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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Trump waves magic wand: 'insurance for everybody'

The American political system that is the US Constitutional brand of government is all about the process. For instance, the required outcome is affordable healthcare for all citizens. That includes globally competitive performance metrics reflected in quality and cost measurements. The place to begin the discussion is understanding the as-is and to-be situation and scenarios.

What is the as-is performance of the healthcare system today that includes the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and Medicaid: number of citizens covered, healthcare quality, and associated costs?

What is the to-be performance of the healthcare system as envisioned and proposed by President-elect Trump, addressing the same measurements?

Do Americans truly know and understand the starting position? The US Congress is working hard to hide the facts. They don't want the Congressional Budget Office telegraphing the situation. That is an impeachable offense for all involved. That is not transparency.

Just as the Democratic-controlled Congress under Nancy Pelosi found the task of producing legislation to address the needs challenging, the Republican congressional members have had years to produce an alternative. They have failed and that is a fact. They failed for not trying. They failed Donald Trump for not having alternative legislation ready for his review.

Now, it is impossible that Donald Trump who is not a lawyer, and his newly appointed and yet-to-be-confirmed HHS Director have somehow engineered new legislation that will suddenly appear and will have been vetted by the process.

Donald Trump is yet to be fully vetted. It is highly unlikely that his solution will be miraculous, unless, of course, it is plagiarized and modified from the Affordable Care Act. Let's compare when there are contents to analyze.

"Trump insists health care replacement will have 'insurance for everybody.'
Published January 16, 2017 
What does health insurance 'for everybody' really mean?
President-elect Donald Trump revealed in an interview with The Washington Post that he’s almost finished with a plan to replace ObamaCare and vowed to have “insurance for everybody.” 
Trump declined to reveal the pertinent details of the new health care plan, but told The Post in the interview published Sunday night that drug companies will be forced to negotiate on Medicare and Medicaid prices. He also plans to fight pharmaceutical companies over drug prices. 
The president-elect insisted that his plan for replacing the Affordable Healthcare Act is all but finished, and added that care would have “lower numbers, much lower deductibles.” He went as far to say that he’s ready to reveal it alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan. 
“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 said during the interview with the paper.
He added that he’s still waiting for Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to be confirmed as his secretary for health and human services. A hearing for his confirmation has yet to be scheduled. 
Congressional Republicans took the first big step last week in their seven-year trek to dismantle President Obama’s health care law, passing a budget that would ease the passage of a bill that would replace ObamaCare. The budget — the Senate approved it Thursday — bars Democratic senators from blocking that future legislation with a filibuster. 
The budget "gives us the tools we need for a step-by-step approach to fix these problems and put Americans back in control of their health care," Ryan, R-Wis., said after the vote."

I am working on a healthcare tweet

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