"You, go get more lipstick....lots of it. We'll need to spiff up this pig if we have any hope of pimping it to the American people."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a dozen or so of his hand picked buddies locked in a back room as I write, trying to put together a new healthcare bill they can ram down our throats before we wake up. When asked by some in his own party when they could see the bill, and how long they would have to review it before a vote was called, he said "a day". Geez....what a railroad job!
"But....but....ObamaCare....the Democrats foisted that pile on us back in '10. They...." I don't care. All I care about is now. "Two wrongs don't make a right", as my mama used to say. Truth is, they don't even care about healthcare. Their goal is to gut healthcare so as to save enough money to fund their beloved giant tax cut. That's it, bottom line.
Anyone who thinks they can put together a plan that will preserve the "pre-existing condition" and "no lifetime cap" provisions that everyone seems to like about ObamaCare, while giving us equal or better coverage, with equal or lower deductibles and co-pays, all for dramatically lower premiums, is delusional! Nothing is free!
Everyone seems to think you have to either back ObamaCare or a derivative, or the Republican alternative. That's it....pick one. Both sides are just tippy-toeing around the fact that any meaningful change will require some seriously major changes, changes likely to step on the toes of some extreeeeemly powerful, wealthy interests who want to prevent that at all costs. Until they are willing to piss off some of these special interests, nothing will change. And politicians simply don't piss off those who are pulling their strings. Never.