"I hate the fact I am even saying this - I really do. With this issue, silence is not golden - it is telling. The Speaker has looked at his hand and can't even find a pair of sixes."
First, let me get something straight. Nobody, and I mean nobody, hates ObamaCare more than I. It was a huge mistake from the start. It was mishandled, pushed through Congress in a ram-rod fashion (in the middle of the night), and built on a set of assumptions more goofy than la-la land. It never stood a prayer of making it in its present form. Now here it sits - festering. And all of a sudden, this red headed stepchild belongs to the GOP.
I also know that in the 2010 midterms, the 2012 election, the 2014 midterms, and the 2016 election, there were legions of Republicans who won their races by promising to "pull this monster up by the roots, kill it, and replace it with something better". Now the GOP has control over just about everything, and does not know what to do with Rosemary's Baby. Our new President is smart enough to resist killing ObamaCare until the newer, better plan is ready to slide in at the same time. And that is the rub.
Here is the bottom line, as painful as it may seem. I have addressed this before. My belief is 2014 was our last best chance to kill and replace this terrible program. Even then it would have been next to impossible. When Mitt blew the election (and he did indeed blow it), he also blew our chances to remedy this issue. In other words, the roots have become so deep in 2017, the expenses are so vast, the better mousetrap might not be in the offing. We might be stuck with only one option - fixing this piece of crap.
I hate the fact I am even saying this - I really do. With this issue, silence is not golden - it is telling. The Speaker has looked at his hand and can't even find a pair of sixes. To come up with a new plan which is more cost effective than ObamaCare, bullet proof from the expected sniping from the Left, and ready to plug and play for everyone - might just be a bridge too far. In other words, the "repeal and replace" story might be living in the land of never happen.
I might be wrong on this. I really hope I am. Maybe Secretary Price can pull a rabbit out of his hat. If anyone can do it, that would be Dr. Price. In any event, something has got to happen with this issue, and soon. Real people (who are not getting this as a freebie or subsidized) are getting toasted with the ever escalating costs of premiums. And by the way - this for those who are chanting "Medicare for all!" You have no clue what you are talking about. If we did give everyone Medicare this year, we would bankrupt that fund in less than a New York minute.
Sorry to be such a rain cloud. Nobody will be happier than I if this article is completely off base. But I believe it contains some truth.