Report: Trump Considers New Healthcare Plan, Same As The Old Healthcare Plan

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend that Trump is going to unveil so-called "plan" for reforming the nation's healthcare system in September, but we have all the reason in the world to expect that this will not be a serious plan that will even be considered by Congress.

Trump evidently believes he needs to have a plan just because Democrats do, but congressional Republicans are not contributing to whatever phony bologna Trump's team is cooking up.

From Reuters:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is considering unveiling, as early as September, his healthcare plan as part of his presidential re-election campaign strategy, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

The plan would lay out an alternative to former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which has been challenged by Republicans in court, and could include coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and a variety of insurance options, the Wall Street Journal said, citing unnamed sources.

Trump has not signed off on the tentative plan, the newspaper said, describing ongoing debate about the plan and the timing for the roll-out.

There has been no reporting that I can find detailing exactly what Trump's so-called "plan" will look like, but I think we already know.

We know it will look like every other plan Republicans have promoted both in and out of Congress. It will look like the plan Republicans nearly voted to pass before they lost control of the House of Representatives.

Congressional Republicans also claimed their plan would cover pre-exisiting conditions, but it didn't. Each of their various plans would have allowed insurance companies to charge people with pre-existing conditions any amount of money they wanted to for access to coverage.

At the end of the day, Republicans simply do not believe in universal health coverage even if it looks like Romneycare. They do not believe poor people deserve coverage. They believe if you aren't rich enough to cover the insane cost of health care in America, you deserve to die or go bankrupt.

  • Hmm. I predict it will focus on “allowing insurance companies to sell across state lines!”

    What do I win?

  • muselet

    Rs think of everything as a zero-sum game: if someone else gets an amount of commodity x, then there’s less of commodity x available for them.

    Which sort of reflects reality, but is a wild oversimplification, even if we’re talking about pork bellies, aluminum bars or quatloos.

    It doesn’t reflect reality if we’re talking about services, which medical insurance and medical care (two different things) are. There can always be more insurance policies written and more healthcare providers trained, if need be.

    This past Sunday, the Daily Fishwrap ran an op-ed by one of their regular contributors, expressing incredulity and dismay that those dastardly Democrats were going to save money with their evil, socialistical Medicare for All proposal by paying doctors and hospitals less!!!!!1111!!!, and no, I’m not providing a link. This is a classic bit of Righty pearl-clutching over a perceived assault on The Holy Free Market, which divvies up commodities to all according to their worthiness. I doubt any R would disagree with a single word in the piece.

    I’m sure anything Donald Trump proposes will assure us all that all that’s needed is a free-market approach, with maybe a couple of promises extracted from the insurance industry that they won’t do anything too naughty for a year or two.


  • Nefercat

    Ivanka, Jared, Mulvaney, Mnuchin and Himmler I mean Miller. Pardon me if I am able to contain my excitement at whatever this pile of diarrheic goose shit comes up with.

  • Remember the rich Dem from Florida during the 2016 primary who said the GOP’s plan was simply to let us die and how so many people made fun of him for saying it. Now it’s not so crazy.

    • Nefercat

      Yes, I think he said the republican plan was “Don’t get sick. If you do get sick, die quickly.” I remember the republicans acting all butt hurt and yet they still didn’t come out with a plan of their own. “Waah, you’re so mean, trust us.”