You Can’t Kill Obama(care)
History will not let us forget that Donald Trump started his campaign questioning the legitimacy of our nation’s first black president Barack Obama.
Sadly, it worked.
Seventy-two percent of Republicans still doubt President Obama’s citizenship.
And 54% of Republicans believe Barack Obama is Muslim.
Imagine you’re one of these people. And for the past eight years, you’ve been hearing about a healthcare law bearing the name of your illegitimate, foreign-born, Muslim president. Certainly it can’t be good for America.
But GOP voters were duped. And as a result, one-third of Americans don’t know that Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are the same thing. This isn’t by accident. It was a GOP strategy.
Obama campaigned on “Change.”
And after he was elected, Obama(care) told insurance companies, they could no longer deny people coverage for a pre-existing condition. That’s an amazing policy shift and an earth-moving change.
In order to make this feasible for the insurance companies, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi crafted the legislation that mandated healthy people to sign up for insurance or pay a penalty. This is the mandate that frustrates people. But that’s how insurance works! That’s how your car insurance works!
Democrats didn’t re-invent the wheel. They just made is so that more people would have healthcare.
And we all pay for healthcare. When an uninsured person goes to the emergency room, those costs get shifted to the insured in higher costs, whether we like it or not. Just like when you get hit by an uninsured driver, consumers pay for it in higher rates. I’m not an economist but logic (and the CBO) would reason that losing the mandate will increase premiums.
Yet, Trump wants Obamacare to “explode.”
By the way, how does a healthcare law explode?
And what are Republicans like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan trying to do with their awful healthplans? Simply put: they’re trying to kill Obama. His signature namesake law. His legacy. His place in history. This is what their constituents want. An erasure of an illegitimate president.
But even if Obamacare is repealed, the hallmarks of Obama(care) — which are extremely popular — will live long into the future. Such as:
1. Letting children stay on their parents healthcare plan.
2. No lifetime caps.
3. And of course, the biggie: you can’t be denied insurance for a pre-existing condition.
It’s hard to imagine a bill of this magnitude being passed in Congress today. The GOP can’t do it, and they control both chambers. Part of that is because there are no leaders in the GOP. This is why Trump nabbed the nomination so easily. Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, et al., are weak and lack vision.
Another part is because of ideology. Conservatives fundamentally do not believe that the government should provide healthcare. Complicating things even more: Trump is not a conservative. He’s just a race baiter. Add those two elements together and you get a Senate Republican health plan with 12% approval.
Politically, you can call it a repeal but that would be another GOP lie. Obama(care) needs to be improved and costs need to be contained. The only party that’s ever passed healthcare legislation has been the Democrats. Voters know this heading into 2018.
Now, for the first time ever, a majority of Americans (55%) say Obama(care) should remain in place.
Sounds like a third term to me.