Class Warfare Blog

January 12, 2017

Repeal and Delay Becomes “Delay, Delay, Delay”

Our President-elect just threw a monkey wrench in any plans the GOP had for taking any kind of action on Obamacare any time soon. According to The Nation magazine “Asked about Obamacare, Trump largely reiterated comments made to The New York Times, that any overhaul of the system must both repeal the bulk of the Affordable Care Act and replace it ‘essentially simultaneously.’ In addition, Trump said that he would introduce his own plan as soon as Representative Tom Price, the nominee for secretary of Health And Human Services, is confirmed.”

The GOP has had seven years to cobble together their replacement for the “Affordable Care Act.” When Obamacare was crafted, there were two viable paths to be taken: 1) “single payer,” aka “Medicare for All,” and 2) some version of Romneycare, aka Massachusetts’ health care plan, scaled up. Mr. Obama tanked the single player possibility (which was not, not “dead on arrival” as many have claimed) and opted for the plan that gave us the ACA.gop-head-in-sand

My basic point is that these are the only two reasonably possible options, neither of which meets the GOP’s approval, so I will second Paul Krugman’s assessment “There will be no GOP alternative health care plan.” This is so simply because there is none the GOP approves of.

If the GOP simply follows their spleens, and guts Obamacare, millions will be negatively affected and many will die prematurely, all at the behest of the GOP. This is not exactly a recipe for a second term for the coming President Trump, which may be why he decided to nip it in the bud. Mr. Trump has the enviable position of being able to blame any failure on Congress which makes it puzzling why he would promise to “introduce his own plan as soon as Representative Tom Price, the nominee for secretary of Health And Human Services, is confirmed.”

Oh, I forgot. Mr. Trump is comfortable saying “I didn’t say that” and making up something entirely different that he said, even when their are perfectly good recordings showing he said what he said.

The only way out for the GOP now is to delay, delay, delay, and hope that it all goes away. (Hey, how is that for a slogan: Delay, delay, delay, until it goes away? Chant after me … ♫♫! Maybe they could ask Tom Delay back to act as their spokesperson for the effort.)

At least we will be warm as American Democracy burns down.

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21 Comments »

  1. Come on, America, join the rest of the world. Healthcare, like education, is a card citizens get at birth.

    Comment by john zande — January 12, 2017 @ 2:34 pm | Reply

    • How about this for a business practice, one we should apply to government? Let’s send an efficiency expert to any country with better health outcomes that ours. We would have many to choose from, but let’s pick the most expensive system, France’s. Their system cost half of what ours does and produces better outcomes. Set this expert loose and then have him come home, make reforms, and create a better system that costs less.

      Okay, who is in favor of that? Uh, I don’t see any of the medical-industrial complex companies hands up. Any of you guys? No. gee, do you think that is the problem? The core problem? That corporations and large vested interests have captured our governments?

      On Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 2:34 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — January 13, 2017 @ 9:39 am | Reply

      • Naaah, couldn’t be that. Nothing to see here, move along, move along…

        Comment by john zande — January 13, 2017 @ 9:48 am | Reply

        • May the Force be with you, John. And if things get worse here, any openings in Brazil for an archery coach?

          On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 9:48 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — January 13, 2017 @ 9:50 am | Reply

  2. Until progressives are honest about the Affordable Care Act being crap we will not make progress toward the kind of health care we deserve and need. Under ACA I have watched my parents’ drug bills explode. I have watched newly insured friends unable to benefit from ACA because of ridiculously high deductibles and expanding premiums. And as we all know, failure to purchase ACA insurance results in financual penalties. ACA was not health insurance reform, nor was it the health care plan anyone needs. Drug and Insurance companies are still enriching themselves on human need. The Republicans are not likely to come up with anything better, but the truth is that neither party has any intention of providing health care.

    Comment by Zachary — January 12, 2017 @ 5:38 pm | Reply

  3. Obama didn’t tank the single payer, the insurance lobby who wrote ACA did. He did play along, though. Politicians fear one thing more than angry voters who do erratic shit like electing Mein Hair, and that’s annoying corporate donors with the anti capitalist heresy against the one true god, Profit.

    Comment by persedeplume — January 13, 2017 @ 8:30 am | Reply

    • Lobbyist have no power … unless you want them to. Mr. Obama repeated oft that the single payer plan wasn’t possible but the facts indicate that it was. The political will was not there, though, largely because Mr. Obama didn’t back it.

      On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 8:30 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — January 13, 2017 @ 8:40 am | Reply

      • Obama catered to corporate and military interests across the board … the perfect caretaker president of the oligarchy. I voted for him twice, hoping for more political courage. Didn’t happen.

        Comment by Zachary — January 13, 2017 @ 9:02 am | Reply

        • Ditto. I am so weary of corporatist Democrats. They are different from the Republicans but not enough so to make large scale improvements in people’s lives.

          On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 9:02 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — January 13, 2017 @ 9:28 am | Reply

          • Agreed.

            Comment by Zachary — January 13, 2017 @ 10:10 am | Reply

            • Ditto to all! I view Obama as the Great Disappointment! Man! we could have had a chance to become civilized!

              Comment by Holding the Line in Florida — January 13, 2017 @ 3:09 pm | Reply

      • Lobbyists have power, whether you want them to or not. If you’re a politician who is facing a difficult election, a lobbyist threatening to throw hundreds of thousands dollars of insurance industry dollars into the ads against you does have power over you, and that’s even without him spending even a dollar.

        Comment by List of X — January 13, 2017 @ 12:28 pm | Reply

        • Just say no. Look at all of the money Bernie raised. Too many politicians listen to their handlers and consultants who say the only way to win is raise funds, raise funds, raise funds and the fat cats have the most to give.

          We need to get rid of this idea that lobbyists and corporations are people with full rights as persons. Lobbyists should not be able to donate money. Period. Corporations should not be able to donate money to politicians. Period. Full stop. Egad, you have me so worked up I am succumbing to redundancies!

          ;o)

          On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 12:28 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — January 13, 2017 @ 12:42 pm | Reply

          • I agree that lobbyists and corporations should not be able to donate to elections or participate in them. The rule should be that only those who has a right to vote should be able to donate.
            But it is not so, and Sanders (and maybe Trump) were an exception, not the rule. They only raised so much because of their high public profile. But a Senate or House backbencher from somewhere in North Dakota or Maine doesn’t have that luxury.

            Comment by List of X — January 13, 2017 @ 12:55 pm | Reply

            • Bernie Sanders not only did not have a high public profile but most Americans knew nothing about him when the primaries began. Trump did, but Bernie didn’t.

              On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 12:55 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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              Comment by Steve Ruis — January 13, 2017 @ 1:02 pm | Reply

              • Correct – but as he came out as a socialist and a populist, and yet became the only real challenger to the presumed nominee the media weren’t too excited about, he did get a lot of attention. And then it turned into a feedback loop – the more attention he got from the media, the higher was his profile, and he earned even more attention.
                The fact that he didn’t focus for small but realistic policies like Clinton did, and went big for most of the liberal dreams attracted a lot of Dems unhappy with the corporate-friendy Democratic party that we’ve had for the last couple of years, and the fact that he was the only candidate running against the party establishment also played a role.
                So there were a lot of reasons he became as popular as he did, and some of these factors may be repeatable in the future. Unfortunately, a lot of these factors do not apply in a state election -for example, the national media doesn’t pay a lot of attention to state races, and for a politician already in the office it is not possible to run for re-election as a new and exciting candidate.

                Comment by List of X — January 13, 2017 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

  4. Delay and obstruct? But that’s what the GOP was born to do!

    Comment by List of X — January 13, 2017 @ 12:29 pm | Reply

    • No, they were born to lose! We just keep making weak ass arguments as to why they should.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — January 13, 2017 @ 12:43 pm | Reply

      • I disagree. A relatively small group of determined and well-organized extremists will almost always win over a majority making weak-ass (or even medium-ass) arguments.

        Comment by List of X — January 13, 2017 @ 12:51 pm | Reply

      • And right now, there is as much ‘obstruct’ among neoliberals as there is among conservatives…even as both groups support the corporate war economy. All rather pathetic.

        Comment by Zachary — January 13, 2017 @ 2:14 pm | Reply

  5. Even now, he could change the discussion forever on surveillance and whistle blowing by giving Snowden a pardon. And the Congressional Medal of Honor. But he won’t. For two reasons. Even if Obama ‘got it’ he doesn’t have the balls to do it. But he has been the worst President in history, having used the Espionage Act to suppress and prosecute whistle blowing more than all Presidents combined. For all the rhetoric of hope and change, he IS the system he serves.

    Comment by Zachary — January 13, 2017 @ 3:28 pm | Reply


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