Donald Trump will repeal Obamacare and replace it with the classiest, most terrific health insurance plan ever

Donald “Can’t Rape Your Spouse” Trump has built an entire campaign on taking core planks on the Republican platform and making them classier. And by classier, of course, I mean more explicit, more ironic and with the bigotry more clearly articulated.

Mass deportation of undocumented immigrants? Sure, but let’s not forget that Mexicans are, in general, rapists. And murderers.

Traditional one man/one woman marriage? Sure, but let’s not forget that I’ve been married three times and see nothing ironic about this, at all.

President Obama isn’t doing enough to fight the Islamic State? Sure, and let’s not forget that I have a secret plan to fight them. It’s massive. It’s brilliant. And I won’t tell you what it is until after I’m elected.

So it should have come as no surprise that Donald Trump’s health care agenda is pretty much the same as the rest of the Republican field’s, but with a little more flair:

Something terrific. Great. How had no one thought of that before?

Of course, where Trump may break with his Republican opponents is that, for him, “something terrific” may actually be more progressive than the health insurance law he says he wants to repeal and replace. As PolitiFact pointed out last week:

The billionaire’s 2000 book The America We Deserve makes a strong pitch for universal health care.

“I’m a conservative on most issues but a liberal on this one,” Trump wrote. “We should not hear so many stories of families ruined by health care expenses. We must not allow citizens with medical problems to go untreated because of financial problems or red tape.”

When he turned to how the country might achieve universal coverage, Trump focused like a laser beam on a Canadian-style, single-payer plan. He said it would eliminate many billions of dollars of overhead.

“The Canadian plan also helps Canadians live longer and healthier than America,” he wrote. “We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan, as many individual states are doing.”

It remains to be seen if the rest of the Republican candidates are able to break through the ahistorical bubble Trump has created and call him out for the Marxist, Stalinist, fascist that they’re supposed to think he is now. But I rather doubt it.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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23 Responses to “Donald Trump will repeal Obamacare and replace it with the classiest, most terrific health insurance plan ever”

  1. Badgerite says:

    The “supply side” is made cheaper by the provision in the Affordable Care Act that limits insurance premiums to 20 % profit and 80% provision of actual healthcare. To the extent that the premium goes over that ratio in terms of profit, the insurance companies are required to rebate that amount to the consumer.

  2. Pickel Juavez says:

    Affordable healthcare can only be achieved by making the supply side cheaper. You cannot just charge it off to someone like Democrats suggest. Nobody is that wealthy, look at Europe/Canada and the failures of their systems.

  3. Pickel Juavez says:

    “take it away” is an improvement. Repealing and replacing Obamacare makes as much sense as a doctor removing a cancerous tumor then replacing it with a less-cancerous one. This sad chapter in America’s book of unmentionable flings needs to go and take Obamacare with it.

  4. Pickel Juavez says:

    “It’s brilliant. And I won’t tell you what it is until after I’m elected.” Uhhhh, you think the author regrets writing this after remember Pelosi’s “we have to pass [Obamacare] to know what’s in it?”
    While I am not a Trump supporter this author clearly has personal issues. In fairness, lack of memory could be the issue more than some leftist anger.

  5. Butch1 says:

    I’m glad the fine was that large, though if if were any regular person they would have gotten jail time as well. This is the difference between being rich and well connected and regular and committing the same type of crimes. The ratio of how much you will be paying the government to your net worth will be similar when you boil it down in addition to the long sentencing, plus if the government can get you to pull “state-witness” for them they will use it as a leverage tool to reduce your sentence or at least keep you on the hook for many more years.

    Being rich has its advantages and its connections. It didn’t stop Scott from entering politics and becoming a governor.

  6. Ron Greiner says:

    I just think saying the LARGEST MEDICARE FRAUD FINE of all time sounds better.

    I am disappointed with politicians of both parties. Rand Paul wants term limits and that is a very good idea. Send them packing!

  7. Butch1 says:

    According to personal financial disclosure forms, as of November
    14, 2014, the Kentucky senator, Rand Paul had between $1,001 and $15,000 invested in ProFunds’ Rising Rates Opportunity Fund Investor Class, or RRPIX for short.

    According to the fund’s website, RRPIX allows investors to “seek potential
    profits from Treasury price declines when interest rates increase.”

    In other words, if the value of Treasury bonds were to drastically decrease, owners of RRPIX could reap significant profits. This maneuver of essentially betting against the US economy is known as “shorting T-bills.”

    Isn’t this interesting . . . ;-)

  8. Butch1 says:

    Why would you assume that because he committed fraud to our government? I think he and his family should have spent time behind bars and they would have had they been less rich.

  9. Ron Greiner says:

    Butch1, you should say that Gov Scott was CEO that paid the largest Medicare FRAUD fine of all time. Plus, Blue Cross was a cash cow for Scott. Blue Cross, a government contractor, spent more on politics than anybody else in Florida. So, you are in favor of giving Blue Cross more government contracts with $51 billion in Medicaid expansion. Maybe you were born last night. Blue Cross buys the politicians of both parties. Blue Cross CEO says that if we give him $51 billion he will give us VALUE.

  10. Butch1 says:

    Interesting you should mention Florida; the governor and his brother and father used to own HCA (I think was the name of the hospital system) and they bilked Medicare out of millions in false payments. Of course, none of them went to jail for it. We have a two-tiered justice system in this country. One for the rich and power and well placed and the other for the rest of us. You can guess which one the father, and the governor and his brother were tried in. They got off with a fine and what I call a pat on the hand. No jail time and here we are with this person in a high position of power. He is a scoundrel and now a “trusted” governor making decisions over the state? What kind of scruples do the republicans have, I ask you?

    Why are we supposed to continue trusting you to handle “business” dealings especially when it comes to insurance and medical insurance? Rand Paul will be no better at this; he is after the bottom line like most republicans and his the patient’s interests last.

    All I have heard come from the present candidates from the republicans are get rid of Social Security; get rid of Medicare; or put Social Security into a voucher program on the “Stock Market” of all things. Once that happens the “Insider Traders” would burst that bubble and crash the market, we would lose our social security, and our government would issue the most sincere apology to us stating that they had no idea that was going to happen. (heh heh) Whilst the Wall Street bankers pat them on the backs for a job well done.

    No, thank you. “I was born at night; but not last night.” ;-)

  11. Ron Greiner says:

    Butch1, you sound like Florida Blue Cross CEO who makes $6.7 million a year. He wants $51 billion more for Medicaid because he gets the money. Yup, it’s all over the news that Blue Cross stock is going to the moon because they are making money hand over fist on Medicaid. Medicaid is all about giving Blue Cross more money so they can buy off the politicians of both political parties. Dr. Rand Paul also wants term limits so these politicians would be out of a job.

  12. Ron Greiner says:

    nicho, you probably know that the maximum Out-Of-Pocket on HSA qualifying health insurance is $6,600 in 2015 and then the health insurance must pay 100% of the $153,161.25 bill, it’s Federal law. So, the only question is: do you want to pay your deductible with tax free dollars with an HSA or do you want to pay taxes on your deductible too? Also, every single parent mother is paying payroll tax on every dollar earned. There is no payroll, state or Federal income tax on employer-HSA deposits. I hope all Democrats are not as confused as you nicho. PLUS, PLUS the tax credits are just like Obamacare tax credits – refundable tax credits – meaning you get them even if you pay no taxes. So nicho, do you have any other uninformed opinions?

  13. nicho says:

    Tax credits? Wow, health care for the wealthy. For those who don’t make enough to pay taxes? Diddly. Also, $14,000 in an HSA — and that will put a real dent in the hospital bill for $153,000 for a three day stay. You’re going to need a lot of tax credits to pay that one off.

    Typical Paul nonsense. Makes sense for about five minutes — just long enough to suck in the gullible — and then goes off the rails.

  14. coolbob says:

    Which means nothing all the republicons want to do is take it away….

  15. Butch1 says:

    Perhaps if we would change the laws on off-shore accounts for “corporations” of big businesses or their private owners who have NOT been paying their fair share of the taxes, we could bring down the debt instead of looking into our social programs all the time for the solution to our problems. ;-)

  16. Badgerite says:

    I doesn’t matter what the Donald says because it would not be something doable by executive fiat anyway. This is a matter of the Republican party actually wanting the average citizen to have affordable health care and the simple fact is that they have shown, time and again, that they do not.
    I suspect the Donald is toying with us. Terrific and classy is as terrific and classy does. To get something like that legislated, there would have to be an overwhelmingly Democratic Congress elected and even then I suspect you would encounter serious obstacles. Most especially from the insurance industry.

  17. Ron Greiner says:

    Butch1, that’s not true. Republicans have a plan for healthcare REFORM. Dr. Rand Paul has a solution to the Medicaid problem. Dr. Rand Paul wants to de-link the tax-free HSA from health insurance and de-link health insurance from employment. Republican healthcare reform is age-based tax credits, always has been since I wrote the tax-free HSA in October of 1996. Lifting the heavy burden of health insurance off the backs of American employers will make this country prosper like never before. PLUS, lifting this heavy burden of health insurance off the backs of city, county and state governments and local taxes will drop like a rock. PLUS, PLUS, the age-based tax credit also solves the Medicaid problem.

    Have you figured out how Hillary can defend Obamacare’s 2016 deductibles of $6,850 per person yet? Then right before the Presidential Election the 2017 Obamacare deductibles will hit of $7,000 per person because these deductibles are tied to the CPI. The voters are going to be SO upset with Hillary and the Democratic Party that women might lose the right to vote. When President Paul says, “FREEDOM finds a way”, that’s code for blowing up the tax code.

    Dr. Rand Paul wants to raise the amount that may be deposited into the tax-free HSA each year to $7,000 for an individual and $14,000 for a family. Dr. Rand Paul says, “Lets turn high premiums and taxes into wealth for American workers.” Of course the max that may be deposited into the tax-free HSA goes up each year because it is tied to the CPI. We now know, money that is never taxed will last longer in retirement.

  18. iamlegion says:

    If past performance – or general character – is any indicator, Trump’s eventual plan wouldn’t so much _eliminate_ billions in overhead; it would instead _divert_ those billions into his pocket. And then the US would declare bankruptcy.

  19. Winfield Jones says:

    The Donald is just having fun… The trouble will start if and when he (the dog) actually wins (catches) the nomination/presidency (the car).. whoa boy! Look out if that happens! He might just turn out to be a flaming leftie! There is simply no telling what he will do or say. His rule book is his own, he will owe no one anything, and he will do or say as he pleases..

  20. Chill Doctor says:

    The commenters below have all said it cannot be done. If you say you cannot do something then you will never succeed. Obviously Trump went to a different school than the afore mentioned.

  21. lynchie says:

    Just wait it will be good, you will love it, it will be the best, cover everything. Details are for losers. Trust me. first we got to get rid of all the illegals, then build the wall, straighten out the middle east and the weekend i will figure out what kind of insurance you get but it will be a crackerjack

  22. Butch1 says:

    Like what, Donald? All we have heard from republicans is lip service, but no one and I mean no one has come up with a plan to this date. Not one plan. So, until I actually see a real plan in writing, it’s all lies and hot air and lies like the normal noise that comes out of the mouths from the right.

  23. Indigo says:

    I bet he can shoot lighting from his finger tips and that’s how he’s going to drive the Islamic State back into the desert. Oh, yes!

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