I'm a Republican Fighting for Healthcare, Here's Why | NYT Opinion

  • Published on Jun 24, 2019
  • Millions of Americans fall into the Medicaid gap, earning too much to qualify for Medicaid, yet too little to afford private insurance or receive subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. Across the country, 4.5 million would stand to benefit from Medicaid expansion. In North Carolina, the Democratic Governor is championing Medicaid expansion for 500,000 people, while Republicans in the state legislature are blocking the measure. In this video op-Ed, those affected argue that Medicaid expansion is necessary. If the legislature continues to block health care access, Republicans risk votes in 2020.
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Comments • 125

  • D.E.B. B
    D.E.B. B 5 days ago

    Of course. Everyone should have 'access' to healthcare. But if they can't afford it, what good is having 'access'? If I'm starving and have no money, even though I have 'access' to food, if I have no money, then no food. This 'you have access to healthcare' nonsense has to stop.

  • OOF
    OOF 2 months ago

    a bunch of dummies

  • J Shepin
    J Shepin 3 months ago +1

    7-16k dollars a year??

    • ReineDeLaSeine14
      ReineDeLaSeine14 3 months ago

      Yes. My income is approximately $18,000 annually and I don’t qualify. I’m on SSDI

  • Tsundere Child
    Tsundere Child 4 months ago +1


  • FIGHTFANNERD9.I'm Gay for Moonbin

    get ur family or friends to help you not government you dumb commi's

  • Jerzy Feliks
    Jerzy Feliks 4 months ago +1

    Polls show that Medicare has support of 70-80%. The only people who don't support it are Big Pharma and the people they pay - Republicans & Fox.

  • Prophet YouTube
    Prophet YouTube 4 months ago

    Great, all Americans deserve free sh*t! It's a constitutional right, well not really, but that doesn't matter because American's are special and deserve free sh*t!

  • InventiveEye
    InventiveEye 4 months ago

    Everyone is in favor of healthcare. We just don’t want it government rationed and provided to illegal aliens.

  • Lily Wobbe
    Lily Wobbe 4 months ago +3

    HEALTCARE 👏🏻 IS 👏🏻 NOT 👏🏻 A 👏🏻 PARTY 👏🏻 ISSUE 👏🏻

  • Eyre Borne
    Eyre Borne 4 months ago +3

    *Laughs in European*

  • Jamie Bytheway
    Jamie Bytheway 4 months ago

    Healthcare isn't a right in America. Unless you have money. And then again, a lot of money. So the poor and middle class die and the rich live forever. America needs to let go and join the rest of the world.

  • Alex C
    Alex C 4 months ago

    I want affordable Healthcare too, but this seems like a very stupid way to do it. Make the government deregulate and open up the markets. There's a reason tech has been becoming way cheaper over the years, and healthcare/medicine has been getting way more expensive.

    • Alex C
      Alex C 4 months ago +1

      @Philip Savage Friend... that's what competition is made for. Competition means there are multiple companies that are fighting for your business, by beating their competitors in price and/or quality. If no company is providing a needed good at a reasonable price, that's an opportunity for somebody or a group of somebodies to step in and meet the people's needs. However, our government has long favored existing giants in the industry, and makes it very difficult for new companies to emerge and compete. And preventing that needed competition is just one way that contributes to the monopolistic practices that keep healthcare costs high. When there's only one company who can sell you the medicine you need, that's when you're at their mercy, paying whatever price they demand.

    • Philip Savage
      Philip Savage 4 months ago +1

      Alex C because if you will DIE without someone’s product why would they ever lower the price? It would be a bad business decision.

    • Alex C
      Alex C 4 months ago

      @Philip Savage why would competition not work just because it's something you need? In fact, that's exactly why we need competition rather than the monopolistic garbage we have in place.

    • Philip Savage
      Philip Savage 4 months ago +1

      competition doesn't work when you can't live without the product. Companies know this and the price stays high.

  • Jari Haukilahti
    Jari Haukilahti 4 months ago

    Doesn't conservites belive in suit yourself ? Look like poor ones has waken.

  • Marius M
    Marius M 4 months ago

    These Republicans are frightening. frightening. "The New Confederacy, makes no Apologies"...untill it happens to them.

  • Ain't no Slice
    Ain't no Slice 4 months ago +2

    typical right-wingers. Only care about issues when it starts to effect them, but no empathy or solidarity with other people's injustices.

  • Daily Llama
    Daily Llama 4 months ago

    Healthcare costs in this country wouldn't be an issue if we passed common sense tort reform & reform hipaa laws so information can be more easily conveyed. Our Drs over prescribe unnecessary procedures for fear of losing their practice due to law suits & they spend an exorbitant amount of time doing paperwork. Streamline those & see the costs drop dramatically. Also moving towards socialism is NOT a solution. It will make things worse for our healthcare & cripple an already overbudgeted system. Healthcare costs went up 300% when the ACA went into effect. Moving to a single payer would be the very thing that ruined this country. That's why China is spending money on lobbyist groups to convince people to make the switch. BTW, China doesn't even have a single payer. Almost no country in the world has a single payer. And ZERO countries with a large population has one.

  • Me Cooper
    Me Cooper 4 months ago

    So basically this is the political version of a homosexual preist.
    Like... You... You sure you're on the right team there buddy?

  • Alicia Garcia
    Alicia Garcia 4 months ago

    Steve Mnuchin is liar why in the country Rich. If lot people poor. We want justice for all don't RACE Don't maniputation don't corruption better Life for American people that is Democratic Party

  • Alicia Garcia
    Alicia Garcia 4 months ago

    Is more. Better. Obama health care don't. American people say yes

  • Logical Conservative
    Logical Conservative 4 months ago +1

    "because I'm not really a Republican."

  • ilove2929
    ilove2929 4 months ago

    Great again he said. It'd never had a public healthcare system before, so yeah...

  • Veteran Bicycle
    Veteran Bicycle 4 months ago

    Wow, an obese confused self-professed conservative in the South? Shocking!

  • 青い森スナ
    青い森スナ 4 months ago

    I don't care one bit for those who voted for the clown in office

    • Daily Llama
      Daily Llama 4 months ago

      I was an Indie for my entire life until 2016. I voted for him just because Hillary was such an awful candidate. It was the best vote I've ever cast. He's done more to make this country better in 3 yrs than anybody has done in 8 years. Especially Obama. If you want to really know a criminal. Stop reading The NYTrash & do some research elsewhere to see how corrupt his admin was. Start with Judicial Watch

  • Ray Herbst
    Ray Herbst 4 months ago

    Suicide with the reason being no access to healthcare is now the leading cause of death in the United States. However, those wrapped in the warm blanket of enough income to afford a good healthcare plan will fight tooth and nail for rugged individualism, corporatism, and capitalism. I am 100 percent Bernie Sanders, and there is no changing my mind.

  • clutchthirty9
    clutchthirty9 4 months ago +7

    This video perfectly captures the immorality of Republicans. They only care about something when it personally affects them. If it only affects other people, they don’t care at all.

  • Wesley Crabajales
    Wesley Crabajales 4 months ago

    Being a republican is very stupid...

  • Richard
    Richard 4 months ago

    You have healthcare in America , it is called guns and bullets. If you get sick, you take a gun and put a bullet in it.

    • Richard
      Richard 4 months ago

      @Ray Herbst that's sad and what you get when people view guns as a right and healthcare as a paid service.

    • Ray Herbst
      Ray Herbst 4 months ago

      Richard which is why suicide is now the leading cause of death

  • sandy gibson
    sandy gibson 4 months ago +1


  • sandy gibson
    sandy gibson 4 months ago +1

    vote for bernie sanders for president

  • sandy gibson
    sandy gibson 4 months ago +6

    kentucky--please vote out mitch mcconnel--anti medicare for all--only care about donors

  • sandy gibson
    sandy gibson 4 months ago +8

    south carolina--please vote out lindsey graham--anti medicare for all--only care about donors

  • rumbrell54
    rumbrell54 4 months ago +45

    typical republicans... don't care about an issue until it affects them...

  • Mario Lopez
    Mario Lopez 4 months ago +4

    This a perfect example of politics before health.
    Vote for the party that will provide healthcare in your area. The more individuals that apply the lower the costs.
    If you disagree with the political party that is providing healthcare, work within that party and attempt change.
    Ultimately get the healthcare you require first and shelve party affiliation.
    No party is perfect or ideal.

  • J K
    J K 4 months ago

    free market healthcare is the true solution.

  • Mr Kushal
    Mr Kushal 4 months ago

    I love New York!!!!!!

  • redhead 515
    redhead 515 4 months ago +3

    The title of this is a contradiction of terms. Doh dah doh. I need Healthcare and I'm a Republican. Oh, I forgot to add... brown people scare me. Derp.

  • Concrete Lightbulb
    Concrete Lightbulb 4 months ago +2

    The best way for Republicans to fight for healthcare is to vote for, and with progressive Democrats.

    • Ray Herbst
      Ray Herbst 4 months ago +1

      Concrete Lightbulb for reasons I don’t know, the Republicans in power want to run the country into the ground.

  • Patrick Nottingham
    Patrick Nottingham 4 months ago +111

    Maybe stop voting for the party of no healthcare.

    • D.E.B. B
      D.E.B. B 5 days ago

      @Logical Conservative The problem with that concept, is that people can't just shop around when they're sick. They need care right away. So that eliminates the 'shop around' concept. You can't 'shop around' when you have appendicitis or a broken leg. And no doctors advertise their rates, because they know that people would be outraged.

    • Alex Daniel
      Alex Daniel 4 months ago +1

      Logical Conservative no you just didn't understand my argument. Transparency only works when there's multiple choice. But most of these illnesses, that multiple choice doesn't exist. Their is only one patent to the medicine and a handful of surgeons for an operation. You really should stop comparing the medical industry to a service like a butcher or even a lawyer, because it's not.

    • Logical Conservative
      Logical Conservative 4 months ago

      @Alex Daniel Nope. It's a service, just like anything else, and a doctor, lawyer, surgeon, baker, or mechanic have an equal right to own their own labor, and charge you what they think it's worth. Transparency will force them to lower their prices and compete fairly. You know it. I know it. Your argument was pretty weak.

    • Alex Daniel
      Alex Daniel 4 months ago

      @Logical Conservative Personal attacks don't make your point anymore valid or logical, they just make you the 8th grader, as does comparing life threatening procedures priced in the hundreds of thousands to choosing which bicycle to buy. I know it's difficult to understand , but often their isn't that choice when the proceeders can only be conducted by one of a handful of specialists in the entire country. Not everything is like shopping for plastic surgery.

    • Logical Conservative
      Logical Conservative 4 months ago

      @Alex Daniel I've actually shopped around for medical procedures, before, and chosen a doctor with a good price and good record. If you haven't, then you're mentally challenged.

  • paul taeza
    paul taeza 4 months ago +3

    You cant be vegan and eat steak every Friday. You're a flexitarian🤣

  • Moon
    Moon 4 months ago +58

    It’s baffling that the “greatest nation in the world” is unwillingly to care for its citizens

    • Logical Conservative
      Logical Conservative 4 months ago

      @kingsdead I've had this account since 2012. Why on earth would I use a secondary account to post common sense.

    • kingsdead
      kingsdead 4 months ago +2

      @Logical Conservative did you make this troll account? lol cant even use your main acc to comment stuff like that

    • Logical Conservative
      Logical Conservative 4 months ago +1

      You're right. Let's close the border.

    • MsLansones
      MsLansones 4 months ago +5

      Republican lawmakers got a glimpse of oligarchs lifestyle and got greedy.

    • TheTop5 countdown
      TheTop5 countdown 4 months ago +3

      Glad I Iive in the UK , just walk in and out no issues.

  • Michel Normandin
    Michel Normandin 4 months ago +12

    United States of Absurdia. The most stupid place in North America.

  • Vendetta
    Vendetta 4 months ago

    thexvid.com/video/Z2QpizoTlIQ/video.html Common sense,and the realities of the Russian world!

  • Yassel Alvarez
    Yassel Alvarez 4 months ago

    I have some common ideas with the republicans; I voted for Trump; and I agree with this video's message.

  • wa fou
    wa fou 4 months ago

    Why are those in this video, who want free healthy care "Overweight?"
    Until you stop buying fastfood and exercising, free healthcare won't save you.

  • polikwaptiwa che
    polikwaptiwa che 4 months ago +25

    Everyone, regardless of party affiliation has the right to have healthcare. As far as I'm concerned healthcare should required to be paid by government as in most other countries. BIG PHARMA and its bunch of cronies are throwing big bucks to fill lawmakers pockets to assure that this won't happen. But rest assured that those crooks have the best healthcare prepaid by Uncle Sam.....

    • FullAttach
      FullAttach 4 months ago +4

      polikwaptiwa che You may wish that everyone ‘has the right to healthcare’, but this is not the way it is in the USA. Republican ideology dictates that the healthcare be an earned advantage - an advantage that allows one person to supersede or suppress the other person’s basic civil rights.

  • Kevin Andrews
    Kevin Andrews 4 months ago +23

    It's not a sports event where you should feel the need to be faithful to your team, you vote based on what you want. This is ridiculous.

    • Logical Conservative
      Logical Conservative 4 months ago

      @Kevin Andrews Hugo Chavez promised universal medical care. He threw money at it until his nation collapsed. Lenin promised "peace, bread, and land," and his country collapsed. castro promised free stuff, too, and his country collapsed. The people are living in absolute squalor.

    • Logical Conservative
      Logical Conservative 4 months ago

      @Kevin Andrews That's a really good point. Rome fell because their senators were getting elected by promising free stuff to the populace in exchange for votes. Bread and circuses, it was called, in the historic texts. What are Democrats doing, today?

    • swed sweg
      swed sweg 4 months ago

      @Logical Conservative slavery?

    • Kevin Andrews
      Kevin Andrews 4 months ago

      ​@Logical Conservative If you've ever studied history, you'd see many empires that collapse. It is important to notice an empires shortcomings and improve it than to watch as it falls. If you've been paying attention, the US is falling and I don't want that to happen just as much as you do.
      So vote based on improving those shortcomings. Vote to improve education, vote to improve healthcare, vote to improve the economy, vote to improve infrastructure, and vote to improve global relations. But also be critical of all political parties shortcomings, not just the one that's against your favourite, but also of your favourite. The democrats have their shortcomings. A lot of them are bought by big donors and not making decisions based on their voters behalf which is why there is a push to remove big donor money from people like AOC and Bernie Sanders.

    • Logical Conservative
      Logical Conservative 4 months ago

      You're right. People like me vote based on philosophy and ideas that built the greatest nation ever before seen in the history of mankind, and Democrats vote against those ideas.

    OHTHECHITCHAT 4 months ago +2

    'I voted for Donald Trump but' But what Biatch did you just realise that greedy moron does not care about you or the death of your daughter? I don't want to hear from them they would not care about healthcare policy unless it affects them directly. This is the fundamental difference between Republicans and Democratic Party/ Progressives

  • V. Lee Walker
    V. Lee Walker 4 months ago +1

    I no longer care to listen or work with the idiots who support trump and his warmongering nazi's! You supporting a nazi; makes you a nazi! #Tre45on #TreasonousTrump

  • Andrey Lucas
    Andrey Lucas 4 months ago +2

    Conservative socialists.

  • Caucasian Invasion
    Caucasian Invasion 4 months ago +11

    Everyone is fighting for healthcare laws when the hospitals need to be regulated for price gouging

    • Logical Conservative
      Logical Conservative 4 months ago

      Trump just did that with a new executive order. Go read about it.

    • BeaterWRX
      BeaterWRX 4 months ago +3

      It's not the hospitals. It's the insurance companies.

  • TappatopShotta
    TappatopShotta 4 months ago +29

    A lot of them only care because it directly effect them. If it didn't they wouldn't care and will be like most Republicans. Republicans are some of the most apathetic people i know..

  • Gert-Jan
    Gert-Jan 4 months ago +21

    So why don't they vote accordingly?

    • ReineDeLaSeine14
      ReineDeLaSeine14 3 months ago

      A person doesn’t need to be a Democrat to fight for this cause.

    • 8OD
      8OD 4 months ago

      Carosello Show if they vote democrat, they’re also voting for illegal immigration, and the eradication of Christianity and gun rights. I doubt they’re willing to just throw that all under the bus just to receive healthcare

    • 8OD
      8OD 4 months ago

      Carosello Show if they vote democrat, they’re also voting for illegal immigration, and the eradication of Christianity and gun rights. I doubt they’re willing to just throw that all under the bus just to receive healthcare

    • Carosello Show
      Carosello Show 4 months ago

      8OD by voting for the party of no socialised healthcare?

    • 8OD
      8OD 4 months ago

      Kala Namak because they’re not interested in giving radical SJWs power, they just want socialised healthcare

  • can you see me
    can you see me 4 months ago +2

    Republicans usually vote as a group,they will vote against healthcare then it will dawn on some republicans they can't afford healthcare. Same thing happened with Obamacare,some republicans had signed their death certificate ,if Obamacare goes,they can't afford medication that keeps them alive! Funniest of all was WOKE republicans voting for Trump only to get their spouses deported...😂😂

  • Nagow_
    Nagow_ 4 months ago +3

    Everyone just look at the NHS, it's been there since the 40s and while waiting times may be long, it's free healthcare for all and if you want it quicker you go private. If it's taxes you are worried about, just think that when you are ill, you would be treated totally for free.

    • ReineDeLaSeine14
      ReineDeLaSeine14 3 months ago

      MR Stonedalot The taxes are most likely cheaper than the premiums we are paying now.

    • MR Stonedalot
      MR Stonedalot 4 months ago

      No such thing as free !!!!!!

  • Lifendz
    Lifendz 4 months ago +25

    Then stop voting against your own self interests. Oh, you like all the xenophobia, torture of children seeking asylum and racism, but you want to keep your Medicaid? What a dilemma.

    • Lifendz
      Lifendz 3 months ago

      J K Yes they do. Dems are almost just as bad due to their ineptitude and complicity.

    • J K
      J K 4 months ago

      Alot of Democrats fall under that description.

  • Search for the truth
    Search for the truth 4 months ago

    Stop eating the standard American diet! Most of all health concerns in this country stem from government and corporate indifference to what people eat. Republicans couldn't care less about your health, your income, your future, you. How hard is it to look at the difference between Democrats and Republicans and see the Obesity of the conservatives and the general Better Health of the Democrats? Come on people! How stupid can you get?

    • Nicholas Roux
      Nicholas Roux 4 months ago

      They're larger because they don't have to work 3 jobs to make ends meet. Duh.

  • firm1z
    firm1z 4 months ago +53

    How is it not a party issue if it's the Republican party that's against it?

  • Celestial Morning Light
    Celestial Morning Light 4 months ago +6

    Want Medicare For All (which is what you should be fighting for not the vague "Medicare expansion" that the NYT is having these people push for, meaning that as long as you decrease the age that the recipients of Medicare have to be you can call it "an expansion") then switch parties and vote for Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard or Andrew Yang; other Democrats will lie to you and tell you they're going to give you things that sound like what you want but are not or flat out say they're for things that they aren't and Republicans won't lie and tell you they're going to do so but they're not giving you healthcare free at the point of access either.

    • ReineDeLaSeine14
      ReineDeLaSeine14 3 months ago

      This is about Medicaid, not Medicare.

    • babablap
      babablap 4 months ago

      Yang is a joke to many people take serious.

  • Bryant Mitchell
    Bryant Mitchell 4 months ago +90

    It's easy to shake your finger at someone else until you find yourself in the same boat

    • Rob Badlands
      Rob Badlands 2 months ago

      yea, i dont need to hear the argument. they were against it, until it effected them. this might have the surface positive effect of changing healthcare, but it signals a much deeper problem of the depth of thought people put into why they hold their beliefs.

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      Kit M 4 months ago


  • MsLansones
    MsLansones 4 months ago +5