Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Republican (Poor) Health Proposal

Today's rant is a short one, because I'm tired, dammit.

So now donald trump is saying that he wants to "let Obamacare fail." There are a couple of problems with this.

1. The president is a prick. Not that this is news to anyone, but trump and the GOP are so hellbent on proving that the ACA is a failure -- even trying to sabotage it to make a point -- they are losing sight of the fact that, hey, maybe it's kinds working if we stop messing with it. Instead, however, they keep introducing poison pill legislation: amendments to make it work less efficiently; budget resolutions to defund it so that cancer patients end up getting $49.95 and a coupon for a free car wash, or something; and so on.

2. I don't think the GOP understands the meaning of the word "failure." Apparently, in RepublicanLand, a law that provides health care coverage to 20 million people who didn't have it prior; that causes health-care-related bankruptcies to fall for the first time in history; that allows people to get meaningful health care instead of a "catastrophic" insurance plan that only covers you if you are bonked on the head by a falling communications satellite ... well, that constitutes "failure."

I can see how they'd be upset.

3. The racism issue. The big problem, and one that the GOP will deny until the sun goes nova even though they have no room to do so, is that the ACA was put together and shepherded through the process by a black guy. Remember, when Mitt Romney, as governor, implemented this plan (that was put together by the Heritage Foundation) in Massachusetts it was hailed by the GOP as a triumph of free market principles ... but as soon as President Obama attached his name to it, it became socialized medicine.

Now the trumpster fire is saying that he is going to allow it to fail on its own. This is going to be very difficult, because it's been doing okay, even in the face of concerted Republican efforts to cause it to fail. Imagine how well it would be working if the GOP kept their stinking meathooks off it.

I gotta lie down.

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