In one of the cruelest twists of irony imaginable, Donald Trump’s administration has decided to take money away from funding the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in order to run a PR campaign telling people that the system is going broke and isn’t working.  They are sabotaging Obamacare from the inside, which is a direct violation of Trump’s oath of office. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.


Republicans in Washington DC, and that includes the Trump administration itself, are trying to figure out how they can destroy the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, since they were completely unable to pass any kind of healthcare reform, any repeal and replace, on their own. The Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, appointed by Donald Trump, has come up with a brilliant plan. Instead of using the money that they have set aside to educate people about the Affordable Care Act, tell them how to enroll, tell them deadlines, basically serve as a general knowledge base for the public on the issue, instead of doing that, Tom Price and his Health and Human Services Department, on the advice of the Trump administration, are instead putting out propaganda videos with people claiming to have been harmed by the Affordable Care Act.

According to reports, they have filmed 30 of these so-called viral videos of people who claim to have been the victim of poor, sub-standard care under the Affordable Care Act. Now, this is being done with taxpayer money, and it was money that was allotted, again, to educate people about how to enroll and encourage people to enroll in the Affordable Care Act. So instead of using that money for good, they’re literally using it for evil.

They’re having people come on camera … Every video looks exactly the same. A person talking to a camera in front of a gray backdrop … having them lie about how horrible the Affordable Care Act is. They’re hoping that these videos will go viral. Unfortunately, most of them have between 100 and 200 total views, but that’s what they’re spending your money on, folks. They are so desperate for the Affordable Care Act to fail that they’re literally trying to actively make it fail, which is a violation of the oath of office of the President of the United States.

Donald Trump has said he’s going to sit back and let Obamacare fail. Well, technically, that is against the law for him to do that. It is part of the oath of the Presidency, an oath that if you break, you could be impeached, that you will faithfully and dutifully execute the laws of the United States. Guess what? Obamacare is a law. You have to, Mr. Trump. You don’t get to just sit back and say, “Screw it. I don’t like that law. I’m going to let that one go by the wayside.” You don’t have that option. That’s not how the United States works, and if you want it to work that way, we’ll go ahead and find a group of people willing to remove you from office, because you clearly aren’t up for the job.

People are going to lose their health insurance if Obamacare fails, but here’s the great thing about it. Obamacare is not failing, and that’s what pisses Republicans off. A report that came out last week showed that it’s actually doing better than projected. More people are getting coverage. More people are getting the subsidies they need to help pay for their health insurance, and Republicans can’t stand it. They can’t stand that a black man, who happened to be a Democrat, came up with a better healthcare plan than they could come up with in seven years. Obama did it in one.

Just goes to show you how much more efficient Democrats can be than Republicans, and yeah, there’s plenty of problems with the Affordable Care Act. There’s tons of problems with it, but getting people coverage, covering people with pre-existing conditions, failing, those aren’t problems that the Affordable Care Act actually suffers from. Those are lies and myths made up by Donald Trump, Tom Price, and his Department of Health and Human Services, and Republicans in the House and Senate.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced