Donald Trump’s Blind Spot on Health Care

July 15, 2015

 
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Salon shouts, “America is ready for socialism!” Comparing presidential candidates Bernie Sanders (socialist) and Donald Trump (Republican), Salon writer Paul Rosenberg says, “Trump channels the right’s angry Fox News id. But Sanders speaks to America’s soul — and our values.”
 
Really? The values that make up the soul of American greatness are the antithesis of socialism. They include the rule of law, thrift, industry, virtue, responsibility, integrity, hard work, property rights, freedom, compassion, faith, charitability, natural consequences, and independence.
 
Where is Margaret Thatcher when you need her? Talking to Women’s Own magazine in October 1987, the British prime minister was blunt,
 
I think we've been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it's the government's job to cope with it. … [N]o government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It's our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There's no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation.  
 
Which brings me to Donald Trump. On Saturday, The Donald was on the stump in Phoenix saying, “We have to repeal and replace ObamaCare…We have got to take care of everybody. I love you conservatives, but we have to." Later, on Trump’s Boeing 757, a Washington Post reporter asked Mr. Trump whether immigration will remain his focus and got a surprise health care answer:
 
No. It’s just one of the things…I’m also a moralist. You heard what I said today about health care. I said, I’m sorry, folks, but we have to take care people that don’t have money. I know it’s not the conservative thing to say, but I got a standing ovation — and these were very conservative people. We can’t let people down when they can’t get any medical care, when they’re sick and don’t have money to go to a doctor. You help them.
 
Trump has an unfortunate history of embracing socialized medicine, an immoral policy that lets government officials interfere in the practice of medicine. In a 1999 interview with Larry King, he said he was “very liberal when it comes to health care.” In his 2000 book, The America We Deserve, he explains:
 
We should not hear so many stories of families ruined by healthcare expenses. We must not allow citizens with medical problems go untreated because of financial problems or red tape. … We must take care of our own. We must have universal healthcare. … We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan...
 
Let’s challenge Mr. Trump's wayward reasoning. What if The Old Post Office Building just blocks from the U.S. Capitol, which he’s transforming under a long-term lease into the 250-room Trump International Hotel, were taken over by the city as a hospital for the homeless? It’s perfectly located. Lots of homeless individuals are sleeping nearby.
 
The purple banners ringing this historic building claim the hotel will be open in 2016 and have the largest luxury ballroom in the city. But the ballroom could be turned into a hospital cafeteria or surgical suites. Would Mr. Trump willingly hand over his hotel to the poor next door?
 
Perhaps Mr. Trump doesn't know: You can’t be a conservative if you’re a socialist on health care. It's amazing but someone smart enough to have an international empire, a plane and billions of dollars from thriving in a non-socialist economy can have a really big blind spot.
 
Working to restore freedom and greatness to America,
 
Twila Brase, RN, PHN
President and Co-founder
 
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