Donald Trump and Paul Ryan keep saying that “this nightmare of Obamacare will soon be over.” The misnomer “nightmare of Obamacare” is not only a melodramatic overstatement, it is a flat out lie.
One thing that Trump, Ryan and GOP lawmakers are ignoring is that since April of 2015 the Affordable Care Act is viewed favorably by most Americans and this abortion of a plan called Trumpcare is viewed unfavorably.
In case you are one of the many who are unaware, Obamacare is just a derogatory term coined by a health care lobbyist in 2007 to describe what was to become the Affordable Care Act (ACA). They are one and the same.
It is astonishing to see people interviewed outside of Trump rallies (why Trump is still having campaign rallies is a subject for another day) who say they want Obamacare repealed, but want to keep their own health care coverage, bought on exchanges created by ACA.
One lady at a rally in Kentucky said that she voted for Trump but didn’t think he would take away her health insurance, which she will lose if they repeal Obamacare. If I were the interviewer, I would have been tempted to slap that women across the face and ask, “What the hell did you think you were voting for?”
One bright light in the “basket” said that he thought Trumpcare sounded better than Obamacare so “it must be better.” People like him give me pause when I speak out against voter suppression.
Another common misconception among Trumpers is that Obamacare was “rushed through” and “pushed down our throats.” This, too is a big lie.
The road to Obamacare began in November of 2008 when candidate Obama said, “On health care reform, the American people are too often offered two extremes — government-run health care with higher taxes or letting the insurance companies operate without rules. … I believe both of these extremes are wrong.”
It was signed into law on March 21, 2010 after much discussion and outreach to BOTH sides of Congress.
Trump has been in office for two months and we only heard about this so-called health care bill about a month ago.
“What’s the rush?”, you ask. Good question.
Today is the seven year anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act. Some people (like guilty husbands and terrorists) like to make big deals about anniversaries.
Here’s one thing of which you can be sure: Donald Trump has no idea what’s in the bill that they will be voting on today. Take that one to the bank.
Here’s a couple more things you may want to ponder. Unless you’re one of the very rich, you probably know someone who will lose their health care when and if they pass Trump-doesn’t-care.
You or someone you know will be hit with higher premiums, bigger deductibles, reduced coverage and caps on insurance company liability. You may know someone who will go bankrupt because of a catastrophic injury or illness.
People with preexisting conditions will lose coverage, you can forget about keeping your 25-year old on your insurance policy and medicaid, as we know it will be over.
One more thing you should know. About $600 Billion sucked out of health care will go toward tax cuts for the wealthy.
My 40-year old son has subsidized health care. He’s just a hard working guy who doesn’t have the luxury of employer provided health insurance, so he has his own policy subsidized under the ACA.
He’s also a cancer survivor, still undergoing periodic checkups. Losing his health insurance could be a life or death issue for my son. It’s not just some partisan volleyball.
I know many people facing health care that hangs in the balance for themselves or their children and I suspect you do, too.
For some reason, Trump voters didn’t put together their candidate’s promises to repeal Obamacare with the real life scenarios they are now facing.
Let’s see how it plays out. If Trump-doesn’t-care fails to pass the House, I may offer my own half-baked solutions for fixing health care in America. Until then, I wish you good health.
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