… to the first person who can convince me that I am not losing my mind and/or stuck in some kind of surreal nightmare.
- 2008-2010: In the hope of getting bipartisan support for their health care legislation, Democrats in Congress ignore liberal voters who are screaming “Medicare for all!” and model their plan on Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s earlier reform of health care in that state. Consistent with traditional Republican confidence in the ability of businesses to promote efficiency, Obamacare’s core idea is to mandate that individuals purchase health plans from private insurers, while providing them with government subsidies (“premium support”) to cover all or part of the cost of those premiums.
- 2010: Democrats in Congress pass without any Republican support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. All hell breaks lose. Obama is denounced as a tyrant. The Tea Party is created. Republicans take back the House in the midterm election.
- 2012: The GOP nominates Gov. Mitt Romney for president. He refuses to admit that Obamacare and Romneycare are virtually identical.
- 2010-2016: Republicans in Congress vote 62+ times to repeal all or part of Obamacare. Meanwhile, they stonewall any attempts to tweak the new system to make it work better.
- 2016: Donald Trump runs on a promise to sign a repeal of all the parts of Obamacare he doesn’t like, as long as the GOP retains the elements he likes.
- 2016: Republicans indicate that when they take power, they will put forward a plan by Speaker Paul Ryan to repeal and replace traditional Medicare (created in 1965). The new Medicare will have senior citizens purchase health care plans from private insurers, while providing them with government subsidies (“premium support”) to cover all or part of the cost of those premiums.
In other words, the GOP has said it will attempt to convert Medicare into Obamacare, which they have already voted 62+ times to repeal.