By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor
It is too late but its coming. Five bills are out there to replace the Affordable Care Act, or “Obama Care.” What it means is that the insurance lobby and the GOP are ending coverage for pre-existing conditions, and based on how they define it, it can mean anything that makes you sick, and will put lifetime benefit caps back in.
Those were the things that saved so many lives with Obama Care.
It is all based on moving patients to limited but high profit cancer treatments, not to cure or even treat cancer, but to use stricter bankruptcy legislation to take homes, seize retirement accounts and even garnish Social Security checks for cancer patients.
Instead of “death panels,” Obama Care patients received a broadened availability of higher priced treatments including personally targeted chemotherapy and the hugely expensive shots that treat white blood cells loss. Those are now going to be off the table for cancer patients who, instead, will simple be told they are going to die and nothing can be done about it.
Recurrent cancer is a pre-existing condition and the major cause of death in the US. Those bills won’t be paid under the GOP plans or payment will be cut off when it hits $250k. A typical breast cancer diagnoses, when caught at the earliest stages, costs $400k to $1.2 million. On average, women who get breast cancer for the first time will incur over $300k in debt, which in most cases will take the family home, the car and retirement funds.
For those with recurrent cancer, and those numbers are very high, there will be no treatment at all, at least not for the 22 million families that are to be shoveled over to “Brand X” healthcare.
What won’t come out is that treatments will be limited, many treatments not made available and that cancer survival will be now entirely put on your ability to pay the bill.
With planned cuts to Medicare, supplemental insurance providers, will be pushed out and more limitations are scheduled to be put on Medicare/Medicaid along with TriCare and ChampVA subscribers as well.
TriCare copays will skyrocket, again, and ChampVA will be limiting its secondary payer status, which will require Medicare patients who also have ChampVA to buy a 3rd insurance to cover the ChampVA’s proposed cutbacks.
This, of course, is the GOP victimizing veterans and military retirees, again.
The real deal here is the cancer and bankruptcy game set up by the pharma lobby, the banks and the hedge fund racketeers who have made an industry out of killing sick Americans. Worse still, this from STAT News:
The annual fundraising bashes that Donald Trump hosted at his Mar-a-Lago Club for the renowned Dana-Farber Cancer Institute were showy affairs, complete with poolside champagne, flamenco dancers, and Tiffany party favors.
And his titles from Dana-Farber kept getting loftier: First, he was a Discovery Celebration Chair. Then a Grand Benefactor. Then a Grand Honorary Chair.
Those titles did not come at a cost to Trump because he himself has not donated to the cancer center in years. His foundation, which has not included any of his own money since 2008, has given the hospital $350,000 since 2010.
Yet Trump himself may have profited from the relationship: The hospital has paid Trump’s private club up to $150,000 a year since 2011, and once before in 2008, to host the fundraising gala.
The hospital says its relationship with Trump is purely business: “Using or not using Mar-a-Lago is not a statement on the presidential election,” said Susan Paresky, Dana-Farber’s senior vice president for development.
But Trump’s foundation has drawn heightened scrutiny, and not everyone associated with Dana-Farber sees such a clear distinction between business and politics.
“Oh Jesus,” said Dr. David Nathan, who served as president of Dana-Farber from 1995 to 2000 and now sits on the board of trustees. He burst into laughter when told by STAT about the relationship between the hospital and Trump. “My first comment is no comment.”
In his own small way, Trump has been ripping off Cancer charities for years while blackmailing charities into naming him a benefactor when in reality he is everything but.
Now it all is going to go a thousand miles per hour in the other direction and a generation of Americans will begin enjoying the type of health care only available in places like Bangladesh and Liberia.
The best or worst thing about this, depending on how “conservative” you are, is that you can now look at people around you who voted based on concerns about the Bowling Green Massacre or the infamous Swedish Terror, and believed somehow that knowing they or their children would die an agonizing death because of their own actions wasn’t all that important.
Perhaps we can all wait and find out once and for all if there really is a g-d, if you get my meaning.