Donald Trump assured worried Americans dependent on the Affordable Care Act that he has a plan to help them. That plan? “Who knows!”
In another predictable tweet storm on Saturday, Trump gave vague details about his
continuously failed plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as “Obamacare.”
Trump said he called Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to discuss a new health care bill.
“I called Chuck Schumer yesterday to see if the Dems want to do a great HealthCare Bill,” Trump tweeted. “ObamaCare is badly broken, big premiums. Who knows!”
Part of those “big premiums” has been Trump’s obvious efforts to sabotage states currently dependent on the ACA. Trump has tried to cut funding from the Obama-era legislation, while also attempting to
undercut state efforts to control premiums.
“The president wanted to make another run at repeal and replace and I told the president that’s off the table,” Schumer
said in a Saturday statement. “If he wants to work together to improve the existing health care system, we Democrats are open to his suggestions. A good place to start might be the Alexander-Murray negotiations that would stabilize the system and lower costs.”
Schumer was referring to a bipartisan health care proposal by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).
Trump’s tweet on health care was sandwiched in between tweets complaining that he’s not getting enough positive coverage on late night television shows and that NBC won’t cover him fairly but that “PEOPLE get it.”
At least the American people know where the president’s true priorities lie.
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Former President Theodore Roosevelt champions national health insurance as he unsuccessfully tries to ride his progressive Bull Moose Party back to the White House.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt favors creating national health insurance amid the Great Depression but decides to push for Social Security first.
Roosevelt establishes wage and price controls during World War II. Businesses can't attract workers with higher pay so they compete through added benefits, including health insurance, which grows into a workplace perk.
President Harry Truman calls on Congress to create a national insurance program for those who pay voluntary fees. The American Medical Association denounces the idea as "socialized medicine" and it goes nowhere.
John F. Kennedy makes health care a major campaign issue but as president can't get a plan for the elderly through Congress.
President Lyndon B. Johnson's legendary arm-twisting and a Congress dominated by his fellow Democrats lead to creation of two landmark government health programs: Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for the poor.
President Richard Nixon wants to require employers to cover their workers and create federal subsidies to help everyone else buy private insurance. The Watergate scandal intervenes.
President Jimmy Carter pushes a mandatory national health plan, but economic recession helps push it aside.
President Ronald Reagan signs COBRA, a requirement that employers let former workers stay on the company health plan for 18 months after leaving a job, with workers bearing the cost.
Congress expands Medicare by adding a prescription drug benefit and catastrophic care coverage. It doesn't last long. Barraged by protests from older Americans upset about paying a tax to finance the additional coverage, Congress repeals the law the next year.
President Bill Clinton puts first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in charge of developing what becomes a 1,300-page plan for universal coverage. It requires businesses to cover their workers and mandates that everyone have health insurance. The plan meets Republican opposition, divides Democrats and comes under a firestorm of lobbying from businesses and the health care industry. It dies in the Senate.
Clinton signs bipartisan legislation creating a state-federal program to provide coverage for millions of children in families of modest means whose incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid.
President George W. Bush persuades Congress to add prescription drug coverage to Medicare in a major expansion of the program for older people.
Hillary Clinton promotes a sweeping health care plan in her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. She loses to Barack Obama, who has a less comprehensive plan.
President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress spend an intense year ironing out legislation to require most companies to cover their workers; mandate that everyone have coverage or pay a fine; require insurance companies to accept all comers, regardless of any pre-existing conditions; and assist people who can't afford insurance.
With no Republican support, Congress passes the measure, designed to extend health care coverage to more than 30 million uninsured people. Republican opponents scorned the law as "Obamacare."
On a campaign tour in the Midwest, Obama himself embraces the term "Obamacare" and says the law shows "I do care."
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