By L Whitener
As a conservative, who offered Donald Trump’s own words as proof, that he held the same socialist positions as Bernie Sanders, it amazes me how anyone could deny that the GOP Obamacare replacement bill is anything but TRUMPCARE.
How’s that, you say? Well, for starters, it has always been his intent to impose universal healthcare on us. He told us so himself. If you were paying attention, you would know that.
In his 2000 book, The America We Deserve, Trump openly advocated for universal healthcare.
“I’m a conservative on most issues but a liberal on this one. We should not hear so many stories of families ruined by healthcare expenses. We must not allow citizens with medical problems to go untreated because of financial problems or red tape. It is an unacceptable but accurate fact that the number of uninsured Americans has risen to forty-two million.
Working out detailed plans will take time. But the goal should be clear: Our people are our greatest asset. We must take care of our own. We must have universal healthcare.
Just imagine the improved quality of life for our society as a whole if the issue of access to healthcare were dealt with imaginatively. With more than forty million Americans living day to day in the fear that an illness or injury will wipe out their savings or drag them into bankruptcy, how can we truly engage in the “pursuit of happiness” as our Founders intended?”
Then, came the infamous 2015 interview where, again, he advocated for socialized healthcare.
Meanwhile, his website was promoting conservative talking points suggesting a full repeal of Obamacare.
Despite his contradictory campaign rhetoric on the issue, Trump was elected. Which astonishes me considering the profound absence of clarity on this and just about every other major issue.
Just before his inauguration, in a Washington Post interview, Trump claimed that his healthcare plan was “all but finished.” “It’s very much formulated down to the final strokes,” said the President-Elect.“We haven’t put it in [legal form] quite yet but we’re going to be doing it soon.”
A few weeks later, low and behold, the GOP rolled out the current Obamacare Replacement monstrosity.
Donald Trump took to Twitter immediately, as the bill’s biggest cheerleader. He promptly scheduled events to rally his base in support of it. He also sent administration officials out to obfuscate, on network tv and talk radio, on behalf of the bill.
Grassroots conservatives, led by Ted Cruz’s longstanding fight for a full repeal, fiercely opposed the GOP bill. Republican leaders promised, for seven years, a full repeal of Obamacare if conservative voters would elect them. We held our end of the bargain while they repeatedly failed us.
The Congressional Freedom Caucus, joined by Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee, labeled the bill “Obamacare Lite” and “a missed opportunity.” The Heritage Foundation and Freedom Works, along with a host of conservative pundits joined the growing opposition, rallying behind the outspoken members of The Freedom Caucus.
Senator Rand Paul, the most vocal member of the caucus, took direct fire from Donald Trump.
As opposition grew, so did Trump’s threats. The Washington Examiner reported that he vowed to primary anyone who didn’t back the bill in their 2018 re-election bids. Read here
For a man who doesn’t want to claim this disaster, he is certainly hellbent on making sure it crosses the finish line, no matter what it takes.
Trump supporters, like it or not, should make him own it. Because, if Republicans fail us again on their promise of a full repeal of Obamacare, you can blame TrumpCare for the seats it will cost them in 2018 and beyond. And, Trump’s entire presidency will be a complete failure before the year’s end.