Beginning to sound like Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump is painting a pretty picture, full of color – very colorful – everyone is satisfied and everyone is going to have health insurance. He’s pointing fingers and people are jumping up and down with delight, as Trump stands on stage before his audience and yells to his thankful recipients, something like “you get insurance, and you get insurance – everybody gets insurance.” And we know, without question, it will be the “best” insurance.
While Trump’s Party expresses anxiety over what they will replace Obamacare with, Trump seems to have it figured out. He’s hit the ground running and all he’s waiting for, he says, is for Congress to confirm his choice, Tom Price, for Health and Human Services.
“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 said.
No, he hasn’t quite “put it in” yet – and that could be taken many ways – but he touts “we’re going to have insurance for everybody.” Further, his healthcare plan “will be in a much simplified form. Much less expensive and much better.” Yes, kind of like his language skills.
Meanwhile, the GOP move forward with their plan to gut the Affordable Care Act, a plan set in motion last week though budget reconciliation where they can dismantle aspects of the ACA that involve federal spending. Republicans admit they have no strategy to replace those parts taken away, or the other parts of the ACA that will be affected by the parts they take away, but they are on course to follow their plan anyway.
So, in steps Mr. Trump with his plan, the aspects of which are still unknown, but as he said himself, everyone will be “beautifully covered.” That’s all we needed to hear. Those golden words spoken from our golden-haired leader with the unfettered Twitter access.
This, by the same man who promises a great wall along our border with Mexico, a wall that Mexico is going to pay for. The fly in the ointment here is the fact that Congress holds the purse strings. Trump can promise us anything, and it makes his swamp-clearing base happy, but if Congress doesn’t agree Trump is dead in the water. The president cannot pass legislation. What he can do, however, is veto the legislation Congress passes.
So, it would seem a showdown is sure to come. The honeymoon between Congress and Donald Trump will be short lived, as Trump plans don’t seem to exactly align themselves with that of Congress. Confusion is setting in, weariness is gaining ground and our anxiety levels are high, but don’t worry because he’s says we’re covered.