On Tuesday morning – after efforts to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act fell short despite a Republican majority in the Senate – President Donald Trump lashed out against the American people by insisting he would “[l]et Obamacare fail.”
As I have always said, let ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan. Stay tuned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2017
For Trump – if only to prove a point – damning the nation to an unstable healthcare market would be an acceptable thing to do.
Albeit cautiously optimistic, it seems yet another Trump promise has faded away in that Obamacare is here to stay. But where does that leave the Republican agenda?
The head cheerleader for the repeal and replace effort – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) – all but conceded defeat, but remains determined to push through some sort of change regardless:
“If my side is unable to agree on an adequate replacement, then some kind of action with regard to the private health insurance market must occur,” he said earlier this month. This could mean that the Republican majority would have to *gasp!* reach out to Democrats to help shape and pass a bill that builds upon rather than replaces the current Affordable Care Act.
Democrats – as led by Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (NY) – have openly endorsed working with Republicans to do this very thing; a move that was widely ignored by the Republican majority when they thought a sure win was in the cards. Even some open-minded Republicans seem to be on board as well, like Senators John McCain (AZ) and Susan Collins (ME).
Donald Trump wants Obamacare to “fail.” Here’s a better idea.
There are a multitude of options available for both sides to appropriately tout and support a strengthened ACA. For instance, both House and Senate Republican health-care bills contained a variety of provisions that would have shored up existing individual health insurance markets. Low income health cost assistance can be properly explored (a Democrat push, mainly, though it would widely benefit red state coverage holders), while expanding state-by-state options would surely appease Republicans.
Reinsurance programs that protect insurers with high-cost customers should be negotiated, as it would result in decreased premiums across the board, and the contentious “individual mandate” could be enforced not as a penalty but as a tax benefit in the other direction.
The point is – as if there was any question – the president is vastly out of touch. He is an outsider to proper governing and should be treated as such. If both parties work toward perfecting Obamacare rather than abolish it, the country would be in a far better state.Click here for reuse options!
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