The sun is setting on the Obama Administration.
Conservatives have waited eight long years for this moment. One of the things I am most excited about is the repeal and subsequent replacement of Obamacare. I can’t think of a piece of legislation that infuriated me more than this pile of legislative garbage – and there was plenty of legislative garbage – but this one takes the cake. Aside from losing my insurance (and being taxed because I didn’t have said insurance), the “Affordable” Care Act was a con, par excellence, of the American people.
Healthcare is a politically touchy area of policy. After all, it is literally a matter of life and death. Yet, with the ever-changing economy of the 21st century, the healthcare industry has been in dire need of reform. Obamacare just wasn’t it. Former President Bill Clinton called it “the craziest thing in the world,” noting that “all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care and then the people who are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half.” Even a broken clock strikes right twice a day.
Now that the new Congress is in session, there is nothing in the way a swift act of justice against this terrible law. Senator Rand Paul, a doctor and a darling of limited government conservatives, has proposed a promising replacement bill. It seeks to replace “the bargaining power created by the state and federal exchanges…with a provision that allows individuals and associations like small businesses to create their own markets.” This could give small businesses access to cheaper plans that are tailored to their needs, rather than costly plans they don’t want.
Meanwhile, President-elect Trump is telling a different story. In a weekend interview with the Washington Post, Trump promised “insurance for everybody.” Per usual, Trump could be more clear. However, it does sound eerily similar to Senator Bernie Sanders’ push for a single-payer system. Let’s not forget that Trump pushed for this early in the primaries.
Whether he not he intends to keep this vow is part of the genuine mystique of his ascendancy.
In the same Washington Post interview, Trump noted that his final plan would not be released until the Senate confirms Rep. Tom Price as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services. It could be some time before we find out the true meaning of Trump’s statement.