The President of the United States tweeted:
Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn't get it done. Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2017
Really? I seem to recall that candidate Donald Trump ran on promises that:
- “We’re going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.”
- “I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid.”
- “We don’t want anyone who currently has insurance to not have insurance,” KellyAnne Conway promised.
- “I am going to take care of everybody … Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.”
Those were pretty grandiose promises, promises which had not been met under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. If Mr Trump had any real idea about how he was going to keep these promises, he never put those plans on paper. Once he became President, he never had that “beautiful picture” he promised in any form that he bothered to submit to Congress for approval.I have reluctantly said that the only significant departure from the form of the Affordable Care Act that maintained the principle that the federal government would guarantee health care coverage for everybody would be some form of single-payer. Given the Republicans’ promise to “repeal and replace” the ACA with something that covers everybody, single-payer is the only option, given that repeal only — which would be my preference, but is not something which I regard as politically possible — would very specifically not cover everybody. Anything which utilized the existing private insurance system, the way the ACA does, would not only have to retain the individual mandate that Republicans hate so much, but make it much more strongly enforced, in such a way that no one could choose not to obey it.1
Donald John Trump is the President of the United States, a job for which he asked, a job for which he promised us great leadership; he would #MakeAmericaGreatAgain. And now? He’s blaming Mitch McConnell for his failures, he’s blaming other people for not having the plan he promised he would have for us.
President Trump, you promised you’d be a great leader for our country, so lead, damn it! Real leaders don’t blame other people for their failures.
- I’m trying to picture here how it would be enforced on the thugs in Chicago and Philadelphia, and so far, I’ve got nothing. ↩