President-elect Donald Trump said in a weekend interview that he is nearing completion of a plan to replace President Obama’s signature health-care law with the goal of “insurance for everybody,” while also vowing to force drug companies to negotiate directly with the government on prices in Medicare and Medicaid.
Trump declined to reveal specifics in the telephone interview late Saturday with The Washington Post, but any proposals from the incoming president would almost certainly dominate the Republican effort to overhaul federal health policy as he prepares to work with his party’s congressional majorities.
Trump’s plan is likely to face questions from the right, after years of GOP opposition to further expansion of government involvement in the health-care system, and from those on the left, who see his ideas as disruptive to changes brought by the Affordable Care Act that have extended coverage to tens of millions of Americans.
I’m not going to jump to any conclusions, and I am going to hope for the best here, but I am always suspicious of government involvement in things I think should be a private matter. I have no issues with things like medicaid and medicare, but I don’t like the idea of paying a fine for not being able to afford the insurance (I’m currently out of work and can’t afford Obamacare… so I’ve got a hefty fine that’s going to hit me in the taxes when I file for the contract jobs I took this year; it’s most likely going to be more than I made at those contract jobs, and possibly more than I have to my name).
But I also hope he isn’t going to lean toward single payer, either. That is way more government intervention than any of us want. And if he goes that way, he’ll be a one term president.