Watch Trump say he wants to take health care from millions so Henry Kissinger can get it cheap
Donald Trump Says He Wants To Keep Health Care Premiums Down For Millionaires Like Henry Kissinger
Despite the numerous failures by Republicans to pass their very unpopular health care plans this year, the party is not done trying to dismantle Obamacare. The latest path announced to try and attack the health care reform came by way of Republican Donald Trump announcing he would be taking unilateral action with a Tweet this morning.
Trump posted a message admonishing Congress for failing to pass any of the bills that would have taken health coverage away from millions. He then stated he would be taking his own action soon.
Since Congress can’t get its act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare to many people – FAST
Since Congress can't get its act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare to many people – FAST
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017
Later, Donald Trump met with Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office, a man many consider to be a war criminal for his actions during the Richard Nixon administration. During their time in front of the press, Trump began talking about his upcoming changes to health care. He stated he would be signing something this week that would give people “great, competitive health care” that would “cost the United States nothing”.
He then nodded toward his 94-year old guest and stated:
Henry Kissinger does not want to pay 116 percent increase in his premiums.
The exchange begins at the 4:20 mark in the video posted by CSPAN here:
President Trump and Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office. pic.twitter.com/u4XCK9o1wm
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 10, 2017
While the details of his plan aren’t entirely clear, Donald Trump mentions the purchasing of health coverage across state lines. POLITICO reported on some of the assumed details of the measure.
But the order is largely expected to target an expansion of association health plans — or insurance sponsored by trade associations, community groups and other organizations. Those plans can be sold across state lines and would be exempt from Obamacare’s essential benefit requirements…
Indeed, association health plans would likely give young, healthier enrollees a low-cost option compared with Obamacare plans that are more tightly regulated. But state regulators and insurers have warned that they also risk upsetting the Obamacare market’s delicate balance by driving the cheapest enrollees into association health plans — and sticking Obamacare insurers with an increasingly sicker and more expensive customer base.
In other words, this appears to be a way to undercut Obamacare without actually repealing and replacing it through Congress.
But if it means incredibly wealthy friends of Donald Trump like Henry Kissinger get to save some money, you can bet this administration will pursue it. One needs only to look at their proposal for tax reform to know that.
Featured image via Win McNamee/Getty Images.
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