Just About Every Major Medical Group Hates the GOP Health Care Plans

Groups representing pediatricians, cancer specialists, heart doctors and family physicians all agree: Both the House and the Senate offerings for fixing health care in the U.S. would make things worse, not better.

Within hours of its release, groups representing medical professionals were denouncing the Senate version, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act or BCRA.

“The Senate draft health care bill is literally heartless,” American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown said.

Here are five reasons so many medical professionals oppose the Republican-proposed changes made so far to the 2010 Affordable Care Act:


Medicaid covers half the births in the U.S. right now and the House and Senate bills would both not only pull back the expansion of Medicaid that underlay Obamacare, but reduce federal funding for the original program, too.

“Medicaid coverage for up to 6.5 million women of childbearing age will be rescinded, making it harder for them to get healthy before they get pregnant,” March of Dimes president Stacey Stewart said.

“BCRA discriminates against providers of women’s health services, cutting funding for in the awarding of federal grant funds and/or Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program funding to women’s health clinics that are qualified under existing federal law for the provision of evidence‐based services including, but not limited to, provision of contraception, preventive health screenings, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, vaccines, counseling, rehabilitation, and referrals," said Dr. Jack Ende, president of the American College of Physicians.


Medicaid covers 39 percent of children in the U.S., according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

“Senate leaders present their bill as providing states with flexibility. The reality is that it will put considerable pressure on states to limit their spending on health care, including for children," said Dr. Matthew Davis, a professor of pediatrics and of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

“The bill includes misleading ‘protections’ for children by proposing to exempt them from certain Medicaid cuts,” added Dr. Fernando Stein, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

"A ‘carve-out’ for children with ‘medically complex’ health issues does little to protect their coverage when the base program providing the coverage is stripped of its funding. Doing so forces states to chip away coverage in other ways, by not covering children living in poverty who do not have complex health conditions, or by scaling back the benefits that children and their families depend on,” Stein added.

“Medicaid allows a college student with cerebral palsy to live independently. Medicaid pays for a toddler’s wheelchair, and as she grows over time, it covers the next one and the one after that.”

Disabled boy beats odds to become swimming champion

Six-year-old Bosnian boy Ismail Zulfic was born without arms and with a deformed foot into a society that often neglects and marginalizes children with disabilities.

But his parents and an inspirational sports instructor have helped him overcome his physical limitations - and a fear of water - to win a gold medal at a regional competition for disabled swimmers and the hearts of many people in the Balkans.

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Girl gets into Yale after penning essay on Papa John's pizza

Carolina Williams, of Brentwood, Tennessee, said it was “surreal” when she found out in March she was accepted at Yale University.

Even more bewildering for the high school student was when a few weeks later, Williams received notes from the Ivy League university's admissions team that singled out an application essay she wrote about her love for Papa John’s pizza.

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University of Maryland Fatal Stabbing Investigated by FBI as Possible Hate Crime

Maryland authorities have asked the FBI to help them investigate whether the fatal stabbing of a black student at a college campus over the weekend was a hate crime.

The tragedy comes as civil rights groups expressed great concern over what they said was a rise of bias incidents across the nation's schools.

Richard Wilbur Collins III, 23, was killed early Saturday while visiting friends at the University of Maryland's College Park campus. Collins, a senior at Bowie State University, was just days away from his graduation.

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Guess Why Trump’s White House Easter Egg Roll Was Mostly White Kids

Yesterday, the White House’s held the annual Easter Egg Roll and while Trump’s gaffes inevitably took the spotlight away from the focus of the event – the children – and placed it back on our attention-obsessed narcissist-in-chief, it wasn’t long before it was noticed that an important tradition had been abandoned.

After the event had concluded, shrewd observers noticed something very disturbing but was perhaps to be expected from the AmericaFirst White Supremacy House.

The attendees were almost overwhelmingly white children. The reason? Donald and Melania chose not to invite the local DC public school children that traditionally are invited to the White House Easter Roll.

In an interview with The New York Daily News, Assistant Superintendent for the D.C. Arlington Public School District Linda Erdos said that:

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Ten Things White People Need To Quit Saying

While I’ve never been especially fond of political correctness for its own sake, I’ve encountered enough well-meaning white people embarrassing themselves to know that a brief tutorial can’t hurt. For those who insist that they could never say anything racist because they are not racists, I present a quick reminder: Just because you didn’t intend for something to sound racist, doesn’t mean it isn’t, and just because you don’t think you’re a racist, doesn’t mean you’re not. I refer you to the Washington Redskins and every idiot who insists that Native Americans should be “honored” to be so warmly insulted. Newsflash: Determining whether this team’s name is racist is not up to anyone but Native Americans. If you are not Native American, your opinion on the issue is at best irrelevant. I know it’s hard for some to accept, but white people don’t get to determine what is and isn’t racist.

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Girl, 2, defends her choice of doll to cashier

When 2-year-old Sophia was told she could pick out a prize for finishing her potty training, she knew just what she wanted.

She and her mother, Brandi Benner, visited a Target near their South Carolina home, where Sophia spent 20 minutes looking at all the dolls in the toy aisle. "She kept going back to the doctor doll, because in her mind, she is already a doctor," Benner said. "She loves giving checkups, and if you come in the house, she'll tell you that's the first thing you need."

Nick and I told Sophia that after 1 whole month of going poop on the potty, she could pick out a special prize at Target. She, of course, picked a new doll. The obsession is real. While we were checking out, the cashier asked Sophia if she was going to a birthday party. We both gave her a blank stare. She then pointed to the doll and asked Sophia if she picked her out for a friend. Sophia continued to stare blankly and I let the cashier know that she was a prize for Sophia being fully potty trained. The woman gave me a puzzled look and turned to Sophia and asked, "Are you sure this is the doll you want, honey?" Sophia finally found her voice and said, "Yes, please!" The cashier replied, "But she doesn't look like you. We have lots of other dolls that look more like you." I immediately became angry, but before I could say anything, Sophia responded with, "Yes, she does. She's a doctor like I'm a doctor. And I'm a pretty girl and she's a pretty girl. See her pretty hair? And see her stethoscope?" Thankfully the cashier decided to drop the issue and just answer, "Oh, that's nice." This experience just confirmed my belief that we aren't born with the idea that color matters. Skin comes in different colors just like hair and eyes and every shade is beautiful. #itswhatsontheinsidethatcounts #allskinisbeautiful #teachlove #teachdiversity #thenextgenerationiswatching

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Saginaw, Michigan - Civil Rights Hero

On this day in 1965, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. led more than 3,000 demonstrators in the historic week-long march from Selma, Alabama to the state Capitol in Montgomery to raise awareness of the struggle African Americans faced in exercising their right to vote.

One of those demonstrators was 'JIM LETHERER from SAGINAW, MICHIGAN'. A civil rights activist and amputee, Letherer marched the full 53-mile distance on one leg. He lost his leg to cancer at a young age and was told growing up that he would never live a “normal” life. That motivated Letherer to support equal rights for everyone regardless of race, beliefs or abilities, and he spent the rest of his life fighting for civil rights.

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Struggling Mom Is Surprised On Behalf Of Daughter

In 2014, a young mom named Natalie Koltes was about to be evicted from her Las Vegas home of three years. She was trying her hardest to make ends meet, but could no longer afford to pay rent. The building management continued giving her extra chances, but time was running out.

But there was someone else whose survival Natalie was more concerned with than her own — her nine-year-old daughter, Ariel.

Ariel would watch her worried mom pack and then unpack their belongings, constantly questioning their fate. She feared they would be thrown out onto the streets with nowhere else to go.

“Her mind right now is on her mom and how are they gonna make rent,” FOX5 reporter Stefanie Jay says. “No 9-year-old should ever, ever have to worry about something like that.”

One day, Ariel decided to do something big… without telling Natalie about it. She snuck a letter to the mailman and sent it off to the FOX5 Surprise Squad behind her mother’s back.

Natalie had no idea what to expect when a news crew showed up to tell her about her daughter’s letter… and what this incredible group of strangers were planning to do with it.

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Louisiana sheriff's deputy killed on rape investigation had been honored for saving life

A deputy from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office was fatally shot late Saturday night while conducting an investigation into an alleged rape, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and Louisiana State Police said.

Today, a news release confirmed the identity of the slain deputy as Sgt. Shawn Anderson.

"Sgt. Shawn Anderson died following a struggle in which shots were fired," a statement from the department read. "He and another deputy had responded to a business as part of a rape investigation. »

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One-Armed Basketball Star Is Viral Sensation


Towering at 6'3", Trashaun Willis averages roughly 15 points a game on the basketball court.


The 14-year-old became an internet sensation after a video of him surfaced in which he made an amazing dunk in the middle of a game without a left arm.

Willis has been without it his entire life. Born with amniotic band syndrome, Willis' limb was prevented from growing.

"I knew I could do things if I really put my mind to it," Willis told NBC News. "I was born without an arm, but it doesn't make me any different from anyone else."

Towering at 6'3", Trashaun Willis averages roughly 15 points a game on the basketball court.

The 14-year-old became an internet sensation after a video of him surfaced in which he made an amazing dunk in the middle of a game without a left arm.

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Homeless Sisters Run For Gold at Brooklyn Track Club


The Sheppard sisters are running sensations, but it's what the three young girls are running from that makes them extraordinary.


Tai, 12, Rainn, 11, and Brooke, 9, run hurdles, distance, and high jump, respectively.

When the girls' half-brother was fatally shot, their family fell on hard times and was evicted from their home. They have lived in a homeless shelter in Brooklyn, New York's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood since September of 2015.

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Arkansas Gov. Backs Separate Martin Luther King, Robert E. Lee Days


The Republican governor has been pushing to separate the joint celebration after critics said it was an insult to the memory of Martin Luther King.

arkansas-gov.jpg Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson endorsed a measure on Wednesday to have the state honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King and Confederate General Robert E. Lee on separate days, rather than together, but said passing it would be an uphill battle.

The Republican governor has been pushing to separate the joint celebration, in effect since 1985, after critics said it was an insult to the memory of King, who battled to end racial segregation, to share a day with a man who fought to preserve slavery.

“It gives us a chance to show respect for one another,” Hutchinson told a news conference.

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An entire Manhattan village owned by black people was destroyed to build Central Park

When Reverend Christopher Rush laid the cornerstone of the First African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in 1853, he placed in it a time capsule, a box that contained a bible, a hymn book, and copies of two New York papers, The Tribune and The Sun. These were mementos for future New Yorkers.

Prominent abolitionist Albro Lyons and Mary Joseph Lyons were residents of Seneca Village.

Rush, who escaped slavery and became the second ordained bishop of the AME Zion Church, also delivered the church’s first sermon. He read in part from the First Epistle of Peter, an address to the oppressed and persecuted, assuring the congregation that “although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials,” salvation would reward those who kept the faith.

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