You’ve read the analyses by bi-partisan specialists including the Congressional Budget office. You know that Republican “talking points” about how the Tax bill helps the middle class and billionaires like Donald J Trump lose money under it are a “bunch of hooey,” otherwise known as lies.
This bill is simply Robin Hood in reverse. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer.
In time, when a Democratic Congress and President take office, that can be reversed.
But what about the Americans who may die because of this bill? What can be done to bring back their very lives?
By repealing the Mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act millions of poor Americans may not be able to afford the premium increases that must come when young, healthy people won’t of their own accord join the insurance pool. That’s what the bill does with no “fix,” no replacement that will continue to make insurance affordable in sight.
Make no mistake.
This bill commits murder!
And while Democrats once back in power will reverse that also, for many Americans it may be too late. They will be dead.
I am reminded of what the late Justice Thurgood Marshall once told me in an interview while he was still on the Court. He was unalterably opposed to the death penalty and explained his opposition this way.
“They say it’s okay, it’s not too bad. But what if you make a mistake and kill an innocent man. What do you say to him…
Death is so final.”
And if people who can no longer afford health insurance die because of it, what will Donald J Trump and his band of Republican enablers say to them?
And if that happens, what do we say to the murderers?