Confidence in Republican health care plan on life support

Confidence in Republican health care plan on life support

Many Republicans were especially thrilled about one thing in November: With control of both houses of Congress and the presidency, they could finally pull the plug on the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

After he took office, President Trump urged Congress to act swiftly on his plan, of which The Daily Herald has obtained an exclusive copy. Here it is:

Step 1: Repeal Obamacare.

Step 2: ??????????

Step 3: Awesome health care system.

In our latest poll at HeraldNet.com, we turned to you, our readers, to choose the best way to deal with it.

Thirty-one percent in our poll said to improve the existing law, an approach that would require Democrats to play ball with Republicans. Maybe they’ll find a compromise to preserve the popular parts of Obamacare and fix what doesn’t work. Then maybe they’ll all hold hands and sing “Kumbaya.” There’s always a chance.

Thirty percent backed a single-payer system like the one in Canada. This is the only option in our poll that’s hopeless, at least until 2021 when President Bernie Sanders’ socialist government takes over. With the wild mood swings of voters, again, there’s always a chance.

Twenty-four percent said to remove government from the health care business altogether. If you’re like me and you plan to live to 100 without ever getting sick or injured, this sounds perfect. Everyone else will be at the mercy of heartless insurers and greedy pharmaceutical companies, but we’ll be fine.

And only 15 percent want to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a Republican plan. GOP leaders finally released a rough sketch of their plan Thursday, but the details remain a closely guarded secret — so secret that none of them knows what they are yet.

It’s almost as if they didn’t expect to need a plan, but here we are, in the middle of a game of political hot potato. They’d better not hold the potato too long – a visit to the emergency room costs a fortune.

Doug Parry: parryracer@gmail.com; @parryracer

This week’s question …


Talk to us

More in Local News

Paul McElhany points out how far the new building will extend past the current building at Northwest Fisheries Science Center's Mukilteo Research Station on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Mukilteo, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Oh, crab! NOAA’s Mukilteo waterfront fish lab won’t be rebuilt

Bids for a new Northwest Fisheries Science Center research station are too high. Are condos next?

Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney during an interview at the sheriff’s department June 17, 2020. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
Auditor denies Fortney recall group the extra time it seeks

He said he could extend the deadline for signature gathering if ordered by a court or the Governor.

State Patrol worker from Everett charged with attempted child rape

Trevor Smith worked as a commercial vehicle enforcement officer assigned inspecting school buses.

A pre-loaded syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine sits on the table for the next person in line during a vaccine clinic as South Pointe Assisted Living on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Snohomish County to receive its largest shipment of vaccines

Even as case counts drop, researchers are finding a growing number of COVID variants in the state.

Austin Johnson, 26 years-old, trains on the Centennial Trail in Lake Stevens and is planning to do a 24-hour run to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
24 hours, 80 miles, $23k raised for mental health

Austin Johnson completes a 24-hour run along the Centennial Trail to raise money for suicide prevention.

Everett man identified after being found dead in creek

The cause of death for Renee Baltazar Romero remained under investigation Thursday.

Everett man found dead in creek near Lake Stevens

The man, 28, was reported missing Thursday. A neighbor found his body in Little Pilchuck Creek.

Autopsy shows Lake Stevens woman, 20, drowned Saturday

Anna M. Lopez was swimming when witnesses noticed she was not responsive, according to officials.

Joe Hempel swims off of the shore of Seawall Park on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 in Langley, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Scantily clad is the dress code for these cold rush swimmers

Immersed for 30 minutes in frigid water would kill most of us. It energizes these swimmers.

Most Read