Donald Trump is again promising that every American will be “beautifully covered” under his proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but again refused to provide even the slightest amount of specifics to back up his claims.
Speaking to Robert Costa of the Washington Post, Trump commented:
“The Congress can’t get cold feet because the people will not let that happen.
“It’s very much formulated down to the final strokes. We haven’t put it in quite yet but we’re going to be doing it soon.”
Trump also vowed his plan features “lower numbers, lower deductible,” and tried to reassure those currently covered under Obamacare that he has everything under control when it comes to healthcare:
“It’s not going to be their [ACA] plan. It’ll be another plan. But they’ll be beautifully covered. I don’t want single-payer. What I do want is to be able to take care of people.”
While he was at it, Trump also repeated a campaign promise he made that he would not cut Medicare at all.
Asked by Costa about how his policies and constant tweeting might affect financial markets, Trump countered:
“Stock drops and America goes up. I don’t care. I want to do it right or not at all.”
In all fairness, should Trump and the GOP figure out a way to cover Americans under a replacement for the ACA and that new plan lowers both premiums and deductibles, then they will deserve credit for doing something nearly every expert and economist says is impossible to achieve. But what, short of single-payer, could accomplish that? Trump has repeatedly said he is opposed to a Canadian-style single-payer health insurance, and Congressional Republicans consider such a plan to be socialism.
However, in light of the well-established fact that Trump is a pathological liar and the GOP has never seemed inclined to help anyone but their rich donors, don’t hold your breath waiting on a replacement plan that helps anyone but the insurance companies.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org