Sun. Jun 13th, 2021
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In June 2019, President Donald promised that he was on the verge of unveiling a “phenomenal” health care bill.

“Yeah, well, we’ll be announcing that in about two months. Maybe less,” Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos at the time, adding: “You’re going have the greatest health care that anybody’s ever had.”

Fast-forward 15 months to Wednesday night, when Stephanopoulos and were together again, this time at a town hall in Phidelphia. And this moment, when was asked by a woman named Ellesia Bque, an assistant professor in Phidelphia who was born with an infmmatory disease, about his fight to get rid of a provision in the Affordable Care Act that blocks insurers from discriminating based on preexisting conditions.

’s response was rambling — and filled with falsehoods. (Bque’s face while is “answering” her question is priceless.) Here’s the key bit:

“But what we’re doing is, we’re going to be doing a health care pn — preexisting, protecting people with preexisting conditions — as an example, yourself, it sounds like that’s exactly perfect. That’s exactly what we’re talking about. We’re going to be doing a health care pn very strongly and protect people with preexisting conditions…

“… I have it all ready, and it’s a much better pn for you, and it’s a much better pn.”

And that “answer” came almost two months after Trump made this pledge to Fox News’ Chris Wallace:

“We’re signing a health care pn within two weeks, a full and complete health care pn that the Supreme Court decision on DACA gave me the right to do. So we’re going to solve — we’re going to sign an immigration pn, a health care pn, and various other pns.”

That was on July 19. Two weeks from that day was August 2.

The morning after ’s town hall, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said that an Obamacare-alternative health care pn is “all ready” after “tweaks” and “modification.” It will be rolled out sometime “before the election,” Meadows told reporters.

The pn will be done through an executive action, “with a legistive component that is more visionary,” Meadows said, and bmed Congress for the significant dey.

Let’s deal in some facts, shall we?

1. There is no  health care pn currently. The “Healthcare” page at whitehouse.gov offers only this about the supposed pn: “Repcing Obamacare will force insurance companies to compete for their customers with lower costs and higher-quality service.” Uh huh.

2. Even if proposed a comprehensive repcement pn for the ACA (aka Obamacare) tomorrow, there is a roughly 0% chance the legistive component would pass Congress before the election.

3. In te June, the administration — via the Justice Department — asked the Supreme Court to invalidate Obamacarein its entirety, which would include the elimination of the prohibition on insurance companies discriminating against people with preexisting conditions.

 Wrote Solicitor General Noel Francisco in the administration’s brief to the Court: “The entire ACA thus must fall with the individual mandate, though the scope of relief entered in this case should be limited to provisions shown to injure the pintiffs.”

So, not only does Donald not have an actual health care pn — still — but his administration is actively working to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. And to do so, just as a reminder, without any pn to repce it.

This is an emperor-has-no-clothes situation. has been saying that he’s got this great pn that he’s about to unveil any moment now since, at least, June 2019. And, as recently as July 2020, he said that he was going to be “signing” the (nonexistent) pn in “two weeks.” And now Meadows is saying it’s “all ready” too.

All of ’s bravado about a pn that is perfect — but no one can see just yet — comes amid polling that shows health care is a majority priority for voters in 2020. In a CNN-SSRS poll conducted st month, more than seven in 10 voters said health care was either “extremely” or “very” important to their vote this fall. And trailed former Vice President Joe Biden by 13 points when voters were asked who would do a better job of handling health care issues in the country.

Those numbers suggest the public has caught on to ’s secret, which is this: There’s no perfect health care pn that the President is about to drop.

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