Repealing Obamacare Could Violate International Law. UN Letter Never Made it to Congressional Leadership

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The United Nations delivered a 5-page letter to the Trump administration warning them that stripping healthcare from millions of people could violate international law.

Interestingly enough no one in the House and Senate leadership knew about this letter until today, even though they should have been advised per the letter.

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The United Nations has contacted the Trump administration as part of an investigation into whether repealing the Affordable Care Act without an adequate substitute for the millions who would lose health coverage would be a violation of several international conventions that bind the United States. It turns out that the notion that “health care is a right” is more than just a Democratic talking point.

A confidential, five-page “urgent appeal” from the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights in Geneva, sent to the Trump administration, cautions that the repeal of the Affordable Care Act could put the United States at odds with its international obligations. The Feb. 2 memo, which I obtained Tuesday, was sent to the State Department and expresses “serious concern” about the prospective loss of health coverage for almost 30 million people, which could violate “the right to social security of the people in the United States.”

The letter urges that “all necessary interim measures be taken to prevent the alleged violations” and asks that, if the “allegations” proved correct, there be “adequate measure to prevent their occurrence as well as to guarantee the accountability of any person responsible.”

The letter was suppose to be shared with the majority and minority leaders in both the House and Senate. The Department of Health and Human Services had the letter and guess what, it was never shared. It ended up being leaked.

How convenient that it wasn’t shared, eh?

Nancy Pelosi noticed and immediately replied to Trump with her suspicions.

.@realDonaldTrump, I hope you didn’t have a small hand in keeping this from Dem leadership. https://goo.gl/SC5TAk 

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So says a confidential letter from the U.N.

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OHCHR requested that copies of the letter be shared with majority and minority leadership in both chambers of Congress and proposed that “the wider public should be alerted to the potential implications of the above-mentioned allegations.”

Apparently that didn’t happen. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer’s office said they didn’t receive the letter, and officials in House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s offices said Tuesday that they were unaware of it. The letter did make its way to the Department of Health and Human Services, where an employee leaked it to congressional Democratic leadership. A State Department spokesman said my inquiry was “the first I’m hearing of this.”

I’m sure this very important information was conveniently buried somewhere. This would be in keeping with how this administration operates.

They are propagandists of the highest order and couldn’t care less about violating laws.

 

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos