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Where Is The President's Plan?


July 20, 2017

The question is a simple one: Where is President Trump’s health care plan?

In the past few weeks, the Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate has failed twice to garner enough support to bring its health care plan to the floor even for discussion, much less a vote. Once it became clear earlier this week that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s health care plan would not pass, McConnell opted to drop the plan and simply promote legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.

But that option was quickly snuffed out when three Republican senators – Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Susan Collins of Maine – said they would vote against bringing any repeal only legislation to the Senate floor.

These three senators were right for taking this stance, for representing their constituents and for protecting the health care services their constituents currently receive. They correctly assessed that simply repealing the ACA would cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance and make the insurance marketplace less stable.

Arizona Sen. John McCain articulated a sensible response to the Senate’s health care plan failure when he said, “The Congress must now return to regular order, hold hearings, receive input from members of both parties, and heed the recommendations of our nation’s governors so that we can produce a bill that finally provides Americans with access to quality and affordable health care.”

Instead of supporting McCain’s rational suggestion, President Trump offered a different idea, stating, “I think we’re probably in that position where we’ll let ObamaCare fail. We’re not going to own it. I’m not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We’ll let ObamaCare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us.”

The president may not own Obamacare, but he does own his campaign promises. In November of 2016 in Valley Forge, Penn., Trump said, “When we win on Nov. 8 and elect a Republican Congress, we will be able to immediately repeal and replace Obamacare.”

Throughout his campaign he not only promised to repeal and replace the ACA “immediately,” but he also said that his new plan would allow patients to keep their doctors and be much less expensive for consumers.

In January of this year, just days before his inauguration, Trump said, “We’re going to have insurance for everybody. 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,” adding that those covered by the ACA “can expect to have great health care. It will be in a much simplified form. Much less expensive and much better.”

Not only did the president say his plan would cover everyone and allow them to keep their doctors while paying much less and receiving better care, but he also said the plan was in its final stages.

“It’s very much formulated down to the final strokes,” he said just a few days before his inauguration. “We haven’t put it in quite yet, but we’re going to be doing it soon.”

So where is the president’s plan that would cover everyone “beautifully” and just needed a few “final strokes” before being presented to Congress? It certainly wasn’t the House’s plan, which would have increased the uninsured by more than 20 million Americans and which Trump later called “mean.” It wasn’t the Senate plan, which also would have increased the number of uninsured Americans by more than 20 million.

President Trump can blame the Democrats or the few Republicans who voted against the plans presented, but that does not absolve him from his claim of having his own plan that would cover everyone at less cost. Before allowing the ACA to fail, to throw health care into chaos and have millions lose their insurance, why doesn’t he unveil his wonderful plan?

The answer should be obvious: He never had such a plan.


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