Donald Trump has suddenly discovered that reforming health care is not easy but, as is typical with narcissists, he thinks that his own prior ignorance and later realization of such an obvious thing must be the same for everyone, saying “I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject” and “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.” Actually, everyone knew this.
Republican are quickly finding out that talk of ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare was cheap but finding an alternative that is affordable and not appalling is not easy. As a result they have floated the idea of ‘repeal and delay’, saying that they would repeal Obamacare now and come up with a new plan sometime in the future but that idea is naturally facing strong headwinds.
The confusion surrounding the Republican plans for health care has spawned suggestions that California might go it alone and implement a state-run single payer plan. Vermont toyed with the idea a couple of years ago before abandoning it. We should remember that Canada’s single payer system was originally started in just one province before it was adopted nationwide.
John Oliver provides an excellent analysis of the current state of affairs and exposes the flim-flam behind the words used by the Republicans as they try to gut the provisions of Obamacare that have proven to be so popular.