President-elect Trump will move quickly on his agenda priorities upon being sworn-in as the 45th President of the United States. Those immediate priorities include Obamacare, immigration, and trade. An additional priority is the appointment of an Associate Justice to the US Supreme Court.
On day 1 of the new administration, the new president will begin to rescind, by executive order, the executive orders of President Obama related to the implementation of Obamacare, and immigration policy.
He will call Congress into special session to repeal and replace Obamacare, as promised throughout his campaign, in an effort to provide immediate relief to citizens facing astronomical and unaffordable increases in health insurance premiums. Obamacare will be vitiated, and replaced with a new healthcare framework, based upon nationwide sales of health insurance, which will reduce premium costs, providing more policy alternatives for consumers, and returning control of medical care and treatment back to consumers and health care providers. In addition, health savings accounts will be included in the legislation, allowing consumers the opportunity to save for health care expenses. The provision of the existing law mandating insurance companies to sell insurance policies to consumers with pre-existing conditions will be included in the new health insurance framework.
Be ever mindful that the corporate media, also known as the main stream media, has already begun to state that the president-elect is “softening” his position on Obamacare. This notion is patently false. President-elect Trump will keep his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, and his policy position is in uniform alignment with congressional Republicans.
President Trump will reinstate the powers of the Border Patrol, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies, to enforce the law, effectively ending former President Bush’s and President Obama’s “catch and release” program. He will also order federal law enforcement agencies to detain and deport convicted illegal felons, contravening Obama’s policy of releasing them into American communities, which continues to pose serious risks of harm to American citizens.
Not unexpectedly, among those who understand the unparalleled economic and diplomatic leverage of the United States, both the president of Mexico, and the prime minister of Canada, have already signaled their willingness to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, commonly called NAFTA, given the election of Donald Trump. Trump will be tough in promoting and guarding American economic and labor interests in renegotiating trade deals with these countries and all other trading partners. In short, Trump’s America First doctrine, means that no country will continue exploiting America economically and financially. The days of transferring American wealth to other countries by virtue of unfair trade policies will be brought to and end.
Finally, expect President-elect Trump, shortly after taking office, to appoint a replacement for the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. Trump has provided a list of current federal and state court judges that he would select from during his campaign, and these judges received stellar reviews from conservative organizations. Trump will appoint a Constitutionalist, and someone fairly young, by Supreme Court standards, to fill the vacancy on the Court.
In implementing his policies and directives, the new president will strive to match the unprecedented pace he set throughout the campaign, to “make America great again.”
By Allen Sutton