President Trump and Republicans in Washington, D.C., the only deal Americans want is a better life for their families

President Trump and Republicans in Washington, D.C., the only deal Americans want is a better life for their families
By DFL Chairman Ken Martin

In his first attempt to show the American people that he is the ultimate dealmaker who can get things done, President Donald Trump failed. During the campaign, Trump promised his supporters he would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), yet he couldn’t close the deal. But Trump wasn’t alone in his failure. After spending millions of taxpayer dollars, voting more than 50 times to repeal or amend the ACA and controlling the House, Senate and White House, Republicans also neglected to keep their campaign promise to voters.

While Republicans gathered in a circle and pointed fingers for this failure, families, seniors, pregnant women, people with pre-existing conditions, small business owners, and entrepreneurs all breathed a sigh of relief: The ACA remains the law of the land.

As a billionaire businessman, Trump is accustomed to making demands and having people fall in line. He often references his deal making prowess, presumably deals that make him and his business partners incredibly wealthy. It is doubtful that in his career, Trump has paused to think about how his deals impact regular people’s lives. Now that he is president, he needs to accept that the only deal Americans want is to have a better life for their families. They want good-paying jobs that pay the mortgage, put food on the table and send their kids to college. They want clean air and water and not have to think twice about what they breathe or drink. And yes, they want to see the doctor if they are sick, be covered for a pre-existing conditions and not have to worry about a serious medical issue or accident bankrupting their family.

Long-serving Republicans in Congress should know by now that family security is their constituents’ top priority and their attempt to repeal the ACA did not go unnoticed. Americans flocked to town-hall meetings, sent post cards and flooded congressional phone lines to tell Republicans that taking away essential health benefits, allowing insurance companies to stop covering basic services and increasing their families’ health-care costs wasn’t going to fly. Americans made their voices heard and they made a difference.

Can improvements be made to the ACA? Most likely. Thanks to the failure of leadership on the part of Trump and Republicans in Congress, our elected officials now have an opportunity to come together to improve coverage, bring down costs and make health care work for everyone. That’s a deal everyone can agree to.

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