Dear President Trump:
I’ve been thinking about that former first grade teacher who believes that her son’s extremely low-cost health insurance, obtained through Obamacare, has been the result of your health care law, a law that has only been proposed and has not gone into effect. I interviewed her in my imagination, and I thought you might like to read a transcript of the interview.
BJB: So your son has low-cost health insurance now?
Woman: Yes. When he was injured on his job, when he couldn’t work anymore, he got very cheap insurance. Praise President Trump!
BJB: But Ma’am … That was Obamacare. President Trump’s proposals aren’t law yet and, anyway, they would take away the Medicaid expansion.
Woman: That’s a lie. First of all, Obamacare was a disaster. I heard all about it Rush Limbaugh. And second, Obama is a Muslim! No, it was President Trump who made the law that gave my son his health insurance.
BJB: But Ma’am … Presidents don’t make the law. Only Congress can make a law.
Woman: “Fake news! Sad!”
BJB: You do understand about the three branches of government, right? Congress makes the laws and …
Woman: You’re from the failing news media, aren’t you?
BJB: I’m just …
Woman: Now get this straight. It was Obama that was president during 9/11. It was Obama that was president when this country went into a recession. It was Trump that brought us out of the recession. Do you understand?
BJB: Only too well.
I’ll end the transcript there, Mr. President. I thought it would encourage you to know how much you’ve helped this woman’s son and her mental state.
But to think that such a woman was put in charge of teaching our six-year-olds. To think that your election as our president depended upon her and others like her. Doesn’t it boggle the imagination?
Good day, Mr. President.
Very truly yours,
Bruce J. Berger