Whenever Republicans and Democrats clash on health care, Republicans are almost always on the defensive and they almost always lose the debate.
On the surface, it would seem that Republicans and Democrats are so far apart that agreement on health policy is virtually impossible. Scratch the surface and you will find another reality.
Republicans are bogged down in their efforts to pass a health reform bill for one basic reason: they are too obsessed with repealing the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) instead of reforming the health care system and solving people’s problems. Put differently, they have forgotten Donald Trump’s campaign promise to make health insurance better and less expensive and leave no one behind.
Obamacare’s destruction of the individual health insurance market has done enormous damage to the lives and finances of millions of people who purchase their own insurance.
There are many ways to provide medical care for people with pre-existing conditions. Real world experience shows that some work better than others.
The latest Republican plans for replacing Obamacare are focused on financially separating patients with high health care costs from all the rest.
Many conversations on the right involve people with one priority arguing with people with another priority. The result: folks often talk past each other because they are not talking about the same subject.
The people who crafted the Republican ObamaCare reform bill seem to want to help. They promise other reforms will be coming. Trust us, they say, we’re from the (new) government, and we’re here to help.
Brenda is 60 and lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Her husband is 65, retired and on Medicare. But for Brenda, who is self-employed, her only option is Obamacare.