Mr. President: We hired you to do the right thing. The actual right thing is not to leave Obamacare in place.
Government-run healthcare systems are failing all over the world… don’t leave us saddled with the misguided, pathetic piece of debris that is Obamacare.
Here’s your solution (and it’s way simpler(1) than you ever thought it could be):
- Repeal Obamacare, only phase it out over the next three and a half years.
- Calculate how much money the central government was going to spend on Obamacare in the next three and a half years.
- Every six months or so, block grant to the states 14.3% of that money, until the end of the three and a half years.(2)
- Let the states work it out for their own populations.
Having trouble with the idea of “selling it?” Easy: Say you’re #1: doing the right thing, and #2: getting the federal government out of healthcare policy. Candidate Trump already sold the American public on the fact that Obamacare is a disaster. Not that it was all that tough a sell.
Let the various states determine what to do with the people who are uninsured/under-insured.
You can name the law something like The Obamacare Emancipation Proclamation.
Obamacare is a blight on the land … there could not be clearer proof that the Democrats want to control and abuse the population in the name of protecting it.
Do the right thing. At least repeal Obamacare.
(1) The solution we’ve given is the way to get rid of a whole bunch of budget-busting, parasitical administrations, departments, programs and the like. Simply announce that you’re phasing out the leech-like programs over three and a half years (see note (2), below), and that you’ll block grant the money that the central government would have spent on them, to the states over the next whatever period of time, so that the states can work it all out for themselves.
Administrations/Programs that come quickly to mind: EPA, Dept. of Education, Welfare of all kinds, Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security… Some of those will require longer to devolve to the states, but you can start today.
(2) Three and a half years: The time remaining in the first Trump term. There’s no guarantee that there will be a second. Heck, three and a half years is a gamble by itself! There’s no guarantee that the Republicans will have a majority in the House of Representatives or Senate after 2018.