One of President Donald Trump’s first actions was an executive order aimed at trying to roll back Obamacare. Obamacare resulted in healthcare for 20 million Americans who had been previously uninsured and without access to healthcare. About 200 million Americans are also possibly going to lose benefits because many benefited indirectly by forcing their insurance companies to cover them for all conditions and the Trump administration has announced that 1 trillion dollars will be wiped off the Medicare [the scheme for the elderly] and Medicaid budget.
As yet there has been no disclosure about what may replace it. Tax hikes on the very wealthy [those that earn over $250,000] which were used to pay for it will be abolished. The Obamacare pushed up ‘skinny’ premiums; those for fit, males without preexisting illnesses. It effectively involved significant transfers — from the rich to the poor, the healthy to the sick, the young to the old. As a result some people lost out and resented higher premiums. However universal health care is considered normal in all other health care systems in developed nations and such transfers are part of these systems. I would consider this an essential part of a civilised society
Donals Trump tweeted
‘Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn’t feel good and changes – AUTISM. Many such cases!’
Donald Trump has appointed Robert Kennedy Jr, a prominent vaccine conspiracy theorist, to chair a commission on “vaccination safety and scientific integrity”.
As a doctor I know how devastatingly effective an easy it is is to sow seeds of doubt in anxious parents’ minds. NO link between Autism and vaccination has ever been found. I doubt whether Donald Trump could even be bothered to read [certainly not understand] the results of a Cochrane review of trials. Vaccines have been said to have saved as many lives as antibiotics. Some of the most feared diseases such as smallpox, measles, whooping cough, diptheria, tetanus, polio, meningitis [- I could go on and on] have been stopped in their tracks by vaccinations. Vaccinations are even more important now that we have increasing antibiotic resistance!
It is rumoured that Trump plans to defund Planned Parenthood on the anniversary of Roe v Wade [the controversial Supreme court judgement that made abortion legal in the USA ]. Millions of mostly low-income people who rely on Planned Parenthood for essential health care such as birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment, well woman examinations and more would no longer have access And people who already face barriers to getting care, especially people of colour and people in rural communities, would face additional hurdles. At present Planned Parenthood relies on the Government for 40% of its funding, the rest comes from donations. This is a further attack on women, particularly poor women. It is impossible to plan careers, independent lives without control of your fertility.
Trump’s appointments Tom Price, Trump’s chosen health minister avoided straight answers when asked about the cuts to Medicaid and Medicare.He bought shares in the tobacco industry and then bought in a bill a week later to stop measures that would negatively affect the tobacco industry. Since being chosen he bought shares in a hip replacement company 6 days before he bought in a bill that would strongly benefit the company.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY33w3dNU04https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epxst1Uo8YAhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY33w3dNU04
It is worse than I feared. President Trump is a disaster for all of us who want to improve the health and lives of people around the world. He is racist, misogynistic and has no sense of public duty [boasts that he pays no taxes.] Within the first couple of days he has introduced changes that have increased the wealth of the super rich and made it so much worse for the needy in society. He has not backed down on his racist rhetoric His team has justified a register of Muslims because a register of Japanese existed during WW2. They For this reason I joined the Women’s March on Saturday and marched with 100,000 women and men against Trump and what he stands for. [I recommend watching Ashley Judd’s brilliant speech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXSN-HHowhc ] Does marching have any effect? I agree that Trump will not listen but others might. A few months ago the right wing Polish majority government were about to bring in the most stringent anti abortion laws ever [abortion were not to be allowed even in cases of rape or when the mother’s life was in jeopardy] 6 million women marched – and the law abandoned. A lot of us are angry. We can’t take achievements in racism and sexism for granted. Last week the Russian Government repealed laws against domestic violence in order to make violence within the home legal again. Sexism also blights the lives of men [ I recommend http://www.channel4.com/programmes/grayson-perry-all–man http://www.heforshe.org/en] and stops men having deep more meaningful, loving relationships with women and deprives them of close involvement in the lives of children.
There is a lot to do. Trump is the result of a selfish ‘me first’ attitude that is becoming more prevalent in our world. I refuse to allow him and R wing politicians in Europe represent us. Anger is often viewed negatively but it is a useful emotion if channeled correctly; it gets you up off the ground and energises you but it is just the start of action. I have since increased my donations to certain charities I support. I even thought about donating to Planned Parenthood – donating money to the health care system of one of the richest countries of the world – how crazy is that ! I also plan to increase my political involvement. Please do the same -make sure you voice is heard – write,’like’ you tube videos and posts so they go viral, just get out there, physically or on the internet. Be counted!