US President Donald J. Trump needlessly muddied the debate over Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare as it is colloquially known even as the Congressional Republicans consented during the last week of January to lay off the subject. In his customary early morning tweet, the president gave what can be termed as a social media whipping to the Democrats, saying while the latter keeps asking for Universal HealthCare, a large number of marchers in the United Kingdom are actually protesting against such a scheme. The president's interference could only lead to more troubles for the beleaguered law. Trump tweeted at seven in the morning.
President Trump's attack on Democrats for their support of universal health care was yet another abnormal attack on liberal policies. It is the habit of conservatives to attack politics lying on the opposite end of the political spectrum as few are in favor of a single-payer system which comes to healthcare. This position is the one taken by Senator Bernie Sanders, the Independent Senator from Vermont. Under this system, the US government will offer full health insurance. Universal healthcare in contrast means every American will enjoy insurance, independent of government or private.
Trump's tweet was inconsistent with his own historical stand on the subject. In his messages during the presidential campaign and even after winning the election, the president had boasted that he has almost finished preparing a healthcare plan which will lead every American to have insurance. This equals universal coverage. Contrary to his social media tweets, the White House never produced any such kind of plan. The Republicans, instead, tried their best to destroy the ACA.
The president's non-verbal shout brings to mind the accusation which prompted Senate Republicans in their action to block Don Berwick, the 2010 nominee of former President Barack Obama to lead Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Berwick specialized in healthcare efficiency and quality. Blocked by the GOP, the specialist ended up working a total of 18 months as the acting CMS administrator. He then resigned from the position. The reason the Republicans shot down his appointment? Berwick, in an interview given prior to arriving in Washington, has fulsomely praised a number of aspects of the National Health Service present in Britain.
President Trump's tweet has caught the attention of Jeremy Hunt, the British Secretary responsible for social care and health. He defended the NHS, pointing out that the UK has invented universal coverage, implying that every Briton enjoys health insurance independent of their economic standing.