Another dumb ass solution: let Obamacare die

“Next move on health care – #CollapseandReplace” – Lindsey Graham Tweet

For the last twenty-five years I have been battling high blood pressure. Sure I could probably lose twenty pounds or so, and pass on the occasional cheeseburger but I work-out at the gym a couple of times a week, ride my bicycle 5,000 miles a year, and hike up mountains six miles at a time. For a 56-year-old guy I am pretty active and not in bad shape. But still I chase high blood pressure thanks more to genetics than lifestyle.

“ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!” – Donald Trump Tweet

Now I could approach my high blood pressure differently. Rather than starting from the base of taking my medicine, watching what I eat and exercising I could just say the hell with it. I could gain 300 pounds, start smoking, save my money and quit buying the medicine and if I didn’t die from a heart attack or a stroke try to do something about my health from that vantage point.

The Republicans have had seven years to “fix” the Affordable Care Act or what they like to call Obamacare. For seven years they have talked about the flaws but have never attempted to address or fix what they deemed were the problems. Why? In my opinion, it wasn’t their idea that is why they insist on calling it Obamacare rather than the Affordable Care Act. It gives them something to complain about which they have from the very beginning. They claim it was rammed down their throat when in fact it wasn’t but that sounds a hell of a lot better than acceptance.

So rather than spend seven years crafting a plan or a fix, they spent roughly three weeks rolling out the anti-Obamacare. They gave it a catchy, patriotic name, the American Health Care Act, and everyone knows a catchy name cures all shortcomings. It appears they created the plan in a vacuum, certainly with no bipartisan or end-user input. And what happened? It died, a very public and contentious death.

“Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!” – Donald Trump Tweet

So what is game plan now? Let Obamacare “explode” and “collapse”. Yup, that is a great plan. The Republican idea is that this “implosion” will force the Democrats to “work” with them on a new plan. Now the operative word in this sentence is work and work, at least for me, infers cooperation and cooperation means both sides give and take. Honestly what work means is that the Republicans plan to strong-arm the Democrats.

There is already a plan in place, the Affordable Care Act. Rather than scraping it why not fix it? If there are issues, correct them. Don’t like the name, change the freaking name, name it the Donald Trump Loves America Bigly Health Care Plan. But like my blood pressure why start from such negative position, why let the Affordable Care Act balloon up to 600 pounds and die of a stroke

“D’s happy today but soon to be Extreme-O sad when O’care collapses. When it does hope R’s and D’s work together for USA.” – Lindsey Graham Tweet

I really am tired of all this Republican and Democrat shit, us and them. How about we try this on for a while, you and I and see if we can’t get a few things done. I know; “Someday I’ll wish upon a star, Wake up where the clouds are far behind me, Where trouble melts like lemon drops, High above the chimney top, That’s where you’ll find me, Oh, somewhere over the rainbow way up high, And the dream that you dare to, why oh, why can’t I?”


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9 Responses to Another dumb ass solution: let Obamacare die

  1. Well said!!

    – Esme upon the Cloud

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  2. Nan says:

    HA! As usual, spot-on.

    Your suggestion — Rather than scraping it why not fix it? If there are issues, correct them. –has been my outlook all along. But I think we know down deep why this isn’t a workable solution … because it was instigated by Obama! That nasty, liberal socialist, black guy!

    Seems to me (as someone who likes to think I look at things logically), this would be a much better, easier, and more palatable action. But nooooo. tRump says “Repeal and Replace” so by god that’s what we’re going to do.

    Except they didn’t.

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  3. The Republicans have opposed, ridiculed and outright lied about health care from no help in drafting to death panels. Mr. Trump is in a position to push the collapse of the Affordable Care Act by using the bureaucracy to restrict it’s effectiveness. The ACA is a very good piece of legislation. There are improvements that can be incorporated and getting younger people signed on will be a great help for all even the insurance industry. Refusing to work to improve health care is not the same as gridlock. Gridlock implies we can’t compromise or agree. The Republicans have decided that opposing everything is their chosen action. This is disgraceful and they should be held accountable at the ballot box. As people recognize the goodness in ACA as Mr. Trump tries to destroy it, hopefully 2018 will bring an end to their arrogance and lust for power.

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  4. Suze says:

    the total irony of “Obamacare” is that it originated as the Republican health care plan in 2012 or 2013, can’t remember which year. Mr Obama’s group of minions (for lack of a good word) tweaked it and took out the pork (tax cuts for the wealthy). Once that was done, the Dems introduced it and lo and behold the fighting began. Repubs hated it (no big tax cuts for them and it expanded Medicaid). Now here we are. the plan passed (originally REPUB remember) and the Republicans hate it and want to destroy the good it has managed. I’m thinking the beer barrel politics have short circuited the REPUB minds.

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  5. Suze says:

    i KNOW I have those years wrong..forgive the post stroke brain if you will

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  6. Hey big guy (and I mean that in terms of endearment and respect, not girth and weight) how about this idea? Handcuff in both chambers of Congress a Democrat to a Republican and make them spend the entire day together….lunch, bathroom breaks….and maybe actually discussing problems. I guess we’d be pushing the issue too far to require them to sleep together….although it’s an idea. Couldn’t hurt. Hmmmmm. No, that’s just too ugly.

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