Candidate Donald Trump promised people that no one would lose their coverage, premiums would go down, he would take care of preexisting conditions, there wouldn’t be any Medicaid changes, he would cover more people, and leave no one worse off by getting rid of the lifesaving impacts of Obamacare.
All of this was a lie.
“I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid,” Candidate Donald Trump promised.
“We’re gonna come up with a new plan that’s going to be better health care for more people at a lesser cost,” Trump told ABC’s David Muir.
But today, Trump is celebrating the House passage of a plan that will kill tens of thousands annually.
Just repealing Obamacare will cause an estimated 43,956 deaths a year.
Trumpcare is not “better health care for more people” – and most bizarrely, it’s as if they actually tried to make it as evil as they could, to harm as many Americans who aren’t rich as they possibly could. Even people on employer plans will be harmed.
Abused or raped? Trumpcare gives you the middle finger.
Child sick with a preexisting condition? Republicans are drinking beer as they gleefully put into motion all of the necessary factors to kill your child.
Republicans spent seven years whining about maybe not being able to keep their same doctor — their biggest beef with Obamacare, so they created and passed a plan in the House that would murder tens of thousands of Americans every year.
And they are happy about it.
It is this that Republicans are celebrating, and it’s clear watching them that they suffer from some kind of sickness for which there is no cure.
They were so jealous of Obama passing a law that helped millions of Americans, they just didn’t want to let him have it, even aside from their ideological issues (which truthfully shouldn’t have been too large since it was partly based on a very conservative idea).
So Trump just broke all of his promises, promises central to his campaign, perhaps equal to his wall especially since the Medicaid cuts will impact a large number of Trump voters. In fact, Trump voters were going to be hardest hit by the better, kinder version of Trumpcare (the new version hasn’t been scored by the CBO because Republicans cobbled it together and without even reading it in many cases, jammed it through with no real debate). So they are really in for it now if this House bill passes the Senate.
Why did Trump do it?
Because Trump needed to feel better about his presidency and he needed to spit on Obama some more. The wiretapping accusations went nowhere and made Trump a laughing stock and he’s going to get Obama back. Trump needed a win. So Americans have to pay.
That’s the mentality of Republicans who are running this country and both chambers of Congress. Every single healthcare promise Donald Trump made about what he would replace Obamacare with was a lie.
It was one big lie, and if it passes it will cost tens of thousands of lives every year.
Donald Trump wanted a legacy, and he has it now. Where Obama saved millions of lives, Trump will be known as the Death President. The Grim Reaper of healthcare.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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