Monday has come and gone, and things are getting even worse for the average person in America. One of the first things trump did was sign the bill that allows ISPs to make money off of you without your consent. He signed the bill that allows them to sell your personal information, including browsing history, to anyone they want to as long as they pay the price.
Not only is this law an invasion of your privacy, one right going away under trump, but it also steals from you. Yes, I said it steals from you. Under this bill, if an ISP gets a high bid for your browsing history, they can sell it and not give you a dime in compensation. I don’t know about you, but I consider that theft of my money! If an ISP sells my information to some advertiser, they should have to compensate me with a commission on that sale price.
The odd thing is that over 75 percent of the American people were opposed to this bill. Over 72 percent of trump voters were opposed to this bill. Shows just what trump thinks about us and his voters. So under this bill, we lose our right to privacy and we lose our right to make money off of our use of the internet. We lose two rights in one bill.
Then he decided that women in the workplace, especially those who work for government contractors don’t need to be paid fairly or protected. He rolled back the Obama Rule that made federal government contractors be transparent with their pay and not be allowed to use “secret arbitration” for sexual harassment or sexual discrimination cases.
The law required contractors to report pay to the government so they could ensure that women are paid the same rate as a male counterpart doing the exact same work. It took away the arbitration part because under it, companies could hide any sexual discrimination or sexual harassment cases from the public.
The purpose of this law was to make sure that “companies acting badly” cannot make huge amounts of money off of the tax payer. It told contractors that they had to follow the law in all aspects or they would not lose their contracts. If a contractor had a history of violations, they would be refused the ability to even bid on a new contract before fixing all of their violations.
Sounds reasonable to me. Why should the tax payers be forced to pay contractors who abuse their workers? Well, trump has decided that is exactly what the tax payer should do. They should be forced to use their tax dollars to pay contractors who cheat, steal, or hide sexual harassment or sexual discrimination. In other words, trump says if you treat your employees like slaves, that should not keep you from making money off of the government.
So, when it comes to government contractors, trump is saying they don’t have to follow any laws to protect employees. Especially female employees. The barbarians are going to be allowed to remain barbarians and still get fat government checks. How wonderful for the average American.
Then last night it came out that the “repeal and replace” of the ACA has been put on life-support. It was announced that our vice president mike pence is negotiating with those wacky guys in the so-called freedom caucus. He is trying to get their support so some version of the bill can pass. And, in order to keep the moderate Republicans who supported the bill, they are using a nice semantics game that will cause a lot more harm that the original bill did.
The final version of the “bill” hasn’t been made up yet, but there are two parts that came out that show just how heartless these miserable bastards really are. And, the chances are these changes will have very negative effects on you or a family member if it passes.
The first thing they want to do is claim they will allow those with pre-existing conditions to keep purchasing health insurance. But, in a nice switcheroo, they are going to allow states to “opt out” of that requirement as long as they have “high risk pools”.
Here is how it would work. It would allow states to not use community rating. Under this rule in the ACA, insurance companies are not allowed to charge people more money than anyone else in their age bracket. Meaning, if you have a pre-existing condition, you cannot be charged more than someone who is healthy and the same age. That is the basic principle of insurance of any kind. Spreading the risk and costs. Under this bill, states could change that part of the law so people with pre-existing conditions would not “technically” be denied coverage, they would simply be charged a whole lot more in premium costs and deductibles.
For example, if a woman is diagnosed with cancer, she would be able to purchase coverage at high rates. But, the insurance carrier could also say they won’t cover chemotherapy. So, she would have health insurance, but not the ability to receive the treatment she needs to get healthy. Unless of course she has lots of money. In other words, she will probably die.
You must also go back before the ACA to fully understand this problem. It is not just related to serious life-threatening diseases that everyone wants to talk about. Prior to the ACA if you didn’t get insurance through your employer, you could not get insurance if you had a pre-existing condition like allergies or arthritis. If states are allowed to use “high risk pools” to cover people with pre-existing conditions, millions of people will probably be priced out of the market.
The other part of the bill would allow states to change the state requirement for insurance carriers so they don’t have to cover the 10 essential coverages as required under the ACA. States under the ACA can still opt out of this requirement if they can show that an alternative program would cover as many people with comprehensive coverage at a lower cost to the government. Not one state has been able to meet that requirement. So, not one state has been able to “opt out”.
The evil freedom caucus leader, Representative Meadows from the Soviet Socialist State of North Carolina, says:
The fundamental idea is that marginally sick people would pay the risk associated with their coverage. Those that have premiums that would be driven up because of catastrophic illness or long-term illness, we’ve been dealing with that for a long time with high-risk pools.
Yeah, they have been dealing with that for a long time. Under the old rules, insurance companies charged sky-high premiums, extremely high deductibles, and had lifetime limits on how much they would be forced to pay before they dropped you like a rock. Additionally, insurance companies would not cover your pre-existing condition for six months to one year. And, in some areas, there were waiting lists you went on before you could even buy insurance.
The original Americans Without Health Care Act was going to toss about 24 million people from their insurance. This new version with these wonderful satanic changes will toss even more people off their insurance. See, there are two ways to reduce the health care coverage rolls. Simply cut things like Medicaid and by making those damned sick people pay through their nose to a point they cannot afford coverage.
I wrote once before that Republicans understood our real problem when it came to health care coverage. The problem as they understood it is that “too damn many people have health insurance”. So, they came up with the Americans Without Health Care Act to trim those rolls. When it crashed and burned, they had to go to the crazies in their party to make the bill even worse for the average person. All in the name of tax cuts for the wealthy.
If these changes are accepted and put in the bill and passes, Republicans will deal a double whammy on the health care coverage of Americans. They will get rid of many who rely on Medicaid, and they will get rid of the sick bastards that are driving up their costs. The two ways to reduce the health care rolls in one bill. Nice!
Who will be the people most affected by this evil bill?” Those wonderful people who voted for trump believing his lies about making sure that “everyone is covered under my great health plan”. Most of his voters in rural areas will be the first to lose their insurance.
During the campaign trump said he would “make America great again”. What his devoted followers didn’t realize was that he didn’t mean “great” for them. He meant “great” for the rich and the corporations.
To put it in very crass terms, trump voters are nothing but “cannon fodder” in his war against our democracy. There were three things that trump did yesterday that puts this on full display.
And, the shirts keep marching along.