Is punishing the poor a salve for bruised political egos?
SIX MILLION PEOPLE. That's the estimated number of Americans whose health insurance premiums are subsidized under the Affordable Care Act, and who stand to be unceremoniously tossed off a cliff if President Trump's executive order to cease paying the subsidies takes effect.
That action goes against recommendations from insurance companies, hospital and physician associations, even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. More than two dozen state attorneys general are expected to file suit, after being granted standing by federal appellate courts. Even a number of high-ranking Republican members of Congress are urging a different approach and working toward alternative strategies.
And it all comes after majority Republicans in the House and Senate, after seven years of promising - "repeal and replace" - to fix Obamacare's problems, after more than 60 votes to repeal pre-Trump, failed miserably and produced nothing. So Trump, fed up with the do-nothing yappers in Congress, is doing what Trump does. He is lashing out with little regard for consequences, with six million low-income Americans directly in his sights.
WE'VE SAID IT BEFORE: Complacent, information-averse Americans get the government they deserve, which is rarely the government they need.
This combination of congressional incompetency and Trump's popgun impetuousness is a hammer blow - again.
The Affordable Care Act - aka Obamacare - has a multitude of issues and needs repair. Moreover, America faces a long list of challenges both domestic and foreign. The inability to accomplish anything positive, really, on any front, is of stunning proportions.
And these were supposed to be the adults in the room.
We are watching the grinding failure of America's political system, in which the two dominant political parties have demonstrated not only their abject inability to govern, but more importantly their inability to even make sense.
If this doesn't scream "Elections Matter!", well, then what does?