Open Mouth, Insert Foot

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???

His tweet:

“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.

foot in mouth

 

26 thoughts on “Open Mouth, Insert Foot

  1. Yes rich countries act like magnets drawing many skilled workers away from their own nations ; likewise their universities attract foreign students. Now we have a dilemma in the UK there is a great cry to cut immigration but the universities and colleges want the business, add to this the slow realisation that we can have too many men and women with degrees. A worker run entirely by market forces may not be such a good idea as it is claimed to be.

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    • Yes, we have the same dilemma here. Trump wants to completely halt immigration, OR … let in only those who already have skills to offer. But the universities need/want the immigrants, and the tech industry is crying that they need immigrants, and apart from all that, there are certain jobs that most in this country refuse to do for a paltry $7.25/hour

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  2. The UK has many flaws and serious problems but the health service is one of its great successes all countries that can should have a health care system that gives free access to all. We celebrate today one hundred years of struggle since the first women gained the vote ; the protesters were treated abominably many being injured by forced feeding, and it makes me ashamed of the way men treated women for centuries.

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    • I am most impressed with the NHS in the UK from what I read and from friends who live there. All countries have flaws, but here in the U.S., we seem determined to build on our flaws rather than fix them. And under the current administration, women’s rights may well be taken less seriously, as I’ve already seen one candidate for office claim that women belong in the kitchen, not in politics. Sigh. Hold on to your hats, folks, for we are going backward now!

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  3. In my lifetime I’ve seen the medical profession go from family doctors making house calls to this horror. Hopefully, the three U.S business leaders who are working on a different kind of healthcare system will offer more. I’m now living in India where I have to pay cash as there is no government healthcare system. Costs are less for me here. People practice yoga hoping they won’t get ill. My Medicare is no good here so I’m canceling it and can get it again as soon as I move back to the U.S. if I can afford to move back that is. 😦 — Suzanne

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    • Dear Suzanne, Jill, and friends,

      Suzanne, Thanks for sharing. I hope the India you live in is a bit like the India, we see in the “Beast Marigold Hotel” as it looks so interesting in the movie.

      The UK system is similar to what I experienced when I lived in Brussels for a few years where you can get medical care by just showing a card. This included dental work. My son was born there in 1984 and I was able to stay in the hospital for a week. I didn’t have to worry about medical bills.
      There is NO COMPARISON. I would take the UK health care system over the US system anytime if I had a choice.
      In the UK, the healthcare outcomes are better, their infant mortality rate is much lower.and the monies that the UK pays towards healthcare expenses is much lower.

      But at least there is one sure way to unite the different groups in the UK, and that is, for the US president to open his mouth with his distasteful comments directed towards anything having to go with the UK.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • I’m with you 100%, Gronda. If DDT has his way and completely ditches ACA without any viable replacement, our healthcare system will be comparable to that of most third world countries. The insurance industry and the pharma industry are far too powerful in this country. healthcare should be a basic right for all, not a privileged for only the wealthy. And yes, Trump can probably unite almost any nation with his hateful rhetoric. Sigh. How did we get so unlucky? Hugs!

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    • I know very little about life in India, but I will tell you that the U.S. is not a good place at th moment, so I think I’d be hesitant to move back here right now. From what I am hearing, it seems like the UK has about the best in terms of universal health care. The U.S. will likely never match it, for the big insurance companies have entirely too much influence. Sigh.

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  4. I detest a system of health care run by people with no medical qualifications whose main interest is profit. Having to worry about giving a bonus to stockholders or to insanely rich owners means you look more often for claims to refuse than claims to pay. For all Trump denigrates the NHS, it’s a service based on people not profit and though we may have some queues for certain operations they will get done at no cost to the patient unless they’re from a country outside the EU. In Wales I don’t pay for prescriptions and believe me I have a lot of drugs and in England they pay a nominal amount per item. No-one would be left shouldering the huge costs of insulin.
    I think Obama wanted an NHS and I liked him for that but not those who blocked almost every move to provide one.
    Hugs

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    • You already know that I am 100% in agreement with you. But it’s about to get even worse, or already has. The urology practice Chris works for is being bought out by a private equity group. An article she sent me last night says that many private or group practices are being bought out by these filthy rich private equity groups that have no medical knowledge, but lots of money to burn. They pay the doctors who own the group a million or more for ownership, then run it as a business, with no concern whatsoever for patients or their rights. They reject patients who cannot afford to pay their bill, cut staffing m and in general run it as any other corporation. This seems to be a widespread trend and one of their goals is to put the private physicians who reject their offers out of business. If the trend continues, I can see all medical facilities being a part of a giant conglomeration in ten years or so. Patient care? Affordable health care? Not in this country.
      xxx Cwtch xxx

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  5. Jill, Trump’s comments over time have shown he has little grasp of the complexity of healthcare. Two comments. He tends to watch pseudo news sources that tend to be less than factual, so he was knee-jerking without thinking (a common problem for him) off someone drawing a wrong conclusion (maybe he will say his recent comment to the UK interviewer “if it will make you feel better, I will apologize.”).

    I do want to add that his ignorance of this topic does not stop him from hurting people. When he made an executive order last summer to defund payments to insurance companies to repay them for paying coinsurance and copays for people making less than 2.5 times the poverty limit, he justified it saying it would only impact insurer profits. That was untrue – the CBO said it would increase the deficit by $10 billion since those getting premium subsidies would need higher subsidies for the increasing payments. The people hit hardest will be people who don’t have a subsidy. His change hurt people and he lied or did not care to know he screwed them.

    Keith

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    • Y’know, for a man who claims to have such a high IQ he sure is stupid sometimes. And I don’t say that just as an insult, but as a genuine statement of fact. First of all, it is stupid to open one’s mouth without knowing the facts of what one is speaking. Second, when Trump said the de-funding of payments to insurance companies, which he did only because he was on a tear to undo anything that Obama did, he had to know that when any company loses revenues, or has extra costs, that is passed to the consumer. Econ 101 stuff, and he allegedly has a business degree from Wharton. Meanwhile, though, with the individual mandate gone, I suspect many will not be able to afford their insurance and we all know the consequences of that. I think he has much to answer for to those who voted him into office, not to mention the rest of us.

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      • Jill, you hit upon the underlying problem. He does not know as much as he says about many topics, then chooses not to learn more and study, preferring to spend free time watching his press coverage. Warren Buffett once said about Obama, “He is the best editor of information I have ever seen.”

        You are dead on accurate about Econ 101, passing through costs. The other add is the insurers committed in writing to do this, offering the subsidies. It was Trump who reneged on the deal. Keith

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        • He is a showman, not a thinker. It is one thing to take office not knowing how certain things work, if you’re willing to learn and listen to those who DO know. But instead, he’d rather spend his time tooting his own horn, making splashy displays like this idiotic military parade he is now planning. Said military parade is a bit creepy, if you ask me … reminds me of Hitler and his parade ground. Not to mention the cost to us taxpayers. The government cannot afford to provide health care, but they can put on a stupid parade. Sigh.

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    • 😀 😀 You are right … we all hoped that John Kelly would be able to exert positive influence on the ‘man-child’, and I suppose that to an extent he has, but not nearly enough, and he now seems to have joined the boot-lickers. That’s okay, let Trump have his way, for he is digging his own grave, I think. Heck, I’ll even go buy him another shovel. 😀

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  6. Sadly while working in the ICU’s of a major hospital I met many doctors who were more interested in increasing their bank account than there were in providing medical care. Often I would walk past these doctors reviewing reality sites and making calls to buy more real estate. I had one doctor tell me people like him should never have to pay taxes and paying taxes was for people in my income bracket. A lot of the doctors we had that came from overseas came here specifically because they could earn a lot more money in our system than they could in their own countries. I am not saying all doctors were this way. We had some really caring loving hard working doctors. We also had some that bragged on their wealth, their status, their months long vacations, and the special access their wealth gave them in some places like the Vatican. I knew patients who ended up in the ICU because they couldn’t afford the daily medications they needed or they had put off having medical care until it was life threatening because they couldn’t afford the costs and fees associated with treatment and care. Some of those people died basically because they were poor. Dang got to stop here, I am getting too angry over the whole thing. Hugs

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    • Thank you for sharing all this, Scottie. My daughter is an RN and relates many stories similar to yours. The medical field is no longer, it would seem, about compassion, humanitarianism and a desire to help people, but is nothing more than another big business, at least here in the U.S. Hugs!!!

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