During his campaign of disrespect and negativity Mr Trump was clear. On the first day of office he would abolish Obamacare. All of it. Total abolition. No holds barred. No individual mandate. No longer would people over 22 be allowed on their parents’ insurance. Have a pre-existing condition? The insurers can now kick you off and refuse to insure you. The insurance marketplace…done and dusted.
No longer would there be those confusing insurance markets. No more Obamacare. Those 20,000,000 Americans who now had insurance under the ACA would have to look elsewhere. Period. Non-negotiable. The end. It is over. And his supporters agreed.
Don’t believe me? Here is the section from the Trump website before the election:
“But none of these positive reforms can be accomplished without Obamacare repeal. On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare.”
“Congress must act. Our elected representatives in the House and Senate must:
- Completely repeal Obamacare. Our elected representatives must eliminate the individual mandate. No person should be required to buy insurance unless he or she wants to.”
This was quite different than Hillary Clinton. Clinton proposed keeping the ACA and improving it. Working with Congress to keep the better parts and altering or repealing those parts which did not function well.
For example…keeping the young people on health insurance until they are 26. Making sure those with pre-existing conditions continue to be able to get insurance. Lowering costs and providing financial assistance to those in need. In other words, not a repeal, but a revision.
Trump, of course, rejected a revision. Obamacare must be repealed in its entirety. Period. No discussion. It is gone!
That was the BAIT….
Now comes the SWITCH…
According to an upcoming 60 minutes interview, Mr Trump is now telling his troops something a bit different.
In addition, from a NYT article, November 12, three days after the election, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal:
“…Mr. Trump even indicated that he would like to keep two of the most popular benefits of the Affordable Care Act, one that forces insurers to cover people with pre-existing health conditions and another that allows parents to cover children under their plan into their mid-20s. He told The Wall Street Journal that he was reconsidering his stance after meeting with Mr. Obama on Thursday….”
You mean he lied to us?
End of Bait and Switch , Part 1. You can be sure this is just the beginning…..