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Prostitutes Protest Republican Health Care Bill. Yes, Actual Prostitutes.

A group of “licensed prostitutes in Nevada, working in legal brothels,” according to CNN, has banded together to protest the Senate GOP’s health care bill.

Alice Little, the leader of “Hookers for Healthcare,” released a statement on Wednesday, decrying the GOP bill:

… the proposed American Health Care Act is a situation that directly affects not only myself, but the other working ladies, staff, and clients that make up the legal Nevada brothel industry …

Hundreds of thousands of Nevadans will lose coverage if the Trumpcare bill passes, and even more will be significantly affected as a result of the legislation. This includes Nevada’s most unique demographic — the thousands of licensed working girls who ply their trade in the only state in the USA where prostitution is legal …

Little slams the bill’s alleged cuts to Medicaid:

Every girl that becomes a legal prostitute doesn’t become financially comfortable overnight. I have been fortunate to amass a strong clientele and establish myself as a financially successful businesswoman within Nevada’s legal brothel industry, but that can take time. A young woman entering our business who in some cases may also be a single mother with limited financial means will also need time to build her customer base, and expanded access to Medicaid for her or her child may be the only way that she is able to know that they will be covered for health care until she can increase her income. Helping Americans to help themselves should be an important role of any government assistance program, and Trumpcare would deal a devastating blow to the ability of some to become self sustaining citizens. …

Little offers other complaints, but the Medicaid “cuts” seem to be foremost in her mind.

Here’s the thing — while much of the GOP bill is indeed burning garbage, the supposed “cuts” to Medicaid are actually decent reforms. Unfortunately, the reforms are being used by progressive politicians as a scare tactic. Shocker.

Health care policy expert, Avik Roy, writes in Forbes:

Because the Senate bill’s tax credits are robustly means-tested and available to those below the poverty line, the bill is able to repeal Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion while offering higher-quality coverage to individuals who signed up for Medicaid under the expansion.

… the bill repeals Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, and replaces it with tax credits so that low-income Americans can buy the coverage of their choice at an affordable price.

Medicaid for those who truly need it isn’t going away. The poor and the indigent aren’t going to be tossed out on the streets with no access to care. That’s a Democratic talking point.

Roy continues:

We’ve talked already about the new flexibility that states will have with their Medicaid programs. They’ll have even more flexibility to open up their private insurance markets to innovation and competition, through a new set of “Section 1332” waivers in which the validity of the waiver applications will be assumed by the federal government so long as the plan doesn’t increase federal spending.

Furthermore, the bill offers states around $100 billion in stability and innovation grants that states can use to shore up their insurance markets, by providing extra assistance to the needy or the sick.

What this amounts to — despite the provocative nature of the protest — is another group of people falling for the lies of the progressive movement. These “working women” are moved by the progressive notion that the federal government is our parental provider, and that anything that veers from that ideology is, without question, wrong.

If these working ladies took more than a nanosecond to read the bill rather than simply listen to Democratic fear-mongering, they would see that the “cuts” to Medicaid aren’t designed to leave the working poor stranded, but to increase the quality of care while cutting wasteful spending.

Much of the rest of the bill is critically flawed. However, the main change about which the Hookers for Healthcare are concerned — alleged Medicaid cuts that will have them on the streets — is a nothing burger.