Letter: Trump’s ‘success through sabotage’

Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Trump’s ‘success through sabotage’

“Success through failure,” the paradigm of design, is the principle of making something better by never giving up. It’s what invention and design are all about. Not so in the Trump administration. For Trump, success is bought by taking the Affordable Care Act and, despite both its promise and potential, working to actively sabotage it.

The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but it represents a strong step in the right direction. The act slows the rise of health care costs, eliminates lifetime and annual coverage limits, eliminates the Medicare “donut hole” gap in coverage by 2020, lowers the budget deficit by $143 billion by 2022 (according to the Congressional Budget Office) and works to require all insurance plans to cover 10 essential health benefits. Also, under the program, children can stay on their parents’ health insurance plans up to age 26, insurance companies can no longer deny anyone coverage for pre-existing conditions and businesses with more than 50 employees must offer health insurance.

Since taking office, President Trump has made it nothing less than a personal mandate to take down this life-saving initiative. With no replacement plan in place, his administration has, so far, cut the open enrollment period in half, slashed advertising for the open enrollment by 90 percent, cut funding for local ACA navigators and shut down the enrollment website for 12 hours every Sunday during the open enrollment period.

“Success through sabotage” represents a very sorry legacy and one we must work to avoid.