February 24th 2017, President Trump was speaking to CPAC. This was early on in the repeal and replace Obamacare stages. Remember those days? Or should I say years? Anyway, here is what President Trump said at that time.
“Two years, don’t do anything.the Democrats will come to us and beg for help. They’ll beg, and it’s their problem. But it’s not the right thing to do for the American people.”President Trump
To be fair, let’s assume that he believed that. It would then make sense to repeal it. However, don’t forget the second part. He wanted to replace it. Thus, he was recognizing the need for a plan. He just didn’t like that one because it was going to implode. Right?
3 years later, Obamacare lives on.
Moreover, not just three innocent years of surviving on it’s own. Rather, Obamacare has survived three years of President Trump trying to kill the thing that he predicted would implode on it’s own in two years.
Individual Mandate Repeal
Obamacare had a mandate forcing people to buy insurance or pay a fine. This was a funding mechanism, ordering people to opt in financially even if they didn’t buy insurance. Thus, removing the mandate cut funding to Obamacare. Yet it lives on.
Justice Department refused to defend Obamacare.
Several states were suing over the legislation. The Justice Department typically represents the government in such cases. However, President Trump’s Department of Justice refused to defend Obamacare. Yet it lives on.
Can Obamacare survive the pandemic?
Obamacare just scored a $12 billion victory in court. However, it’s under attack again. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a Texas challenge on the law during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is what President Trump said on the matter.
“Obamacare is a disaster, but we’ve run it very well, and we’ve made it barely acceptable … What we want to do is terminate it and give health care. We’ll have great health care, including preexisting conditions.”President Trump
If one considers 3 years of attacking it running it well, then agreed. I’m honestly not sure how he says these things with a straight face. However, there’s a larger point here.
Obamacare didn’t implode in two years. Furthermore, you don’t even hear Republicans talk about it often anymore. Moreover, when they do they’re defending it. In fact, Senator John Cornyn (R) of Texas is now referring people to the act he tried to kill. Above we saw Senator Lamar Alexander (R) of Tennessee say they wouldn’t have voted for their prized tax cut had they considered it repeal.
So why is President Trump going after the ACA so hard?
He wants a health care plan. Furthermore, he now knows he was wrong on Obamacare. Therefore, why not just keep it? Does President Trump hate President Obama so badly that he has to kill it simply because of the nickname?
If so, I have a suggestion. President Obama built a fence. However, President Trump now calls it a wall. Why not just start calling the Affordable Care Act “DonnyCare”? This would allow us to move on from his obsession. Yet one question remains. As he turns out to be wrong on more and more of his premises on President Obama, why does he still hate him. At some point he should concede that Obama wasn’t a terrible President. I know. He needs a nemesis. But isn’t that what Hillary is for?