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A Seat at the Table

Vice President Mike Pence, center, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, second from right, meet in the Eisenhower Executive Office with representatives of conservative political groups, including Galen Institute President Grace-Marie Turner, left, Bob Carlstrom, second from left, of the Association of Mature American Citizens and American Conservative Union Chairman Matthew Schlapp, right, to discuss their plans for repealing and replacing ObamaCare Building in Washington. PHOTO: JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS

On Friday, Mach 10th, 2017, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Tom Price, M.D., met with prominent leaders of the conservative movement in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to discuss the GOP health care bill, the American Health Care Act, introduced early in the week.  This “listening session,” was meant to give conservative groups the opportunity to voice their concerns, support, and ideas for the Administration’s efforts to fully repeal and replace Obamacare.  Each group was able to voice their constituents’ concerns and ask questions about the “process” to fully repeal and replace.

Among those in attendance was Bob Carlstrom, who advised that AMAC supports this bill as a first step on the road to complete repeal.

“Obamacare has had seven, long years to expand Medicaid, kick people off their private insurance plans, and raise premiums and deductibles by astronomical amounts,” Carlstrom said. “Repealing and replacing Obamacare will be a multi-step process.”

Vice President Pence and Secretary Price reiterated to all groups in attendance—the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is a starting point for larger reforms to make health care more accessible, higher quality, and more affordable for all Americans.  Extending an olive branch to groups in attendance who are less-than-enthusiastic about the current GOP plan, Vice President Pence and Secretary Price reiterated that their doors are always open to new ideas and perspectives that will improve the bill while keeping it within the restrictive requirements of the Reconciliation process.

During the meeting, the Vice President and HHS Secretary laid out a three-part roadmap for Americans to expect from the Administration.  The first step is the passage and implementation of the American Health Care Act.  Essentially, the AHCA eliminates the mandates and burdens of Obamacare, lets insurance companies compete again, and empowers patients get used to the fact that they will be making their health care choices again—not the government. The second and third steps, as Secretary Price explained, are to use his administrative and regulatory authorities to continue to shift burdens away from health care consumers while Congress enacts real changes like expanding Health Savings Account use, returning Medicaid spending power back to the states, and selling insurance across state lines.  This three-fold plan is meant to use executive, departmental, and legislative power to restore patient-centered health care.

Following the nearly hour-long conversation, all in attendance were walked to the White House West Wing to meet with President Trump in the Oval Office.  After a brief exchange between the President and the conservative groups, Mr. Carlstrom and Mr. Trump were able to talk briefly about how supportive AMAC is of Mr. Trump’s presidency and how AMAC is fighting for the values of conservative seniors all over the country.  As Mr. Trump said to Mr. Carlstrom on the way out of the Oval, “Man, I’m glad I know you guys!”

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4 years ago

Heritage Action on AHCA

Obamacare’s creators designed this regulatory framework with the intent to take control of private health insurance plans and convert them into a highly regulated, quasi-public utility. As one of the law’s supporters explained back in 2010, Obamacare’s design “transforms health insurance into a public accommodation,” and turns private health insurance into “a regulated industry … that, in its restructured form, will therefore take on certain characteristics of a public utility.”

It strains credibility to characterize this bill as repealing Obamacare when the mechanisms for the federal government’s takeover of health care remain firmly in place. Taken together, these mandates and regulations restrict consumer choice and drive up the cost of health care premiums by a national average of 44.5 to 68%. As Heritage Foundation Senior Policy Analyst in Simulations Drew Gonshorowski writes: “Overall, accounting for gender, age, and the relative proportions of all those groups, Americans are paying 44.5-68% more in premiums owing just to Title I regulations. That number is even higher when factoring all the other adverse effects of Obamacare.

Obamacare’s Title I regulations bid up the price of premiums drastically for many Americans. While the current House bill begins to repeal Obamacare, it does not go far enough, as many of the most damaging regulations are left in place. Alleviating this pain should be strongly considered at every step of the process.” The AHCA would also subsidize that regulatory framework through new refundable tax credits aimed to help individuals buy their own health care plans – plans that will remain highly regulated and overly expensive.

There has already been political pressure to increase those credits, and that pressure will increase so long as premiums remain high. As Heritage Foundation Senior Research Fellow in Health Policy Studies Edmund F. Haislmaier describes: “The key problem with the draft House health care bill is that it fails to correct the features of Obamacare that drove up health insurance costs. Instead, it mainly tweaks Obamacare’s financing and subsidy structure. Basically, the bill focuses on protecting those who gained subsidized coverage through the law’s exchange subsidies and Medicaid expansion, while failing to correct Obamacare’s misguided insurance regulations that drove up premiums for Americans buying coverage without government subsidies.”

Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs, explains that the AHCA is “fundamentally different” from previous Republican health care proposals, including the bill introduced by now-Secretary Tom Price, “because it functions within the core insurance rules established by Obamacare, which means it can’t really achieve most of the key aims of the conservative reforms it is modeled on.”

Lawmakers cannot preserve Obamacare’s regulatory structure and claim to have repealed the law. Without including the repeal of these regulations in the AHCA, congressional Republicans will have failed to keep their 7-year old promise to fully repeal Obamacare and health insurance costs will likely continue to increase leading up to the 2018 elections.

House Republican Leadership claims the AHCA is only phase 1 of a 3-part plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. In phase 2, Human Health and Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price will take action to address the Obamacare insurance mandates and regulations. In phase 3, Republicans will pass any additional reforms they failed to achieve in phase 1 and 2. Unfortunately it isn’t that simple. All executive action in phase 2 is limited, temporary, and will likely face serious legal challenges. All legislative action in phase 3 will require 60 votes in the Senate, including 8 Democrat votes, a nearly insurmountable obstacle for Republicans to overcome.

Republicans in Congress have the legislative tool necessary – budget reconciliation – to fully repeal Obamacare’s regulations and avoid the political and policy complications contained within phase 2 and 3. Some Republicans have argued Congress cannot repeal Obamacare’s insurance mandates and regulations contained in Title I through budget reconciliation because it does not have a clear budgetary impact. This is somewhat surprising considering the AHCA includes some regulatory changes while leaving others out.

Regardless, this argument ignores the reality that Obamacare’s regulatory architecture imposes significant costs on taxpayers and is inseparable from the rest of the law. A January 2017 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report left little doubt that Obamacare’s regulatory regime has budget implications. As one former Senate staffer wrote: “To argue that their budgetary impact is merely incidental to the rest of the law is absurd on its face. Even the Obama administration made this very argument before the Supreme Court in King v. Burwell, arguing forcefully that the regulations are inseparable from the rest of the law. Predicated on that alone, Congress has a case that full repeal through budget reconciliation is viable.”

4 years ago

Yea Diana, ALL of the congress members must be under the same Health guidelines they approve for the rest of us… I also would like to see the encouragement for alternative medicine to be included in this new health care system. As an asthmatic, I find that a monthly treatment by my Chiropractor keeps me from the need of my inhaler… I use the inhaler when needed, but look forward to my next treatment and easier breathing. I don’t like having to use chemicals if my body can respond to physical care and take over it’s own activities. :)

4 years ago

I just joined AMAC. In fact I just got my membership card in the mail today. But I guarantee you if I had known you are Trump lovers I would not have joined. I will be calling tomorrow to cancel my membership and get my money back.
I never joined AARP because they were Obama lovers and they supported Obamacare. Now I find I should have researched your organization more too.
The American Health Care Act that the Republicans are trying to force through is as bad, or worse, than the ACA. And Trump is already proving to be worse than Obama was. When Nancy Pelosi told the members of The House that they had to pass the ACA so they could see what was in it I thought that was the stupidest thing I had ever heard. But at least the law was completely written when she said that and the members of The House could have read it before they voted for it if they had cared enough. Now the Republicans are doing something even worse. They are telling Congress to pass the first part without knowing what will be in parts two and three and asking them to trust that parts two and three will be written and will help the people of the United States.
But according to the CBO the new health care plan being shoved down our throats will raise premiums by 10-20%. And Trump is threatening the members of Congress who are opposing it.
Trump has a very long history of lying and cheating people and I do not trust him even a little bit. And the last time I checked America was a free country, not a banana republic with a dictator at the helm. But Trump is acting like a dictator.
I left the Republican Party because of Trump and now I am leaving AMAC for the same reason. I can’t believe there are so many willfully ignorant, gullible people who voted this con man into office.

4 years ago

What’s all the talk of “repeal and replace”? The fundamental problem with Obamacare was not that it was a bad law, bad plan, unsustainable, or burdensomely expensive (although it is all of those things). The FUNDAMENTAL problem with Obamacare was that it inserted government into the healthcare industry. Don’t replace, simply REPEAL! Figure out an exit strategy that minimizes the pain of transition and get out of healthcare. Where in the constitution does it give government such powers over this industry?

Mary Wright
4 years ago

I don’t understand what it is they are doing for us, but so far it doesn’t sound good to me. Maybe as time goes along I will. I am on Medicare and I work as many hours as I can. I have read Medicare is going to be cut the most due to well, many reasons I would rather not go into. Maybe someone could fill me in on details

4 years ago

REPEAL Obamacare!! AND NO MORE GOVM’T CARE! GOVM’T NEEDS TO STAY OUT OF OUR HEALTH CARE! I was born in WW2, my family existed on a few potatoes farmers allowed us to dig up. Father had died in war and mother worked to keep us 4 kids happy and healthy by working hard! we had a country doc in small town in Europe. I have seen a doc only two times in my life. I pray to GOD for health and guidance and it sure looks like He helped. I’m 75 and have never used medicare, even though it was taken out of my SS money at the rate of $100 per month! God is my medicare provider and if I really get sick, it’s in His hands, so I don’t worry about it; i’LL GET WELL AGAIN or He’ll call me home! NO GOVM’T CARE NEEDED!!

Rebecca Loose
4 years ago

As I am a senior citizen, I am hoping the Medicar will not be be reduced. I am definitely for cutting in the over spending in No longer essiantal or overlapping committees. There is too much wasteful spending that can be eliminated. Meals on Wheels is not one of them.

4 years ago
Reply to  Rebecca Loose

Meals on Wheels is not a federal program. It is a state run program. The federal government block grants X amount of money to each state. Some states use it to partially fund for things like Meals on Wheels. Other states use the money for other purposes, like park improvements or other things. Most of the money for Meals on Wheels comes from state tax revenues. So if Meals on Wheels in your state gets cut, that just means your state government values some other program mord. So it will be up to your state residents to ensure Meals on Wheels gets priority in the programs it chooses to fund.

4 years ago

There are better plans being offered like Rand Pauls but the republican leaders won’t let them get any traction. Typical!

4 years ago

It seems to me that this bill is Mr. Trump’s version of Obamacare and nothing more. I fear that when Trumpcare implodes, the opposition will be in a perfect place to convince the American people that there must a be single payer healthcare system. That will mean they will win all the elections in perpetuity and it will leave our nation with no loyal opposition (us). Why don’t they work on a real, new bill now and present it to the people and repeal Obama’s nightmare at the same time? I agree with Carol. If they don’t totally repeal Obamacare now, it will never happen.

Warren T
4 years ago

So Amac supports the AHCA. I wonder how the membership stacks up on that? Did Amac ever poll its membership before the decision was made? I don’t remember one!

Annemarie Maynard
4 years ago

Here’s my problem with the three step approach to Repeal and Replace–decades of watching the federal government fail to follow through with planned additional steps, often instead opting to change course, or to drop a plan entirely. Other reasons I’m concerned with the success of the three pronged approach include my observation that after an initial crisis has been averted, the public adjusts to the crisis-averting changes and becomes comfortable and quiescent enough so that the din of support groups and lobbyists abates making it easier for Washington to delay and keep delaying next steps. When the need to follow-through is no longer immanent the incentive to move forward is no longer strong enough to overcome inertia. Meanwhile the public is assured that the issue–in this case government run health care–has not been forgotten. Experience shows that over time intentions are good but follow-through is not. Believing that, I have very little faith that the outcome of this Congress and administration will be any different, particularly when daily, I watch, read and listen to them behave like unruly adolescents. That said it would be naive of me to believe that a three step approach to Repeal and Replace will ever be completed as envisioned and planned by so many for so long. In life–whether with fully functioning adults or with adolescents–the optimal approach to any endeavor is to begin and end using a tight time-line because needs, attention span, and will-to-work are too limited for a three stage process over time. But I’d sure like them to prove me wrong!

Barbara Denton
4 years ago

You are correct. They will not follow through on a 3 step plan. RINO RYAN wants to nuke Trump and destroy his Presidency. There are many more Republicans like him. They are both in the Senate and in the House. They are amazed he won and they want no part of doing want the citizens want. It does not fit their agenda and they are going to resist with all their might. Start praying if you are not already.

4 years ago

Monthly costs are very high and dedductables are very very high that nobody can afford to use it. Then you have the poor who can’t afford it period and get Medicaid and pay nothing and get better care than those who have to pay high premiums of $1000 to $2000 a month and outrageous dedductables$6,000 to $9,000. The Constitution says that Congress will make no laws that exclude themselves from what the rest of us live by. Lies——————–

Concerned Citizen
4 years ago
Reply to  Duane

Where does the Constitution say that Duane? I think you’re confusing that idea with not making laws about the establishment of a national religion.

Rick Guignon
4 years ago

Let insurance companies sell policies that cover you state to state, and let each state government and insurance commission setup the basis for the people, and let them decide what they want.
Rick Guignon, 11 District Delegate, AMAC

Concerned Citizen
4 years ago
Reply to  Rick Guignon

Rick, what do you mean “cover you state to state” ? Do you mean buying a policy across state lines to encourage competition? I think that is part of the plan, isn’t it? (Maybe Step 2?). I think it might be better to encourage a regional policy offering, since a lot of the eastern states are quite small in size, and closer in travel time. Originally, you could buy across state lines, but if your insurance office was in anther state, how could you get them to pay for something if they refused to honor their contract? You couldn’t, and just driving there was difficult. But now with the Internet, people have the clout to “out” companies that don’t meet their obligations and promises.

4 years ago

Yes, let’s get rid of insurance for lazy people like farmers and ranchers who do nothing but feed YOU every meal you eat. Great plan. Why of course, get rid of mandates for young and/or healthy people who consistently have the view that ‘I don’t want health insurance now, I’m not sick’; the only way to pay for it, then is by increasing costs for older less healthy codgers like you and me. Here’s my idea: Get rid of employer insurance plans, make health insurance a commodity like auto insurance.

Concerned Citizen
4 years ago
Reply to  Lisa

Actually, the only problem with employer plans is they are usually not transferrable to a new job. If they were, that would solve a whole lot of problems! And as the economy improves and people can work one 40 hour job, instead of 2 or 3 part-time no perks jobs (due to Obamacare) more folks will have plans, so they won’t need to pay for their own plans. Group rates are always cheaper. So don’t believe the figures that say so many will “lose” healthcare; some will, but many more will GET it when they get a job and then a better job as the economy improves.

David Gonnella
4 years ago

Doing nothing is not a proper option. Obamacare was designed to fail so that people would demand a single-payer (total government) program.

Nor is this Obamacare-lite Rino solution a proper option. President Trump and Republicans in Washington should deliver what they have promised.

The people gave Republicans the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives based on promises made. What they people have given they can take away. The Republican Party has been warned.

Allen Tharp
4 years ago

GOP leadership ironically seeks to lower the bar on how far we go with Obamacare repeal now that we have a Republican in the White House.

GOP congressional leadership has been making the rounds on TV and elsewhere trying to push an Obamacare replacement bill, that they call the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Conservatives across America call it RINO Care and have been appalled by how truly terrible this bill is. However, the RINOs believe they can sell us on RINO Care and convince us that we can’t believe our lying eyes about how bad their plan really is. They want you to believe that you’re wrong. I’m wrong. The Tea party Patriots are wrong. Local Tea party groups across this country are wrong. Heritage is wrong. AFP is wrong. Freedom Works is wrong. The club for Growth is wrong. The Freedom Caucus is wrong. Senators Cruz, Paul, and Lee are wrong. Mark Levin is wrong. Instead, only the RINOs are right and only the RINOs can understand the problems and have the answer to Obamacare.

Most of us feel like if we hear giddy Paul Ryan repeat yet again, “I’m so excited about this plan,” we are going to throw up. But Speaker Ryan says he is going to sell! Sell! Sell! Instead he needs to listen! Listen! Listen because we are not buying the spin. It is a lie that we only have a binary choice: Obamacare or RINO Care. We choose neither. We choose a free market fix, which means an insurance market free from Federal Government meddling. Ryan’s “My way or the highway,” approach and his insistence on pushing big government solutions and central planning must be soundly rejected by conservatives everywhere.

Instead, we choose the 2015-2016 reconciliation bills, H.R. 3762,
The Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, as the minimum baseline for any repeal bill. This reconciliation bill already passed both chambers of Congress before, so there can be no excuses that they cannot pass it again now that it can be signed in to law by a new president.

There is so much wrong with Ryan’s RINO Care that it is baffling that such a bill would even be proposed. Below are just a few of my top issues with the bill and the leadership that would propose such a bill.

1. Contrary to Ryan’s claims, his bill fails to keep the GOP promise to repeal Obamacare. Instead it focuses on replacing Obamacare. But replacing Obamacare was never part of the GOP pledge to America. The pledge has always been to fully repeal – not replace – this bill. None of the legislation passed by Congress was to replace Obamacare. Each bill was to repeal it. Now they attempt to rewrite history and pretend that they ran on replacement all along, rather than repeal, and hope America has forgotten the truth. We cannot trust someone so disingenuous. Additionally, repeal must be separated from any replacement efforts, and any attempt to combine the two will sabotage repeal.

2. Even after full repeal has occurred, the Ryan replacement plan as proposed would be a total fiasco because his entire premise for replacement is fatally flawed. Ryan erroneously assumes that there should be a top-down federal strategy for managing health care. His plan just substitutes a big government GOP plan for a big government Democrat plan, and both interfere with the free market and increase taxes and premium costs. This flawed top-down philosophy is at the heart of the problem with the Ryan plan. They have replaced subsidies, regulations, and Medicaid expansion with other subsidies, regulations, and Medicaid expansion. As someone else recently said, “Under the old system of subsidies, the government gave you money to pay for your health insurance. But under the new system of tax credits, the government gives you money to pay for your health insurance.”

3. The GOP has used Obamacare as the foundation on which to build their replacement plan. You cannot build a solid program on a weak foundation. Rather than start from scratch with new open competition and free-market ideas, they kept the pillars of Obamacare in place, so they are not repealing it and really not even replacing it. They are just amending it and continuing it.

• Like Obamacare, RINO Care focuses on numbers covered and numbers subsidized rather than cost. Cost should and must be the driver for any conservative solution.

• RINO Care continues the slacker mandate that drives up average premium cost because it allows folks to keep their “children” on their plans until the “child” is 26 years old, while someone else pays for it. The Slacker Mandate adds $1200 to every policy.

• Guaranteed issue, a definite pillar of Obamacare, has now become a pillar for RINO Care. This drives up costs for other insureds. Mandatory coverage of pre-existing conditions was not a requirement before Obamacare, and now the GOP wants to weave it in to the fabric of RINO Care.

• The idea of taxpayer funded subsidies, which is just wealth redistribution, was taken from Obamacare and is now a part of RINO Care. They change how the subsidies work and call them advanceable, refundable tax credits, but they are still subsidies funded by taxpayers and in many cases will be hefty checks written to people who do not pay taxes, that will be paid for by those who do. Like Obamacare, this government welfare program drives taxes and premium costs through the roof. Rather than implementing measures to lower costs, RINO Care, like Obamacare, uses these subsidies to mask the higher costs of premiums.

• RINO Care temporarily suspends the Cadillac tax and then brings it back indefinitely and apparently extends some other Obamacare taxes, rather than rip them out root and branch.

• RINO Care doubles down on funding Medicaid expansion and extends it until 2020 because apparently Obamacare Medicaid spending was not profligate enough for the GOP. This means that responsible states like Texas that passed on Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion will be funding irresponsible states like California that chose to expand their Medicaid programs. States like California have little skin in the game and can enroll recipients in their program and shift their costs to states like Texas. This is all done through the magic of the federal wealth redistribution program now supported by GOP leadership. Medicaid expansion is another major driver of higher cost and tax increases.

Rino Care also promotes the Obamacare redefinition of Medicaid, as no longer a program for the most disabled and indigent. RINO Care has adopted the radical Obamacare notion that we should include a new category in the Medicaid program for able bodied people of working age. This is unnecessarily costly and definitely not conservative. Every penny spent on this new group of able-bodied adults, is a penny that can’t go to the traditional Medicaid program recipients. Adding this able-bodied group to the Medicaid roles also takes needed medical care away from those really in need because while the Medicaid roles exploded, the number of doctors taking Medicaid patients did not increase.

It is impossible to keep most of the Obamacare cost-increasing mandates, and the huge taxpayer-funded subsidy scheme, and not increase the costs for consumers and taxpayers.

4. RINO Care continues Obamacare’s misguided insurance regulations that drove up premiums for Americans buying coverage without government subsidies. They ignore the millions of people who do not get subsidies and are hurt by the higher premiums caused by government interference. Instead, they exclusively focus on protecting those who gained subsidized coverage through the law’s exchange subsidies and Medicaid expansion.

5. Lies about reconciliation. GOP leadership is claiming that they can’t repeal parts of Obamacare in the Senate. This is false. They have lied that the unelected parliamentarian of the Senate will rule that repealing Obamacare regulations cannot be done under the reconciliation
Process. However this has not even been presented to the Parliamentarian. Additionally even if she did rule that reconciliation could not be used, the presiding officer can overrule her recommendation and use it anyway because her recommendations do not bind the Senate and these Obamacare regulations passed through the reconciliation process definitely have an impact on the budget. So the Senate has the power to fully repeal Obamacare, if they just have the guts. It takes 60 Senators to overrule the presiding officer of the Senate on this matter, which would be a very high bar indeed.

6. Unprincipled GOP leadership is attacking conservatives who stand up against RINO Care. They are targeting conservatives again who are demanding full repeal. They are incredibly running attack ads against their own conservative Republicans, not Democrats, who are standing for principles and fiscal conservatism. The intent seems to not only be to force the Ryan plan through Congress but also to soften up conservatives to be primaried and replaced with candidates more compliant with big government ideas espoused by the leadership. This is the same detestable practice we saw under Boehner. The fact that Ryan and his henchmen have adopted the same despicable behavior tells you everything you need to know about these disgusting Judas RINOs. Remember this when it is time to vote again.

In addition to the problems I have with what is in this bill, there are also problems with what is missing, such as tort reform and the free-market solution of selling health insurance across state lines. This would increase competition and would save hundreds of billions of dollars, nullifying any argument that this provision cannot be included in a repeal bill using reconciliation.

There has also been no effort to provide portability of policies by delinking health insurance coverage from employers. Through deregulation, Americans should be allowed to buy insurance through organizations of their choice. This will permit them to keep their plans if they change or lose their job.

In closing, Government action has increased the cost of premiums. Then the government offers subsidies to help defray these higher costs for premiums. Then the government charges higher taxes to fund their subsidies. The more the government tries to fix a problem, the worse the problem gets. Government programs are not the answer. The way to maximize numbers of people covered by health insurance is to lower costs so more can afford it, not by taxing, subsidizing, and mandating your way to universal coverage. And the way to Lower costs is through deregulation and increased competition

4 years ago

Repeal and replace

4 years ago

AMAC is getting soft! Let’s kick off everyone from any government health insurance, including Medicare.
So what if we lose the House and Senate in the next election. we would have been true to our conservative values. Really- how important is the next Supreme Court Justice? It doesn’t matter- we must stick to our guns!

Randy Fox
4 years ago

Why has no one come up with the number of people who got kicked off their private plans(you know the ones they actually paid for)? The only people the republicans are worried about now are these so called 14 million that will lose their Obamacare. Most of these people, not all, but most didn’t have insurance before because they didn’t play by the rules, i.e. GET A JOB that had health insurance benefits, even convenience stores and fast food restaurants had these benefits before Obamacare screwed it all up. I am not talking about people who truly needed assistance, either because of pre existing conditions or HONESTLY being unable to work. I am talking about those who felt the jobs available to them were beneath them or were just plain lazy. They didn’t deserve something the rest of have earned then or now.

4 years ago

While President Trump did indeed promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, it it doubtful that he was aware of the difficulty in how the process was to begin to do just that. I firmly believe that President Trump will do everything in his power to rid us of this monstrosity of a law (ACA). We who supported and elected him and ALL AMERICANS for that matter need to give him the time necessary to effect his promises. He has done so much in the short 55 days he has been in office. Now, give him the support and time he needs to fulfill his all of his promises!!!Again, after all, he has only been in office 55 days, and I believe the time will come when we can stand shoulder to shoulder with him and prove to the rest of the country, the politicians, and the world that we are Americans, united with our President to believe in our country and ourselves. Stand firm folks, it is our resolve that will help President Trump to fulfill his promises to us.

4 years ago
Reply to  Tom

The assumption that Trump is some woefully ignorant or incompetent babe in the woods is wholly incorrect. You don’t build a multi-billion global business empire by being either ignorant or a fool. The only item Trump may have erred on is the assumption that after six years, the Congressional Republican leadership had actually spent some time and effort to develop an intelligent, we’ll thought out plan to do a full repeal of Obamacare and restore some semblance of the health care insurance market prior to this abomination. Unfortunately, we all have learned the GOP leadership in both tge House and Senate did NOTHING for six years other than to make promises regarding a repeal of Obamacare to win elections. So now what both Trump and the American people face is a hastily crafted bill, with 3 separate steps spread out over almost 10 years by some GOP estimates, that MAY ultimately bring down some health insurance costs. This isn’t a matter of just giving Trump more time. This is about the fact the Congressional GOP leadership most likely misrepresented to Trump that Congress was fully prepared, with a well thought out solution to fully repealing Obamacare that all Republican members of Congress were fully on board with. Trump and the American people face the prospect of having to deal with the reality that Congressional GOP leadership did nothing in preparation for the potential repeal of Obamacare. So the level of concern people are expresting is well founded. The issue isn’t Trump, but rather the Congressional GOP.

Barbara Denton
4 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

You are right PaulE. Republican leadership is leading everyone down the primrose path as they could care less about fixing this problem. Instead of working on it, they thought Trump would not win. Even after he won, they thought they could get away with this. I am amazed AMAC supported their crappy plan and I hope they will reconsider. AARP ruined healthcare in our country by supporting Obamacare to get their percentage of United Health Care sales. I hope AMAC cools it or I shall not be a member here.

Barbara Denton
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom

President Trump is doing fine. The problem is RINO PAUL RYAN. He does not want Trump to succeed. He does not want to get rid of Obamacare. He could repeal Obamacare tomorrow. He will not do it. It must be repealed. They did it before and Obama vetoed it. We do not want or need Obamacare lite. We need full repeal. We need insurance to go back to the states to manage through their commissioners like they did before Obama destroyed the insurance industry and the American Health Care system. He succeeded ion his goal. He took over 20% of the economy and totally destroyed it. None of this was to help anyone. It was for power and removing choice and liberty from the American people. This is stupid and it must stop.

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