OBAMA TERMS TRUMPCARE A MASSIVE EXTORTION BILL, TRUMP REITERATES OBAMACARE IS DEAD

The article originally appeared on India Today.

While former US President Barack Obama has slammed the latest version of the healthcare bill unveiled by the Republican Senators to replace the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare as it is popularly known, his successor Donald Trump has reiterated that Obamacare is dead. Enacted by the US Congress, the ACA was signed and put in place by Barack Obama in March 2010.

Obama termed the Republican bill “a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America” whereas Trump wrote on Twitter that “he was very supportive of the Senate healthcare bill and looked forward to making it really special” reiterating that ObamaCare was dead. Obamacare, seen as the most important reform measure in the US healthcare system after 1960s Medicaid, has been opposed by the Republicans. They say it hurts businesses and kills jobs though a BBC report last month said that Obamacare has added 9 per cent more jobs in the healthcare industry since its implementation in 2010.

Barack Obama, a Democrat, in his detailed response on the controversy over Obamacare and its replacement with Trumpcare or the Republican healthcare act, a central campaign promise of Donald Trump, looks to decimate the Republican noise on a bill that is expected to leave millions of Americans out of the US government mandated healthcare protection.

While presenting arguments in favour of Obamacare, Obama writes in his Facebook post that the legislation has helped cover 90 per cent Americans and the insurance companies now cannot ask for more or deny insurance citing pre-existing health conditions. He says that the legislation has slowed down the pace of rising healthcare costs and slams the Republican version as a hastily arrived antithesis to what Obamacare stands for.

He writes that “the legislation rushed through the House and the Senate without public hearings or debate would do the opposite. It would raise costs, reduce coverage, roll back protections, and ruin Medicaid as we know it”, backing his comment on analyses in the US media and the Congressional Budget Office’s assessment which has projected that the new bill would leave 14 million Americans uninsured the very next year and the figure would reach to 23 million by 2016.

He accepts that though a significant step, “ACA was not perfect, nor could it be the end of our efforts – and that if Republicans could put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I would gladly and publicly support it.”

Trump, during the campaign phase of the US presidential polls, and even after his election, had raised hopes of a healthcare act to replace Obamacare that would guarantee ‘universal healthcare’ but going by the versions of the Republican healthcare bill so far, there has been a growing consensus in the US that if implemented in the current form, the Republican legislation would devoid millions of the much needed healthcare protection and at the same time would increase healthcare cost for many and would ruin Medicaid, a US government programme for financially weaker section that has been in place for decades.

Obama writes that he hopes that even many Republicans who fought for the ACA would see these concerns and would say no to the bill in its current form, “Thousands upon thousands of Americans, including Republicans, threw themselves into that collective effort, not for political reasons, but for intensely personal ones – a sick child, a parent lost to cancer, the memory of medical bills that threatened to derail their dreams.”

And Obama is right. Within hours of the unveiling of the Republican legislation, four conservative Republicans came out to say that they cannot support the bill in its current form, a Reuters report said. Even last month, while delivering a speech during an event, Obama had appealed to the Congressmen to oppose Trump administration’s moves to repeal Obamacare, adding that “the lawmakers should have the courage to champion the vulnerable and the sick and the infirm,” a CNN report said.

So far, either Donald Trump or the Republican senators have not been able to come out with a piece of legislation that would be smart enough to outdo the Obamacare. Democrats have stood united against any proposed Republican healthcare bill so far. But what should be eye-opener that even many Republicans are against the Obamacare replacement in its present form that makes Republican Party, that is in majority, short of votes to pass the bill in the House as happened in May this year when, in a major defeat for Donald Trump, the Republicans had to withdraw the legislation as they could not garner numbers even after months of canvassing. Trump’s assertion few hours ago that he has helped pass and signed 38 Legislative Bills, mostly with no Democratic support, and gotten rid of massive amounts of regulations is of no use in case of Obamacare as long as the whole Republican Party stands behind him.

Accusing Trump of “giving billionaires and corporations a massive tax cut” and bringing a piece of legislation that will put the American people through the pain of massive healthcare costs, unlimited bills and insurers’ rejections once lose their insurance cover under Obamacare, Obama appeals to the Americans to call Congress members and visit their offices and speak out their minds to let America know “in very real terms, what this means for them and their family” because what is at stake here is bigger than politics. It is the character of the nation – “who we are, and who we aspire to be and that’s always worth fighting for,” Obama writes.

©SantoshChaubey

BARACK OBAMA ON TRUMPCARE: NOT A HEALTHCARE BILL BUT A MASSIVE TRANSFER OF WEALTH TO RICH

After the Republican senators of the US presented the latest version of their healthcare bill yesterday to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 or Obamacare launched by Barack Obama, a Democrat, seven years ago, predecessor of the Republican US President Donald Trump, Obama has hit back.

In his first detailed response in months on the controversy over Obamacare and its replacement with Trumpcare or the Republican healthcare act, a central campaign promise of Donald Trump, Obama has decimated the Republican noise on a bill that is expected to leave millions of Americans out of the US government mandated healthcare protection.

While presenting arguments in favour of Obamacare, Obama writes in his Facebook post that the legislation has helped cover 90 per cent Americans and companies cannot ask for more or deny insurance citing some pre-existing health condition and has slowed down the pace of rising healthcare costs, Obama has slammed the Republican version as a hastily arrived antithesis to what Obamacare stands for.

He writes, citing objective analyses and the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, “the legislation rushed through the House and the Senate without public hearings or debate would do the opposite. It would raise costs, reduce coverage, roll back protections, and ruin Medicaid as we know it” while adding that though a significant step, “ACA was not perfect, nor could it be the end of our efforts – and that if Republicans could put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I would gladly and publicly support it.”

Trump, during the campaign phase of the US presidential polls, and even after his election, had raised hopes of a healthcare act to replace Obamacare that would guarantee ‘universal healthcare’ but going by the versions of the Republican healthcare bill so far, there has been a growing consensus in the US that if implemented in the current form, the Republican legislation would devoid millions of the much needed healthcare protection and at the same time would increase healthcare cost for many and would ruin Medicaid, a US government programme for financially weaker section that has been in place for decades.

Obama writes that he hopes that even many Republicans who fought for the ACA would see these concerns and would say no to the bill in current form, “Thousands upon thousands of Americans, including Republicans, threw themselves into that collective effort, not for political reasons, but for intensely personal ones – a sick child, a parent lost to cancer, the memory of medical bills that threatened to derail their dreams.”

And Obama is right. Within hours of the unveiling of the Republican legislation, four conservative Republicans have come out to say that they cannot support the bill in its current form, a Reuters report said.

Either Donald Trump or Republican senators have not been able to come out with a piece of legislation that would be smart enough to outdo the Obamacare. Democrats have stood united against any proposed Republican healthcare bill so far. But what should be eye-opener for Republicans that even many Republicans are against the Obamacare replacement in its present form that makes Republicans, who are in majority, short of votes to pass the bill in the House as happened in May when, in a major defeat for Donald Trump, the Republicans had to withdraw the legislation as they could not garner numbers even after months of canvassing.

Accusing Trump of “giving billionaires and corporations a massive tax cut” while bringing a piece of legislation that may put the American people through the pain of massive healthcare costs, unlimited bills and insurers’ rejections after they lose their insurance cover under Obamacare, Obama appeals to the Americans to call Congress members and visit their offices and speak out their minds to let America know “in very real terms, what this means for them and their family” because what is at stake here is bigger than politics. It is the character of the nation – “who we are, and who we aspire to be and that’s always worth fighting for,” Obama writes.

©SantoshChaubey

#THETRUMPDUMP: AFTER OBAMA’S DENIAL, WHAT NEXT FROM MASTER OF LIES (OR MCCARTHYISM)?

As expected, the denial from Barack Obama’s camp on Donald Trump’s diversionary allegation was quick, swift and effective. It was already amplified in appeal by the fact that the 45th US President didn’t offer, as has been his favourite ‘hoot and scoot style’, any evidence to back his wild claims that many US senators see as a ‘serious breach’ and emphasize on the need for ‘serious investigation’.

The team of the 44th US President has said that it was a policy cornerstone of the Obama White House to never interfere in the Department of Justice probes. The team further clarified that under the US law, no US president can order ‘wire tapping’ of any US citizen and the accusations made by Donald Trump are ‘simply false’.

Now Barack Obama carries much more weight than Donald Trump and people will have no problem in buying the clarification put forward by his team, especially when Trump is still silent on backing his wild accusations with some sort of evidence though almost 24 hours have passed.

That brings us to the natural extension of this row – that what would be the next body of lies tweetaculated by Donald Trump who prefers to use his personal Twitter handle and personal resort as his official mouthpiece and his official winter residence.

Interestingly, while levelling frivolous allegations on Obama, Trump used the term McCarthyism. McCarthyism was a notorious term given to the acts of US Senator John McCarthy in 1950s and is basically about targeting and persecuting people for treason crimes without even a shred of evidence – something that Trump is looking to be masters at – something that is again evident by the bunch of these wild tweets against Obama in a desperate attempt to deflect attention from the growing row over his campaign team’s Russia connections.

Trump is well habituated and thus well suited for McCarthyism. That brings us to another conclusion that we all know that, on one side, Trump is not well read, and at the same time, lacks a team of advisers and support staff who could help him with such basic but glaring mistakes in his tweetacules.

©SantoshChaubey

#THETRUMPDUMP: ITS OBAMA AND SHWARZENEGGER AGAIN!

US President Donald Trump is at his favourite pastime again, pastimes that he routinely forgets to keep a bay as pastimes while donning the all important hat of the world’s most powerful person (he also conveniently forgets that it makes his position as the most responsible one as well).

He is back at slamming his bête noir Barack Obama, his predecessor in the White House, and is adding some garnishing to it by sparing some visionary words from his stable for Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Hollywood action machine with a long career as a Republican politician (and California Governor).

Both are known for their dislike for Donald Trump. Obama has been a towering presence with two successive terms in the White House and Trump treated him like his primary opponent even if he was pitted against Hillary Clinton.

Trump’s Obama tweetaculation of the day are:

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!
I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!
How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!

See the range here! Blaming Obama for tapping his phones, Trump’s tweetacules use some mighty words like McCarthyism or ‘new low’ or Watergate. People are busy analysing that whether Donald Trump will be another Richard Nixon in terms of an aborted presidential term. By using the Richard Nixon/Watergate corollary, Trump, it seems, is trying to send out a message that using such a corollary to paint Trump in a negative light is fundamentally flawed.

Donald Trump’s another target of the day is nowhere near to the towering presence of Barack Obama. But even then, he is no lesser important in the US society, especially when people have doubts about Trump who is seeing historically low approval ratings. But in the classic way of ‘I will always chase my detractors come what may’, Trump never forgets to shoot a punch whenever he sees an opportunity to deride his opponents.

Schwarzenegger has decided to leave hosting Celebrity Apprentice where he replaced Donald Trump. He has cited Trump’s divisive politics and his presence as the executive producer on the show behind his decision. Trump has always criticised Arnold for not delivering on the show the way he did. Tweetaculations on it have been in vogue. Now Trump thinks that Arnold is being sacked from the show for not delivering a hit performance and finds it apt for another round or Arnold bashing tweets. He wrote,

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump
Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show

But then Arnold’s reputation of being an action machine is not any fluke. He immediately hit back.

Arnold ✔ @Schwarzenegger
You should think about hiring a new joke writer and a fact checker. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/838016045222854656

Well, whatever might be Arnold’s intent behind advising Trump to hire new joke writer and fact checker, we indeed know that the Trump Team indeed needs an army of fact checkers, especially after repeated exaggerated speeches by Trump, before and after his election. Latest in the series is his maiden congressional speech delivered to joint sitting of the US Congress which ran so low on facts that media houses not just in the US but globally carried out its ‘fact checking’ analysis of it.

©SantoshChaubey