President Trump surprised most last week when he Tweeted the GOP would become the “party of healthcare.” This came out of the blue… or so most believed. Now, it’s being reported the White House has been working with conservative think tanks to come up with a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
The Republican Party will become “The Party of Healthcare!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2019
White House working on secret health care plan with three conservative think tanks https://t.co/hIV8zvuJtT
— Rob Bluey (@RobertBluey) April 1, 2019
The last round of Obamacare repeal and replace was a debacle. Not only were the proposals abysmal and difficult to sell to the people. They were difficult for most to even understand. It wasn’t their complexity. The one that got the closest to passing before Senator John McCain tanked it was essentially Obamacare 2.0.
The best option is to repeal. Full stop. But chances of that happening are slim to none, so we’re stuck with a replacement plan. Thankfully, it seems the White House has been putting thought into it, including getting thoughts from those outside of government itself. This is important as the failures of the 2017 debacle could be blamed squarely on a group of Republican lawmakers who really didn’t know how they were going to repeal and replace Obamacare without tanking the 2018 midterms.
With the midterms behind us, it’s important for the White House to take the lead in repealing Obamacare just as the last White House took the lead in getting it passed in the first place. Perhaps if this had happened last time, we’d be in a completely different situation by now.
Hindsight is 2020, but at least it appears the GOP is taking their past failures into account.
“I’m anxious to see what the White House is going to recommend in terms of a healthcare delivery system that looks like somebody designed the damn thing on purpose.” – Senator John Kennedy
Just as President Obama sold Obamacare, so too must President Trump sell Obamacare repeal. To do that properly, the plan must come from the White House. Then, he’ll have full support instead of relying on GOP weakness on Capitol Hill.
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