I am writing to you as a senior citizen, a conservative, and also as a staunch “Trump for President” supporter. Although your time in office has been short, I have yet to regret that I voted for you, and I am quite sure that is true of your other supporters throughout America. I should also say that I am not one to write to the President every time this nation suffers a hangnail, as I know you are far too busy to concern yourself with things that are not priorities. Nevertheless, let me state that I write you today because I am troubled by events taking place in our Congress.
I think it is fair to say that the American people sent you to the Oval Office with a mandate and that every conservative who was elected to federal office in both 2014 and 2016 was also included in that mandate. It was clear that the “will of the people” was demanding to be heard. We wanted ObamaCare erased from the books. We did not ask that it be transformed, modified, or improved upon—we wanted it gone. During your candidacy, I—along with many Americans—believed that you and other Republicans agreed with us. Today, this does not seem the case.
With the evolution of the new “American Healthcare Act” currently working its way through Congress, I see that the Republicans are more than willing to simply modify ObamaCare and move along. In other words, we have a concerted effort here to put lipstick on a pig and call it Miss America. Based on what I have heard so far, Republicans’ efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare are amounting to keeping the frame and drivetrain of an old Ford, putting a new body on it and advertising it as a new model. Well, let me say right now and with all due respect, this is not the will of the American people.
When we say that we want ObamaCare gone, that is exactly what we mean. We want ObamaCare removed from the books and the federal government taken out of the healthcare business. Essentially, we want to see healthcare turned back to the private sector both in terms of medical care and insurance competition. As you know, evidence suggests that the federal government has never made anything more affordable or less convoluted.
I see in the morning news feeds today that you are cautioning the Republicans that a “bloodbath” will occur in the 2018 if they ignore the American people on ObamaCare. At the same time, you are throwing out accolades for what they are presenting as an alternative. Again, with all due respect, Sir, I believe you need to heed your own advice: the American people have been very clear on this issue and it is time that Washington and those in Congress took the proper course of action.
For most of my life, I have heard that once a program is created within our federal government, it is impossible to be done away with by anyone. Currently, your actions and those of Congressional Republicans are making that statement truer than ever. The welfare system in America is bankrupt, as is our federal government. To add financial subsidies and entitlements on a broader scale in an attempt to resurrect ObamaCare or keep it afloat is insane, and yet that is exactly what appears to be happening with this proposed legislation. Mr. President, you are our voice of reason in Washington and you can turn this around before it gets out of hand, but the American people need to see you stand up and make that clear to Congress.
At my age, ObamaCare and this approach of retooling it rather than consigning it to Reagan’s “ash heap of history” will be of little consequence and I could easily look the other way. But this will not be the case for America’s children and grandchildren as Congress marches forward on the well-worn path of making the federal government the center of the universe and having it control everything. This is not simply a partisan effort pushed by the Left—we have plenty sitting on the Right side of the aisle willingly engaged in the same effort. The American people see this and, believe me, it will not play well in 2018.
Thank you for your time and concern on this matter. I hope that you will do all that you can to change our present direction. I also hope that you will make it clear that what is being created here and offered up to the American people is going to be “owned” by the Republican Party henceforth, and that may be a very bad thing for the future of both conservatism and capitalism.
I wish you the best, Mr. President.
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