Trump Is Running in 2024. The White House Has a Plan.
U.S. President Donald Trump waves to his supporters at rally in San Antonio, Texas, U.S., February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s administration is developing a blueprint to fill out the remaining five years of the White House, starting with health care and tax reform and setting up an infrastructure program, according to White House aides.
The White House is working on a proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a law that requires individuals to have insurance, with a new Republican plan, according to a senior administration official. The new plan would replace the ACA’s individual and employer mandates with a broader system of tax credits that would help individuals afford coverage, the official said.
The plan would be developed in consultation with Republicans in Congress who are eager to create their own replacement for the law that Trump vowed to repeal. The president is considering the option of replacing the ACA with a Republican plan, and is not seeking to eliminate the ACA as a whole.
“In general, what I’ve been hearing from my team and advisers is we’re not going to have the ACA as a baseline and we’re going to focus on tax reform,” Trump told reporters during a meeting at the White House on Tuesday. “We’re going to have taxes reform.”
The ACA was passed in 2010 and required all Americans to have insurance. Insurers had to include ACA coverage in their plans and pay into a public risk pool. In 2018, the individual mandate was repealed, meaning that individuals were no longer required to purchase insurance or pay a penalty.
The law had created a system of subsidies and tax credits that were supposed to encourage Americans to purchase insurance and save them money in the long term. Instead, the law was blamed for driving many people out of the marketplace.
Trump’s new plan to replace the law would be one of his top achievements if he runs for election in 2024. Trump,