When it comes to shooting their mouths off without hearing the details, it’s impossible to find anyone more willing to make unsubstantiated accusations based on whatever than Democrats. Let’s be blunt in setting this up. President Trump signed an executive order instructing his HHS secretary and other federal departments to look for ways to give the American people the ability to buy health insurance across state lines, thereby increasing competition. He’s also instructed his HHS secretary to change the definition of Qualified Health Plans, aka QHPs, so that the people don’t have to purchase Cadillac plans.
It’s worth noting that the ACA instructs the HHS secretary to fill in tons of blanks on a wide range of provisions. For instance, “there are more than 2,500 references to the secretary of HHS in the health care law (in most cases she’s simply mentioned as ‘the Secretary’). A further breakdown finds that there are more than 700 instances in which the Secretary is instructed that she ‘shall’ do something, and more than 200 cases in which she “may” take some form of regulatory action if she chooses. On 139 occasions, the law mentions decisions that the ‘Secretary determines.'”
In other words, this Republican administration is instructing “the Secretary” to do what the ACA requires the Secretary to do. Did Democrats applaud President Trump’s decision? Get serious. This Washington Examiner article recorded the Democrats’ reaction:
Congressional Democrats said Thursday that President Trump’s executive order to relax insurance rules is the latest evidence of Republican “sabotage” against Obamacare.
Nancy Pelosi couldn’t wait to weigh in:
“I do know it is a sabotage of the Affordable Care Act and quite frankly a disservice to the American people,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a press conference Tuesday.
Remember that Ms. Pelosi didn’t have any details about President Trump’s EO when she criticized President Trump’s EO. Coming from the woman who infamously said that they had to pass the bill to find out what’s in it, that’s pretty rich.
What’s interesting about the Democrats’ criticism of President Trump’s EO is that it increases competition. President Trump’s EO lets the people pick the health insurance plan they want rather than having to buy the plan that the government instructs you to buy.
That isn’t sabotaging anything. The people might argue that President Trump’s EO enhances their options. It’s funny that Democrats instinctively criticize President Trump each time he’s modified and/or improved an Obama bill. Why can’t the Democrats just once celebrate President Trump’s improvements? This is insulting:
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said in a series of tweets that the order could create more “junk” insurance plans since it could lead to bypassing pre-existing condition protections on the individual market. “It would allow cheap, low-quality plans onto the market that could discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, seniors, women,” he tweeted.
Implicit in Sen. Kaine’s tweet is that the American people need the government’s help in picking health insurance plans. Why don’t Democrats think families, after consulting with their physicians, can make informed decisions?