Trump Promises Something We Already Have — Healthcare for Everyone


Donald Trump will put forth a replacement plan for Obamacare that will give healthcare to everyone. At least that is what he suggested Sunday. Donald Trump told Scott Pelley this past weekend that he wants everyone to have healthcare.

Donald Trump Promises Healthcare for All

It’s something he has said in the past on numerous occasions.

“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.” People covered under the law “can expect to have great health care. It will be in a much simplified form. Much less expensive and much better.”

In The Washington Post interview with Donald Trump, this past Sunday, Donald Trump again promises healthcare for everyone.

Scott Pelley: Universal health care?

Donald Trump: I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.

Scott Pelley: The uninsured person is going to be taken care of how?

Donald Trump: They’re going to be taken care of. I would make a deal with existing hospitals to take care of people. And, you know what, if this is probably–

Scott Pelley: Make a deal? Who pays for it?

Donald Trump: –the government’s gonna pay for it.

Donald Trump loves Universal healthcare or some form of it. He was a Democrat and his family are Democrats. This is concerning, but jumping to conclusions is a bad idea.

He appointed Tom Price to run HHS. There is no one more opposed to Single Payer than Rep. Price. Trump might simply mean the healthcare will be affordable for everyone with Medicaid as a backup.

With Donald Trump, it’s important to not listen to what he says so much as watch what he does. He’s the opposite of Barack Obama in that respect.

Trump is a right-leaning nationalist and he will not follow a conservative platform. Get used to it, the alternative was Marxism.

We Already Have Healthcare for All

The reality is everyone gets healthcare now and have been getting it for a long time. It’s not necessarily the best care or even good care.

Government clinics and ERs are set up to give healthcare to anyone who comes through the door.

Medicaid is free healthcare and is available to low-income, moderate-income and those who work off the books. Thanks to expansions under Barack Obama, it has been redefined to include people who can and probably should pay something for healthcare.

Obama used his healthcare plan as a temporary stopover to Single Payer, but it had another purpose. It solidified the idea already in the public’s mind that everyone is entitled to healthcare. Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, free healthcare and birth control.

It’s absurd and unsustainable but people don’t necessarily know that.

The concept of entitlement has permeated the public consciousness, banishing the idea of self-reliance to Elba. Can we change it back? Can we change it back under Trump? It’s hard to say now, but the fact is we definitely couldn’t do it under Hillary Clinton.

George W. Bush wanted to implement health care in 2007. It would have reduced the number of uninsured Americans by 65 percent without a mandate. It was killed by the Democrats mostly, and, ironically, it was a better plan than Obamacare.

The country already wants everyone to get healthcare and the only way to do that is to involve the government to some degree.

As reality would have it, the GOP can’t take away insurance from all those subsidized Obamacare and Medicaid recipients. It’s too late. That damage is done. What the GOP can do is grandfather them in. They can possibly stop the bleeding and hope their ideas on healthcare savings, increased competition and medical malpractice reform will take over some of the unsustainable costs.

No one’s plan has or will take care of the exorbitant expenses in our ERs because of the free healthcare the US signed on to years ago, long before Trump. It began in 1986.

Public and private hospitals alike are prohibited by law from denying a patient care in an emergency. The Emergency Medical and Treatment Labor Act (EMTLA) passed by Congress in 1986 explicitly forbids the denial of care to indigent or uninsured patients based on a lack of ability to pay.

That had side effects.

The influx of illegal immigrants going to ERs has raised the costs immeasurably. No one’s plan has addressed that. Pregnant illegal immigrant women, sick aliens flood the ERs. It’s not only aliens, it’s people who don’t want to pay for healthcare and take advantage.

It’s a quandary. There will be a proverbial hanging unless it is resolved. Maybe Trump can do it. Wait and see.

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