The debate raging within the Republican Party over the future of the Affordable Care Act is over one key issue: what is healthcare supposed to be about? For most Republicans, healthcare is about selling health insurance and funneling profits to corporate executives.
For Democrats, on the other hand, the point of healthcare is to save people’s lives. Over twenty million people have gained health insurance from the Obamacare bill, and the landmark legislation has helped prevent at least 50,000 preventable deaths.
Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA), the grandnephew of President John F. Kennedy, joined a panel on Morning Joe to discuss the disastrous “Trumpcare” replacement bill that the right-wing is trying to ram through Congress before the public realizes what’s happening.
He grew visibly emotional as he recounted a story of how one of his office interns, a woman of only twenty-five, had been cursed with not one but two bouts of cancer – and survived them both thanks to the insurance provided by the Affordable Care Act.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 14, 2017
If the Republican Party had its way, this brave woman would likely have lost her life, the untapped potential of her youth and cruelly discarded to protect the bottom line of the healthcare industry, which is still raking in record-breaking profits under Obamacare.
Which tells you all you need to know about the Republican Party and their so-called “pro-life” and “family values.” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) shrugged his shoulders at the Congressional Budget Office’s declaration that 24 million Americans would lose their health insurance, instead focusing on the fact that the US would “save” $33 billion a year – or half of what we spend every year on military research and development.
Democrats would rather spend federal money and save lives. Republicans would rather funnel money to the richest Americans and watch their constituents suffer.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.