Ignorance of the facts is abounding with President Donald J. Trump as he completely misses the point of a recent march seen on British streets.
In a tweet, the American President put out Monday morning, Trump referenced Democrats pushing for universal healthcare to become a reality in these United States as it is in most so-called Western countries.
The Democrats are pushing for Universal HealthCare while thousands of people are marching in the UK because their U system is going broke and not working. Dems want to greatly raise taxes for really bad and non-personal medical care. No thanks!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2018
In mentioning thousands of people marching in the UK, Trump failed to recognize the purpose of the march.
Wrong. People were marching because we love our NHS and hate what the Tories are doing to it. Healthcare is a human right. https://t.co/Pmo2xYSqZh
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) February 5, 2018
As Britain’s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn correctly observed, these people were marching to save the NHS (National Health Service) from the grubby hands of the current government. They were not marching in protest of what the American President calls “broken.” The only thing that is broken in the British Isles is the way in which government is done.
In a rebuttal to Trump’s uninformed tweeting, the Labour Party leader writes, “Wrong. People are marching because we love our NHS and hate what the Tories are doing to it. Healthcare is a human right.”
“Healthcare is a human right.” If you ask a Republican if they consider healthcare a human right, they will most likely laugh at the notion. This is too socialistic for right-wing thinkers to full digest. It would make them feel physically ill.
Trump does not understand the NHS has been part of the fabric that makes what Britain is for over seven decades.
Beginning in 1948, the NHS has provided people with healthcare freely at the point of service. This kind of service, referenced as Universal Healthcare by Americans, is unheard of in the United States.
With people like Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan dictating which direction these United States should go in, the likelihood of Americans seeing a system like that the British and Canadians have well-established is sickeningly unrealistic.
If you understand healthcare services in the British Isles from a historical perspective, something Republicans have failed to grasp, there is a good chance you will know the Attlee government was not the first to broach the notion of a “unified medical service.”
Beginning during the prime-ministership of Liberal Party leader Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman in 1905, the Royal Commission on the Poor Laws and Relief of Distress was established to address how the government might implement changes to the poor Law system.
Not surprising, with the Commission having been set up by an outgoing Conservatively minded government, the composition of the group that was formed favoured Conservative values of the era. It therefore considered a Liberal position unimportant to the way in which issues were addressed.
After four years debating what should be done, the Commission produced two distinctly different reports, the “Majority Report” and the “Minority Report.” Because these reports conflicted so significantly, the then Liberal government ignored completely the recommendations of the Commission and sought to implement a reforms package which would address the needs of the people.
Unlike the previous Conservative government, the Liberal government of the day wanted to address the needs of everyone equally. If this position sounds unfamiliar to present day Americans, it should. Trump Administration has little time for discussing in any great depth the needs of the people. It is more interested in furthering the needs of corporations.
Trump has tweeted “Dems want to greatly raise taxes for really bad and non-personal medical care.” Time and again, Republicans have failed to live up to the responsibility of what governance bestows upon them. “Taxes are what we pay for civilised society,” United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. is frequently quoted have saying.
The responsibility of governance is not lost on people such as Corbyn. Comprehending healthcare as being “a human right” is beyond a Republicans ability. In the coming American elections, Republicans seeking re-election to their current House and Senate seats will find many people not willing to place their X in the Republican column.