After months of witnessing our Republican, but not conservative, congress in action and Trump too busy tweeting to go around the country utilizing the “Bully Pulpit” to explain why we must replace Obamacare with a market-driven system in order to drive costs down within the medical/insurance industry, I have officially thrown in the towel regarding this administration providing truly meaningful legislation aimed at avoiding subjecting all of America to Veteran’s Administration healthcare and the represive tax structure it will take to provide it.
At best, this congress will vote to repeal Obamacare now and effective on a date certain, with a replacement plan to follow. I have favored such an approach from the get-go. Unfortunately, based on the parameters of a possible replacement discussed/presented thus far by Republicans in congress, any such replacement will rely heavily on continuing to provide taxpayer subsidies to insurance companies and continued expansion of Medicaid and the required funding to keep the program afloat - a program that has seen millions of Americans dumped onto its rolls in order to sell Obamacare and create the illusion that a record number of people are now insured. I say illusion because holding a piece of paper saying you are insured means nothing if your deductible is through the roof.
In the end, whenever that end might be, at best the disaster known as Obamacare will be replaced by another scheme only slightly less disastrous. Many people now are asking for a “single-payer” (government run) health care system. That number is only going to increase over time. The next time the Democrats have control of the levers of power they will happily “bend to the will of the people”.
Two final thoughts:
First, Trump isn’t going around the nation explaining the ins and outs of healthcare and health insurance and the need for complete reform because he doesn’t understand it or the bills being discussed in any detail. All he seems capable of saying on the subject is we will have “beautiful healthcare”. To which I say, bullshiite.
It appears Trump relied on Paul Ryan to shepherd a meaningful plan through the House and on to the Senate. He didn’t realize that, while talking a good game, Ryan is incapable of delivering turds on a manure wagon and there is no meaningful Republican leadership in the Senate.
Second, look at the VA - that’s in your future.
And to think, we waited through a miserable 8 years only to end up with this crap.