While I’ve frequently joked that if you want to predict what Donald Trump’s going to do, just guess the opposite of what Barack Obama would do — that’s not really a joke. It’s obvious that Trump’s completely obsessed with his predecessor. An egomaniac who can’t stand when someone shows him up, with the 44th president actually mocking Trump to his face during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner a few years ago, his inability to ever truly “get at Obama” is something that I honestly believe eats away at him every single day.
That’s why there have been so many instances where it seems as if Trump’s sole reason for making a decision rests on trying to erase Obama’s presidency. Since he couldn’t ever beat him, he’ll do whatever he can to try to erase anything he did as president.
From pulling the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, to reversing Obama’s policy on transgender Americans being able to serve in the military, and even ending protections for DREAMers, if Obama supported it — Trump’s against it.
However, of all the policies Barack Obama passed as president, without a doubt the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) was his signature piece of legislation — and that’s exactly why I believe Trump’s so completely obsessed with trying to end it.
Sure, Trump rambles on about his stupid wall, tax cuts, and all sorts of other nonsense constantly. However, no matter how many times Republicans fail to repeal Obamacare, Trump can’t let it go. Even as most Republican lawmakers have moved on to focusing on taxes, realizing their best shot at tackling health care is after the first of the year, Trump’s continued to whine about Obamacare.
Now he’s literally doing everything he can to sabotage it. His obsession has become so out-of-control that he’s now signing executive orders that don’t even help his cause to repeal the law. How does ending essential protections and subsidies help Republicans repeal Obamacare?
When millions of Americans soon realize the benefits they’re losing, many of whom are Republican voters, they’re not going to blame the law that gave them those protections and subsidies, they’re going to blame the man who signed the executive order that took them away — Donald Trump.
The biggest problem Republicans faced with repealing the law in the first place was how to handle covering people with pre-existing conditions and government subsidies that help Americans, mostly poor, afford health insurance. They knew that if they simply ripped those benefits away, millions of their voters would instantly see how much they were benefiting from the law. That’s why once their anti-Obamacare rhetoric met reality, quite a few Republicans were rather reluctant to embrace the propaganda they’ve pushed for the last few years.
No need to worry about that now because Trump’s taken it upon himself to screw over Americans by signing these executive orders that are going to lead to millions of people losing health insurance, while premiums skyrocket for practically everyone.
But make no mistake about it, Trump’s obsession with Obamacare has nothing to do with wanting to make health care better, more affordable, or cover more people as he said throughout his campaign. His desire to upend and ruin this law, hurting millions of Americans in the process, all comes down to his unhealthy obsession with Obama.
Since this was Obama’s landmark law, what history would look back upon him for accomplishing, Trump’s going to do whatever he can to destroy it. He doesn’t want future generations to see a great health care system thriving in this country made possible by the steps taken by Obama when he signed the Affordable Care Act. He wants to ruin it to such an extent that history won’t even remember it existed because the steps he took to undermine and sabotage it made it unrecognizable.
For Trump, this isn’t about health care — not at all. He couldn’t care less about making health care better or the millions of people he’s putting at risk with his bullshit games and petty obsession. This is about nothing more than Trump doing whatever he can to try to erase the presidency of Barack Obama.