A friendly reminder to House and Senate Republicans:
You CANNOT repeal Obamacare in part or whole without it blowing up in your face.
You CANNOT make insurance companies insure people with pre-existing conditions unless you impose a mandate for both healthy and sick people to buy health insurance.
You CANNOT force people to buy insurance unless you offer subsidies to those who can't afford it otherwise.
You CANNOT pay for those subsidies without the combination of taxes and cost-containment provisions built into Obamacare.
You CAN continue to sabotage it by feeding it poison pills, however you're the ones in charge right now, and we WILL blame you for its demise.
But, there is a simple way out, that kills Obamacare and makes you look like rockstars at the same time:
ENACT AN IMPROVED VERSION OF MEDICARE AND MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE.
I know. I know. This has been unthinkable to you in the past, because you will have to raise taxes in order to pay for it, even though lifetime out-of-pocket expenses for nearly every American will be far less if they paid these higher taxes instead of sky-high insurance premiums.
But, aren't you the ones who sold us a war with Iraq because a bunch of Saudis attacked us on 9-11? I think you're up to the challenge of selling us on Medicare for All. I believe in you.
Mike Sills, Medical Professional