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Chronic Human Rights Abusers Will Judge GOP Health Plan at United Nations

Apparently, The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank thinks that’s a great thing.

The Washington Post’s liberal opinion contributor Dana Milbank published a piece Tuesday night celebrating the fact that the United Nations had warned the Trump administration that repealing the Affordable Care Act could violate “several international conventions.”

“It turns out the notion that ‘health care is a right’ is more than just a Democratic talking point,” Milbank smugly noted.

Milbank wrote:

A spokesman for the U.N.’s human rights office in Geneva confirmed the authenticity of the letter, which was sent by Dainius Puras, a Lithuanian doctor who serves the United Nations under the absurdly long title “Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.”

The spokesman, Xabier Celaya, said Puras cannot comment on his Obamacare inquiry until it becomes public at the next session of the Human Rights Council in June.

He added that despite the GOP’s determination to ignore such letters, “The U.N. letter is at least a bit of moral support for those defending Obamacare.”

Moral support?

The UN Human Rights Council, which will hear the “Obamacare inquiry” that Obamacare defenders like Milbank and Puras so eagerly await, is made up of some of the worst human rights abusers in the world.

The membership list includes Hall of Fame human rights abusers such as Cuba, China, Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Saudi Arabia. Rising stars in the game of systematic state oppression like Venezuela and the Philippines will also weigh in on the crime against humanity occurring in the United States known as Obamacare repeal.

In case you need a reminder of how these countries have treated their citizens, here’s a quick glimpse into each country’s situation, courtesy of Human Rights Watch:

Cuba: “Cubans who criticize the government continue to face the threat of criminal prosecution. They do not benefit from due process guarantees, such as the right to fair and public hearings by a competent and impartial tribunal. In practice, courts are subordinated to the executive and legislative branches, denying meaningful judicial independence.”

China: “Tibetans continue to face routine denial of basic freedoms of speech, assembly, and movement. In 2016 authorities prioritized rights-abusing “anti-splittism” and “stability maintenance” campaigns despite the absence of tangible threats, and forbade almost all residents of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) from foreign travel.”

Bangladesh: “Bangladesh security forces have a long history of arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearance, and extrajudicial killing, raising concerns about recent arrests and deaths.”

The D.R.C.: “Government officials and security forces repeatedly banned opposition demonstrations, fired teargas and live bullets at peaceful protesters, shut media outlets, and prevented opposition leaders from moving freely.”

Saudi Arabia: “Saudi Arabia does not tolerate public worship by adherents of religions other than Islam and systematically discriminates against Muslim religious minorities, notably Twelver Shia and Ismailis, including in public education, the justice system, religious freedom, and employment.”

Venezuela: “Maduro deployed more than 80,000 members of security forces nationwide in ‘Operation Peoples’ Liberation’ (OLP) to address rising security concerns. Police and military raids in low-income and immigrant communities have led to widespread allegations of abuse, including extrajudicial killings, mass arbitrary detentions, maltreatment of detainees, forced evictions, the destruction of homes, and arbitrary deportations.”

Philippines: “The Philippines has seen an unprecedented level of killing by law enforcement since Duterte took office. Police statistics show that from July 1 to November 3, 2016, police killed an estimated 1,790 suspected “drug pushers and users.” That death toll constitutes a nearly 20-fold jump over the 68 such police killings recorded between January 1 and June 15, 2016.”

These countries, comprising the UN Human Rights Council, find it necessary to investigate whether the GOP’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act violates international human rights laws. If Milbank needs “moral support” for his defense of Obamacare, he might want to look elsewhere.