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President Trump's First Cabinet Meeting: A Fantasy Story

President Trump's First Cabinet Meeting: A Fantasy Story

December 8, 2016

White House Cabinet Room

The day after his inauguration, President Trump convenes his first cabinet meeting at the White House.

“As you all know, just an hour after yesterday’s swearing-in ceremony, I signed the bill to repeal Obamacare,” the President says with a broad smile. The cabinet explodes in applause, with hoots and hollers. “The American people will no longer be subject to that sad law, with its heavy-handed government mandates and taxes.”

“Now comes the hard part,” he explains. “We must come up with our replacement proposal. And I’ve said, I want our plan to meet just a few simple principles. It should not result in people losing their health coverage. We can’t afford millions of newly uninsured people angry at us. We also of course should not increase the growth rate of health care premiums. Oh, and we can’t increase the federal deficit with our plan.”

The President looks over at his new Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Tom Price.

“So Tom, what’s your thinking? Is there a plan we can propose that meets these goals?”

“We’re beginning the process, Mr. President,” Price replies. We’re looking at options that meet your conditions. We also want to find a plan that is consistent with long-standing Republican principles. Our plan should promote individual responsibility, like the plan from the conservative Heritage Foundation. We should learn from states, so ideally we should forward a plan that was successful in some state. And as a doctor, I believe it’s critical that the plan not just provide coverage, but also improve the overall health of the people. And it would be good if the plan also improved people’s economic well-being, too.

“But so far, sir, we have not come up with the right plan.”

The President looks displeased, and makes a face. Everyone sits in silence.

Then, a hand is slowly raised from the far side of the table. It's the new Secretary of State.

“Gosh, Mr. President,” he says, “I have a swell plan that I think would work just fine.”

                                                                                                           -- Brian Rosman