If you’re a Republican president with a do-nothing GOP majority in Congress — which refuses to pass your (and their) agenda — you take matters into your own hands.
This week President Donald Trump did the work the GOP campaigned on for seven years: He began dismantling the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through executive order.
“For a long period of time — since I’ve started running and since I became president of the United States — I just keep hearing: ‘Repeal and replace, repeal and replace.’ Well, we’re starting that process, and we’re starting that in a very positive manner,” Trump declared.
Under Trump’s executive order, insurers will be allowed to sell less expensive policies to people, like me, who don’t receive health insurance through an employer. This means a 50-year-old man won’t have to pay for coverage for other people — like maternity benefits — that he will never use and which raised the cost of his monthly premium.
Aside from mandating that every individual buy insurance, Obamacare required that insurers force individuals to pay for “minimum essential coverage” like maternity leave even if they weren’t using it.
Perhaps, that’s why my old plan became unaffordable at $607 a month. My new plan is just as bad. I pay $367 a month with a $5000 deductible for care I don’t receive so that I can subsidize care for other people. No wonder 6.7 million Americans dumped their costly insurance in 2015 and paid the tax penalty instead, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Other actions in the order direct agencies to consider loosening regulations on short-term plans that people buy when they are in between jobs. The administration will also consider blowing up the individual mandate that requires every American to buy health insurance.
Democrats like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer groused loudly that Trump bypassed Congress, “sabotaging the system, using a wrecking ball to single-handedly rip apart our health-care system.” I guess Chuck forget about the wrecking ball of skyrocketing premiums that Obamacare has caused over the past seven years or insurers fleeing markets, leaving some regions of the country with one or no health plans to buy.
Schumer also had no problem when President Barack Obama bypassed Congress to unilaterally rewrite U.S. immigration law with his executive order — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — granting amnesty to non-citizens.
But when a white, Republican president exerts his executive privilege to free Americans from the costly stranglehold of unaffordable health insurance, Democrats and the liberal media depict him as the bad guy.
For seven years, Republican members of Congress promised to repeal Obamacare. And Sen. Ted Cruz’s epic 2013 “Green Eggs and Ham” filibuster that briefly shut down the government in an attempt to repeal Obamacare even though there was no chance in hell of that happening. But in 2017, with a Republican president finally in the White House, the GOP-controlled Congress still couldn’t get it done.
Republicans choked not once but three times when finally given the opportunity to repeal the ACA they claimed to despise so much. It’s nice to see Trump deliver on campaign promises the GOP Congress won’t.