LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Deconstructing the Trump Care debacle

President Trump, like former President Obama, allegedly wanted every American to have [insurance for] health care to promote the “General Welfare.” Wasn’t that one of the “ideals” espoused in the Preamble to the Constitution? However, Trump Care contained super flaws. It only entitled citizens to “access” health care if they could afford it. It would have been unaffordable for seniors between 50 and 64 years old. Block grants to the states for Medicaid after 2019 would have been equivalent to issuing Band-Aids to citizens. It was just a terrible bill. Instead, it served to help the very wealthy pay less income taxes.

In contrast, Obamacare “mandated” Americans to purchase [insurance for] health care and provided affordable subsidies for the less-well-off by imposing higher taxes on the very wealthy. Obamacare provided free yearly preventive physical and mental health checkups. A road map of 10 comprehensive “essential benefits” included in Obamacare enabled all-inclusive patient treatments, fostering the possibility for all Americans to become productive citizens and achieve the “American Dream.” In copy-cat fashion, Trump Care was going to insure all Americans with pre-existing conditions, as well as children under 26 on their parents’ health care plan, and eliminate lifetime caps. The rest of the Trump Care bill was all downhill.

Evaluating the income levels of all Americans, thanks in part to the IRS, resulted in Obamacare mandating that wealthier people who could afford it would pay more for their health care plans. In contrast, under Trump Care, higher taxes on the wealthy would not be mandated to chip in for paying for the pre-existing medical risk pools, Medicaid, and affordable subsidies for the majority of working middle class Americans. Medicaid insurance for the poor, children, seniors, disabled, would be closed to potential enrollees after 2019.

Cheaper block-grant coverage to the states would have served as a Band-Aid insurance in place of Medicaid as we knew it. Medicare and Social Security cuts would have been next to see the chopping block by the hard-right conservatives who are against safety net programs. The military would be trumped up immensely with taxpayer dollars instead. Big pharma and health insurance company profits would continue to make billions of dollars.

In summary, instead of keeping Americans healthy and productive, the mantra of making America great again would ring hollow, as America evolved into a super military industrial oligarchic banana republic. Is this what we voted for?

On March 13, Juan Williams, Fox News contributor, wrote an article in “The Hill” titled “An unpleasant Trump Care surprise.” He pointed out facts illustrating that many Senate Republicans led a successful effort to sabotage Obamacare over the last eight years. Mr. Williams went on to cite studies supporting Obamacare. In December of 2016, Standard and Poor’s investment rating service advised that an increasing number of insurance companies participating in Obamacare would make money this year.

Likewise, the Congressional Budget Office recently reported that Obamacare would cost one-third less than originally projected. Pew Research Center and Kaiser Family Foundation recently reported record high levels of increased support for Obamacare. All these findings have been met with a deaf ear by the “repeal and replace Obamacare” Republicans. Their vendetta has served to further divide us, evidenced by their refusal to work on repairing and replacing any of the flaws in Obamacare.

Bill Clemens

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