During his 2015-2016 campaign, Donald Trump vowed to dismantle our Affordable Care Act (ACA) that, while not without flaws, provided millions an opportunity to obtain health insurance that they would not otherwise have been able to afford. After taking office, Trump, with the aid of many congressional republicans, attempted to relegate ACA to the bins of history with no viable replacement plan. And most recently, Trump and the republicans in Congress snuck a repeal of the ACA individual mandate into their already-abominable tax bill in December. The effect of this is expected to be a sharp increase in insurance premiums, and millions of people losing coverage.
All of which proves that Trump, a) understands nothing about healthcare, and b) cares not a whit, as long as he has his. And yet, he had the unmitigated gall to criticize the UK and Theresa May for its National Health Service???
“The Democrats are pushing for Universal HealthCare while thousands of people are marching in the UK because their U system is going broke and not working. Dems want to greatly raise taxes for really bad and non-personal medical care. No thanks!” – Feb 5, 2018
The National Health Service in the UK is not going broke and it works just fine. I have a number of friends in the UK who benefit from this system and are able to visit a doctor, endure a hospital stay, receive home nurse visits, and purchase prescription medications … all at no cost! Zero. Zilch. Nada. I, meanwhile, must spend most of my monthly earnings to purchase my insulin so that I may stay upright and breathing.
The marches in the UK that Trump refers to were actually in support of the National Health System and were calling for greater government funding.
Understandably, the Brits did not appreciate the uneducated words of our embarrassing leader:
“I may disagree with claims made on that march but not ONE of them wants to live in a system where 28m people have no cover. NHS may have challenges but I’m proud to be from the country that invented universal coverage – where all get care no matter the size of their bank balance.” – Jeremy Hunt, Britain’s health secretary
Responding to Trump’s tweet, a spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May said that “the prime minister is proud of our NHS, that is free at the point of delivery.” The spokesman said that funding “is at a record high and was prioritized in the budget with an extra 2.8 billion pounds. In the recent Commonwealth Fund international survey, the NHS was rated the best in the world for a second time.”
The organizers of the weekend march, People’s Assembly and Health Campaigns Together, said they were campaigning against a U.S.-style health-care system that they said is “expensive, inefficient and unjust.” BINGO! Our friends across the pond see our system more clearly than Trump, the republicans in Congress, and most citizens of either party.
Will the U.S. ever have universal healthcare? I have my doubts, and the further we move toward a plutocracy, a governemt run by the wealthy, the less likely it becomes.
Perhaps one day, Trump’s handlers will find a way to either educate him or else shut him up. Once again, I am deeply ashamed of and embarrassed by the ‘man’ in the Oval Office.