“Nice Obamacare payments you got there. Shame if anything were to happen to them.” On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, Donald “Don Fugazy®” Trump made this snarling threat – to withhold key ObamaCare payments – in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, as a way to force Democrats to the negotiating table on healthcare. “I don’t want people to get hurt,” Trump said, in his best Queens tough-guy tone and speaking of a scheme that will hurt millions. “What I think should happen – and will happen – is the Democrats will start calling me and negotiating.” What he means is negotiating repeal of ObamaCare, which currently provides affordable healthcare to millions of previously uninsured Americans.
The payments at issue are called cost-sharing reductions or CSRs. They reimburse insurers for giving discounted deductibles to low-income ObamaCare enrollees. Trump’s bottomlessly cynical threat to withhold them confronts these Americans, many of them his own “Trump voters,” with a damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don’t nightmare scenario.
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) said "President Trump is threatening to hold hostage health care for millions of Americans, many of whom voted for him, to achieve a political goal of repeal that would take health care away from millions more.” The following morning, aging Trump button man and moral amoeba Jeffrey Lord went on CNN to comment that, for this shameless and dangerous pressure tactic, Trump should be thought of as the “Martin Luther King of health care.” Know your thug®. #trump #ObamaCare #trumpthreatensoabamacare #martinlutherkingofhealthcare #mlkofhealthcare #schumer #costsharingreductions #trumpcrimefamily #jeffreylord #symonesanders #CNN #knowyourthug #gankstas #resistance #resist #persist