With each passing day, President Donald Trump unravels another piece of Barack Obama’s legacy. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The Paris climate accords. The Iran nuclear deal. Transgender people serving in the military. And, now, that most personal of policies for the former president: The Affordable Care Act.
While Trump and his Republican majorities on Capitol Hill were unable to deliver on their repeated promises to repeal Obamacare, the White House has settled on a strategy of attrition, promising to kneecap the law by allowing insurance companies to sell across state lines and outside of the rules that guaranteed full coverage, and promising to suffocate it by denying companies federal funds the law had promised.
Trump speech yesterday:
We are stopping cold, the attacks of Judeo-Christian values … We’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.
And yet Obama watches from the sidelines, mostly silent, as Trump punches holes in the dry wall of his freshly finished legacy.
Sure, he’s living his best, most fabulous post-presidential life — jetting around the world, spending time with his family, spending time with the rich and famous, making millions to write books, making hundreds of thousands of dollars for the simple act of opening his mouth.