They don’t call him the “master of the deal” for nothing.
As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised to dismantle Obamacare, the signature, nationalized health care plan created by former President Barack Obama.
And when previous efforts failed in Congress… and everyone told Trump the mission was impossible… he promised he still wasn’t done.
Now, Trump has just dealt a death blow to Obamacare and Obama’s presidential legacy.
And the mainstream media barely noticed.
The tax relief plan just passed by Congress will save American families thousands of dollars per year.
But that’s not all it does.
The bill kills the so-called “individual mandate” that was a key part of the Affordable Care Act (which became known as Obamacare).
The individual mandate, which is deeply unpopular with American voters, is essentially the engine that keeps Obamacare running.
It forces Americans to buy insurance, often through government-run exchanges. And if they don’t, individuals and families can be subjected to a tax that can exceed $2,000 a year.
A whopping 63 percent of Americans oppose the individual mandate – and with good reason.
First, it puts families in an awful position. They can pay Obamacare’s skyrocketing premiums, or be levied with a back-breaking tax.
Second, lower-income families (the same ones Obama claimed he was helping) are disproportionately affected. According to the Internal Revenue Service, 80 percent of families paying the individual mandate make less than $50,000 a year.
After the tax relief package passed Congress, Trump claimed that he has “essentially repealed Obamacare.”
But Trump and Congress did a lot more than that.
Since individuals and families will no longer be forced to buy insurance through Obamacare, many of them won’t.
The system was already on the brink of collapse, with health care exchanges failing in many states. But Trump and Congress just have it a major push over the edge.
Some parts of Obamacare – like Medicaid expansions and protection for pre-existing conditions – were safeguarded in the tax bill and remain law.
But the most unpopular and un-American part of Obamacare – the individual mandate – will soon be history.
Trump promised he would kill it. And he just did – even after everyone said it was impossible.