Republicans failed in their bid to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. Unable to even get their own party in line for a vote, several bills died over the summer. The most recent failure, the Graham-Cassidy bill, is expected to be the last, after a special rule allowing Republicans to try and pass it with a simple majority rather than 60 votes came to an end in September.
Yet some Republicans don’t know when enough is enough and don’t respect the will of the American people, which is decidedly on the side of ObamaCare. That’s why Donald Trump plans to sabotage the American healthcare system with an executive order – and apparently, Rand Paul has been helping him plan it.
Today, the Senator from Kentucky tweeted, “This will be a great plan & a big deal for millions of Americans. I’ve been working with @realDonaldTrump for months on this. Details soon!”
‘The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing an administration official, that an executive order regarding association health plans would be signed this week. The official echoed the president’s Sept. 27 comments to reporters, when he said he would “be signing a very major executive order where people can go out, cross state lines, do lots of things and buy their own health care.’
‘An order allowing association health plans would give Americans in the individual market who don’t receive government subsidies another health care option outside of the Affordable Care Act. About 83 percent of the 12.2 million people covered by Obamacare health plans get subsidies that help them pay their premiums, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.’
‘Associations likely wouldn’t be required to sell to people with pre-existing health conditions and wouldn’t be required to offer 10 essential benefits set forth by Obamacare, Brookings Institute analyst Matt Fiedler said Monday. These benefits include pregnancy and newborn care, hospitalization, mental health and substance-abuse services and rehabilitation.’
When people can’t get coverage, or when the Trump administration makes it easier for health insurance companies to screw Americans over, he’ll just blame Obama and the Democrats and say the Republicans couldn’t pass anything. He is cynically playing with American lives to maybe score some political points in the future, and it’s sick.
Twitter immediately responded to Rand Paul’s tweet:
Senator Paul, Donald Trump: Keep your hands off our healthcare. Stop playing politics with lives.
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