President Trump is getting some surprising advice from one of his wealthy friends — scrap the current Trumpcare and pitch universal healthcare.
Christopher Ruddy, who is the CEO of the right-leaning media company Newsmax, laid out his pitch for the reality TV host-turned President of the United States in an op-ed hosted on his site.
“Remember that Obama and Trump agreed on the key, positive premise that every American should have access to medical care,” Ruddy wrote. “But both Obamacare and the new GOP plan (let’s call it Ryan Plan II), have a serious flaw: an onerous demand that almost every American should buy health insurance from the private market.”
Ruddy, who is a traditional conservative, further elaborates that he dislikes both Obamacare and the American Health Care Act because neither one addresses the fact that most health insurance companies have a monopoly on the market in their respective home states, making health insurance still largely unaffordable for many Americans and putting more money in the pockets of large health insurance giants. Ruddy also criticized the Affordable Care Act for pushing previously uninsured Americans into high-deductible plans.
“The newly insured under the Obamacare umbrella discovered that their basic care was never actually covered, because deductibles for their private insurance were raised. The sick ended up having to pay more in out of pocket expenses than before Obamacare,” he said.
The Newsmax CEO also reminded readers that his friend was one of few Republicans to speak out against the original healthcare proposal floated by Paul Ryan that turned Medicare into a voucher program, and floated a seven-point plan for President Trump to ditch House Republicans and get on the universal healthcare bandwagon:
1. Ditch the Freedom Caucus and the handful of Senate Republicans who want a complete repeal of Obamacare. They don’t agree with universal coverage and will never be placated.
2. Find a few parts of Ryan Care II that can win passage in the House and Senate with either GOP support or bipartisan support. Declare victory.
3. Rekindle the bipartisanship in Congress that Obama destroyed. Empanel a bipartisan committee to report back by year’s end with a feasible plan to fix Obamacare.
4. Reject the phony private health insurance market as the panacea. Look to an upgraded Medicaid system to become the country’s blanket insurer for the uninsured.
5. Tie Medicaid funding to states with the requirement each pass legislation to allow for a truly nationwide healthcare market.
6. Get Democrats to agree to modest tort reform to help lower medical costs.
7. While bolstering Medicare and improving Medicaid, get Republicans and Democrats to back the long-term fix of health savings accounts. This allows individuals to fund their own healthcare and even profit from it.
Universal healthcare is actually a popular policy with Trump voters. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) recently visited McDowell County, West Virginia — which Trump won by nearly 50 points in November — and got the entire room applauding at the concept of every American having healthcare as a universal right.
Tom Cahill is a writer for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook.