This is certainly something to take note of.
Having failed miserably in the effort to “repeal and replace,” Donald Trump earlier this year promised to “let Obamacare fail.”
Obviously, that is something a child would do.
He couldn’t get the job done and instead of taking responsibility and moving on like an adult, he decided to be spiteful about it and he’s spent every day since blaming anyone and everyone but himself.
Now to be sure, Trump has a point about Republicans choking when they finally got their chance to do something they’ve been shouting about for years. But true to his penchant for making a bad situation worse, the President eschewed any semblance of congeniality or even decency in favor of publicly stating that he hopes the existing system fails (consequences for sick people be damned) and attacking lawmakers on Twitter.
The obvious question the clip above raises is this: well what if it doesn’t fail? Where will that leave him in terms of credibility?
Well don’t worry America, because if Obamacare wasn’t already in trouble, Trump is going to do everything in his power to undermine it. Here’s Bloomberg, just out:
Trump’s Health and Human Services Department will cut spending on promotion of the Affordable Care Act to $10 million for this sign-up seasons, down from $100 million last year, said the HHS officials, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity because the changes haven’t yet been made public.
The administration will also reduce payments to groups that help people choose among their health insurance options under the law. Last year, those insurance “navigators” got $62.5 million. Spending on the navigators will be cut by 39 percent this enrollment period, according to the officials.
This, Bloomberg says, is Trump “making good on [his] threat to let the law wither after Republicans failed to repeal it earlier this year.”
But actually it’s more than that. He’s not “making good on his threat to let the law wither.” That suggests his role is passive. Clearly, he intends to take an active role in undermining the nation’s healthcare system.
- SCHUMER: TRUMP DELIBERATELY TRYING TO SABOTAGE HEALTH SYSTEM
Take a minute to let that sink in.
And once it has, you’ll be forgiven if you vomit a little in your mouth.
“The Trump administration should be doing everything in its power to improve Americans’ access to health care, not cutting efforts that help Americans get coverage,” said Ron Wyden, the top Democrat on Senate Finance Committee.
Right. But remember Ron, this is Donald Trump we’re talking about.