Krystal Clear: Trump administration keeps undermining healthcare

By Krystal Ball

Remember that? President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE campaigned to the left of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton: FBI investigation into Kavanaugh could be done quickly Hillary Clinton urges Americans to 'check and reject' Trump's 'authoritarian tendencies' by voting in midterms EXCLUSIVE: Trump says exposing ‘corrupt’ FBI probe could be ‘crowning achievement’ of presidency MORE on a few key issues like health care – and it worked.

But, of course, these populist promises soon proved to be empty.

Trump promptly outsourced the new health care law to Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanCorey Stewart fires aide who helped bring far-right ideas to campaign: report GOP super PAC hits Randy Bryce with ad starring his brother Super PACs spend big in high-stakes midterms MORE and company. They came up with a bill that would have cost more and covered fewer people.

Sustained public pressure caused that turd to fail and, with tail between their legs, Republicans moved on to their comfort zone of giving rich people even more tax cuts.

So that's that right? Not even close.

The Trump administration has been quietly moving to systematically undermine health care putting lives at risk and offering no alternative solution.

First, the Trump justice department told a federal court that the architecture of Obamacare, which allows people with pre-existing conditions to gain coverage, was unconstitutional.

Then we learned that they would freeze risk adjustment payments which help to stabilize insurers with higher risk patients, and now we've learned that Trump and company are slashing payments to so called "navigators," who help patients be able to understand their options and get enrolled.

Oh, and by the way, should any of this end up at the Supreme Court, Trump's new SCOTUS pick has argued for broad executive power in choosing which laws exactly passed by Congress are actually implemented.

On a recent day, a woman was horrifically injured – her leg mangled to the bone, when it got stuck between a subway train and the platform.

In between her wails of pain, she could be heard begging onlookers to not call an ambulance.

"It's $3,000,” she said. “I can't afford that."

Now, this is the reality of the American health care system and apparently, that's just fine with Donald Trump.

Krystal Ball is the co-host of "Rising," Hill.TV's morning news show.

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