Donald Trump — the 45th President of the United States — apparently thinks Obamacare has been the law of the land since the year 2000.
“For the past 17 years, Obamacare has wreaked havoc on the lives of innocent hardworking Americans,” President Trump said during an address from the White House.
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— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 24, 2017
The Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) was, of course, passed and signed into law in March of 2010, making the law just over seven years old. While Republicans made every attempt to water it down and delay it, the law ultimately passed, and the GOP has attempted to make every election since Obamacare’s passage a referendum on former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform law.
However, despite Republicans’ unsuccessful attempts to do away with it after capturing a majority in both houses of Congress following the 2014 midterms, and despite their continued failure to scuttle the law following Donald Trump’s inauguration, the law remains more popular than ever before. In a Gallup poll conducted earlier this year, approval of Obamacare soared to 55 percent, meaning that for the first time in the Affordable Care Act’s history, a majority of Americans support the legislation.
President Trump’s proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has not been met with the same approval. According to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll conducted last month, only 16 percent of adults thought the healthcare bill passed by the House of Representatives — which is virtually the same as the Senate bill currently being debated — was a “good idea.” 48 percent of respondents said the bill was “a bad idea.”
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) has promised there will be a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (Trumpcare) on Tuesday. According to Politico, Sen. Cornyn is also attempting to get medical approval for Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) to fly back to Washington in order to make the vote. It was widely reported last week that McCain has brain cancer, prompting emergency surgery to remove an “aggressive tumor.” Senate Republicans can only afford two “no” votes from their caucus in order to pass the bill to the House.
Michael Boone is a freelance journalist and columnist writing about politics, government, race, and media. He graduated from Texas Southern University’s School of Communication, and lives in Houston’s Third Ward.