Trump’s most bizarre spin on the train wreck of the Republican’s Health Care Act was to blame its failure on the Democrats
“We had no Democratic support. They weren’t going to give us a single vote.” There’s a reason why both Democrats and moderate Republicans opposed the Republican health care act re-negotiated with the ultra-right wing extremists in the so-called “Freedom Caucus.” It was a terribly cruel, cynical attack on everyday Americans that would have stripped out outpatient services, emergency care, maternity benefits, mental health and drug treatment (for example targeted at America’s opioid epidemic), rehabilitation, laboratory services, and preventative medicine.
What the Freedom Caucus insists on getting isn’t health care; it’s wealth care – their wealth.
The president added that the “best thing we can do, politically speaking, is let ObamaCare explode. It’s exploding right now… Almost all states have big problems.”
And this is the President who repeatedly has said, “”If you can’t take care of your sick in the country, forget it, it’s all over. I mean, it’s no good. So I’m very liberal when it comes to health care. I believe in universal health care. I believe in whatever it takes to make people well and better.”
Here’s a radical idea: we know there are flaws in ObamaCare – along with many positives. So now it’s time for moderate Republicans and Democrats to do what Trump actually proposed after the train wreck of the AHCA: “Democrats will come to us and say, ‘Look, let’s get together and get a great health care bill or plan that’s really great for the people of our country.’”
But that means the Democrats have to become more than another “opposition party.” They need to start leading. Nancy Pelosi gets it all wrong when she said “”It’s pretty exciting for us,” the California Democrat said, beaming. “Yesterday the anniversary. Today is a victory for us.” No, Ms. Pelosi. “Victory” is when America has an affordable, proactive health care plan that provides coverage for all Americans regardless of their ability to pay.
So now what?
Be unrelenting in writing/emailing/calling your representatives in Congress – Republican or Democrat — and demand that they “do their job” and create meaningful healthcare for all Americans. www.politico.com or o www.contactingthecongress.org If they hold Town Halls, show up and make yourself heard.
Work to replace any local Senator or Representative who cares more about their own power than about the health, safety and well-being of the American people.
Work to replace any local Senator or Representative who votes based on his or her own narrow ideology instead of collaborating with others – regardless of party – to do what’s right for all Americans, not just those who support that ideology.
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress. The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.”