MEMBERS ONLY: Healthcare, Donald Trump and the Deeply Confused Mind of a Serial Killer

by Bob Cesca,

This is definitely going to be a controversial statement, but so be it. There’s a noticeable serial killer tendency among the Trump family. I first noticed it when I downloaded the photos of Donald Junior and Eric Trump grinning and posing over various exotic animal corpses — each one shot for the joy of killing, each one shot just to watch it die. There’s no sport here. There’s no sustenance justification here. The Trump boys like to kill defenseless animals. Worse, Junior apparently enjoys mutilating the victims of his bloodlust, as seen in the photo of Junior holding the severed tail of a majestic elephant he just murdered.  

Most serial killers start with animals, satisfying their compulsion to kill without severe consequences. If you watched Showtime’s Dexter, you’ll know what I’m talking about. The SPCA concurs, providing the following examples:

  • Patrick Sherrill, who killed 14 coworkers at a post office and then shot himself, had a history of stealing local pets and allowing his own dog to attack and mutilate them.
  • Earl Kenneth Shriner, who raped, stabbed, and mutilated a 7-year-old boy, had been widely known in his neighborhood as the man who put firecrackers in dogs’ rectums and strung up cats.
  • Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer had impaled dogs’ heads, frogs, and cats on sticks.
  • Brenda Spencer, who opened fire at a San Diego school, killing two children and injuring nine others, had repeatedly abused cats and dogs, often by setting their tails on fire.
  • Albert DeSalvo, the “Boston Strangler” who killed 13 women, trapped dogs and cats in orange crates and shot arrows through the boxes in his youth.
  • Carroll Edward Cole, executed for five of the 35 murders of which he was accused, said his first act of violence as a child was to strangle a puppy.
  • In 1987, three Missouri high school students were charged with the beating death of a classmate. They had histories of repeated acts of animal mutilation starting several years earlier. One confessed that he had killed so many cats he’d lost count. Two brothers who murdered their parents had previously told classmates that they had decapitated a cat.
  • High school killers such as 15-year-old Kip Kinkel in Springfield, Ore., and Luke Woodham, 16, in Pearl, Miss., tortured animals before embarking on shooting sprees.
  • Columbine High School students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who shot and killed 12 classmates before turning their guns on themselves, bragged about mutilating animals to their friends.

We don’t know much about Eric and Junior’s childhoods or whether their wanton brutality began early on, but it shouldn’t matter. There’s photographic evidence of doing so as young men in their 20s. Knowing what we know, it wouldn’t be overly shocking to discover they have a history of animal abuse.

As for President Trump himself, we know even less. There’s no indication Trump likes to hunt for fun (not food), nor is there any proof that Trump’s childhood featured animal abuse. He’s notoriously pet-free, but that’s a red herring and probably meaningless. 

However, it appears as if Trump doesn’t mind killing human beings for political sport. Making matters worse, he doesn’t appear to be smart enough to get it. He simply isn’t well-informed on the issues, seeing everything through the prism of “the eternal now” — everything he does is about burnishing his brand while achieving what he perceives to be “winning.”

Of course we’re talking about Trump’s ludicrous position on healthcare and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Almost immediately following the demise of the latest version of Trumpcare, which would’ve stripped 22 million Americans of their health insurance, the president called for a direct repeal of the ACA. It’s worth noting that, without 60 votes, Senate Republicans can only repeal the budgetary half of the ACA, and not the consumer protections, essential health benefits and other regulations in the law. Though they can bleed the marketplaces and other coverage to death by killing the subsidies, the taxes, the Medicaid expansion and so on with a reconciliation vote of 50-plus-one.

The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday released the following report detailing the consequences of a repeal of the ACA. Briefly put, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy’s prediction was spot on: repealing the ACA would trigger “a humanitarian disaster of incomprehensible scale.” For starters:

  • The number of people who are uninsured would increase by 17 million in 2018, compared with the number under current law. That number would increase to 27 million in 2020, after the elimination of the ACA’s expansion of eligibility for Medicaid and the elimination of subsidies for insurance purchased through the marketplaces established by the ACA, and then to 32 million in 2026. 
• Average premiums in the nongroup market (for individual policies purchased through the marketplaces or directly from insurers) would increase by roughly 25 percent—relative to projections under current law—in 2018. The increase would reach about 50 percent in 2020, and premiums would about double by 2026.  

All told, a direct repeal would statistically return us to pre-2010 healthcare. That’s 32 million people, including yours truly, whose insurance would be eliminated, leaving them to either go without medical care or to go broke paying for it. Salient to our “serial killer” theme today, we’d return to the days when around 3,000 people were dying every month due to a lack of insurance, according to a 2009 Harvard study. That’s a new 9/11 every 30 days. This, or something similar, is literally part of the GOP platform, as well as Trump’s presidential agenda. 

Trump is playing grabass with people’s lives, and, to repeat, he doesn’t even understand what he’s talking about. Throughout the last two years, Trump hasn’t been forced to answer specific policy questions about healthcare reform, and even if he was, he’d find a way to sidestep the questions with his usual gibberish and stream-of-conscious word salad. This makes his position on repeal even more ghoulish. Again, he’s like a child serial killer who’s compelled to torture and murder animals, yet he doesn’t understand why he’s driven to do it. 

For example, here are some of his remarks during a round-table meeting with Republican senators at the White House on Wednesday. See if you can figure out what the fuck he’s talking about.

 ” …cross country lines … cross state lines where you have … where, where it’s almost impossible for insurance companies to compete in different states. We can’t because of unfortunately the 60 votes … put that here … but it’s going to come very soon. We’re putting it in a popular bill and that will come and your premiums will be down 60 and 70 percent. People don’t know that. Nobody hears it. Nobody talks about it. But your premiums are going to. We’re gonna have to cross state lines knocked out and you’ll have insurance companies bidding … you’ll have forms of insurance you don’t even know about right now because that’s the way it works. There’s gonna be tremendous competition.”

Yep. This addled, confused, murderous old bastard can’t even explain the legislation he’s pushing. (And no, I didn’t edit that at all. It’s verbatim. Here’s the video, in case you’re curious.)

He continued on and on about how President Obama promised that you could keep your doctor, etc — as if a mistaken promise is an adequate justification for the CBO’s deadly forecasts. When George H.W. Bush backpedaled on his promise not to raise “new taxes,” Bill Clinton didn’t come along with a plan to financially and medically punish 32 million people. It’s time for this whiny, relatively minor gripe to disappear once and for all. The same goes for the anecdotal fear-mongering about premiums and deductibles. You don’t eliminate insurance for tens of millions because hundreds or thousands are paying more — and, by the way, even the steepest premium hikes under Obamacare in certain pockets of the country (Phoenix, for instance) aren’t even close to the 100 percent spikes in premiums for literally everyone.

Frankly, if Trump had a coherent explanation for the Senate bill — say, perhaps, he had direct, peer-reviewed evidence that there’d be a major health crisis precipitated by an obscure glitch in the system that required an immediate solution, I might be less inclined to summarily link his actions to serial killer behavior. I’d still have serious concerns about the so-called Better Care Reconciliation Act, but I might be able to at least respect his expertise. But Trump has no expertise whatsoever. Hell, he can barely construct a coherent unscripted sentence, much less explain the complicated details of an eponymously named bill. 

Short of repeal, it appears as if subterranean nematode Mitch McConnell will be putting something up for a vote next week, giving his office and the White House more time to strong-arm the GOP holdouts. Whether it ends up eliminating insurance for 22 million or 32 million, Chris Murphy’s prediction will sadly materialize. Whether it’s “repeal and replace” or a straight-up repeal, the Republicans will win something, but it’ll come at a cataclysmic price both politically and in terms of lives. Real lives. Republicans, Democrats, alt-right people, tea party people, progressives, and miscellaneous will be forced to confront the cruel reality that an ignoramus — an unapologetic maniac thrust them into their medical and financial predicaments simply because he refuses to take “no” for an answer.  

Whether they proceed with a repeal is almost irrelevant. The congressional Republicans have repeatedly attempted to do this. I personally lost count after 50 repeal votes, escorted through both congressional chambers with universal GOP support. And not only is Trump unable to describe exactly what’ll happen if and when he signs a repeal, but he was entirely willing to propose such a plan just so he could achieve a political victory. 32 million people forced to die or go broke if they’re sick or injured — all for Trump’s teeny-tiny ego. If that’s not the behavior of a homicidal, sociopathic mind, I don’t know what is.