Even as President Donald Trump celebrated the health care replacement bill passed by the House of Representatives earlier this year (one of 2 in the House and now 3 in the Senate) he told Republican congressmen lunching at the White House that the bill was "mean." Now the New York Times, Trump’s “fake news” nemesis has agreed with him having written, “It is hard to overstate the cruelty of (the latest one) the Graham-Cassidy bill. It would eliminate the mandate that even healthy people buy health insurance, end the subsidies that help people purchase coverage and stop the expansion of Medicaid. It would offer states block grants they could use to help people get insurance but would leave people at the mercy of individual state legislatures and, over all, would provide $239 billion less than what the federal government would spend under current law between 2020 and 2026, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.” Yes, the Republicans are again attempting to fulfill their obsession with the destruction of “All things Obama.” This, the latest assault, gives states the option of ending protection on pre-existing conditions, allows insurance companies to raise rates exorbitantly when someone becomes ill, and injects a formula that robs Democratic states to fund Republican states. That’s right, it puts states in charge of deciding the health options of its citizens, then if a Republican state “screws up” they can send the bill to Democrat states. That feature makes the bill especially attractive to some Republican Senators. The bill would hurt people all across the nation, but it would hurt people in blue states like California and New York much worse. A design feature of the bill is that it profoundly assaults the states, namely the blue states that have instituted the most programs to help their citizens. And it’s not just a threat to Obamacare, but also spells an end to Medicaid and the Medicare expansion that has saved countless lives.