In a rational world of facts working-class Whites should have received Obamacare (The Affordable Care Act) with open arms, seeing as it brought healthcare costs within range of millions of low wage earners, especially those with preexisting health problems.

Is it a somewhat convoluted and inefficient program? Yes. Having to weave around dozens of Republican roadblocks caused this healthcare improvement to be much more complicated than need be. But, still, it was a heck of a lot better than nothing.

The ultimate answer would have been a universal healthcare system — in essence Medicare for all — as is the case with every other advanced society. Unfortunately socialist programs such at Medicare and Social Security run counter to Republican ideology, and thus Republicans normally fight these types of programs until they become so popular it is politically impossible, so why all the fuss over Obamacare?

The short answer is tribal warfare. Wall Street Republicans love to promote the notion that liberal Democrats in Washington are stealing the earnings of working-class Whites and handing them over to minorities. In tribal terms the fat cats are exploiting the human hardwired fear and hatred of the “other.” In large part this is a smokescreen to hide the fact that Wall Street is using its K Street agents to unfairly bend government to its own advantage, pretty much the way that Senator Bernie Sanders has been railing against all his political life.

Initially what became The Affordable Care Act was a concept devised by the ultra conservative Heritage Foundation and successful tested at the state level by Massachusetts’s governor Mitt Romney. The Republicans were all set to take it national when suddenly the game changed. A Black Democrat was elected president who said, yes, something like this is badly needed for the country.

Now since the Republicans lead by Senator Mitch McConnell had vowed from day one to fight everything that President Obama proposed, it quickly became ridiculously necessary for Republicans to trash their own creation, especially as it was obvious that the president intended to make the Affordable Care Act his signature accomplishment. And thus was instituted a blistering propaganda campaign against this Obama abomination — this socialist government takeover with “death panels” that would destroy the American way of life.

But it all backfired against the Republican establishment. After having painted Obamacare as a dastardly evil to fearful Whites and then not being able to defeat it, the working class Republican base went into full rebellion against its party’s establishment. And thus was born the movement lead by one Donald J. Trump, who, by the way said that he would have no problem in getting rid of Obamacare. Perhaps his greatest articulated hoax to date.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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