Sunday, September 27, 2020

No repeal, no replace. Trump settles for rebranding Obamacare

“repeal and replace” has been a staple on the GOP shelf ever since President Obama signed the ACA into law. Any sentient being could figure out why the GOPlins’ mantra did/does not work. Repeal, in the absence of a working alternative would just cancel health care for millions. The GOPlins never did answer the question "replace with what?

After having promised, repeatedly, to do both, Trump has apparently caved and is now just rebranding the ACA for a political aim - to “become the health-care party.” Lipstick on a pig … you know.

Here’s some of the reporting on that by the Washington Post.

After years of promising his own health care plan, Trump settles for rebranding rather than repealing Obamacare.

President Trump capped his fruitless four-year journey to abolish and replace the Affordable Care Act by signing an executive order Thursday that aims to enshrine the law’s most popular feature while pivoting away from a broader effort to overhaul the nation’s health insurance system.

The order declares it is the policy of the United States for people with preexisting health conditions to be protected, avoiding the thorny details of how to ensure such protections without either leaving the ACA, or Obamacare, in place or crafting new comprehensive legislation.President Trump capped his fruitless four-year journey to abolish and replace the Affordable Care Act by signing an executive order Thursday that aims to enshrine the law’s most popular feature while pivoting away from a broader effort to overhaul the nation’s health insurance system.

The order declares it is the policy of the United States for people with preexisting health conditions to be protected, avoiding the thorny details of how to ensure such protections without either leaving the ACA, or Obamacare, in place or crafting new comprehensive legislation.

Democrats have been talking about health care constantly, while Republicans have largely steered clear of the issue, a phenomenon that tracks with public polling showing Americans trust the party responsible for passing the last major health-care legislation over the party that has tried to repeal it without offering an alternative.

But the vision Trump laid out Thursday was a far cry from the “full and complete” plan he has promised repeatedly in recent months — each time failing to meet his self-imposed deadlines.

In addition to the executive action on preexisting conditions, Trump also promised millions of older Americans would receive $200 toward the cost of prescription drugs and signed executive orders he said would somehow prevent unexpected medical bills and protect insurance coverage for preexisting medical problems. The White House released no details of how the $200 program would work, how it would be funded and whether this was a long-term plan or one-time payment to seniors ahead of the election.

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