Over the course of the last several years, the Trump Administration has constantly tried to limit access to the healthcare system and is still filing lawsuits trying to challenge the Affordable Care Act. If the president is successful in his efforts to do away with Obamacare, it could have a devastating impact on the country as we’re facing a deadly worldwide pandemic.
Of course, this is on top of how Trump has disbanded the National Security Council’s global pandemic team and his latest budget has drastically cut funding to the Center for Disease Control. And as if doing away with critical programs wasn’t enough, the president has declared the coronavirus a “hoax” and was extremely slow to actually address the issue. These are just some of the several ways in which the administration has mishandled the situation.
Now that it’s become abundantly clear that COVID-19 represents a major issue that’s already having large ramifications all across the country, the president has insisted he doesn’t “take responsibility at all” for the mistakes his administration has made. This is a far cry from Harry Truman’s the buck stops here remarks, but sadly isn’t terribly surprising to many people.
With all this in mind, it was good to see Rep. Gerry Connolly calling out the administration for politicizing the pandemic and being extremely unprepared. Trump needs to be held accountable for his actions and we quickly need to have leadership put doing what’s best for the American people ahead of the president’s political interest.