This morning, President Trump took to Twitter to attack the United Kingdom’s socialized healthcare system, complaining that their National Health Service is “going broke” and “not working” while wrongly characterizing the recent protests as evidence of the system’s unpopularity instead of public anger at funding cuts to the system by Britain’s Republicans, who are known as the “Tories.”
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
British politicians were quick to fire back at the mandarin mogul for smearing their beloved healthcare system.
The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt took to Twitter to scold Trump for his heartless comments and shamed the United States for having a healthcare system in which millions of people don’t have healthcare coverage so that healthcare CEOs and shareholders can make huge profits.
I may disagree with claims made on that march but not ONE of them wants to live in a system where 28m people have no cover. NHS may have challenges but I’m proud to be from the country that invented universal coverage – where all get care no matter the size of their bank balance https://t.co/YJsKBAHsw7
— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) February 5, 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman avoided criticizing the President but stood by what Secretary Hunt said. “The prime minister is proud of having an NHS which is free at the point of delivery. NHS funding is at a record high, and was prioritized in the budget with an extra £2.8bn. In the recent Commonwealth Fund international survey the NHS was rated the best in the world for a second time.”
The leader of the UK’s Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, also took to Twitter to shame Donald Trump for his crass attacks on a wonderful institution – and to set the record straight on why massive crowds took to the streets of Britain over the past few days.
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
Healthcare is a human right and the fact that we allow enormous corporations to profit off of saving lives is a travesty of monumental proportions. Millions of people still lack basic healthcare coverage and are driven into crushing debt simply to stay alive, and the idea that anybody can defend this appallingly immoral and unjust system with a straight face is mind-blowing.
The current healthcare system is a for-profit monstrosity that destroys lives and condemns tens of thousands of innocent people to early deaths by preventable causes while funneling our hard-earned tax dollars into the pockets of health insurance stockholders.
This is beyond reprehensible and while the Affordable Care Act was a godsend to millions of Americans, the fact is that it is ultimately a compromise that artificially props up a predatory and heartless insurance industry whose primary concerns are their bottom lines and not the well-being of the American people.
We need to make universal healthcare one of the Democratic Party’s central policy proposals – because it’s the right thing to do.