Opinion: The sheer nothingness that is ‘Trumpcare’

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“Obamacare is finished. It’s dead. It’s gone,” President Trump announced during a Monday Cabinet meeting. “You shouldn’t even mention it; it’s gone. There is no such thing as Obamacare anymore.”

Hmmm. Apparently, all that talk of “repeal and replace” from our GOP-run Congress turned out to be unnecessary. With a few strokes of the mighty executive pen, Trump claims to have done what the Constitution says he cannot do, which is to single-handedly destroy a major legislative program that had been approved by majorities in both houses of Congress and then signed into law by his predecessor. Using every means available to him as president — and maybe some that aren’t — Trump is ensuring that the program helps as few Americans as possible, at as high a cost as possible to taxpayers, in hopes that by inflicting a lot of pain he can destroy the program’s growing popularity.

And who will this pain be inflicted upon? It won’t be him. It won’t be any of his wealthy friends. But sick people are going to lose coverage as a result of his actions. Costs for some in the middle class will soar and inevitably, human lives will be lost. The damage will be particularly severe in those states that gave Trump his electoral college victory.

Of course, our president doesn’t seem to care much about such “collateral damage.” Basically, he has taken the American health-insurance system as his hostage and is threatening to do it great harm unless he gets his way. And if you were hard-hearted enough, and blind enough, you could argue that there’s some sort of larger strategy behind that seeming madness. You could claim, as some attempt to do, that Trump is doing all this as as a means of getting what he wants.

But what exactly does he want? That’s the question that reveals the true depth of cynicism at work here.

Trump has taken a hostage with no real idea of what ransom he wants in return. He has no policy goal that he wants to achieve; there is no “Trumpcare” that he is attempting to implement. For seven long years, the Republicans have been promising to repeal and replace Obamacare, while doing none of the hard, thoughtful work that creating a replacement would require. For more than two years now, Trump himself has been promising the American people that he would create a health-care system that would provide better insurance at lower cost to more people, yet he and his administration have offered up nothing in the form of a plan or a bill.

The “plans” vomited forth by Republicans in Congress would strip tens of millions of Americans of their health insurance, and are deeply unpopular. They would also break every health-related promise that Trump made in the campaign, including promises not to slash Medicaid and Medicare. They are going nowhere. In short, Trump is not putting the health and lives of millions of Americans at risk in order to implement something that he considers better because he has no idea of what “better” would be, and no way to enact it even if he did.

He’s doing it because he can destroy, but he cannot build.

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Debby Moore
Debby Moore

That's a lie again. Can't you people seek mental help for being chronic compulsive liars? You truly need to.

Clark A. Scates
Clark A. Scates

No it's not Trump to blame for this, it's all the people who follow him blindly. It's all those who will or already suffering, but are so enamored with this man's personal wealth they suffer with Stockholm syndrome. If this nation loses its health, don't blame 45, Americans did it to them selves. People don't want something that might help others, until they them selves are in need, by then it's too late.

Michael Wallace
Michael Wallace

More liberal fake news BS President Trump is trying to fix what Obama and the liberal democratic socialist screwed up.

Patsy Dunagan
Patsy Dunagan

Fake Fake Fake. They all must be Democrats !

Julian McKeen
Julian McKeen

He is such a hateful and vile man. He cares nothing about anyone but himself and his "values." Disgusting

Jason Lee
Jason Lee

Of course Trump is. Does anyone expect otherwise?

Michael Adamczyk
Michael Adamczyk

Trump is biggest Liar and Loser President in the world. Sad. Pitiful. Destructive. Inept. Stupid. Etc.....

Tom Roensch
Tom Roensch

I notice that so many black people are so critical of Pres Trump. I guess it's because your Pres Obama did so much for your race. You're so much better off than you were before Obama, right ?

Tammy Hudson
Tammy Hudson

We sure are. But, we didn't need help from President Obama to succeed. We only need for those racist redneck MFs to stop trying to put policies in place that try to hender our accomplishments.

Victor Bute
Victor Bute

You use to provide news now you push opinion.

Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien

True opinion. Just an Opinion!! Trump is making America great again. Another true opinion.

Margaret Adams
Margaret Adams

We didn’t have anything with Obamacare so give him a chance.

Joann Smith
Joann Smith

I can't wait for Trump to make our future so bright we have to wear shades. All you haters have will have to eat crow. I'm better today financially than ever. Go Donald!

Todd Brown
Todd Brown

Trumpcare. At least there is no Obama in it!

Tim Vines
Tim Vines

Sort of in reverse, President Trump wants to help as many Americans as possible, and reduce the cost factors...you almost had it right...AJC

Katy Mcdowell
Katy Mcdowell

Why can't all these news agencies that are lying through their teeth, that's Obama care

Gina Martin
Gina Martin

I'll say this, the maneuvers that Trump has made in regards to the illegalities of ACA, is FORCING Congress to get it together & work it out! Trumps EO halting the illegal (unconstitutional) subsidiaries made Congress sign the deal to extend said subsidiaries for 2 more years. While yes, that's great...what uts really done is give Congress an end game. This "fix" is a band aid. But, hey....it's more than Congress has done since he took office. \U0001f44f\U0001f44f\U0001f44f\U0001f44f\U0001f44f

Stephen Kitchens
Stephen Kitchens

There was a law people had to buy OBAMA CARE.(FORCED TO BUY)LOL

James Randal Bettis
James Randal Bettis

Have you paid for insurance lately? 600.per month for healthy 50 Year old 900 a month for a 58 year old .all obama care xid was reward people who choose not to work with free insurance.

Elle Michelle
Elle Michelle

Foh, I wouldn't be connected to trumpcare, even if that was the last option on earth. I'm good on that

Stephen Scruggs
Stephen Scruggs

Just more anti Trump rhetoric, ignore. Does Soros own ajc?

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

Trump stopped the payments. He stated he hoped a bipartisan deal could be reached. It was. Trump endorsed it. Then last night during Trump's speech to the Heritage assoc, he changed his mind.

Really choice since Obamacare was designed around a proposal BY the Heritage Assoc!!!!!

FloydLiberal
FloydLiberal

@RoadScholar  but since Obama's name was attached, it was evil. Nevermind that Heritage/Romneycare were virtually identical.

Homer Biles
Homer Biles

AJC = Al Jazeera Constitution Where do you get your facts, CNN?

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

Reality. Why, where do you get yours? Reader's Digest?

Donald Todd
Donald Todd

No he has stopped illegal government payments to insurance companies

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

Uh the courts did that. So you're happy, if you make enough, to pay more to cover the loses of that revenue? Right?

Randy James
Randy James

Do you know how terrifying this is to me and anyone with a pre-existing condition? Trump is effectively signing the death certificates of millions of Americans. If he has no obvious agenda, or plan to replace, is this (in effect) the purge?

Kenya Jackson
Kenya Jackson

They think it's hurting just those kind of people, but that's about to hurt more than that. This world is so hateful. We're all going to burn if we keep this up.

Frank Mccuin
Frank Mccuin

Political Propaganda and Lies! \U0001f44e

Gui Grant
Gui Grant

Lol these Trump advocates are delusional! Sad

Paul Shafer
Paul Shafer

Anhything will be an improvement over Obamacare.

Curt Bovee
Curt Bovee

scump-no-care ! does not care one tiny, tiny bit. All about HIM ! ....sad. ⚡🔥

Bilal Bennett
Bilal Bennett

The swamp people always say fake news when it doesn't support the idiotic thinking of the dictator in chief

Andre Harris
Andre Harris

So Trump has convinced his remedial minded followers the trumpets (trump puppets) that anything that exposes the truth about his failing attempt to lead the US is fake news.....yeah okay!! Lol

William Waugh
William Waugh

The sheer evilness that is Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans.