(NationalSentinel) Healthcare: President Donald J. Trump, in outlining the political minefield his Republican Party is negotiating in trying to repeal the Democratic Party’s latest public policy disaster, the Affordable Care Act, says it would be more politically safe to let it implode on its own.
Doing that, however, would not be good for the American people, so repeal-and-replace is really the only option. Yet that puts the party in a precarious position because if they don’t get it right, then Republicans own health care ‘reform.’
“[T]he press is making Obamacare look so good all, of a sudden. I’m watching the news. It looks so good. They’re showing these reports about this one gets so much, and this one gets so much,” the president said during a listening session at the White House Monday that featured victims of Obamacare. “First of all, it covers very few people, and it’s imploding. And ’17 will be the worst year. And I said it once; I’ll say it again: because Obama’s gone.
“And the Republicans, frankly, are putting themselves in a very bad position — I tell this to Tom Price all the time — by repealing Obamacare,” he continued. “Because people aren’t gonna see the truly devastating effects of Obamacare. They’re not gonna see the devastation. In ’17 and ’18 and ’19, it’ll be gone by then. It’ll — whether we do it or not, it’ll be imploded off the map.”
The president continued:
So, the press is making it look so wonderful, so that if we end it, everyone’s going to say, ‘Oh, remember how great Obamacare used to be? Remember how wonderful it used to be? It was so great.’ It’s a little bit like President Obama. When he left, people liked him. When he was here, people didn’t like him so much. That’s the way life goes. That’s human nature.
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Trump has said in the past that allowing Obamacare to self-destruct, as it is currently doing, would be great for Republicans because the electorate would practically beg the party to do something – anything – to get rid of it. But just as often he has said that would harm the people, and he isn’t in favor of that.
What House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has offered thus far as a replacement, however, is drawing no small amount of opposition from conservatives in the House and Senate. Trump has said he backs the plan but is willing to negotiate it.
Let’s hope it doesn’t come down to Obamacare self-destructing before something is actually done to get rid of the law. Tens of millions of Americans cannot afford the monthly premiums it now costs for lousy insurance they can’t really use.