Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Obamacare Schadenfreude Still Ongoing

HuffPo notices Republicans Would Repeal Obamacare In Precisely The Way Democrats Enacted It and they're not happy. Live by reconciliation and parliamentary tricks and die by reconciliation and parliamentary tricks.

Then what? According to Rand Paul, Donald  Trump told me he supports replacing ObamaCare the day it’s repealed. There is a trade off between getting it right and getting it fast. I prefer right.

What does the nation say? Polls, we got polls. Depends on how you ask the question, of course. Majority would like to see repeal, changes to Obamcare. But then 75% say Congress shouldn’t repeal or ObamaCare or should wait until there’s a replacement ready
If you want to attack the poll, that’s the way to attack it: None of the choices below accurately capture the GOP’s actual intentions. Treat this as a warning, though, of how badly the PR war over repeal might go for them and Trump and if the Democrats’ “sky is falling” message prevails. Even though the public narrowly supports repeal generally, 49/47, fully 75 percent are primed to believe that repeal before a replacement is ready is a bad idea.
GOP won't promise ObamaCare fix will cover all, which is OK, since Obamacare didn't really cover all either.

Given their previous "Never-Trump" posture, this seems positive: National Review supports President Trump on Obamacare repeal
On health care, congressional Republicans should listen to Donald Trump. The president-elect may not be chock-full of ideas about health-care policy, but he has the right political instincts. He has said that Obamacare should be replaced, that its beneficiaries should not simply be stripped of coverage, and that people with pre-existing conditions should be protected.

It is possible and desirable to devise legislation that meets these objectives. Trump has also warned congressional Republicans to be careful — and he is right about that, too, because their current course does not look likely to accomplish the repeal of Obamacare or its replacement by something better.
They also say GOP Shouldn’t Be Intimidated by Democrats’ Threats in Obamacare Fight. Good advice. You can't win if you don't fight.

It will not surprise you that Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) sing a different tune: NBC News say Tough Choices Loom on Long Road to Replacing Obamacare Well, we're tired of bad choices. Bernie Sanders claims that If Trump doesn’t rescue Obamacare, he must admit he’s a liar. Bernie must be feeling a need for the limelight again. Democrats schedule Obamacare talkathon against college football championship game. Hey, I missed that, and I didn't even watch the football game. From the all liberal all the time Atlantic: GOP Governors Warn Congress on Obamacare Repeal. But Democrats can't just pretend ObamaCare is terrific. Why not? Denial of the reality lead to their current success in the electoral market.

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