One of Donald Trump’s longest-running promises on the campaign trail – spoken perhaps as frequently as his vow to build a wall on the southern border and make Mexico pay for it – was the one about his plans to dismantle and replace Obamacare.
Critics say it’s impossible to do – that the health care reform package put in place by President Obama is a done deal and that unravelling it would be an impossible feat, without killing the insurance industry, that is.
But here’s a hint Trump’s serious about tearing down Obamacare: Just look at his pick for the chief of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Who is it?
Georgia’s congressman, Tom Price, one of Obamacare’s leading and most vocal critics.
“In a statement, Trump said that Price ‘has earned a reputation for being a tireless problem solver and the go-to expert on healthcare policy, making him the ideal choice to serve in this capacity,’” the Political Insider reported. “‘He is exceptionally qualified to shepherd our commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare and bring affordable and accessible healthcare to every American.’”
Does it get any clearer than that?
As NBC News reported: Price joined Trump on the campaign trail in January to “issue a statement praising Trump’s commitment to ‘fully repealing this failed law.’”
The appointment, sure to be confirmed by the Republican-dominated Senate – which, thanks to Sen. Harry Reid and the nuclear option he pushed through in 2013, only needs a majority vote, not 60-voice count, to succeed.