DNC Chairman Tom Perez On Obamacare Repeal Vote: Trump “Will Own Every Preventable Death” That Results

The Hill reports:

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez blasted the Republican effort to repeal ObamaCare ahead of the House vote on Thursday, saying President Trump and Republicans “will own every preventable death” as a result.

“Trump and Republicans will own every preventable death, every untreated illness and every bankruptcy that American families will be forced to bear if this bill becomes law and millions lose access to affordable care,” he said in a statement. “The 24 million that lose access to healthcare is not just a number.”

That number comes from a Congressional Budget Office estimate that the number of people without health insurance would grow by 14 million in 2018 under the Republican ­ObamaCare replacement bill, with that number rising to 24 million in a decade.

  • Oscarlating Wildely
    • Boreal

      Not holding my breath.

      • Mike C

        Oh no they have 2 years to fuck this up.

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      • bmoore4026

        Time to change the Democrat Party animal from donkey to slug

        • I think jellyfish is good but slugs work.

          • bmoore4026

            Jellyfish are poisonous, though, and their stings are painful

    • Tom Perez should wear a mask and prevent some deaths himself 😂

  • Lawerence Collins

    He’s talking like toxic 🍊, cares about the people.

  • bkmn

    He should really be pushing that the bill reportedly allows employers cut benefits in the coverage they help to provide (with generous tax breaks to them, of course.)

  • The_Wretched

    Good! Now buy TV ads on point for the districts with special elections between here and 2018 – all of them, regardless of how ‘winnable’ that particular race.

    • bkmn

      I agree, now is not the time to hold back on supporting Dem candidates just because they are in a red district. The 50 state plan should be back in play.

      • The_Wretched

        We’ve seen from the special elections so far that swings of 20-30 points have been happening. That’s enough to get past most of the gerrymandering and other republican election fixing.

        • Joe in PA

          Dang, I just looked up the special election in Georgia…it isn’t until June 20th…I was hoping to send a special message to republicans sooner. ;(

      • Ninja0980

        It should have always been in play.

      • McSwagg

        That 50 state plan needs to be a 435 district plan on the ground. Concede nothing.

  • safari

    Well, the DNC has its 2018 talking points. Now let’s see if they do anything.

  • geoffalnutt

    “TRUMPCARE”? Trump and The Republicans DON’T care.

    • RoFaWh


      • JW Swift


  • MBear

    ooooh…such a tuff guy [eyeroll]

    • Joe in PA

      Like Trump gives a rat’s ass about any of this. Please.

      • MBear

        “If you pass this, the Dems will…will…umm…stamp their little feetses and Twitter something!”

  • Tawreos

    He needs to keep hammering so that it makes it more difficult for the majority of GOP voters to forget who screwed them the hardest

    • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

      the majority GOP voters won’t be screwed at all…they are the over 65 crowd.

  • Lazycrockett
  • TampaDink

    Perez’s statement will likely be excellent news to hair furor.
    “If I own every death, doesn’t that make me the sole beneficiary of everyone who dies? Good. I need the money. Believe me.”

    • McSwagg

      Perhaps the trumpster, like Wally(*)Mart, will take out a life insurance policy with himself as the beneficiary on every uninsured citizen with pre-existing conditions. That way he’s sure to profit.

      • TampaDink

        I’m sure that he has his people looking into how he can do this with extremely discounted premiums.

  • bkmn

    Is anyone else wondering if Trump thinks that if AHCA passes in the House it will be law?

    • The_Wretched

      While unlikely, It’d be great if this House vote was nothing more than an effort to placate the SwirlyToppedOrangeOne.

      • bkmn

        I have seen no indication from Bitch McConnell that he would push this bill in its current (and largely unknown form) bill in the Senate. That and Manchin does not think it would pass in the Senate.

        • The_Wretched

          I’m cynical. Every hurdle passed means the next one is that much easier to get. And it’s ‘beltway wisdom’ that the AHCA (trumpcare 3.0) is dead in the Senate – we’re still before the House vote. That means the prognostication and messaging is driven by the House vote politics and not by reality in the Senate. Manchin is also an idiot who recites what his State level Republicans tell him to.

          • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

            we were also hearing “Beltway Wisdom” about a month ago that this thing was dead. I think there is a real possibility this will go all the way into law. After all, look who won in Nov?

          • The_Wretched

            And the teaparties aren’t upset in the least about the line about the Senate even though it’s calling them dupes.

    • TampaDink

      Probably not.

    • Joe in PA

      He probably DOES think that. He has shown us [how many times?] in the past that he has no idea how government works. SMFH. 🙁

    • Uncle Mark

      I keep seeing AHCA as AHS (American Horror Story). I wonder why

    • RoFaWh

      That’s quite likely given the orange asshole’s stupidity and ignorance.


    No, they (he) won’t. They (he) will claim it a big success in the face of whatever tragedies befall Americans as a result and then move on to dismantle or take away the next thing they can find that benefits Americans.

  • Do Something Nice

    If the DNC is going to rely upon how awful the Republicans are as their winning strategy, forget about winning. The Republicans have been awful for decades and yet they still keep winning.

    Feinstien doesn’t support single payer. Pelosi probably doesn’t either. Other Democrats do. Until we can get our shit together, we are in trouble.

    And Pelosi said that Democrats are a big enough tent that we can accommodate pro-life candidates. If that is so, I’m guessing that it won’t be too long before we accommodate anti-LGBT candidates.

    It is better to die fighting than to live life on your knees.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Not that we should replicate this exactly, but I was thinking that there really is no equivalent on our side of a RINO (DINO?). The idea that a person has deviated too far from the party’s core ideology. It’s part of a conversation that determines “Who are we and what are our values?”

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    But insurance companies will make more money, so all is well in their world.

    • stevenj

      So will the .01%. Lots of it.

  • Jon Doh

    A disturbing thought, anyone with a pet insurance plan may soon find that their dog is better covered than they are.

    • Todd20036

      Cats are deities, though

      • RoFaWh

        As they have been for thousands of years. And they know it.

  • sword

    The GOP doesn’t care if 20-24 million get kicked off health insurance. They don’t vote anyway.

    • The_Wretched

      That was the estimate on the prior version. They are literally voting on a bill that they could not have read and that doesn’t have a CBO score. This is negligent legislating.

    • Todd20036

      Actually, many of them vote republican. Seriously.

  • netxtown

    From the DNC: awww.them big meanies. they’re really big bad meanies. and we are telling you they are big bad meanies. we want everybody to know they are big, big bad meanies.

    uh…how about putting some teeth in their proclamation? Or are they just content to gum it at photo ops.

  • crewman

    Saying Trump is responsible for avoidable deaths is bittersweet, mostly bitter. Deaths are obviously obscenely horrible. But also horrible are people who have to choose financial ruin over death. That gets underreported and insufficient attention.

    • Do Something Nice

      It think it was wrong for him to say this, even it if is true. There have been so many opportunities for well-crafted sound bites about this healthcare nonsense and we only get this, which is going to be spun as being gleeful that people will suffer, regardless of the intentions behind it. And I note that most of the buzz about the House voting to exempt themselves from the new healthcare regulations came from social media and not strong Democratic leaders.

      I’m preparing for Republicans to control government for the next 20 years.

  • LovesIrony

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    CNN’s Maud Le Rest reported from Paris,

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
  • Ninja0980

    Democrats need to drive that point home instead of running away like they did when the ACA was being attacked.

    • Uncle Mark

      And they need to remind people that their representatives and staff are guaranteed coverage without any worries about pre-existing conditions. If this bill is so damned great, why aren’t the lawmakers subject to the same rules and standards as their lowly constituents?

      You know what will pair nicely with this bill? It will be Herr Drumpf’s tax plan that lowers taxes on businesses, but removes the tax incentives for providing insurance to employees. How many more businesses will be dumping people out into this crappy insurance market?

  • Frostbite

    this would be true if trump had a conscious and gave a shit. but he doesn’t and he won’t. getting sick is for poor people and he’s a billionaire!

    • RoFaWh

      He also has a number of strange phobias: walking down stairs and germophobia among them. He seems to insist on not having to face any of the hard issues just being alive entails. I often wonder just how healthy he is; my own opinion is “not very”, since he probably pretends to himself that he’s immortal and not prey to the ailments that kill other people.

      This is to say nothing about his having a gastroenterologist as a GP. Really?

  • Rex

    All they care about is ending “Obamacare” – really, all they care about is getting Obama’s name out of everything.

    • RoFaWh

      And their motivation has nothing to do with whether Obamacare works, is affordable, etc: it’s entirely due to Obama’s melanin.

    • thatotherjean

      Hell, they were the ones who started calling it that, when they thought it was unpopular.

  • Bj Lincoln

    I will be one of those who will die early. I knew I should have just died at home instead of a 6 way bypass.

    • Prost Seattle

      I’d want to die too if a 6-way bypassed me.

  • Ross

    Trump “Will Own Every Preventable Death” That Results


    The GOP “Will Own Every Preventable Death” That Results

    • David L. Caster

      Only if the damn Democratic committee makes them own it, because all of the GOP, Republicans, Faux News, and the rest of the lazy media will not, and will hype this legislation as the greatest thing since sliced bread, recess, and beer. The ignorant willingness to ignore the truth and the lack of attention to fact is breathtaking.

  • RoFaWh

    The orange anus does NOT care. Nor does any GOP member of Congress.

    How did the US end up with a Cabinet full of people who seem to be far more interested in destroying progress that took decades of hard work to achieve than in helping the country progress even further?

    It seems like the orange anus has deliberately put in every cabinet position someone opposed to the very goals of the department they are now responsible for.

  • Bj Lincoln

    Even if it passes today it will not be law yet. The problem is with every win it passes easier thru the process. It will take 2 years for it to change. That is when millions will be without and people like me will die earlier than necessary. The GOP doesn’t care about that. They just want Obama’s name erased from government no matter how good or bad his work was. They have voted on and signed EO’s that wipe Obama’s name off the records as well as all our civil rights pages and LGBT rights pages from the government site. They put unqualified people in charge of the very departments they oppose or deny to break them. This administration is going to destroy everything we have gained as a nation in the last 8 years. The GOP has supported taking healthcare, civil rights, dividing people instead of uniting us, scaring the world with lies/distrust/misinformation and allows for hate to run wild. This is NOT the government I believe we should have. It is tearing us apart instead of making the country better for everyone. Obama was not perfect but he cared about everyone. He united us. We were diverse. Now we have nothing but a bunch of old white christian men running the show who could care less about the average or poor people. This is NOT MY AMERICA.

    • thatotherjean

      Not mine, either. We need to fight–demonstrate, picket, call legislators, do what we can to educate our Republican friends and relations, and VOTE–to bring back an America that cares about all its people, not just the white and rich.

  • Reality.Bites

    And their survivors will go right out from the funeral to go vote Republican.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • catherinecc

    Own? More like celebrate.

  • McSwagg

    Those 24 million people who could be at risk of losing health insurance coverage doesn’t include the 28.4 million people under 65 who presently don’t even have health insurance. Health insurance coverage desperately needs to be expanded, not reduced.


  • JW Swift

    “President Trump and Republicans ‘will own every preventable death’ as a result. “
    Have you not been paying attention? Trump does not own-up to ANYTHING.He takes responsibility for NOTHING unless it’s positive, and will spin whatever lies it takes to deflect and blame others. And his followers believe every word.

  • jerrydoubleu .

    Perez just blablablah & gets support from pharma & ins corps. dems r losers playing tidliwinks while the bad guys club them with hockey sticks.

  • ian

    Yes, Trump, Ryan and the rest of the GOP apparatus, propaganda media are responsible, and so too are their supporters/voters (who will shoulder the consequences of this bill). While this may be a Pyrrhic victory for the GOP in that they have done some grave self inflicted damage with this bill and done real harm to their own base (death by withheld medical care is doing as much damage as possible to their base while not actually machine gunning them down), I can’t bring myself to gloat at that possibility. Too many people will pay the ultimate price even if they were misguided enough to vote for trump.

  • Sam D. Maloney

    And yet, the DNC STILL won’t get behind Medicare for all, because they are addicted to insurance company money. That issue alone would have put Hillary over the top in a landslide.