At the junction
and when did you receive this Truth?
A long damned time ago, Gino. But I'm not the one who needs to learn the lesson. Neither are you.
you were 'never trump', weren't you? i think i saw it on your sidebar, even?
I was. Never happened, though. He's president now and I wish him well. What happened on Capitol Hill this week didn't have much to do with Trump; he's at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. The Democrats on the Hill outplayed the Republicans. We've seen this before.
I think the GOP didn't have their heart in the game. There should have been an aggressive "in your face" full repeal, but with the "if you like your Obamacare plan you can keep your Obamacare plan" rider to shut up any and all Democrat opposition. THEN a full blown, simple "deregulation" of the health insurance industry, freeing up States to do Medicaid in whatever way they saw fit, and demand Democrats pass it or LOSE their exemption from Obamacare.
Jerry, I think the reverse is true. What you do is to challenge the nation to answer why Barack's buddies got exemptions and they didn't, asking "If it's good enough for the rest of us, why isn't it good enough for friends of Barack?" Short, pithy, hard to twist, shows the hypocrisy of the left. Revoke the exemptions, then watch Democrats come to negotiate.One non-negotiable; special tax treatment for employer paid health insurance/costs ends. Either all health insurance is tax free (including FICA), or nothing is. Again, "If it's good enough for corporations, why isn't it good enough for the rest of us?" Again, hard to twist, shows the hypocrisy of the left. And with it, you end the problem of subsidies for the most part.
Well, that's one way to phrase the uncomfortable (for libs) question, but what I was pointing out is that Obamacare required Congress and their staffs to go on Obamacare and give up their Cadillac plan. This was so terribly painful (their staffs often could not afford O'Care), that the Great and Powerful overrode the letter of the law and gave Congress an exemption. I'm saying that if you repeal it in toto, but REQUIRE that Congress have it, you pave the way for rapid approval of the "replace" legislation. And it would be good to end that WWII-era "employer paid" thing, and transfer deductibility to the individual, making insurance portable. It would do wonders for the "pre-existing condition" problem, as well.
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