The Trickle Down is Salute Magazine’s weekly column by Political Writer Amanda Godula. The Trickle Down is a weekly look into what’s need-to-know, fresh takes on trends, and the inevitable controversies from the political arena. This week let’s send a message: Dear Politicians, Grow Up and Quit Playing Games.
When Donald Trump was inaugurated in January 2017, it signified America’s need for change. Among the policies promised, Trump promised the real and replace of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. On May 4, 2017, the beginning of that promise began, as well as a barrage of obnoxiousness from all politicians on both sides of the aisle.
To be frank, politicians are playing games with the health of Americans just so they can show how great their party is.
The GOP is smugly celebrating the possibility of the collapse of our existing health care structure – because winning is more important than actual governing. Meanwhile Democrats sing about the demise of the GOP.
Protestors chanting "Shame!" as GOP members board the party bus to celebrate health care vote pic.twitter.com/TTm9rn4lOS
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) May 4, 2017
Our GOP boarded a bus to celebrate this historic moment. They are smugly celebrating the possibility taking away coverage from 24 million people, especially those who are older, poorer, and in need of additional care.
Yet, our Democrats in the House were no better. Ignoring the “When they go low, we go high” mantra of Michelle Obama, Dems were down singing “Hey, Hey, Hey, Goodbye” after the vote.
Our politicians are playing games with the health and welfare of Americans. And, this is why they have a 20% approval rating.
The House attempted to repeal Obamacare more than 50 times. The attempted repeal when the GOP gained power was inevitable, but Democrats were in denial. Democrats thought Hillary Clinton would win because that’s what the numbers said. Clinton would be their safety net instead of mounting a defense.
When the CBO said tens of millions would be without coverage in less than 10 years because of the AHCA, the Obamacare had a spike in approval ratings for the first time. That didn’t deter the House from moving forward with a bill that has an approval rating lower than Congress – clocking in at 17%.
Our politicians are demonstrating their lack of understanding of their constituents’ wants and needs. What they care about is a W in the column and whether or not they can get re-elected. When Trump was elected, change was the promise, but the public showed its continuing disapproval, just like the plummeting numbers of Congress.
I recommend a new phrase to adopt for both Democrats and GOP alike: “When they go low, we go vote them out.”