Donald Trump says he’s almost ready to reveal his plan to replace Obamacare, which he says will include “insurance for everybody.” Yes, it is entirely appropriate to be laughing at that. He also promises lower premiums, lower deductibles and rivers flowing with chocolate.
President-elect Donald Trump said in a weekend interview that he is nearing completion of a plan to replace President Obama’s signature health-care law with the goal of “insurance for everybody,” while also vowing to force drug companies to negotiate directly with the government on prices in Medicare and Medicaid.
Trump declined to reveal specifics in the telephone interview late Saturday with The Washington Post, but any proposals from the incoming president would almost certainly dominate the Republican effort to overhaul federal health policy as he prepares to work with his party’s congressional majorities.
Of course he declined to reveal specifics; the specifics are a fantasy. There is no way to give universal health insurance without a lot of government subsidies. There’s no way to get lower deductibles while also limiting premiums. And these things become doubly impossible if you also want to allow insurance companies to deny or void coverage for preexisting conditions and get rid of the mandate — unless, of course, you actually want to go further left than Obamacare and having some sort of variation on single payer, which Republicans will never go along with.
“It’s very much formulated down to the final strokes. We haven’t put it in quite yet but we’re going to be doing it soon,” Trump said. He noted that he is waiting for his nominee for secretary of health and human services, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), to be confirmed.
So you’re waiting for the appointment of a nominee who is a fierce opponent of giving insurance to everybody? Savvy move, Donald.
“I think we will get approval. I won’t tell you how, but we will get approval. You see what’s happened in the House in recent weeks,” Trump said, referencing his tweet during a House Republican move to gut their independent ethics office, which along with widespread constituent outrage was cited by some members as a reason the gambit failed.
I have a plan, but I won’t tell you what it is. And I have a strategy for getting it passed, but I won’t tell you what it is. Sounds a lot like a plan that doesn’t actually exist, doesn’t it?
“We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Trump said. “There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.” People covered under the law “can expect to have great health care. It will be in a much simplified form. Much less expensive and much better.”
For conservative Republicans dubious about his pledge to ensure coverage for millions, Trump pointed to several interviews he gave during the campaign in which he promised to “not have people dying on the street.”
“It’s not going to be their plan,” he said of people covered under the current law. “It’ll be another plan. But they’ll be beautifully covered. I don’t want single-payer. What I do want is to be able to take care of people,” he said Saturday.
“Beautifully covered.” Remember when he originally promised to replace Obamacare with “something terrific.” As he does with insults, he just uses these generic superlatives that don’t mean squat in the context. It’s really quite bizarre.