President Trump is not someone who takes perceived slights lightly. This characteristic of his extends to the ongoing debate over the future of national health policy in America.
Rather than contribute anything particularly meaningful to the negotiations surrounding the ongoing debate over health policy, Trump has just stuck to posting tweet after tweet that seem to indicate that he takes the whole thing as a test of his own public image. It’s really not about Trump — obviously — but you wouldn’t be able to get that from just paying attention to the president and his allies alone.
Like a petulant child, Trump took to Twitter last week following the defeat of the latest round of TrumpCare efforts to threaten to basically just blow up ObamaCare in retaliation for TrumpCare failing.
He wrote on Twitter that he would be soon ending the payments to insurance companies that keep the ObamaCare health markets afloat unless some version of TrumpCare passes, saying:
‘If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!’
Ending what he calls “bailouts for insurance companies” could kick large numbers of people off their health plans. Such a move would certainly make it harder for the Americans catered to by the ACA to get coverage.
Trump doesn’t care. He just wants to score political points.
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