Friday's HOT MIC
Michael, President Trump and a host of other Republicans promised a lot of things they can't possibly deliver on simultaneously. Trump promised (via Twitter, of course) to "lower premiums & deductibles while at the same time taking care of pre-existing conditions!" He also tweeted that there would be "no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid." If you accept the premise that ObamaCare must be replaced (which I don't, but Trump vowed to do just that), and that we're to be forced to accept some kind of government-run health insurance program, then any attempt to fix the systemic problems with ObamaCare must of necessity raise deductibles and premiums on some individuals and, unless you want to continue spiraling toward insolvency, must also rein in Medicaid spending.
What I'd like to see from the Trump administration is a bullet-pointed list — a business plan, if you will — of his major goals for health care reform. Something manageable that the American people can easily digest, a few pages at most. Then I'd like to see the same from Ryan and perhaps from the Liberty Coalition and the Tuesday RINO Group. Once everyone has their wish lists together, they can hash it all out in the board room — maybe even publicly — and may the best ideas win. (A girl can dream, can't she?)