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Trump’s Health Care Plan Isn’t One

This article was originally published in the Gettysburg Times, September 21, 2020

Amid the worst pandemic since 1918, President Trump once again stated during his recent Town Hall meeting in Pennsylvania that he will unveil his new health-care plan in the next few weeks. This supposed new plan will replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which the President has railed against for over four years.

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Please do not get excited by this announcement. According to the Washington Post, the President has promised a new health-care plan at least 15 times and never delivered.

So far the president’s only proposal to overhaul the health-care system has been to ask the Supreme Court to strike down the Affordable Care Act. That would leave 23 million people without health insurance during a pandemic. It would also place those of us with pre-existing conditions in the hands of the insurance companies. That may mean we go back to the pre-ACA days where insurance companies could deny health coverage.

Please do not believe the president’s promises on health care. Time and again he has raised false hopes of “a phenomenal plan” only to never deliver. Clearly his health-care plan is to take away coverage not increase it.

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Tom Deloe is a retired federal employee and lives with his wife in Cumberland Township.

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