Healthcare is a Human Right.
Did you know that the Tennessee State Democratic Party has endorsed Medicare for All? More and more, our party is not caving to special interests in the name of compromise.
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the Tennessee Justice Center.
“I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid.” -- Donald Trump, May 21, 2015
Whatever Trump may have promised during his campaign for the presidency, his antics in office have deflected attention away from the Republican Congress' actions to do just that. Trump's huge tax break for billionaires must be offset by something, and the House just proposed a budget to accomplish that task. (June 19, 2018)
Here's all the times Donald Trump Promised Not to Cut Medicaid - Romper
Health Insurance and Medicaid Important for Expectant Mothers
The Tennessee Justice center has a nice summary of what's at stake in our fight to keep the Affordable Care Act.
When Bernie Sanders says that healthcare is a human right, he is affirming the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, spearheaded by Eleanor Roosevelt and adopted by the United Nations on December 10, 1948. Read on for why Obamacare (The Affordable Care Act) is not as bad as you think, and why the plan the Republicans have just put into place will make it harder, not easier, for you to pay for healthcare for yourself and your loved ones.
March 8, 2017: The Republicans have just come out with the plan they will use to replace the ACA, and it's not good news for the rest of us. The Nation has an infographic that explains how 1) Trump said he's going to fix healthcare so everyone is covered but 2) now the Republican-controlled Congress will cut coverage.
Here is a cheat-sheet on the changes the Republican plan will put into place if signed into law.
The Republican plan will hit rural areas hard. This according to the Wall Street Journal, a conservative newspaper that prefers small government and swings Republican! Even without the new bill, healthcare is harder to get if you live in the country.
Here's an article from CNN talking about Republican fear of the upcoming Congressional Budget Office report on the new bill. On Face the Nation, Paul Ryan anticipated the CBO's report: "The one thing I'm certain will happen is CBO will say, 'Well, gosh, not as many people will get coverage.' You know why? Because this isn't a government mandate,'" Ryan continued, "We're not going to make an American do what they don't want to do, You get it if you want it." This is a jaded answer. After all, who doesn't want health care? Even healthy young adults understand that without coverage they are gambling that nothing bad will happen to them. If you are not buying health insurance, it's because you can't afford the premiums. It's certainly not because you don't want healthcare. Our own Representative Kustoff needs to rethink his "West Tennessee Values" if he thinks average citizens of his district don't care about getting care when their loved ones are sick.
Another way Republicans try to fool you into believing they are not taking something away from you is to say we all have "access." But as Bernie Sanders said in his CNN debate on healthcare with Ted Cruz, we all have "access" to many things: I have access to a Jaguar if I want to buy it, or to a multimillion dollar home. It's my right to buy it. But can I afford it? No. It's one thing to say it's okay that some people can buy Jaguars and others can only afford a 10-year-old Corolla, and quite another to say that some people can have access to everything possible to battle against a deadly disease, and others, who don't have the income to pay for decent health insurance, do not.
The Democratic Party's alternative to the Republican plan: John Conyers' bill H.R. 676
Per capita, the State of Tennessee has lost more rural hospitals than any other state. TN H
Tennessee's Rural Healthcare Crisis -June 7, 2017 forum sponsored by the Tennessee Justice Center and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. WBBJ Coverage of the forum
Here's the website for the Center for Children and Families, with access to their in-depth study of the crisis in Rural Healthcare.
An excellent Washington Post article on the closing of Brownsville's Haywood Park Community Hospital
An article from the Jackson Sun, January 19, 2018, on the effects of closing down the McNairy Regional Hospital.