I anticipate many parts to this series.
Trump promised his base, those nasty old white Christian racists, that he wouldn’t even think or entertain any proposals to touch their Medicare. But Trump is a liar and after he won the election by beating the candidate with considerably more popular votes than him, or any other white man in American history, he put up a new and Koch-Republican approved health care agenda on his transition website dealing with healthcare reform. Remember, in GOP parlance “reform” always means deep cuts, and where healthcare care is concerned, both Trump and the Koch brothers, and Republicans want deep cuts to healthcare programs indeed.
In Trump-speak, those deep cuts are not “reforms,” they were re-translated as “modernizing Medicare” and allowing much greater “flexibility” for Republicans to withhold Medicaid coverage from millions of poor and elderly Americans; and that is over and above millions losing out when “Obamacare” Medicaid expansion is abolished. Those are not just proposals or suggestions up for debate about the adverse impact on Americans’ health; they were solemn “vows” from the Trump transition team as a critical aspect of their plan to “make America great.” With an agreeable rubber stamp in the White House, Republicans are ready to help the happy fascist do what is worst for Americans and eliminate healthcare.
Comment below fold.
From Mac Hall: Some did not get suckered … they got what they wanted.
Take for example, Trump’s candidate for Secretary or Education — Betsy DeVos.
You can bet that the member schools at the Minnesota Independent School Forum, which has received funding through DeVos’ Alliance For School Choice knew that Trump would deliver school voucher programs that would allow students to attend private schools at public expense.
BTW … is it too early to print the “Pence/Haley” bumper stickers ? Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump quickly realizes that we are “tired of winning” and opts for one term leaving Mike Pence and Nikki Haley to replace him.