On our Thursday walk home, when I explained the difficulties the Republicans were having getting votes for their health care bill, my daughter said, “It sounds like the Republicans are in Trumple.”
Political wordplay from a fifth grader—our parental strategy is succeeding.
Millions of Americans are not in Trumple today, as they have Speaker Paul Ryan’s assurance that “ObamaCare is the law of the land” and that “we’re going to be living”—living, as in not dying because we lose our health insurance—”with ObamaCare for the foreseeable future.”
Donald Trump sounds like he’s surrendering to ObamaCare as well. He says the failure of the American Health Care Act is “the best thing that could happen.” He says Obamacare is imploding, or exploding, but he can’t believe that, because it’s not true, not true, not true, and because no responsible President would refuse to fix a problem that is supposedly hurting millions of Americans.
Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump “has given it his all” and “left everything on the field” in trying to pass TrumpCare. “His all” means offering lukewarm support the week Speaker Ryan introduced the American Health Care Act, warming up during week #2, then spending week #3 sending threats and mixed signals while ignoring the policy details that might have salvaged the deal. Three weeks? Heck, it takes longer than that to learn how to drive a semi.
Meanwhile at home, Congresswoman Kristi Noem just sounds vacuous:
“Today, we were given a choice: keep Obamacare or advance freedom’s cause. I am deeply disappointed some chose to push liberty to the side, but our fight is not over.” said Noem in a statement released by her Washington office.
…”I will continue to fight alongside President Trump to give South Dakotans from all walks of life greater freedom and independence.” said Noem [Mark Russo, “Noem on Healthcare Collapse: Liberty Was Pushed Aside,” KELO Radio, 2017.03.24].
I doubt Noem uses words with meaning anymore; throw up any random disappointment, and perhaps she’ll ignore fact and responsibility and shout some slogany star-spangled gripe: Teacher gave my son a bad grade? Liberty was pushed aside! Twins lost again? Liberty was pushed aside!
Those of us who believe words have meaning recognize that the only cause lost in the failure of TrumpCare was for Trump’s moneybags friends, to whom he and Kristi Noem sought to transfer more wealth. The Affordable Care Act gives millions of Americans more liberty by ensuring they don’t lose health coverage just because they get sick or switch jobs.
My daughter had it right: the only people in Trumple are Republicans like Kristi Noem who have failed—utterly, spectacularly, tremendously failed—to capitalize on their control of Congress and the White House to deliver their party’s signature promise of the last seven years. The rest of us continue to enjoy a national health care policy that beats what we had before Barack Obama, who stands as one of the most consequential Presidents in American history.
p.s.: Say, Governor Daugaard, now that we know the Affordable Care Act will remain the law of the land for the foreseeable future, we can get back to working on expanding Medicaid in South Dakota and plugging $85 million back into our state budget, right?