Donald Trump Releases 7-Point Health Care Plan

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Donald Trump has released his healthcare plan today, perhaps to finally shut Marco Rubio up. At the last debate in Houston, Rubio wouldn’t shut up about Trump’s healthcare plan. Now he’ll have to find something else to obsess about during the debate in Detroit on Friday. We have the full text of the healthcare plan below, but here are the 7 points:

  1. Repeal Obamacare. No one should be forced to buy insurance if they don’t want to.
  2. Federalize healthcare insurance sales, so that companies can sell policies across state lines.
  3. Make insurance premiums fully tax deductible.
  4. Let HSAs roll-over and accumulate each year. Allow anyone to get an HSA with or without insurance.
  5. Make healthcare costs transparent across systems so patients can find better prices for their procedures.
  6. Grant Medicaid to each state so the state can choose how best to fund its patients.
  7. Make drug and medical procedure entry into US markets easier. This will incentivize Big Pharma to make their products competitive again — not only in efficacy but in pricing as well.

From Trump’s website, the entire plan:


 

HEALTHCARE REFORM TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

Since March of 2010, the American people have had to suffer under the incredible economic burden of the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare. This legislation, passed by totally partisan votes in the House and Senate and signed into law by the most divisive and partisan President in American history, has tragically but predictably resulted in runaway costs, websites that don’t work, greater rationing of care, higher premiums, less competition and fewer choices. Obamacare has raised the economic uncertainty of every single person residing in this country. As it appears Obamacare is certain to collapse of its own weight, the damage done by the Democrats and President Obama, and abetted by the Supreme Court, will be difficult to repair unless the next President and a Republican congress lead the effort to bring much-needed free market reforms to the healthcare industry.

But none of these positive reforms can be accomplished without Obamacare repeal. On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare.

However, it is not enough to simply repeal this terrible legislation. We will work with Congress to make sure we have a series of reforms ready for implementation that follow free market principles and that will restore economic freedom and certainty to everyone in this country. By following free market principles and working together to create sound public policy that will broaden healthcare access, make healthcare more affordable and improve the quality of the care available to all Americans.

Any reform effort must begin with Congress. Since Obamacare became law, conservative Republicans have been offering reforms that can be delivered individually or as part of more comprehensive reform efforts. In the remaining sections of this policy paper, several reforms will be offered that should be considered by Congress so that on the first day of the Trump Administration, we can start the process of restoring faith in government and economic liberty to the people.

Congress must act. Our elected representatives in the House and Senate must:

  1. Completely repeal Obamacare. Our elected representatives must eliminate the individual mandate. No person should be required to buy insurance unless he or she wants to.
  2. Modify existing law that inhibits the sale of health insurance across state lines. As long as the plan purchased complies with state requirements, any vendor ought to be able to offer insurance in any state. By allowing full competition in this market, insurance costs will go down and consumer satisfaction will go up.
  3. Allow individuals to fully deduct health insurance premium payments from their tax returns under the current tax system. Businesses are allowed to take these deductions so why wouldn’t Congress allow individuals the same exemptions? As we allow the free market to provide insurance coverage opportunities to companies and individuals, we must also make sure that no one slips through the cracks simply because they cannot afford insurance. We must review basic options for Medicaid and work with states to ensure that those who want healthcare coverage can have it.
  4. Allow individuals to use Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Contributions into HSAs should be tax-free and should be allowed to accumulate. These accounts would become part of the estate of the individual and could be passed on to heirs without fear of any death penalty. These plans should be particularly attractive to young people who are healthy and can afford high-deductible insurance plans. These funds can be used by any member of a family without penalty. The flexibility and security provided by HSAs will be of great benefit to all who participate.
  5. Require price transparency from all healthcare providers, especially doctors and healthcare organizations like clinics and hospitals. Individuals should be able to shop to find the best prices for procedures, exams or any other medical-related procedure.
  6. Block-grant Medicaid to the states. Nearly every state already offers benefits beyond what is required in the current Medicaid structure. The state governments know their people best and can manage the administration of Medicaid far better without federal overhead. States will have the incentives to seek out and eliminate fraud, waste and abuse to preserve our precious resources.
  7. Remove barriers to entry into free markets for drug providers that offer safe, reliable and cheaper products. Congress will need the courage to step away from the special interests and do what is right for America. Though the pharmaceutical industry is in the private sector, drug companies provide a public service. Allowing consumers access to imported, safe and dependable drugs from overseas will bring more options to consumers.

The reforms outlined above will lower healthcare costs for all Americans. They are simply a place to start. There are other reforms that might be considered if they serve to lower costs, remove uncertainty and provide financial security for all Americans. And we must also take actions in other policy areas to lower healthcare costs and burdens. Enforcing immigration laws, eliminating fraud and waste and energizing our economy will relieve the economic pressures felt by every American. It is the moral responsibility of a nation’s government to do what is best for the people and what is in the interest of securing the future of the nation.

Providing healthcare to illegal immigrants costs us some $11 billion annually. If we were to simply enforce the current immigration laws and restrict the unbridled granting of visas to this country, we could relieve healthcare cost pressures on state and local governments.

To reduce the number of individuals needing access to programs like Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program we will need to install programs that grow the economy and bring capital and jobs back to America. The best social program has always been a job – and taking care of our economy will go a long way towards reducing our dependence on public health programs.

Finally, we need to reform our mental health programs and institutions in this country. Families, without the ability to get the information needed to help those who are ailing, are too often not given the tools to help their loved ones. There are promising reforms being developed in Congress that should receive bi-partisan support.

To reform healthcare in America, we need a President who has the leadership skills, will and courage to engage the American people and convince Congress to do what is best for the country. These straightforward reforms, along with many others I have proposed throughout my campaign, will ensure that together we will Make America Great Again.

 

 

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21 Comments

    • Oh, they are GONE. Trump has already stated that. “OBAMACARE WILL BE REPEALED!” I seem to remember him saying that.

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  1. I like it Mr Trump sweet and to the point! It is the kiss method (keep it simple stupid)! If kept simple it is easy for everyone to understand! Obama care is so complex that is confusing and expensive. I believe it should also include point 8 as all of congress should have the same insurance as all Americans. If we as American people have to have Obama care so should congress!

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    • I agree… No special treatment of Congress for any law! Don’t forget… Everything we hate that is part of Obamacare is going to be REPEALED AND REPLACED!

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  2. Great ideas, just one error, HSAs already do roll-over and accumulate each year. Mine have been doing that for over 10 years.

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    • If it wasn’t stated, you can be sure the establishment would be all over it saying Trump was going to eliminate them. Lying is what they do best.

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      • thats untrue .hsa does not roll over for all people.my wifes is gone after one year use it or lose it.she is employed by hsn.are we talking about the tax free account you can use for doctors drugs medical items.dont know about yours but ours is gone after one year.this is paid for from her check she can put up to a certain amount into it.it helps me i am on social security.i use her medical insurance from her employer not medicare.which by the way is not cheap but beats the hell out of obamacare.unless your healthy in the 1percent.i have ms and the drugs are not cheap.so all i can say is pick the one you think lies less.pick the one who is at least an american not a cuban or canadian.just a word of advice and hillary i wont even go there or bernie the man with all the free stuff.

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        • I assume your comment was directed at Jesse?
          The differences in the HSAs have to do with state regulations and the companies that run them, just like Education Savings Accounts are regulated by the states. They should be uniform across the country, even though I’m usually against federal government interference in such matters.

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  3. Sounds good for everyone. Obamacare is bad. My daughter and her family can’t afford health insurance for them and their 4 kids so at tax season they had to use their tax return they got back to pay the fine for not having it. Stupid.. Yes her husband is employed.

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  4. Every time I hear the word, “obamacare” my mind wanders off to that dark place where I think about the proper number of wraps in a hangman’s noose.

    It is #DonaldTrump’s job to outline what he wants and it is congress’s job to pass the legislation. anyone who says they want more details than what #Trump has outlined is ignorant of how the system works. I see nothing in Donald Trump’s outline that I disagree with.

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    • Carol & Hilding Ellingson

      We ares tired of people wanting to know every little detail of Trump’s plan. You know they will just steal his plans and use what they like and try to find something wrong with the other part. He has a good business mind as well as a compassion for people so he can be trusted to put together the best plan possible. Then we need a congress that will help him put the plan into action. WE NEED TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT!!

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      • Exactly! No matter what all the little details of the plan are, some people will find fault with it. You will never satisfy the people who would rather see people die in the streets than to spend a dime to help and you will never satisfy all the people who think healthcare should be “Free To All.” Anyway, until the bill is written by Congress, there are no little details to see. Hopefully, they will have the legislation ready to go by this time next year.

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  5. people need to get rid of obamacare what people do not realize is that effective on your 2016 taxes if you do not have a qualifying insurance or if you have obamacare you will be charged x amount for my spouse along it is 1700 dollars he will pay to government OBAMACARE IS NOT FREE YOU WILL BE CHARGED EVEN THOSE OF US ON MEDICARE WILL BE CHARGED EFFECTIVE NEXT YEAR OBAMACARE NEEDS TO GO AWAY …FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE ME ASK THE PERSON WHO DOES YOUR TAXES WHAT YOUR PUNISHMENT WILL BE NEXT YEAR WHAT YOU HAVE TO PAY TO THE GOVERNMENT AND COUNT MY WORDS FOR EVERY DOLLAR COLLECTED OBAMA WILL GET A PERCENTAGE OF THAT MONEY then he will continue to fund his thugs who hates america VOTE TRUMP GET RID OF THIS TAX TRAP TO ALL AMERICANS

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    • Same thing happened to my daughter last year and they will have to pay more this year as the fine went up. Money they could use for their kids.

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