Trump and His Magical Health Care Plan

Trump has a bad habit of saying things that are so stupid, it can make your eye twitch.

In any event, without further ado, here’s the first thing of any actual substance pertaining to Thump’s “health care” plan:

HEALTHCARE REFORM TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

Since March of 2010, the American people have had to suffer under the incredible economic burden of the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare. This legislation, passed by totally partisan votes in the House and Senate and signed into law by the most divisive and partisan President in American history, has tragically but predictably resulted in runaway costs, websites that don’t work, greater rationing of care, higher premiums, less competition and fewer choices. Obamacare has raised the economic uncertainty of every single person residing in this country. As it appears Obamacare is certain to collapse of its own weight, the damage done by the Democrats and President Obama, and abetted by the Supreme Court, will be difficult to repair unless the next President and a Republican congress lead the effort to bring much-needed free market reforms to the healthcare industry.

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.

However, it is not enough to simply repeal this terrible legislation. We will work with Congress to make sure we have a series of reforms ready for implementation that follow free market principles and that will restore economic freedom and certainty to everyone in this country. By following free market principles and working together to create sound public policy that will broaden healthcare access, make healthcare more affordable and improve the quality of the care available to all Americans.

Any reform effort must begin with Congress. Since Obamacare became law, conservative Republicans have been offering reforms that can be delivered individually or as part of more comprehensive reform efforts. In the remaining sections of this policy paper, several reforms will be offered that should be considered by Congress so that on the first day of the Trump Administration, we can start the process of restoring faith in government and economic liberty to the people.

Congress must act. Our elected representatives in the House and Senate must:

  1. 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.
  2. Modify existing law that inhibits the sale of health insurance across state lines. As long as the plan purchased complies with state requirements, any vendor ought to be able to offer insurance in any state. By allowing full competition in this market, insurance costs will go down and consumer satisfaction will go up.
  3. Allow individuals to fully deduct health insurance premium payments from their tax returns under the current tax system. Businesses are allowed to take these deductions so why wouldn’t Congress allow individuals the same exemptions? As we allow the free market to provide insurance coverage opportunities to companies and individuals, we must also make sure that no one slips through the cracks simply because they cannot afford insurance. We must review basic options for Medicaid and work with states to ensure that those who want healthcare coverage can have it.
  4. Allow individuals to use Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Contributions into HSAs should be tax-free and should be allowed to accumulate. These accounts would become part of the estate of the individual and could be passed on to heirs without fear of any death penalty. These plans should be particularly attractive to young people who are healthy and can afford high-deductible insurance plans. These funds can be used by any member of a family without penalty. The flexibility and security provided by HSAs will be of great benefit to all who participate.
  5. Require price transparency from all healthcare providers, especially doctors and healthcare organizations like clinics and hospitals. Individuals should be able to shop to find the best prices for procedures, exams or any other medical-related procedure.
  6. Block-grant Medicaid to the states. Nearly every state already offers benefits beyond what is required in the current Medicaid structure. The state governments know their people best and can manage the administration of Medicaid far better without federal overhead. States will have the incentives to seek out and eliminate fraud, waste and abuse to preserve our precious resources.
  7. Remove barriers to entry into free markets for drug providers that offer safe, reliable and cheaper products. Congress will need the courage to step away from the special interests and do what is right for America. Though the pharmaceutical industry is in the private sector, drug companies provide a public service. Allowing consumers access to imported, safe and dependable drugs from overseas will bring more options to consumers.

The reforms outlined above will lower healthcare costs for all Americans. They are simply a place to start. There are other reforms that might be considered if they serve to lower costs, remove uncertainty and provide financial security for all Americans. And we must also take actions in other policy areas to lower healthcare costs and burdens. Enforcing immigration laws, eliminating fraud and waste and energizing our economy will relieve the economic pressures felt by every American. It is the moral responsibility of a nation’s government to do what is best for the people and what is in the interest of securing the future of the nation.

Providing healthcare to illegal immigrants costs us some $11 billion annually. If we were to simply enforce the current immigration laws and restrict the unbridled granting of visas to this country, we could relieve healthcare cost pressures on state and local governments.

To reduce the number of individuals needing access to programs like Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program we will need to install programs that grow the economy and bring capital and jobs back to America. The best social program has always been a job – and taking care of our economy will go a long way towards reducing our dependence on public health programs.

Finally, we need to reform our mental health programs and institutions in this country. Families, without the ability to get the information needed to help those who are ailing, are too often not given the tools to help their loved ones. There are promising reforms being developed in Congress that should receive bi-partisan support.

To reform healthcare in America, we need a President who has the leadership skills, will and courage to engage the American people and convince Congress to do what is best for the country. These straightforward reforms, along with many others I have proposed throughout my campaign, will ensure that together we will Make America Great Again.

https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions/healthcare-reform

OK, let’s break this down, step by step:

However, it is not enough to simply repeal this terrible legislation. We will work with Congress to make sure we have a series of reforms ready for implementation that follow free market principles and that will restore economic freedom and certainty to everyone in this country. By following free market principles and working together to create sound public policy that will broaden healthcare access, make healthcare more affordable and improve the quality of the care available to all Americans.

Any reform effort must begin with Congress. Since Obamacare became law, conservative Republicans have been offering reforms that can be delivered individually or as part of more comprehensive reform efforts. In the remaining sections of this policy paper, several reforms will be offered that should be considered by Congress so that on the first day of the Trump Administration, we can start the process of restoring faith in government and economic liberty to the people.

Well, for one, really, a president could – if he took a stand on the Constitution – declare that the legislation was illegal, due to the unconstitutionality of it, but I guess “repeal” helps.  Also, it’s not the place of the federal government to “reform” health care through legislation of any kind.

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.

I’m cool with that.  The federal government, no matter what they believe, does not have the enumerated power to force people into involuntary contracts with 3rd parties of any kind, for any reason.  State governments that complied with this unconstitutional, un-American legislation should’ve been eliminated through mass-impeachment.

Modify existing law that inhibits the sale of health insurance across state lines. As long as the plan purchased complies with state requirements, any vendor ought to be able to offer insurance in any state. By allowing full competition in this market, insurance costs will go down and consumer satisfaction will go up.

OK, and now, once again, this is where Trump shows himself to be just as much the Big Government statist, as his allegedly ‘former’ (http://www.ijreview.com/2016/01/519166-trump-praised-obama-in-2009/) idol, Obama.

obama trump orange is the new black

Laws prohibiting lawful interstate commerce should not be “…modified…”, they should be stricken.  Period.  Congress has the enumerated power and responsibility to regulate interstate commerce…

Article 1, Section 8.

 

To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes;

https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/articlei#section8

…not the power to choke it off for no logical, legal reason, nor the power to damage the businesses of the Private Sector engaging in legitimate, legal commercial activities.  It’s not that Congress needs to modify the law, as they need to get out of the way, and let the States and the People handle their own business, because health insurance sure isn’t the business of the federal government, even with a loudmouth like Trump running it into the ground.

donald trump still a liberal

Letting the States and the Private Sector run their own affairs – free of what is nothing more than federal obstructionism – is one of the keys to untangling this knot that hurts no one, but the People.  Yes, if a State says that they’re going to regulate commerce within their boundaries, that’s legal (though in places where liberals are running the show, that’s not a good thing).  However, I do agree that competition is a good thing, and the more, the merrier.  In some ways, the Free Market will regulate itself.  Remember that Invisible Hand Adam Smith talked about?  That will hurt (and probably eliminate) companies that offer inferior contracts and coverage, as well as those that charge the moon and stars, a urine sample and your firstborn for something other companies just ask a few bucks for.

Allow individuals to fully deduct health insurance premium payments from their tax returns under the current tax system. Businesses are allowed to take these deductions so why wouldn’t Congress allow individuals the same exemptions? As we allow the free market to provide insurance coverage opportunities to companies and individuals, we must also make sure that no one slips through the cracks simply because they cannot afford insurance. We must review basic options for Medicaid and work with states to ensure that those who want healthcare coverage can have it.

Again, I agree.  With the current, unconstitutionally stretched far beyond what the Framers wanted tax system, that would be a tremendous help in moving towards affordability.  What I don’t agree with is the “…review…” of Medicaid.  The only thing that program should be seeing is immediate termination.

cancelled

Like it, or not, it’s an unconstitutional program, and if it should be continued, it should be continued by the States and the People, not the federal government, which overtaxes the People so it can illegally use it to cover illegal aliens, and the like.

http://www.emergencymedicaid.net/emergency-medicaid-for-illegal-immigrants

It is a burden on the American Taxpayer, and every bit as unethical as it is unconstitutional and illegal.  Why do I say it’s illegal and unconstitutional?  Because the Constitution doesn’t give Congress the enumerated power to use my tax money to pay for other peoples’ health care (or mine):

No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.

ARTICLE I, SECTION 9, CLAUSE 7

That’s called the Appropriations Clause.  If Trump, or ‘his people’ had read the Constitution, they’d know that was in there, and that it was against the Constitution to withdraw funds for the purposes he’s proposing that he would.

Constitution-Void-where-prohibited-by-law

Allow individuals to use Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Contributions into HSAs should be tax-free and should be allowed to accumulate. These accounts would become part of the estate of the individual and could be passed on to heirs without fear of any death penalty. These plans should be particularly attractive to young people who are healthy and can afford high-deductible insurance plans. These funds can be used by any member of a family without penalty. The flexibility and security provided by HSAs will be of great benefit to all who participate.

Well, it isn’t about the federal government “…allow…”ing anything.  The federal government has no say in how we spend our money on our own health care.  However, I definitely agree it should be tax-exempt, partially because it’s not income.  It’s the personal, voluntary redistribution of your own money into an account you chose to put it in.  Taxable things are laid out in the Constitution, and HSAs are not covered under those things:

Article I, Section. 8. 

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

AMENDMENT XVI

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.

http://www.heritage.org/constitution/#!/articles/5

http://www.heritage.org/constitution/#!/amendments/16/essays/177/income-tax

A bad, un-American law, to be sure.  In any event, overall, I agree with that statement.  Let’s move to the next:

Require price transparency from all healthcare providers, especially doctors and healthcare organizations like clinics and hospitals. Individuals should be able to shop to find the best prices for procedures, exams or any other medical-related procedure.

Once again, Big Government Thump can’t stay in his lane.

trump change government

The fed does not have the enumerated power or responsibility for government-enforced price fixing.  At best, this is something to be worked out between the Private Sector and the State Legislatures.  Not the federal Executive, not the federal Judiciary, and certainly not the federal “Supreme” Court.  Really, I don’t think they should MANDATE that, but they should show the Private Sector providers that they’ll be more favorable to those that do, than those that don’t.  Maybe in the form of additional State-level tax breaks.  That, and like I said, the Invisible Hand would have a part in this.  Don’t list your prices, and everybody else does?  That means you might be hurting your own business, when perspective patients (clients/customers) take their business to those that do, and avoid those that don’t.  The only way the federal government should be in this is if they’re shopping for medical contractors (such as providers for their employees, Veterans, etc.).

Block-grant Medicaid to the states. Nearly every state already offers benefits beyond what is required in the current Medicaid structure. The state governments know their people best and can manage the administration of Medicaid far better without federal overhead. States will have the incentives to seek out and eliminate fraud, waste and abuse to preserve our precious resources.

nope

Trump wants the Big Government Gravy Train to keep rolling, and that can’t happen.  For all his claims of being a great businessman (which he isn’t, by any means: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2015/09/16/donald_trump_is_a_mediocre_businessman_365610.html).  He obviously doesn’t care that it’s not legal, and not economical.  Medicaid is a symptom of a gigantic problem; one that Trump either isn’t smart enough to see, or smart enough to care about.

http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2014/12/federal-spending-by-the-numbers-2014

And Trump’s buddy made it worse.

obama laughing at raising taxes

http://nypost.com/2013/12/07/the-medicaid-time-bomb/

Like I said:  this is something for the States and the People, not the federal government, and certainly not for someone like Trump.  Besides, basically every federal government program has been a disaster.

http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/08/tight-budget-congress-can-save-42-billion-by-eliminating-bad-government-programs

If the State governments know their people – and their needs – best, then the federal government has neither place, nor reason violating the Constitution (back to that Appropriations Clause) to place a terrible burden on the rest of the country.  However, this is Big Government at it’s worst, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Trump likes that kind of thing.

trump obama

Remove barriers to entry into free markets for drug providers that offer safe, reliable and cheaper products. Congress will need the courage to step away from the special interests and do what is right for America. Though the pharmaceutical industry is in the private sector, drug companies provide a public service. Allowing consumers access to imported, safe and dependable drugs from overseas will bring more options to consumers.

Yeah, I think I can agree with this.

Anyhow, it’s a mixed bag.  A mixed bag Trump didn’t write.

Trump has long supported socialized medicine

When it comes to health reform, Donald Trump has been all over the place. At the first presidential debate last August, he declared that socialized medicine “works incredibly well in Scotland.”

On 60 Minutes in September, he came out for a universal healthcare entitlement, promising that “I am going to take care of everybody” and that “the government’s gonna pay for it.”

Trump’s a fan of universal coverage, but it should be noted that he has consistently called Obamacare a “disaster,” sometimes citing the work of this blog in his criticisms.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2016/03/03/the-most-important-thing-about-donald-trumps-health-reform-plan-is-that-donald-didnt-write-it/#7bc96f8230a3

Trump has long trumpeted his love of socialist policies, including government nationalization of the health care industry.

 

Now, while the Loudmouthed Wonder likes to compare himself to Reagan (http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-compares-himself-to-reagan/article/2580345), which he definitely is NOT…

http://www.wsj.com/articles/records-show-scant-reagan-trump-ties-1442359829

http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2015/10/25/when-donald-trump-hated-ronald-reagan/

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsmax-Tv/michael-reagan-donald-trump-political-conversion/2016/01/29/id/711936/

…ignoring everything else about him that is absolutely childish and unpresidential, his stance on government controlled, Soviet-like health care definitely makes him anything other than Reaganesque.

 

All-in-all, no, I don’t support Trump, or his ideas.  In fact, I agree with Ben Shapiro (a Conservative that Trump wouldn’t like).

 

 

I had my own ideas on health care:

https://virusx.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/american-health-care-revitalization-act/

Now, I don’t even think that goes far enough, but that’s for another discussion.

I am VIRUS-X, REPUBLIC COMMANDO, and I approve this message.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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~ by virusx on March 5, 2016.

2 Responses to “Trump and His Magical Health Care Plan”

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  2. […] Trump is demonstrably stupid, and his trumpanzees are even dumber.  If the government is providing universal health care, then the plans are not private.  I’ve touched on his stupid health care plan and magical thinking, earlier:  https://virusx.wordpress.com/2016/03/05/trump-and-his-magical-health-care-plan/ […]

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