Joy-Ann Reid did not hold back as she, in a very deliberate manner, grilled the New York Congressman for the draconian Trumpcare health care bill.
Joy-Ann Reid grills Congressman Tom Reed on Trumpcare
Once again Joy-Ann Reid made sure to check a Republican guest from pulling the wool over the heads of her viewers as she challenged him.
Joy-Ann Reid used the first part of her segment with Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY) to educate her viewers about exactly what Trumpcare does.
Reid then introduced the New York Congressman. She asked him to justify why Trumpcare is giving substantial tax cuts to very wealthy at the expense of low-income people losing healthcare altogether.
The Congressman rejected Reid's premise. He claimed. Republicans are reforming Medicaid. He said spending more money is not the answer.
It was apparent Joy did not believe Reed knew exactly how Medicaid works. She asked him to define it. After giving a basic definition, Joy pointed out the simplicity that eluded the Congressman. Medicaid reimburses the states to pay hospitals and doctors for caring for those who cannot afford care. As such, money removed from Medicaid means much more people without care. She then pointed out how silly it is to call their tax cut bill some reform.
The Congressman then slipped and told the truth. His ideology emanated like a song he had remembered a long time ago.
"Because, that money," the Congressman said, "Is hard working American taxpayer dollars."
Joy-Ann Reid then broke it down.
"You are saying that taxpayers can't afford to pay for healthcare for the poor," Reid said. "So the poor should receive less healthcare."
Joy-Ann Reid then educated the Congressman about the results that would occur if they passed the draconian Trumpcare bill. Thousands would die, and millions would be without healthcare. It did not seem to faze the Congressman at all.
In the end, Joy asked the Congressman what should people who cannot afford healthcare and who would be denied Medicaid to do. He had no real answer other than talking about providing tax credits and efficiencies. At the end of the segment, Reid encapsulated it all.
"Just so that we understand what you guys want to do," Joy said. "You essentially want to give a very substantial tax cut. In your case, you don't want taxpayers in your district to fund Medicaid at all. You are essentially rolling that back making it unlawful for your district to fund Medicaid at all. Cut overall the cost of Medicaid, meaning Medicaid just get less money. And then just give individual people tax credits. That's the plan."
"That is the fundamental essence of what we are trying to do," confirmed the Congressman.
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