Congressman Steve Chabot, in his latest blog post at stevechabot.com, is doing everything he can to avoid admitting the simple truth: He has voted to gut your health care every single time he’s had the chance, with absolutely no alternative plan of any kind to provide you with coverage. He’s done this because he needed funds to pay for the massive tax dodge for his donors, including foreign corporations lacking any presence in OH-1.
We’ll get into the details further down, but it’s important to note that Chabot begins his dark tirade by charging that Democrats are “desperate for power.” This claim, mind you, comes from someone who is 65-years old, and with the exception of two years after he lost his reelection in 2008, has clung to political office like a lifeboat since 1985, or over half his life. He started running for office (Cincinnati City Council) in 1979 when hostages were being held in Iran, Disco was popular and live programming on cable tv was yet to be created.
Who’s desperate for power, again?
Chabot goes on to claim that “the truth is becoming a casualty of their desire to win at any cost.” With the exception of the fact he should have used “my” instead of “their,” I agree. So let’s get into the truth, vs the claims Chabot makes in his mini-diatribe.
Chabot starts by trying to claim his tax cut has been a huge success. Well, not so much for most of us. For his colleague, multimillionaire Florida Congressman, Vern Buchanan, the day Chabot passed this awful tax bill was indeed a great day. He got himself a shiny new 73-foot Ocean Alexander Yacht he named “Entrepreneur.” With borrowed funds. From a foreign bank–BMO Harris, a subsidiary of The Bank of Montreal–that spent hundreds of thousands of dollars lobbying for and would benefit mightily from this large-scale tax dodge.
The average resident of South Lebanon, Cheviot or Cincinnati, to put it kindly, did not see these tax benefits. They saw $629. Of course, with the average spike in insurance premiums of $1,480 for Ohioans, because of this tax bill and the elimination of the individual mandate contained therein, most of us end up paying an $851 more. Let’s call it The Chabot Tax. Meanwhile, Chabot’s dark-money donors and foreign, corporate friends got the real tax cut, the one averaging $148,260 more in their pockets for earning over $5 million per year. Meanwhile, this added $1.9 trillion to our debt. That’s right, Chabot, who has run over the years by labeling himself a “fiscal conservative,” just added $1,900,000,000,000 to our debt.
Then there’s health care. Chabot claims he planned to not just repeal the Affordable Care Act, which included voting to force the 306,400 residents of the district he supposedly represents who have pre-existing conditions to pray for divine assistance if they get sick. To “replace it with a better health care plan.” Have you seen that plan?
He had seven years to put it together while he voted over 50 times to take away your protections if you have a pre-existing condition–such as having been pregnant or having arthritis—and if that plan existed he sure didn’t share it with anyone during that time. He did vote, however, to kill Medicaid funding for the 700,000 Ohioans who rely on it, including 200,000 who need Medicaid for mental health and addiction services to combat the opioid plague that has swept our region and much of the country. He also voted to crush your guarantee that you can stay on your parents’ health care until you are 25. And his aforementioned vote to purposely damage, or #Chabotage, the Affordable Care Act, has led to a 17% spike in premiums for all of us.
Add in the flat, and often declining wages for most workers delivered by Chabot’s full embrace of Trumpenomics, including jobs leaving the region they were promised would still be here. All while 200,000 people making over $1 million per year eat up 44% of the tax breaks promised to small businesses, and we see $1 trillion in stock buybacks to enrich big corporate executives by the end of this year.
I’m guessing now you’ll understand why Chabot, like President Trump, is bobbing, weaving, deflecting and denying in his blog post. He knows it’s better than to share the truth about his record (this may also be why he is too scared to hold real townhalls where he might have to talk to actual humans not pre-approved by his staff).
So, how do you like Chabot now? According to The Cook Political Report, it seems not so much.