By all accounts Obamacare is on life support… with a short time left to live. The Republican Party has vowed to destroy it since its implementation. Donald Trump vowed to get rid of it on Day One. Twenty Million people that weren’t previously insured; got Health Insurance thru The Affordable Care Act. It’s estimated of the Twenty Million that will now lose coverage. 75% either voted for Trump or did not vote.
Trump alone isn’t responsible for the death of Obamacare. On the day Barack Obama took office in his first term. John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and others conspired to do nothing to support the first Black President. While they flip-flopped on dozens of other things; in this they were firm. Democrats altered Obamacare in several ways prior to passing the bill. In hopes of getting bipartisan support. For all their concessions they got not one Republican vote.
Like every other large Government program. There were bugs that needed to be fixed. Adjustments that needed to be made. The obstructionist Republicans were unwilling, preferring to vote over 60 times to defund Obamacare in the House. Democrats were afraid to open the bill up for changes because it would provide Republicans an opportunity to try to kill it.
The media played its role as well. In the last weeks of the campaign it was announced that premiums would rise for people in the Exchanges ranging from small amounts to large. The media didn’t make clear that these increases affected less than 5% of the population and that subsidies would absorb many of those increases. Beyond what the media did not say. They allowed Trump and his surrogates to tell unchecked lies on their shows. A campaign of misinformation went unchecked as ratings was their only concern. There was never a comparison to how much healthcare costs rose each year prior to Obamacare. In most cases, increases were less than premiums would have gone up on their own.
Obamacare is hated by a significant portion of the population. The majority of whom including Trump, couldn’t explain what it is or how it works. Hating the plan is a proxy for hating the man behind it. It isn’t about “government overreach” or “socialist medicine.” It’s about not wanting to see Barack Obama credited with anything; anything at all. Part of “Making America Great Again” is destroying the legacy of a Black President. Taking away healthcare from Twenty Million is mere collateral damage in the War against the first Black President. When I say, “Suicide by Trump.” I speak of the millions who voted to rid the country of Obamacare when they themselves were the primary beneficiaries.
Republican members of Congress destroy Obamacare while they enjoy the best Government Healthcare program in the world. Trump spoke of the negative impact Obamacare had on his employees until it was pointed out his people were covered by a company plan and not on Obamacare. There are people that will literally die from treatable and preventable diseases because they prefer to “hurt” Obama while killing themselves. Suicide by Trump!
Today, Trump told the Wall Street Journal he’d “consider” requiring coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. He’d “consider” allowing parents to keep children on their plans until the age of 26. Both primary tenets of Obamacare. Maybe he’ll just rent out his name like he does for his hotels? Call it Trumpcare and claim it a raging success.
There will be people that live in excruciating pain for lack of proper medication and treatment. Some that will die when it could have been prevented. Those who cannot go see the doctor because their plan was taken away. Thank the Republicans. Thank Trump. Thank yourselves.
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