President Donald Trump on Saturday promised a strong new health care plan for America at some point in the future, just over a day after his Justice Department called on the Supreme Court to kill the Affordable Care Act.
Trump has long promised a replacement for the ACA, but has yet to come up with one. He promised when he first took office to “repeal and replace” it within 100 days of stepping into the White House.
The timing of threatening to repeal the bill — which would leave 23 million people without health insurance — couldn’t be worse. The U.S. on Saturday set a record for the number of new coronavirus cases recorded in a single day, reaching more than 42,000 Saturday. The American death toll from the disease has hit 126,000.
Now that the very expensive, unpopular and unfair Individual Mandate provision has been terminated by us, many States & the U.S. are asking the Supreme Court that Obamacare itself be terminated so that it can be replaced with a FAR BETTER AND MUCH LESS EXPENSIVE ALTERNATIVE.....
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2020
Trump also vowed in a tweet to “ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS!!!!” protect people with preexisting conditions — which would be tough if they’re no longer insured.
Twitter critics imagined what Trump’s health care plan might look like — at some point in the future. It wasn’t pretty.
You had 4 years to set up the “beautiful” healthcare system you promised during your 2016 campaign speeches. But no such heathcare has materialised - or even been proposed.
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) June 27, 2020
OK, I'll bite. What is the "far better and much less expensive alternative"? I'll wait...🙄
— David Gorski, MD, PhD (@gorskon) June 27, 2020
Is it death ? I’ll take death for $100
— I am Immune (@DamanLangguth) June 28, 2020
28 million Americans depend on the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, for their health insurance. Not only that, but millions of Americans depend on the preventive services that Obamacare mandates without cost sharing, deductibles, or copayments. Trump is evil.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) June 27, 2020
That’s cool. What’s your health care plan again?
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) June 27, 2020
I was happy to have Obamacare before I went on Medicare. My insurance through the ACA was honestly the best insurance I had.
— Glenda Pollock (@glenda_pollock) June 28, 2020
It's ACA, not Obamacare, and without it, I would not have health insurance. I am so grateful I have it.
— Hairball is in the room where it happened 🆘🌊 (@orangepeel18) June 28, 2020
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