Bypassing a Republican do-nothing Congress (whose leadership remains firmly anti-Trump & anti-Middle Class) POTUS Trump signed an Executive Order that greatly expands healthcare choice in America which is the opposite of what the failed, insanely expensive, and now crumbling, Obamacare legislation did.
Obamacare made it impossible for people to sign up for low-cost, short-term plans. Those plans then went away leaving millions having to choose between an Obamacare plan they couldn’t afford, or going without health insurance. Most chose to go without. Donald Trump has now given those people another choice, a better choice, and a far more affordable choice as explained so well by The New York Post:
…Trump is removing Obama’s 90-day limit, reopening that low-cost option. That’s good news for 8 million people currently getting whacked with an ObamaCare tax penalty for not having insurance, and another 11 million uninsured who avoided the penalty by pleading hardship. Count on many of them to buy coverage when they have an affordable option. That will reduce the number of uninsured.
…A less detailed part of Trump’s announcement gives the green light to so-called association plans, which would allow small employers and perhaps even individuals to group together across state lines, giving them the same purchasing clout as large multi-state employers. Time will tell whether these work out.
Trump has now seized the initiative, after congressional Republicans fell flat on their faces and failed to address the pain ObamaCare is inflicting on consumers stuck in the individual insurance market.
The president should keep going. What’s next? Trump should use his discretion to stop enforcing the tax penalty on those who don’t buy ObamaCare-compliant plans, including buyers of short-term plans.
Then he should cancel the sweetheart deal his predecessor weaseled for members of Congress and their staff members. Even though the Affordable Care Act requires them to buy coverage on ObamaCare exchanges, Obama arranged for them to have a choice of 57 gold plans and have John Q. Public pick up most of their costs. It’s an outrage.
Once members of Congress are feeling the same pain as everyone else, they’ll be more focused on repealing and replacing the dysfunctional health law. In the meantime, Trump is wisely providing relief where it counts the most — in people’s wallets.
More choice and lower cost for Middle Class Americans = the media & political establishment freaking out. Obamacare was never about providing healthcare. It was always about centralized government control over your life. Donald Trump just gave Americans a big push-back against that kind of control. It will take a bit of time for those new Trump-provided choices to kick in, but kick in they will.
The media attacks will be off the charts yet POTUS Trump simply marches on.