Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser for Donald Trump, tried in vain to reassure Americans that Republicans were not about to destroy healthcare access for millions of Americans by repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also called Obamacare) without having a much better plan ready to replace it.
Remember how Republicans went into a frenzy when President Barack Obama promised Americans, “if you like your coverage, you can keep it?” Well, now it seems as though they’ve come full circle, as Conway made the same promise concerning coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.
On Tuesday, Conway sat down with MSNBC’s Morning Joe crew to discuss her boss’s new and improved alternative to Obamacare. “There’s no question there will be different health insurance in the country under President Trump,” she said confidently.
When co-host Joe Scarborough asked Conway to confirm if Americans covered under Obamacare would automatically be covered under Trump’s plan, the Trump aide replied:
“That is correct. We don’t want anyone who currently has insurance to not have insurance.”
She continued, “We’re aware the public likes coverage for pre-existing conditions. There are some pieces of merit in the current plan.”
Conway continued to rattle off the same carefully scripted vague talking points that she used during the election while steering away from any specific details. However, Mike Barnicle pressed and asked her squarely, “Right now, do you or do you not have a replacement plan ready to go, ramped up ready to go say tomorrow?”
Conway, who was clearly not comfortable giving a direct answer, demurred, “We have pieces of it that we need to discuss…”
But Barnicle wanted an answer. “What is it?” he pressed.
Conway once again used her Matrix-like powers to try and deflect the question, stating, “We don’t have an HHS Secretary confirmed yet…”
Of course, Trump’s HHS Nominee, Congressman Tom Price (R-Ga.), had been a long-standing critic of Obamacare and, with other Republicans, should have had at least seven years to formulate their own plan ready to go on the first day they repeal Obamacare. So far they’ve only offered vague concepts such as getting rid “of the lines around the states,” and other “free market” gimmicks that Republicans love to promote but which have no real-world application.
Then Conway instead tried to shift the blame for the GOP’s unprepared plan to Democrats. She said:
“We’re ready to go. We’re not the only party, we’re certainly the majority party. We need some help and we some need assistance by the Democrats to at least be fair and have meetings and of course timely and fair processes.”
Barnicle hit back hard, “You’re asking to be as fair as Republicans were,” when the GOP obstructed everything the Obama administration tried to accomplish.
Conway must have had a minor earpiece malfunction or else she chose to ignore Barnicle’s comment. Instead, she concluded by saying:
“Some experts say that it could take years to actually complete the process.”
It looks like Republicans have chased the Obamacare bus for years but now that they’ve caught up with it, they haven’t the slightest clue what to do.
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