After failing to “repeal and replace” Obama’s hard won Affordable Care Act, Trump smugly claimed that the bill would self destruct anyway, humiliating his critics and political enemies. But like much of what Trump has predicted, this just hasn’t happened. In fact, quite the opposite, which has lead prominent Democrats like Nancy Pelosi to double down in their support for the bill.
It’s now undeniable that Obamacare has significantly increased coverage rates for women and minorities. The ONLY major demographic for whom coverage rates did not increase were white males, who were forced to pay more for the good of society. This explains why Trump’s predominantly white male base is so dead against the ACA – they feel no obligation to society and don’t want to pay more into the system. It’s just another case of white male privilege.
So let’s examine the FACTS about Obamacare:
- FACT: Coverage rates have increased for women and minorities
- FACT: Coverage rates have increased for low-income Americans
- FACT: The percentage of Americans with unaffordable healthcare costs has decreased by 4%
- FACT: People with preexisting conditions are now getting coverage that would otherwise have been denied
The main reason people are complaining about Obamacare is the increased premiums and reduced coverage of many middle-class plans, but this is the fault of the greedy insurance companies who focus entirely on profit, and not on the general welfare of society. This is why progressives have long advocated a single payer system. If anything, Obamacare has been a shining success in every way – its only real failure was to leave the private sector model in place. The only lasting solution is to hand healthcare completely over to the government. Healthcare is a human right, and should therefore be run by the state, just like food, housing, automobiles, macbooks, iphones, giant lattes and all other human necessities.
Trump needs to admit that Obamacare was a huge success, and his childish attempts to demonize Obama’s healthcare bill only make him look manipulative and pathetic. If he fails to do so, he risks total humiliation as his disaster predictions fail to materialize once again. Democrats need to show their bold support for the ACA, so that when Trump is shown to be wrong yet again, voters will come flocking back to the Democratic Party.