Despite what you hear in the press, healthcare is coming along great. We are talking to many groups and it will end in a beautiful picture!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 9, 2017
Trumpcare: Coming along great!
Beautiful, you say? To date, the following groups have voiced opposition to the AHCA in it’s present form (PDF link):
- The AARP
- American Hospital Association
- Federation of American Hospitals
- America’s Essential Hospitals
- Families USA
- The American Medical Association
- American Nurses Association
- American College of Physicians
- National Nurses United
- National Physicians Alliance
- Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- American Bridge
- Center for American Progress
- Our Revolution
Not to mention several prominent conservative organizations, including:
- Heritage Action
- Cato Institute
- Americans for Prosperity
- Tea Party Patriots
- Club for Growth
Trumpcare Facts, as we currently know them
The Death of Compromise is Destrying our Government
Furthermore, I would take issue with the notion that “healthcare is coming along great”. If it were truly coming along so swimmingly, there’d be no need to rush it through Congress. The real problem here being that our representatives seem to have forgotten civics 101 – How a Bill Becomes Law. Instead of honest debate & compromise, both sides have resorted to parliamentary tricks to fast-track legislation.
Congress seems less like a legislative body & more like the Baltimore Colts leaving town in the middle of the night.
Messrs. Trump & Bannon: Perhaps the first step in “deconstructing the administrative state” should be getting back to our roots of democratic debate & compromise. Our politics are polarized to a degree unmatched since the end of the Civil War. Congress struggles to make even the simplest decisions. Critical problems are unaddressed. Confidence in government plummets. Politics are paralyzed and gripped by anger, resentment and fear.
Ronald Reagan & Tip O’Neill were able to find common ground & work together for the benefit of the nation. Surely, Mr. Trump – you don’t wish to be in the fear mongering business?
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