Senator Cory Booker said that Trump letting Obamacare fail is “not just cynical, it’s actually sinister.” I have some choice words for Mr. Booker.
Republicans didn’t write Obamacare. They didn’t vote for it. They only had one thing in common really with Democrats on Obamacare: none of them read it.
Trump didn’t sign Obamacare. He didn’t write it. He didn’t repeal it. They couldn’t even replace a letter in the name. Obamacare remains largely untouched by Republicans. If it’s failing, that has nothing to do with Republicans or Trump. Obamacare is failing because Democrats didn’t design it to survive.
We could argue about whether or not Obamacare’s failure was intentionally designed that way, or just a bi-product of bad legislation. But the fact remains that Obamacare is going to fail. Next year 45 counties will have no healthcare plans on their Obamacare marketplace. 1,138 counties will have one choice.
So what is Booker talking about? How does he get to assign any blame to Trump on this? I guess you could argue because Trump isn’t bailing out the insurance companies. Obamacare had designed in it a failsafe bailout option for if (or when) it failed. The government would take billions of borrowed dollars and funnel them to the insurance companies to save Obamacare. Trump isn’t taking that option. I guess Booker thinks that not giving insurance companies massive bailouts is sinister. That would make sense if you’re on the side of the insurance companies.
Some have argued that by saying they were going to replace Obamacare, that is what has caused insurance companies to pull out. Well, that will be easy to test. Now that the hapless McConnell has failed, the insurance companies should come charging back into the Obamacare marketplaces, right? Cause right now the best metaphor for some of these Obamacare marketplaces is a Venezuela grocery store. But if Booker actually thought that was going to happen, what would he be worried about?
Obamacare is going to fail. Not because Republicans had anything to do with it, they didn’t. Because when Democrats rushed to pass it without any input from Republicans, they gave America a bad deal. If they had any sense, they’d offer to help the GOP fix it.