Trump claim: "Obamacare has been repealed in this bill."
The facts: It hasn't. The tax plan does end fines for people who don't carry health insurance, which is a big change, yes, but far from totally dismantling the law.
Mr. Trump said at a meeting with his Cabinet, "When the individual mandate is being repealed, that means Obamacare is being repealed," adding, "We will come up with something much better."
Other marquee components of Obama's law remain, such as the Medicaid expansion serving low-income adults, protections that shield people with pre-existing medical conditions from being denied coverage or charged higher premiums, income-based subsidies for consumers buying individual health insurance policies, the requirement that insurers cover "essential" health benefits, and the mandate that larger employers provide coverage to their workers or face fines.
Also, the tax bill doesn't repeal fines for uninsured individuals until the start of 2019, meaning the "individual mandate" is still in force for next year unless the administration acts to waive the penalties.
He also won't defend a ban on female genital mutilation. Whadda guy!!
Two years ago, a Detroit doctor, Jumana Nagarwala, allegedly cut the clitoral hoods of two 7-year-old-girls at the request of their mothers.
Nagarwala's case led to the first test of the US law that bans female genital mutilation for nonmedical reasons.
That law was passed more than 20 years ago, even though it was flawed. Michigan federal Judge Bernard Friedman ruled it unconstitutional in November 2018.
The government still had the opportunity to appeal the court decision, but it looks like the Justice Department won't pursue it. According to the Trump administration, there aren't adequate grounds to defend the law.
A lot of voters gave something different a chance. They may not have liked his personality, but figured he was a successful businessman and thought he might bring to the office a different approach to governing. Now that they’ve seen how corrupt he is; now that they know his good business credentials are fraudulent; now they know that he worked with a hostile foreign government to influence the 2016 election; now that they’ve seen that he can’t or won’t replace Obamacare with a better plan, and will instead just strip health insurance from millions; how many of those voters do you think will vote for him again? Look to 2018 for an idea.