The key to understanding Trump’s motivations here are entirely contained in the ACA’s shorthand nickname: Obamacare. It’s named after the man — former President Barack Obama (duh) — who shepherded it into existence. And that’s exactly why Trump wants to get rid of it.
Trump’s entire political life — dating all the way back to his adoption of birtherism earlier this decade — is positioned against all things Obama. Why? Because for many Trump supporters in this country, Obama — and his beliefs about society and government — were the antithesis of what they believed. (Yes, Obama’s race — and multicultural vision of the country and the world — were part of that mix as well.)
The best way to distinguish yourself in Republican politics during Obama’s time in office was to position yourself against, literally, everything about Obama — up to and including his legitimacy to be president due to fact-free claims about where he was born.
Trump learned that lesson sooner and better than any of the Republican politicians who were running for president in 2016. (It also helped that he was willing to say things about Obama that no other Republican politician would.) Every move Obama had made since winning in 2008 was not just wrong to Trump’s mind, but — and this is super-important — un-American. Obama didn’t understand what made America the single greatest nation in the world (faith in its people and the free market). Trump did.
Trump also grasped early on that the symbolic center of Obama-ism — the thing that conservatives hated most — was Obamacare. It was the classic liberal solution: Put the federal government at the…
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