Trump Friend & Ally: “Donald, Build Universal Healthcare!”

Opinions are flying. Opinionators with a plan to fix healthcare in America are suddenly as common as waiters with a script in Santa Monica. Few are worth a second glance. They fall into the “that’ll never pass” pile or the “that’ll never work” pile.

So why should we pay any attention to Christopher Ruddy’s idea? Because he’s a prominent conservative, the CEO of Newsmax, and a long-time friend and ally of Trump—and he is advocating for at least a “lite” version of universal coverage.

Trump actually campaigned on universal healthcare, saying specifically that he meant a government-funded program that would “take care of everybody.” Ruddy argues that Trump is getting dragged into a political morass by abandoning the healthcare promises of his campaign and trying to go along with the Republican-controlled Congress. Instead, he says, Trump should dump Ryancare, shore up Obamacare, and appoint a bipartisan commission to come up with a replacement that could gather bipartisan support in the Congress. Ruddy suggests not “Medicare For All” but a stingier “Medicaid For All (Who Can’t Afford Insurance)” as a universal basic plan, with Health Savings Accounts and tax credits built on top of that for people who can afford, and want, more robust health plans.

Is this the best possible plan? No.

But it is the best idea put forward by a conservative friend and ally of Trump—and the only conservative plan that acknowledges the need to, as Trump said, “take care of everybody.” And events unfolding on Capitol Hill show that Trump may well need a Plan B.

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The point to me, the reason why I posted this, has nothing to do with whether Ruddy’s plan is the best, or even viable, or whether Ruddy is most on the inside, or is popular on the right. It’s to point out that Trump campaigned as a populist, promising healthcare for everybody, cheaper, government-subsidized if necessary. And if we follow his pronouncements over the years, it seems like this is actually a long-held belief, not a campaign gimmick. Ryan is not a populist of any shape. In giving Ryancare his backing, Trump has seemingly thrown over his campaign promises and… Read more »


Lets play this out: 1. Medicaid does not even pay for the lights to be on in our office. If they pay at all, it is almost criminal how low the fees are. If we are giving out free healthcare, then if you want to reduce waste, then anyone on universal medicaid, well, you do not get the luxury of suing for malpractice. Period. We can cut the price of healthcare by 30% right there. 2. If we don’t have to work to get healthcare, why work? We have many working poor that are actually doing themselves a disservice as… Read more »


Though this is not my favorite idea, it has validity. There are basically four points. 1)Medicaid for all 2)Robust private health plans 3)HSA’s 4)Tax credits Off the cuff I would add the following. 1)Medicaid for all would be limited providing basic health care that would include the common cardiac and cancer modalities, though perhaps not the most recent or the most expensive and certainly proven to provide the standard method of judging feasibility based upon additional years of life, etc. 2)I would create a written healthcare plan for the private market to use only to compare one insurance plan with… Read more »


I should have added to #1 that anyone qualifying for Medicaid (strict qualifications) should be able to buy out of it if a relative or someone else were willing to assist them. Anyone not qualifying would have to pay a premium for Medicaid services. Medicaid should be a stepping stone to private insurance for those who need permanent assistance or those with sudden short term needs so its service should be limited.