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Trump Addresses Congress on Healthcare Reform

Trump Addresses Congress on Healthcare Reform

During a Joint Address to Congress, Feb. 28, President Trump called on Democrats and Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and provider better healthcare.
“Mandating every American to buy government-approved health insurance was never the right solution for our country,” Trump said. “The way to make health insurance available to everyone is to lower the cost of health insurance, and that is what we are going to do.”

Five Principles to Reform

Trump outlined his five principles for reforming healthcare for all Americans:

First, we should ensure that Americans with preexisting conditions have access to coverage, and that we have a stable transition for Americans currently enrolled in the healthcare exchanges.

Secondly, we should help Americans purchase their own coverage through the use of tax credits and expanded Health Savings Accounts — but it must be the plan they want, not the plan forced on them by our government.

Thirdly, we should give our great state governors the resources and flexibility they need with Medicaid to make sure no one is left out.

Fourth, we should implement legal reforms that protect patients and doctors from unnecessary costs that drive up the price of insurance, and work to bring down the artificially high price of drugs, and bring them down immediately.

And finally, the time has come to give Americans the freedom to purchase health insurance across state lines, which will create a truly competitive national marketplace that will bring costs way down and provide far better care.

Trump is also recommending Congress slash restraints on the FDA drug-approval process so people who need a new drug can get it before it’s too late.

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  1. Dolores Kesemere says:

    What about Medicare? Any changes?

  2. Robert C. Miglino says:

    Republicans will soon realize that not only did this man totally lie to the American people about what he will do to Obamacare for the betterment of all, but they will also soon see that there is NO real solution to the ongoing expensive healthcare mess except for Universal healthcare for all – something that is well worth the taxes we’d have to pay to fund it. I would also like to say this: Why is the conversation in this country always on WHO will pay for healthcare when at least a large measure of the conversation should be on WHY healthcare has to be so incredibly expensive in the first place with hospitals, hospital executives, drug companies and medical manufacturers making an absolute fortune in the current system actually, what I would call obscene profits at our expense. I just found out for instance, that the CEO of my little local, not-for-profit community hospital of only 130 beds has a salary of $640,000 a year with an unbelievable benefit package that the average nurse at the hospital could only dream of. Hospitals are charging $6 for a Tylenol they pay 3 cents for and they do that with every x-ray. alcohol swap, gauze pad, lab test and a million other things. in fact, the charge-master (a hospital’s master list of fees) of any given hospital has no rhyme or reason to what the costs to the hospital are. HMO CEO’s are making salaries of $20,000,000 a year and even higher – simply obscene. Much more of the nation’s conversation should be on this in my opinion and I urge everyone reading this to start those conversations whenever and to whomever they can. .

  3. Anita Flatt says:

    It is so great to hear President Trump set up these great criteria for making health care acceptable to everyone.

  4. stacy boston says:

    Well said Robert C. Miglino!

  5. Curtis Jackson says:

    Thank you Robert Miglino. You hit the nail on the head. As healthcare professionals, it is our responsibility to steer the conversation to the real issues that are the driving forces of this madness.

  6. Renee Billinger says:

    VERY well said, Robert! I’m scared to see what this new package will eventually be after the House and Senate make their revisions to the plan. Not saying that changes don’t need to be made, but Robert hit the mark when he stated that the overall costs of healthcare need to be addressed, and it starts with the outrageous salaries of not only the hospital CEO’s, but also the CEO’s of the Insurance companies.

  7. Brenda Wisconsin says:

    Robert nailed it!….and very well put Robert! Do we have to have Oprah address it for people to hear it and care!?….dang I wish I could contact her to get out there and do her Oprah thing on this issue!

  8. Sheila says:

    Robert you have a outstanding point of view.

  9. Brenda Wayne says:

    Socialized medicine will never work in America. Our patients demand expert care, not bare minimum care. Also, with no tort reform and self-funded, expensive education costs, only limousine liberals and rejects from plumbing school will want to be physicians! I cannot imagine anyone with an IQ over 135 would want to be a physician 10 years from now if the ACA was not repealed. I do not want a half-wit diagnosing and treating my illnesses…it’s bad enough having them fix my toilet.Luckily, I recently found a really bright plumber, but I fired three idiots before I found hi. I do not wish to have the same difficulty find a physician in 2026 when I become a Medicare recipient!

  10. Joan says:

    Robert Miglino You are right I am desparately trying to get back into the medical billing field I am a CCS biller and coder. Right now I work as a Certified Nurses Assistant. In facilities I have worked in they are cutting to the bone, while I have seen the executives receiving salaries that are obscene. I noticed a lot of skilled nurses facilities to be under a corporation where the patient is just a Medicare number, and get minimum service. On a personal note I need all the help I can get to pass the CPC exam, and afterword find employment . I am willing to relocate along the Eastern coast.