Editorial: GOP ashamed of its meanness

This week, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders delivered a short speech on the floor of the Senate that warns of what is to come from the GOP’s proposed health care plan, and impending changes to President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act. Already, Trumpcare will cut up to 23 million people off health insurance rolls and start a drastic reduction in Medicaid benefits to the poor and middle class. Other changes will also hurt those most in need, while benefits will go to the younger, healthier members of society (who will age and need those benefits down the road) as well as massive tax cuts to the super rich. It is, as Sanders has said previously, reverse Robin Hood, where Republicans take from the poor and the sick, and give to the rich and healthy.
“Health care constitutes one-sixth of the American economy,” Sanders stated. “It impacts every man, woman and child in our nation. And yet, we have 13 Republicans, all men, working behind closed doors to produce legislation that will be brought to the United States Senate at the last moment so the American people don’t know the disaster that it is… I say to the Republican leadership: What are you afraid of? Bring that bill out.”
Will they? Unlikely. What are they afraid of? That the public would rebel at the meanness of the legislation they are too ashamed to debate in public. Sad. No, worse; that’s pathetic.
Angelo Lynn
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