Remember during the 2016 campaign when Trump said he would get rid of the ACA and create an entirely new private insurance-based healthcare system that would result in better coverage for a lot less money? Yeah, that was bullshit.
In office, the only thing Trump has done so far is try to tinker on the margins, hector the then-Republican-controlled Congress to repeal the ACA, and regurgitate vague talking points about letting for-profit companies sell junk policies across state lines.
Well, as David noted in an earlier post, Trump’s DOJ is now lending its weight to an effort to overturn the ACA entirely, which would make everyone’s coverage crappier.
When I saw that notice yesterday, my first thought was that Trump is on a revenge tear now that he thinks he’s been vindicated by the Mueller investigation. He must have satisfaction and get all he feels he is entitled to, including the obliteration of his exponentially more competent and beloved predecessor’s signature achievement, by whatever means necessary.
That’s how miserable sons of bitches like Trump roll. There’s no enjoying the sugar high of an appointee-engineered “vindication,” no matter how many victory laps he and his loathsome spawn and toadies take on Fox News. It just makes him angrier!
Anyhoo, as Trump once noted, “Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated.” The “nobody” in question was the biggest nobody of them all — Trump himself — and he still has no fucking clue how complicated it is. Like many a know-nothing scion of a parasitic family, Trump arrogantly assumes that he can exceed the accomplishments of people who are his superiors as human beings in every conceivable way.
Well, he’s about to find out. Barring a full-throated endorsement of puppy slaying, Trump couldn’t have wrapped up a bigger cudgel nor tied a prettier bow around it as a gift to the Democratic Party and its 2020 candidates. No matter what the courts do with the ACA challenge, the Trump administration and the Republican Party now own the effort to overturn the ACA and screw every single person with healthcare coverage in the US, including seniors, middle-class families, etc.
The Republicans will be “The Party of Healthcare” alright — the party that fucks Americans out of hard-won healthcare reforms valued by just about everyone who doesn’t make a living huffing Ayn Rand’s farts.
As an angry idiot, Trump doesn’t comprehend the implications of making the party own that mess. Mitch McConnell does, presumably, and before this is over, he’ll almost certainly wish Trump had stuck to periodically kicking McCain’s corpse over the narrow defeat of the ACA repeal in the Senate and left well enough alone.