As with virtually all politicians, Donald Trump does not understand health care or paying for it. He seeks simple, naive solutions that assume buying health care is like buying any other service and that average people are health care shoppers. Hey just give everyone a voucher to buy the insurance they want Sure that will do it 🤔
DT: I’m gonna make the whole thing work like a business. The same way my hotels are a business. We’re gonna save big bucks by having proper competition, just like in the hotel business. I’ll tell ya, if hotel rates had gone up like healthcare costs, I’d be a trillionaire not just a billionaire. What we’re gonna do, we’re gonna let every American choose what insurance to buy, just like they can decide where to stay to get the best deal. And we’re gonna do it with a lot less government interference.
MK: How’s that going to work?
DT: See, we’ll give everyone a voucher that they use to buy the insurance they want. Just like they can choose a superior Trump brand resort or a crummy Motel 6.
MK: Why would anyone choose the Motel 6 option for their health insurance?
DT: The voucher will cover the Motel 6 costs, but people are gonna have to use some of their own cash if they want a superior brand. Like mine.
MK: So, back to healthcare, there’ll be more competition between insurers. But isn’t there competition today?
DT: Nah, not really. Most insurance is bought by employers who only want to keep their [bleep] unions happy. If regular people had to use their own cash to get anything more than Motel 6 insurance they’d buy only what they need, for a lot less money. But everyone would have insurance, like I’ve always said.
MK: Where would the funding for the vouchers come from? This is beginning to sound like Senator Sanders’ Medicare for All proposal.
DT: That Bernie! Well-meaning guy, but he’d bankrupt us all with new taxes. I’ll tell ya where the money for my plan would come from. We’ll end this deal where some people get insurance for free from their employers and others don’t get anything. Companies shouldn’t be in the insurance business anyway. Aetna doesn’t build airplanes, so why should Boeing provide insurance? That’s nuts. We’ll get rid of monopolies. We’ll get rid of Medicaid, won’t need it anymore. We’ll get rid of a zillion bureaucrats. And we’ll use vouchers to make Medicare competitive, too. And we’ll do it with no new taxes.