As supporters of the ACA, we aren’t always filtering Trump’s policy through a rose-colored lens; here is what Trump should do with the ACA.

In plain terms:

  1. Trump’s strong suit is “the Art of the Deal,” he is good at communicating, charming, and rallying support.
  2. The current Republican party is split as to what they want healthcare to look like, they have brought to the table a mishmash of good, bad, and ugly ideas that will please very few.
  3. From what I can tell talks have made it worse because it is one faction of GOP making deals with another one, neither is going to be happy, and this seems to be making the bill even less liberal and progressive friendly.
  4. One might think that either passing or not passing the AHCA will make Trump look good, but this is a catch 22; both will make him look bad as both result in negatives that people will feel and will call “TrumpCare.”
  5. Trump should respond to this catch-22 by giving states an opportunity to come up with a better plan. This will aggravate Ryan but will please others.
  6. In other words, Trump should turn healthcare into an episode of the apprentice, giving states and healthcare advocates a chance to submit ideas and plans. Then he can help choose a plan like he crowns a Miss America.

This tactic accomplishes a few things. 1. It removes the catch-22 and kicks the can down the road, and 2. It governs in-line with what people voted for (sure a fraction of the base voted him in on “lock-her up” and “build a wall,” but these far-right policies don’t play outside of that faction. The real base voted for “hope and change” and “not the establishment.” It’s as simple as that, ignore it at your peril.

By seeking good policy at a state level, healthcare becomes an opportunity for fresh non-establishment ideas and takes the heat off the current situation (which will end in disappointment no matter which direction it goes).

As far as I can tell, the only real workable option is single payer; the other option is a public option. The public option is increasing Medicaid expansion. All result in providers not getting “screwed over” by bureaucrats, which is what will happen with the AHCA’s removal of tens of millions (of Trump voters by the way).

Trump excels at reality TV and has made money in business; both of those areas of life are about working a deal out with parties.

Washington doesn’t work like that; the GOP wants to strong arm in a harmful policy.

This isn’t going to work out well for Trump. (I think Bannon even said this.) Don’t fall into the trap of thinking a deal can be made between factions of GOP that will somehow undo the healthcare that is already called TrumpCare.

Why not flip the script and give states like Indiana (with Pence’s HIP 2.0) a chance to bring a plan to the table?

Or even better, give the funding to the states and let them create their plans. Maybe we should drop central planning. I know we need central funding; that is how taxes work, but I think real dealmaking could be made through state implementation.

I know, states’ rights federalism, what a crazy notion. It doesn’t always have to be about taking away something; states’ rights also functions as a cooperative and competitive concept that cherishes those of our 320 million who aren’t Washington insiders.

Can we consider providing funding and giving flexibility to the states? It might work.

Icarus flew too high too fast, and while we still remember him today, the story was not about how “great” he was; it was about how he thought science, particularly physics, didn’t apply to him.

What do you think?

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Brett Maverick Olney on

President Obama, I believe that health care is huge factor in America. I have seen that Trump care has failed . Even though Obama Care is also failing. I just wanted to let you, President Obama, that you should stop (Hating) on President Trump. I know that he had a rough pass and 15 to 30 years ago he was not presidential fit. President Trump is very good business man. He has made billions of dollars with is company. So just maybe with America he can make trillions. President Trump will do everything he can to make AMERICA great again. The president before you did not do a good job with our debt. I also believe that you did not do a good job with our debt but you did very well in other categories. I believe that President Trump can bring the run down cities back to life. I believe that he will make more jobs which also you did very well with creating jobs. Which there is more work to be done in that category. Also I believe that if President Trump brings the rundown cities back it will create more jobs and bring the crime rate down. Which Americas crime rate is a huge issue. So if Trumps does do things he prove you wrong. But all I’m asking is to believe in Trump so that your supports will to. Maybe if all of us Americans have hope in Trump he will make AMERICA great again.

Thank You,
Brett Olney

Brett Maverick Olney on

Sorry for those couple errors in the letter, sorry hope you understand what I was trying to say, I’m only 15.

ObamaCareFacts.com on

Thanks for sharing Brett. Very cool that you are interested in politics at only 15. You are right, we are stronger when we come together and work as a team.

J.M. Glenn on

I will not recognize either Obamacare or any federally mandated program coming from the GOP. The Federal government has no role to play in healthcare. It is not in the Constitution. (we’ve been off the rails since the Philbin case) I will accept any penalties that fall upon me, yet if more of my fellow American felt this way; we wouldn’t be in this bind of having an unworkable healthcare insurance problem in this country. Want solutions? here’s four: 1. Rework malpractice laws and reconciliation to dramatically lessen medical costs. 2. Let anybody buy any coverage that will sell to them as long as they have access to information on all factor for making a prudent decision. 3. Self-accountability, no more ‘stiffing’ the medical professionals who got you healthy or out of pain or made the effort to do so, yes even if that means they can sue you. (something can be worked out) 4. Reasonable, tax-free and means-tested savings accounts, that can be a part of an estate or gifted to others. Finally, Obamacare did exactly what it was designed to do! By the admission of its creators it was to be a bridge from free-market insurance to socialized style insurance. (It is a nightmare for our military and the people in Europe who don’t know anything but rationed care) and what was supposed to be happening now under the ACA now is that Hillary should be pushing single-payer down our throats. Oh, and there wouldn’t be any Russian collusion or obstruction nonsense. Silver lining. Thanks for your time.

Andi D on

You ALL NEED TO GET ALONG AND PASS THINGS, WHAT GOOD ARE YOU ALL DOING HOLDING UP THE GOP AND HATING ON THEM.. IT IS HORRIBLE HOW YOU DEMOCRATS ACT.. AND WHAT’S UP WITH THE LIBERAL COO COO HOLLYWOOD FREAKS.
I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK I WANT TO BELIEVE IN THE GOOD OF PEOPLE.. NOT THIS HATE CRAP…

PASS THE BILL’S , STOP BITCHING AT EACH OTHER AND GO BACK TO WORK.. WE ARE YOU BOSSES SO WATCH OUT LOL