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This is from New York magazine (so is the pic above)…
“Today was not a good day for the American Health Care Act. Almost no one enjoyed their first taste of the House GOP’s “Obamacare Lite.” The bill is too liberal for tea-party Republicans and interest groups; too regressive for moderate Republicans and Democrats; and too poorly thought-out for health-care wonks of all stripes.”
There’s many things Trump is not doing in the traditional way and one of them is trying to ram through Congress his campaign promises without thinking everything out first. I mean, what’s the damn rush? He’s gonna be president at least for the next four years. Illegal aliens who want to rape, murder, sell drugs, take all our jobs, and suck up welfare bennies, are not rushing through the borders at any rate where we need to circle the wagons and think up last minute wall building and travel bans. Let’s stop and plan this out and set priorities according to real numbers and facts. What is the damn rush on replacing or fixing the health care system? Hell, the republicans have sat on their collective asses about this for the last 8 years and now suddenly when Trump arrives on the scene we have to slap something together inside of 40 days? I am NOT arguing the merits of repealing, replacing, rehabbing, whatever, Obamacare. Yeah, it doesn’t work for all Americans so let’s fix it or replace it. But let’s take some time to do this as correctly as we can.
Look, it’s turned into a political mumbo-jumbo and we don’t need that. A number of republicans aren’t even in favor of the current plan being bantered about, likely because they are worried about keeping their seats in 18 months. I am hearing that the democrats are disorganized following their losses in the election. Well, it certainly appears the republicans are just free-flowing every which way because of Trump’s presidential irregularities. Where’s their leadership?
Then you have a public that is wary and many are scared (not only about health care but also Trump himself). It would be far better to take our time on this because if we don’t we are going to pay for this.. literally.. later. This doesn’t mean we take a year diddling with this.. but.. someone has to do their homework working with the insurance providers, the medical field, the pharmaceutical companies, the public, and the Office of Management and Budget.
What seems to be the political dispute is the degree of government involvement. Well, duh… we have over 300 million Americans and that is growing each year… and we honestly think government won’t be involved in healthcare? How can government NOT be involved in health care. You think insurance carriers, drug companies, the medical profession, are just going to disregard the fact that they are businesses that need to operate at a profit to satisfy investors (you and me through life insurance, 401k, retirement funds, that do market investing) and lower rates?
We need to accept that affordable healthcare is a necessity and is a priority. What is NOT a priority is replacing Obamacare simply because Obama and the democrats had something to do with it… which is pretty much what the conservative right believes; hating anything liberal. There is no way on this green planet that Trump has any idea what comprises health care or the mechanics. In fact, the issue is so damn complex, which is my entire point here, that few people can put all this together. The republicans are more concerned with replacing a democratic healthcare system with a republican health care system. How about putting together a health system for America and all Americans and not according to party affiliation?
Here’s another problem. All these damn Trumpian distractions popping up are just gobbling up congressional time and attention, which is another reason this “new” health care program is being shoved through. All this has NOTHING to do with Trump-the-Almighty deal maker. He has NO idea how to make political deals… or reaching political consensus. He recently spoke of the republicans speaking out against the new plan that they better come around or there might be a bloodbath in the next election. Well, duh.. I’m sure they are thinking if they don’t say something there will also be a bloodbath in the next election. The republicans are organized? I don’t think so.
The republican Congress is trying to slam this through in a political environment of chaos and confusion initiated by the administration. Someone needs to put on the brakes and sort out this mess.
Carry on, America.