President Donald Trump's healthcare plan was blasted Thursday for pushing things that are already in place, taking credit for past laws and making grand announcements that Trump will never be able to ensure actually happen. It took Trump five years to come up with this healthcare "plan."
To start, Trump began by making the same promise that President Barack Obama did - "If you like your doctor you can keep them." The regulation of which doctors are covered under healthcare plans aren't handled by the government as individual insurance companies make their own corporate decisions about which doctors are covered under their plans.
Trump also announced that under his plan there would be telehealth, something that has existed for years but that he said just became "big" during the pandemic.
He also declared that every patient would have access to their healthcare records, something that is already in place under HIPPA laws. With very few exceptions, HIPAA gives every American access to their records upon request.
Trump also announced that his executive order would officially make it the policy of the U.S. government to support coverage of pre-existing conditions. It's already a law unless Trump can get the Supreme Court to strike down the Affordable Care Act. All an executive order would do is mandate it for government plans, not for the rest of the American people.
Pres Trump: I am signing the first-ever executive order to affirm that it is the "official policy of the United Sta… https://t.co/B1sYNbEcWr— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche Alcindor)1600982609.0
Trump also ranted that the GOP was now the "healthcare party" and that under the Democratic plan "you'd lose your doctor again."
See the responses to the new "plan" below:
Trump never had a Healthcare plan. He never has. He's lying. Trust your eyes. Trust your ears. Cultivate your mind.… https://t.co/w1XefRkCzf— Dr. Jack Brown (@Dr. Jack Brown)1600984355.0
Trump campaign promises a groundbreaking healthcare bill. Instead we get a stump speech with announcement for $20… https://t.co/AaIjTfhZ0O— John (@John)1600984364.0
@GOP @realDonaldTrump What are we to believe? Tweets or the fact that the administration is in court right now tryi… https://t.co/Uc8l4BeFsp— Mike (@Mike)1600983423.0
Look. #ObamaCare was worse than doing nothing. But Trump's claim that “we’ve really become the health care party" is a joke.— Michael F. Cannon (@Michael F. Cannon)1600983374.0
@KellyO If and When Trump wins in the Supreme Court to strike down Obamacare/ACA and eliminate it. We will be witho… https://t.co/mVgH7g9Dhx— Barbara Tepper (@Barbara Tepper)1600983386.0
@GOP @realDonaldTrump He doesn't even know what that MEANS! He isn't protecting shit with his phony "EO"s that he s… https://t.co/bWEbxCssiM— Kevin Kreitman (@Kevin Kreitman)1600983371.0
@Yamiche He’s just trying to “buy” votes. That’s all this is. He’s proven time and time again that he wants to gut… https://t.co/P1BDkBkLus— Jenn Moore (@Jenn Moore)1600983382.0
Every time Trump talks about health care just remember, this is the issue that will defeat him. Solid reporting on… https://t.co/DSggJ5w3cu— Tim Hogan (@Tim Hogan)1600983684.0
@TeamTrump @realDonaldTrump Trump is literally f*cking trying to take the ACA away. He is taking away ppls access to health insurance.— Megan 🇺🇸 🦅🇺🇸 (@Megan 🇺🇸 🦅🇺🇸)1600983709.0
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump BFD. What does that cover? One prescription? 🐺🐾— Senecawolf2 (@Senecawolf2)1600983384.0
@TeamTrump @realDonaldTrump Awesome! That’s $200 more I can send to the Biden campaign! Trump is suing right now t… https://t.co/SrD3SVqyS8— 🇺🇸 The Chosen One Two (@🇺🇸 The Chosen One Two)1600984381.0
@UROCKlive1 @PressSec @realDonaldTrump They seem to be having trouble decoding "herd immunity without a vaccine."— g 🇺🇸🇫🇷 (@g 🇺🇸🇫🇷)1600983785.0
Facts: - Obamacare created the protections for pre-existing conditions - Trump has backed GOP bills to weaken them… https://t.co/pM8EWnQL83— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1600983795.0
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump Hmmm, weeks before an election when he is losing the senior vote! Wonder why it is happening now?— Dr. Barbara M. #BeRuthless (@Dr. Barbara M. #BeRuthless)1600983450.0
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump BS. I got the letter promising my stimulus check and never got it. Filed a claim. Never… https://t.co/kVY0kNbh5x— Brutal Realist (@Brutal Realist)1600983362.0
Um, don't know why I need to say this but a one time gift card for $200 toward prescription drugs is pissing in the… https://t.co/Pz3q3swwwz— Andrea R MD (@Andrea R MD)1600983927.0
Trump claims "Any health care reform legislation that comes to my desk from Congress MUST protect pre-existing cond… https://t.co/52PoclLftI— Janice Hough (@Janice Hough)1600984297.0
Trump’s health care presser was BS. Congress has to actually pass something. And the GOP will never agree on any of it— ƊЄƁ for Biden/Harris (@ƊЄƁ for Biden/Harris)1600984286.0
@realTuckFrumper OK PEOPLE WE MUST GET READY TO MARCH & PROTEST FOR TRUMP TO LEAVE OUR HEALTH CARE ALONE!!!— JOAN FITZPATRICK (@JOAN FITZPATRICK)1600984302.0
@WhiteHouse This PROVES you do NOT give a F-CK if anyone has access to healthcare.👇 Instead of taking ONE moment t… https://t.co/ZiAHfIM0bt— Sylvia Cox (Take 2 ... ) (@Sylvia Cox (Take 2 ... ))1600984398.0
Does anyone actually think something, anything at all, will come of Trump supposedly directing someone to do someth… https://t.co/lRJc7f446n— clayforsberg 🦔 (@clayforsberg 🦔)1600984301.0