Trump's Promises on Health Insurance Not Exactly Panning Out

 Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, America's most bombastic president's to date, made a lot of promises on the campaign trail about reforming Obamacare and now people are taking him to task on the issue.

Trump wanted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but almost no one is happy with the results of the negotiations in Congress, either House or Senate, in their proposed bills for health care reform.

Photo by Gage Skidmore: Donald Trump speaking at a rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona.
Trump promised lower drug costs and affordable care for all, just as President Barack Obama did, but this proposed legislation is falling flat, as this Washington Post report points out. Trump wanted insurance for everyone, but estimates are that some 22 million people could lose health insurance as a result.

Workers, hospitals, associations and other health groups are not satisfied with the way things are turning out either. The healthcare system and laws that were created under it propped up many of these industries and now they stand to lose lots of money. There is also the mounting pressure of uncertainty in the health care market in the nation's historically low 9 percent insured rate.

Trump even called for letting the government-run health subsidy program, Medicare, to be able to negotiate prices with the drug companies directly to bring down costs. The GOP plans don't even deal with this issue at all. By any indication, drug prices could actually go up. Also, drug importation calls from the Trump camp are not in discussion anymore either.

Trump didn't initially want cuts to Medicare or Medicaid, not to mention Social Security, but Republicans have moved in favor of cutting those programs and/or phasing them out altogether.

The major story in the Trump era health care saga is more uncertainty for the future unfortunately. Drug treatment advocates are worried that conditions for addicts may worsen if support isn't there, particularly among those who would not be able to afford it otherwise. There is a major rise in opioid addiction right now in the United States and healthcare uncertainty looms.