Donald Trump announced that he was willing to find a compromise and work with Democrats on the healthcare reforms, following the failure of imposing yet another Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
The president is getting increasingly annoyed by the piling failures of Republicans to repeal Obama’s healthcare policies, which was their campaign promise for nearly a decade in their climb to power. The 2010 law extended health coverage to millions of Americans but which they decry as unwarranted government intrusion. This time, they want September’s failure to be the last, and seem willing to work with democrats. It’s almost guaranteed that the law would remain in place through the end of 2017.
We will have the votes for Healthcare but not for the reconciliation deadline of Friday, after which we need 60. Get rid of Filibuster Rule!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2017
“But in the meantime, I have that little period of time, I’ll negotiate with the Democrats if we can come up with a fantastic health care bill, that’s okay with me. Good for both parties. Bipartisan,” Trump said to Fox & Friends.
The idea popular among right-wings and some center voters would allow people to purchase health insurance from other states. Proponents say would increase competition and drive down costs but critics say this would lead to a “race to the bottom” as insurance companies based themselves in states with the most lenient regulations and sold plans based on those rules throughout the country.
Free market forces are mostly effective in constraining the surplus capitalism (aided by government oversight and a vigorous legal system). However, after so many decades, it impossible to ignore that capitalism – even when bolstered by government “safety net” programs – has failed to serve those who need health insurance the most or to incentivize companies to make affordable and quality insurance universally available.
A structurally anti-consumer system is mostly to blame here. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation says that of all health insurance obtained outside government programs (i.e., Medicare and Medicaid), 85 percent or more comes through employers. As a result, most Americans have their insurance chosen for them by a middleman.
Trump claimed that the GOP could corral enough votes to pass the measure – a last-gasp effort to deliver on a central campaign promise of the last seven years – but not in time for this week’s deadline, after which 60 votes would be needed instead of 51.
The president told reporters on Wednesday that he would engage Democrats to “see if I can get a health plan that is even better”.