well aware that severe acne can be a serious conditions and not just some passing teenage angst and anxiety can be a whole lot more than just wondering if I'm going to make that traffic light up ahead before it changes. But none of this makes any sense whatsoever. The whole "gut" and "replace" theme is just more cruel bullshit from Trump/ Ryan and Republicans.
And here's an easy to digest comparison between the ACA and the ACHA provided by a friend of mine:
For those who can't be bothered to read an
entire bill, here are the Cliffnotes comparisons between ACA and AHCA:
(1) Individual mandate
Obamacare: All Americans are required to have health
insurance or pay a tax penalty.
Trumpcare: The mandate is repealed, but
individuals who forgo health insurance for more than 63 days must pay a 30%
surcharge on their insurance premiums for a year.
(2) Employer mandate
Obamacare: Companies with more than 50
employees are required to offer health insurance or pay a penalty.
Trumpcare: This mandate is repealed.
Obamacare: Raised Medicare taxes on the
wealthy and imposed new taxes on medical devices, health insurers, drug
companies, investment income, tanning salons and high-end health insurance
Trumpcare: Repeals most Obamacare taxes and
delays implementation of the tax on high-end health insurance plans to 2026.
(4) Insurance for dependents
Obamacare: Required insurers to allow
children under age 26 to be covered by their parents' policies
Trumpcare: Maintains this requirement.
(5) Pre-existing condition coverage
Obamacare: Prohibits insurers from denying
coverage or charging more to individuals who have pre-existing medical
Trumpcare: Gives states the option to waive
pre-existing coverage requirements if they set up high-risk insurance plans for
individuals who would be priced out by traditional insurers.
(6) Essential health benefits
Obamacare: Requires all insurance plans to
cover certain health conditions and services, such as emergency room visits,
cancer treatment, annual physical exams, prescription drug costs, mental health
counselling and women's health services.
Trumpcare: Allows states to define what
benefits are mandated or opt out of the requirement entirely.
Obamacare: Expanded Medicaid health
insurance for the poor to cover more low-income individuals.
Trumpcare: Curtails federal funding for
Medicaid expansion beginning in 2020 and give states the option to receive
federal dollars as a block grant instead of based on number of enrolees.
(8) Capping expenses
Obamacare: Prohibits insurers from limiting
the amount they would reimburse for expenses for "essential health
benefits" and curbs the annual amount a family must pay for these
Trumpcare: Continues this prohibition and
retains limits on so-called out-of-pocket expenses.
Obamacare: Provided refundable tax credits
for low-income individuals who purchased their insurance on government-run
marketplaces and support for some out-of-pocket medical expenses.
Trumpcare: Makes tax credits based on an
individual's age, which are phased out at higher income levels. Ends tax
credits for out-of-pocket expenses.
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15: On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about 5 hours
out of Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic. All of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the
cockpit, immediately, to see the captain. As soon as I got there I noticed that the crew had that “All
Business” look on their faces. The captain handed me a printed message. It was
from Delta’s main office in Atlanta and simply read, “All airways over the
Continental United States are closed to commercial air traffic. Land ASAP at
the nearest airport. Advise your destination.” No one said a word about what this could mean. We knew it was a
serious situation and we needed to find terra firma quickly. The captain
determined that the nearest airport was 400 miles behind us in Gander,
Newfoundland. He requested approval for a route change from the Canadian
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We all know that Donald Trump was only joking when he
implied that the Second Amendment Folks could take out Hillary if they wanted
to.And when he encouraged Russia to hack
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with him she threatened to have him arrested, right?
While I’m totally 100% spit on my mother’s grave sure
not yet convinced that Putin is directly behind the e-mail hack and dump of the
Democratic National Committee (whose offices, by the way are just a few blocks
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A NARRATIVE THAT ENABLES VIOLENCE AGANST US AS IT DID
PART ONE If you haven’t kept up with the right wing’s
latest attacks on liberals for protesting and resisting Trump then you probably
will disagree with me that I believe that we are heading for new wave of
violence against liberal demonstrators, protesters and resistors as well as against free speech and
the continued diminishment of basic civil and human rights right here in
America. We’ve seen such actions before
during the Civil Rights and Anti-Vietnam War days of the 1960’s.With our backs against the well, as they
surely are today, and the national atmosphere even more repressive with the
Trump Administration, you can depend on it. Why do I say what’s happening to us today
resembles what happened to African Americans during Jim Crow?In no way do I intend to portray the “plight”
of liberals and progressives today as analogous to the post Civil War situation
of African Americans following the passage of the 13th