There is an interesting video on my Facebook by Dick Morris a former campaign manager on national campaigns. I’ve put it here but I don’t think you need to see it to get the point.
Morris points out that the brilliant D.J.Trump has ended Obamacare already so a Congressional action is just superfluous. Just show boating.
Trump signed an executive order telling the IRS not to collect penalties on people who don’t have Obamacare. The Supreme Court has already said this ‘tax’ could only be levied on tax refunds. Now it is gone. No healthcare compulsion.
Secondly, Trump publicly ordered the Health and Human Services Department to accept as health insurance all policies regardless of coverage. No more Obamacare.
Now Americans can get any insurance they want, even one just for mental health, or not get insurance at all.
When will this become obvious? When will it be covered in the drive-by-media?
For a few weeks I have been complaining that the important problem remains that insurance companies must tailor policies to suit each state since many states have insurance regulators. I know, having testified as an expert witness before the California Insurance Commission. This inflates health insurance pricing.
As I thought about it, this is not an executive nor a legislative issue. The Constitutional basis is Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 that gives Congress the power “to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes.”
This clause has been interpreted for 180 years very literally and insurance is erroneously treated as an internal state matter because it is sold in local jurisdictions. This is wrong. The insurance covers the policy holder everywhere in the U.S. and the corporation is national.
But that can’t be straightened out now. The Supreme Court needs to do it.