Thursday/ in America, you’re dead without money

Opinion headline in the Washington Post.

Another day in American politics under the Trump administration, and I would say, a particularly bad one.  This is not how democracy is supposed to work: for a few Republican senators to craft a major piece of legislation in secret – legislation that will take away the average citizen’s affordable or life-saving existing healthcare, basically to provide the rich with tax cuts, that they surely do not need.

From the New York Times: Senate Republicans, who for seven years have promised a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, took a major step on Thursday toward that goal, unveiling a bill to make deep cuts in Medicaid and end the law’s mandate that most Americans have health insurance.  The 142-page bill would create a new system of federal tax credits to help people buy health insurance, while offering states the ability to drop many of the benefits required by the Affordable Care Act, like maternity care, emergency services and mental health treatment.

So much for President Trump’s campaign promises to ‘take care of people’ and provide them with ‘terrific healthcare’, and that there will be no cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.

The Pyramid of Capitalist System is a common name of a 1911 American cartoon caricature critical of capitalism, closely based on a Russian flyer of circa 1900.  Says the poster: We rule you. We fool you. We shoot at you. We eat for you.  Let’s also stipulate, in 2017 : ‘We take away your affordable healthcare’.

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