Based On Race?
Republicans are dancing in the streets today after (finally) voting to successfully repeal Obamacare. Is former President Barack Obama’s signature health care initiative really that bad, or is a more sinister plot in play?
From the moment Mr. Obama decided to place all bets on creating health care for all, Republicans were hell-bent on tearing it down. In fact, the GOP spent 4 years and 54 congressional votes attempting to kill the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, Donald Trump made Obamacare his #1 enemy and #1 target on Day 1 in The White House, promising to present something bigger and better.
Needless to say, Trumpcare was a haphazard and make-shift fiasco (rushed to creation just to tear down Obamacare) that crashed and burned without ever making it to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote. However, a deeply embarrassed Trump and party reintroduced Trumpcare 2.0 late last week (including a few changes) and somehow got it passed.
Photos of giddy GOP members laughing at their vote to essentially kill millions of uninsured Americans quickly flooded social media. They could hardly contain their glee in not only voting to beat Obamacare, but in voting to drive millions of poor Americans with pre-existing conditions into health-care hell.
Yes, if you happen to suffer any ailment from acne to ulcers, the Republican-led House of Representatives voted to grant insurance companies permission to deny you coverage. (Interestingly, male erectile dysfunction and the need for Viagra did NOT get the ax, as the all-white male congressmen made sure to take care of themselves).
How Trump and his cronies actually believed that dismantling Obamacare and throwing millions of Americans into limbo would be “bigger and better” is beyond comprehension. However, what if that was only half of their plan?
Granted, the GOP and the “good ol’ boys club” would much prefer to continue providing themselves and their wealthy friends the best health care available, without having to pay for those lowly Americans who can’t help themselves. However, Republicans are also on a fast-track toward “eracism” — their way of completely erasing the 8 years of that black man who once lived in their White House.
Republicans NEVER liked Barack Obama. They proved it by holding a secret meeting on the day of his first inauguration, promising to block any and everything he ever attempted to accomplish. Their “gentlemen’s agreement” had nothing to do with policy, since he had only been president for a few hours and had not yet attempted anything. So, what was it really about? Race!
Since that day, Republicans have been able to convince a racially sensitive segment of Americans that Barack Obama was “The Boogey-Man” and that Donald Trump was “The Great White Hope” who could take back America (from the minorities) and make it great (white) again. White racists ate it up like a pack of wild dogs at a church barbecue. They didn’t care about facts — they only cared about race.
This is why Donald Trump has used the power of executive order to erase every Obama program one by one with the swipe of a pen. This is why Republicans are attempting to deny Mr. Obama his pension for accepting a speaking engagement that reportedly will pay him $400,000. This is why poor white Americans ignorantly shot themselves in the foot by voting for Trump without first realizing they were voting against their own interests.
For example, hundreds of thousands of coal miners throughout the Rust Belt voted for Trump, believing he could magically bring coal jobs back (at this point, even God can’t). However, they were shocked to learn that the medications for coal miners disease provided under Obamacare that was keeping them alive would be discontinued under Trumpcare. There’s more.
A December 2016 poll showed that 67% of Trump voters believed that unemployment had risen during Mr. Obama’s tenure, which is false since it dramatically declined. A February 2017 poll found that one-third of all Americans were eager to support the Affordable Care Act but quick to denounce Obamacare — without realizing they were the exact same thing. Additionally, more than half of the Republicans in that poll were unaware that any repeal of Obamacare would also gut Medicaid.
Republicans believe that anything named after or connected to Barack Obama is bad and they want it gone YESTERDAY — even if it causes 20 million people to lose their health insurance and ignite a public health crisis of unimaginable consequence. Fortunately, it’s not that easy.
The American political system is based on 3 branches of government, meaning last week’s House vote to repeal Obamacare is only the 1st of many steps before it can become law. The House bill will now go to the Senate, which will almost assuredly make a myriad of changes or (more likely) completely kill it altogether. However, if it survives, the revised bill will then head back to the House, which will decide if they approve of the changes — or not.
As Americans realize the enormous losses they will face if the GOP bill ever becomes reality, public sentiment could become a factor in preventing the repeal of Obamacare from ever moving forward. Regardless, Democrats are feeling confident that Republicans have now set the table for a huge defeat in next year’s midterm election.
SEN. COREY BOOKER (D-NJ)
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