It’s an already long established fact that, when it comes to healthcare policy, President Trump pays more mind to what’s politically expedient for him then to what actually provides healthcare to the most people.
Just look at his remarks over time; his preference to pay more mind to political expediency then to actual healthcare is put on fill display in what he always focuses on in his verbiage.
This issue on Trump’s part was again put on display this Sunday morning, when he spoke disturbingly flippantly of the complete collapse of Obamacare. He doesn’t seem to care that millions upon millions of people will lose their health coverage. All he cares about is that if Obamacare collapses, it will give him an inroad to get his own healthcare plan passed.
To that end, Trump wrote, “ObamaCare is in serious trouble. The Dems need big money to keep it going — otherwise it dies far sooner than anyone would have thought.”
ObamaCare is in serious trouble. The Dems need big money to keep it going – otherwise it dies far sooner than anyone would have thought.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2017
The reason why the “big money” that is necessary for Obamacare’s survival is an acute concern for Trump is because, as CNBC reports, he’s threatened to cut Obamacare subsidies as a tactic to force Democrats to negotiate with him and Republicans for the purposes of creating a new healthcare bill.
Democratic U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer spoke unsurprisingly grimly of that plan, saying, “President Trump is threatening to hold hostage health care for millions of Americans, many of whom voted for him. This cynical strategy will fail.”
Sports writer Dave Hogg was one of many to express this same sentiment in the comments section of Trump’s Sunday tweet about the subject, saying:
‘Yes, Mr. President, if you take away funding for a major program, it dies. The American people will remember who killed it. You’ll own this. Look in the mirror. Ask yourself what you think will happen if you hold American health care hostage to get money for your useless wall.’
Look in the mirror. Ask yourself what you think will happen if you hold American health care hostage to get money for your useless wall.
— Dave Hogg (@stareagle) April 23, 2017
President Trump’s first attempt at getting an Obamacare repeal bill passed failed miserably.
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