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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Comments 1-5 of 21

  • 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!

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.

LEAVE ME A COMMENT.  I READ THEM!

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Brave New Films: Women being used, for politics!

King David's capital

Comments 1-5 of 21

  • 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!

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