In light of the Republican Senate’s abject failure to keep its promise to repeal Obamacare and come up with a better, market-based system, President Trump said yesterday that we’ll just let that program continue on its current death spiral. He said, “I'm not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it.” But he predicted that as it failed on its own, Democrats would come around to working with Republicans to replace it.

I think he might be too optimistic, or maybe he’s yet to figure out that Washington doesn’t work rationally, like the business world. Democrats know (and count on their media allies to hammer home) that voters expected Republicans to do something about this awful program. With them having failed to act, if it goes under and leaves people without coverage, most will blame whoever was in charge when it happened. This is how politics works (case in point: the mortgage meltdown was caused primarily by policies initiated by Carter and Clinton, but it happened when Bush was in office, so Democrats still blame him for it and get away with it.)


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Republicans should disabuse themselves of the notion that Democrats will humble themselves and come with hat-in-hand to work with Republicans to save Obamacare from collapse. Obamacare was designed to collapse, so it could be replaced with single-payer government health care. They expected Hillary to be in office when that happened and sign it into law. They never expected Trump would win, but they also probably never expected that Republicans could win the House, Senate and White House and still fail to do what they’d been promising for seven years. If it collapses in 2018, just in time for Democrats to blame it on Republicans before the next election, that’s exactly what Democrats will do.

Yes, I know it will be tricky to run for office on the premise that "the people who were elected to fix the unfixable disaster of a health care program we created failed, so put us back in charge!" But as illogical as that sounds, I’ve seen similar appeals work, especially when the Democrats have so much help, not only from the media, but from their opponents.

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  • Ed Steele

    07/21/2017 11:12 AM

    Not unexpected. Typical of our government. A bunch of power hungry egomaniacs who give lip service to constituents while pander to lobbyists and fundraising for the next election. It's pretty simple, the reason Healthcare IS NOT insurable is the fact that the cost of healthcare is OUT OF CONTROL. The reason it's out of control is Congress has allowed it to happen (to pander to lobbyists). On what planet does it make sense that, with healthcare, my doctor prescribed medical test requires a 4 week "authorization" process and cost $301 when I can get the same test performed same or next day without insurance for $165? Yes, that just happened. I have a hospital bill from 1967. The entire hospital visit was $6. Yes Six! Today that $6 is worth about $44. You think I can visit ER for $44? Too much regulation, too much litigation. Not one bill addresses either of these impediments. 50 years of GREED in Congress. Now they just point and blame each other which only perpetuates their greed. Playing us for fools.

  • Linda Heath

    07/20/2017 07:44 PM

    The government should have never, and I mean never, interfered in an individuals health care. This is solely a personal decision. The government has gorged itself on our individual freedoms and our tax dollars for way too long. When it seems like we have elected people that would be FOR the people, i.e. hard working Americans, well same old same old.

  • Anita Cooper

    07/20/2017 03:52 PM

    How about treat it like home insurance. Any minor appointments, checkups, etc. Get paid out of pocket. Insurance should be only for catastrophic events.

  • Johnny Street

    07/20/2017 11:01 AM

    I hope he served them all a big bowl of prunes yesterday. Maybe then they could pass something.

  • Jimmy Taylor

    07/20/2017 10:59 AM

    Mike....this debacle on health care is unacceptable. Since there are no term limits and President Trump cannot fire these lousy, self-serving, congressman & senators, I would like to suggest you post a link for everyone to see that lists every US Senator & Congressman with their phone number and email. Let's start pounding them with our frustration!

  • Lance Wilkie

    07/20/2017 09:51 AM

    Do you think congress will ever pass a law that requires them to use the same laws they create meaning they get the same healthcare system we do?

  • Justin Thornley

    07/20/2017 07:08 AM

    This is such a difficult and politicized issue it's no wonder there are problems getting anything passed. Absolutely any bill is going to have some shortcomings, and whoever gets credit for the bill's passage will also get blame for anything that goes wrong with it. The Democrats are waiting to throw tomatoes from the peanut gallery, and Republicans are divided. I don't see any easy answers here, but the more universal and bipartisan the bill's support is the better it will be politically.

  • Diane Barney

    07/20/2017 01:23 AM

    Why is it so hard to craft a plan that would cover the poor or near poor who want but can't afford health insurance without messing it up for the rest of us?!?

  • Patricia Bartlett

    07/19/2017 11:56 PM

    For the love of God, can someone, anyone, tell me WHY on this good earth didn't the Democrats fix/tweak this disastrous plan as they collected their paychecks and awesome personal healthcare, all the while watching Obamacare continually circle the drain during the 7 years BEFORE the 2016 elections? Were they blind, deaf, or what? Did they think this flawed, "pass it so we can see what's in it", "shove it down our throats" plan was working like a charm? They all sicken me, every stinking one of them! Wouldn't it be amazing to see what our country could accomplish if we didn't worry or concern ourselves with WHO gets the credit? UGH!

  • Lee Ruddick

    07/19/2017 11:49 PM

    Please put politics aside for a change and do what is right and work TOGETHER to create a solution. Obviously OBama Care is not working, but to only repeal it is not an viable option. Put your egos and politics aside, when we all work together, we can accomplish the impossible. Americans are losing faith that there is anyone in congress that actually cares about us "average Joe's.

  • Matt Duffy

    07/19/2017 11:10 PM

    Governor Huckabee, the people of this country deserve decent healthcare including the elderly , the disabled, the addicted and those on Medicaid who cannot get decent jobs for whatever reason. Give us the same healthcare the senate has. Then everyone would be satisfied. Problem solved. You are a Christian man why should 55-64 have their premiums increased by 250% or to strip away healthcare for those who need it. People will not use taxes to pay for healthcare. Everyone in US has a right to LIVE. People were dying without insurance before Obamacare. The Govt is not GOD and should not decide who gets healthcare. Everyone should.

  • Karina Samaniego

    07/19/2017 11:04 PM

    I just want them to repeal it already! Or let it fail. Tired of their nonsense. They need to quit listening to all the whiners crying about people dying. It's ridiculous. Socialized healthcare kills.

  • Robin Hodge

    07/19/2017 10:57 PM

    Governor Huckabee, I first want to thank you for standing firm on your beliefs and for standing up for this country in every format you are given. Now to healthcare. First we were lied to by our elected officials so that they could enrich themselves. Socialism makes servants(slaves) of the people it per ports to serve while empowering (making masters of) those who are chosen to serve. We will never have a fair healthcare system, simply because health is not something that can be guaranteed. We cannot truly say that one life is more important than another. Disease and illness are indiscriminate. We had the best healthcare in the world until Obama destroyed it. He put a tax on life and told lie after lie to pass it. I am a person who is currently in a situation that makes my lower fixed income untaxable, ie no tax no penalty . Ocare was $1.00 different than purchasing insurance on my own. I couldn't afford that. $1.00 would not make it affordable. I pay for medical care by negotiating with my doctors. The care I receive is from doctors that I choose, the tests are also my choice. I have had major surgery and paid 1/4 the cost that a nurse, with insurance, who worked in that hospital paid. The only people who benefit under O'care are insurance companies and bureaucrats. Doctors pay out nearly half of their income in malpractice insurance. That's if they've never had a case against them. This is what drives cost up. If insurance companies were only used for catastrophic coverage instead of every time you get a hangnail it could be more affordable. We should have a health savings card with an income deduction much like medicaid, that only you could access for medical care only( no government or insurance middleman) it could be fazed in . In the short term allow those who want insurance to be able to purchase across state lines (free market system) with no mandates. Insurers should have to come to the table as well to join in the repair since they helped break our system.
    Robin Hodge

  • Matt Duffy

    07/19/2017 10:36 PM

    Mr. President needs to call a mandatory meeting of the House and then the Congress and require each to prepare a document prior that clearly states what they will support, why and how it will improve healthcare for all the Americans.
    After all they were elected to do what is in the BEST INTEREST OF ALL AMERICANS not just thier own agenda.
    And then have a team of bipartisan analysts that truly understand the healthcare system take all input and write at least 3 bills, provide those 3 options to all, (Senators, House Reps, and that group that is asked to provide projections on cost and effects.
    Once, projections, effects and recommendation of best to worst for majority of Americans input is complete, give the House and Senate 2 weeks to review and then bring each up for a vote.
    Republicans control what comes up for a vote, so it can be done.
    We will never get both parties to put the America FIRST, so have experts provide options and let's get thier votes on the record and let the public determin thier reelection fate.

    And if the Republicans really want to do something Americans want and many ran on is Term Limit implementation.
    Our founding fathers never intended politicians to be a career!

    Thanks for your time,
    Sincerely,
    Matt

  • kevin springs

    07/19/2017 10:23 PM

    It's not just the democrats that won't work with Trump about a quarter of the republicans in congress don't want him to succeed either. What a dirty shame this all is. Control of the house, senate and the whitehouse and still can't get nothing done. What a wasted opportunity.

  • THOMAS J HERBERT

    07/19/2017 10:16 PM

    I THINK THEY SHOULD REPEAL IT. NOW TO NOT HURT THE PEOPLE THAT WERE FORCED TO TAKE OUT THE OBAMA MEDICAL INSURANCE PROGRAM CONGRESS SHOULD PLACE THEM ON THE SAME MEDICAL PROGRAM THEY NOW ENJOY WITH WE THE PEOPLE PAYING THE BILL. TAKE THE MONTHLY PAYMENTS OUT OF CONGRESS (EVEN IF THEY HAVE TO TAKE A CUT IN PAY) . THIS BILL WAS PASSED WITHOUT CONGRESS EVEN READING THE BILL AND NOT KNOWING WHAT WAS WRITTEN INSIDE THE BILL. THE GOP HAS HAD SEVERAL YEARS TO COME UP WITH A NEW PLAN AND AGAIN FELL TO DO THE JOB THEY TOLD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THEY WOULD DO. NO PUNT INTENDED BUT SOONER OR LATER YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY THE PREACHER. WE THE PEOPLE HAVE GIVEN THEM WHAT THEY ASK FOR--PRESIDENT TRUMP--BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS. NOW THEY NEED TO DO THEIR JOB OR IT COULD LOOK BAD IN 2018 AND 2020.

  • Vickie Crossland

    07/19/2017 09:41 PM

    As a Benefits Adminiatrator, it is a nightmare to administrate, as the child of a elderly parent, it is a nightmare to find appropriate healthcare. Why no just repeal Obamacare, go back to the way things used to be, take the time to come up with a better plan; however, be sure to find out what is in it before you vote for it.

  • Elizabeth Cody

    07/19/2017 09:36 PM

    The Republican party has an opportunity to make things right in this country and they are doing everything they can to squander this opportunity. I'm concerned that we are now giving the Dems the ammunition needed to make serious headroad in the next elections.

  • Richard Shinta

    07/19/2017 09:35 PM

    Let the ACA crash and burn and force the demodummies to grovel and cry , Its all theirs , Don't touch it .

  • tim list

    07/19/2017 08:57 PM

    I predicted that neither party in either house will work with Donald Trump. He is an outsider, and the good old boy club of the new world order will not cooperate. I condemn both parties and both houses for not working for the good of the people of the United States, but working for the downfall of this once great country.

  • Steve Edwards

    07/19/2017 08:56 PM

    It's funny now that the healthcare didn't go down that the Dems are saying that it will harm everyone. Hmmm, kinda makes you think they knew it all along.