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I mean, who wants to live on this sucky world anyhow when we can have JEEEEEzus take us home, glory hallelujah, AMEN!

At least, that’s what this Fox news bimbo appears to be saying. We’re all going to die someday, dying sooner just gets us to Jesus faster, hallelujah!

And allows tax breaks for the rich.

Anywho, the CBO, as I mentioned before, says 22 million Americans will become uninsured if the Senate bill were passed as-is. So the question is, how many people would end up dying because of that?

We actually have numbers about the death rates of insured versus uninsured people. So: they estimate that in 2005 Census, 44,789 deaths occurred due to lack of health insurance. That was when there was a population of 46.6 million Americans uninsured. Thus that’s 995 additional deaths per million uninsured.

Thus the Senate bill kills 21,8990 people by depriving them of healthcare.

But hey, tax cuts for the rich are more important than human lives, right?

– Badtux the Disgusted Penguin

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Person 1: “So, the real cure for disease X is this substance that I just so happen to sell.”
Me: “Gosh, that’s cool! So, what epidemiological studies show that this substance actually works? What peer-reviewed journal are the blind controlled trials published in? I want to know more!”
Person 1: “Epi… wha?”
Me: “You know, science.”
Person 1: “But we have this gee whiz explanation for why this substance works!”
Me: “An explanation isn’t science. Science conducts reproducible experiments under controlled conditions in order to determine whether something works or doesn’t work.”
Person 1: “Well we haven’t done any of that because of the AMA conspiracy!”
Me: “AMA conspiracy? Uhm, university researchers don’t have anything to do with the AMA, and scientific journals in the fields of medicine and biology certainly don’t. You’re telling me that every medical journal in the world — including ones published in countries like England and Singapore — are part of this AMA conspiracy? Despite the AMA being, duh, AMERICAN?”
Person 1: “You must be part of the conspiracy!”
Me: “Dude. I’m not even a doctor. How could I be part of a conspiracy of doctors?”
Person 1: “You’re a big meany poopie face and you have cooties too!”
Me: “Uhm…. cooties? For real? Are you, like, in the fourth grade?”
Person 1: “Bigly cooties. They’re YUUUGE!”
Me: “Have a nice day.”

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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We should be grateful, I suppose. They could kill more, after all. It’s what cold-blooded lizard people from planet Sociopath do — come up with new and better ways to kill human beings, who they view as prey, not as fellow travelers in life.

So, the Congressional Budget Office has now scored the new Republican health care plan. Here’s what they conclude:

  1. Massive tax cuts for billionaires
  2. Massive tax hikes for non-billionaires (the “healthcare tax”, which may not be taken out of your paycheck by government, but it’s taken out of your paycheck nevertheless).
  3. 1/6th of the population uninsured as the individual health insurance marketplace goes into a *literal* death spiral and
    those on Medicaid lose their coverage.

    But hey, I’m sure all that money that the billionaires get as tax cuts will trickle down to the rest of us, just like it has during the past 30 years of stagnant or declining real salaries for white males… i.e., just like a two-story outhouse.

    Alrighty, then!

    – Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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Healthcare? I don’t think so!

Basically:

1) It guts Medicaid
2) It reduces the subsidies to middle class
3) It eliminates all the mandates *except* the mandate that insurers must insure all takers.
4) It gives people like Donald Trump gazillions of dollars in tax cuts.

The Republican plan basically kills all rural hospitals. Every single one of them. By cutting off the Medicaid funding that keeps them operating. So rural voters, who voted overwhelmingly for Trump, will have their healthcare killed altogether by Trump.

So basically, here’s what happens:
1) Lots of rural poor people die.
2) Nobody buys insurance until they get sick
3) Insurance companies go into a death spiral, and collapse or pull out of the individual marketplaces
4) Profit! (If you’re rich).

Ah yes, America. Where the feeling seems to be that rich people don’t have enough money, and poor people have too much health care.
Ah yes, America, where the voters vote for the Alligators Eating People Party, then get surprised when alligators show up at their doorstep to eat them.

Alrighty, then!

– Badtux the Disgusted Penguin

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How bad is it? It’s so bad that in Montana, a Republican candidate for the House of Representatives attacked and body-slammed a reporter who kept asking him about the GOP health care plan in the wake of the CBO rating that it was a terrible, no good, aweful health care plan. It’s so bad that a Representative who’d voted for it broke down in tears when it was explained to him by a reporter just how bad the plan really was. Because he’d had no idea. He’d been told by his party leaders that the bill would be better than Obamacare, and he believed them. Either that, or he is a sociopath who is good at faking tears.

So, that’s the Representatives who voted for the bill — they’re either brutal thugs with no compunctions about hurting people, or they’re idiots who just voted it on blind faith in their party leadership. So, let’s look at what’s so bad about it, according to the CBO report:

  • It’d cut the already-too-scarce Medicaid funding by over $800 billion and put per-capita caps on how much money went to Medicaid. So if you were a state with a lot of old people — old people are the biggest users of Medicaid, btw, the majority of Medicaid funding goes to old people — you’d see a huge cut in your overall Medicaid funding, while if you were a state with a lot of insured young people, you might actually see a gain in the amount of Medicaid funds that you get. Guess which states have a lot of old people? Yep, that’s right, the Trump-voting red states. Gosh, go figure.
  • Rich people would see tax cuts of almost a trillion dollars over the next ten years. Gosh, why does that not surprise me?
  • 23 million currently-insured people become uninsured. So basically 25,000 people per year die who would have otherwise lived, because an emergency room is not health care, an emergency room is a bandage and a splint.
  • In about 1/6th of the country, individual health insurance will basically become unavailable. And yep, again we’re talking about red states, mostly.
  • Health insurance for older people would increase drastically. Premiums for 60- to 64-year-olds would increase to average unsubsidized premiums of almost $18,000 per year, well beyond what the majority of people in that age group can afford.

In short, Trumpcare reduces the federal deficit by a tiny amount, but increases the number of dead people by a large amount. As such, it’s even worse than Obamacare — something that Trump promised wouldn’t happen, but I guess he’s too busy playing President to actually care.

– Badtux the “It’s terrible, no good, and evil” Penguin

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Remember this asshole?

Thumbs up, y’all!


What an asshole. Hundreds of thousands died because of this asshole and his posturing. Now, let’s look at another group of assholes:

House Republican sociopaths on parade


They were high-fiving each other and shouting “Mission Accomplished!” because they, too, have condemned hundreds of thousands to die by depriving them of healthcare. More particularly: By removing the requirement that insurers offer insurance to people with pre-existing conditions.

Who has a pre-existing condition? Pretty damn well all of us who are past age 40, people. It’s called “living life”. Everybody gets there eventually. I know I’m personally uninsurable if insurers are allowed to deny coverage. Too much wear and tear over the years, plus chronic allergies, genetic in nature, not because I lived wrong. Thing is, anybody who is of a certain age has this wear and tear. It’s just how human bodies age. And there’s millions of people in my boat, any of whom will die if they have a heart attack or get cancer and they don’t have health insurance.

Sociopaths. We are ruled by sociopaths. By cold-blooded lizard people who view human beings as prey, not as fellow travellers in the human race. And people will die if this bill makes it through the Senate, guaranteed.

– Badtux the Healthcare Penguin

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People with Type 1 diabetes are having to turn to the black market for the insulin they need to stay alive. This is especially true if they’re allergic to the particular bacterium genetically engineered to produce the specific brand of insulin that their insurer covers. The new genetically-engineered insulin was supposed to solve the allergy problem that faced some users of the pig or cow insulin because it’s people insulin, not pig insulin or cow insulin. Instead it created its own allergy problems because some of the proteins of the bacteria that produced the insulin end up in the insulin, and allergies happen due to those proteins, too.

And to top it all off, because these are genetically engineered insulins, the vendors raised the price to outrageous sums. Meanwhile, the cheap animal insulins are no longer available on the U.S. market — the only way to get cheap insulin now is to import it illegally on the black market from Canada.

The core problem here is that insurers and drug makers are quite willing to kill Americans suffering from Type 1 diabetes in order to increase their profits. If you suffer from Type 1 diabetes and don’t get your insulin when you need it, you *die*. But insurers and drug makers don’t care. They don’t have to. It’s not as if there was some entity called “government” that had the power to regulate them and force them to bring cheap animal insulin back on the market again, after all. This “government” thing? It must be imaginary, right?

Say hello to Libertopia, folks, where drug makers are quite happy to kill people for profit because they don’t care and they don’t have to.

– Badtux the Disgusted Penguin

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