Friday, January 27, 2017

GOP Quietly Admits There Will Be No Obamacare Replacement

What should come as no surprise to anyone, the GOP Quietly Admits There Will Be No Obamacare Replacement:
The history of the development of the Republican alternative to Obamacare since the beginning of the health-care debate, in 2009, has been an endless loop of loud promises that a full plan will be announced soon, followed by quiet admissions that it will not. Seventeen days ago, Donald Trump promised a vote to repeal the law “probably some time next week” with a vote for a replacement “very quickly or simultaneously, very shortly thereafter.” At a meeting in Philadelphia yesterday, Trump and his House Republican allies produced no agreement on a plan. If there is a consensus, it is that there will be no replacement plan at all.
You can't defy the laws of physics or economics.  The free market does not lead to good outcomes when it comes to health care.  If Johnny gets hit by a bus we want him taken to a hospital whether or not he's able to pay the bill.  Letting him bleed out on the sidewalk is not an option anyone is willing to accept.  So the government has to do something, at which point things get complicated and thought is required, something which the Republicans seem to be incapable of.  So much easier to bury your head in the sand and blame everything on the democrats.  Except even that won't work this time around.

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