When Trump Said ‘Healthcare for Everybody’ is Wasn’t Meant Literally
One zombi argument among Trump apologists has been ‘You should take him seriously not literally.’ In truth that’s absurd. You can’t take someone who expects to be President of the United States seriously without looking at their literal, actual words.
When you look at what Trump has done-or tried to do-as POTUS, the ‘literalists’ and ‘textual relativists’ have a mixed bag of results.
It seems clear that when Trump talked about the Muslim ban and the mass deportations he meant that literally. He has tried to implement those policies though his Muslim ban keeps getting struck down by the courts.
Trouble is they take him literally too. Then Trump further stuck his foot in his mouth by complaining that his now Muslim ban is just a watered down version of the first one. This is more ground to believe that when he said he would ban Muslims during the campaign you have to take that literally.
The policy, unfortunately, he’s probably been most successful with is mass deportations. Under him, ICE-who during the campaign endorsed him for POTUS; their first endorsement ever-now feels ‘liberated.’
They have ‘freedom to deport’ and it turns out they really like it. To paraphrase Julian Assange they seem to get ‘an emotional rush’ with each deportation, each child they separate from their parents.
ICE has become a rogue agency, Trump’s version of Hitler’s Gestapo. So on immigration raids, you had to take him literally.
Here’s where you should not have taken him literally: where he promised to not take a cent from Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
When he said he wanted ‘Healthcare for everybody’ that was not meant literally. Indeed, Tom Price and Paul Ryan now tell us he meant ‘Healthcare access for everybody.’
Like right now we have Cadillac access for everybody: if we can afford it we’re all free to buy it.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But you can see that under this plan now, the plan that the House is expected to vote on this week, some Americans will be worse off?”
PRICE: Well, that’s not the plan. That is part of the plan.”
Whew! I feel better, how about you? It’s not The Plan, it’s just part of the plan where it will make a lot of people worse off. Some other alleged parts of the plan that Trump and Ryan will introduce later will make that all go away.
PRICE: That’s what people are focusing on. You have to put in the place the entire plan, and this is part of that plan, and it’s an important part, because what it does is repeal Obamacare, repeal the taxes of Obamacare. It provides greater flexibility to the states in a fundamental way to make it so that the Medicaid system can actually work for patients in the Medicaid system. It makes it so that every single American will have the financial feasibility to gain access to the kind of coverage that they want for themselves and for their family, not that government forces them to buy.”
“So it’s an important start, an important part. It’s a first step in this process.”
It’s the only part people are focusing on as it’s the only part you’ve introduced. We’re supposed to speculate on the other parts that will make up for the terrible first part of the plan. To give more credence to the other two phantom parts of the plan rather than what you’ve actually put in front of us.
That’s not how it works. If the other parts are better than this, you should lead with your A material.
This argument amounts to:
A: I’m facing terrible financial struggles.
B: Well I have $10,000 dollars worth of lottery tickets to sell you
A: Didn’t you hear me? I have money problems.
B: Spending $10,000 dollars you don’t have is just the first step. In the next step-after you win $280 million dollars-you’re financial problems will be over.
The punchline, of course is in Price’s last sentence: access again. ‘Universal access’ means if you’re rich you’ll get healthcare, if you’re not, you won’t.
When Trump said he would be the one Republican not to let people ‘die in the streets’ this was not meant literally, you liberal silly billy.
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