OK, now that Trump’s “moderate” advisors choked on health care (Priebus & Pence moderates?…yes that is the country we now live in) will he turn to his extremist advisors and open up the door to the possibility of expanding single payer care in the US? And should the Dems encourage this possibility?
First off, I’m not completely crazy to suggest this, as it was Trump friend and NewsMax publisher Chris Ruddy who floated this very idea more than a week ago. Among his suggestions:
- Ditch the Freedom Caucus and the handful of Senate Republicans who want a complete repeal of Obamacare. They don’t agree with universal coverage and will never be placated.
- Find a few parts of Ryan Care II that can win passage in the House and Senate with either GOP support or bipartisan support. Declare victory.
- Rekindle the bipartisanship in Congress that Obama destroyed. Empanel a bipartisan committee to report back by year’s end with a feasible plan to fix Obamacare.
- Reject the phony private health insurance market as the panacea. Look to an upgraded Medicaid system to become the country’s blanket insurer for the uninsured.
- Tie Medicaid funding to states with the requirement each pass legislation to allow for a truly nationwide healthcare market.
- Get Democrats to agree to modest tort reform to help lower medical costs.
- While bolstering Medicare and improving Medicaid, get Republicans and Democrats to back the long-term fix of health savings accounts. This allows individuals to fund their own healthcare and even profit from it.
Point 2 is water under the bridge now. But it is point 3 that is most intriguing.
So BlueMassGroupers…what do you say, should the Dems publicly start making noise about working with Trump to fix the ACA and maybe get an expanded single payer system to cover the working poor? Of course that would mean working with the devil on this (that would be Steve Bannon not Chris Ruddy). As for those wondering why a Steve Bannon would support something like this…I point to the first sovereign leader that implemented health care insurance and his motives behind it.