“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?”