Sen. Mitch McConnell on June 22 released a proposal intended to replace Obamacare. Although McConnell touted his legislation as needed to reduce Obamacare premiums and deductibles, those issues were not even addressed. Instead the bill reduces roughly $800 billion from the Medicaid program by repealing taxes being paid by the wealthy.
Medicaid provides life-sustaining services and assistance to enable the disabled to live in their own homes with dignity. Obviously, there are many who are saying McConnell’s proposal is needlessly cruel to the most vulnerable. But the bill is also ironic. In his youth, McConnell overcame polio because he received treatment at a rehabilitation center that received government funds. It potentially saved him from being disabled for the rest of his life.
For over 30 years McConnell has represented a state with the very worst quality of health. How many years will it take for him to use his powerful position to help to improve the quality of the lives of those who have entrusted him to do what is best for them?