Although I can’t say there was any real surprise, it was nonetheless disappointing to see Congresswoman Diane Black stand at a press conference and tout the merits of Trumpcare on the day the Congressional Budget Office forecast 14 million people will lose access to health care in 2018 and 24 million people will lose it by 2026.
Black, who often touts her previous experience as a nurse, just doesn’t get it. Without insurance and access to health care, people die. Without access, people – including people here in Wilson County – won’t be able to see a doctor before a mild or moderate ailment becomes a life-threatening condition.
Either she doesn’t understand or she doesn’t care. I’ll go with the latter.
Amid a chorus of “repeal-and-replace Obamacare,” Black’s voice was often one of the loudest. That song had been playing since the moment the Affordable Health Care Act passed. Here we are seven years later, and the best the Republicans can do is produce a shabby bill no one has read that could raise premiums 750 percent. Yes, that’s not a misprint. It would lower premiums for the very affluent while sending them through the roof for the paycheck-to-paycheck crowd. It’s pitiful they can’t come up with anything better and shameful they would even allow this bill to be put to paper.
Here’s one more thing. Black seems on board with HR 1313, which would allow employers to ask for employees to submit to genetic testing. It’s not as ominous as it sounds, but it’s a big shoutout to insurance companies, who can then tell employers, “You’ve got too many employees predisposed to hypertension…or cancer or diabetes.”
It’s something to Google. It’s something to ask her. It’s something to make you wonder whose side she’s on. I don’t think it’s ours.