Tomorrow, July 25, 2017, the United States Senate is set to vote on the repeal of the Afordable Care Act, or, as it was called by most, Obamacare.
Obamacare was a sweeping change of the American healthcare system in 2010, such as it was. Well, less a system really then, more a pile of shit made over to look like lipstick on a fairly average pig. But none of that matters anymore.
I was not the biggest fan of Obamacare. I still am not. I didn’t care much for how it was passed; I didn’t care much for the “read it after we pass it” attitude, or then Speaker Pelosi’s behavior about passing it. I didn’t care for what seemed like half-assedness and shortcuts that were taken in the bill. But, then came this abomination.
We shouted that there wasn’t enough time, but then again, the ACA was debated over for two years. We cried that there wasn’t enough hearings, but then again, the ACA had more than twenty-five hearings in the Senate alone. We bemoaned the lack of transparency in the process, but again, there were two debates broadcast live to the people of the nation in primetime. He muttered that it was bipartisan, and yet Republicans helped draft, not only the bill, but the ideas behind it. We wailed and gnashed our teeth, and yet…here we are now.
So, you ask, yes! What about now? What do we get instead? Well, we got twelve old white guys, in a room, deciding what our health care should look like. A fifth of the American economy. We wailed and gnashed our teeth about Obamacare, yes. And yet…now? Zero debate, zero hearings, zero transparency, zero input. We don’t get to know what they’re voting on tomorrow, purely because it doesn’t exist yet. Oh, don’t worry, they say, about reading it before we vote, it’s just, we haven’t written it.
Are you fucking kidding me? We didn’t wait eight years for this. We didn’t wait eight years for, “We don’t have a single idea in our bald little heads.” We didn’t listen to your bullshit, Leader McConnell, for eight years to be treated like this. We expect better of the so-called “adults” in the room. No, do better. A bill with a 13% approval rating; that has united the insurance companies, the AARP, the AMA, and countless healthcare professionals against it; that is a tax cut for millionaires, masquerading as a healthcare bill; this is not the best you can do. Do better, or do no harm, as the Hippocratic Oath says.
I have pre-existing conditions. I’ve spoken of them openly here and elsewhere. My wife has pre-existing conditions. She’d like to open her own business, but good luck with that if anything flares up again. My son has pre-existing conditions, my parents, my in-laws. You’ve messed with my family Mr. Speaker, Mr. Leader, and Mr. President. We are coming for you, for your agenda, for your jobs, for your donors. We are going to sink you under so many letters, so many copies of hospital bills, so many pictures of those we have lost. We are going to sink you with stories and anger. You think your base was pissed with Obamacare? You just wait. The real Silent Majority is coming for you.