Vive l’Obamacare!

When I was coming up, the elders used to say, “Let a body talk long enough, and it’ll tell on itself.” So when people say that they love the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but hate Obamacare, they are certainly telling on themselves.

For the past eight years,  Republicans have run their campaign on Obamacare’s  decimation, as if by nullifying Obama’s landmark legislation, they could also nullify his presidency. It’s clear, however, that Trump and his followers hate Obamacare, not because of what it is, but whose it is.

Some Republicans claim that Obamacare is the worst thing that has ever happened to this country, a ridiculous notion, but Republicans are pushing to repeal Obamacare not because it’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to this country but because it came from one of the best things that’s ever happened to this country, and that “best thing” just happened to not be one of them. Can you imagine… a president who looks like that, with a name like that, in a country like this accomplishing what his predecessors could not?

Trump swore that if elected, he would repeal and replace Obamacare immediately, but after 100 days in office, his party has managed nothing more than a rancid bucket of boo-boo. After all these years of working their constituents into a frenzy, they have been unable to pull together a single, viable replacement that comes anywhere near the protections that Obamacare has provided. But then again,  it’s not about healthcare reform. It’s about repealing  Obamacare by any means necessary. Republicans are fully aware that the degenerate plan they are currently working to push through Congress will be devastating for Americans, but given the choice between Obamacare and the American citizens, then the citizens of this country be damned. Obamacare must go because it is Obama’s Pièce de résistance. 

A party that is being honest with itself and with this country would see the ACA for what it isn’t as well as for what it is: it is not a perfect plan (and no one ever said it was), but it is a great springboard to even better healthcare reform, and we have President Obama to thank for that. When President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, with whatever limitations it might have, he did it for the benefit of the American people. If the Republicans repeal it, they will do it for the political benefit of the GOP. This is where we are, my brothers and sisters. Our country is being run by party loyalists whose only goal regarding healthcare reform is to gain points for the team. Plainly put:

The repeal of Obamacare is a wolfish act of aggression against the American people.

The Republicans have browbeat Americans with fear, lies, and ignorance. They have held over our heads the threat of economic collapse and death panels. In truth, they themselves are the death panels of which they speak, and if they have their way, Obamacare will be their first victim.