Fast-forward 15 months to Wednesday night, when Stephanopoulos and Trump were together again, this time at a town hall in Philadelphia. And this moment, when Trump was asked by a woman named Alycee Block, an assistant professor in Philadelphia who was born with an inflammatory disease, about his fight to get rid of a provision in the Affordable Care Act that blocks insurers from discriminating based on preexisting conditions.
“But what we’re doing is, we’re going to be doing a health care plan — preexisting, protecting people with preexisting conditions — as an example, yourself, it sounds like that’s exactly perfect. That’s exactly what we’re talking about. We’re going to be doing a health care plan very strongly and protect people with preexisting conditions…
“… I have it all ready, and it’s a much better plan for you, and it’s a much better plan.”
“We’re signing a health care plan within two weeks, a full and complete health care plan that the Supreme Court decision on DACA gave me the right to do. So we’re going to solve — we’re going to sign an immigration plan, a health care plan, and various other plans.”
That was on July 19. Two weeks from that day was August 2.
The morning after Trump’s town hall, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said that an Obamacare-alternative health care plan is “all ready” after “tweaks” and “modification.” It will be rolled out sometime “before the election,” Meadows told reporters.
The plan will be done through an executive action, “with a legislative component that is more visionary,” Meadows said, and blamed Congress for the significant delay.
Let’s deal in some facts, shall we?
2. Even if Trump proposed a comprehensive replacement plan for the ACA (aka Obamacare) tomorrow, there is a roughly 0% chance the legislative component would pass Congress before the election.
So, not only does Donald Trump not have an actual health care plan — still — but his administration is actively working to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. And to do so, just as a reminder, without any plan to replace it.
This is an emperor-has-no-clothes situation. Trump has been saying that he’s got this great plan that he’s about to unveil any moment now since, at least, June 2019. And, as recently as July 2020, he said that he was going to be “signing” the (nonexistent) plan in “two weeks.” And now Meadows is saying it’s “all ready” too.
Those numbers suggest the public has caught on to Trump’s secret, which is this: There’s no perfect health care plan that the President is about to drop.