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Republican Healthcare Bill Was Blocked By Congress, GOP Lawmakers Then Scrapped Vital Healthcare For Disabled Children

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The list of embarrassing failures that President Donald Trump has attached to the Republican party ever since his election to the White House in 2016 is unbelievably long. You could argue that that simple fact alone should really be enough to indict him as a truly appalling President of the United States and leader of the free world, simply because his sheer and profoundly shocking incompetence means he has got almost nothing done in over two years in office.

One of the most publicly humiliating instances of such failures to actually do anything was President Trump’s attempt to overhaul Obamacare and replace it with a dismal Republican healthcare bill to essentially take away lots of the provisions granted by the previous President, Barack Obama. Inevitably, it failed on its head, and the entire nation (and indeed much of the world) spent a significant amount of time laughing at how ridiculous it was that the President, even with an elected majority in both chambers of congress, was unable to pass his flagship healthcare bill.

Now, though, a group of furious Republican lawmakers have taken matters into their own hands. They don’t care that even GOP members of Congress outright refused to vote for the destructive GOP healthcare bill – they went behind the backs of the voters and started repealing healthcare policy wherever they felt like it anyway, starting with the people who need it most badly – disabled children.

I am not making this up. It is as though the Republicans banded together to try to come up with a solid method to make everyone hate them as much as possible. It does not get much worse than literally taking away vital healthcare provisions from kids with lifelong disabilities. At first, amazingly, the Republicans in question tried to argue that the cuts to Medicaid would not actually result in loss of access to services, which is of course entirely nonsensical:

The commission and several health insurers with state contracts have spent the last year arguing that the cuts will not cause children to lose access to services.

Carrie Williams, spokesperson for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, insisted that they were doing nothing wrong:

“The most important job we have is making sure kids have the services they need and that we are responsible with taxpayer dollars. We will monitor the reduction of rates to ensure access to care is not impacted and that Texans around the state receive the much-needed therapies required to improve their lives.”

However, it was not long before an adult stepped in to set the record straight. Per Stephanie Rubin, chief executive of the advocacy group Texans Care for Children:

“This is terrible news for Texas kids with disabilities and developmental delays and their families. Kids with autism, speech delays, Down syndrome, and other disabilities and delays rely on these therapies to learn to walk, communicate with their families, get ready for school, and meet other goals.”

Too right. This is Republicans showing their true colours.


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