I’ve listened to a number of members of the Trump team talk about the healthcare bill passed by the House. This afternoon I’ve listened to two interviews of Tom Price, recorded this morning. Of this I am sure: The defenders of the healthcare bill have no intention of being honest about the bill. They don’t even try. They simply deflect, usually talking about what they want to be the results, not at all about what the bill actually says or how it will accomplish their supposed goals. What few specifics we’ve been able to learn suggest that the bill does quite the opposite of what they claim.
One of the interesting observations, it seems to me, is the claim that the bill will increase competition and therefore decrease costs. Two problems: First, they have said absolutely nothing about what in the bill might increase competition. Second, are they unaware that the problem we have been trying for 20 to solve was created by a healthcare system in which there were no particular limits on competition?
If they aren’t being dishonest about all this, then the only alternative seems to be that they are simply not very bright. Frankly, I believe the issue is integrity. Trump has none and draws no people to his side who have any.
My conclusion is that the healthcare bill is actually not intended to improve American healthcare at all. It is just a windfall for the wealthy, deceitfully disguised.
Meanwhile, if Trump would stay in the White House most weekends, he alone could save the taxpayers enough money to pay for a lot of insurance for the rest of us. He has enjoying having conned his way into the presidency for his own benefit.
It is my genuine prayer that he not fulfill his term as president. He is a serious threat to America and to democracy. He is just a plain, old-fashioned — but effective — crook.