Trump’s Wreck of a Platform(Conclusion: The Slapdash Health Plan)
Like some other conservatives, Trump doesn’t approve of Obamacare, stating that he will “immediately deliver a full repeal of [it]” by the end of his first day in office. In its stead, he promises to use free market principles to broaden health care, simultaneously making it cheaper and higher in quality. However, will the steps he has outlined really achieve these goals?
His first idea is a Republican staple: allow insurance providers to sell health insurance across state lines. The rationale is that if anyone can sell to anyone; competition would work its course, and insurance premiums would end up costing less. Furthermore, since different states have different regulations, consumers in a more tightly-regulated state could buy a plan out of state, saving additional cash. However, there is a major flaw in this plan. To ensure that customers can use their health insurance, insurance companies need to set contracts with enough hospitals in an area. That’s the difficult part; even though some states allow these out-of-state plans, most insurance companies are unwilling to take them up on their offer. If anything, this sort of plan supports monopolization, as larger insurance providers are the ones with the resources to expand to multiple states. And of course, monopolization means price control and possibly more costly insurance, both of which are the opposite of what Trump promises.
Trump’s Wreck of a Platform(Part 4: Immigration)
As addressed in an earlier piece, immigration is an integral part of Trump’s platform. It doesn’t just end at his wall however — he plans to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants out of America. Besides the emotionally-upsetting consequences that come along with mass deportation, such as communities ruined, families split apart, there are other alarming repercussions that are sure to come.
The first of these starts with the fact that kicking so many people out of the country isn’t as easy as it sounds(does it sound easy to begin?). In order to be deported, an illegal immigrant has to be recognized as one, detained, legally processed, then sent back to their home country. In other words, it takes a lot of work. And of course, there will be a price tag to match. Even if Trump takes a step out of this process by bypassing the courts(which may be illegal), it’ll still be a long and arduous process, one that can’t be completed in just two years.
Trump’s Wreck of a Platform(Part 3: Tax Reform)
Like the other GOP runners, Trump has proposed a new tax code. He markets it as “simple” and “friendly” to the average citizen. However, Trump’s tax reform plans are hugely expensive as well as designed to give the most tax relief to the nation’s wealthy. While some believe that tax reforms must be made, Trump’s will only hurt our country.
First of all, let’s explain the current tax code. It’s broken up into several brackets, each with a different tax percentage. For example, someone earning $18,000 a year would have their first $9000 taxed at 10%, and the rest taxed at 15%. If that person happened to change jobs and now makes $50,000 a year, he or she would have to pay 25% on about $12k of his income as well. The system also subsidizes child-care and other costs of living. Account for several credits, which take away from taxes owed, and deductions, which reduce taxable income, and we see that America currently has a progressive tax system designed to make the rich pay more than the poor.
Trump’s Wreck of a Platform(Part 2: Conflict with China)
Trump does not like China very much. As well as accusing the country of stealing America’s jobs, he claims they manipulate the yuan, harming trade. Unfortunately, in his haste to create a platform for his campaign, he didn’t think any of it through. With a foundation of mistruths and fallacies, Trump offers a plethora of truly terrible ideas that have the potential to completely ruin America’s economy.
Trump claims that China’s trade policy gives America the short end of the stick. Surprisingly, he’s not wrong; Chinese laws make it difficult, if not impossible, for American companies to prosper in the country. With miles of red tape and strict regulations, the companies usually just find Chinese partners, which leads to a forced sharing of intellectual property. As sharing this information makes the probability of competition much higher, as well as essentially giving Chinese companies most, if not all, of the power in the relationship, American companies undoubtedly get the raw end of any deal.
Trump’s Wreck of a Platform(Part 1: The Wall)
The majority of voters, 70% to be more precise, dislike Trump for obvious reasons: he promotes violence and seems to commit hate-crime wherever he goes. However, there is more to the case against Trump; although the disagreement with him seems to be purely emotional, this several-part piece explains the (numerous) flaws of Trump’s platform from a more fiscal point of view. Since it’s the most significant, Trump’s wall, his biggest applause-grabber, will be analyzed first.
The wall isn’t happening. As much as bigots would like to curb the hordes of illegal immigrants supposedly entering America, the wall is fiscally irresponsible, to put it kindly. With all the criteria the wall must fulfill, including strong-enough material and timeliness of construction(Trump will probably want his wall built before he leaves office), the wall is estimated to cost tens of billions of dollars, compared to Trump’s paltry estimation of eight. While illegal immigration is a problem that should be addressed, it’s a minor one in these times, and taxpayer money could be better spent paying off deficit or being channeled to more pressing projects.