Since President Donald Trump took office earlier this year, his administration has been subject to a lot of controversy. The degree to which he is inviting what may well be diversionary incidents is a matter of debate, but the fact remains that his actions are having a real effect on the people from whom he claims to have a mandate. The latest event that has provoked widespread ire and disbelief is his decision to share classified information with Russian diplomats. While it is not illegal, since the President can declassify just about anything, it was not a good choice. The nature of diplomacy is such that if that information needed to be shared, it could have been done in a safer, more considered way. Besides, the information in question was supplied to American intelligence services by an unknown country, one which will likely think twice before sharing anything with the United States again. The whole situation also raises more questions than it answers about Trump’s potential involvement with Russia, especially since it comes just a few days after Trump’s highly publicized (and political) decision to fire the FBI director James Comey.
A lot of people are also questioning Trump’s domestic policy. While he has failed to implement quite a few of his unworkable election promises, he can claim some degree of success with his AHCA (American Health Care Act) which was passed by the House of Representatives recently. It is controversial because it will cover 22 million fewer Americans and at a greater cost overall. It has also been strongly criticized because it will make pregnancy, cancer, and obesity pre-existing conditions. This means that people who have experienced with these things and many more in the past will find it impossible or prohibitively expensive to get insurance. It is easy to see why people from around the world are so bemused by how a country like America could allow this sort of thing. While many people may criticize services like the NHS in the UK or the Medicare system in Australia (which Trump unknowingly praised as better than America’s recently), they do not allow the people most in need to die unnecessarily, especially when there is the money and resources to help them.
The paradigm of healthcare in the US is such that it has prompted people to look for alternatives. Top telemedicine companies, for instance, are responding to the situation by utilizing technology. Lots of people simply cannot afford to visit a doctor because the cost on its own is too much, and if they do have insurance, it will raise the cost of their premiums. Communicating with a doctor over a video link may not be ideal since it precludes the doctor from a physical examination, but it is a great resource for lots of people who have no other option.
Whether Trump’s AHCA will pass the Senate remains to be seen, but many people expect that it will have a much harder time there than it did in the House. Either way, the health of the country depends on it.