As usual, Trump didn’t roll out any details associated with his call for action. You may remember that when he was in the Oval Office, Trump repeatedly suggested a new health plan was almost always ”two weeks away” — an answer that turned into a running political joke akin to his plans for ”Infrastructure Week.”
On Capitol Hill, the GOP fervor to repeal what’s officially known as the Affordable Care Act has long faded away — with no action in this Congress on any broad plans to overhaul or get rid of the current system.
“The only thing Obamacare delivered was increased costs, fewer choices and broken promises,” said U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C.
So what’s the GOP alternative? That’s the odd part. After nearly 14 years of talking about repealing the Obama health law, Trump and Republicans in Congress still don’t have a specific GOP ”plan.”
Apart from buzz phrases such as ”patient-centered” health plans, preserving the doctor-patient relationship and ”market-based” programs, there isn’t a health package that’s anywhere close to getting a GOP majority in the Congress.
And even when they try to nibble around the edges of the current system, Republicans haven’t really tried too hard.
For example, the U.S. House passed a bill in June that would let small businesses give money to their workers and allow them to use it to buy insurance coverage.
But Republicans never sent that bill across the Capitol to the Senate. If you watched “Schoolhouse Rock,” you know laws aren’t made when only the House approves a bill.
National Democrats were more than happy to have Trump and Republicans talk again about repealing the Obama health law.
“My predecessor has once again — God love him — called for cuts that could rip away health insurance for tens of millions of Americans,” President Joe Biden said at the White House.
We all know the current health care system in America is far from perfect. One would think that Republicans could put forward a serious alternative — but it hasn’t happened.
Maybe in the next two weeks.
Jamie Dupree has covered national politics and Congress from Washington since the Reagan administration. His column appears weekly in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. For more, check out his Capitol Hill newsletter at http://jamiedupree.substack.com.