As a conservative who regularly offers Donald Trump’s own words as proof that he holds many of the same socialist positions as Bernie Sanders, it amazes me how anyone could deny that the Trump-led Republican Party seeks to win the “Medicare For All” race.
Donald Trump is a big fan of socialized medicine, and it’s always been his intent to impose universal healthcare on the American people. He told us so himself.
In his 2000 book, The America We Deserve, Trump openly advocated for universal healthcare:
“I’m a conservative on most issues but a liberal on this one. We should not hear so many stories of families ruined by healthcare expenses. We must not allow citizens with medical problems to go untreated because of financial problems or red tape. It is an unacceptable but accurate fact that the number of uninsured Americans has risen to forty-two million.
“Working out detailed plans will take time. But the goal should be clear: Our people are our greatest asset. We must take care of our own. We must have universal healthcare.
“Just imagine the improved quality of life for our society as a whole if the issue of access to healthcare were dealt with imaginatively. With more than forty million Americans living day-to-day in the fear that an illness or injury will wipe out their savings or drag them into bankruptcy, how can we truly engage in the ‘pursuit of happiness’ as our Founders intended?”
The Great Full Repeal Deception is that during the 2016 election, Donald Trump’s website was promoting a conservative position promising a full repeal of Obamacare.
Despite the diametrically opposing campaign rhetoric on the healthcare issue, Trump was elected. That is quite astonishing considering his profound absence of clarity on this and just about every other major issue.
A few weeks after Trump’s inauguration, Republicans rolled out their Obamacare replacement plan. Donald Trump took to Twitter immediately as the bill’s biggest cheerleader. He promptly scheduled events to rally his base in support of it. He also sent administration officials out to obfuscate, on network TV and talk radio, on behalf of the bill. There were multiple versions of the monstrosity over the course of nine months and not one even came close to repealing Obamacare as promised.
Grassroots conservatives fiercely opposed each new version of the GOP drafted bill. For seven years, the Republican Party promised a full repeal of Obamacare if conservative voters would elect them. The grassroots held up our end of the bargain while the party with a trifecta of federal power in D.C., repeatedly failed us.
The House Freedom Caucus labeled the final bill “Obamacare Lite” and called it “a missed opportunity.” The Heritage Foundation and Freedom Works, along with a host of conservative pundits joined the growing opposition, rallying behind the outspoken members of The Freedom Caucus. Conservatives fell under personal attacks and primary threats from the White House Twitter account for their refusal to fall in line with the socialist wing of the Republican party.
The truth about the bill, despite its whimsical “R” support, is it is indeed Obamacare Lite and its mandates are still unconstitutional as a federal court recently ruled. So now what? Well, it looks like Republicans are off to the “Medicare For All” race, folks
Isn’t it bizarre that Republicans worked so hard twisting the facts to make their voters believe they had repealed and replaced Obamacare only to be forced by a federal court ruling to actually admit they never repealed and replaced Obamacare? Now, they have to actually replace Obamacare with Medicare for All; an equally repulsive government controlled healthcare plan. Or, they’ll simply put a band-aid on an amputation. Either way, I have no faith in Republicans to get it right this time.
Trump supporters, like it or not, should make him own his failure to fully repeal Obamacare and return healthcare to the free market where it belongs; say “no” to Medicare for All.
Lita is the National Director of United For Freedom, a freelance writer, contributor at The Strident Conservative and Managing Editor at The Rebel Report. She is a rock-ribbed conservative, pro-life, constitutional rights activist from rural Georgia.
She is the mother of three, a Christian, a gun enthusiast and enjoys playing guitar. You can follow her on Twitter.
“Unless the people, through unified action, arise and take charge of their government, they will find that their government has taken charge of them. Independence and liberty will be gone, and the general public will find itself in a condition of servitude to an aggregation of organized and selfish interest.” – Calvin Coolidge