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Monday, July 10, 2017

Nancy LeTourneau, Washington Monthly: We're hearing a lot of stories about how Senate Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare are in trouble. The interesting thing of note is that the erosion of support for the bill is coming predominantly from Republican Senators who represent more rural states. A week that Senate Republicans had hoped would mobilize conservatives and shore up support for their measure to repeal the Affordable Care Act instead ended with eroding enthusiasm, as usually reliable Republican senators from red states blanched at its impact on rural communities. Ever since Republicans started putting forth their plans to repeal and replace Obamacare, we've heard countless stories about how the Medicaid cuts would disproportionately impact people living in small town and rural America. Because so many hospitals and providers depend on reimbursement from Medicaid for their financial survival, their existence could be threatened by Republican attempts to scale back the program.

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In rural areas where people tend to be older and sicker and have lower incomes, many hospitals say they are already struggling to survive and would be hit hard by the cuts to Medicaid in the repeal bills. "I talked with the marketing director of the small hospital in Greenville, Maine, yesterday at lunch," said Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, who has opposed the bill. "She told me that the hospital is the biggest employer in town, with 180 employees, and that it relies on Medicaid for 65 percent of its revenues. It is unlikely that this community hospital could survive the cuts that are in the Senate bill. In addition, if it were to close, the economic blow would be devastating because of the loss of so many good-paying jobs," she continued. "I am not surprised that those of us who represent rural states that would be particularly hard hit by the Medicaid cuts tend to be particularly concerned" about the impact of the bill.

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As we've seen explained by multiple sources, Republicans in the Trump era are almost completely dependent on support from small town and rural America. The fact that so many of them are now having to defend Obamacare provisions is fascinating to watch. Who knew that the most powerful message for Democrats in these regions of the country would become support for Obamacare?
Say it ain't so! You mean to tell me that Obamacare wasn't actually about giving away healthcare to all those lazy, shiftless, brown people and illegal immigrants and that the legislation actually helps millions upon millions of God-fearing, bible-toting, Sarah Palin-kind of Americans too?

Even through the fog of Fox News and Breitbart, legions of folks that voted for Trump and took him at his word that there would be no cuts to Medicaid and Medicare, and that his replacement for the ACA would be yugely better; neither of the floater bills forwarded by the House nor Senate Republicans comes close to fulfilling those promises which the now-POTUS seems to have forgotten that he ever said out loud in front of recording devices.

And all for the sake of cutting taxes for the wealthiest and kneecapping the legacy of our former President the Kenyan usurper. People do understand life and death in this nation and most want to live. Maybe that non-controversial idea will resonate with at least 3 GOP senators before it's too late.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-07-10 03:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I kind of want Trumpcare passed so rural voters can get exactly what they asked for.

#2 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-07-10 05:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#2

No. That's what separates us from those who don't care what happens to the millions of citizens who'll get caught in the crossfire. As this article notes, these probable Trump voters are making their feelings heard as best they can towards their GOP representatives not to put their lives and many livelihoods in jeopardy for the sake of redistributing more money back towards the already wealthy.

I want no one to suffer even if said suffering is brought on by the victim's own ignorance and belief in those telling them lies as a matter of breathing. This is not the America any humane person should want. People shouldn't have to pay for mistakes with their lives no matter what party they belong to.

#3 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-07-10 06:10 PM | Reply

Hmmm, maybe the Dems should push to eliminate Medicaid and Medicare completely and let the states put their own plans in place. Southern states would go broke or face retiree flight and central states would hollow out as rural hospitals closed.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2017-07-10 06:14 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Think of it as a vaccine against stupid. The US is way past its need for a booster.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2017-07-10 06:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Too bad they didn't mobilize to save their health care back in November.

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-07-10 06:38 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

The moral test of government is how it treats those in the dawn of life, our children; those in the shadows of life, our needy, our sick, our handicapped; those in the twilight of life; our elderly.

Hubert H Humphrey, 1976

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-07-10 06:40 PM | Reply

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

John F. Kennedy

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2017-07-10 06:43 PM | Reply

Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

-Jesus

#9 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-07-10 06:51 PM | Reply

AMEN 7, 8, and 9.

#10 | Posted by uncle_meat at 2017-07-10 06:55 PM | Reply

Maybe we should let it happen in red states if the people vote for it.

#11 | Posted by Tor at 2017-07-10 09:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The blue states can band together and fund replacement programs, let the red states descend into the hell hole they seem to want.

#12 | Posted by bored at 2017-07-10 09:34 PM | Reply

If the majorities in some counties are so far removed from reality that they would vote directly against programs they depend on to stay alive I'm not sure if there's anything that can be done to save them.

#13 | Posted by Tor at 2017-07-10 09:48 PM | Reply

And they will continue to vote republican. Nothing can stop them. They are incurably dumb.

There are times that I am so sick of their stupidity, I hope Obamacare is repealed and replaced, it will have little impact on me, MAYBE a few more dollars a month in insurance premiums, maybe-soon to be offset by my kids getting off my insurance. So, personally it will likely have little impact. There are times like this when I feel like F' them.

They gave us the most vile corrupt piece of garbage to ever fester in the White House. Sometimes I just want them to get what they asked for.

#14 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-07-10 09:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"If the majorities in some counties are so far removed from reality that they would vote directly against programs they depend on to stay alive I'm not sure if there's anything that can be done to save them."

And what of the blue voters in red states? F**k them???

#15 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-07-10 10:52 PM | Reply

#14 | POSTED BY TRUTHHURTS AT 2017-07-10 09:56 PM | FLAG:

This.

I think I'm like Walter White after season 2 or so. I guess by definition I am already so inherently resentful and already lacking in sympathy, but I haven't gone full Heizenburg yet.

#16 | Posted by bocaink at 2017-07-10 11:44 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#15 blue voters can move. A shadow secession if you will.

#17 | Posted by bored at 2017-07-11 04:04 AM | Reply

Of course Red Staters are desperate to save the ACA. We all know at this point that Red States receive FAR more money from the Federal Government in the form of handouts, subsidies and government programs than Blue States. Of Red States need the ACA.

#18 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-07-11 12:57 PM | Reply

If they shut down Medicaid in some states and not others anyone who makes less than say a lawyer and has kids will move to another state.

#19 | Posted by Tor at 2017-07-11 03:23 PM | Reply

Us: "Hurricane is coming, going to be bad. Lots of flooding, get out of there!"

Red States: "Nah, we'll be fine."

Massive flooding, many deaths.
_____

Us: "We need to keep Obamacare"

Red States: "Nah, we'll be fine, --------"

Massive epidemics, many deaths.

_____

At what point do the developed parts of this nation just forget about the red parts entirely, as they wish do to to us, their caregivers.

#20 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-07-11 07:52 PM | Reply

Yeah cause my county that went for Hillary 57 to 37 percent should suffer because the state went 49.83 to 46.17 for trump, or all 2.1M that voted for Hillary in the state should move.

That is the kind of thinking that leads to comments along the line of liberalism is a mental disorder.

#21 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2017-07-11 08:35 PM | Reply

As this article notes, these probable Trump voters are making their feelings heard

Although providers are likely Trump voters, the article sounded more like the providers are making their feelings heard; not the working class Trump voters.

I suspect that working class Trump voters in rural areas don't have a good appreciation of all of the ways in which the federal government comes to their aid i.e. rural electrification, price supports, Obamacare, etc. If they did, no thinking person would take the position that government is the problem. Democrats running for federal elective office in these areas must appeal to the people that work the farms or the mines; not just the farm/mine owner many of which are very well off. Dem candidates must point out the ways in which their local areas benefit from the federal government.

#22 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2017-07-12 05:04 AM | Reply

Yeah cause my county that went for Hillary 57 to 37 percent should suffer because the state went 49.83 to 46.17 for trump, or all 2.1M that voted for Hillary in the state should move.
That is the kind of thinking that leads to comments along the line of liberalism is a mental disorder.

#21 | POSTED BY TAOWARRIOR

What? The idea that people should get what they vote for it?

#23 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-07-12 12:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Except that 57% of my neighbors didn't vote for it. You are cool with punishing them though because, reasons I guess. Heck he only won the whole state by 3% and we were one of the states that had our voter Id law struck down and our gerrymandered districts overturned aka danni would say republicans cheated to win the state by that slim margin. Despite that you would still want us to "get what we voted for".

Yeah that will show us and make a swing state turn blue.

#24 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2017-07-12 03:08 PM | Reply

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