A new letter to President Trump

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



About brucejberger

Bruce J. Berger has published his short fiction in a variety of print and on-line literary journals, including Prole, Jersey Devil Press Anthology, The Awakenings Review, Raphael's Village, Eastown Fiction, Black Magnolias Literary Journal, and others. He also publishes shorts stories for Amazon's Kindle. He is pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at American University beginning in August 2015.
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