Editorial: Governing is difficult, Part I
Governing is hard. At times, it’s difficult to the point of a standstill.
President Trump has found – and admitted – that healthcare is difficult.
Republicans in Congress are stymied by the prospect of “fixing” health care in America.
But it’s all going to be OK. A Texas congressman has introduced “The World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan of 2017.” We’re willing to submit it wasn’t even the best healthcare plan of Tuesday.
In 2014, an official publication of the Republican Party said: “The Republican Party believes in a patient-centered health care system, which is based in free markets, fostering competition and driving health care costs down. They believe that a health care system that is run by the government will reduce both the efficiency and the standard of care…”
The American Health Care Act has been called Trumpcare, Ryancare and Obamacare lite. According to CNN, neither hospitals nor insurance companies appear to like it.
The GOP can’t decide if it wants only to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare, if you will) or if they want to repeal and later replace or repeal and replace at the same time.
They are wise enough to understand a misstep will cost them greatly in the 2018 elections.
Obamacare has made health care insurance coverage available to millions of Americans. There are people in Clinton who wouldn’t get (or afford) insurance without it. Pre-existing conditions are no longer reasons to deny care. Young people can stay under their parents’ coverage until age 26.
There are things about Obamacare that are good and need to continue. There are things about Obamacare that are terrible and need to be stopped or replaced.
Republicans had almost eight years to do more than take 60 votes in the House of Representatives to do away with Obamacare. They failed miserably to come up with a united front or a cogent plan to present to the American people.
A GOP lawmaker from Utah said people who say they can’t afford health insurance need to not buy a new iPhone and get them some insurance. iPhones cost $800. A single person will spent more than $3,000 a year on insurance. A study has shown that providing health care to an average American family is more than $25,000. That’s an expensive iPhone.
President Trump is right. Health care is difficult and complex. Fixing it will require the best minds in America. Unfortunately, Congress is who will try to fix it.