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Monday, March 25, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump aims to replace Obamacare with a plan that would envisage “insurance for everybody,” he said in an interview with the Washington Post published on Sunday night.

Trump did not give the newspaper specifics about his proposals to replace Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, but said the plan was nearly finished and he was ready to unveil it alongside the leaders of the Republican-controlled Congress. The Republican president-elect takes office on Friday.

“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 told the Post, adding he was waiting for his nominee for health and human services secretary, Tom Price, to be confirmed.

The plan, he said, would include “lower numbers, much lower deductibles,” without elaborating.

“We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Trump said. “There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.”

Trump was also quoted as saying in the interview that he would target pharmaceutical companies over drug pricing and insist they negotiate directly with the Medicare and Medicaid government health care plans for the elderly and poor.

U.S. House Republicans won passage on Friday of a measure starting the process of dismantling the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, despite concerns about not having a ready replacement and the potential financial cost of repealing the law.

With the vote, Republicans began delivering on their promise to end Obamacare, also a campaign pledge of Trump, who has called the program a “disaster.”

The law, which expanded health coverage to some 20 million people, has been plagued by increases in insurance premiums and deductibles and by some large insurers leaving the system.

Republicans have called Obamacare federal government overreach and have sought to undermine it in Congress and the courts since it was passed by Democratic majorities in the House and Senate in 2010.

Democrats say Obamacare has allowed growing numbers of Americans to get medical insurance and helped slow the rise in healthcare spending.

(Writing by Mary Milliken; Editing by Will Dunham and Peter Cooney)

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57 responses to “Trump’s Big Health Care Promise: ‘Insurance For Everybody’”

  1. secondclassguy says:

    Has he talked to his HHS nominee yet? because Tom Price would sooner commit suicide than do what Trump is implying here

  2. dbtheonly says:

    Bully! Great Idea!

    What are the specifics?

    • Jmz Nesky says:

      What are the specifics? Didn’t you hear him..? “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,” or in political time, years.. Just about a month after the Democrats take over again.

  3. FireBaron says:

    So, from what I can tell, Teflon Donnie’s plan is effectively “Obamacare”.

  4. Jmz Nesky says:

    Some of you out there may see my reply comments below as crass and un-called for but although the article sounded presidential I have a small yet obvious problem with lies vs Trump vs truth.. Yes, I see the two being that far apart and until I see the actual end result, it will remain that way as far as I’m concerned.

  5. bobnstuff says:

    Trumpcare is coming! If you like having insurance you will keep it. Healthcare for all and if you can’t afford it you will still get it. I also have a Ford Pinto for sale.

    • Jmz Nesky says:

      You don’t know the Duck very well.. Ain’t no way he’s gonna accept sloppy thirds (Romneycare=Obamacare=Trumpcare?) No! He’s more superficial than that, instead think a great, really great new yuuge name that will make his mortality even more immortal.. Now THAT’S the dumpkin we all know.

      • idamag says:

        Sloppy thirds? He married a hooker.

        • Dominick Vila says:

          That perception is the reason we are likely to see a First Daughter as a replacement for a First Lady born in communist Slovenia.

          • idamag says:

            It would be kind of iffy, divorcing a first lady so that might be why he wants his daughter. The other thing is his egomania that says his genes are superior.

        • Jmz Nesky says:

          Indeed.. But I think I read in one of those sleaze tabloids not so long ago that indicated she has been a virgin fourteen times.. May not be true but it could have either convinced orange or else he was so envious of the whopper that he never challenged it’s validity.

          • idamag says:

            I consider anything in those sleaze tabloids a lie. He was sleeping with her while he was married to Marla Maples. She might have had some real talent that caused his eyes to bug out and him to sit up in bed and cry, “Praise it be!”

          • Jmz Nesky says:

            OR….He was simply drawn to her age. New model, fresh life support.

          • idamag says:

            Like a automobile, trade her off when she gets some mileage.

      • Dominick Vila says:

        An interesting facet of what is now going on regarding Obamacare, is that it is no longer considered a socialist scheme. It has evolved, very subtly, into a government program in desperate need of improvement. Towards that end, its “catastrophic” mechanism will be replaced by lower premiums and lower deductibles for consumers. Never mind that the only way to achieve that would be for the U.S. government to contribute more to a program they have demonized since its inception.

    • itsfun says:

      I had a Pinto in 1980. I drove it for 3 years put 62,000 miles on it. I only had to change battery cables and a muffler in those 3 years. It was actually a good little car. I don’t know what a new healthcare plan will cost or cover, or force you to pay for (things like maternity care for men now be mandated) but it can’t be any worse than Obamacare.

      • bobnstuff says:

        In every developed nation except America they have figured out heath care. We are the only ones that it’s a problem for. Isn’t it amazing what the insurance industries lobbyist can do for a country. We pay more and get less, it’s the American way. I had a Pinto also and it was fun to drive although it had plastic shims in the 4 speed. But there was that little design problem with the bolts on the rear axle. It’s kind of like the things our government does, nice idea until it blows up.

        • itsfun says:

          We can only hope any new healthcare system will be better for all. Lobbyists are always going to be a problem with any legislation. It all seems to be whose ox is getting gored. If we are going to have private health care insurances and not a single payer system, we can expect cost problems. Every plan has advantages and disadvantages. Do we want our government completely controlling our health care. If we do, then we should prepare ourselves to be controlled by accountants telling us and our doctors how we will be treated and cared for. I personally know many bean counters and I don’t want them to have anything to do with my care. Maybe more competition like allowing people to cross state lines for policies will help lower costs. Maybe not forcing young people to buy insurance coverages for old people problems will help lower costs. I don’t know the answers. We need high quality health care for all people not just the rich.

          • bobnstuff says:

            A single payer system wouldn’t be any different then our present system as far as some bean counter telling you what you can and can’t have. My insurance company tells me what doctors I can go to and what medications I can have, I went to pick up my grandsons meds the other day only to find that his insurance company wasn’t covering that medication anymore. Every time they change my wife’s medication we have to go through what the insurance will and will not cover. If you think you have any control over you medical choices you need to open your eyes. My employer changed carriers on me a while back and I had to go find a new doctor who took that insurance. I had only had my doctor for three years at that pint since I had to change doctor when I changed jobs and got a different insurance. I wasn’t given any real choice. When I went on Medicare I got to choose my part D carrier, the first time I can remember having a choice in companies.

          • itsfun says:

            When I talk about the single payer system, I am thinking about government provided health care. You are right, we do have a single payer system when we have private insurance too. The biggest difference I see is we have a choice between private companies as compared to government only. You make great points about companies changing what they cover for meds. I was lucky when I was still working as I only had Blue Cross for my last 32 years. If we didn’t go to a Blue Cross approved doctor, we still got some coverage, but not 100%. I don’t know the percentage because I only went to a approved doctor. I was able to have the same doctor for over 20 of those years until he retired. I then was fortunate enough to keep my doctor of choice for the remaining 12 years. I now have both Medicare and Blue Cross as my secondary insurer. So far so good.

          • stcroixcarp says:

            In the insurance industry the bean counters are called actuaries. Do your want your health care decisions made for you by people who keep their jobs and are promoted to protect the $100 million annual salaries of insurance company CEO’s by saving money on your medical care? I personally would prefer the government, because in a properly functioning democracy, my input as a citizen can make changes. With private corporations only money counts.

          • itsfun says:

            I want a system where my doctor and myself make my healthcare decisions, not a accountant, actuary, or any non-medical person.

          • bobnstuff says:

            We could have that system if we could get the congress to make healthcare a right not a privilege.

      • jmprint says:

        It wasn’t a good car, my mother lost her life in one, they weren’t build very well. If it can’t be worst, why is there no plan to replace already?

      • moezappa says:

        Well we could go back to what the U.S. healthcare system was PRIOR to ACA.

        Have a pre-existing condition? Sucks to be you, no insurance for you.

        Don’t have insurance for any reason? Sucks to be you. Get really sick or hurt and can’t pay the bills, BANKRUPTCY for you.

        NO ONE purchases coverage for specific care. Can you imagine if you did? That would create the situation where you fell out of a tree and broke your arm. You get treated but are told by the insurance company that since you didn’t purchase the ‘Broken Arm Rider’ so NO COVERAGE for you.

        That quite simply is not how health insurance works, nor is it how you want health insurance works.

        When you purchase coverage, you have a right to expect to be covered for all medically accepted non-experimental treatments your doctor deems necessary.

        You were BUYING THE BULLSHIT when you believe you were buying coverage that you didn’t need. Well, except for the fact that ACA demanded insurance companies cover medically accepted non-experimental treatments .

        They could sell a policy that covered nothing…

  6. moezappa says:

    I’m sure we can trust the Orange One to follow through with his claim. After all, he told us he was going to “drain the swamp” in Washington DC.

    He just had a different definition of what draining the swamp meant.

  7. Gordon Beukema says:

    I wonder if he’s figured out that to change the drug prices he has to go thru Congress, but maybe he thinks that if he says it’s so it will become so

  8. idamag says:

    Before the lifeboat is sunk, a new one should have been in place first. When we lose the ACA, we get the donut hole back. The new regulations to prevent Medicare fraud will be gone. Pre-existing conditions will return. The 80 percent rule, that says 80% of premiums must go into healthcare, will be gone. When it comes to being a part of a community and caring about other people, the United States is one of the worst countries. Money, money, money, material, material, material, that is the U.S.

  9. More hot-air from the Windbag-in-Chief. Healthcare for all? What a novel concept that is supposed to radically depart from the aim of the ACA—a plan which Paul Ryan and company are eager to scuttle.
    Not only is Donald’s plan just words intended to bluff his way through a tight jam, but he’s simply being a mouthpiece for the GOP whose best proposal is “Vapor Care” which is cleverly being worked on on a chalkboard.

    Saying you have a plan and that it’s going to be unveiled after the right moment in some propitious moment, is the outcome the rumination of a master con artist still honing his craft of deception.

  10. bojimbo26 says:

    `Healthcare for everyone` PROVIDING you can afford it .

    • jmprint says:

      In 2010 my insurance shot up to 1280.00 per month. I wasn’t insured again until ACA came around. Now I will be back to 2010 with no insurance.

  11. Blueberry Hill says:

    This constant liar has no health care plan for us. neither do the lying Rs. They just want to kill the ACA because Our wonderful President got it for us. They expect us to go back to the old way and try to get health care to enrich the already too rich insurance industry. Most of us won’t qualify because of pre-existing conditions, and the kids won’t be able to stay on the Father’s plan until they are 26 years old. The entire goal of the Rs was to just kill health insurance for us altogether. We should keep this one and add to it whatever is needed, if anything. Pass a law to force the insurance companies to stop their dirty tricks. They are already too wealthy.


  12. secondclassguy says:

    If not for his HHS pick i’d almost be willing to wait and speculate it could include something like letting people 55-64 buy into medicare and keeping medicaid as is. It would have been easy enough to assume it won’t be single payer, but then why even mention that, as if it could have some of those elements.

    One other thing that may support this is saying the GOVT programs medicare and medicaid should be able to negotiate drug prices, so the bigger those programs are the bigger savings that could come from that

    Again, this is just wild speculation, and doesn’t jive at all with his HHS pick. Whatever it is it should be revealed before the congress questions Tom Price

  13. johninPCFL says:

    Let me just quickly pencil it out for ya, DMan: Part 1: Don’t get sick. Part 2: If you do get sick, die quickly.

    I don’t see why that would take so long…

  14. elw says:

    “It’s very much formulated down to the final strokes.” The joker-in-chief does not even know what needs to be included by the final stroke. He is so over his head.

  15. jmprint says:

    This is Ryan talking about insurance: “Our plan is a patient centered system. option, low cost, greater control over coverage.” translate: if you can afford insurance you get these option, if you can’t afford insurance you can just die. and then he says, “and as we work to get there. (8 years and not there yet) “we will make sure there is a stable transition so that the rug won’t be pulled out under them” So how does he expect an individual with pre-existing condition handle this one”

    Then he goes on to say: ” So this will be a step-by-step process.” First they delete the pre-existing clause, then they will delete the 80% rule, then they will continue until delete the affordable parts. Then he says “we welcome ideas from both side of the isle” SO now he wants the democrats to create the plan to call Trumpcare. What A$$holes.

  16. Sterling Harris says:

    America will be amazing after 4 years of the best job creating president god gave America. Imagine 0% unemployment , every American employed working in the fields like those Mexicans used to, working in those beautiful Chinese style factories 11 hours a day 6 days a week just like them Chinese folk. Making American iPhones for $25 a day. It will be amazing no more need for welfare (except corporate welfare like Carrier deal). No more imported goods, no more walmart. goods will cost more but thats ok just work harder in the factory or field of your choice. No more bad relationships with Russia, Russian businesses and banks will open and flourish we may even get our own oligarchs for once. Trump will start a war on twitter because Mat Damon called him sad, so tariffs will be placed on movies. Women’s healthcare from cirvical smears to breast exams will be pages in the history bookas since congress closed planned parenthood. People will go for holidays to the Rio Grande to see the amazing wall they just brought. People will adort the new Trumpcare health system it will be shiny and gold otherwise useless. Police will be allowed to do there jobs again no more pesky questions when minority’s are shot in the back. It’ll be amazing a golden era in this republic let the good times roll.

  17. Thoughtopsy says:

    “I can’t tell you any details, but it’s nearly ready and it’s going to be better, cheaper, and terrific and cover EVERYONE for almost no money…
    …Because I have no idea what I’m talking about, absolutely no plan, don’t actually remember what I said yesterday, and I just say whatever words will get me power, celebrity and give the masses something to believe…”
    – President-Elect Loser.

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