Saturday, July 29, 2017

Now that Trumpcare has failed, it’s time to drop all the lies

It’s fitting that President Trump reacted to the epic collapse of the GOP repeal-and-replace push by vowing to keep up his campaign to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. Let Obamacare implode, then deal, Trump tweeted, meaning the administration should continue undermining the law, to force Democrats to the table to … well, it’s not clear what he wants from them, but it is clear is that he will continue sabotaging the ACA out of sheer rage and spite.

For Trump, this has never been about improving our health-care system. Trump, who visibly had no idea how the ACA works or what was in the various GOP replacements, and who openly said he would sign whatever Republicans put in front of him, just wanted to boast of a “win” while triumphantly using Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement as his own personal toilet paper roll.

“From the moment the insurance, you’re 21 years old, you start working and you’re paying $12 a year for insurance, and by the time you’re 70, you get a nice plan,” Trump told the Times.

Of course, anyone who has purchased health coverage, let alone studied the health insurance market, knows that a $12 annual premium is nonexistent -- and that premiums are typically paid in months rather than years.

President Donald Trump cites policy he has never taken the time to read. He claims numerical statistics that he doesn’t care whether or not are factual. He doesn’t even try to understand pending legislation and do the homework required to understand.

He has no idea what he's doing or what struggles American families are actually facing.

Trump, in an attempt to damage the health law's marketplaces and damage ACA, has pulled Obamacare signup help in 18 cities.

The ACA federal health-care website,, has been edited to remove positive words and replaced them with more neutral explanations of the law. The Trump administration also killed most advertising and outreach efforts to encourage sign-ups on in the final days of open enrollment.

Robert Reich tells us of other actions Trump can take to sabotage the Affordable Care Act and force its failure.

By Greg Sargent