I didn't say that's how it works bud.I'm glad you retracted that claim. It would have been utter madness for you to pursue it further.
What ideas of Trump's exactly are in the AHCA?Tax-deductible insurance premiums were promised, tax credits were provided (similar enough, except better for the poor), the lack of an immediate cut to Medicaid and a close equivalent of block grants is there, and the remaining promise (increasing price transparency) couldn't have reasonably been part of a budget plan. So far, so good. I'm very surprised that you so conveniently forgot about all these.
It seems that your dissatisfaction stems from the assumption that Trump has to fulfil all his healthcare promises with a single bill (that and you didn't pay attention before the election, or didn't want to pay attention). That, while completely unrealistic and unrelated to how American politics has ever worked, is at least somewhat understandable. But not everything has to happen in one shot (or one successful shot). The man still has a year or two before ACA collapses (although these estimates may now be outdated given how quickly insurers are fleeing). By then, he has to either secure support from the Democrats or cave to the pressure from hardline Republicans. Time will tell which one he'll choose and how many of his promises he'll be able to fulfil as a consequence.
I don't recall him actually explaining anything about his health care plans during the campaign except maybe selling across state lines.
What I recall is that he said it was going to be terrific, the best and everyone will be covered.
But I'll take your word for it.https://web.archive.org/web/20161110004206/https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions/healthcare-reform
Here's his healthcare positions officially.
-Completely repeal Obamacare. Our elected representatives must eliminate the individual mandate. No person should be required to buy insurance unless he or she wants to.
(The bill didn't completely repeal Obamacare but it did remove the mandate)
-Modify existing law that inhibits the sale of health insurance across state lines. As long as the plan purchased complies with state requirements, any vendor ought to be able to offer insurance in any state. By allowing full competition in this market, insurance costs will go down and consumer satisfaction will go up.
(The bill did not have this)
-Allow individuals to fully deduct health insurance premium payments from their tax returns under the current tax system. Businesses are allowed to take these deductions so why wouldn’t Congress allow individuals the same exemptions? As we allow the free market to provide insurance coverage opportunities to companies and individuals, we must also make sure that no one slips through the cracks simply because they cannot afford insurance. We must review basic options for Medicaid and work with states to ensure that those who want healthcare coverage can have it.
(As you said, this had it close enough)
-Allow individuals to use Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Contributions into HSAs should be tax-free and should be allowed to accumulate. These accounts would become part of the estate of the individual and could be passed on to heirs without fear of any death penalty. These plans should be particularly attractive to young people who are healthy and can afford high-deductible insurance plans. These funds can be used by any member of a family without penalty. The flexibility and security provided by HSAs will be of great benefit to all who participate.
(These already exist, he's just saying to remove the estate tax portion of it)
-Require price transparency from all healthcare providers, especially doctors and healthcare organizations like clinics and hospitals. Individuals should be able to shop to find the best prices for procedures, exams or any other medical-related procedure.
(Didn't have it but it's not actually practical anyway. Have you ever SEEN medical billing and coding? It's a nightmare. It's not like ordering from a restaurant menu, a doctor's office visit can change in cost depending on what they find. An X-Ray or MRI changes in cost based on what they are looking for. In order to even write a bill you need months of special training. To give it an analogy: It would be like a mechanic being just as transparent with car repair. How would they easily say "Well, basic inspection of your engine costs $50, $10 additional per problem found, plus time for proper diagnosis* [time varies by engine model. See Disassembly time estimate book for details], plus extra time (calculated after the fact) for any difficulty in removing parts required for diagnosis." without it being a giant god damn mess? You can't just say "this costs x" because that's just not how these things work. Hell, you can't even do that with anything complicated. Budget overruns are very common for a reason.
-Block-grant Medicaid to the states. Nearly every state already offers benefits beyond what is required in the current Medicaid structure. The state governments know their people best and can manage the administration of Medicaid far better without federal overhead. States will have the incentives to seek out and eliminate fraud, waste and abuse to preserve our precious resources.
(You mentioned this)
-Remove barriers to entry into free markets for drug providers that offer safe, reliable and cheaper products. Congress will need the courage to step away from the special interests and do what is right for America. Though the pharmaceutical industry is in the private sector, drug companies provide a public service. Allowing consumers access to imported, safe and dependable drugs from overseas will bring more options to consumers.
(He kinda did this already by trying to remove the FDA or at least make it weaker, which is the only real barrier. Though this kinda kills his 'America First' idea.)
How much of that was in the AHCA?
Also, he said that it was a bill in 3 parts. I'm like... WTF? Ok, you want 3 bills to do it. Fine. But 1. you didn't do much of anything in the first bill and 2. why haven't you even outlined the other two bill parts?
[time varies by engine model. See Disassembly time estimate book for details]McMaster would disagree, and it was McMaster who planned it. Coincidentally, McMaster is the reason Trump is suddenly doing well on foreign policy.[/time]
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Wait, which Syria bombing? I'm referring to the one in response to the chemical attack, not the MOAB bunker hit as that was well done.
Now, I don't expect him to do everything. His job is to sell his ideas, not write the bill. But I DO expect him to understand what he's trying to sell. He promised things without having any understanding on what that meant. He talks to state leaders without understanding their culture or nation's history. Yelling at heads of state on the phone is also a fun thing you shouldn't do.
But the one thing he promised, more than anything, more than any specific idea?
He had the best people. The best. People you've never heard of.
So yes, his team is very important and he surrounded himself with self interest individuals who have absolutely no idea what they're doing in the job they were assigned. So not only has he failed to do his own research (he even bragged about not preparing for debates), he failed to get experts in the field who would do that for him.[/time]