During a recent hearing at Capitol Hill, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) had questions for several top Trump officials who work in health care about whether or not they had any idea about the details of the White House’s health care plan. The answers were not exactly comforting.
The officials included Brett Giroir, the federal testing czar, the assistant secretary for preparedness and response at HHS Robert Kadlec, AND the CDC director Robert Redfield and alarmingly they all one universal answer: they had no idea.
After the hearing, questions were posed about the plan to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
She answered with another troubling reply: “If you want to know,” she said, “come work here at the White House.” Her response raised eyebrows.
When a different reporter said there “doubts” that a new health care plan from the president “actually exists,” McEnany replied:
“No, it certainly does exist. The President, in the next week or so, will be laying out his vision for health care…. [T]he President will be laying out some additional healthcare steps in the coming, I would say, two weeks.”
Back in June 2017, Bloomberg News pointed out that Trump and his team had a habit answering every difficult question by saying the solution was “two weeks” away. Looks like they still have that habit on lock.
What Trump critics know is that the president has spent the last few years saying that he has a “terrific” health care plan and it will better, cheaper, and basically a miracle for everyone. And its “nearly ready.”
Just recently, Trump said, “I have it all ready. I have it all ready…. I have it all ready.”
And again in the last two months, he told Fox News he would “sign” a “full and complete” health care plan “within two weeks.” Guess what? It’s been “two weeks” time and again.
What’s frightening to think about is that our current health care system, the ACA, could be in jeopardy if Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices will demolish it – so if President Trump has a plan, it would be nice to hear about it now before we are left hanging.