Donald Trump revealed an outline of his tax plan, calling for across the board rate reductions and eliminating federal income taxes for about half of Americans. I couldn’t help but note a hint of class warfare when I heard him talking about it, but he’s getting quite a bit of praise on it from some conservatives, like the editors at IBD, so there must be quite a bit that’s good about it. What has me concerned is what he had to say about Obamacare. It sounds like he plans on replacing big government Obamacare with big government Trumpcare.
Okay, he’s going to repeal Obamacare, but replace it with a system where “everybody’s got to be covered.” Very Obamacare-ish.
According to Trump, uninsured people are going to get coverage because he’s going to “make a deal with existing hospitals” and “the government’s gonna pay for it.” There’s a word for this exact proposal: Medicaid. Trump probably doesn’t know this, but Medicaid expansion was a huge part of Obamacare. The “deal with existing hospitals” is so unfavorable for doctors and hospitals that many of them do not accept Medicaid patients because it would put them out of business. Does Trump know this? Meh, he doesn’t care.
But that’s just the uninsured. Trump goes on to say that “for the most part,” his plan will be “a private plan and people are going to be able to go out and negotiate great plans with lots of different competition.” If this idea also sounds strangely familiar, it is because this too is already part of our healthcare framework. Trump described the Obamacare exchanges just like Obama did, as increasing competition in the private insurance markets by providing lots of options.
Read the whole thing for the full quote from Trump, which isn’t getting much attention because everyone is talking about his tax plan, Rubio calling him a freak show, or the pope.