For at least four years President Donald Trump has been promising the American people a health care plan. He famously sat for the "60 Minutes" cameras just days after the 2016 election and said, "this is what I do I do a good job I mean I know how to do this stuff."
He promised his new health care plan would protect the millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions and would be "great health care for much less money."
After years of promises Trump on Thursday unveiled his "health care plan."
He's calling it his "health care vision" because it's not an actual plan, it's a wish list.
And it's a mere executive order.
"The actual policies," Stat News reports, "however, are simple, superficial, and non-binding executive orders. Neither will improve the quality of Americans’ health care or lower its cost.
The Daily Beast's Sam Stein reports HHS Sec. Alex Azar earlier in the day was forced to admit "Trump’s forthcoming executive order on preexisting conditions will not carry weight of actual law should SCOTUS strike down the ACA [Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act.] Said it is a 'defined statement of U.S. policy that people with preexisting conditions are protected.'"
Here's how Stein sums up Trump's big reveal:
In other words, the big health care plan that Trump has been saying is two weeks away for several months now is a s… https://t.co/yOb1unimsx— Sam Stein (@Sam Stein)1600975642.0
Here's MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle:
Get ready for this executive order... Sources expecting @realDonaldTrump announce, that to fix surprise insurance d… https://t.co/rOQCDBCTv6— Stephanie Ruhle (@Stephanie Ruhle)1600974810.0
Stein is far from alone in mocking Trump's "plan."
Here's how Buzzfeed sums it up:
President Trump Finally Laid Out His Health Care Plan. It Doesn’t Do Anything. https://t.co/8tX8oKc4Vi— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed)1600981514.0
Here's a health care policy reporter from medical new site Stat News:
Unless I'm missing something, the Trump admin just rolled out its long-awaited health care plan, which entails: -… https://t.co/KJG5yOPHYM— Lev Facher (@Lev Facher)1600975294.0
Trump is now claiming he has a "healthcare plan" that would "protect patients with preexisting conditions" but he's… https://t.co/umCiqJrWe0— The American Independent (@The American Independent)1600981363.0
so the main pillar of Trump's health care plan is to co-opt the central plank of Obamacare while calling Obamacare… https://t.co/lvGzT8RsC1— insidevoices (@insidevoices)1600984063.0
4 years of lying to cancer patients is what he has https://t.co/StMPtgA3Am— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP)1600984013.0
@ddale8 -Fact Trump has been President for 3 1/2 years, 2 of which he had GOP Majority in the House & Senate, no He… https://t.co/RRkWt6H8iO— Tgage (@Tgage)1600983935.0
What a joke. It appears that they put a large law-sized book on the table next to Trump during the signing of his f… https://t.co/hdEEgFc8YQ— Josh Dorner (@Josh Dorner)1600983838.0
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump This is not happening. Just like there is no health care plan coming on October 5th and… https://t.co/KFrGeHqhFm— 14Stories (@14Stories)1600983744.0
And then this:
Reminder: Trump has no healthcare plan. Never has. Never will. https://t.co/jQjfHFchU6— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch.com)1600982720.0