Out of everything I’ve been watching over the last couple of weeks since Donald Trump’s victory, how Republicans have been addressing “Obamacare” has been one of the most disconcerting things I’ve seen.
This is the party that’s spent years talking about how they were going to repeal “Obamacare.” They’ve insisted repeatedly that it’s a “disaster” that must be “replaced with a much better plan that would give Americans more options and better care at a lower cost.”
After the House pointlessly voted more than 60 times (costing taxpayers millions of dollars) to repeal President Obama’s signature health care law, a government shutdown, and literally years of promises by Republicans that they were going to provide Americans with an amazing fix to our health care issues — as most of us already knew — they were completely full of crap.
They don’t have any plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. They don’t even have a plan to repeal it. They’re like a dog that finally caught the car they were chasing. Now that they’ve got the power to do what they’ve spent years going after — they don’t know what to do.
Some Republicans want a full-on and immediate repeal on Trump’s very first day in office. Others realize that ripping away health care from around 20 million Americans practically overnight would probably be an absolute nightmare for both the people losing coverage and the entire Republican party. Some have even admitted that it might take years to fully repeal it.
Trump threw a wrench into the whole thing when he actually praised a couple key parts of the law, the protection for people with pre-existing conditions and the ability for children to stay on their parent’s health insurance until age 26.
However, what we certainly haven’t seen is a Republican party that has the slightest damn idea how to fix our health care system.
Sell insurance across state lines by letting the states regulate it? Oh, sure that sounds like a good plan — until you actually think about it. If the states are left to decide what the “quality” of care is, all that’s going to happen is every major health care provider is going to rush to relocate their headquarters to the state with the weakest regulations, lowest minimums on coverage and we’ll effectively create a “race to the bottom” to deregulate the standards health insurance companies must meet in order to operate within each state.
Then, when it’s all said and done, nearly all these companies would be headquartered in the same place and the whole “buy across state lines to create more competition” nonsense wouldn’t matter at all.
So, let’s not even consider that a “plan,” because it’s not one.
Aside from that the only actual “plan” I’ve seen from Republicans came from Trump… when he said he wanted to keep parts of Obama’s plan.
This is all a testament to how pathetically dishonest and incompetent the Republican party is.
After years of wasting millions of taxpayer dollars voting to repeal a law they knew they couldn’t as long as President Obama was still in office, telling Americans that they were going to “repeal and replace the disastrous Obamacare with a much better plan,” not only do they apparently not know how to repeal the law without the repercussions of doing so being an absolute disaster — but it appears that they never even came up with anything to replace it.
It’s astonishing how gullible people are to actually believe these con men.