By John Krull
INDIANAPOLIS – The man is a genius.
The way President Donald Trump has handled the health-care deliberations in Congress has been nothing short of brilliant.
John Krull, publisher, TheStatehouseFile.com
Bigly, yugely brilliant.
I know, I know, that there are people out there who don’t understand how “beautiful” his approach has been.
They carp and complain that if the version of Trumpcare passed by the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives had become law, 23 million Americans would have lost their health-care coverage so their wealthiest fellow citizens could get a big tax cut. Or they twitch and moan that if the Trumpcare version proposed in the U.S. Senate had made it onto the books, 22 million would have been stripped of coverage, again to provide a tax cut for the have-plenty set.
And, when the Senate version fell apart, those same folks didn’t see the genius of Trump’s call simply to repeal the Affordable Care Act without replacing it. They said that would cost 30 million Americans their health care and create even greater instability in the markets than we already have and hurt the U.S. economy.
They whined about human suffering and the morality of damaging people’s lives for no good reason.
Blah, blah, blah.
Some of the Republican senators and governors were the worst. They whimpered about how taking health care away from people in their states was likely to enrage voters and make it much tougher for the GOP to maintain control of Congress and most of the country’s statehouses. They said to vote to get rid of the current health-care law without providing the coverage for every American that Trump promised would be an act of political self-destruction.
That sort of handwringing is so old-fashioned.
People who think like that don’t realize that “plan” is a four-letter word. They worry and fret about silly things like consequences – and telling the truth and keeping one’s promises.
They just can’t comprehend the genius of Donald Trump, the big, yuge, beautiful brilliance of the way the man operates.
They don’t understand, for example, why he keeps shooting himself in the foot. They can’t grasp that, by firing away at his polished Oxfords, he assures himself and reminds everyone else around that the gun in his hand is loaded.
True, he now walks funny and has only three toes left after six months in office, but that’s a small price to pay for seeing how everyone hits the deck whenever he begins waving his arms around.
Critics may complain that Trump’s not getting much done, but at least he’s got everyone watching him for sudden, unexplained movements.
And that’s what he’s wanted all along.
People watching him.
This latest approach to the health-care debate is an act of similar innovation.
Who else but Donald Trump would have come up with the notion that the best way to solve any big complicated problem is to do the equivalent of throwing yourself off a cliff.
The president figures that you’ll be forced to invent a parachute on the way down.
Or you’ll die when you hit the ground and it really won’t matter anymore.
(At least, you hope you’ll die, because, if President Trump has his way, you likely won’t have the health-care coverage necessary to patch yourself back up – or even ease your suffering.)
Again, critics complain that this approach isn’t grounded in anything resembling reality.
But that just shows they can’t wrap their heads around the beauty of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Being Donald Trump means that you don’t have to recognize reality. When someone presents you with unpleasant facts, you close your eyes and ears and call it “fake news.”
And then you fire another round into your shoes, wave the gun around some more and see how many people are willing to join you in jumping off the nearest cliff.
The man is a genius.
John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, host of “No Limits” WFYI 90.1 Indianapolis and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.