Donald Trump is obsessed with former President Barack Obama. When Trump realized that making up wiretapping stories wouldn’t faze the former President or those who support him, Trump began once again resorting to personal attacks.
Always professional, tactful, and diplomatic, President Obama has yet to come out swinging in the ways that others have. In fact, aside from rare instances of making his own stances on various topics known, President Obama hasn’t addressed Trump at all. Nevertheless Trump continues speaking and tweeting about Obama as if doing so will somehow positively impact the American people.
While all of the above has been true for President Obama, everyone reaches a point when they can no longer be silent. On Thursday, breaking from his norm, President Obama took to facebook to share his thoughts on the GOP’s so-called health care plan. While it’s obvious that Trump and other Republicans are merely looking to undo the Affordable Care Act because it was an initiative of the Obama administration, the former President didn’t reduce himself to Trump-level tactics of making personal attacks.
Obama stuck to facts. Acknowledging the ongoing division that hasn’t existed in ways it does now, but GOP seems to be encouraging through health care and other means, Obama said:
‘Our politics are divided. I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party. Still, I hope that our Senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did.’
‘We didn’t fight for the Affordable Care Act for more than a year in the public square. . .’
Not one to be consumed with appearing flawless, know-it-all, etc., Obama once again acknowledged that the Affordable Care Act wasn’t perfect, nor was it mean to be, but that it was a great step for a country that brands itself as being the greatest in the world, but didn’t have a system of health care for all:
‘At the same time, I was careful to say again and again that while the Affordable Care Act represented a significant step forward for America, it was not perfect, nor could it be the end of our efforts – and that if Republicans could put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I would gladly and publicly support it.’
Arguably the most important part of Obama’s statement, he called the GOP bill what it is – a “massive transfer of wealth.” He wrote:
‘The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else.’
He also made it very clear who will be most hurt by the legislation:
‘Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely.’
Some people may have wanted President Obama to make public statements every time he has been attacked by Donald Trump. However, by not doing so and being intentional with his words and when he uses them, Americans are once again reminded of the importance of tact and diplomacy; those are two attributes that the Trump administration has yet to display.
President Obama’s full post may be viewed below:
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