Being a libertarian-minded individual I hear the demands from Democrats, especially media types that Republicans, and especially Donald Trump, explain what they would replace Obamacare with after it is repealed as they promise. The whole premise of ‘Replacing’ it sounds like another government managed health care system. It might be less onerous than Obamacare but that would last only until the next Democrat administration.
The United States health system worked well for two hundred years. As medical care became more complex and more expensive we got health insurance policies. Sometimes we paid for them and sometimes they were a perk of our job. It all worked pretty well until our national government started to regulate it. Then it got much more expensive. That’s what happens when they do that. Every time.
That’s why I was interested to hear whatever I could abut the system Trump says he would use to replace the disaster that is Obamacare. Yesterday his Vice-Presidential candidate, Mike Pence, gave us a little insight.
A Trump plan will make health care affordable and will put people back in the driver’s seat of their health care, not the government. We will get rid of the individual mandate, because the government shouldn’t tell you how to spend your money. We will allow people to purchase insurance across state lines, just like you can with your auto or life or other insurance policies. We will create a transition period for those receiving subsidies to ensure that Americans don’t face disruption or other hardship in their coverage.
We will make it easier for Americans to open Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) that they can use to pay for health insurance. The idea of a tax-free account to pay for medical expenses was pioneered in my home state of Indiana to fix the flaws in our health care system.
Donald Trump and I will work with Republican majorities in the House and Senate to free states from Washington’s top-down approach to Medicaid. States know what’s best for their people and Donald Trump and I will give states new freedom and flexibility through block granting Medicaid so states can innovate and reform and design programs that meet the unique needs of their citizens.
And we will reverse Obamacare’s federal takeover of the insurance market. We didn’t see the type of rate increases across the nation when the States were running things.”
That’s not much but it sounds a lot better than the law as it now exists.
Read the whole thing at Real Clear Politics