Sunday, March 26, 2017
WKRLEM: What should President Trump do about Obamacare?
Chuckie Schumer is coming in his pants. Paul Ryan screwed the pooch when he couldn't deliver on the "repeal of Obamacare." He had seven years to prepare his response. Seven years to prepare his bill. To have an alternative that his caucus could support. That would pass muster in the Senate.
Now even the most die hard hater of Obama (of which I count myself as one) would concede that there are a couple of aspects of the plan that were good. The fact that you could not be denied because of a pre-existing condition. The fact that slacker millennials can be continued on their parents insurance. There might be one or two other things that were good. But there were a ton that sucked.
Lack of competition which would have been corrected by allowing people to buy from other states. The end of the mandate so people could decide not to buy if they didn't want to buy. The end of a one size fits all plan that forced you to buy coverage you didn't need. So nuns didn't have to pay for abortions or you didn't have to pay for mental health coverage if you were happy to be crazy. The tax penalty if you didn't have insurance should be gone.
All of that stuff should have been in the repeal act. They should have set it up in a two page bill and campaigned on it. Got the President to pump it out on the hustings. Force everyone to and up and down vote. Nuke the filibuster in the Senate. Get everyone on the record on a common sense bill that most Americans can be behind.
Schumer says he will negotiate if they do not "repeal" Obamacare. Now could they put all of those changes in without technically repealing it? Are the semantics that important. I know President Trump is Anti-Semantic but who knows. Would it be in his interest to cut a deal with Schumer? Who would suffer? Well maybe the Freedom Caucus who swore up and down they would repeal Obamacare and refused to pull the trigger. Will they get a better deal if President Trump pivots to the middle? Why should President Trump have any loyalty to the Republicans who fought him every step of the way? Should he put forth his plan and rally the people to it?
I think his first move is to get his person in as Speaker. Think outside of the box. Somebody that would put the media, the Democrats, the Rhinos and the duopoly back on their heels. Somebody that would have to be loyal to him because he plucks them from the back bench and puts them in as Speaker. Someone conservative but not a rigid ideologue. Someone who can push his common sense agenda against both sides of the political divide.