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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Nobody Knew

Trump's statement that "nobody knew that health care could be so complicated" is drawing understandable mockery, because of course, everyone who's spent more than 15 minutes looking at health care understands that health care is complicated.  That's why solutions, such as ACA, are complicated.

In some ways, Trump is merely using a New York colloquialism to describe health care.  "Who could know?"  It's a verbal shrug.  On the other hand, Trump is so colossally ignorant of most basic functions of government and policy that it's a frank admission of how incredibly over his head this orange hued ignoramus is.

Then again, it's not just Trump that is being flummoxed by the complexity of health care law.  The GOP is finding itself in an impossible position.  You have GOP governors from states who have utilized ACA to increase insurance coverage for their constituents.  They don't want to see that collapse, because that's their job on the line.  You have the hardcore Obamacare haters who wants to see the whole thing destroyed root and branch.  You have pragmatists who don't want to see the entire health care industry roiled by preemptive repeal.  And then you have Trump himself who is promising everyone a shiny new health care pony.

Where do they go from here?

Stay tuned.

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