President Donald Trump offered an interesting assessment of U.S. healthcare while addressing the National Governors Association on Monday.
“I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject,” Trump said. “Nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated .”
My completely unscientific poll with a micro-sample size found that everyone knew healthcare could be complicated.
Now with Trump, it's often not clear what he really means. So I'm working with the assumption that he means that creating healthcare policy is the "so complicated" part. The easy, fun stuff is calling Obamacare a failure.
But the politics of repealing it and replacing it with something that will be known as Trumpcare, is more complicated than dealing with healthcare payers.
Which may be another way Trump's statement could be interpreted. That he is just finding out that getting medical care and paying for it is "so complicated." Or maybe healthcare providers have known for too long that practicing medicine is "so complicated." There is some truth that Obamacare is to blame. Any attempt to reform or regulate healthcare makes it more complicated.
And when Trump and the congressional Republicans manage to repeal and replace, things aren't going to get simpler for anyone. There are still payment models and regulations that have nothing to do with Obamacare that complicate the industry.
Any attempt to regulate adds complexity. Vouchers; no one is going to find administering or redeeming them to be easy. Beautiful coverage that we're going to love; that won't come without a price. Especially since Republicans seem to be about restricting access to healthcare to only people who deserve it. Separating the deserving from the undeserving is "so complicated."
No matter what your politics, healthcare is going to get more complicated.