When I disagree with President Trump, I have no qualms saying so, and here’s an example of where I think he’s wrong. He announced yesterday that the Republicans might wait until after the 2020 election to present a health care plan to replace Obamacare.
I think that’s a bad move, particularly given the controversy his Justice Department already stirred by siding with a judge who ruled all of Obamacare unconstitutional. The ruling may be correct legally, but Americans are very concerned about the rising costs of health coverage. Obamacare was certainly not the way to lower costs (it was like trying to put out a grass fire with a bucket of kerosene), but voters don’t want to see one plan scrapped before an alternative is in place. Democrats will try to capitalize on the “Republicans don’t care if you die” narrative, and the GOP needs a better response than “Trust us again.”
The Republicans had two years of control of the House, Senate and White House to repeal and replace Obamacare, which they’d promised to do for years. Yes, I know that no plan would have gotten past the 60-vote margin in the Senate, just as no Republican plan could pass the House now. But that’s no excuse for not at least offering a replacement plan with market-based solutions to deal with rising costs and help for those with preexisting conditions. I sense that voters are out of patience with being told “it’s coming after the next election.” There’s been plenty of time to come up with a plan, and Americans deserve to see it before they vote.
Remember, if it helps, coming up with a plan that’s better than either Obamacare or Medicare-For-All is a pretty low bar.