President-elect Donald Trump’s team launched its transition web page GreatAgain.gov today and it contains, once again, actions he intends for his administration to take on a wide variety of issues.
GreatAgain.gov tackles policy areas in the following categories: “Defense & National Security,” “Immigration Reform & Building The Wall,” “Energy Independence,” “Tax Reform,” “Regulatory Reform,” “Trade Reform,” “Education,” “Transportation & Infrastructure,” “Financial Services Reform,” “Healthcare Reform,” “Veterans Administration Reform,” and “Protecting Americans’ Constitutional Rights”.
Under healthcare, we find:
To maximize choice and create a dynamic market for health insurance, the Administration will work with Congress to enable people to purchase insurance across state lines. The Administration also will work with both Congress and the States to re-establish high-risk pools – a proven approach to ensuring access to health insurance coverage for individuals who have significant medical expenses and who have not maintained continuous coverage. The Administration recognizes that the problems with the U.S. health care system did not begin with – and will not end with the repeal of – the ACA. With the assistance of Congress and working with the States, as appropriate, the Administration will act to:
- Protect individual conscience in healthcare
- Protect innocent human life from conception to natural death, including the most defenseless and those Americans with disabilities
- Advance research and development in healthcare
- Reform the Food and Drug Administration, to put greater focus on the need of patients for new and innovative medical products
- Modernize Medicare, so that it will be ready for the challenges with the coming retirement of the Baby Boom generation – and beyond
- Maximize flexibility for States in administering Medicaid, to enable States to experiment with innovative methods to deliver healthcare to our low-income citizens
The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
Under immigration reform:
A Trump Administration would execute on the following ten-point plan to restore integrity to our immigration system, protect our communities, and put America first:
- Build a Wall on the Southern Border
- End Catch-and-Release
- Zero Tolerance for Criminal Aliens
- Block Funding for Sanctuary Cities
- Cancel Unconstitutional Executive Orders & Enforce All Immigration Laws
- Suspend the Issuance of Visas to Any Place Where Adequate Screening Cannot Occur
- Ensure that Other Countries Take Their People Back When We Order Them Deported
- Finally Complete the Biometric Entry-Exit Visa Tracking System
- Turn Off the Jobs and Benefits Magnet
- Reform Legal immigration to Serve the Best Interests of America and its Workers
It doesn’t help that a lot of this is vague.
‘Abortion’ isn’t a word used on the website, and I don’t think ‘Islam’ or ‘Muslim’ are used, either – though he’s probably wanting people to believe he is referring to Islam where he mentions “radical ideologies that direct and inspire terrorism.” We’ll wait to see what “Protect innocent human life from conception to natural death” comes to mean for Trump as his policies and statements clearly contradict that intention – see his energy, immigration, employment, welfare, healthcare, foreign, trade, agricultural, food, and economic policies and statements, for example. It would be best to qualify what he means by life worthy of protection. Perhaps this is a way of saying he will be a vocal opponent of abortion – in most instances – and nothing else. Or, perhaps he’ll perform some other action concerning abortion.
I don’t expect Trump to end DACA and if he does we will organize to prevent the deportation of our brothers and sisters. I don’t expect Trump to give a care about the planet and think he’ll maintain the bourgeois mode of production and exploitation – here we must resist. Disobedience, my friends, is always an option.
I suppose we could go on and on about the different positions Trump may have, his actual intentions, the follow through (or lack of it), and our potential resistance (or cooperation where the aim is good), but I prefer not to speculate.
I wish this were all a joke, but it makes sense: We’re the foolish country that elected Trump after foolishly electing Bush to a second term in office.
71 days until the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.