Before you apply for a job, you should know the details and complexities of that job. Makes sense, right?
Try telling to that Donald Trump, though. The new president is learning too many complexities a lot too late, as he indirectly admitted when speaking to a group of governors at the White House on February 27.
As you can watch him say in the video below:
“I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject. Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.”
Apparently, the fact that health care can only be provided by those who complete the complex process of 1) getting a relevant bachelor’s degree, 2) getting admitted to a medical school, 3) getting a medical degree, 4) completing a residency at an approved medical facility, and then 5) getting a license to practice, taking anywhere from 11 to 15 years to complete, isn’t well-known to Trump.
Medical care isn’t a simple hammer-nail procedure, either. And given those complexities, when you add in complex insurance needed to receive that care, it seems rather obvious that the process of insuring Americans, including the 22 million now using Obamacare (including Medicaid Expansion and CHIP), isn’t exactly simple, either. The winding course it took to reach the current status required quite a long time, as well, since the concept of national insurance programs was first introduced to government almost 25 years ago by the Clinton Administration.
The complexities of health care, its practice, and its progress through legislation should be quite obvious, then. But not to Trump, apparently, who didn’t expect it to be “so complicated.”
Here’s the video, released on Twitter by NBC News’ Bradd Jaffy:
TRUMP: “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.” https://t.co/LFr422VHbq
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 27, 2017
While Trump refers to an alternate health care plan that he calls “a solution that’s really, really – I think – very good,” his administration has yet to offer any such plan. And while he promised to come up with “insurance for everybody” while still a candidate, the “healthcare reform” page on his campaign website that included those terms is now “404.”
The true complexities Trump faces aren’t in Obamacare alone, but in the process of removing the program, it seems. Recall this statement he made in the video:
“Statutorily and for budget purposes, as you know, we have to do health care before we do the tax cut. […] (S)tatutorily, that’s the way it is.”
However, there is no statute – and no law, rule or regulation – that would require Obamacare to be removed before any tax cut. According to multiple media, this attempted order removing health care before introducing a tax bill is only a trick – using a voting process of reconciliation that prevents filibustering – to make sure their intentions get passed by simple majority vote and without difficulties. By first removing Obamacare, which will reduce some taxes on the wealthy, Republicans will be able to better project additional tax cuts they can provide to that same group before creating their budget proposal.
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