Trump Score Card
As President Trump took office in Jan 2017, replacing the then current Obamacare was high on Trump's list. Although America offers access to the best healthcare in the world, it can do better with the imperfect system. Proponents of Obamacare point out the following failures of Obamacare (Also known as the Affordable Care Act).
1: Latest report showed nearly 2 million Americans have dropped out of Obamacare in 2017.
2: It received NOT ONE Republican vote in either the Senate or the House of Representatives.
3: Skyrocketing deductibles including some states that had a over 100% increase.
4: US health care costs surged to an astonshing 17 % of GDP under Obamacare.
5: Many doctors bailing out. Time and again, surveys have predicted that physicians' anger over Obamacare, over regulations, over declining reimbursement is driving them out of the industry
6: Insurance companies bailing out due to losing money.
9: Full time job loss because companies are reducing full time workers to part time hours to avoid being forced to pay for Obamacare.
12: Too many people on Obamacare are waiting too long to get health care treatments. Like most all countries with government controlled socialized medicine, patients wait so long for the medical care needed that the disease gets them before the doctor does.
13. Obamacare burdened an estimated 300 million Americans in order to ensure 17 million other Americans received coverage.
14: Yes it is true more than 17 million Americans are covered by Obamacare but that number is disputed. And it is argued that some of these insured do not really need the free coverage. Instead of spending money on cigarettes, gambling, drugs, alcohol, expensive sneakers, the latest and greatest smart phones and other non necessity items, they should be spending it on basic affordable catastrophic health insurance. Buying healthcare should be the top priority over any non necessity item. Or instead of thousands of people unreporting or under-reporting their cash only income, they should spend that non taxed cash savings and put it towards their own healthcare.
1/20/17: Trump issued an executive order to start rolling back Obamacare. It stressed that agencies can "waive, defer, grant exemptions from or delay implementation of any provision or requirement" of Obamacare that imposes a burden "to the maximum extent permitted by law." It orders agencies to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement” of ObamaCare that imposes a “fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.”. This is a start in the right direction. Clearly many Americans were hurt with all of the Obamacare mandates.
5/4/17: House Republicans passed a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. President Trump has kept one of his main campaign promises.