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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Trumpcare And You (VIDEO)

Before we moved to a few details about Trumpcare (AKA Ryan's Tax plan for the wealthy), take a look at 13 Senators charged with developing or studying a Senate repeal to Obamacare. Do you notice anything peculiar (but common to US conservatism) in the picture?

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I will wager, it didn't take but a second to see the fallacy of Republicanism. If you didn't notice anything I will call un American, You might be a gullible person and culpable in the diminution of the nation. If you didn't notice an absence of people of color, you certainly must know the Senate has a few GOP women who hold office.

Let's start with a short video of how the current Trumpcare bill differs from current national health policy (and law).

One more critical video. Do you recall Mitt Romney over running then President Barack Obama in their first 2012 Presidential Debate? Yes, Obama came out as President with reference to missing his anniversary celebration not knowing Romney was equipped with a debate technique tactic which when deployed effective is a debate winning tool. Romney Gish-Galloped President Obama and provide an impetus for better White House debate prep.

gish-gallop. Noun. (uncountable) A rhetorical technique in which a dishonest speaker lists a string of falsehoods or misleading items so that their opponent will be unable to counter each one and still be able to make their own counterpoints.

Watch the professional "galloper" from the great State of Tennessee, A veritable motor mouth who knows the news host has limited airtime for the segment and the galloper has opportunity to consume the time.

Republican surrogates, pundits, and officials deploy a similar technique when they appear on certain news segments.

Kaiser Family Foundation published a detailed review of how Trumpcare's restrictions of "pre-existing conditions" will impact current and potentially insured and  a table of deniable medications. 
Before the ACA, individual market insurers in all but five states maintained lists of so-called declinable medical conditions.  People with a current or past diagnosis of one or more listed conditions were automatically denied.  Insurer lists varied somewhat from company to company, though with substantial overlap.  Some of the commonly listed conditions are shown in Table 2.
Table 2: Examples of Declinable Conditions In the Medically Underwritten Individual Market, Before the Affordable Care Act
Alcohol abuse/ Drug abuse with recent treatmentMental disorders (severe, e.g. bipolar, eating disorder)
Alzheimer’s/dementiaMultiple sclerosis
Arthritis (rheumatoid), fibromyalgia, other inflammatory joint diseaseMuscular dystrophy
Cancer within some period of time (e.g. 10 years, often other than basal skin cancer)Obesity, severe
Cerebral palsyOrgan transplant
Congestive heart failureParaplegia
Coronary artery/heart disease, bypass surgeryParalysis
Crohn’s disease/ ulcerative colitisParkinson’s disease
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)/emphysemaPending surgery or hospitalization
Diabetes mellitusPneumocystic pneumonia
EpilepsyPregnancy or expectant parent
HemophiliaSleep apnea
Hepatitis (Hep C)Stroke
Kidney disease, renal failureTranssexualism
SOURCE: Kaiser Family Foundation review of field underwriting guidelines from Aetna (GA, PA, and TX), Anthem BCBS (IN, KY, and OH), Assurant, CIGNA, Coventry, Dean Health, Golden Rule, Health Care Services Corporation (BCBS in IL, TX) HealthNet, Humana, United HealthCare, Wisconsin Physician Service.  Conditions in this table appeared on declinable conditions list in half or more of guides reviewed.  NOTE: Many additional, less-common disorders also appearing on most of the declinable conditions lists were omitted from this table.
..... Current use of any of these medications by an applicant would warrant denial of coverage. Table 3 provides an example of medications that were declinable in one insurer prior to the ACA. Our analysis does not attempt to account for use of declinable medications.
Table 3: Declinable Medications
 Anti-Arthritic Medications
  • Adalimumab/Humira
  • Cyclosporine/Sandimmune
  •  Methotrexate/Trexall
  • Ustekinumab/Stelara
  • others
 Anti-Diabetic Medications
  • Avandia/Rosiglitazone
  • Glucagon
  • Humalog/Insulin products
  • Metformin HCL
  • others
Medications for HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis
  • Abacavir/Ziagen
  • Efavirenz/Atripla
  • Interferon
  • Lamivudine/Epivir
  • Ribavirin
  • Zidovudine/Retrovir
  • others

Anti-Cancer Medications
  • Anastrozole/Arimidex
  • Nolvadex/Tamoxifen
  • Femara
  • others
Anti-Psychotics, Autism, Other Central Nervous System Medications
  • Abilify/Ariprazole
  • Aricept/Donepezil
  • Clozapine/Clozaril
  • Haldol/Haldoperidol
  • Lithium
  • Requip/Ropinerole
  • Risperdal/Risperidone
  • Zyprexa
  •  others
Anti-Coagulant/Anti-Thrombotic Medications
  • Clopidogrel/Plavix
  • Coumadin/Warfarin
  • Heparin
  • others
Miscellaneous Medications
  • Anginine (angina)
  • Clomid (fertility)
  • Epoetin/Epogen (anemia)
  • Genotropin (growth hormone)
  • Remicade (arthritis, ulcerative colitis)
  • Xyrem (narcolepsy)
  • others
SOURCE:  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Product Guide for Agents ISSUE BRIEF
Literal death panel policies from the GOP and Trump.

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