Obamacare 2.0 is what they’re calling the GOP’s so-called repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Breitbart might have been Trump’s biggest supporter during the runup to the November election. So this is a pretty big deal and show’s how bad the GOP has stepped in it with it’s Obamacare replacement proposal.
Read the entire piece for the specific complaints Breitbart has against Obamacare 2.0. All seven can be summed up as follows: The GOP really is not replacing Obamacare, they aren’t even repealing it. They are merely modifying it and putting their name on it. That means that when all the inevitable dislocations and unintended consequences happen they will get the blame for it. Under the GOP plan Americans still have to “enroll” in what will now be called Trumpcare. There will be a slew of regulations governing just how, when and who will “enroll.”
The experience of government micromanagement of the American healthcare system since 1965 has shown that an omnibus government healthcare plan is a bad idea that results in higher cost and lower quality at every level. The VA is the prime example. The only real fix to America’s healthcare woes is to get government out of the picture. Healthcare is a problem that the American people can better solve on their own.
The establishment elected Democrats obviously don’t want anything to do with allowing people the freedom to make their own choices. Now it seems Republicans don’t either, at least not the Mitch McConnell or Paul Ryan types.
Democrats will fight the passage of Trumpcare, but secretly they will love it. The opportunities for demagoguery will abound. As will opportunities to legitimately criticize GOP fumbling. We all know that Democrats have a special ability to capitalize on GOP shortcomings and ride them to victory. It’s a well-honed skill they have that the GOP wholly lacks.
Trumpcare will harm the very people that elected Donald Trump. We know the GOP establishment loves to look down their noses at Trump and his supporters. They have a superiority complex. They consider Trump and his supporters to be uncouth interlopers who somehow got over the wall. They deeply resent that. John McCain and Lindsey Graham are representative of a type of GOP politician who would have been perfectly happy if Hillary Clinton had won, and wouldn’t mind it one bit if Trump and his voters where shown the exit in the next election. Mitch McConnell and Paul
Ryno Ryan are not exactly on the same plane with McCain and Ryan, but close enough for government work. George Will represents another part of the GOP establishment, the non-office holding part, that will rejoice when Trump and his ilk are sent packing. Will is honest about it. He said before the election he hoped Hillary would win. The final segment of the GOPe that would love to tell Trump to not let the door hit him on the way out are the big money GOP donors, such as the Chamber of Commerce. They can all be expected to cheer for Trumpcare if they believe it will hasten his demise from the Washington poltical scene.
One top of all this will be the Deep State, diligently working to undermine Trumpcare to ensure that Americans will hate it just as much as they now despise Obamacare.
For these reasons, and those cited by Breitbart, I think it must be seriously considered that the GOPe in Congress are attempting to use Trumpcare to engineer their own future, with little regard for the future of the American people and their ability to get affordable health insurance and high quality health care.
There is a simple way they could reform health care and health insurance. Repeal Obamacare and replace it with nothing. That would create a very short-lived void that would quickly be filled with new offerings of health insurance and innovative health care alternatives. It would happen just as Frederic Hayek and Ludwig von Mises explained decades ago, by the spontaneous order that develops when people are allowed to make their own choices as they themselves deem to be in their best interest.
But that course offers too few opportunties for graft and politicking. It therefore doesn’t appeal to Washington politicians.
UPDATE: Anthem Blue Cross backs Trumpcare. That shouldn’t make you feel any better about it.