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.
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.