The President has repeatedly voiced his frustration with Congress’ inability to repeal Obamacare, let alone get a new healthcare bill passed. Republican Senators John McCain, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski have been the faces of the block of a straight repeal of Obamacare, but it was seven Republican Senators in total that voted against the straight repeal.
McCain, in particular, has drawn the ire of the Republican party and the President, as he spouted the same lie – that he would vote to repeal and replace Obamacare – for eight years, yet when the time came for him to issue his crucial vote, he sided with keeping the bill in place. He is not the only Senator who has been labeled a turncoat and a RINO (Republican in Name Only) as a result of these opposing votes, but he is the most prominent. And, McCain’s irrational disloyalty has served as reassurance for those who voted for Trump under the strong suspicion that it was the entirety of Washington, D.C. – including many in the Republican Party – who cared little to better the lives of the American people, despite their promises to do so.
So, after numerous failed attempts which allowed Congress to pass a repeal of Obamacare, President Trump has taken matters into his own hands. Or, at least, he’s gotten the ball rolling in the right direction, a first-step that would allow for a potential Congressionally-passed, comprehensive healthcare bill to come to fruition once the RINOs are voted out of office.
And, he began by cutting off government payments to insurers. Which is likely to seem perplexing to most who do not completely understand the inner-workings of the Obamacare system of health administration. Remember all the vilification that the former President aimed directly at insurance companies, who he said took advantage of the poor, helpless American populace?
Like most things the Democrats say, their actions stand in stark opposition to their words. This is the case with Obama’s professed malignancy for the insurance industry. He even used a New York Times op-ed to say, among other disdainful things, this:
"Almost everyone knows that we must start holding insurance companies accountable and give Americans a greater sense of stability and security when it comes to their health care," he wrote.
He cited the number of uninsured Americans, insinuating that he had a plan to cure such ‘discrimination,' a plan that would eventually be implemented and aptly labeled Obamacare. The idea that Obamacare would punish or reform insurance companies could not be further from the truth, which explains why we heard such little backlash from insurers as the President was throwing them under the wheels of the progressive bus.
In fact, Obama’s system of health care subsidized insurance companies in exchange for their pushing Obamacare packages on their customers. Not only were the policies being sold under Obamacare overly expensive and excessive in the services they provided – without choice for cheaper, leaner alternatives – the subsidies were estimated to cost the taxpayers $7 billion this year alone.
To further explain how these payments work, MSN News writes:
‘so-called “cost sharing reduction” payments, also called CSR subsidies, which are direct payments to insurance companies that were designed to hide the true cost of Obamacare by shifting cost to taxpayers while bribing insurance giants to participate in the law’s exchanges.’
This big lie was rectified by President Trump’s signing of an executive order last week and represents one of two major accomplishments that will help free Americans from the shackles of Obamacare, which has been a failure from its outset.
Remember that Healthcare.gov launch? Or, more accurately, its failure to launch? If not, the International Business Times outlines the incessant crashing of the website – paid for by $600 million in taxpayer funds – that was mismanaged from the get-go due to poor choice of the private contractors hired by the Obama administration. The website not only frequently crashed when users tried to sign up for insurance, but a since-removed (the internet is not as free as you may think) article from Forbes asked this very valid rhetorical question of the site:
What information could be more sensitive than your medical history, not to mention your Social Security number and all other information required to sign up with a Healthcare provider? So yes, Healthcare.gov is an identity thief’s dream.
The oft-repeated, bold-faced lies that were told by the President in order to persuade the public to believe in the many Obamacare myths (“if you like your doctor, you can keep him” is the most notorious one) are well-documented. But it is not the lies told to pass the bill, the inability of the website to function at the most basic level, the insecurity of the data procured under the guise of the act, or even his lie that the insurance companies would finally be reformed that make Obamacare so unpopular (to the tune of 60%, and that was only in 2014). It is the complete and utter failure of the system itself that made its repeal and replacement such a popular, and urgent, message for those who voted for Trump.
Even the Democrat-aligned New York Times admitted in 2016 that Obamacare would need fundamental changes in order to survive.
This massively unpopular, costly, and shady system of ‘healthcare,' if you can even call it that, is facing the beginning of its end. As mentioned, Trump’s executive order not only cut off the payments to insurance companies that were a clear conflict of interest to consumers looking for a plan that truly fits them, instead of the plan that the President decided fits them (he doesn’t even know ‘them,' for Christ’s sake).
The order also affords more options to those seeking to buy insurance, a move that Voice of America News notes will be of particular benefit to small businesses, who were affected negatively by having to pay for overly costly health plans for their employees. Obamacare-related costs limited the number of employees they could afford to hire. In other words, Obamacare hurt both the workforce and the employers by limiting the potential for hiring through overly-expensive healthcare mandates.
Verbatim, VOA wrote, ‘The White House says it is likely to encourage creation of an array of cheap insurance plans that do not have to comply with existing consumer protection and benefit rules mandating that certain types of medical care, including mental health treatment and delivery of babies, be included in insurance policies sold in the U.S.’
Rand Paul, a Senator known for his ‘give me freedom or give me death’ approach to his politics, praised the decision, calling it "the biggest free market reform of health care in a generation."
If you can make Rand Paul happy, you know you are making the free market happy.
This increased freedom of choice – another Obamacare lie – represents a renewed sense of hope for the American youth, which Obamacare’s ass-backward payment structure relied upon to subsidize the older, more health issue-prone population.
‘The new policies could attract younger people and healthier people to buy individual insurance policies that, with more benefits, have proved too costly under Obamacare,’ according to VOA.
Critics will decry the move as a violation of executive powers (isn’t that ironic in light of the Executive Order spike – many of which went intentionally unheard of – during the past eight years). But these critics would be wrong. Obamacare is still in place, if you’re into masochism.
But, the executive order is the first step toward repeal that Congress, in great part due to Republicans, could not get passed. And it widens the health insurance market, offering cheaper plans with more benefits tailored to the younger, healthier generation, and those that simply don’t feel the need to buy the entire grocery store, only the groceries they need, when they go shopping. Metaphorically, of course.
And, it shows that the President is serious about restoring a system of healthcare that caters to all Americans, who vary greatly. One size rarely fits all, and that reality is inherent within Trump’s healthcare executive order.