The great deal maker failed. The leader of the Republican controlled House of Representatives failed. For trump, this is his second strike. The first was the Muslim Ban that was stopped by the courts. Yes, there is Muslim Ban 2.0 that is still being held up in the courts with the case to move forward, but the first one made him back down and try again.
Today was strike two since they had to pull the Americans Without Health Care Act. They had to pull the bill because the “great dealmaker” couldn’t make a deal. The bill was so bad, conservatives and moderates were both against it. Conservatives were against it because it wasn’t cruel enough. Moderates were against it because it was too cruel.
In typical trumpism he went on to blame the Democrats. You know, the party that was never asked for their input. The party that was completely locked out of the process. The party that doesn’t want to see millions of Americans lose their insurance. The Republicans claimed they would “repeal and replace” the ACA despite the Democrats because they didn’t need them.
So, naturally, it is all their fault trump couldn’t make his great deal and fulfill his promise that “the first thing we are going to do is repeal and replace the terrible Obamacare”. Republicans thought this would be a slam dunk. Only it wasn’t.
But, don’t start celebrating just yet. Don’t even think that trump is telling the truth when he say he is going to now move on to tax reform and “let Obamacare fail”. The other day I wrote about how Rubio and the Republicans stopped paying back losses to insurance companies as the law said it would do for ten years, and that caused them to pull out of the exchanges.
That is just the beginning. Remember, Tom Price is still the Secretary of HHS. That is the department that runs the ACA. If you think that Price will not do everything he can to undo as much of the ACA as he can you are kidding yourself. Price is the number one enemy of the ACA. He hates the ACA more than the thought of dying and going to hell.
He will issue administrative orders wherever he can to undo the ACA. He will probably start with the mandates and regulations. He will probably move on to the taxes that actually pay for the ACA so it will be starved of the cash it needs to work.
He will ensure that more companies pull out of the exchanges by promising something stupid in the future that will help them make more money. And, don’t forget those same for profit insurance companies will be hammering away at him to do everything I just mentioned and probably even more. The trump administration will do everything they can to make sure the ACA fails. And, he will get Ryan to help out by repealing the taxes in the bill so it will be starved if Price can’t do it administratively.
You must keep in mind that trump is a very vindictive son of a bitch. Every time he loses on something, he goes after someone he believes stopped him from getting what he wants. In this case, he will figure out that he couldn’t get enough votes because House Members were scared to death of losing their seats if they voted for it. In other words, the real villains in trump’s world right now is the American People and he will go after them with a vengeance.
If that vengeance means that you lose all of your health care, so be it. If it means that you suffer bankruptcy over health care costs, so be it. If it means you die because you can’t get coverage after his revenge mission, so be it. All trump cares about is trump, and you stopped him from looking good to himself, and you must pay the price for that slight.
The ACA can work with some tweaks to the bill. But, I still say the real answer is a universal health care law like Medicare for all. The time to end the stupidity of “free market insurance” has come. This is when the resistance movement that has taken room must demand universal health care, now.
It is the time when the resistance demand from their representatives to put together a bill making universal health care the law. It is time to only support candidates, from both parties, that will support and make universal health care a reality.
This cannot wait until next year either. It must begin today. Letters, email, tweets, and phone calls must be made to demand universal health care. It is the only way that we will really reduce the cost of health care and make sure that everyone in the country really has health care coverage.
Of the 11 most developed nations in the world, we rank 11th in health care costs. We rank 11th in life expectancy. Of fifteen different categories of health care, we rank no higher than 5th in any category. We rank at the bottom in 10 of those categories.
What is the difference? The other 10 most developed nations all have universal health care and pay about one half of the costs per person for health care as we do. If you want to see health care costs go down, if you want to see Medicaid and Medicare not needed as separate costs to the country, then you must demand universal health care.
If you are a conservative, think about it. With universal health care we don’t need a separate thing called Medicaid. We don’t need a separate thing called Medicare. Look at the saving in just those two programs.
If you are a progressive and believe health care is a right and not a privilege, then you must demand universal health care. And, if you are a progressive and you help get a bipartisan universal health care law to the floor of both Houses, you will help kill the so-called Freedom Caucus. They only have power because Republicans don’t want to work with Democrats. If they did, the Freedom Caucus would become the lonely fringe group they should be now.
Yes, trump just got strike two against him. But, the fight isn’t over, and it won’t ever be over until we get what most Americans want. Affordable Health Care for all. Only universal health care coverage is the answer.
Don’t fall asleep. Keep resisting. Keep calling your Reps. Keep writing them. Keep showing up at town halls and demand universal health care. Make them toe the line. If they won’t find a candidate who will and then and vote the bums out!
Now is the time for the people to get what they have been demanding. Now is the time to rise up and make the politicians do what the American People want. Right now, Republicans still don’t get that. All day you kept hearing them say they will vote yes because that is what the American People want. But, only 17 percent of the people were in favor of the Americans Without Health Care Act. So, what people were they listening to? Not the vast majority.
Every now and again, the people get a chance to make their voices heard and make their demands become reality. Even trump supporters hated this abusive law. They finally realized that they were the people who would lose their health care coverage. Don’t leave them on the sidelines in the fight. Bring them along with us so we have real power that even Republicans won’t dare to fight against. The Americans Without Care Act has shown everyone that health care includes everyone.
Everyone needs health care coverage. Democrats, Independents, AND Republicans need to join this fight. So, with the wackos on the right holding up their own party and the incompetent trump sitting in the White House, now is one of those special times. Don’t let it go by without acting.
It is the best chance we have to keep the shirts from marching along.