Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine summed up all the devastating effects of “Trumpcare” (Affordable Health Care Act) in about a minute on ABC’s This Week. If there were ever a video you NEEDED to share, this is it. She breaks it down like this,
This bill would make sweeping and deep cuts in the Medicaid program, which has been a safety net program on the books for more than 50 years. Ensuring that some of our most vulnerable citizens, our disabled children, our low-income seniors receive the health care that they need.
It would also jeopardize the very existence of our rural hospitals and our nursing homes. Which not only provide essential care to people in rural America, but also are major employers in the small communities in which they are located.
And worst of all, these changes would be made without the Senate having held a single hearing to evaluate their impact.
Rural health care providers rely on Medicaid to get paid. With the deep cuts proposed by the latest version of the AHCA, they will simply go away. This will ensure that rural communities will completely disappear. The jobs will be gone from lack of facilities and it will be too hard on low-income families to travel the distance to see a provider. People will, literally, die because they cannot afford preventative health care. That is basic care. And the Republicans are perfectly alright with denying it to those they are paid to represent – can’t let people feel entitled, can we?
Watch Senator Collins destroy Trumpcare:
This is some answer from Susan Collins on the GOP health bill’s Medicaid cutspic.twitter.com/QijjjjuL8l
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 16, 2017