Insurance for Everybody

trumpWhat exactly did he mean? More importantly, how does President-elect Donald Trump plan to get it done? Mr. Trump recently told the Washington Post that he has an Obamacare replacement plan that will provide “insurance for everybody.” That vow is receiving a lot of attention.

From the New York Times:

Mr. Trump….said that health care offered under his plan would come “in a much simplified form — much less expensive and much better.”

“We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Mr. 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.”

In the interview, Mr. Trump provided no details about how his plan would work or what it would cost. He spoke in the same generalities that he used to describe his health care goals during the campaign — that it would be “great health care” that left people “beautifully covered.”

According to CNN.com, “Three senior GOP Hill sources working on health care legislation told CNN Tuesday that they don’t know what Trump meant by the remark about insurance for “everyone”, and they say they are frustrated that Trump is emphasizing the wrong thing. They want to be talking about lowering costs, not expanding coverage — which is what Democrats focus on. And they say the Hill is in the dark on any bill that Trump may be working on, as they plan their own strategy to replace the law pieces at a time.”

In addition, President-elect Trump also said he will fight pharmaceutical companies over drug prices.  He was quoted as saying of big drug companies, “They’re politically protected. But not anymore.”

On that issue, Forbes Magazine wrote that Mr. Trump is vowing to force drug companies to negotiate directly with the government on prices in Medicare and Medicaid.

Trump also has repeatedly said he wants Medicare to bargain for lower drug prices: “The other thing we have to do is create new bidding procedures for the drug industry, because they’re getting away with murder,” Trump said. 

Does this mean that the GOP’s long-sought objective to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act and privatize Medicare will include some mechanism for the government to use its single-payer power to get the lowest-possible drug prices?

At this point, there are few details as to how Mr. Trump will make these things happen. The president-elect did say, “the plan was nearly finished and he was ready to unveil it alongside the leaders of the Republican-controlled Congress. The Republican president-elect takes office on Friday.”

“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 told the Post.

We’d love to hear what you think about the president-elect’s comments and how you see these issues playing out over the next few months. Generating meaningful conversations around the health stories making headlines is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

 

 

 

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