No Senator Cruz, Donald Trump does NOT want Single Payer health care.

healthcareBy C. Steven Tucker

I have been studying health care policy for 20 years now. I am also a multi-state licensed health insurance broker who continues to operate in an increasingly less competitive and more bureaucratically controlled system on both the federal and state level. During the last 20 years I have seen a lot of changes in the U.S. health care system. Some of them good (HIPAA) and some bad (Reagan’s EMTALA) the PPACA a.k.a. “Obamacare” etc.

During the last two decades I have read everything I could get my hands on pertaining to health care policy. I also spent the longest two weeks of my entire life reading the PPACA – Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act – shortly after it was passed into law on March 23, 2010. I have also appeared on television,radio and written expert commentary on health care policy on this blog and for professional business journals around the country. If there is one thing I know it is health care policy and if there is another thing I know it is a lie when I hear it.

I have bit my tongue long enough. As a delegate for Senator Ted Cruz I have been placed into a difficult and increasingly uncomfortable position and now I havehad enough!  Continuing to support Senator Cruz after he repeats incorrectly and ad nauseum that A vote for Donald Trump is a vote for Obamacare and, that “if you vote Donald Trump, you vote for Bernie Sanders-style socialized medicine. Or even worse that Trump, Clinton and Sanders “have the identical position on health care” has forced me into a crisis of conscience. These are statements that even the left leaning Politifact has correctly identified as FALSE.

There are two things I detest above all others. Lies and intellectual laziness. There are far too many of my fellow “Cruzers” who either refuse to do the necessary research on Mr. Trump’s health care proposals or are simply too lazy to simply read his actual policy proposals as outlined in both his books “Time To Get Tough” from 2011 and his latest book “Crippled America” from 2015. Therefore, I have linked the pertinent sections pertaining to Mr. Trump’s actualhealth care policy proposals below.

This first link is a link to chapter 8 of Mr. Trump’s book “Time To Get Tough“.
This second link is a link to chapter 7 of Mr. Trump’s book “Crippled America.”

As you read through chapter 8 of “Time To Get Tough” and you read through chapter 7 of “Crippled America” you will not find Mr. Trump calling for “Single Payer” health care coverage anywhere. In fact, in chapter 7 of “Crippled America” you will find that Mr. Trump specifically disavows his tepid and earlier support for a Single Payer system as one of the options he was considering as a person in the private sector more than 15 years ago.
He also calls for repeal and replace of Obamacare not “expansion of Obamacare” as Senator Cruz falsely states that he does.

Furthermore, in both books he calls for the following private sector reforms. Some of which are also called for under both Senator Cruz’s health care reform policy proposal and Dr. Ben Carson’s proposal. In addition to federal and state reforms. They are:

1.) Repeal of the McCarran Ferguson Act so health insurance can be sold across state lines.
2.) Expansion of Health Savings Accounts to promote price transparency & accountability.
3.) Tort (or Medical Malpractice Reform)
4.) Reform of our health care social safety nets such as Medicaid.
5.) Mr. Trump has most recently added necessary reforms to be made to our broken Veteran’s Administration health care system specifically because it, like all other Single Payer systems is an unmitigated disaster!

“But Steve, Trump said he wants “Universal Healthcare! I heard him say it on CBS!!” Yes, he did. So what does Mr. Trump mean by “universal” healthcare? For that we simply have to look up the definition of the word ‘universal”. According to Miriam Webster’s dictionary the term “universal” means “existing or available for everyone”. That does not mean ‘Single Payer’ nor does it mean ‘government controlled’! It means a health care system where everyone has access to some form of health care delivery. That is what I want. That is what Senator Cruz wants and that’s what nearly every politician on both sides of the isle wants. Affordable access to health care services for everyone. How do we do that? When it comes to Medicaid, you can look to former Governor Mitch Daniel’s reforms that worked in Indiana or more recently to Governor Scott Walker’s reforms that were made in Wisconsin. There are other ideas also.

Most importantly when it comes to the vast majority of Americans this is what Mr. Trump actually says at the end of chapter 7 of “Crippled America” and I quote:

“The government doesn’t belong in health care except at the very last resort. The main way the government should be involved is to make sure the insurance companies (not a top down, authoritative single payer health care system) are financially strong so that if there is a catastrophic event or they make some kind of miscalculation, they have the resources they need to handle it.”

Mr. Trump also says in the beginning of chapter 7 of “Time To Get Tough” and I quote:

“..we still need a plan to bring down health care costs and to make health care insurance (not a top down, authoritative Single Payer health care system) more affordable for everyone. It starts with increasing competitionbetween insurance companies. Competition makes everything better and more affordable.”

But Steve! Trump said “the government is going to pay for it.” I saw it on CBS!”
Yes, he did. Firstly, the government pays for nothing. It confiscates wealth from taxpayers and redistributes it. Secondly, we taxpayers already pay to provide health care services to millions of our nation’s indigent and those who are developmentally disabled. We also subsidize programs such as Medicare Part D and other health care programs. We will continue to do so because Americans are compassionate people who seek to help those who are truly in need. I say truly in need because under the PPACA (Obamacare) we expanded Medicaid to single adults without children who happen to fall below 138% of the Federal Poverty Level. In doing so we robbed those finite resources from single mothers and the developmentally disabled. That is not helping those who are truly in need and this among other reasons is why Trump wants Obamacare repealed and replaced with a “universal” health care system that encourages more competition among private health insurers with an emphasis on reforming how taxpayers pay for our health care safety net.

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About the Author

Joe Dan Gorman
Joe Dan Gorman is the creator, host & producer of Intellectual Froglegs. Unapologetic Christian. Nominated for VIDEO BLOGGER OF THE YEAR at CPAC 2013. Former Real Estate Investment Broker until real estate collapse in 2007. Began new career in 2011 - Intellectual Froglegs is like a one-man band... and Joe Dan is that one man. Put God first and everything else will fall into place.
  • Ned

    I wish Dave Blount would post this over at Moonbattery, but he doesn’t care about the truth. I wonder when he’s going to have that epiphany that all the anti-Trump rhetoric he’s been spewing is false.

    • Joe Dan Gorman

      I’ll shoot my buddy Dave a note. Everyone gets caught up in Election Madness, LOL.

  • Surfin’ JP

    Why only focus on this book?

    Another book Trump wrote…”The America We Deserve”(2000)…detailed his support for taking out Saddam. So, he was actually lying when he went Code Pink/Michael Moore the other night, claiming that “Bush lied about WMDs, and people died” and also blaming Bush for 9/11.

    He also claimed “we could look it up” regarding his opposition to the Iraq War. Orgs did and found no evidence that he opposed the war before it started.

    Reminds me of Obama, who ran on opposing the war but was an Illinois Senator in 2003.

    He also DOES support federal funding for PP, and eminent domain for the taking of PRIVATE property…AND said his sister (a federal judge who ruled against a NJ partial abortion law, calling it an attack on Roe v Wade).

    Why not focus on Trump’s lies about these crucial facts? Why so selective? Why focus on 1 Trump book and not the other?

    Especially now, after Scalia, you would trust a proven liar who, when cornered calls other people liars.

    Cruz fought DC, Trump bought it.

    The feeding trough will be safe and secure under Trump. The tables of the money-changers remain upright.

    But so what? “It’ll be terrific. We’ll be winning again.”

    After Scalia, this just got real. It’s Cruz, Trump or Rubio.

    If Rubio is unacceptable (he is) due to his past violations of conservatism, so is Trump.

    That leaves Cruz.

    Here’s Trump, from his 2000 book, revealing he lied the other night:

    “Consider Iraq. After each pounding from U.S . warplanes, Iraq has dusted itself off and gone right back to work developing a nuclear arsenal. Six years of tough talk and U.S. fireworks in Baghdad have done little to slow Iraq’s crash program to become a nuclear power. They’ve got missiles capable of flying nine hundred kilometers—more than enough to reach Tel Aviv. They’ve got enriched uranium. All they need is the material for nuclear fission to complete the job, and, according to the Rumsfeld report, we don’t even know for sure if they’ve laid their hands on that yet. That’s what our last aerial assault on Iraq in 1999 was about. Saddam Hussein wouldn’t let UN weapons inspectors examine certain sites where that material might be stored. The result when our bombing was over? We still don’t know what Iraq is up to or whether it has the material to build nuclear weapons. I’m no warmonger. But the fact is, if we decide a strike against Iraq is necessary, it is madness not to carry the mission to its conclusion. When we don’t, we have the worst of all worlds: Iraq remains a threat, and now has more incentive than ever to attack us.”

    So… that’s basically the Bush rationale (and the bipartisan Senate’s) for the Iraq War.

    Were they actually following Trump’s advice?

  • Surfin’ JP

    Code Pink agrees with Intellectual Froglegs. Congratulations!

    You really must be “candy for conservative brains”. What kind?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-code-pink_us_56c0afbfe4b0c3c55051c763?1r7zm2t9

  • An interesting article that says some of the reforms match Ben’s and Ted’s. OK that’s good but then you throw up a strawman argument about how the Government doesn’t pay for it since they confiscate the money from us. Talk about trying to split hairs to cya. Even with that definition it’s still Government health-care. I work in the medical field and I can tell you flat out, everybody gets treated. I have been in dozens of cases where everybody in the rooms knows this dirtbag will never pay a penny. He still got the same treatment as everyone else. Anybody who says people don’t get treatment either doesn’t know what they are talking about or are lying to you. Open up the free markets to competition and at most provide for the most truly needy – needy not lazy!

  • So just in case you missed it, Trump went on CNN and said flat out “I like the mandate” refering to Obama care. It’s available on youtube. Trump speaking with Anderson Cooper in SC.

  • Kerry Hulett

    The only policy on which Trump is consistent is he wants to get elected President.