There are only so many ways to do health-care reform
[…] “Every time I put Obamacare in my search engine, someone has a snarky headline: ‘Republicans are starting to like Obamacare,’” said Bob Laszewski, an insurance-industry analyst. “The original outline was their idea!”
So this one is actually true, and not at all news. If you want to maximize access to health insurance, but still keep it in the so-called free market with a minimum of government intrusion, Obamacare—née Romneycare— is how you do it. And back to the above—had there been any truly serious wonk on the right, that would have been acknowledged. Which leads us to the final, actual truth.
Republicans just aren’t into health-care policy
Most politicians’ knowledge of the issues is “miles wide but less than an inch deep,” says Michael Cannon, the director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute. When it comes to many Republican policymakers and health care, though, that depth might be closer to a centimeter.
Republican interest in healthcare policy extends only as far as it relates to taxes, and specifically lower taxes for the rich. Trumpcare is not a health care bill, it’s a tax-cuts-for-the-wealthy bill, and a means of giving Republicans a little more leeway for even larger tax cuts.
What have we learned? Republicans have never had a clue what do to to replace Obamacare and never cared to. Because they never thought they would be in a position of having to replace it. It was a handy thing to bash Democrats and rile up the base with, but they didn’t actually mean to end up being in a position to have to do something. More than 60 votes to repeal the law in part or in whole, and not a single one on an replacement bill is all the proof you need of that.
Four conservative healthcare analysts on why Trumpcare stinks so bad