March 27, 2017 SnyderTalk— The Healthcare Fiasco: my 2 cents’ worth

“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says Yahweh Sabaoth. (Zechariah 4: 6)



The Healthcare Fiasco: my 2 cents’ worth

No one likes to loose, especially President Trump.  It must have bothered him to fail to deliver on his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.  It bothered me, too.

Everyone has an opinion about why it happened.  This is mine.

President Trump is learning the hard way that he can’t rely on establishment Republicans to get the job done.  He’s doing his best to bring the GOP over to his side.  Part of his strategy is to work with and through well-known and respected Republican leaders whenever he can.

This is the problem.  They can’t be counted on to deliver.  If they could, they would have done something meaningful on healthcare long ago.

Don’t underestimate the power of Congress.  The House and Senate can do a lot and should have done a lot about healthcare while Obama was in office.  Instead, they just talked.

So, who should we blame for the healthcare fiasco?  Three people come to mind immediately:

  1. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House
  2. Tom Price, Health and Human Services Secretary
  3. Reince Priebus, the president’s chief of staff

I listed them in that order for a reason.  Paul Ryan deserves the lion’s share of the blame.  As Speaker of the House, his job is to advance the GOP agenda.  That requires deal-making to guarantee that there will be enough votes to pass legislation.

The president got behind Ryan’s plan, and it cost him dearly.  As it turned out, it wasn’t the GOP plan at all.  It was Ryan’s plan.  GOP leadership in the House is weak because the leader of the GOP in the House is tone-deaf politically.  I said “tone-deaf politically” because the only other reasonable alternatives are stupid or inept.

Paul Ryan isn’t stupid.  I don’t know about his competence, but I do know this: he has a problem distinguishing between feelings and facts.  That’s a major weakness for a Speaker of the House.

Tom Price is second on my list because he served in the House.  As I understand it, more than any other House member he was responsible for drafting the legislation.  It looks as though he suffers from the same maladies that afflict Ryan.  He may be conservative, but he was not effective when the chips were on the table.  Failing to deliver for the president on healthcare is a serious problem that doesn’t inspire confidence in him as HHS secretary.

Last but not least, there is Reince Priebus.  He’s supposed to be the guy who gets things done in the Republican Party by pulling people with differing views together to accomplish objectives.  If I understand correctly, he was responsible for urging the president to go forward with healthcare reform first.  If that’s correct, he’s not as good at his job as he needs to be.

So, in a nutshell, the president relied on three high-ranking and well-respected Republicans to get the job done, and all of them failed him and let the country down.  They proved that they don’t have the wherewithal to get things accomplished.

Talk is cheap. That’s what they delivered.

The time for talking is over.  We’ve heard enough from Republicans about the things they will do.  It’s time for them to fish or cut bait.  If they can’t deliver, it’s time for them to get out of the way and let people who can deliver run the show.

President Trump should work through the Republican Party leadership, but he should not rely on them to actually lead.  They don’t have the cojones for that.

The president should appoint his own people to lead.  He needs people who can work with members of the House and Senate and forge agreements.  It’s just that simple.

President Trump is a great deal-maker.  For him, that’s not just a campaign slogan or a catchy phrase.  The president has been a deal-maker throughout his business career.  It made him a billionaire.  He needs people leading the charge on healthcare and other initiatives for him who make deals as well as he does.

The healthcare debate isn’t over by a long shot.  As a nation, we can’t afford to brush it aside.  Key players in Congress and the White House know it.

Ryan, Price, and Priebus may be fine, upstanding human beings, but they didn’t cut the mustard on healthcare.  They should play supporting roles in the debate going forward. If they learn how to produce results, they should be given a second chance, but not until they learn.  Too much is at stake.

On Saturday, Priebus “warned rebellious conservative lawmakers that they should get behind President Donald Trump’s agenda or he may bypass them on future legislative fights, including tax reform.”  That’s what needed to be said.  Priebus may be a player.

Conservatives in the House refused to budge thereby dooming healthcare reform.  They wanted more than the majority of Republicans in the House were willing to give.  They preferred Obamacare instead, and that’s what they stuck us with.  If they don’t get in the game, they will become as useless as tits on a bull and will be ignored completely.

See “‘Saying no is easy, leading is hard’: GOP congressman resigns from Freedom Caucus after health-care drama”:

If President Trump is going to put the blame for Republicans’ inability to pass health-care legislation on the House Freedom Caucus, at least one member of the conservative coalition thinks it deserves it.

Rep. Ted Poe (R-Tex.) resigned Sunday from the coalition of 35 to 40 conservative House lawmakers in protest over the group’s opposition to the Republican health-care bill that tanked in Congress on Friday.

At least one conservative Republican member of Congress understands what happened.  Let’s pray that others get the message before they do any more damage.



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SnyderTalk Comment:

Thank Yahweh for Israeli doctors.  One day, I’ll explain what I mean in detail.  For now, I’ll simply say that Israel has a single-payer system and it works a lot better than our system.



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