Summary List Placement
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday refused to reveal which administration officials are working on a healthcare plan President Donald Trump has promised to unveil for years and says is “all ready.”
She claimed “a wide array” of White House officials and “multiple stakeholders,” including the Domestic Policy Council, are working on the administration’s allegedly forthcoming healthcare policy when asked for details by CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins.
Dismissing Collins’ follow-up questions, the press secretary told the reporter she should “come work here” if she wanted to find out who specifically was involved in the effort to replace the Affordable Care Act.
“I’m not going to give you a readout of what our healthcare plan looks like and who’s working on it,” McEnany said. “If you want to know, come work here at the White House.”
Describing the non-public plan as “the president’s vision for the next five years,” McEnany ticked off a vague list of the legislation’s alleged tenets.
“In aggregate, it’s going to be a very comprehensive strategy, one where we’re saving healthcare while Democrats are trying to take healthcare away, where we’re making healthcare better and cheaper, guaranteeing protections for people with pre-existing conditions, stopping surprise medical billing, increasing transparency, defending the right to keep your doctor and your plan, fighting lobbyists and special interests, and finding cures to diseases,” she said.
The president has falsely claimed dozens of times that he has protected Americans with preexisting conditions. In reality, his administration is currently battling in court to overturn Obamacare, which protects those Americans, and strip healthcare from millions.
During a town hall on Tuesday night, the president falsely claimed his administration isn’t attempting to repeal Obamacare and that Democrats plan to get rid of protections for those with preexisting conditions.
“I have it all ready, and it’s a much better plan for you,” Trump told a voter at the town hall, referring to his healthcare plan. “We are not going to hurt anything having to do with pre-existing conditions.”
In mid-July, the president promised he would unveil and sign a “full and complete health-care plan” “within two weeks.” The White House is continuing to promise that the plan will be made public before the election.
Press Sec. Kayleigh McEnany: “Our domestic policy council and others in the White House are working on a healthcare plan… If you want more, come join us here.”Reporter: “That’s not the point of why I asked the question. I think you know that.” pic.twitter.com/wNPlQqx3rq
— The Hill (@thehill) September 16, 2020