LA County Board of Supervisors Accuse Would-Be Repealers of Obamacare to be Playing With People’s Lives

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As the Senate prepared to vote to open debate on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday accused legislators of playing with people’s lives and failing to seek input from those charged with providing care.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said healthcare was a critical focus of a meeting last weekend of the National Association of Counties.

“The healthcare debate should be about improving outcomes and not just a budget exercise,” Ridley-Thomas said, citing broad consensus among county officials nationwide, without regard to partisan politics.

If Obamacare is repealed, Congress will create “a massive cost shift … for counties to bear” and given its size, “Los Angeles County would be the county most adversely impacted,” Ridley-Thomas said, adding that the county could stand to lose as much as $1 billion in funding.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who also attended the NACO meeting and is the sole Republican on the non-partisan county board, agreed.

“It’s being done in Washington without seeking the input of the providers,” Barger said. “It’s people’s lives being played as a political pawn.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pressing for a vote, though it remained unclear Tuesday morning whether senators would be asked to open debate on a replacement healthcare bill or a repeal without a ready alternative.

Republicans have long sought to repeal the healthcare law, saying it has driven the cost of healthcare premiums and deductibles up to a level that many Americans can’t afford and created insurance market imbalances that cannot be sustained.

President Donald Trump pushed Congress to fulfill its pledge to repeal the ACA in a speech Monday, calling Obamacare “disastrous” and a “nightmare.”

County officials are particularly concerned about cuts to Medicaid as a result of a repeal, saying that cuts would disproportionately affect elderly and disabled individuals and take away a critical tool in fighting the opioid epidemic nationwide.

Nearly two-thirds of 2011 Medicaid expenditures benefited disabled and elderly Americans, even though they made up less than one-fourth of the program’s enrollees, according to NACO. That data predates the roll-out of the ACA, which expanded access to Medicaid.

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  1. Who owns Obamacare now?????? 07/21/2017
    Several days ago DTPOTUS said he won’t own Obamacare!!!
    Interesting, because he is beginning to take steps to create the conditions where those who want to sign up for Obamacare can’t or are limited. How? By removing the designated money to pay for the private entities assigned to assist people in the operation of signing up for Obamacare. This action by DTPOTUS is the beginning steps in taking ownership of Obamacare.
    As to the above exploitation this is a perfect example of Trump the BULLY, Bloviater, and BLUFFER willing to use and let “WE THE PEOPLE” suffer when it comes to our healthcare. Again this is also an example of the President rebuffing the Oath he took when he accepted the Presidency of the United States of America. In that Oath he swore to uphold and protect the Constitution of the United States of America.
    In case you forgot the Oath it is…. “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
    If DTPOTUS wishes ill well on the people he serves then this is another example hence a reason that if this threat is carried out, then IMPEACHMENT is a logical consequence for his actions!!!!!

  2. Trumpcare Rejections…..[email protected]
    To not own, to blame, to whine…these are the leadership negatives that DTPOTUS ACCEPTS.
    1. We heard today JULY 18, 2017, that the reason Trumpcare failed was due to the Democrat OBSTRUTIONIST!!!!
    2. We also heard on the memorable day that DTPOTUS will not take ownership for his failure!!!!
    3. He brags about letting Obamacare fail and blame the failure on the
    Non-republicans.

    First item….DTPOTUS has a convenient memory … he refused to include the non-republicans at any of his meetings with the insider committee that created the first version and subsequent versions in private meetings. McConnell also refused to bring in the non-republicans to the meetings.
    Also note that on 7/18/2017 DTPOTUS invited only the Republican Senators for Lunch….how can DTPOTUS bitch or bloviate that the Non-Republicans are OBSTRUCTING this process. The reality is DTPOTUS is OBSTRUCTING the NON-REPUBLICANS from participating.
    The non-republicans did make suggestions with respect to the taxes and the cost for insurance and costs of medications. Remove mandates on individuals and small businesses. Allow individuals to seek health insurance from any insurance company even though they are not located in the potential insured’s state and are licensed to sell in the insured’s residential state.
    Second item…..OWNERSHIP…. this is a typical escape clause for DTPOTUS…This is a perfect example of a bully that was soundly defeated!!! Not only did his own party members slap him down but “WE THE PEOPLE” said loudly … NO!!!!
    Third item… perfect example of Trump the BULLY, Bloviater, and BLUFFER willing to use and let “WE THE PEOPLE” suffer when comes to our healthcare. Again this is also an example of the President rebuffing the Oath he took when he accepted the Presidency of the United States of America. In that Oath he swore to uphold and protect the Constitution of the United States of America.
    In case you forgot the Oath it is…. “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
    If DTPOTUS wishes ill well on the people he serves then this is another example hence a reason that if this threat is carried out, then IMPEACHMENT is a logical consequence for his actions!!!!!

  3. OPEN LETTER TO DTPOTUS….
    Dear Sir…
    I want to make it clear that I don’t trust you or agree with many of your actions.
    I offer the following as a citizen of the USA and a proud military family member.
    I feel that after hearing your statement after you heard that there would not be a vote on the healthcare plan proposed by the Senate…after hearing a statement you made of not taking ownership for the failure, blaming the Democrats or Non-Republicans for obstructionism, and letting Obamacare fail, I ask you why didn’t you go to each house and do the following…..
    1. Ask the Non-Republicans and the Republicans in the House of Representatives to each list what Obamacare changes they would want to make.
    2. Ask the Non-Republicans and the Republicans in the Senate too each list what Obamacare changes they would want to make.
    3. Next bring this information together and find commonality and make the changes common to all the created lists.
    Is that so difficult to do? You are the GREAT DEALMAKER…MAKE THE DAMN DEAL!!!! Don’t deflect, and blame!! [email protected]

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