High on the agenda of the new unified Republican government is to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
Yet already, Trump has said he will keep two key features; the mandate to allow parents to keep their children on their policies until age 27, and the mandate banning insurance companies from refusing new policies because of pre-existing conditions.
As to the first, why should the government even be involved in this issue. That should be between insurers and their customers to decide by mutual agreement.
The second—the pre-existing conditions mandate—is the biggie. That’s the mandate that necessitates the individual mandate—the cornerstone of ObamaCare. So repealing two key features of ObamaCare are already off the table. Of course, other changes, such as switching off government policies that created the third-party-payer, or employer-based, insurance—a main cause of the pre-existing conditions problem—would help a lot. We’ll see if we get that.
But, repeal and replace ObamaCare? Maybe in name only. More likely, we’ll get reformed ObamaCare—ObamaCare without Obama. That may be an improvement. The final result will probably be a little more liberty in health insurance, and push back the Left’s drive for what they really want; single-payer.
Don’t get me wrong. The election result was significantly less bad than a Hillary victory and a Democratic Senate. I may have to eat those words if Trump let’s his authoritarian impulse dominate more than I think it will. But I don’t think so, if for no other reason than that Congressional Republicans will resist him. But one thing is obvious: The election result is no unalloyed victory for liberty-leaning government, either.
I’m getting a big kick out of the over-the-top, end-of-the-world reaction of many Democrats and Leftists, including the protestors. I suspect that the Democrats will be a lot less disappointed in the Trump presidency. My prediction is that the Trump, a big spending center-Left welfare statist, will have a lot of differences with the more right-leaning Republican Congress, and I can see him aligning with Democrats a number of times. Though we have a two-party system, Trump is as close to having an Independent in the White house as we’ll ever get. Trump has no real allegiance to either party, and the mixed election results—his win in the Electoral College combined with his loss in the popular vote—only validates his fence-straddling and strengthens his hand as a governing Independent—not a principled Independent, but a pragmatic Independent.
It’s going to be interesting.
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