Bring It!

On Sunday March 24th President Trump’s sycophant Attorney General Bill Barr issued his infamous book report proclaiming Trump innocent of conspiracy (or collusion as the right calls it) and obstruction of justice. A significant portion of the American electorate was fooled into accepting the book report and feels no need to read the book. That put Trump on the biggest sugar high of his presidency. In less than 48 hours Trump confounded political strategists on both sides of the aisle by declaring war on Obamacare. Let’s explore.

The declaration of war on health care in America took place when Trump directed the Barr-led Justice Department to side with a Texas judge and no longer defend Obamacare in the courts. If Obamacare were suddenly overturned 21 million Americans would immediately lose their access to health care. Furthermore about 130 million more Americans would be at significant risk of losing their health care due to pre-existing conditions. To my fellow senior citizens who feel safe under Medicare I say think again. Our co-pays will rise if Obamacare falls.

I go so far as to agree with Bernie Sanders that health care is a human right. Trump and his enablers feel that health care should only be for those who can afford to pay for it regardless of the cost. Their philosophy is some strange combination of the evolutionary principle of survival of the fittest and greed. (The funny thing is that many of them don’t believe in evolution. That science stuff is inconvenient for them; just like climate change. Maybe when the Republican Party reconstitutes itself as whatever their new symbol can be an ostrich. Paul Manafort already has the jacket.) While most Americans are not as far left on the spectrum as Senator Sanders and I they nonetheless value their health care.

Perhaps if Trump got outside the bubble of the Donald Dome he would realize that the spanking his party took in 2018 was largely over their opposition to Obamacare. Of course Trump somehow spun the results as a victory. Arithmetic has never been a Republican strong suit. Remember they elected Paul Ryan Speaker of the House in the recent past. For all the radical right criticized Obama at least on the day after the 2010 elections he admitted that he took a, “Shellacking”.

Two extremely popular provisions of Obamacare that would go away are coverage for pre-exiting conditions and parents being able to keep their children on their policies until the age of 26. If Obamacare is declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court (the goal of Trump and the GOP) both of those provisions die an instant death.

Trump campaigned on repealing Obamacare and replacing it with something much better, cheaper and that would cover all Americans. Where is it? We have seen no evidence of such a plan (or any viable plan for that matter) waiting in the wings. To put in baseball terms, if they intend to pull the starter shouldn’t we be able to see someone warming up in the bullpen?

On multiple occasions I have written that the Green New Deal is currently an outline in need of refinement prior to implementation. By comparison the Green New Deal is lightyears ahead of any Republican Obamacare replacement plan. This reminds me of Brexit, a fairytale which had no implantation plan when it became a surprising reality. Of course, the same may well be said of the Trump presidency; remember almost nobody expected Trump to win and apparently that included Trump.

If this is the issue Trump and the Republicans want to run on in 2020 my reply is to quote the words of Democratic New Jersey Senator Cory Booker in response to an idle and ill-advised threat from Republican Texas Senator John Cornyn during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, “Bring it!”

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