Almost immediately after his election, the man who ran as the white anti-immigration Republican Jesus (amen), started walking back major campaign promises. First he "adjusted" his plan to kill people, er, repeal the ACA. Now, he is backing off of his promise to "tear up" the Iran treaty. This may end up being a lot less awful than we feared, but the way he won still makes him literally the worst candidate ever elected.
The Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," has never been what the angry voters who voted for Mr. Trump thought it was. It isn't perfect for sure, but what it did do was save lives. It did this by stopping insurance companies from turning away people with pre-existing conditions, removing lifetime maximums for care, ending the despicable practice of rescission and allowing people to keep their kids on their policy until age 26.
Donald Trump swore he was going to throw out the entire policy. He talked about doing so as recently as a week before the election, according to CNN:
And Trump vowed to "immediately repeal and replace Obamacare" and said he would "ask Congress to convene a special session so we can repeal and replace."
It's unclear why Trump would need to call a special session as Congress will be in session after the inauguration of the next president. The Trump campaign did not respond to requests for comment seeking clarification.
Trump's transition team also posted this policy on his website:
"A Trump Administration will work with Congress to repeal the ACA (Affordable Care Act)and replace it with a solution that includes Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), and returns the historic role in regulating health insurance to the states."
Then only 2 days after Trump won, months before he will be sworn in, he walked that back. Trump is now saying that he likes parts of the law, and may keep them.
According to NBC:
But Trump told the Wall Street Journal he would consider keeping two of its most popular provisions — one that allows adult children to stay on their parents' health insurance plans, and another that would forbid insurance companies from refusing to cover "pre-existing conditions."
"I like those very much," the newspaper quoted Trump as saying Friday.
While this may turn out to make Trump less deadly to the American people than expected, this simply proves he lied to his mindless followers. Either that, or Trump honestly had no idea what the ACA was or did and had gotten caught up in the lies his favored handlers have sold for years.
Next, just two days after breaking his first campaign promise, Trump has backed off of yet another one that he used to stir up anger and hate to get out the "discontent" vote. Trump promised to rip up the Iran deal, which he called, "the worst deal ever negotiated." But now, according to a Trump surrogate speaking to the BBC, that "ripping up," is not going to happen.
Speaking to the BBC, Trump advisor and former Lebanese Christian terrorist Walid Phares detailed Trump’s backtrack: “Ripping up is maybe a too strong of word, he’s gonna take that agreement, it’s been done before in international context, and then review it. He will take the agreement, review it, send it to Congress, demand from the Iranians to restore a few issues or change a few issues, and there will be a discussion.”
It appears that the liberal warning that Trump is a liar and can not be trusted may have been better heeded than scoffed at. What is next on the chopping block? His mythical "Great Wall of Mexico?" At what point do Trump's followers turn on him for not delivering all the destruction and misery he promised?
It may turn out that Trump's flip flopping will mitigate the damage he's going to do, but that doesn't change what he did to get in office, nor the damage he has already done to our country.
He opened Pandora's box of hate, rage, and pure bigotry for no other reason than to win a political race. He won't get a pass for doing slightly less worse than he promised.