On the heels of the news that Republicans weren’t able to amass enough support for their new healthcare bill to even get it to the floor for a vote, Trump tweeted his hopes for the future of America’s healthcare.
As I have always said, let ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan. Stay tuned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2017
John Legend, the iconic singer-songwriter, explained in clear terms what Trump’s words implied.
Your president wants more people to die so he can embarrass Obama. https://t.co/yiEsAaCEFE
— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 18, 2017
In effect, Trump is more concerned with dismantling Obama’s legacy than the welfare of millions of American citizens. By letting “ObamaCare fail,” that would mean those who rely on it would no longer have the insurance that their lives literally depend upon.
Trump’s tantrum comes immediately following the collapse of the Senate’s healthcare bill, for which the White House launched an aggressive campaign of support. Trump, for his part, does have the ability to promote its failure and, given his political motivations, it’s likely that he would faster facilitate its demise than do anything to support it (and those who rely on it). Per The New York Times, “[if] he is determined to make good on that pledge, he has plenty of levers to pull, from declining to reimburse insurance companies for reducing low-income customers’ out-of-pocket costs to failing to enforce the mandate that most Americans have health coverage.”
“It’ll be a lot easier,” Trump said. “We’re not going to own it. I’m not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We’ll let Obamacare fail, and then the Democrats are going to come to us.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) explained what needs to happen moving forward.
“There’s a fork in the road for our Republican colleagues,” he said. “They can do Donald Trump said, which is sabotage the system out of anger and out of pique,” or they can work with Democrats to improve the existing law.
Despite the fact that he is supposed to be the President for all Americans, Trump seems more intent on embarrassing Obama – with whom he is insatiably obsessed – than keeping Americans alive. And if he had his way, millions of them would not be.
This articles was published on washingtonjournal.com