The Republicans are gearing up for another assault on Obamacare in their nihilistic drive to strip healthcare from millions of Americans. The current incarnation of the Trumpcare beast is the Graham-Cassidy bill, which is set to be voted on next week. One of the most egregious aspects of this iteration is an attempt to shift Medicaid funding from blue states to red states.
Today, Trump took to Twitter to tweet his support of the legislation. As usual, he doesn’t care about the details, he just cares about ramming a bill through so he can say he “accomplished” something.
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I hope Republican Senators will vote for Graham-Cassidy and fulfill their promise to Repeal & Replace ObamaCare. Money direct to States!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2017
ThinkProgress reports that just a few hours before blasting out the endorsement, Trump blocked a stage 4 cancer patient on Twitter because she dared to criticize Trumpcare.
Omg. The President of the United States just personally blocked me. pic.twitter.com/MgLfwufOXC
— Laura Packard (@lpackard) September 20, 2017
“I cannot afford [a $141,000 premium] and I suspect most people cannot,” Packard told ThinkProgress, a reference to estimates that the new Republican bill could cause certain cancer patients to see a hike of over $141,000 to their annual premium. She relies on Obamacare for her life-saving treatment.
I have stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma. 1st chemo today. Obamacare is literally keeping me alive & can get me cured. If it survives. #SavetheACA
— Laura Packard (@lpackard) May 4, 2017
“I just wish that he would listen. He said he would come up with something that was great and was going to cover everybody, and [Republicans] keep coming up with bills that are the exact opposite. He’s definitely not listening to me now,” Packard added, addressing the president’s petty decision to block her. Packard has been a vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act repeal efforts since Trump’s election.
Packard recently appeared in a video defending Obamacare that went viral.
‘There is no plan B’ – this woman is battling stage 4 cancer and Trumpcare at the same time pic.twitter.com/KKMKdIfuCV
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 14, 2017
Moments like this put a face to the millions of Americans being betrayed by our coldhearted, ignorant president. There are real lives at stake out there, and the Republicans continue to talk about healthcare as a purely monetary abstraction. Make no mistake about it, repealing Obamacare is an act of mass murder, plain and simple.