Earlier today, President Trump complained that he would have to delay passing his “tax reform” (by reform, he means handouts to the wealthy) until the Affordable Care Act was repealed, because it turns out that “nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated.”
Actually, everybody knows it’s complicated. That’s why Republicans in Congress have been unable to come up with a proper replacement even though they’ve had six years to do it.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), beloved middle-class champion who made universal single-payer healthcare a primary platform in his ultimately doomed bid for the presidency last year, was asked tonight on CNN by Anderson Cooper whether or not he had heard the President’s earlier remarks.
Sanders burst out laughing before admonishing him with this statement:
“Well some of us who were sitting on the health education committee, who went to meeting after meeting after meeting, who heard from dozens of people, who stayed up night after night trying to figure out this thing, year—we got a clue.
“When you provide health care in a nation of 300 million people, yeah, it is very, very complicated,” he continued. “And maybe now, maybe the president and some of the Republicans understand you can’t go beyond the rhetoric, ‘We’re going or repeal the Affordable Care Act, We’re going to repeal Obamacare and everything will be wonderful,’ a little bit more complicated than that.”
President Trump has proved once again that he is in way over his head and has absolutely no idea what he’s doing. Sorry, Trump, but you can’t just clap your hands and yell at Reince Priebus to “get it done” and all of a sudden magically whisk away landmark legislation that affects all fifty states and tens of millions of people.
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Colin Taylor is the managing editor of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.