The Senate Healthcare Bill: Robbing form the Poor to Give to the Rich

​After weeks of secrecy and silence, Senate Republicans have finally revealed their version of the healthcare bill which will repeal the Affordable Care Act. You can read it here.

I’ll save you some time, though: it slashes medicaid spending by billions, allows insurers to deny coverage to people with preexisting conditions, including women who are pregnant, will raise insurance premiums and deductibles and will result in tens of millions of people losing health insurance. It will also give a $33 billion tax cut to 400 of the richest households in the United States. Billionaires. 

I’m sure there are already talking points being issued about why this law is so important and beneficial. Such arguments are transparently false and don’t hold up under a microgram of scrutiny, but they’ll make those who offer them feel better. 

But irrespective of such talking points and irrespective of any one law or policy, a simple truth remains: if you’re hellbent on making things better for super rich people and making them harder for poor people — which this bill does unequivocally — you’re doing humanity wrong. And there’s no talking point that changes that. 

Craig Calcaterra

Craig is the author of the daily baseball (and other things) newsletter, Cup of Coffee. He writes about other things at He lives in New Albany, Ohio with his wife, two kids, and many cats.