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07 May, 2017

The Trump/GOP big lie about healthcare exposes their common mission to serve the wealthy

There is so much fear in America right now about what the Republicans are calling Healthcare Reform. This is not about healthcare. This is about money. And it's about the money that the very, very wealthiest of Americans will be able to save, when the money isn't going into the ACA and it's going into a tax cut for the very top percentage of the wealthiest people in this country.


In his show, The Big Picture, Thom Hartmann speaks with commentator Tim Cavanaugh and Valerie Ervin of the Working Families Party about the Republicans’ “big lie” strategy on the GOP health plan.

Ervin gives the central point:

There is so much fear in America right now about what the Republicans are calling Healthcare Reform. This is not about healthcare. This is about money. And it's about the money that the very, very wealthiest of Americans will be able to save, when the money isn't going into the ACA and it's going into a tax cut for the very top percentage of the wealthiest people in this country.

Hartmann explains further:

They are doing this because the top rate, if you earn your living sitting on your butt around the pool waiting for the dividend check to arrive, your top tax rate is 20%. That's the capital gains tax, that's for people who don't work for a living, but invest for a living.

To pay for Obamacare, pay for the subsidies for millions of middle-class and working-class Americans, they raise that by 3.8%. That's almost a 20% tax increase on the roughly 95% of all those capital gains that are going into the top 2%. So, that's 18-20% tax increase on the top 2% and they are they are angry about it. The Koch brothers funded all these creepy Uncle Sam ads, they want to blow this thing up.

If you are going to give back to those billionaires the 80 or 90 billion dollars a year - that they are taking from them with that additional 3% tax, where they are still paying less than the 39% of the working people - you don't have the money to pay for health insurance and that's why 24 million people could lose their policies.


Despite that Obamacare was way too far from being the perfect healthcare system for the majority of the Americans, still, the establishment declared war to cancel it, exactly because the super-rich would have to pay some extra taxes for its implementation.

Recall that Obama was finding difficult to pass even a single legislation for the health and social security. The visit received from leading bankers shortly after the announcement of the US government shutdown was characteristic. Bankers don't pretend anymore because they want to show clearly who is the "big boss". Well, Trump removed the final mask: he put Goldman Sachs inside his administration.

It's now very clear that Donald Trump tricked the voters with his great theatrical performance. Donald was very good in playing the 'anti-establishment' candidate by staging shows with the media and the GOP, to appear as the 'annoying guy' who is a 'big headache' for the establishment. Well, guess what: plutocracy, media, GOP and Trump, are all on the same side.

This is another significant reason for the fact that the only one who was truly undesirable for the establishment to serve as the new president of the United States, was Bernie Sanders. And that's because the Socialist candidate would oblige the financial elite to pay even more taxes, in order to build a reliable and viable healthcare system for the majority of the American people.

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