To the average American, the idea of government moving forward without a concrete plan in place is crazy. What they don’t know is that in the vast majority of complex situation such as health care, any “plan” is simple an attempt to pretend like they know what’s going to happen. This practice can have major consequences.
In the case of repealing and attempting to replace Obamacare, the consequences will be tremendous.
Briefly, here’s the solution: repeal Obamacare. Period. Full stop.
Briefly, here’s the rest of the plan: don’t replace it. Monitor what happens as we go. React to the market, to consumers, and to the legitimate concerns that will pop up from the health care industry itself (as compared to the illegitimate concerns that they’ll try to bring up which will be many). If we repeal Obamacare systematically over a relatively short period of time (2-3 years) and start watching for necessary reactions, we can put an end to the most heinous legislative burden on the economy of our time while mitigating damage done as a result.
Instead, most in the GOP are reacting in a way that’s indicative of people who are afraid to lose. They aren’t attempting to replace Obamacare with Trumpcare because they think it’s the best way to go for the country. They’re doing it because they believe it’s the best way to go for their party. They fear if they repeal Obamacare and then react accordingly to events as they unfold, they’ll be blamed for every coverage lost, every sick person who has to change doctors, and every death the Democrats can blame on them.
In other words, they fear losing in the midterm elections, so they’re trying to essentially rebrand a variation of Obamacare rather than getting rid of it altogether. They call it “repeal and replace” when they should really be calling it “tweak and rebrand.”
Here’s the saddest part for their party: it won’t work. As the CBO releases its damaging report, it’s clear that anything (other than full repeal) that the GOP does will result in them getting blamed by the left and ridiculed by the right. In one headline from right-leaning Washington Times, the report reveals attack points from both sides:
To be clear, I don’t care about saving the GOP. I care about the country. We need to repeal Obamacare, then address situations that arise as a result. Between the states, communities, charities, and individuals, we’ll find our own solutions through the free market. Safety net items the federal government needs to add to the mix can be done AFTER repeal is initiated… if any are even needed at all. Otherwise, DC just needs to get out of the way.