Donald Trump would rather see the government shut down than provide healthcare to half a million of the people of Puerto Rico, people who are, technically, a part of the United States.
Congressional Democrats, according to New York Magazine, are “imploring Republicans to include funding for Puerto Rico’s Medicaid plan in the next spending bill.”
And why is this? Congressional Democrats are making this request on account of the impending failure of Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program. The island’s Medicaid program isn’t an entitlement, like it is in the rest of the United States. Rather, it’s a block grant system, and the island, again according to New York Magazine, is about to run out of funds, leaving some half a million Puerto Ricans without health coverage.
Ironically, Republicans have recently talked about turning the whole nation’s Medicaid program into a block grant system.
Democrats want to avoid the crisis that the abrupt cessation of health coverage for half a million people of the United States would create, but Trump is having none of it.
This Thursday morning on Twitter, he wrote, “The Democrats want to shut government if we don’t bail out Puerto Rico and give billions to their insurance companies for OCare failure. NO!”
He tweeted something similar on Wednesday, when he wrote, “Democrats are trying to bail out insurance companies from disastrous
#ObamaCare, and Puerto Rico with your tax dollars. Sad!”
Blaming Democrats for the impending government shutdown is remarkably short sighted, although such is what we’ve come to expect from Trump.
Quite simply, while Trump piddles around hanging on the idea of getting funding for his border wall, Democrats are presenting him and the rest of the Republicans with reasonable ideas, such as that to provide funding for Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program in order to keep it from collapsing. Trump and his team, however, are refusing these proposals.