Seems like we’re making things too hard on healthcare.
Both sides should remember what they really care about:
Republicans have already amply proven that the only part of ACA they care about is the surtax. They don’t have to keep proving it anymore. They’d also like to save some money if they can. They only make a mess when they pretend they want to do healthcare.
Democrats either want ACA to continue in its current form or they want it to evolve to a single payer system.
Further Trump has made this simpler in two ways:
- His tax proposal greatly diminishes the need for rich people to pay for any part of the federal budget.
- His budget goes far beyond anything Dick Cheney dreamed of when he said deficits don’t matter.
So the solution is right there before our eyes:
Keep ACA. If you want to pay for some part of it, put it in the general budget, so rich people get a huge break in any case.
And if you want to save money, go to single payer.
All done. Everyone can go home happy!