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Morning Briefing: Donald Trump's Only Concern Continues to Be Erasing the Legacy of a Black Man

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | July 18, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | July 18, 2017 |

Donald Trump has no ideas. He has no solutions. He has one agenda, and that agenda is to undo as much Obama policy as he possibly can, and he is adamant about erasing Obama’s signature legislative achievement, Obamacare. It doesn’t matter how it’s done. It doesn’t matter if it makes things much, much worse. All that matters to Donald Trump is that the nation’s healthcare system does not contain the name “Obama.” That motherfucker cannot stand that.

Yesterday, two more Senators came out against Trumpcare, an atrocious, disastrous piece of legislation, the details of which Donald Trump barely understands. All he cares about is that it bears his name, and not the name of President Obama.

Trump got the news during a dinner in which he was wooing a group of Republican Senators who were already on his side. Apparently furious, he ran to Twitter and announced his plan to straight up repeal Obamacare.

Vice President Pence backed his plan.

This is not a good plan. Even in the remote chance that Donald Trump — whose popularity continues to wane by the day — can cobble together a few Democrats (ha!) to enact a replacement in two years, the minute that the Obamacare repeal is passed, the insurance markets will succumb to the chaos of uncertainty. Fans will be drenched in shit. Individual insurance markets will tumble; employer-based plans will be affected. The insurance industry will crater.

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Trump doesn’t care about that. All he cares about is erasing Obama’s name from the history books.

I think many Republicans understand a full repeal without a replacement is a bad idea and when Trump is already calling out a “few Republicans,” how in God’s name does he expect to get their support for a repeal? Which is why, by this morning, Trump had already changed his tune:

“As I have always said,” except for what I said 12 hours ago. Bitch.

This plan is even worse than a immediate repeal, because it will slowly bleed the healthcare system to death, and leave Congress helpless to stop it. It would be a goddamn trainwreck. Trump will probably stop making Obamacare payments to the insurance companies; people would begin to lose their insurance in the middle of their cancer treatments. Trump is not going to let Obamacare “fail”; he wants to force Obamacare’s failure.

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Trump is a nasty fucking dude with only one goal in mind: Destroy what Obama meticulously pieced together instead of improving it, which would actually be the easy thing to do. Democrats and a handful of moderate Republicans like Susan Collins and Dean Heller could easily get him to 50 votes with a plan to simply stabilize Obamacare and increase funding. It’s the best solution. It would make most of Trump’s own base happy.

Except for that one little thing: It would continue to bear Obama’s name. And Donald Trump cannot bear to have that. He would never sign a piece of legislation that could even remotely be seen as a victory for Obama. He’s acting not out of the best interests for this country, but out of spite. Out of racism. Out of the concern that a black man is more popular than he will ever be, and out of a fear that someone else came up with a better solution than he did.

Donald Trump is a classless, insecure, petty vindictive racist little man. Fuck him. Fight the power.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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