Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #7
EDITORIAL | 3/16/2017, midnight
With his surrogates and aides scrambling furiously—and futilely—to put a corrective spin on President Trump’s goofball, unsubstantiated charges that former President Obama had his phones tapped, there is a fresh one to spin.
Once again, rather than Obama, Trump has targeted the media for “making Obamacare look so good.” Placing the blame on the media that previously he defined as the “enemy of the people,” is consistent with his ongoing charge that “Obamacare is a disaster.”
All this rhetoric is either false or misleading, and the claim that Obamacare is a disaster will be minuscule when compared with the catastrophic impact the Republican Party will have on the health and the insurance of millions of Americans. By 2026, according to a report released Monday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, 24 million Americans will be without health insurance.
It was this report, it has been speculated, that the Trump administration launched a pre-emptive strike to derail, and at the same time rationalize the Republican Party’s American Health Care Act, which is the real disaster.
In other words, alerted of the damning report from the CBO, Trump and his minions, including Tom Price, the secretary of Health and Human Services, began compiling their own numbers to show the benefits of the new act. Well, much of it is not well, and it is bloated with misleading information about Obamacare and the “benefits” of the proposed new act, which the Democrats are poised to block.
We won’t take up too much of your precious time disputing Trump’s errors, but let us simply take just one of the most outrageous of his claims that Obamacare covered “very few people.” Last time we checked, “a very few people” numbered 20 million Americans who gained coverage under Obamacare. This coverage, according to Gallup, reduced the uninsured population by more than 10 percent.
In logic, which like climate change does not exist in the Trump world, if the premise is wrong, then so is the conclusion. And if 20 million more Americans were insured than before the Affordable Care Act came into effect, it is a clear repudiation of Trump’s charges.
Do the math, Mr. President, although to expect you to arrive at a logical conclusion is out of the question because that require kind of connection to reality, and we know how estranged you are to this notion.
Trump’s unwillingness to accurately assess the impact of Obamacare is another reason we insist that to Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go!