Twelve days before the election, and the Donald Trump story keeps rolling on—on toward a catastrophic conclusion. Previously I aimed this series of posts at the comedy surrounding a narcissistic businessman vying for a job requiring real character. Now I’m leaving the high road and will be calling things as they are.
As a reminder, self-obsessed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! Wrong I was, though it is becoming clear by the hour that justice is being served where it’s long overdue.
A favorite topic of candidate Donald Trump’s, in fact a favorite topic of all conservative (Republican) politicians, has been the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as the ACA or “Obamacare.” The aim of the ACA has been to place more Americans under some kind of health insurance program. Conservatives, under whatever logic can be imagined, see this as an infringement on human liberties and have fought it relentlessly. Republican politicians have long advocated for repealing the act, which became law in 2010, and replacing it. Replacing it with what has never been satisfactorily explained. My opinion: these politicians will never work for a program to insure all Americans, because any such program smacks of socialized medicine, a huge bugaboo for conservatives.
Just this week insurance companies participating in the ACA have announced new premiums for the coming year, and there is considerable sticker shock. A number I see often is a 22% increase. There is unrestrained rejoicing from Republicans. Unrestrained rejoicing that some Americans must now pay more, but particularly unrestrained rejoicing that the ACA has hit a bump in the road. Rejoicing in particular is candidate Trump:
Doral, Florida (CNN) — Donald Trump claimed Tuesday during an event with staff at his resort here that his employees are having issues with Obamacare — an account contradicted by his property’s general manager — amid the news that President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation is facing soaring premiums.“I can say that all of my employees are having a tremendous problem with Obamacare,” Trump said. “What they’re going through with their health care is horrible because of Obamacare, so we’ll repeal it and replace it.”
That is certainly bad news for Trump employees. Now that insurance rates are going up by double digits, they are going to be hit hard. Readers, this is absolutely intolerable.
Wait! What did candidate Trump just say. His employees “are having a tremendous problem with Obamacare?” His employees are involved in Obamacare in any form what-so-ever? His employees don’t receive health insurance coverage under a plan provided by Trump’s company? Breathtaking inanity!
For the record, every American employer of any size and worth has been offering health insurance plans to employees since about the last 75 years. Some employers pay the premiums 100%, making, for all but a few “Cadillac” plans, the premiums a tax-exempt wage. Down the ticket, most employers pick up part of the tab for the premiums, and at the very worst the employer offers the plan as an option, with the employee paying all of the premium. The benefit of this last is that these are group plans, and all applicants must be accepted by the carrier. And, all other things being equal, the premiums are lower than they would be on the open market.
Anyhow, it turns out that Trump company employees are covered by plans through the company, and the ACA is neither here nor there for them. They are not “having a tremendous problem with Obamacare.”
So, was candidate Trump lying, or is he just too ignorant of how his business is run? Everything else being equal, I would prefer a liar to a fool. I might in this case have both.
Meanwhile, right on schedule, Donald Trump’s journey to self destruction continues, much as I predicted over a year ago. I post here the signature banner for this series:
A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump. [With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]
Enjoying my excursion into schadenfreude, I have this to say. Thank you, Mr. Trump. It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me.Thank you very, very, very much!
Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have more fun between now and November. We can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.
Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.