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Reader Opinion: Trumping health care

After all these years of renaming the Affordable Care Act as ObamaCare to push all the partisan and racial buttons they could, the Republicans are attempting to reverse many of the positive aspects of the Affordable Care Act to increase the profi...

After all these years of renaming the Affordable Care Act as ObamaCare to push all the partisan and racial buttons they could, the Republicans are attempting to reverse many of the positive aspects of the Affordable Care Act to increase the profits of private insurance companies once again and move toward deregulation with all its pitfalls for the general citizenry.

It is only fitting that this new push by the Republicans should be labelled as Trump health care. That is ironic since anyone who really looks at their plan will see that their goal is to trump many of the improvements in health care, especially for those on the lower economic levels.

As with almost all of the recent Republican legislative pushes, their focus is on improving the lot of the economic elite, financial institutions, businesses and corporations by getting rid of any obstacles to improving profits.

This is all taking place in the context of a world that has solved the health care morass for their citizens by taking the burden off the individual citizen with some version of single payer plans. We are perhaps the only nation left in which the biggest reason for bankruptcy is health care costs.

I guess this is some version of "America First," especially if you realize that the America that is being referred to is only that of the economic elite with the rest of us footing the bill.

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Trump health care will only take us further into our reactionary past and further away from a possible return to democracy in this nation.

With his new position President Trump is not only trumping nearly every bit of progress toward health care and a sustainable democracy in the last hundred years, he is redefining the presidency in very autocratic terms.

Bob Passi

Baxter

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