It has been estimated by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office that Trumpcare will lead to 22 millions Americans loosing their health care over the next few years.
Thank God there are enough – few, but enough – Republicans who understand that the good of the nation and it’s people is more important than a sheerly political move that will do more to benefit the wealthy while hurting the most vulnerable of Americans.
One of those people is Republican Senator, Shelley Moore Capito, who hails from the state of West Virginia.
f Sen. Shelley Moore Capito is feeling the heat in a state that Trump won by more than 42 percentage points, she isn’t showing it. | Getty[/caption]
Capito is bucking the powerful influence of Mitch McConnell in order to take care of the people who elected her.
According to Politico:
…if Capito is feeling the heat in a state that Trump won by more than 42 percentage points, she isn’t showing it. Back here in West Virginia, where more than 30 percent of families rely on Medicaid, she doesn’t hesitate at the prospect of casting the vote that kills the GOP’s repeal effort.
“I only see it through the lens of a vulnerable population who needs help, who I care about very deeply,” the 63-year-old lawmaker said in an interview. “So that gives me strength. If I have to be that one person, I will be it.”
Capito is certainly a Republican Team Trump didn’t count on – she voted literally dozens of times to repeal Obamacare over the course of the past few years, aligning herself with the core conservatives of the Republican Party. But when it comes down to it, she understand that the GOP replacement will destroy lives.
West Virginia has big health care problems, she said, and the GOP’s current proposal doesn’t do enough to address them, even after Republican leaders agreed to earmark $45 billion over a decade to fight the opioid crisis. Addiction experts say that sum falls well short of what’s needed to reverse the epidemic.
Capito harbors deep concerns about rolling back funding for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion amid the opioid epidemic. More than 40 percent of funding for drug abuse and mental health treatment in the state comes from Medicaid expansion covering low-income adults.
She’s also alarmed at projections that the legislation could leave thousands more in West Virginia without coverage or paying far more for it. West Virginia has long ranked among the country’s sickest states, placing near the bottom in life expectancy as well as obesity and tobacco use. But it’s what’s happened over the past few years, as heroin swept across the state and created a full-blown health emergency, that complicated Capito’s path to “yes” on any repeal bill.