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Crawford: Trump supporters will get changes they don’t want

Posted: November 20, 2016 - 1:37am

For both Georgia and the United States as a whole, the election of Donald Trump as president is going to mean some major changes in our lives.

For a start, you can expect to see more air and water pollution, more closings of rural hospitals, and more people without access to health insurance under the new administration.

The most concise blueprint of what lies ahead comes from Sen. David Perdue.

In a radio interview last week, Perdue predicted that Republican members of Congress will quickly repeal Obamacare, the Clean Power Plan, and the "Waters of the United States" water quality rule. They will also approve the Keystone oil pipeline that would extend through the massive Ogallala Aquifer - one of the world's largest underground sources of fresh water.

"All four of those things will get signed into law by President Trump," Perdue said. "All four of those things will get done in the first 100 days."

Gov. Nathan Deal could have brought more than $9 billion in federal funds to the state if he had agreed to Medicaid expansion in 2013, but he declined the opportunity because of his political opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

There had been talk in recent months of easing into Medicaid expansion in 2017 and bringing some of that federal money to Georgia, which would have gone to hospitals and physicians that treat Medicaid patients. With the repeal of Obamacare, that is a dead issue.

The big losers here will be financially stressed rural hospitals that treat a large number of indigent patients who can't afford to pay their bills. Without the hoped-for influx of Medicaid expansion funds, you could see as many as 15 to 20 of Georgia's rural hospitals forced to shut their doors because they can't afford to stay in operation.

In addition to that, the end of Obamacare will leave more than 20 million Americans without health insurance. In Georgia, more than 580,000 people get health coverage through the insurance exchange that is part of the Affordable Care Act. Once the act has been repealed, they will be without insurance as well.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin has proposed for years that Social Security be privatized and that Medicare be terminated and replaced with an insurance voucher system.

Social Security, in fact, has been a target of the Republican Party since the program was first implemented in 1935. One of the GOP's most cherished goals has been to reverse the New Deal that President Franklin Roosevelt put in place.

"If you're going to repeal and replace Obamacare, you have to address those issues as well," Ryan said last week. "Medicare has got some serious issues because of Obamacare. So those things are part of our plan to replace Obamacare."

Once you replace Medicare with an insurance voucher plan, senior citizens will have no choice but to pay whatever premiums are demanded by private insurance companies. They very likely will pay more money for less coverage because vouchers will not be able to keep up with the increasing cost of health insurance.

With a Republican president and GOP majorities in both houses of Congress, Ryan should be able to accomplish his long-held goals of dismantling Social Security and ending Medicare - if not in the first 100 days of the new administration, then shortly after.

Trump's strongest support, of course, came from voters who are age 65 and older - they are the ones who would be directly affected by the elimination of Medicare and Social Security. It will be interesting to see how quickly, or whether, the new president signs legislation that would have such a negative impact on his staunchest supporters.

Tom Crawford is editor of The Georgia Report, an internet news service at gareport.com that reports on state government. He can be reached at tcrawford@gareport.com.

 

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peace4784

The fascist consummation of

The fascist consummation of the state and corporation will accelerate in the next regime. The interest of greed, not the greater good, will be the priority. Lysander Spooner said, "A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in terms of years."

Riverman1

Crawford's Leftist Fear Tactics

So Tom Crawford is a classic liberal demanding more handouts and government regulation, while praising Obamacare. He brings out the fear guns and has them blazing. Republicans are going to do away with social security and your air and water are going to be so bad you'll have to live in a plastic bubble. I suggest Crawford is the one in the plastic bubble of not understanding Americans are tired of the national debt rising higher than the Empire State Building and government agencies controlling everything they can think of. Trump and the Republicans are out to save America from the socialist trash that has controlled it for too long.

itsanotherday1

Dittos Riverman

What a crock of leftist propaganda! The Apocalypse is nigh!!!