If Democrats were motivated during the 2018 midterms, they will return to the 2020 election booth on fire. Throughout his two chaotic years in office, Donald Trump has been tearing down President Barack Obama’s legacy piece by piece and then stomping on them. We watched Trump turn from cool to ice at a White House Correspondents’ Dinner as Obama told a couple of pointed jokes about the man. Since then, POTUS has been getting even. With barely a moment of gleeful celebration over Attorney General (AG) William Barr’s ill-intentioned interpretation of the Mueller report and a victory walk around the Republicans’ luncheon, Trump was on to the biggest thing on his enemies list.
Republican voters on the street used to say they hated Obamacare, but they did not want anyone taking away their Affordable Care Act (ACA). Trump urged the Republicans in Congress to try to take down the ACA 70, and that is no typo, 70 times. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) famously cast the last vote in the darkest hours of the night with a big thumbs down. The man who occasionally sits in the Oval Office never forgave him, even in death.
Trump decided to throw Obamacare onto the the courts and sent Barr out to shed his scruples and play the attack dog against the law. The month-old AG did not want to do it, by all accounts, and Trump’s own secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar felt the same way. The president told them to suck it up, and suck it up they did.
Health and Human Services spokesperson Caitlin Oakley released a statement that read, according to Fox News:
‘Secretary Azar fully supports the Administration’s litigation position in the Affordable Care Act case, which bears his name.’
The commander-in-chief went onto the Fox Business Network to switch the tables on Barr and tell the world that he supported his Justice Department’s action to invalidate the entire Affordable Care Act. The president said that he believed it would “be upheld” in the higher courts and “do very well in the Supreme Court:”
‘If the Supreme Court rules that Obamacare is out, we will have a plan that is far better than Obamacare.’
Of course, neither 45 or the Republicans have any plan to replace Obamacare for the 20 million people who will lose their coverage on day one other than to return to what people did not have before the ACA. That would mean any adult or child with a pre-existing condition, as defined by the for-profit insurance companies, would be denied coverage. Insurance companies would consider childhood diabetes, infant surgeries, broken bones, and even childbirth pre-existing conditions sufficient to deny coverage.
Republicans tossed out the idea of high-risk pools for people with pre-existing conditions. America had those before, and they were way too costly to be useful to patients.
Prescription drug costs will fly off of the charts. Seniors will have to pay thousands of dollars to cover the bizarre coverage gaps that used to exist. Adult children would no longer be covered under the parents’ policy.
A federal judge cancelled out Obamacare entirely in December 2018, but the response was ear-shattering. People have had their insurance for years now, and they like it. Of course, the ACA is not perfect, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just rolled out broad legislation to improve it.
When Trump went to Capitol Hill, he said with a straight face:
‘Let me tell you exactly what my message is. The Republican Party will soon be known as the party of health care.’
Countless people will die, if Trump succeeds. Of course, this was never about health care. It was about revenge.