TrumpCare, a bill that would cost over 20 million people their health coverage is up for a vote. Hopefully, Donald Trump’s healthcare bill fails and never sees the light of day. If we pass TrumpCare then we will eventually be referring to it as TrumpedCare, as we are all being Trumped by the top .1% in the United States. I know that many folks are thankful for marijuana in troubling political times like these (and we need to continue to fight for legalization and safe access across our great nation).
The Washington Post says, “the top 0.1 percent of income distribution would save $31,000 a year if the tax on high salaries were repealed, and another $165,000 each year without the tax on investments”. An almost $200,000 tax break goes to the wealthiest Americans and everyone else gets a higher cost because someone has to pay for that. Without the mandate, there is even less funding for people with pre-existing conditions.
In cards a trump card is one that is the overriding factor or a card that will win because it is worth more than the other suits. Many would say our country has been trumped for some time by the richest and unfortunately we can see here how it could be worse. Check out the Merriam Webster Dictionary definition of “trump” and let’s see if you are left puzzled after reading #3 as I was.
Merriam Webster defines trump as:
- 1a: a card of a suit any of whose cards will win over a card that is not of this suit —called also trump card b : the suit whose cards are Trumps for a particular hand —often used in plural
- 2: a decisive overriding factor or final resource —called also trump card
- 3: a dependable and exemplary person
Really Merriam Webster? “A dependable and exemplary person?” Has anyone ever called an exemplary dependable person a trump? Perhaps we can all deduce that at least one of the people that defines words at Merriam Webster will be among the top earners that would stand to get a tax break from the “health care law?”
So the rich are worth more and deserve a tax cut when what the people voted for was more access to health care they can afford. If only there was an Affordable Care Act… Don’t be fooled people, we have a good start with Obama’s healthcare law, formally named the Affordable Care Act, and it actually provides access to more people like me and millions of others.
If Trumpcare passes, be cautious and as healthy as possible. Choose cannabis because it will be cheaper than most healthcare options. Maybe you can forget about your broken leg because your finances will collapse if you get that treated. Try a salve perhaps.
Or we could just Say No to TrumpCare! #KillTheBill
Donald Trump caricature credit: DonkeyHotey