Trump voters were all “MAGA This” and “F*ck Your Feelings That” when their devotion to The Donald only required them to be OK with building a wall to keep brownish people out of the country, stripping protections from LGBTQ Americans, keeping women from exercising the right to decide what to do with their own bodies, banning an entire religion from entering the country, and cozying up to white supremacists like they were made of kittens — but now that sh*t is getting real with healthcare, the Faithful are realizing what a gargantuan mistake they made in allowing their various bigotries to decide for whom they vote.
On Monday, a clearly disturbed (emotionally, in addition to whatever reasons he had to vote for Trump in the first place) appeared on CNN to whine that he got exactly what he asked for.
“You’re a lifelong Republican, yet you and your wife are insured through Obamacare,” Don Lemon told (perhaps former) Trump fan Don Riscoe. “What will happen to that insurance if Obamacare is repealed?”
“We probably won’t be insured,” Riscoe replied, tears forming in his eyes. He was silent for a moment until Lemon asked if he was OK.
“Yes,” Riscoe said. “We won’t be insured if Obamacare goes away. We won’t be able to afford premiums.”
“I know we can’t afford it; it’s over $1,000 a month,” Riscoe told Lemon. “We wouldn’t be able to afford coverage without the Affordable Care Act.”
Throughout his campaign, Trump repeatedly promised he was going to do away with Obamacare. He promised to do away with numerous provisions that would help someone like Riscoe. Nevertheless, Riscoe says he hoped that Trump — despite his promises to do exactly what he is doing now — would come up with something “fiscally sound that would last.”
Riscoe says that Obamacare “does have problems” that need “fixed.” Hillary Clinton, of course, was perfectly open to making improvements to the Affordable Care Act, and many Democrats are of the opinion that some changes can and should be made — but Riscoe chose to vote against his own best interest anyway.
“I hope that there’s something that will be in place that we can still have coverage for myself and a lot of others,” he says, apparently just now realizing that the best way to accomplish that is to not vote for the person who outright said on numerous occasions that his plan was to dismantle the ACA.
It’s hard to empathize with Riscoe, who is literally getting what he asked for, but there are millions of victims of his vote who do deserve our sympathy.
Watch the interview below:
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